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Improve Your Smile With Boise Dental Veneers

Improve Your Smile With Boise Dental Veneers

Have you ever self-consciously hid your smile during a group photo? How about during a job interview or on a first date? Boise cosmetic dentistry was designed to help people just like you to feel more confident by hiding slight tooth damage and discoloration. If you have stained or cracked teeth, the Boise dentists at Summit Dental Group offer porcelain veneers as a wonderful treatment option for those looking to enhance the natural beauty of their smile.

Veneers Work to Fix Multiple Problems

Veneers are small shells of porcelain that are customized and bonded to the surface of your teeth. If you are affected by one or more of the following problems, porcelain veneers may be the perfect dental solution:

  • Stubborn stains
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Teeth that are too large or small
  • Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
  • Teeth that have large gaps between them

Improve Your Self-Image With Veneers

Porcelain veneers can radically improve your smile and overall appearance if you have teeth that are affected by one or more aesthetic problem. The beauty of this Boise dental treatment is that it can fix multiple problems at once, even if your teeth are discolored, misaligned, or uneven.

The benefits of veneers go far beyond the way you look. Most people with porcelain veneers agree that the biggest benefit is how it’s made them feel about themselves. This Boise dental treatment will not only provide you with the freedom to smile and laugh but boost your self-confidence as well.  

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Choosing to get veneers can help you look and feel your best without the need for extensive cosmetic treatments. There are no drawn out requirements, and you can get back to your regular life as soon as you have them bonded.

To get the most out of your smile, contact the Summit Dental Group at (208) 345-8962 for an appointment. Our Boise dentists will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and talk about your best smile restoration options to determine what will work best depending on your needs.

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Choosing the Best Dentist in Boise, Idaho

Choosing the Best Dentist in Boise, Idaho

Are you looking for one of the best dentists in Boise to help with your smile? Searching for a new dentist can be a challenge, especially since there are hundreds of dentists to choose from in our area. However, knowing what to look for can help you shorten the list. That’s why Summit Dental Group has put together a few reasons you might want to schedule an appointment with us!

Voted Best Treasure Valley Two Years in a Row!

Best of Treasure Valley voters know that Summit Dental Group takes dentistry to new heights. The team of dentists, hygienists, assistants and front office staff all work together to provide patient visits that are fun and enjoyable. Ans yes, Summit believes you can enjoy going to see them. From routine exams to crowns and bridges, Summit’s goal is to have you leave their office with a smile!” – Idaho Statesman

After being honored as Boise’s #1 Dentist for two years in a row, Summit Dental has once again made the nomination list for the 2017 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!

Our Boise Dentists Value Experience & Continuing Education

All dentists are qualified to work on teeth based on their completion of dental school and a residency program. What sets our Boise dentists apart from the rest, however, is the experience they gain through their commitment to continued growth and education.

Check out our amazing team of Boise dentists to learn more about each one:

Carson Mooney, DDS In 1991, Carson graduated from Boise High School, then went to Pepperdine University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree. In 2001, Carson earned his Doctorate of Dental Science from Creighton University and was privileged to return to Boise to practice with his longtime friend and mentor, Dr. Pierce. Carson practiced for 5 years as an associate for Skip and became a partner in Summit Dental Group in 2006. Dr. Mooney is a former President of the Southwest Idaho Dental Society and a current member of the American Dental Association and the Idaho State Dental Association.

Robert Studebaker, DDS – Dr. Studebaker attended Creighton University for dental school and graduated Cum Laude in 2005.  While in dental school he received his class award for pediatrics and endodontics.  After dental school, Rob returned to Idaho and completed a one-year residency program in advanced general dentistry with Idaho State University.  He has served as president of the Southwest Idaho Dental Society and is a member of the Idaho State Dental Association and the American Dental Association.

Lance Ritchie, DDS – Lance graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Linfield College in 2002, and a Doctorate of Dental Science from Creighton University in 2007. He also completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry at Idaho State University, where he received additional training in the placement of dental implants and complex case management. Dr. Ritchie is a member of the American Dental Association, the Idaho State Dental Association, and a participating member in the Boise Spear Study Club.

Zach Richardson, DDS – Born and raised in Boise, Idaho, Zach graduated from Capital High School in 2004. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science at Carroll College in Helena, MT while competing on the collegiate football team. Zach then went on to graduate at the top of his class with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Currently, he is an active member of the American Dental Association and Idaho State Dental Association and enjoys staying up-to-date on all the latest trends and dentistry techniques by attending various continuing dental education courses each year.

