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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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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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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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Replacing Lost Teeth with Boise Dental Implants

Replacing Lost Teeth with Boise Dental Implants

Losing a baby tooth during childhood is a scary yet exciting milestone towards adulthood. However when you’re older, and you lose a permanent tooth, there’s definitely a cause for concern. Nobody wants to go without such an essential aesthetic and needed element. While the loss of a permanent tooth can be due to a variety of reasons, like accidents and injury,  it can also be a symptom of an underlying Boise dental health problem like gum disease or tooth decay. That’s why it’s so important to visit your Boise dentist on a regular basis to help identify and treat any problems before they progress into bigger, more expensive ones. It’s equally important to replace a lost tooth. Not only does a lost tooth immediately impact your smile and bite, it can also affect more long term issues involving the health of the bone that supports your teeth.

When it comes to replacing a tooth, there are a couple of different options depending on your individual needs ranging from Boise crowns and bridges to tooth implants. Whichever option you and your Boise dentist decide to go with, either of one will provide you with satisfactory and attractive outcome. Boise crowns and bridges often rely on using two of your natural teeth on either side of the missing tooth for support. A pontic (your replacement tooth) is then sandwiched between two other crowns which fit over, and are bonded to your existing teeth on either side of the gap.

Boise dental implants however, involves only the affected area where the tooth was lost. The “implant” is actually a small titanium rod with spiral threads that resemble a miniature screw. The rod is then inserted into the jawbone replacing the root of the lost tooth. The replacement tooth is then attached as a customized crown that is secured to the end portion of the implant anchoring it firmly in place.

Dental implants and Boise crowns and bridges are both great options when it comes to providing you with a natural looking, functional and reliable replacement tooth. If you would like more information on the advantages of either option and what would be more appropriate depending on your individual needs, contact Summit Dental at (208) 345-8962 today. Our Boise dentists would be more than happy to schedule a time to talk with you and answer any questions you may have.

 

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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!

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New Year, New Smile With a Best Smile Restoration

New Year, New Smile With a Best Smile Restoration

With the New Year upon us, now is a great time to start planning some changes for the better in your life. Starting fresh, lets leave behind bad habits, negative attitudes, and unhealthy behaviors. And what else should you be leaving behind in 2015? How about yellowed teeth, crooked smiles, chips and gaps? Let’s make 2016 the year of your best smile restoration with the professional dentistry services from your Boise dentist at Summit Dental Group!

Start the New Year Out Right with a Best Smile Restoration

Oftentimes, people feel that there is nothing they can do to change the smile that makes them feel uncomfortable or less confident. While most of us have probably tried every whitening toothpaste on the market, it’s important to know that years of staining cannot simply be erased at home. Your teeth may have even resigned themselves to being overcrowded, crooked or gaping. But what you don’t realize is that there is an option for all these Boise dental problems: a best smile restoration! A best smile restoration can provide you with a smile that you can be proud of with straight, even, bright white teeth.

Tooth enamel staining often occurs from years of poor Boise dental habits, smoking or even some medications. However, a best smile restoration can help. Part of this procedure can include a Boise teeth cleaning combined with a professional whitening treatment that can lift away yellow and brown stains, leaving you with the white smile you’ve always dreamed of!

A best smile restoration can also include fixing teeth that are misaligned, broken or crooked. Fixing these teeth can help to correct your bite, providing you with a confident, gleaming smile. You can even fill in the gaps between your teeth with the help of Boise tooth implants, or Boise crowns and bridges that are customized to fill in those spaces.

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If you have questions about some of our best smile restoration treatment options, or it’s just been a while since you’ve had a cleaning or talked to your Boise dentist, now’s the time to make an appointment… We hope to see you soon!

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When a Patient Needs Boise Dental Bridges

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While Boise dental implants are the preferred alternative for lost teeth, some patients may not be a good candidate for dental implants and may need a dental bridge. Boise patients may need a dental bridge if …

The Patient Has Lost Multiple Teeth

With this method, often called implant-supported Boise dental bridges, implants are still used for every lost tooth. However, instead of placing several independent crowns on each tooth, our Boise dentists will instead place a temporary bridge (a connected set of the missing teeth) with the Boise dental implants. This gives you, our dental patient, the benefit of implant support while also ensuring that neighboring teeth do not move and that you leave with a perfectly aligned bite. You can later get the needed individual crowns for each tooth.

The Patient Has Significant Bone Loss

If the teeth have been missing for a long time, you may require a bone graft to ensure that an implant will have enough bone around it to support it. If, however, you are not eligible for a bone graft, you may not be able to get dental implants and will instead need a dental bridge, Boise dental crown, or other cosmetic teeth dental fix.

The Patient Has a Chronic and Severe Disease

When getting Boise tooth implants, your body needs to have its natural ability to heal itself and ward off infection.  As this article explains, having a chronic illness does not immediately exclude you from getting a dental implant. It depends on the severity of the disease as well as other factors unique to your case. If you have severe issues with hemophilia or uncontrolled diabetes, or if you have significant immune deficiencies, you may not be a good candidate for a dental implant and may need Boise dental bridges or removable dental restorations.

