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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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Why You Should Never Wait to Treat a Cavity

Why You Should Never Wait to Treat a Cavity

Even if you brush and floss your teeth daily, you may over time develop a cavity. While it can be tempting to put off visiting your Boise dentist, it’s important to note that cavities don’t repair themselves. In fact, there is always a price to pay when it comes to procrastination since minor problems usually become bigger, more expensive ones in the long run.

Sneaky Tooth Decay

Cavities (also known as tooth decay) typically start to develop before you even notice. Sticky bacterial plaque forms on your teeth, using the sugar in the food you eat to create acids that slowly eat away at your hard enamel. Without visiting your Boise dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings, the decay will eventually work its way through all the layers of your tooth.

Signs and Severity

Generally, you won’t feel any pain or sensitivity until a cavity breaks through the enamel into the dentin layer. Once the barrier has been broken, the dentin (made up of tiny nerve endings) then becomes irritated when exposed to cold or hot foods. You may also experience discomfort when chewing or if you get food trapped between your teeth.

If the decay is allowed to persist, it can spread quickly to the root. Once this happens, an infection can develop causing fevers, facial swelling and a bad taste in your mouth. Serious health problems can also develop if the infection then spreads into your jawbone or throughout your body.

Boise Dental Treatments for Cavities and Tooth Decay

If your Boise dentist detects a small, developing cavity, he may suggest how to repair the spot. However, once a cavity reaches the dentin, there is no choice but to treat it. Smaller cavities can be easily repaired with either a metal filling or tooth-colored resin filling. However, if your tooth is severely decayed and has lost the majority of its structure, your Boise dentist may need to repair it with a crown. A crown helps to strengthen and restore the shape and function of your tooth. Keep in mind though, a crown is usually more expensive than a simple filling. In a worst-case scenario, you may develop an abscessed tooth. Treatment options then become slim. Your Boise dentist may suggest a root canal treatment or an extraction at this point. That’s why it’s important not to wait when it comes to treating cavities.

Don’t wait before scheduling a dental cavity treatment. The longer you wait, the more expensive and painful the process will be. If you suspect you may be developing a cavity, visit your Boise dentist at the first sign of trouble. While it’s important to brush and floss your teeth daily, it’s as equally important to schedule regular cleanings and checkups.  

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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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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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The Impact Missing Teeth Have On Your Boise Dental Health

The Impact Missing Teeth Have On Your Boise Dental Health

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

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

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

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

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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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All I want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth: Boise Dental Solutions for Missing Teeth

All I want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth: Boise Dental Solutions for Missing Teeth

Do you have missing teeth? If you do, you’re not alone. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, more than 175 million Americans are missing one or two teeth. At Summit Dental Group, your Boise dentist is committed to educating our patients around the Treasure Valley about their Boise dental health issues, and how those issues can affect the quality of their daily lives. In today’s blog post, we would like to take this time to discuss the implications of missing teeth and a couple possibilities used to correct this problem.

What Causes Missing Teeth?

There are many Boise dental issues for teeth to become missing. Decay, gum disease, and trauma are all common reasons for a patient to lose teeth. If you are missing teeth, it is important to know that there are a variety of options to help replace them.

What Problems Arise from Missing Teeth?

Missing teeth can create functional, aesthetic, and health problems. People who are missing teeth in a visible area often find themselves hiding their smile when they speak, laugh or when photographed. In addition, missing teeth can be problematic during function. Chewing can become difficult, and speech can also be equally challenging. Last of all, teeth around the empty spaces can drift which can lead to long term problems.

Teeth Replacement Options

If you are missing teeth, there are a couple of replacement options your Boise dentist may recommend:

  • Dental Implants – Boise tooth implants have revolutionized the dental industry. Implants are titanium root replacement screws that are anchored into the bone. Connected to the Boise tooth implants is an abutment and a crown. The crown is the visible and functional part of the implant system. Due to its strong anchorage, Boise tooth implants feel and function much like a natural tooth. Boise tooth implants are extremely predictable and successful.
  • Boise Crowns and Bridges – Boise crowns and bridges are another viable option to repair damaged or missing teeth. Used in conjunction, Boise crowns and bridges are supported by connecting to surrounding teeth and can restore the look, feel, and function from 1 – 3 missing teeth in a row. However, more than three consecutive missing teeth usually requires the replacement of a sturdier partial denture or implant that will put less pressure on surrounding teeth.

If you’ve been living with missing teeth, isn’t it time you invested in yourself? If you need to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth, consider a consultation with your Boise dentist at Summit Dental Group. Call us today at (208) 345-8962 so we can help you decide what treatment option will be right for you.

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CEREC Digital Impressions

CEREC Digital Impressions

Boise dental crowns are one of the most common best smile restoration procedures people need for their teeth. There are many different situations for which your Boise dentist may recommend a crown. Depending on your unique situation, dental crowns are made from a variety of different materials, including all-metal, all-ceramic, resin, porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to metal. The material your crown will be made of also depends on the length of time you may have to wait for it to be made, as well as the cost.

A Boise dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering that permanently protects a tooth. Often they are recommended in order to extend the life of a tooth due to decay. Other reasons that require crowns are: to cover broken, worn, or severely stained teeth or if a tooth has a large cavity filling and there is little tooth structure remaining. For these reasons a crown is used to save the life of a tooth in order to prevent a patient from requiring the need of Boise tooth implants or partial tooth implants.

How CEREC digital impression works:

Made out of a solid block of ceramic or resin materials, CEREC crowns are made in your Boise dentist office during just a single visit for your best smile restoration. Without the need to construct a temporary crown by taking impressions while waiting for the crown to be made at Boise dental laboratory within a four + week period, CEREC crowns are constructed the same day as your Boise dental visit.

CEREC digital impressions utilize computer technology to take a picture of the tooth that will receive the crown, as well as surrounding teeth. This allows your Boise dentist to design the tooth while looking in your mouth, and making sure the color of the crown matches the rest of your teeth. In addition, because the CEREC crown is made from a single block of material, it is remarkably stronger than crowns.

Upon completion of your digital impression, your crown is fitted, polished and bonded in place. The entire process usually only takes 1-2 hours, depending on the extend of your Boise dental work. Keep in mind that today, more than 20 million CEREC digital impressions have been completed, and are one of the most trusted methods of a best smile restoration within the Boise dental community for a good reason!

To learn more about CEREC digital impressions, or to schedule an appointment with a Boise dentist at Summit Dental, please give us a call at (208) 345-8962!

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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!

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