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The Impact Missing Teeth Have On Your Boise Dental Health

The Impact Missing Teeth Have On Your Boise Dental Health

As we age, our teeth can become lost due to a variety of reasons including cavities, gum disease, cracked roots and accidents. Missing teeth can then compromise your eating and speech habits as well as your appearance. While the loss of a front tooth can negatively affect your appearance, it can also affect your self confidence. However, losing a tooth in the back of your mouth can lead to numerous problems that will affect how you will chew, your ability to properly clean your teeth and the health of your remaining teeth. Replacing a lost tooth will help to prevent further destruction and save your remaining teeth.

Below are just a few reasons your Boise dentist wants you to know why it’s important to replace missing teeth:

  • Bone density – the root structure of teeth provides support for the biting surfaces, but it also stimulates the jawbone in order to maintain bone density. Without roots, the jawbone begins to breakdown.
  • Chewing ability – even one missing tooth changes the way patients chew and the way their bites fit together. Overtime the additional pressure on surrounding teeth while chewing leads to further damage.
  • Poor self-confidence – patients with one or more missing teeth are less likely to smile, and often feel self-conscious while speaking or eating in public.
  • Dental drift – when a socket remains empty, surrounding teeth shift to fill in the gap leading to crowding, gapping, and other orthodontic concerns.
  • Dental wear – the excess pressure on surrounding teeth due to the absent tooth leads to increased incidence of chips, cracks, and other uneven wear concerns.

Whether you’re missing one tooth or a full arch of teeth, don’t wait another day to restore your smile. From Boise crowns and bridges to dental implants, Summit Dental Group offers a number of tooth replacement options. If you need to replace any number of teeth, your Boise dentist will explain your options and help you make the right decision for your smile!


Summit Dental Once Again Nominated for #1 Dentist in the 2016 Best of Treasure Valley Awards!

Summit Dental Once Again Nominated for #1 Dentist in the 2016 Best of Treasure Valley Awards!

After being honored last year as Boise’s #1 Dentist, Summit Dental has once again made it to the top 10 nomination list for the 2016 Best of Treasure Valley Awards! We are so grateful and honored by our wonderful patients for the nomination, and would like to extend a HUGE “Thank You” for your support!

Click the following link to be taken to the Idaho Statesman’s nomination page. Voting opens 3/24 and runs through 4/24! Winners will be announced in June!


Best Smile Restoration Options: Boise Crowns and Bridges

Best Smile Restoration Options: Boise Crowns and Bridges

Teeth that are slightly damaged (chipped) or discolored can sometimes be repaired with a best smile restoration called: dental bonding. However, when a tooth lacks the majority of it’s original structure (or is missing entirely) then Boise crowns and bridges may be the restoration of choice.

What are Boise crowns and bridges?

  • A Boise dental crown is a porcelain, tooth-shaped cap that goes over a damaged tooth to help restore its function and look.
  • A Boise dental bridge is another option for replacing a missing tooth. Instead of a dental implant, a dental bridge contains two dental crowns on either side. These crowns are then bonded over two neighboring teeth in order to anchor the bridge into place. In the middle of the two crowns is another artificial tooth that replaces the missing tooth.

Are you a good candidate for Boise crowns and bridges?

There are a variety of reasons why your Boise dentist may recommend a dental bridge. If your best smile restoration requires treatment for a fractured or damaged tooth in order to prevent further damage, then Boise crowns and bridges may be recommended. Additionally, if you need to cover a Boise dental implant to replace one missing tooth then a dental crown will be used. If you require multiple dental implants to replace several missing teeth these implants can be used to anchor the dental bridge rather than relying on healthy neighboring teeth to hold it into place.

What does the process entail?

Your Boise dentist will first remove some of the enamel from neighboring teeth to make room for the crown or bridge. Then impressions will be taken of your smile in order to create your individualized crown and bridge. Once the dental crown or bridge is ready your dentist will then permanently cement the new one over your teeth.

How long do Boise crowns and bridges last?

While dental work is built to last, they can however break or become loose over time. When this happens the best thing you can do is visit your Boise dentist at Summit Dental Group for immediate repairs. Maintaining good dental health and visiting your dentist regularly for treatment will ensure your Boise crowns and bridges last. With proper care they can last up to 20 years!

If you are dealing with damaged or missing teeth and are interested in more information concerning Boise crowns and bridges, contact your Boise dentist at Summit Dental Group today at (208) 345-8962!


