“There were dozens of nominations in this category this year; but once more, Best of Boise voters put Summit at the top of the list. Readers had particular praise for Dr. Zach Richardson: “Dr. Zach listens so well, he always provides some humor, and he’s particularly great with kids. His extensive knowledge also makes me feel well cared for.” Extra praise goes to Summit’s team of professionals who have traveled to Cambodian villages to provide much-needed care as part of International Medical Relief.”
From all of the dentists and staff at Summit Dental Group, we would like to extend a huge “THANK YOU” to all of our wonderful patients who voted for us! We are so grateful and honored to have earned your business and respect over the years!
As a practice, we are overjoyed at having won Best Local Dentists Office in Boise Weekly’s “Best of Boise Awards“ four years in a row! Our dentists believe that preventative care and education are extremely important to optimal Boise dental health. We focus on thorough exams and checking the overall health of your teeth and gums. Not only are we concerned about the beauty of our patients smile, but we are also concerned about the overall health of our patients. Whether your dental needs are a complete exam and cleaning, a full mouth restoration, or anything in between, Summit Dental Group will provide exceptional care as we restore and enhance the natural beauty of your smile!
For your next Boise dental visit, give us a call at (208) 345-8962 to schedule an appointment with the friendliest Boise Dentists in the Treasure Valley! We try our best to make each visit fun and enjoyable for all of our patients!
Boise Teeth Cleaning Benefits
One of the most important treatments you can get at Summit Dental is a professional teeth cleaning. Why? Before any other treatments are provided, a thorough dental cleaning will likely be administered first. That’s why we’d like to provide you with the following information about why teeth cleanings are so important and their benefits.
What Goes Into A Teeth Cleaning
Your dental hygienist will first do a visual check of your teeth and gums to see if there are any problems that need to be discussed with your Boise dentist. After that, your teeth are cleaned and polished with special dental tools that specially designed to remove plaque and tartar. If there is a large amount of tartar buildup, sometimes other instruments are used also to loosen and remove deposits from the teeth. It is recommended that teeth be professionally cleaned at least one to two times per year. More frequent cleaning may be necessary if other dental or oral problems are present.
Why Teeth Cleanings Are Important
Even with regular brushing and flossing, you can’t remove hardened plaque and tartar from your teeth. Furthermore, during a dental exam your Boise dentist or hygienist will clean your teeth and identify any underlying oral health problems as well as evaluate your risk of developing tooth decay. These exams are important in preventing future problems like bad breath & gum disease while giving your Boise dentist the opportunity of detecting any problems before they become more serious.
Additional Teeth Cleaning Benefits
- A dental hygienist can remove superficial stains that discolor your teeth, brightening your smile in the process.
- Regular teeth cleanings will help to prevent gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss.
- Regular teeth cleanings can detect early signs of oral cancer thus lowering your risk.
- Getting your teeth cleaned helps to reduce your chances of heart attacks and strokes due to the link between your cardiovascular system and your dental health.
- During a professional teeth cleaning, your Boise dentist can detect and treat any problems existing dental work like fillings, crowns, and bridges.
More Reasons Visit Your Boise Dentist
There are a wide variety of additional benefits to visiting your Boise dentist for regular checkups and teeth cleanings. Your dentist will also check for oral cavities, soft tissue damage, and tooth problems. Your dentist can also check the alignment of your teeth and jaw and suggest treatments for those with TMJ disorder and to prevent enamel erosion due to grinding your teeth.
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Even if it’s been a while since you last saw your Boise dentist, now is a good time to contact Summit Dental Group. Give us a call at (208) 345-8962 or fill out our online form today to schedule a professional teeth cleaning.
Teeth whitening isn’t reserved for the rich and famous anymore. In fact, people throughout the Treasure Valley are looking for ways to make their teeth whiter and brighter. Visit any local Walgreens or grocery store and you will find multiple shelves filled with teeth whitening products. Even more, there are endless blogs and websites containing information about DIY or “natural” teeth whitening treatments.
