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! More
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. More
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! More
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! More
Depending on your best smile restoration procedure, there are a variety of options to choose from when consulting with your Boise dentist about restoring damaged teeth.
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Traditionally dentists had no choice but to use metal fillings and crowns. A crown is used to cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. Materials used to cap teeth include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. A bridge may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. Bridges span the space where the teeth are missing, and are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. As with crowns, bridges have often been made with the same materials. Until now…
Summit Dental now offers the breakthrough technology of the CEREC. CEREC crowns can restore stability to your mouth without compromising the health and beauty of your smile. The CEREC system allows your Boise dentist to fashion and produce an attractive, durable crown, inlay, or onlay in just one visit.
Unlike other materials, ceramic porcelain is often preferred because it’s strong, and much more attractive. Porcelain dental crowns not only provide a better natural color match than any other crown but are more suitable for people with metal allergies. Ceramic and porcelain crowns are the number one choice for the best smile restoration of your front teeth.
The CEREC machine used by Summit Dental generates high-quality dental restorations with the aid of 3D computer technology. By creating a 3D image of your tooth, the CEREC machine generates a model of your custom crown. During this procedure you can listen to music, relax, and wait while the CEREC unit mills the restoration. Your Boise dentist will then place the final crown before you leave the office.
Not every situation is right for an inlay or onlay, but your trusted Boise dentist will assess your problem and determine the best solution for you. By utilizing the CEREC machine, only one appointment is necessary to complete the restoration. During your visit, your tooth will be prepared by removing any tooth decay or filling and is cleaned. After that a digital impression is made. This image is converted into a 3D computerized model of your tooth, which is used as a guide to design your new restoration. Once your Boise dentist is happy with the newly designed tooth, this data is sent to an onsite milling machine, which fabricates your new tooth from a high-quality ceramic block. The CEREC machine then creates a custom inlay or onlay for you.
Wondering about dental crowns? Get the how and why of when you might need a dental crown below:
What Is a Dental Crown?
Our Boise dentists don’t usually recommend gold dental crowns Image via Flickr by DeaPeaJay
A dental tooth crown in many respects acts as a replacement tooth. Whether your tooth has been damaged by an accident, decay, or is simply the wrong shape, a tooth crown is placed over your tooth so that you still have a good bite and straight teeth.
Why Would a Boise Dental Patient Need Dental Crowns?
If you have a chipped or cracked tooth, it is very dangerous to leave it without a crown as food particles and decay can slowly make their way through the chip or crack to the root. This can result in a sometimes very painful infection that may require a root canal or a removal of the tooth. Even without the risk of infection, a damaged or incorrectly-shaped tooth can make it difficult to chew and can put additional pressure and wear on your other teeth.
How Does a Patient Get a Tooth Crown?
Thanks to the new CEREC in-office system, getting a permanent tooth crown can now be done in a single appointment. Simply come in, and a Boise dentist will have a look at your teeth and see what needs to be done. Once we’ve decided on a course of action with you, we’ll create a 3-D digital impression of your teeth and form the perfectly-fitting crown you need. While our CEREC machine creates the porcelain crown, a Boise dentist will prepare your tooth for it. Once the crown is ready, we’ll permanently bond it to your tooth, and you won’t have to worry about it again!
Do you think you need a dental crown? Wondering what the difference is between dental crowns and dental veneers? Take a look at our other articles, or stop by our Boise office for a chat with a dentist! More
Ever wondered why you really need to get a dental crown? Aside from replacing a lost tooth with a dental implant, there are at least four signs that you need a dental crown:
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1. You Are Getting a Root Canal
A root canal means that infection has found its way to the nerve of a tooth, killing the tooth and causing an infection at its root. At our office a dentist, Boise trained and based, will drain the tooth and fill the root to seal it off, but we usually recommend a crown to finish the treatment. After a root canal, the tooth is dead and is therefore more brittle and easier to break. If the tooth has already had a few cavities (and most teeth that require root canals have), it will be even more susceptible to breaking. A crown will give it an extra seal of protection and added strength.
2. Our Boise Dentists Found a Deep Crack in the Tooth
As you’ll hear from our own dentist, Boise patients with a cracked tooth do not always need a dental crown. However, if you do have a cracked tooth, you need to see one of our Boise dentists as soon as possible to see how bad of a crack it is. Our dentists will make sure that the crack is confined and does not reach the nerve and kill the tooth. Deeper cracks require a crown to protect the tooth and to keep the tooth and its root strong.
3. Your Tooth Has Chipped
If your tooth has chipped in the simple course of everyday (that is, without any injury or trauma causing it to chip), it is a good sign that you need a tooth crown. Boise dentists will tell you that strong and healthy teeth don’t chip. Fragile, crumbling teeth do. If your tooth is starting to fall apart just due to everyday use, our Boise dentists will add a crown to protect as much of the tooth as possible and to keep the root of the tooth strong and healthy. Left alone, the tooth can continue to crumble, get infected, and be lost entirely.
4. A Dentist, Boise Trained, Has Found Too Many Cavities on One Tooth
The more cavities you have on a tooth, the more its strength is compromised. This can come from several medium sized cavities or just one very large one—if a single cavity covers more than half the width of a tooth, a filling won’t do. You’ll need a dental crown.
