James P. Zimmerman D.D.S ,F.A.G.D.

By James P. Zimmerman D.D.S, F.A.G.D.
August 25, 2021
Category: Dental Health

If you keep talking yourself out of your next dental checkup, you should reach out to Dr. James Zimmerman, a trusted dentist in Woodland, CA, for your next visit.

What is Involved in a Dental Checkup?

One of the essential components of dental care is making sure you are getting regular checkups with your dentist. The dentist examines each tooth and the health of your gums for plaque and tartar build-up during a visit. They also perform other checks to evaluate your overall dental health and clean your teeth.

We will take X-ray images for inspection by your Woodland, CA dentist, then gently clean and polish your teeth. Visiting the dentist allows you to remove tartar build-up before it becomes problematic. Your dentist can answer all of your oral health questions and give you advice on your oral health routine. Proper oral care includes brushing, flossing, using mouthwash, and avoiding behaviors that increase your risk of developing cavities or other oral problems.

Why Regular Dental Checkups are Necessary

Dentists can spot underlying conditions or diseases which may not have been otherwise found during a routine visit while caring for your oral health. Your mouth and gums are interconnected to other parts of the body, and symptoms in your oral health can indicate other problems you might want to investigate with your primary care physician.

A thorough dental exam identifies and prevents many issues, including:

  • Cracked teeth
  • Gum disease or other signs of periodontal disease
  • Cavities

How Often You Should Have Dental Checkups

It is recommended that you visit your dentist every six months for dental checkups. If you have chronic dental issues, you might want to see your dentist every four months.

Dr. Zimmerman, your trusted Woodland, CA, dentist, loves helping people overcome their fears of the dentist and helping community members get caught up on their regular dental checkups. Call the office at (530) 661-1155 to make an appointment today!

By James P. Zimmerman D.D.S, F.A.G.D.
June 16, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

How tooth-colored fillings from your dentist in Woodland, CA, can enhance your smile

How much do you know about dental fillings? If you are thinking about the bulky, old, leaking metal fillings you had when you were a kid, think again! It’s time to discover modern tooth-colored fillings which can both strengthen and beautify your smile.

Dr. James Zimmerman in Woodland, CA, offers a wide range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services, including tooth-colored fillings to enhance your smile.

People love tooth-colored fillings, and you will too. Let’s face it, having a beautiful smile is important to your looks, your self-esteem, and your self-confidence. When you need a filling, why not choose tooth-colored fillings?

These are just a few of the amazing benefits you will enjoy when you choose tooth-colored fillings to restore your damaged teeth:

  • Great strength; the tooth-colored filling material actually bonds with tooth structure, becoming one surface. Metal fillings don’t do this. In fact, they can separate your tooth into sections, making the tooth weaker and more susceptible to breaking. Tooth-colored fillings increase the strength of your tooth.
  • Great beauty; the tooth-colored filling material can be matched almost exactly to the color of your teeth. Metal fillings look unnatural and don’t belong in your smile. Tooth-colored fillings blend effortlessly with your smile.
  • Great treatment; tooth-colored fillings can be completed in one appointment, easily and quickly.

Imagine the joy of not tasting or seeing metal in your mouth! Tooth-colored fillings are also an excellent choice for people with metal allergies.

Tooth-colored fillings are the answer to a brighter, more natural-looking, stronger smile. They are the answer to a metal-free smile! To discover more about the benefits of tooth-colored fillings and how they can enhance your smile, call Dr. James Zimmerman in Woodland, CA, at (530) 661-1155. Call now!

By James P. Zimmerman D.D.S, F.A.G.D.
April 19, 2021
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Dental Implants  

Your Woodland, CA, dentist, Dr. James Zimmerman, places dental implants for patients missing teeth. If you are missing a tooth, you don't have to live with that gap in your smile! Dental implants can be life-changing by restoring function to the mouth and completing smiles again.

Dental implants

Dental implants are an excellent option for replacing missing teeth because they are strong and blend in perfectly with your natural smile. When you have missing teeth, it can cause problems with chewing and speaking, as well as other dental problems because surrounding teeth in the area will shift. It's best to replace missing teeth for the health of your jaw bone, too. When you get a dental implant at our Woodland, CA, practice it strengthens your jaw bone in the area of the missing tooth that would otherwise become compromised.