Summit Dental Offers a Variety of Services

At Summit Dental Group, we believe that preventative care and education are extremely important to optimal dental health. We focus on thorough exams, checking the overall health of teeth and gums, and knowing how crucial this is in preventing dental disease. Not only are we concerned about the beauty of our patient’s smile, 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.

Schedule an Appointment with Us!

There are a number of good reasons why the Boise dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, and front office staff at Summit Dental Group are considered the best of the best in the Treasure Valley. In addition to focusing heavily on patient comfort and service, our team of dedicated dental professionals has years of experience that bring a tremendous amount of value to our patients and practice.

Want to learn more? Contact Summit Dental at (208) 345-8962 today!

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Boise Dental Tips For A Younger Looking Smile

Boise Dental Tips For A Younger Looking Smile

How do you feel about your smile? If you’ve ever wanted to correct any issues with a best smile restoration, now is the time to visit your downtown Boise dentist. A warm, confident smile is a powerful indicator of a person’s overall health and attention to detail. Good oral hygiene and cosmetic dentistry can change the way you look and feel. At Summit Dental Group, our dentists can provide you with the healthy, younger looking smile you’ve always wanted.  

Good Oral Hygiene

One of the simplest things you can do is to practice good oral hygiene. That’s why it’s important to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day and visit your downtown Boise dentist regularly. Doing so will promote healthy teeth and gums while keeping your smile looking and feeling clean. By ignoring these simple habits, we put our smiles at risk which can lead to unsightly, even painful problems such as:

  • Cavities,
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Tooth Loss
  • Periodontal disease

Cosmetic Dentistry

Even when you take good care of your teeth, there may be existing issues you’d like to correct. At Summit Dental, we offer a wide variety of cosmetic treatment options to enhance the appearance of your smile.

Yellow, Stained Teeth

Certain foods, medications, smoking or neglecting your teeth can cause embarrassing tooth discoloration. At Summit Dental, we use a wide variety of treatment options to correct and brighten your smile.

  • One hour, in office “laser” whitening – This procedure is ideal for patients who want fast results and are not interested in at-home treatments.

  • At-home tray whitening – This procedure involves a patient wearing a custom dental tray for approximately 30 minutes per day, while at home until desired results occur.

  • Crest Professional White Strips – These white strips are 4 times stronger and faster than the store bought brand Crest White Strips.

Chips or Misshapen Teeth

Chipped or misshapen teeth can be corrected by dental contouring or by the application of veneers or crowns.

  • Dental Contouring – A dental technique that removes small amounts of tooth enamel in order to change the shape, length, or surface of one or more teeth.

  • Veneers – Custom designed by your Boise dentist, veneers are small shells of porcelain that are bonded to the surface of your teeth.

  • Crowns – If a tooth is cracked or damaged a crown can be used to cap or completely cover a tooth. Crows can be made to match the color of a patient’s tooth, providing them with a natural look while restoring the normal function of the tooth.

Missing Teeth

If you have one or more missing teeth, Boise dental implants are a superior option compared to traditional treatments such as bridges or partial dentures. Implants are permanently placed in the jaw and do not require any special cleaning procedures besides normal brushing and flossing. They are similar in form and function to natural teeth and can replace one or more damaged or missing teeth.

Summit Dental Group Offers Best Smile Restorations

For adults, it’s not uncommon to need more than one dental procedure in order to restore a healthy, youthful smile. That’s why Summit Dental Group offers best smile restorations. Before any procedure, our Boise dentists will meet with you to create a personalized treatment plan that will help you meet your goals. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact us at (208) 345-8962.

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Caring For Your Best Smile Restorations

Caring For Your Best Smile Restorations

Whether you need to have a small cavity filled or want a full set of veneers, you can rest assured that Summit Dental Group offers the best smile restorations to meet your needs. Our dedicated team of dental professionals use the most advanced technology and therapies available in order to maintain the health and appearance of your smile.

Best Smile Restorations

Best smile restorations is a broad term used to describe the various treatments we offer to restore tooth structure. While some restorations are restorative in nature like dental implants, others are more cosmetic like dental veneers which help to cover chips, cracks, stains and minor misalignments. Additionally, best smile restorations also address varying degrees of tooth decay such as dental fillings, inlays, onlays and dental crowns.

Same-Day Restorations

Crafting best smile restorations depends on the nature of the restoration. In the past, most restorations were created off-site at a dental lab. This meant that impressions would be taken at a Boise dental office and a patient would have to wear a temporary restoration until the permanent restoration was created.