Boise Dentist Tips – Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Boise Dentist Tips – Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Many people find themselves dreading their next Boise dental visit due to anxiety and fear. A lot of times, the reason they fear the dentist is because they may have had an unpleasant experience at one point or another during their childhood.

However, Summit Dental Group wants you to know that dental care has come a long way since you were a kid. With the latest advancements in technology and tools, your next Boise dental experience will be much more relaxing and comfortable than what you remember. Below we will explain how our office will help you overcome your fear of the dentist so that you can get the positive dental treatment you need and deserve.

Addressing Your Concerns

One of the best ways to overcoming your Boise dental anxiety is to talk to your dentist about any concerns or fears you may have. The dentists at Summit Dental Group will take the time to discuss your treatment options while helping you to understand exactly what it pertains. When you visit our office, we want you to know that you are in safe, and excellent hands. All of our dentists have extensive experience, making it easier for you to relax during your appointment. Your Boise dentist will also review your medical history and make the best recommendation that works best for you based upon your individual needs.

Empowering our Patients with Knowledge

People who fear the dentist are often able to overcome their Boise dental anxiety once they realize how important their dental visits are. The staff at Summit Dental Group can help remind you of your regular dental appointments when it comes to keeping your teeth and gums as healthy as possible. Routine visits prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and allow us to detect serious issues so that they can be effectively treated. By visiting your Boise dentist regularly, you will be far less likely to require extensive and scary dental work later on in life.

Comfort is our #1 Goal

Our state-of-the-art Boise dental practice is designed to make our patients feel comfortable and at ease. We also encourage you to make yourself feel at home during your visit. We take great pride in the dental care we provide while ensuring the overall comfort of our patients. While a dentist office can seem like a scary place, the staff at Summit Dental Group is dedicated to making sure your are well informed about all of our dental treatment services. Our #1 goal is to keep you and your mouth healthy while in a friendly and relaxed environment.

The dentists at Summit Dental Group have many years of experience treating patients with dental anxiety. To find out more about how we can help, the first step is to contact our office at 208-345-8962 or by filling out our contact us form. Be sure to communicate your concerns with our office staff so that we can ensure your visit is tailored to your every need. See you soon!



A Few Things Your Boise Dentist Wants You to Know

A Few Things Your Boise Dentist Wants You to Know

A healthy body is a sign of a healthy mind. This includes the health of your mouth, teeth and gums. While we all try to eat right and exercise, many of us often forget the importance of proper Boise dental care. At Summit Dental Group, we care about your oral health, and in today’s blog, we’d like to take the time to tell you a few things about your mouth that will make you want to take your Boise dental care as seriously as we do.

Go easy on your teeth and gums. Brushing your teeth to hard can be bad when it comes to cleaning your teeth. Vigorous brushing can wear down tooth enamel and damage the gums.

Bleeding gums are a red flag. Be sure to tell your Boise dentist if your gums typically bleed after brushing or flossing. Bleeding may be a sign that you are at risk for gum disease or may be an indication of other health issues.

Share your dental history. In order for your Boise dentist to provide you with the most comprehensive care, they need to know your full dental history. If you’re a new patient, make sure to have your Boise dental records sent to Summit Dental Group prior to your first visit.

Boise dental cleaning and checkups are important

How often do you visit the Boise dentist just for a check-up, and not exclusively when you’re experiencing pain? To prevent your oral health from deteriorating, it is important that you take regular appointments at your Boise dental office, and get your teeth and gums examined. You are then more likely to be protected from harmful diseases in the future.

At Summit Dental Group, our team recognizes that your past, present, and future oral health can affect your overall health. We encourage you to take your Boise dental care seriously, and visit your Boise dentist regularly to ensure that your mouth is as healthy as it can be. If you have any questions, or would like to make an appointment, please call us at (208) 345-8962 today.



Wisdom Teeth: Should They Stay or Should They Go?

Wisdom Teeth: Should They Stay or Should They Go?

As the last teeth to develop and break through in the mouth, wisdom teeth (your third molars), usually come in between the ages of 16 and 18. While historically, dentists have suggested that wisdom teeth should be removed in almost all cases since they do not perform a vital function and often cause other Boise dental issues, this tradition is somewhat changing. If your wisdom teeth are healthy, your Boise dentist may not suggest having them removed. Since every patient is different, the decision to remove or keep your wisdom teeth should be discussed with your Boise dentist.

