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Replacing Your Dental Fillings

Replacing Your Dental Fillings

Healthy teeth are essential for a healthy body. Boise dental fillings help to replace lost tooth enamel due to decay, and cavities by returning a tooth back to its normal size and shape. Sometimes however, your filling may need to be replaced due to signs or symptoms that may indicate complications due to open gaps, fractures or recurrent decay.

Types of Boise Dental Fillings

Amalgam. Most people recognize Boise dental amalgams as silver fillings. Amalgam fillings are made of an alloy of mixed metals that expand and contract. Often times they are a popular choice with a Boise dentist because they are strong and can withstand the forces of chewing. However, fractures with amalgam fillings are still known to occur. If the seal between the tooth and the filling breaks down, food debri and bacteria can get under the filling causing recurrent decay. If detected early, a simple replacement can be made. If left undetected more expensive Boise dental care restorations may be needed such as a root canal or Boise crowns & bridges.

Resin Composite Fillings. Made out of ceramic and plastic compounds in order to maintain the appearance of natural teeth, resin composite fillings are commonly used for to fill cavities on the front teeth. For aesthetic reasons, composite fillings are good at matching the color to that of the actual tooth while preventing breakage and insulating the tooth from excessive temperature changes. However, a patient who receives a composite filling may experience post operative sensitivity. Because composite fillings are softer than natural tooth material, they are also prone to failure when placed on molar teeth because of the immense chewing forces placed upon them. On average composite fillings have a life expectancy from 2-10 years on average.


Regular Boise dental exams, x-rays, and a Boise teeth cleaning are important ways to evaluate your Boise dental fillings. Unfortunately, many times you will not be able to tell if your fillings need to be replaced until it is too late. A Boise dental checkup will help to identify small concerns before they turn into bigger problems.

While you may not be able to identify whether your filing needs to be replaced, pay attention to any bite or temperature sensitivity issues you may be experiencing. Usually these symptoms are an important indicator of some of the problems listed above. Nobody knows your teeth better than you do!

Talk to your Boise dentist about evaluating the integrity of your current fillings in order to prevent any future Boise dental problems that may arise if they have become compromised. Don’t make the mistake of waiting to do something if you have signs or symptoms of a broken or unsealed filling. If you have unusual sensitivity, tenderness, or source-point pain, schedule an appointment with your Boise dentist as soon as possible for a Boise dental exam.


Important Reasons To Visit Your Dentist Even If Your Teeth Feel Great

Important Reasons To Visit Your Dentist Even If Your Teeth Feel Great

Your smile is important to us at Summit Dental! Even if your teeth look and feel great its important to check in with your Boise dentist for a Boise dental exam every six months in order to keep your smile healthy & happy while maintaining optimal oral health. At Summit Dental, our Boise dentist is proud to offer preventative procedures to ensure your there are no small problems that could quickly turn into much bigger & more expensive problems down the road.

Preventive dentistry helps to avoid things like cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more. Gingivitis, periodontitis, enamel loss, and cavities can all be avoided or easily treated with proper dental care, and regular Boise dental exams. Children in particular benefit from visiting their Boise dentist regularly because prevention allows their newly developing teeth to grow in healthy and strong. Adults also benefit from preventative dentistry because it helps them to maintain their real teeth longer without the need for extractions or expensive dental restorations.

Hidden Issues Only Your Boise Dentist Can Find

Besides visiting your Boise dentist to prevent any potential Boise dental problems that may arise, another good reason is to check for hidden issues in your mouth that you may not even realize you have. There are a number of things to keep watch out for. Bacteria, tartar, and cavities are often times found in between teeth where they can remain undetected. If left untreated, cavities and decay get worse over time, requiring extensive, and often unwanted treatment that can cost more to have fixed than it would have to prevent. During a routine, Boise dental exam, our team of dentists will not only provide you with a Boise teeth cleaning but will be able to check your fillings and best smile restorations to make sure everything is in good shape.

Preventing problems before they start is essential in maintaining a healthy smile. Many times you can’t see or feel a variety of Boise dental problems until its too late. With proper dental hygiene, everyone can greatly reduce their risk of getting cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis, and other dental problems while reducing the risk of secondary problems caused by poor oral health. This, in turn, can reduce the risk of secondary problems. Schedule regular Boise dental checkups and Boise teeth cleanings today to ensure the overall health of you & your mouth!