However, with today’s advancements in dental technology, the downtown Boise dentists at Summit Dental can craft crowns, inlays, onlays and other basic restorations in just one day with CEREC® dental restoration technology.

Care & Maintenance

With basic dental restorations, the key to maintaining good dental hygiene is to brush and floss your teeth twice daily (ideally after every meal), and to visit your downtown Boise dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. This will help keep harmful bacteria at bay while removing unwanted food particles and plaque buildup.

Post-Surgery Care

If you get Boise dental implants to support and replace missing teeth, it’s important to practice good dental hygiene to ensure your implants remain healthy. After surgery, you will need to follow the post-surgery instructions closely. After healing, however, regular brushing and flossing are key. You’ll want to delicately brush around the abutments and surrounding teeth. It’s also just as important to visit your downtown Boise dentist regularly.

Contact Summit Dental

To learn more about best smile restorations and other important dental care factors, contact Summit Dental at (208) 345-8962. Our dedicated team of dental professionals would be more than happy to set up an appointment and answer any questions you may have.

 

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The Benefits of Boise Dental Veneers

The Benefits of Boise Dental Veneers

It’s no secret that we all want a fabulous Hollywood-perfect smile. But if you have Boise dental problems like tooth discoloration, uneven teeth or gaps between your teeth, it can seem like an unreachable goal. However, the dentists at Summit Dental Group want you to know that it’s absolutely achievable. Thanks to porcelain veneers your smile can get a mini-makeover in as little as one or two office visits.

VENEERS WORK TO FIX MULTIPLE PROBLEMS

Veneers are small shells of porcelain that are bonded to the surface of your teeth. Veneers are customized and designed by your Boise dentist to fit your teeth perfectly. If you are affected by one or more of the following problems, porcelain veneers may be the perfect solution:

  • Stubborn stains
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Teeth that are too large or small
  • Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
  • Teeth that have large gaps between them

IMPROVE YOUR SELF-IMAGE WITH VENEERS

Porcelain veneers can radically improve your smile and overall appearance if you have teeth that are affected by one or more aesthetic problem. The beauty of this Boise dental treatment is that it can fix multiple problems at once, even if your teeth are discolored, misaligned, or uneven.

The benefits of veneers go far beyond the way you look. Most people with porcelain veneers agree that the biggest benefit is how it’s made them feel about themselves. This Boise dental treatment will not only provide you with the freedom to smile and laugh but boost your self-confidence as well.  

VENEERS PROVIDE A NEAR-INSTANT SOLUTION

While it’s true that veneers don’t solve problems all Boise dental problems, they do however provide you with the advantage of a full smile-zone set of perfect teeth. Not only that but veneers can be fitted in as few a two dental visits, whereas other dental treatments can take weeks or even months to complete.

The fact is, there are no other Boise dental treatments that can do what veneers can: provide a quick solution for multiple oral health issues, providing you with a great-looking smile and a boost of confidence to show them off. For more information about porcelain veneers and how they can help improve your smile, schedule an appointment with your Boise dentist at Summit Dental Group at (208) 345-8962 today.

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Best Smile Restorations: A New Smile for a New Year!

Best Smile Restorations: A New Smile for a New Year!

During the winter, when the daylight hours are scarce, we tend to celebrate the season with holiday lights and good cheer. It’s a time of hope and renewal that provides us with the opportunity to think about the future, take stock of where we’ve been, and make lasting resolutions for the new year. While we all tend to make healthy resolutions to improve our daily lives, what about making a resolution to smile? It’s not something most people tend to think of as a resolution, but when you consider the many benefits of fixing cracked, broken, stained or missing teeth you might just agree.

If your smile is suffering from ageing, accidents, decay or disease then you could benefit from a best smile restoration at Summit Dental. Our Boise dentists are dedicated to providing you with a beautiful, natural smile that lasts.

Best Smile Restorations

Teeth Whitening – Many people consider white teeth to be an attractive feature of a smile. With a simple, one hour, in-office “laser” teeth whitening treatment, the Boise dentists at Summit Dental can help remove stubborn stains and provide you with long-lasting (white) results.

Porcelain VeneersDental veneers are used to repair chipped, broken, cracked, or discolored teeth. A veneer is a thin porcelain shell that is bonded over the top of a damaged tooth to resolve any unwanted aesthetic issues. Veneers are also used to help close gaps between teeth or reform oddly shaped teeth as well.

Boise Dental Implants Dental implants are often a superior option compared to traditional treatments such as bridges or partial dentures. Implants are permanently placed in the jaw and do not require any special cleaning procedures besides normal brushing and flossing. They are similar in form and function to natural teeth and can replace one or more damaged or missing teeth.