The truth is, however, that many of these products and DIY remedies are ineffective and even dangerous. Why go through the hassle of wasting your hard earned money or damaging your teeth and gums when you can visit your Boise dentist for a safe, affordable treatment? That’s why Summit Dental Group would like to provide you with the following list of common myths about teeth whitening.
Whitening Toothpaste is Effective
Many nationally recognized brands sell so-called whitening toothpaste that is often sold at a higher price than their standard toothpaste. Don’t waste your hard earned money. They simply don’t contain the necessary chemicals needed to effectively whiten your teeth. Furthermore, even if they do, they need to remain in contact with your teeth for an extended period of time. Since most people brush their teeth in a matter of minutes, any whitening ingredients in your toothpaste simply won’t have enough time to start working.
Store-Bought Whitening Kits Work
In addition to whitening toothpaste, there are many store-bought teeth whitening kits available these days. Contrary to popular belief that you don’t need to visit your Boise dentist to whiten your teeth, these kits simply don’t work. Why? They don’t contain the same quality ingredients used in the whitening solutions found at Summit Dental. Even if they do, they aren’t as strong as professional treatments making them ineffective.
Furthermore, if you use these kits to whiten your teeth on your own, you run the risk of damaging your gum tissues. When you trust your Boise dentist, however, you can rest assured your safety is our top priority and that you’re in good hands.
Crowns & Fillings Can Be Whitened
Before any whitening treatment, your Boise dentist will evaluate your mouth for any materials that won’t respond to whitening. These include porcelain crowns and composite fillings. If these things don’t show when you smile, then there is little concern. However, if you have a porcelain crown in the center of your smile, it won’t change color like the rest of your teeth. That’s why you should never go it the DIY route. At Summit Dental, we can help whiten your teeth and replace any dark crowns or fillings with modern materials to make your smile brighter.
Acidic Fruits Can Whiten Your Teeth
Natural advocates often suggest rubbing your teeth with oranges, lemons, strawberries, and other acidic fruits to whiten your teeth. Doing so, however, will not remove unwanted stains. In fact, the acidic ingredients of these fruits can actually damage your tooth enamel if it’s left on your teeth for extended periods of time. Considering you can’t get your enamel back, it’s best to just avoid these DIY teeth whitening practices.
Baking Soda & Peroxide Can Whiten Your Teeth
Two of the most commonly used substances for DIY teeth whitening are hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. While hydrogen peroxide can be used as an oral rinse (upon the recommendation of your Boise dentist) baking soda is a highly abrasive substance that can permanently damage your tooth enamel. Hydrogen peroxide can also cause gum irritation and damage. Gum injury sustained from home remedies can also increase your risk for infection which can come with severe consequences.
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As it is with any health-related dental services, prevention is always preferable to treatment. You can prevent tooth discoloration by limiting your consumption of staining foods and drinks, brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, and getting professional teeth cleanings. If you still need a teeth whitening treatment, however, it’s best to visit your Boise dentist at Summit Dental Group.
Our experienced professionals will evaluate your teeth and make recommendations depending on your individual needs. If you would like more information, contact us by filling out our online form or calling us at (208) 345-8962 to schedule an appointment.
Boise Dentist Recommendations For Extraction
A dental extraction is when a tooth is removed from its place in the gum and bone of your jaw. Compared to many other dental procedures, an extraction can sound intimidating and even a little scary. However, at Summit Dental Group, we believe that education and understanding of the reasons that may warrant a tooth extraction will help ease your mind if you’ve been told by your Boise dentist you need to have a tooth removed.
When is Tooth Extraction is Recommended
Only your Boise dentist can recommend the best course of action related to a tooth extraction. Unless it’s an emergency situation, an extraction will be based on a thorough examination and comprehensive evaluation of your dental health.
For more complicated extractions, Summit Dental Group will refer you to a skilled oral surgeon. These cases can include severely impacted or damaged teeth. Below are some reasons your Boise dentist may recommend a tooth extraction.