Keeping Smiles Healthy at School

Keeping Smiles Healthy at School

Between early morning drop-offs & establishing homework schedules with your kids this fall, keeping their teeth healthy while they’re at school may not be your #1 priority. While it may seem like a mundane task, packing an apple instead of a fruit roll-up or cookies in their lunch can help boost your child’s oral and overall health in addition to keeping unwanted cavities and unexpected Boise dental bills at bay.

Boise dentist, Dr. Robert Studebaker warns that too much sugar can cause bacteria in the mouth to generate acid which over time wears away enamel causing tooth decay (cavities). While kids love their sweets, moderation is important. Overconsumption can not only hurt their teeth but provides an addicting, temporary jolt for kids that is typically followed by a sugar “crash” leaving them hungry, and lethargic which isn’t how you want your kids to feel during afternoon classes.

Instead, your Boise dentist at Summit Dental recommends the following Boise dental recommendations to help keep smiles healthy before, during, and after school:

  • After breakfast, or before leaving for school, have your child thoroughly brush their teeth with a fluoride toothpaste to remove the buildup of problem causing bacteria in their mouth accumulated overnight while sleeping. Brushing after breakfast (or any meal) not only removes leftover food particles but helps to eliminate bad breath (halitosis) as well.
  • Fill your child’s lunchbox with healthy foods and snacks. Whole grain breads, lean meats, nuts, cheese, apples, or bite-sized carrots are not only healthy but help to clean the teeth and gums naturally. Remember that old saying “an apple a day helps to keep the doctor away”? The same goes with your Boise dentist.
  • If their school allows it, send your child to school with a couple sticks of sugar-free gum to chew before and after lunch to help stimulate saliva to buffer acid and dislodge leftover food particles stuck in between teeth.
  • Children with extensive Boise dental work such as braces or removable retainers should take care to brush their teeth and rinse any dental appliances after every meal in order to keep their teeth happy, and healthy.

In the end, make sure to schedule a Boise dental visit during the school year for a checkup & regular Boise teeth cleaning. Ask your Boise dentist about protecting your children’s teeth from cavities with options like sealants – a thin coating of translucent material that acts as a barrier to cavity-causing bacteria.



What To Do If Your Child Loses a Baby Tooth at School

What To Do If Your Child Loses a Baby Tooth at School

This autumn, families everywhere are falling back into the routine of going back to school. While we are all getting used to early morning drop-offs, and after-school homework schedules, what happens during school hours is usually out of our hands. Once the school bell rings, certain things are bound to happen, including the loss of a baby tooth.

If your child does in fact lose his or her first baby tooth at school, don’t worry! Most likely a celebration will be provided by the teacher and their classmates in light of reaching this mini-milestone as long as your child is prepared for the possibility.

Normally, most children lose their first baby tooth around the age of 5 or 6, but it can happen any time between the ages of 4-8 which leaves a high probability they might experience losing a baby tooth during class time.

Provide them with Boise dental information

Prepare your child for the possibility of losing a baby tooth by explaining why we lose our teeth and how it feels or what will happen so they’re not afraid or caught off guard. By now your child has most likely visited their Boise dentist for a Boise dental checkup or Boise teeth cleaning. If they don’t already know, start off by explaining to your child that we all develop two sets of teeth, our primary (baby) and secondary (permanent) teeth. Normally, permanent teeth will begin to grow in around the age of six (except for wisdom teeth) in a addition to their 12-year molars.

Teacher Alert!

If they happen to lose a baby tooth while in school, have your child notify their teacher. Not only will a teacher provide comfort & a tissue, they might indulge your child by taking a photo while providing them with a prize, and tooth-shaped carrier or baggie to bring the tooth home.

Boise Dentist Reward Ideas

Next, don’t forget to have your child put their tooth under their pillow at night for the tooth fairy to find! Aside from money there are other fun ways to reward your child. In addition to a couple of quarters (or dollars), your Boise dentist, Dr. Robert Studebaker would suggest leaving a fun, new toothbrush or other Boise dental care prize! In the end, make sure to care for your child’s overall dental health by establishing good brushing and flossing habits in addition to scheduling a Boise dental checkup every six months.