The Unique Case for the Dental Bridge

Boise dental bridges were the standard for decades and can still be good options for those who cannot receive a dental implant. These are the unique cases when our Boise dentists may recommend an alternative treatment for Boise dental implants.

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Your First Cosmetic Dental Appointment with Summit Boise Dentists

Your First Cosmetic Dental Appointment with Summit Boise Dentists
Worried about your first cosmetic dental appointment? Put your fears aside with this quick overview of your appointment at our Boise dental office. Your first appointment generally has three parts: expectations, evaluation, and consultation.

Expectations

You can help us give you the best care by preparing for your appointment before you even arrive at our Boise dentist office. One of the first things we want to know when you head into your appointment is what expectations you have, so come to our office prepared to let us know what you are looking for and what concerns you have. Consider if you looking to fix a distinct problem, or if you want some general ideas on how to improve your whole smile.
If you want any changes completed by a certain date, now is the time to tell us (for example, many people come in for changes before an important day like graduation or their wedding). We will do our best to accommodate you!

Evaluation

If you are a new patient, we will give you a comprehensive new patient exam. This will help us understand if there are any underlying problems we need to address before deciding on a cosmetic procedure.
During a comprehensive exam, we will check for oral cancer, cavities, and evidence of periodontal disease or teeth grinding or clenching. We will also take x-rays to look for tooth decay, bone loss, and other major problems. Our goal is to give you a healthy and functional smile in addition to a beautiful smile. By addressing all the issues you have, not just cosmetic issues, we can save you time, money, and discomfort.

Consultation

Once we fully understand what you want and what needs to be done, we will discuss the various options you have for a smile restoration or other procedure. Some of the procedures we may discuss include teeth whitening, ceramic crowns and porcelain veneers. If you need some teeth to be replaced, we can discuss the difference between a dental implant and a bridge. If you are looking for a full smile restoration, we will probably recommend a blend of these procedures, covering some teeth with veneers or crowns while whitening others and possibly replacing missing or severely damaged teeth.
In addition to giving you the smile you are looking for, we will also mention any other problems you may want to address. This could include getting a mouth guard to prevent further damage to your teeth from grinding or clenching, or it could mean starting some periodontal treatments for periodontitis.
We want to make every patient in the Treasure Valley area feel comfortable and confident during their appointments in our Boise dentist office. We hope that this overview helped give you a better idea of what to expect when you walk through our doors.
Do you still have a few questions about setting up an appointment or about cosmetic dentistry? Call our Boise office or drop a note in the comments below!
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How Can Boise Dentists Restore Your Smile?

How Can Boise Dentists Restore Your Smile?
Restoring a smile depends heavily on what you want or need. Do you have missing teeth? Decayed or chipped teeth? Do you simply want whiter teeth? All these factors play into what kind of procedures the Boise dentists at Summit Dental will use.

 

Veneers and Crowns

The most common procedures for smile restorations are porcelain veneers and crowns. While made of the same material and resulting in the same effect (white, smooth teeth), veneers and crowns each have their own uses. Veneers are thin layers of porcelain that can change the shade and shaping of a tooth that is discolored or chipped, in addition to smoothing out spacing issues such as crowded teeth or excess spacing. They work well when replacing old fillings and are best used on teeth that have a sound structure. If your teeth are structurally sound or the veneers are strictly for cosmetic purposes, veneers could be your best option.

 

If your teeth are significantly worn down or need more protection, you may need to consider a porcelain crown instead. A crown is a covering for a tooth that improves strength as well as appearance.  They can restore a broken or worn down tooth, mask flaws in color and shape, and strengthen a tooth that was composed of more filling than tooth structure. Crowns are a good fit for teeth that are significantly decayed or that don’t have as much healthy teeth structure.

 

Implants and Bridges

Need a smile restoration for missing teeth? Implants and bridges are reliable replacements for missing teeth that will give you what feels and looks like a real tooth. When you have lost a tooth, replacing it with an implant can prevent jawbone deterioration and further tooth loss in addition to giving you a great smile. The post placed in your jawbone acts as the tooth’s root, keeping the jawbone strong. The crown attached to this post keeps the surrounding teeth in the right place, gives you a strong tooth for eating and chewing, and completes your smile with a tooth that is identical in shape and color with your other teeth. If you already have an implant but want an even further restored smile, replacing this crown in addition to adding porcelain veneers or crowns to your other teeth is an excellent way to get your ideal smile.

 

Each of your teeth may be unique; some may be worn down, others simply discolored, and so on. For the best smile restoration, our Boise dentists can use a combination of veneers, crowns, and implants to give you your most winning smile. In addition, while some of your teeth may need a porcelain veneer or crown, some may only require a little teeth whitening. Check out our previous blog on teeth whitening for more information on these procedures.

 

Have more questions about smile restoration? Stop by our Boise dentist office for a consultation, or leave us a comment or question below.
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