If a tooth has been damaged due to an accident or trauma, it may not be possible to repair it. If this is the case, an extraction may be the only option.
Infection or Decay
A severe infection or decay that affects the pulp of a tooth can be a reason for extraction, especially if an infection doesn’t respond to antibiotics. In certain cases regarding gum disease, a tooth may need to be removed if the root is exposed or has become damaged.
Impaction or Overcrowding
Wisdom teeth are a common extraction because they often can’t push through the gum or if a patient’s jaw is too small to accommodate them without crowding other teeth. In these cases, extraction is often recommended by your Boise dentist, especially if they are impacted, turned at odd angles or affecting the bit and chewing ability of a patient. Furthermore, teeth may need to be extracted for functional or cosmetic reasons.
Signs a Tooth May Need To Be Extracted
At Summit Dental, this is one of the most common questions our Boise dentists get asked. Even the common practice of removing a wisdom tooth isn’t always necessary, and a toothache doesn’t automatically mean a tooth should be extracted. That’s why a thorough evaluation of a patient’s mouth is necessary to determine the best course of action.
Below are some common signs that may indicate whether or not a tooth should be extracted:
- Severe tooth pain.
- Pain with eating or drinking.
- Jaw pain or stiffness.
- Swollen gums.
- Gum disease.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your Boise dentist as soon as possible.
What to Expect From a Tooth Extraction
With modern techniques and local anesthesia, the extraction of a tooth is nothing to fear. In fact, having a tooth removed often causes no more discomfort than having a cavity filled.
Upon the recommendations of your Boise dentist, there should be no complications from a tooth extraction. These often include resting for at least 24 hours after the procedure and limiting your activity for a few days to allow your mouth to heal. Often we will recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever like Ibuprofen or Tylenol. However, we may choose to provide you with a prescription depending on your individual needs.
Normally, the extraction site will heal completely within a month or so. After that, your Boise dentist can start preparing for a restoration like a dental implant. Restorations can help prevent your teeth from shifting that can affect your bite and ability to eat or speak down the road. These can include implants, bridges or partial dentures.
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If you suspect you have a tooth that may need to be removed, contact Summit Dental Group at (208) 345-8962 or fill out our online form to make an appointment. Our goal is to make your smile more beautiful while preserving the health and integrity of your natural teeth. With us, an extraction is a last resort option. That’s why we take the time to advise you on the various treatment options available to protect and preserve the function of your teeth.
Many adults in the Treasure Valley have some form of gum disease. Gum disease is an oral condition that ranges from an inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) to more serious problems like periodontitis and advanced periodontitis.
Gum disease is caused when the bacteria that is naturally present in your mouth combines with mucus and leftover food particles to form a sticky film called plaque. If plaque isn’t removed, it can harden into tartar. This tartar then attacks the enamel of your teeth and the tissues below the gum line.
If gingivitis isn’t treated it can progress to periodontitis. Periodontitis can then result in significant damage to the bone and soft tissues supporting your teeth. In this scenario, bacteria can also enter your bloodstream and spread to other parts of your body which can result in additional health problems.
Symptoms Of Gum Disease
Gum disease can affect people of any age. However, people in their 30’s and 40’s are especially susceptible. Early detection of gum disease is crucial for effective treatment. However, you may not experience any signs or symptoms because many of the early stages of gum disease are painless. Below are some signs to look out for:
- Loose Teeth – Teeth can become loose if there is an infection beneath the gum line. As the problem persists, the gum pockets become deeper.
- Sensitive Teeth – Tooth sensitivity can be a sign of gum disease. This is because the underlying surface of a tooth loses the protection afforded by the outer enamel.
- Bad Breath – Bad breath that doesn’t go away or a bad taste in the mouth can be a sign of gum disease caused by an accumulation of plaque on the teeth.
- Red, Swollen, or Bleeding Gums – Inflammation caused by gum disease can cause your gums to bleed or become red, swollen or tender. However, gingivitis isn’t painful for everyone suffering from the condition.