Protecting Your Child’s Smile During Sports Season

Protecting Your Child’s Smile During Sports Season

An essential element that goes along with rooting for your child during their next soccer, football or basketball game this fall is protecting their smile. Any Boise dentist will tell you that sports-related injuries to the mouth are just as common as a suffering from a sprained ankle among young athletes.

Mouthguards are designed to protect your childs teeth and gums from major Boise dental injuries. If your child loves to participate in his or her favorite after-school sports, it’s important that a mouthguard is worn in order to preserve the integrity of their teeth.

Types of Mouthguards

There are three basic types of mouthguards your child can wear in order to protect their smile: the pre-made, the “boil-and-bite, or a Boise dental, custom-made mouthguard. Available at your local drug store, sporting goods, or super store, make sure to pick one that is tear-resistant, well fitted, and comfortable for your child to wear. It is just as imperative for those who wear braces or a retainer to wear a mouthguard as well. Surprisingly inexpensive, mouthguards are a great way to prevent major Boise dental expenses should a sports related injury happen.

Caring for your Child’s Mouthguard

Similar to any oral hygiene or Boise dental appliance, its important to care for and clean your child’s mouthguard in order to keep them safe and healthy while maintaining its integrity.

  • Make sure to store the mouthguard in a protective case – Don’t let it get tossed onto the floor of your car after practice only to have them put it back in their mouth covered in germs & debri.
  • Have your child clean their mouthguard after each use as they would their own teeth  with a gentle scrub from their toothbrush with toothpaste before rinsing, and drying.
  • Replace the mouthguard at the beginning of every new sports season in addition to it becoming worn or no longer fitting properly.
  • Store the mouthguard at room temperature. Hot cars or window sills can easily cause the mouthguard to melt and lose its protective form.
  • Dont let your child chew or cut any piece off the mouthguard.
  • For children who wear retainers, a retainer should be removed before wearing a mouthguard. If your child wears braces, your Boise dentist can help design a specialized mouthguard to fit and protect their smile.

Keep in mind that no matter how hard we try to protect our children, accidents do happen. In case of a dental emergency, contact your Boise Dentist, Dr. Robert Studebaker ASAP. We can provide you with over-the-phone recommendations as well as scheduling an appointment depending on the severity of your childs Boise dental emergency for their best smile restoration.


Identifying the Problem with Mouth Pain

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Not feeling well lately? Do you find yourself waking up to tooth or gum pain? Don’t underestimate how important a Boise dental care exam can be when it comes to mouth pain. Depending on the cause, immediate treatment might be the answer when it comes to preserving your smile and protecting your overall health.

While we know that sometimes a trip to your Boise dentist can be a stressful thought, it’s worse to delay treatment when it comes to potential Boise dental problems. Find out what’s really going on in your mouth. Chances are, the truth (in most cases) will probably be less scary than what you’ve imagined.

Common Causes of Oral Discomfort

Cavities – Cavities are holes that form when acids eat through the outer layer of a tooth’s surface. When caught early, they are easily treated but if left untreated can become infected requiring a root canal or extraction. If your tooth is crying out for help, don’t ignore it! Schedule an appointment with your Boise dentist today!

Gingivitis/periodontal disease – Not only does plaque cause cavities when it builds up on your teeth, your gums can suffer as well. Plaque promotes bacterial growth which can in turn inflame your gums. Aggravated gums are then prone to infection. If bacteria is able to invade the pockets that form between the gums and your teeth, your tooth loses stability which can lead to major problems.

TMJ disorder – Your occlusion is the alignment of your bite. If your jaws are aligned properly, your teeth fit together as they should and you can eat or chew without discomfort. Unfortunately, an overbite or underbite can lead to malocclusion. Long-term malocclusion can then lead to problems with jaw joint pain (TMJ). TMJ pain can be felt on either side of the face, as well as in front or slightly below the ears.

Bruxism – Chronic teeth grinding is another habit many people suffer from. Most people clench or grind at night. During a Boise dental exam, your Boise dentist will be able to recognize the signs of Bruxism, like worn enamel and receding gums. If your wake up in the morning with sore teeth and jaws, your most likely grinding your teeth at night.

