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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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Crowns and Bridges: Materials

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.

 

 

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The What, Why, and How of Dental Crowns

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!

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