- Receding Gums – Gum recession can be a sign of periodontitis when the surrounding tissues of the teeth erode or pulls back, exposing more of a tooth or its roots.
Preventing Gum Disease
Gum disease can be prevented by brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day. Visiting your Boise dentist at Summit Dental for regular checkups and cleanings can also help you fight gum disease.
Treating Gum Disease
Dental hygiene is a critical part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. That’s why it’s important to brush and floss your teeth daily and visit your Boise dentist for regular cleanings and exams. Even if you do have gum disease, it can be reversed with proper care. Gingivitis can often be treated with minimally-invasive options such as a professional dental cleaning and antibiotics.
At Summit Dental we can provide you with a deep cleaning treatment called scaling and root planning for those who suffer from gum disease. During this treatment, tartar is scraped from the tooth below and above the gum line. Bacteria and other rough spots are also removed. Medications may be prescribed or mouthwashes may be recommended to limit and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. In severe cases, surgery may be required and teeth may need to be removed.
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It’s important to pay attention to your oral health and visit your Boise dentist regularly to prevent gum disease. If you suspect you have gum disease, contact Summit Dental Group at (208) 345-8962 or fill out our form online. With treatment, we can provide you with healthy gums, healthy teeth and natural, beautiful smile you can be proud of.
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Boise Dental 3D X-Rays
In the Treasure Valley, approximately 25% of adults have untreated cavities and tooth decay. Even more, most people don’t even realize it. If they do realize it, visiting their Boise dentist may not be at the top of their priority list. With that said, dental technology has evolved drastically over the years, making a visit to Summit Dental much more comfortable. In fact, the latest, cutting-edge technology we offer comes in the form of 3D dental x-rays. Using the Green16 Advanced 4-in-1 digital x-ray imaging system, we can get detailed images of your mouth in a matter of seconds. That’s why we’d like to provide you with the following information about 3D x-rays and the benefits they offer.
Numerous Views Of Your Mouth
Using the Green16 Advanced 4-in-1 digital x-ray imaging system, images can be converted into a three-dimensional view to improve diagnostic accuracy with increased treatment planning and patient satisfaction.
These images provide our Boise dentists with the most complete views of dental anatomy ever taken. Even more, the process is fast and easy allowing us to see all views of a patient’s mouth, including bone structure, jaw anatomy, soft tissues, and nerve tracks. This helps us to implement special procedures such as root canals and implants in the most effective way possible. The best part? There is no need for special preparation and no discomfort will be experienced by a patient.
With the ability to view everything about a patient’s mouth, confidence in both diagnosis and treatment is high. 3D dental x-rays give your Boise dentist with the ability to provide you with a complete picture of all your dental and jaw areas. As a patient, this will help to decrease your stress levels when you are able to see a complete picture of any problem areas while discussing your treatment options with your dentist. Even more, you will be provided with quality assurance knowing your dentist can make the best decision for your mouth.
At Summit Dental Group, we rely on digital x-rays to help us diagnose and treat a wide variety of oral health conditions. Now that you know more about the 3D dental x-rays we offer, it’s time to take the necessary steps forward to take care of any existing problems to obtain a healthy, beautiful smile. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us at (208) 345-8962 today or fill out our online form and we will get back with you ASAP.
A root canal is something most people in the Treasure Valley are familiar with. However, when you think of a root canal you probably associate it with pain. That’s why it’s important to put to rest the common myth this dental procedure is painful. With advances in dental technology, the process of a root canal is no more complicated or painful than having a tooth filled.
When it comes to a root canal, your Boise dentist works to alleviate any pain you may be experiencing from an infected tooth while preserving its overall structure and integrity. That’s why Summit Dental Group would like to provide you with the following information about what you need to know about root canals.
What Is A Root Canal?
A root canal is a dental procedure that treats a severely infected tooth. During this treatment, the nerve and pulp of your tooth is removed. Once that’s complete, you’re Boise dentist will clean up the interior of your tooth and seal it up to prevent infection. If left untreated, an infected tooth can become much more serious when an infection spreads to surrounding tissues.