Crowns and BridgesIf a tooth is cracked, damaged or has a large filling that has failed, a crown is the preferred method of restoration. A crown is essentially used to cap, or completely cover a tooth. Crowns can be made by your Boise dentist to match the color of your tooth, giving it a natural look while restoring its normal function. Like crowns, a dental bridge is another method of restoration. However, a bridge is used to replace a missing tooth by joining permanently to adjacent teeth or other Boise dental implants.

A New Year, A New You

If you are afraid to smile or just not proud of your smile, make it more than a resolution to just “fix it”.  When you’re ready to make a lasting change by investing in your health, confidence, and well-being, contact Summit Dental Group at (208) 345-8962 to schedule an appointment. Whether you’re interested in porcelain veneers, dental implants or teeth whitening, our Boise dentists are here to help!

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Give Yourself the Gift of a Boise Teeth Whitening Treatment!

Give Yourself the Gift of a Boise Teeth Whitening Treatment!

A healthy, beautiful smile is among one of the most attractive features you can have. Not only does a beautiful smile denote healthy teeth and gums, it also plays an important role when it comes to your self-confidence. However, if you are embarrassed about your smile due to stained teeth, you probably don’t tend to share your smile that often. This holiday season, give yourself the gift of a Boise teeth whitening treatment. At Summit Dental Group, our Boise dentists offer an extensive selection of the most popular best smile restorations available, including professional teeth whitening services.

Why Choose A Boise Teeth Whitening Treatment?

In today’s world, nearly every grocery store/pharmacy offers a large variety of over-the-counter teeth whitening products. Each of these products also claim to provide you with professional-level results that last. The truth, however, is that the only way to achieve long-lasting (white) results is to visit your Boise dentist for a professional-grade, teeth whitening treatment. Over-the-counter products simply do not offer the same level of whitening power, leaving you frustrated with the same dingy, stained smile.

With a Boise teeth whitening treatment from Summit Dental, you can achieve a smile that is up to 10 shades brighter in just a single hour visit. Our in-office “laser” treatment is safe and effective, providing you with a healthy, beautiful smile that lasts. Even tough stains caused by coffee, tea, tobacco, and red wine can be easily lifted with our laser teeth whitening treatment. Not only will you love the results, you’ll finally want to show off your gorgeous smile!

As with all of our best smile restorations, we are more than happy to answer all of your questions regarding a Boise teeth whitening treatment. Our Boise dentists can’t wait to show you what a difference it will make in your smile and overall appearance.

Smile Brightly this Holiday Season

Stop hiding your smile due to stains, yellowing or other forms of discoloration. Instead, treat yourself this holiday season with a Boise teeth whitening treatment at Summit Dental. With state-of-the-art technology and a caring staff, our dental practice is the ideal destination for exceptional best smile restorations. Contact us today at (208) 345-8962 to schedule your visit just in time for the holiday season!

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Boise Dental Implants Vs. Crowns and Bridges

Boise Dental Implants Vs. Crowns and Bridges

When it comes time for a patient to replace missing teeth, the dentists at Summit Dental like to take the time to explain all the options as well as the advantages and challenges associated with any procedure. When considering crowns and bridges versus dental implants, the deciding factor for many people throughout the Treasure Valley is the higher cost of implants. Although porcelain crowns and bridges are a sound investment, there are several reasons you may want to consider dental implants instead.

Boise Crowns and Bridges

When a dental bridge is used to replace missing teeth, it is designed to attach to existing teeth for support. For this purpose, the supporting teeth must be crowned. In order to be crowned a natural tooth must be shaved down. Unlike your other teeth, it will forever require a crown to protect it.

Boise crowns and bridges can however result in diminished gum tissue due to bone resorption. Bone resorption is a declining mass of bone that occurs when the roots of teeth are missing from the jaw bone. When this happens a gap can become visible between the bottom of the bridge and the top of the gum tissue.

Boise Dental Implants

Boise dental implants on the other hand recreate the presence of the roots of a tooth and help to stop the process of bone resorption. When a dental implant is placed, it doesn’t require the support of neighboring teeth. Instead, dental implants are held by the jaw bone just like a natural tooth. This helps to restore the natural function of biting and chewing.

For people with several missing teeth, one or two dental implants can often be enough to support a bridge of teeth. Dental implants are made from a material that successfully bonds with your jaw bone. When properly placed and maintained, an implant can last a lifetime. The best part? Boise dental implants do not decay or compromise the well-being of surrounding natural teeth. Unlike crowns and bridges, they become a permanent part of you in a way that enhances your overall Boise dental health.

