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 Veneers – Dental 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 Bridges – If 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!
We all know that using tobacco in any form is bad for your body. However, did you know that tobacco can cause some very serious Boise dental health problems? Below are a few surprising facts concerning the effects of tobacco on your teeth and gums.
Tobacco Stains Your Teeth
Healthy tooth enamel is a natural translucent white. In contrast, people who smoke or use tobacco tend to have yellow stained teeth. Smoking also stains other dental work such as Boise crowns and bridges, dental implants and dentures. While a Boise teeth whitening treatment at our Summit Dental office can help, you should be prepared to watch your teeth eventually turn yellow and dingy again. The same is true for any other dental work you may have had.
Smoking Increases Your Risk of Gum Disease
Smoking not only increases your risk of gum disease but it can also make the treatments that fight gum disease less effective. Gum disease (periodontal disease) is caused by the same harmful bacteria that causes tooth decay. When this bacteria lives on your gums, it irritates the gum tissue causing a condition called gingivitis. When left untreated, the bacteria can infect your gums, destroy jawbone and eventually cause your teeth to fall out. People who smoke or use tobacco are at a much higher risk of getting gum disease.
Smoking Compromises Your Immune System
The chemicals and tar associated with tobacco products can compromise your immune system making it harder to fight off infection. This makes it more likely to get gum disease or other oral infections. Not only that but you have an increased risk of developing oral cancer in your gums. While lung cancer is a major concern for smokers, smoke and smokeless tobacco can also cause cancer in your gums, lips, and cheeks.
Slow Healing After Boise Dental Surgery
In many cases, oral surgery is the only way to fix many Boise dental problems. A severely infected tooth may require an extraction and replacement with a Boise dental implant. Surgery requires surgical incisions or sutures to help heal your gums. Smoking or using tobacco in any other form affects your whole body, reducing its ability to fight infection and heal itself. This makes it the healing process after oral surgery much slower while increasing your risk of infection.
At Summit Dental Group we encourage our patients that smoke to take whatever steps are necessary to stop using tobacco. Because we deeply care about you, we want you to be aware of the issues above so that you can be proactive in your Boise dental health. If you would like more information on ways to quit smoking please visit http://projectfilter.org/.
When it comes time for a patient to replace missing teeth, the dentists at Summit Dental like to take the time to explain all the options as well as the advantages and challenges associated with any procedure. When considering crowns and bridges versus dental implants, the deciding factor for many people throughout the Treasure Valley is the higher cost of implants. Although porcelain crowns and bridges are a sound investment, there are several reasons you may want to consider dental implants instead.
Boise Crowns and Bridges
When a dental bridge is used to replace missing teeth, it is designed to attach to existing teeth for support. For this purpose, the supporting teeth must be crowned. In order to be crowned a natural tooth must be shaved down. Unlike your other teeth, it will forever require a crown to protect it.
Boise crowns and bridges can however result in diminished gum tissue due to bone resorption. Bone resorption is a declining mass of bone that occurs when the roots of teeth are missing from the jaw bone. When this happens a gap can become visible between the bottom of the bridge and the top of the gum tissue.
Boise Dental Implants
Boise dental implants on the other hand recreate the presence of the roots of a tooth and help to stop the process of bone resorption. When a dental implant is placed, it doesn’t require the support of neighboring teeth. Instead, dental implants are held by the jaw bone just like a natural tooth. This helps to restore the natural function of biting and chewing.
For people with several missing teeth, one or two dental implants can often be enough to support a bridge of teeth. Dental implants are made from a material that successfully bonds with your jaw bone. When properly placed and maintained, an implant can last a lifetime. The best part? Boise dental implants do not decay or compromise the well-being of surrounding natural teeth. Unlike crowns and bridges, they become a permanent part of you in a way that enhances your overall Boise dental health.
While the initial costs of implants vs. crowns and bridges is a bit higher, the advantages over time provide a wise investment when compared to other tooth replacement options.
If you are considering your options for replacing missing teeth, call us at (208) 345-8962 to schedule an appointment at Summit Dental. We will help discuss your options so that you can make an informed decision that best suits your individual needs.
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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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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When it comes to your best smile restoration, one of the worst parts of the experience can be waiting and having to make multiple trips to your Boise dentist instead of getting everything done in one trip. Cerec digital impressions allows you to save time and get better results by taking advantage in advance dentistry technology to restore your teeth with a crown, inlay or onlay.
What is CEREC?
CEREC is the short term for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEramic REConstruction. CEREC uses computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing technology to take impressions quickly and generate a precisely fitted filling so you can leave Summit Dental Group sooner.
Single Visit Treatment
Going to your Boise dentist multiple times for a single problem can be frustrating. Among the most inconvenient parts about getting a crown is needing two appointments. During the first visit, you need only to have a mold taken, which is uncomfortable enough in itself. You also need to have a temporary crown put on the tooth and hope it lasts, without much discomfort, until your second visit.
With CEREC digital impressions, the digital impression is used to quickly produce your final best smile restoration on-site. That means we can apply your crown and you’ll be ready to go. You don’t need to return for a second appointment in a few weeks.
CEREC materials are made of porcelain or ceramics.
Some Boise crowns and bridges as well as filling sare made out of metal. However, metal colored objects in your mouth aren’t attractive. Cerec crowns and bridges are made of ceramic and fillings are porcelain. They are closer to the natural color of your teeth. In addition, porcelain fillings can be more durable than composite ones.
CEREC digital impressions helps you to avoid multiple trips to your Boise dentist while providing better results. Ask your Boise dentist at Summit Dental Group about CEREC to find out whether it can be a good option for you!
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!
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!
Ever heard of the expression, “I’d rather have a root canal”? With all the root canal horror stories we’ve seen on TV and in movies, it’s no wonder root canal treatments are the most feared Boise dental procedure. Despite the common belief that root canals are horribly painful, in reality they cause very little pain and discomfort. In fact, a root canal will actually relieve tooth pain, and your Boise dentist at Summit Dental Group is here to help.
First of all let’s put the Boise dental root canal therapy misgivings to rest once and for all. Drilling a properly anesthetized tooth does not cause pain. In fact, it actually relieves serious tooth pain cause by infections. Your Boise dentist will suggest a root canal if you have a diseased tooth or infected nerve (both serious threats to your Boise dental health). If you’re experiencing swelling around the gums, discoloration or pain of the tooth itself, make sure to see your Boise dentist right away for a full evaluation of the situation.
What Really Happens in the Boise Dentist Chair During a Root Canal Therapy Treatment
After you’re seated comfortably, your Boise dentist will use a local anesthetic on the tooth in question. After placing a rubber dam around your tooth to keep it clean and dry, your Boise dentist will use a small drill to clear a tiny path to the Boise dental pulp. Your infected pulp, nerve tissue and any debris will then be removed, and the pulp chamber and canals are completely cleaned and disinfected. Depending on your unique case, your new, healthy tooth is then permanently sealed, or temporarily sealed along with medication to heal up any remaining infection. Lastly, your Boise dentist completes any necessary restoration work like Boise crowns and bridges or posts to protect your tooth and make it good as new.
Still nervous about the drill? We hope not. Root canal therapy is a safe, and common Boise dental procedure that allows people to keep their natural teeth instead of undergoing preventable extractions. While 100% pain-free dentistry may not exist, our patients tell us all the time that their root canals were far less painful and stressful than they expected. With today’s major advances in medicine and dentistry, there’s no reason to fear the Boise dental drill. Instead, it’s time to embrace today’s wonderful technology. It might just be what helps keep your teeth healthy, and pain-free for years to come!
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!