Dental implants are made from a titanium post that is embedded into the jaw bone and a ceramic crown that sits on top as a replacement tooth. Together they are a strong replacement for a natural tooth. Implants can also replace multiple teeth in the same area with a bridge. Two posts are implanted and a custom crown that looks like multiple teeth, called a bridge, covers the area.

Getting a dental implant

The first step in the process of getting a dental implant is minor surgery to place the implant post. The area is numbed and the titanium post is implanted into your jaw bone. Following this initial surgery, there is a period of several weeks where you heal and your jaw bone fuses to the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this time, you wear a temporary tooth cap and your custom crown is fabricated.

At a final appointment, your permanent crown is placed and you leave with a new tooth! Caring for your dental implant is simple if you keep up a good oral hygiene routine. Brush for two minutes twice a day and floss at least once a day. Make sure you floss in the area of the implant and remove all debris from around the crown. If you grind your teeth at night, your dentist will recommend a nightguard to protect the new crown.

If you are missing teeth, Dr. Zimmerman places dental implants to restore function to the mouth and bring beautiful smiles back! Contact us for an appointment in Woodland, CA, at (530) 661-1155.

By James P. Zimmerman D.D.S, F.A.G.D.
January 26, 2021
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Dental crowns can strengthen and restore your smile. They provide a strong new exterior for teeth that are damaged or have become too weak to perform regular biting and chewing functions. Dental crowns look like and function like natural teeth, and caring for them is as simple as maintaining your regular oral hygiene routine. Dr. James Zimmerman can restore beauty and function to your damaged teeth with custom dental crowns at our office in Woodland, CA.

Benefits of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are hollow tooth-like caps that fit over teeth. They can serve several purposes and offer many benefits. Dental crowns can be used to strengthen and protect damaged teeth, as well as restore function. They can also improve the appearance of teeth with cosmetic issues, such as stains or discolorations. Since they look and function just like regular teeth, dental crowns readily blend in with the rest of your smile.

Another benefit of dental crowns is that they are extremely versatile. In addition to restoring beauty and function to teeth, they can also be used to help restore your smile following tooth loss. When used in conjunction with dental implants, bridgework, or fixed dentures, dental crowns help replace missing teeth. The skilled dentist at our office in Woodland can have dental crowns custom made for you.

Tips on Caring for Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are extremely durable and can last often last for up to eight years or more before needing to be replaced. There are several steps you can to properly care for your crowns so they last as long as possible, including:

  • Floss around crowns regularly to prevent excess plaque from forming
  • Avoid eating or chewing on hard, sticky, or brittle foods, including hard candy and ice
  • Avoid grinding the teeth or clenching the jaw, and wear a nightguard if needed
  • Avoid biting your nails or chewing on the ends of pens, pencils, or other items

Dental crowns can strengthen and restore damaged teeth, as well as dramatically improve the appearance of teeth with cosmetic concerns. With proper care, your crowns can last for many years. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Zimmerman to find out if you are a candidate for dental crowns by calling our office in Woodland, CA, at (530) 661-1155.

By James P. Zimmerman D.D.S, F.A.G.D.
December 24, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

While many patients dread root canals, they are necessary to maintain a healthy smile. Constant exposure to bacteria and food sometimes leave teeth needing extra help in getting treatment. Dr. James Zimmerman serves the Woodland, CA area and offers root canals to those who need them.

Why you may need a root canal?

Dentists administer root canals when there is an infected nerve root present. This procedure cleans the pulp inside of the tooth so that the inflammation does not spread to other areas of the mouth.

There are several signs to look out for when figuring out if you need a root canal: 

  • Is the site of your tooth always in pain? Does the pain increase as the day passes?
  • Do your gums bleed excessively or leak fluid?
  • Are your gums receding?
  • Does your tooth wobble or otherwise look unstable?
  • Is the tooth discolored?

Infected gums, when left untreated, can spell pain and infection to other teeth. Another reason why you may need a root canal is because of damaged teeth. If you have been in an accident or some other type of injury to the mouth, your dentist may tell you that you need a root canal. This is to preserve the integrity of the teeth that have been damaged.

Although some patients may experience a root canal differently, a root canal is the last choice before removing the tooth altogether. After a while, you will come back so that your dentist can seal your tooth with a crown. Your dentist will work to make sure your crown matches the rest of your teeth as much as possible.

Do not wait until your nerve root pain is unbearable to come to visit Dr. Zimmerman for a root canal. If you are in Woodland, CA, feel free to call us at (530) 661-1155 to make an appointment today.





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