While the initial costs of implants vs. crowns and bridges is a bit higher, the advantages over time provide a wise investment when compared to other tooth replacement options.

If you are considering your options for replacing missing teeth, call us at (208) 345-8962 to schedule an appointment at Summit Dental. We will help discuss your options so that you can make an informed decision that best suits your individual needs.

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Improve & Transform Your Smile with a Best Smile Restoration

Improve & Transform Your Smile with a Best Smile Restoration

At Summit Dental Group, we want our patients to feel confident and active while doing the things they love. When you go out, we understand how important it is to look and feel your best. When you put so much effort into making sure your hair and clothes look just right, why not do the same for your teeth? If something about your teeth is making you feel self-conscious, let our Boise dentists help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. By utilizing the latest dental technology along with the most advanced dental techniques, we have helped countless people within the Treasure Valley achieve beautiful, confident, and lasting smiles.  

Teeth whitening – Over time, our teeth can become yellowed and discolored. In fact, many of our favorite foods and beverages are known to affect the shade and color of your smile. Additionally, personal habits like smoking can also speed up the staining process. At Summit Dental, our Boise dentists can help to remove years of stains in just a single office visit with our laser teeth whitening treatment. We can also provide you with at-home whitening trays or Crest Professional White Strips that are 4 times stronger and faster than the store bought brand.

Veneers -Transform your smile dramatically in just a few weeks with veneers. Veneers resemble small tooth colored shells that your Boise dentist can bond over your teeth. They help to perfect your smile while hiding little imperfections like crooked teeth, gaps, and discoloration.

Dental crowns – If you’ve suffered from tooth decay that resulted in severe damage, a Boise dental crown can help. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but it will help to protect your damaged tooth while restoring its functionality. At Summit Dental we are proud to offer CEREC crowns that can be created and placed in just a single office visit.

Dental bridges – Used with Boise dental crowns, a bridge may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. They help span the space where teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space.

Dental implants  – If you have lost a tooth, your Boise dentist can replace it with dental implants. Dental implants are metal posts or frames that replace the root of a lost tooth. It is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once in place, replacement teeth are then mounted onto them for a long lasting, stable, and secure fit.

Find The Smile That’s Right For You
It’s important to feel natural and comfortable when you smile. If you are currently unhappy with crooked, cracked, chipped, discolored, gapped, unevenly spaced, missing, or discolored teeth, give us a call today to schedule a best smile restoration with one of highly trained Boise dentists. After a thorough evaluation, we can recommend the most appropriate dental solutions to help you achieve your goal!

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Boise Dental Treatment Options for Treating a Chipped Tooth

Boise Dental Treatment Options for Treating a Chipped Tooth

First impressions are everything. Especially when it comes to your smile as it’s often the first thing people notice about you. However, a chipped tooth might have you hiding your smile while damaging your self confidence in the process. Fortunately, your Boise dentist can easily repair a broken or chipped tooth. In fact, Summit Dental has several treatment options depending on the nature of the damage:

Bonding
Dental bonding is one of the quickest and low cost options when it comes to repairing a chipped tooth. This treatment involves the application of a composite filling material that your Boise dentist will shape and color, matching your original tooth. There is little to no need to remove any tooth enamel. The best part? If you were able to preserve the chipped off portion (and it isn’t damaged), your Boise dentist may be able to reattach it!

Veneers
A Boise dental veneer (like the one pictured above) can be used to hide small, damaged areas of a tooth. Veneers are thin, custom made shells placed on the front of a tooth in order to hide any flaws. However, with this option, some removal of the existing tooth enamel is often necessary in order to fit the veneer so that it’s flush and blends in with the surrounding teeth.

Crowns
A crown is often the best choice when a relatively large portion of a tooth is missing. A crown will fully incase the visible portion of what remains of the original tooth above the gum line. It is shaped and sized to match the original tooth perfectly. Ceramic material and porcelain fused to metal crowns are often used for this treatment. In either case, the material will match the color of your other teeth. Keep in mind however, that some of the existing tooth enamel will be removed in order to allow the crown to fit over it.

Prevention
While we all know that accidents are bound to happen every now and again, there are however a few steps you can take in order to reduce your risk for experiencing a chipped or broken tooth:

  • Always wear a mouthguard when playing sports.
  • Refrain from grinding or clenching your teeth.
  • Don’t chew on ice, inedible things or hard candies.
  • And last but not least, NEVER use your teeth as a tool for opening things!

 

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