Below are a few things your Boise dentist wants you to know when it comes to keeping or removing your wisdom teeth:

Removing Wisdom Teeth

When wisdom teeth cause problems, your Boise dentist may suggest having them removed. Other good reasons to take them out include:

  • Damage to other teeth: That extra set of molars can push your other teeth around, causing mouth pain and bite problems.
  • Jaw damage: Cysts can form around the new teeth. If they aren’t treated, they can hollow out your jaw and damage nerves.
  • Sinus Issues: Problems with wisdom teeth can lead to sinus pain, pressure, and congestion.
  • Inflamed Gums: Tissue around the area can swell and may be hard to clean.
  • Cavities: Swollen gums can create pockets between teeth that help bacteria grow and cavities form.
  • Alignment: Impacted wisdom teeth can undo the effects of braces, bridges, crowns, partial dentures, or any type of dental work.

Your Boise dentist will look at the shape of your mouth and the position of your teeth before making any sort of decision. If you are experiencing any pain associated with your wisdom teeth, they may pose a risk to other teeth or cause weakness in your jaw. Keep in mind there are a variety of different ways your wisdom teeth can be removed including extraction by your Boise dentist, or (if deemed necessary) surgical intervention. Your Boise dentist or oral surgeon will help guide you with choosing the best procedure that is right for you.

Keeping Wisdom Teeth

If your wisdom teeth come in without pain and settle normally in relation to your mouth and other teeth, there may be no need to remove them. Some people have enough room in their jaw for wisdom teeth to grow. But keep in mind that not all wisdom teeth cause pain and you may not even realize you have them. That’s why it’s important to see your Boise dentist regularly so you can be examined and check for any potential problems.

Whether or not to remove your wisdom teeth is a decision best left to your Boise dentist based upon some of the factors outlined above. Good Boise dental health will remain extra important if you do keep your wisdom teeth  as they are located in the very back of your mouth and are harder to clean. If you do keep your wisdom teeth, it is very important to undergo regular Boise dental exams and x-rays in order to catch any signs of trouble.


Boise Dental Care: Before, During & After Pregnancy

Boise Dental Care: Before, During & After Pregnancy

Expecting? Congratulations! Keep in mind however, it’s very important to maintain optimal dental health during pregnancy. Boise dental visits during pregnancy are vital. If you are pregnant (or think you might be) and have an upcoming appointment with your Boise dentist, it’s important to make sure our team is aware of this right away.

Below are a few reasons you should maintain your Boise dental health during your pregnancy:

  • Pregnancy Gingivitis
  • Tooth Sensitivity
  • Higher Risk of Tooth Decay

Before, During, and After Pregnancy Advice:


  • Make an appointment with your Boise dentist for a routine cleaning and checkup prior to getting pregnant.
  • Take care of any major Boise dental health issues before becoming pregnant.


There are many Boise dental health issues that can develop during pregnancy as a result of hormonal changes, such as gingivitis, enamel erosion, and cavities. Try to take precautions to avoid them, and address them as soon as they arise.

  • It’s key to maintain good overall health, including good dental health.
  • It should be safe to have Boise dental procedures during pregnancy, including routine cleanings, x-rays, local anesthetic and polishing.
  • Untreated dental health issues many have adverse effects on the baby, because bacteria in the mouth may enter the bloodstream and travel to the fetus. This can result in low birth weights and preterm births.
  • If you experience morning sickness, be sure to rinse your mouth with water immediately after vomiting, and wait 30 minutes to brush to avoid damaging tooth enamel.


  • Oral health issues that arise during pregnancy typically subside after the baby is born.
  • If you experienced any Boise dental problems that don’t go away, make an appointment with your Boise dentist right away.

Are Boise Dental X-Rays Safe?

Are Boise Dental X-Rays Safe?

Your Boise dentist and the staff at Summit Dental Group rely on digital X-rays to help us process images at incredibly high speeds to diagnose and treat a variety of Boise dental conditions. They also provide you with the ability to view your digital X-rays in real time while we examine your mouth. A chairside computer monitor lets you see these images as we refine areas of concern to ensure an accurate diagnosis.

But are dental X-rays safe?
Of course! They emit 80 percent less radiation than exposure-type X-rays and provide detailed images to improve diagnosis and treatment. We can now detect Boise dental problems in their earliest stages without subjecting you to unnecessary radiation. The amount of radiation released by digital X-rays is “negligible,” which means the amount is so small, that it can be safely disregarded.

