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CEREC Crowns: A Single Boise Dental Treatment

CEREC Crowns: A Single Boise Dental Treatment

If you have a deteriorating tooth or a cavity that’s just too big to fill, you may be a good candidate for a Boise dental crown. Traditional crowns vs. today’s modern crowns are very different. With advanced dental technology, it’s easier than ever to get the treatment you need when you need it. While traditional crowns had their value, same day crowns with CEREC Digital Impressions are focused on saving you both time and money.

Traditional Crowns

In the past, if you needed a crown, your Boise dentist would take an impression mold of your tooth before sending it off to a lab to have a crown created. To protect your tooth during this process, a temporary crown would be placed while you waited for your permanent one to be made. Often, two or more weeks would go by where you would have to wear the temporary crown before returning to your dentist to have the permanent crown fitted.

CEREC – Same Day Crowns

Same day crowns, on the other hand,  are exactly what their name implies. Utilizing CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) technology, a digital impression of your tooth will be taken. Instead of using an uncomfortable impression mold, your Boise dentist will then use the image and the CEREC machine to create a custom crown that fits your tooth.

A CEREC crown will then be placed the same day it was created, eliminating the need for multiple office visits. Not only will a CEREC crown provide you with a more natural look, the dentists at Summit Dental Group can guarantee that the color of your crown will match the color of your natural teeth as much as possible.

Summit Dental Group

Utilizing advanced dental technology, CEREC Digital Impressions have literally transformed the way we view modern dentistry. Not only do we have the ability to provide you with complex restorations in a single dental visit, we can provide you with the confidence of a more natural looking smile in the process.

When you need a Boise dental crown, the team at Summit Dental Group is dedicated to providing you with the most advanced, effective treatment options in both cosmetic and restorative dentistry. If you would like to learn more about same day crowns and their benefits, give us a call at (208) 345-8962 to schedule an appointment today.

 

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Boise Dental Tips For A Younger Looking Smile

Boise Dental Tips For A Younger Looking Smile

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

Good Oral Hygiene

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

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

Cosmetic Dentistry

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

Yellow, Stained Teeth

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

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

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

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

Chips or Misshapen Teeth

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

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

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

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

Missing Teeth

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

Summit Dental Group Offers Best Smile Restorations

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

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Caring For Your Best Smile Restorations

Caring For Your Best Smile Restorations

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

Best Smile Restorations

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

Same-Day Restorations

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

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

Care & Maintenance

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

Post-Surgery Care

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

Contact Summit Dental

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

 

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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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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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