Canker sores – Also known as an Aphthous ulcer, cankers sores are known to cause general discomfort but rarely lead to any serious problems. While it’s always important to discuss any dental problems with your Boise dentist, canker sores can easily be relieved with over-the-counter canker sore or pain medication like Tylenol or Ibuprofen.


Celebrities & their Best Smile Restorations

Celebrities & their Best Smile Restorations

Just because someone’s famous doesn’t mean they’re immune to seeking out proper dental care. In fact, at some point during their lives they had their now pearly whites either fixed or enhanced by means of cosmetic dentistry. Below are some good examples of celebs we love that would have looked quite differently today if they hadn’t sought out a best smile restoration:

1. Tom Cruise – Who can forget this young hunk from the wrong side of the tracks in “The Outsiders”? While his part as Steve Randle definitely helped jump start his movie-making career, his teeth at the time didn’t live up to movie star standards. Actually, it wasn’t until his “Mission Impossible” days that he upgraded to a full set of veneers. While our Boise dentist would like to take credit for his transformation, it was probably Nicole Kidman who finally convinced him to seek out his best smile restoration.

2. Jim Carrey – Who can forget the infamous Lloyd Christmas from our favorite “Dumb & Dumber” movie? This rubber-faced comedian famously sported a chipped front tooth which he later revealed was real. In fact, he chipped his tooth while in detention during his youth in grammar school and was sent home with the broken tooth in an envelope. For his role as Lloyd Christmas he later removed the cap in order to make his character even funnier.

3. Victoria Beckham – Once upon a time, “Posh Spice” from the “Spice Girls” had what some people might call as the “British Snaggle”. In fact, her teeth look a whole lot different now than they did at the beginning of her pop singing career. Her best smile restoration probably included what our Boise dentist would recommend as a little cosmetic dentistry.

4. Ed Helms – In the 2009 smash hit comedy, “The Hangover” Helm’s tiger stealing character “Stu” loses a tooth after taking a punch from Mike Tyson. In reality Helms actually pulled out what our Boise dentist would say was a dental implant by having the crown broken off and post unscrewed from the implant!

Remember, while you’re probably happy to hear that celebrities are in reality people like you and me, you too can have an Oscar-winning smile by simply brushing, flossing, and regularly visiting your Boise dentist. Broken or damaged teeth? Our Boise dentist has you covered. Make an appointment today to discuss your best smile restoration!


What Your Car and Teeth have in Common

What Your Car and Teeth have in Common

Minor Problems Turn into Costly Repairs

As a car owner, you probably already know how much a hassle it can be to keep it maintained. You also probably know how important it is to maintain your car so you don’t get stranded on the side of the road. In addition, minor problems that cost little money to fix can turn into expensive problems if left ignored.

The same goes for your teeth. We all want a perfect smile right? We also want a healthy smile. By taking care of your teeth & practicing proper oral hygiene small imperfections or dental problems can be easily fixed by scheduling a regular Boise dental exam.

Maintenance Requires Tune-ups & Boise Dental Exams!

We all know that routine maintenance like changing your oil, refilling your fluids and rotating your tires are an important part of extending the life of your automobile. Your teeth are just as important! Care for your teeth by scheduling a regular Boise dental exam!

Got a cracked or broken tooth? Consider scheduling a best smile restoration exam. Your Boise dentist will then be able to help you decide what kind of treatment would work best for you and your budget. From Boise crowns and bridges to other Boise cosmetic dentistry options, Summit Dental can help you fix minor problems before they turn into big ones!


Like cars, teeth require a bit of upkeep. It’s easy but requires some effort. While teeth are durable, little problems often turn into big ones when they are ignored. Taking proper care of them can make them last a whole lot longer. While there are a variety of Boise dental options to repair your teeth like Boise tooth implants, and Boise crowns and bridges, keep in mind that unlike your car, you can’t trade your natural teeth in for new ones. You only get one set of organic teeth. Take care of them, and they’ll take care of you!


How to make brushing fun for your kids

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No matter what your age, brushing can be boring. Unfortunately its one of those chores we have to do but don’t necessarily want to do. In fact, when it comes to a child, brushing their teeth can be quite mundane making it easy for them to forget or (gasp!) avoid…

At Summit Dental, our Boise dentist recommends taking the chore out of brushing your teeth by making it more engaging with the following tips & tricks to spice things up a bit. In the end there’s nothing worse than hearing the bad news that comes along with your child not brushing his or her teeth at their next Boise dental checkup.