Digital X-rays are safe enough for children and pregnant women. When your Boise dentist and the staff at Summit Dental Group discover dental caries in their earliest stages, we can then initiate treatment measures that will effectively prevent cavity development, tooth decay, and potential tooth loss. Patient appointment lengths are shortened with digital X-rays as well, because images are immediately viewable and do not require the exposure time associated with old-style X-rays.

Safer, Better and Faster
When it comes to detecting cancerous tumor in their early stages, digital X-ray technology offers vast improvements over film X-rays because of its cutting-edge image processing capability. Early detection of oral cancer and Boise dental caries is the best way to prevent any type of Boise dental health problem from exceeding the treatable stage.



When is a Boise Dental Tooth Extraction Necessary?

When is a Boise Dental Tooth Extraction Necessary?

Everyone wants to keep their natural smiles for the rest of their life, however, situations often arise that can compromise their Boise dental health. While your Boise dentist at Summit Dental Group can easily address many issues, there are sometimes a few dental problems that are so serious that they can only be fixed with a tooth extraction. Below are some reasons why a permanent tooth may need to be removed:

Reasons a tooth need to be extracted
Many times a tooth needs to be removed due to trauma or severe decay, but there are also instances in which removing a tooth will help with overcrowding. If decay or an infection has damaged a tooth to the point that a filling or a Boise dental crown won’t be effective, then your Boise dentist may recommend a tooth extraction.

Another reason you may need a tooth extraction could be due to gum disease that has caused bone loss. Here you may find that some teeth are loose and no longer supported by bone. In this case you may be a good candidate for an extraction. This is one of the reasons it’s so important to keep up with your six-month Boise dental checkups. The sooner we can detect and treat gum disease the less long-term and irreversible issues you’ll deal with later.

In addition, infected teeth that cannot be treated or won’t respond to a root canal therapy treatment, may also need to be removed and replaced. In the case of overcrowding, your Boise dentist may recommend removing certain teeth before having braces applied. Many patients whose wisdom teeth have come in, may also need to have them removed to decrease your chances of developing an oral infection.

Do you need a tooth extraction?
If you are dealing with a severely decaying or infected tooth you may experience these issues:

  • Boise Dental Pain. The pain may come and go or be persistent. You may only discover pain while chewing. The pain can range from mild to throbbing and excruciating.
  • Gum tenderness and swelling around the tooth
  • A pimple-like growth on the gums that continues to come back
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms then it’s probably time you make an appointment to see your Boise dentist. The sooner you seek treatment, the better. Keep in mind that sometimes a patient won’t experience symptoms so it can be challenging to know if there is an issue that needs to be addressed. That’s why it’s important to keep up with those six-month Boise dental cleanings. If it’s time for your next visit, call Summit Dental Group at (208) 345-8962 today.


What Happens During a Professional Boise Teeth Cleaning

What Happens During a Professional Boise Teeth Cleaning

When you come in for your routine Boise teeth cleaning, you will be seen by both your Boise dentist, and a dental hygienist. The job of your dental hygienist is to check the health of your teeth and gums, as well as to clean and polish your teeth before giving some advice for at-home dental care. Below is what you can expect from your next Boise dental visit:

Cleaning: During a professional Boise teeth cleaning, the main goal is to remove any tartar buildup from your teeth and below the gumline. While brushing and flossing regularly at home will help to reduce plaque buildup, missed spots of plaque here and there easily turn into tartar, which your at-home toothbrush can’t remove. Therefore, you need to see your Boise dentist at Summit Dental Group to have the tartar properly removed form your teeth.

Polishing: Once the tartar has been removed from your teeth, your Boise dental hygienist will then polish and finish cleaning your smile. During this time they will use an abrasive paste and a rotating rubber brush to give your teeth a deep down clean.

Preventive Care: Once your teeth have been thoroughly cleaned, your Boise dental hygienist will talk to you about your at-home brushing habits. They will also provide you with pointers and tips on how to care for you smile that will reduce the chances of plaque and tartar buildup. If you have any questions about your Boise dental health, this will be the perfect time to have your questions answered.

How often should I see my Boise dentist for a teeth cleaning?
Everyone should see their Boise dentist approximately every six months for routine cleanings and exams. Those who are at a higher risk of developing gum disease or decay may require more frequent visits to their Boise dentist to make sure their smiles remain healthy. Talk to your dentist at Summit Dental Group about how often you should be coming in for your cleaning.

If it’s time to schedule your next biannual Boise dental visit, contact us today!