Still have questions about Boise crowns? We have a dentist in Boise that will happily answer your questions!
We are so excited to share our new CEREC digital impression technology with every Idaho patient! Our Boise Dentists have highlighted three things the CEREC system now offers for Boise crowns and bridges:
This wand-like camera allows us to quickly create a digital and pain-free impression of your teeth. No more goop and gagging for any patient! We simply run the Omnicam over your teeth so that it can pick up the exact contour of your teeth and feed it to the CEREC digital impression program. While some of these devices requires a fine powder placed on your teeth for the most accurate results, this high-tech device can create a more accurate impression without any powder necessary. Not to mention that it creates natural-colored impressions for a clearer digital image as well.
The impression that the Omnicam picks up is immediately recorded on the CEREC digital impression platform, where we can show you exactly what the problem is or where the cavity is, as well as what we need to do to fix it. This allows us to communicate with you even better, and it helps you, our patient, understand the process even more. Once we have agreed on a course of action, this program also allows us to re-create the needed Boise crowns and bridges, creating a digital blueprint for the dental crown that we can simply send to our in office CAD/CAM system.
The In Office CAD/CAM System
By having this system in the office, our Boise dentists and patients don’t have to wait for an out of office lab to take the design, create it, and return it to us. Instead, you can get a Boise dental crown within hours of us scanning your teeth with the Omnicam! The system also uses the same quality materials for our dental work, meaning we can provide the same quality of work for a same-day dental crown or bridge placement. Not only that, but you can watch the crown as it is made. When we place it, we can make the necessary adjustments for it to be a perfect fit if we need to as well, and you can still walk out of our office with a brand new Boise dental crown.
We love this system because it gives us the same or better accuracy for impressions while eliminating the mess and schedule difficulties that both our Boise dentists and patient dislike. Not only that, but now we can offer one-day appointments for Boise crowns and bridges. It is the perfect fit for the Summit Dental office, and we are so excited to offer its services to every Boise patient! More
We do more than just give you a porcelain dental crown and veneers. We do a thorough job of discovering what you want and what will look and work best with your smile. From our ceramists to our hygienists we aim to make you feel comfortable and to give you your best smile. Wondering how we do it? Here is a typical appointment schedule for getting crowns or veneers:
Initial Cosmetic Dentistry appointment.
If you are considering cosmetic dental work such as a dental crown or veneers, we will do some information gathering during the initial appointment. Our Boise dentists will take impressions of your teeth to send to the lab, where they will do a “mock up” in wax so we can show you what to expect as far as the shape and contour of your teeth. This will ensure that we are both happy with the direction of the case before we start. During this appointment we also examine your facial profile and lip line as well as the smile at rest and full smile. We generally take a few pictures for before-and-after comparison.
Second Cosmetic Dentistry appointment.
The next appointment is the actual preparation of your teeth to receive the crown or veneer. Thanks to the cutting edge ceramic materials we use these days, the changes we make for both crowns and veneers are minimal. You also don’t need to worry about how your smile will look between this appointment and the placement of the permanent dental crown or veneers because we will give you provisional or “temporary” crowns or veneers.
At the end of this appointment we take an impression of your teeth to send to Ralph or Jack, our two favorite ceramists who both operate in Boise and the Treasure Valley area. They will create the dental crown or veneers according to the contours and shape we had in the original mock up. They will know the shade to make the veneers and crowns by looking at the picture we provide, or by having you go meet them personally for a custom shade appointment.
Why do we use a local lab? It gives us the option to send you over to their lab for a personal look at your teeth so Ralph and Jack can do their best job in matching the shade, color, shape, and natural anatomy of your teeth. Every person has subtle characteristics that give them their unique smile, so these are best matched in person with a highly experienced and talented ceramist. Secondly, because we are able to work so closely with Ralph and Jack we can get the highest quality, something that would be more difficult to achieve if we used an overseas company. Finally, using a local lab means we are keeping the business here locally, supporting the local Boise economy.
Third Cosmetic Dentistry Appointment.
This is the appointment where we try-in the permanent veneers or crowns to make sure both of us are completely satisfied with the result in all aspects. If any minor changes are needed either in color, shape or contour, our Boise dentists will accomplish this prior to cementing the final veneers or crowns. We have you evaluate your new smile in the mirror, and on some occasions we have a spouse or a friend view them as well to make sure you are completely happy with your new teeth. If you are, we proceed to cementing the veneer or crown on permanently with a specialized cement designed to bond to both the natural tooth structure and ceramic material. We also like to take some photographs of the final result of your beautiful smile!
We do our best to accomplish most of the work on the front end of this process to ensure you are happy with the final product and have a long lasting and high quality veneer or crown. After the dental crown or veneers are in place, you can help maintain the quality and health of these and your other teeth by following the same protocol as you would with your natural teeth: brushing twice a day, regularly flossing and keeping regular hygiene appointments. These regular check-ups help maintain the integrity of the restorations, as well as help catch any potential issues as soon as possible.
We love giving you the smile restoration you want through our thorough and personal cosmetic dental work process. Have more questions on the process? Stop by our Boise dental office or leave a comment below! More
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.
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!
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.
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! More