What Causes An Infected Tooth?
There are several things that can cause the pulp of a tooth to become infected. These can include severe decay, trauma, large fillings, and cracks or chips in a tooth. If you experience any serious tooth pain, your Boise dentist may recommend a root canal if an infection is detected.
The Root Canal Process
After applying a topical anesthetic to numb the area, your Boise dentist will drill a small hole in the crown of your tooth. Using tiny instruments, the pulp will be removed. Next, a temporary material will be applied to seal the root canals of your tooth. Once a root canal treatment is complete, a protective crown will be placed over your tooth to restore its function and natural appearance.
Signs You May Need A Root Canal
Not all types of mouth pain indicate the need for a root canal. However, signs of infection that may warrant one include:
- Extreme tooth pain.
- Tooth sensitivity that lingers after eating or drinking.
- A small bump on the gums near a painful tooth.
- Tooth discoloration and darkening.
- Swelling or tenderness of the gums around a painful tooth.
How Painful Is A Root Canal?
At Summit Dental Group, your comfort is our top priority. We take the time to numb your tooth and the surrounding areas with a local anesthetic to ensure you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during the process. As an additional bonus, the anesthetic we apply will help to relieve any pain you may be experiencing due to an infection.
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If you’re dealing with tooth pain or sensitivity, it’s important to contact your Boise dentist at Summit Dental Group as soon as possible. Addressing decay early is essential when it comes to finding the best treatment option and protecting your healthy smile. If you would like more information about the root canal process, contact us at (208) 345-8962 to make an appointment today!
A comprehensive dental exam is essential for identifying any potential issues that may or may not present any symptoms. At Summit Dental Group, we perform a comprehensive dental exam for every new patient. This allows us to identify any issues that can negatively impact a patient’s quality of life.
Why You Need A Comprehensive Dental Exam
It’s very important to get a comprehensive dental exam during your first appointment with any new dentist. It’s also a good idea to get this exam if you haven’t visited a dentist in three or more years. This allows your Boise dentist to gain a better understanding of your dental health and come up with any necessary treatment plans.
What You Can Expect
Unlike a regular dental exam, a comprehensive exam will include several steps, designed to identify any specific potential issues. These include:
- Digital X-Rays: Your Boise dentist will perform a comprehensive dental X-ray to check for cavities, decay, tumors, cysts, bone loss, and other potential issues. An X-ray will also allow us to map out tooth and root positions so we can monitor any changes over time. With the visual reference an X-ray provides, we can better explain any conditions and treatment options to our patients.
- Gum Disease Screening: During a comprehensive dental exam, a hygienist at Summit Dental will inspect your gums and the bone around your teeth for any signs of gum disease. This is done using a periodontal probe, which is a small measuring tool that can determine pocket depth.
- Oral Cancer Screening: Unfortunately, oral cancer can go undetected for years before any obvious signs or symptoms arise. That’s why early detection is essential to promoting a positive outcome. With this in mind, your Boise dentist will inspect the tissues in your mouth for any lumps, lesions or discolorations that could signal oral cancer. This screening will include your mouth, gums, tongue, lips, and neck.
- Oral Exam: During an oral exam, your Boise dentist will inspect your teeth for any areas of decay while assessing the condition of your current restorations like fillings, bridges, crowns, and implants. If we find any potential issues, we will make recommendations on how to best correct the problem.
Preventative Care That Matters
Whether you’ve been skipping your regular dentist appointments, or you’re new to the Treasure Valley area, Summit Dental is your best choice for a comprehensive dental examination. Our Boise dentists can help you save money and maintain your overall health by identifying any oral health issues before they become severe. Take control of your dental health today by contacting us at (208) 345-8962 to schedule an appointment.
Bad breath is a problem that most people experience at least once in their lifetime. But for some, bad breath is something they struggle with daily. That’s why Summit Dental would like to help you identify the many common causes of bad breath and provide you with the following tips to treat them.