Update Their Gear

We all know how it feels when we buy a new pair of shoes. As soon as we get out of the store we can’t wait to wear them and show them off. The same goes with toothbrushes. While our Boise dentist doesn’t suggest you go overboard on expensive toothbrushes, you can however take you child to pick out their new toothbrush. There are a variety of kinds with age appropriate themes and characters to choose from. The same goes with toothpaste and floss as well. Just by letting them pick out their own gear will boost some excitement when it comes time to brush!

Switch things up

Change their routine! If you can make it fun, chances are your kids are more apt to brush. Simply by changing the routine, you take the routine aspect out of it. Our Boise dentist suggests the following things you can try:

  • Encourage them to brush with the hand opposite of the one they usually brush with.

  • Have them floss before they brush.

  • Introduce a timer.

  • Reward them with prizes (stickers, etc.)

Set a challenge

Find out what they really want – it can be big or small! Our Boise dentist suggests making a challenge for your kids to brush for X amount of days in order to reach that reward. For a short challenge, suggest an ice cream date if they brush and floss their teeth every day leading up to it. For a bigger challenge reward them with a new toy they’ve been asking for if they brush and floss their teeth daily every day for a month. Not only does a challenge make the process less mundane, it teaches them about working towards, and reaching a goal.

Visit your Boise dentist for regular checkups and a Boise teeth cleaning

A regular teeth-cleaning routine is essential for good dental health. Regular Boise dental checkups and a Boise teeth cleaning are essential to maintaining proper oral hygiene, and overall health. Keep in mind that your children practice what they learn. If you don’t brush and floss regularly or visit your Boise dentist, it is unlikely your children will either.

Good luck, and have fun!


Love Your Smile!


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Calling Mom & Dad! With all the back-to-school hustle and bustle of shopping, doctors’ appointments, books for your kids, etc., don’t forget about your own dental confidence in the process! If you’re unhappy with your smile, a Boise dentist at Summit Dental can help you create the confidence boosting change to your teeth that you’ve been looking for.

Improve your appearance, self-esteem, and confidence! While we all feel like we know a beautiful smile when we see one, in reality there is no such thing. Everyone is different. Restoring a beautiful smile depends heavily on what you want or need. Do you have missing teeth? Decayed or chipped teeth? Do you simply just want whiter teeth? All these factors play into what kind of procedures your Boise dentist at Summit Dental will use.

Boise teeth cleaning & whitening

For those with healthy teeth and good oral hygiene, teeth whitening can be a great way to lift stains and brighten a smile. Stains and discolorations are all-too-common dental problems. Regular oral exams and cleaning can ward off stains but sometimes a whitening treatment can provide you with the bright smile you’ve been looking for.

A good rule of thumb is that the color of your teeth should match the whites of your eyes. Talk with your Boise dentist about what preferred whitening method they suggest. With a Boise teeth cleaning, many external stains can be removed while promoting good oral health.

Custom Veneers & Crowns

A great smile can boost your self-confidence and allow the “real you” to shine through! Porcelain veneers are a great cosmetic solution for smile imperfections such as gaps, stains, chipped or crooked teeth. Veneers are custom-designed translucent porcelain coverings that are adhered to the front of a tooth’s surface. Not only are porcelain veneers resistant to staining, they create the effect of a permanently whiter smile!

Porcelain crowns are another way of giving you a beautiful, natural-looking smile, and are often the ideal solution to restoring severely damaged teeth by covering the entire surface of the tooth.

Boise Tooth Implants

When it comes to replacing whole teeth, Boise tooth implants are very durable, and last many years. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge for a natural look. They require the same “maintenance” as real teeth which includes brushing, flossing and regular Boise dental check-ups.

In Conclusion…

A best smile restoration at Summit Dental will allow your Boise dentist to makeover your smile, no matter the reason—giving you a more beautiful, and youthful look. Having a gorgeous grin also increases your confidence, and helps you make more social and work connections. We can use a variety restorative and cosmetic dental options to make your enamel whiter, fix chips, cracks and gaps, straighten misalignments, and repair broken and misshapen teeth. Contact us today for your best smile restoration!