Here at Summit Dental, our goal is to ensure our every one of our Treasure Valley patients has a smile that’s healthy and beautiful. It’s something we take great pride in, and it’s helped us build a strong reputation for dental care in Boise, Idaho.
We use the latest in cosmetic and restorative dentistry techniques and procedures to help address tooth and gum problems. Sometimes, however, issues do arise with restorative treatments. With that in mind, we’d like to provide you with what you should do if you find yourself with a damaged dental filling or crown.
Resolving Damaged Restorations
When you have a dental filling or crown that is damaged, it can lead to a wide variety of problems. For example, a damaged restoration equals a weakened tooth structure, making additional injury or decay more likely. Even more, a damaged restoration can cause pain or make eating or speaking more difficult. A damaged restoration can even increase your risk for an infection if you’re not careful.
Sports of any type can cause serious injuries if you don’t take necessary precautions. In addition to a chipped or knocked out a tooth, these kind of physical activities can also cause damage to dental restorations. That’s why it’s important to wear proper masks and mouthguards to ensure you are protected.
If you have a serious accident such as a slip, fall, or vehicle collision, you may end up with a damaged restoration. This is particularly true if you experience a direct blow to your mouth.
Eating Hard Or Chewy Foods
Damaged restorations can happen to the best of us when we eat or bite down on hard or chewy foods. This can include partially or unpopped popcorn kernels or gummy/taffy candy. If you accidentally bite down on something that’s hard, it can do major damage to your teeth. The same goes for using your teeth as tools to open packages, etc. Placing all that stress on your teeth can prove disastrous for your restorations.
Grinding Your Teeth
Most people who grind their teeth do so in their sleep. When this occurs, teeth clench, shift, and press against each other in such a way it can cause wear and tear to your restorations. Grinding can also damage regular teeth which is why it’s important to seek the help of your Boise dentist for proper mouthguards if you grind your teeth at night.
Wear & Tear
While restorations like fillings and crowns are quite durable, they are still susceptible to wear and tear over time. At some point, they will have to be restored or replaced by your Boise dentist.
Fixing Dental Restorations
With today’s advancements in modern dentistry, the repair or replacement of a dental filling or crown is rather straightforward. Any old or damaged restoration will be removed by your Boise dentist allowing for a new restoration to be placed. Depending on the type of restoration and the materials used, you will want to discuss your options during the consultation process.
Summit Dental Group
For more information about fixing Boise dental restorations and restoring the health and wellness of your smile, contact Summit Dental Group at (208) 345-8962 today. Our experienced team of dental professionals is here to help improve your overall health and wellness.
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It’s time to talk about Boise cosmetic dentistry! It’s been a while since we talked about the different aspects of the best smile restoration, so in the next few weeks we will cover everything from the proper shades of teeth whitening to using the highest quality materials for Boise crowns and bridges.
Remember that a smile restoration can include everything from Boise tooth implants to teeth whitening. These are the ways we stay at the top of our field no matter what your smile needs:
Fast Boise Crowns and Bridges with High-Quality Materials
Our Boise dentists have always used the top materials that will blend the most naturally with your teeth and give you the long lifespan you want with Boise tooth implants, crowns, or a dental bridge. Boise is home to several phenomenal local ceramists (not to mention our in-office CEREC machine), and we treasure their expertise for our porcelain veneers and other materials. Porcelain is the preferred material because it is strong while giving us the ability to perfectly match the color of your other teeth.
Expertly-Advised and Orchestrated Teeth Whitening
Boise smile restorations usually begin with teeth whitening. For example, Dr. Robert Studebaker will whiten your teeth sooner rather than later so that he can match the color of your newly whitened teeth to the porcelain Boise tooth implants or crowns that you are also getting. For a quick and easy approach to our Boise dentists’ teeth whitening, you can schedule an hour-long appointment where you walk out with your teeth just as white as you want them. Dr. Robert Studebaker will help you decide how many shades lighter you should go to keep the look natural.
A Focus on Overall Perfection
At the end of the day, if you aren’t happy, then neither are we. We are careful to bring you into every part of the process—from a Boise dentist’s teeth whitening decisions to the final carefully-placed veneer—to make sure you are happy with the direction we are going. And when it is all said and done, we give you a mirror to make sure you like your smile.
We’re proud to say that we can give you the best smile restoration. Such dedicated work in Boise cosmetic dentistry is only possible because of the amazing team of experts that we have on staff and work with daily. Thank you for trusting us with your beautiful smile!
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 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!
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!
Restoring a smile depends heavily on what you want or need. Do you have missing teeth? Decayed or chipped teeth? Do you simply want whiter teeth? All these factors play into what kind of procedures the Boise dentists at Summit Dental will use.
Veneers and Crowns
The most common procedures for smile restorations are porcelain veneers and crowns. While made of the same material and resulting in the same effect (white, smooth teeth), veneers and crowns each have their own uses. Veneers are thin layers of porcelain that can change the shade and shaping of a tooth that is discolored or chipped, in addition to smoothing out spacing issues such as crowded teeth or excess spacing. They work well when replacing old fillings and are best used on teeth that have a sound structure. If your teeth are structurally sound or the veneers are strictly for cosmetic purposes, veneers could be your best option.
If your teeth are significantly worn down or need more protection, you may need to consider a porcelain crown instead. A crown is a covering for a tooth that improves strength as well as appearance. They can restore a broken or worn down tooth, mask flaws in color and shape, and strengthen a tooth that was composed of more filling than tooth structure. Crowns are a good fit for teeth that are significantly decayed or that don’t have as much healthy teeth structure.
Implants and Bridges
Need a smile restoration for missing teeth? Implants and bridges are reliable replacements for missing teeth that will give you what feels and looks like a real tooth. When you have lost a tooth, replacing it with an implant can prevent jawbone deterioration and further tooth loss in addition to giving you a great smile. The post placed in your jawbone acts as the tooth’s root, keeping the jawbone strong. The crown attached to this post keeps the surrounding teeth in the right place, gives you a strong tooth for eating and chewing, and completes your smile with a tooth that is identical in shape and color with your other teeth. If you already have an implant but want an even further restored smile, replacing this crown in addition to adding porcelain veneers or crowns to your other teeth is an excellent way to get your ideal smile.
Each of your teeth may be unique; some may be worn down, others simply discolored, and so on. For the best smile restoration, our Boise dentists can use a combination of veneers, crowns, and implants to give you your most winning smile. In addition, while some of your teeth may need a porcelain veneer or crown, some may only require a little teeth whitening. Check out our previous blog on teeth whitening for more information on these procedures.
Have more questions about smile restoration? Stop by our Boise dentist office for a consultation, or leave us a comment or question below.