Poor Dental Hygiene
There are many strains of bacteria that can cause bad breath. Even worse, the mouth is the perfect environment for them to grow, especially when plaque and food debris aren’t properly removed. That’s why it’s important to maintain proper dental hygiene to prevent bad breath from happening. This includes brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing at least once a day. You can also use a tongue scraper to help remove additional bacteria and food debris from your tongue for extra freshness.
Bad breath can also be caused by infection, tooth decay, and gum disease. Signs to look out for include tooth pain and bleeding or puffy gums. If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s important to visit your Boise dentist as soon as possible to get treated properly.
Certain foods that you eat can cause unwanted bad breath. It’s that simple. Even worse, the odors can linger long after you’ve eaten them. These include onion, garlic, and other smelly foods that enter your bloodstream and proceed to your lungs once they are digested thus affecting how your breath smells. If you suspect the foods you eat are the cause of your bad breath, you may want to try eliminating them temporarily to see if that helps.
Saliva by nature helps to hydrate and cleanse your mouth. When saliva is low it can lead to bad breath. This is especially common in the morning when the mouth dries out during sleep. Other causes of dry mouth include the regular use of certain medications. If you notice any symptoms of dry mouth, it’s important to talk with your Boise dentist to see what solutions they can offer. Even more, it’s important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
Smoking is known to cause many serious diseases including lung and oral cancers. Even more, it can cause unwanted bad breath by reducing the flow of saliva and promoting gum disease. That’s why it’s important to quit smoking (and tobacco use in all forms) to ensure your dental and overall health.
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If you would like more information or would like to schedule an appointment to find a solution for your bad breath, contact Summit Dental Group at (208) 345-8962. Our Boise dentists would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and assess the overall health of your teeth and gums.
At Summit Dental, our mission is to help our patients achieve total dental health. But in addition to healthy teeth, we also feel it’s important for our patients to feel confident with their smile. Over time, teeth become discolored because it’s impossible to avoid eating and drinking the foods and beverages we enjoy. Thankfully, teeth whitening is a simple, cost-effective way to whiten your teeth. As your Boise dentist, we’re proud to offer a variety of high-quality teeth whitening treatments, including in-office and at-home treatments along with Crest Professional White Strips. If you’re considering whitening your teeth, there are a number of benefits why you should visit your dentist for the procedure.
Professional Teeth Whitening in Boise
Wish you had a whiter smile but don’t want to pursue extensive dental work like veneers? Professional teeth whitening is a simple, convenient procedure that can whiten your teeth quickly and efficiently with amazing results. We’re proud of the teeth whitening results we provide our patients at our Boise, Idaho dentists office.
- Brighter, Whiter Teeth. Professional teeth whitening lives up to its name at Summit Dental. Using specialized, prescription-strength whitening products, we can lighten your teeth in a single appointment, making it possible for you to walk out of our office with a brand new smile!
- Convenient Treatment. Our simple teeth whitening process involves sitting in one of our treatment chairs with a whitening gel applied to your teeth. Because it’s painless, there’s no need for anesthesia and requires no recovery time. Simply schedule an appointment, walk out with a new smile, and go about your day.
- Long-Lasting Results. While white teeth won’t last forever, you can enjoy your smile for many months with proper at-home care. We will provide you with information on how to care for your smile and to protect your teeth whitening investment during your appointment.
- Increased Confidence. Perhaps the number one benefit of a professional teeth whitening treatment is increased confidence. Our Treasure Valley patients leave our office feeling more confident and happier after a teeth whitening procedure. There’s nothing better than feeling proud of your smile and we make it easier than ever to achieve that goal.
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Professional teeth whitening is a quick, convenient, and affordable way to revitalize your smile in a single visit. If you’re considering a teeth whitening treatment, the team at Summit Dental Group would love to help. Contact us at (208) 345-8962 for more information or to schedule an appointment. We can’t wait to hear from you and look forward to helping you achieve a confident, white smile you can be proud of!