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

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.

By James P. Zimmerman D.D.S, F.A.G.D.
December 03, 2020
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Cosmetic Fillings  

Cosmetic fillings are a discreet option for restoring teeth damaged by decay. What sets cosmetic fillings apart from other types of dental fillings is that they are tooth-colored so they blend in with the natural teeth. Dr. James Zimmerman, the skilled dentist at our office in Woodland, CA, can restore damaged teeth discreetly with cosmetic fillings.

What are Cosmetic Fillings?

Cosmetic fillings are a type of dental filling for restoring teeth affected by decay. They help restore teeth by filling in and sealing damaged areas where infection or decay has left empty cavities in teeth. These fillings can also be referred to as composite fillings or tooth-colored fillings since they closely match the color of natural teeth.

Cosmetic fillings are usually made from a composite blend of materials, including plastic resin and glass fillers. They can also be made from porcelain or glass ionomer. The experienced dentist at our office in Woodland, CA, can help you decide if cosmetic fillings are the right choice for you.

Benefits of Cosmetic Fillings

There are many benefits that come with choosing cosmetic fillings. One of the most exciting benefits is that they are tooth-colored so the filling material blends in with the surrounding tooth. Another significant advantage of cosmetic fillings is that the material bonds to the natural tooth as it hardens and dries. The benefit of bonding is that less drilling and fewer undercuts are needed to help the filling material stay in place, which means a greater amount of the natural tooth structure can be preserved.

The benefits of cosmetic fillings include:

  • Strengthening and restoring teeth affected by damage or decay
  • Stopping the spread of infection and decay to other teeth
  • Restoring biting and chewing functions in damaged teeth
  • Preserving a greater amount of healthy tooth structure

Cosmetic fillings strengthen and restore your teeth discreetly. Dr. Zimmerman can help determine if this discreet option for you. To schedule an appointment with the dentist, call our office in Woodland, CA, at (530) 661-1155.

By James P. Zimmerman D.D.S, F.A.G.D.
September 24, 2020
Category: Dental Health

Dental crowns can improve your smile in several ways. They can strengthen damaged teeth and restore daily biting and chewing functions. Crowns can also improve the appearance of teeth with cosmetic issues, such as cracks or discolorations. Traditional crowns take some time to be made, but new CEREC technology makes it possible to restore your smile in one day with custom composite porcelain crowns. Dr. James Zimmerman, the skilled dentist at our office in Woodland, CA, can strengthen and improve your smile with dental crowns.

CEREC Technology

CEREC is an exciting technology that makes it possible to create custom composite restorations, such as dental crowns, in one day. CEREC utilizes both computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) programs. The CAD program generates a digital 3D model of the teeth that can be used to create custom crowns. The CAM program is then used to fabricate the new crowns on the spot while you wait. As soon as the crowns are ready, they can be bonded in place. You can enjoy your new and improved smile right away.

CEREC Crowns vs. Traditional Crowns

CEREC crowns and traditional crowns are both effective options for improving your smile. They can make damaged teeth stronger so normal biting and chewing functions are restored. Both types of crowns can also protect teeth from sustaining further wear and tear. Additionally, CEREC and traditional crowns can improve the appearance of teeth with cosmetic flaws, such as chips, cracks, or stains. Plus, both types of crowns look completely natural and are custom made for the best possible fit.

A significant difference between CEREC crowns and traditional crowns is time. Traditional crowns require multiple appointments over the span of several weeks to complete the process of improving your smile. The process involves creating a physical mold of the teeth and then sending it to a dental lab where the crowns will be custom made. Once ready, the crowns must be sent back to the dental office to be bonded in place. The entire process can take several weeks.

With CEREC crowns, everything is done right in our office so you can enjoy a renewed smile immediately. There is no waiting. Plus, the use of 3D digital imaging software eliminates the need to create a physical mold, which can be both messy and uncomfortable, particularly for patients who have a sensitive gag reflex. The experienced dentist at our office in Woodland, CA, can improve your smile in one visit with CEREC crowns.

CEREC porcelain crowns can improve your smile, whether you need to strengthen and restore damaged teeth or with to conceal cosmetic imperfections. To find out if CEREC crowns are right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Zimmerman, our highly trained dentist, by calling our office in Woodland, CA, at (530) 661-1155.

By James P. Zimmerman D.D.S, F.A.G.D.
May 12, 2020
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Dental Stains  

No one feels like smiling or laughing when they have stained teeth. Fortunately, many stains are preventable and treatable. If you're interested in teeth whitening, contact your dentist, Dr. James Zimmerman of Woodland, CA, to receive treatment, and read on to learn how you can prevent dental stains.

Brush Your Teeth After Each Meal

One of the easiest ways to prevent dental stains is to brush your teeth after each meal. Make sure you brush in a circular motion so you can effectively clean your teeth. This will help to remove stains.

Use Dental Floss

When you brush your teeth on a regular basis, you prevent teeth stains. That's because dental floss removes sticky plaque from your teeth. If you don't get rid of the plaque, it makes it easier for stains to adhere to your teeth. Flossing each day makes it less likely for your teeth to stain.

Use a Whitening Toothpaste or Mouthwash

Another way to prevent stubborn stains on your teeth is to use a whitening toothpaste or mouthwash. Today's over-the-counter whitening products use peroxide instead of enamel-damaging abrasives. After brushing your teeth with them, they briefly make your teeth appear brighter. Getting professional teeth whitening in Woodland, CA, will provide more lasting results.

Use a Straw

When you drink beverages that contain caffeine, chocolate, or tea, sip them through a straw. These kinds of drinks can stain your teeth. If you use a straw, it reduces the amount of liquid that touches your teeth. As an extra protection, take a sip of water after you sip a dark-colored drink. This helps wash away stains as well.

Avoid Tobacco

Tobacco products do more than cause cancer—they cause stains as well. Do your health a favor by staying away from tobacco. Ask your doctor for advice on how to quit smoking or chewing tobacco products.

Get a Professional Teeth Cleaning

Going to the dental hygienist at the dentist's office two times a year for professional teeth cleaning is essential if you want to prevent teeth stains. This will keep your teeth free from stains and contribute to a whiter smile.

Keep Your Teeth White

You can avoid stained teeth just by using proper oral care and avoiding substances that damage your teeth. If you require teeth whitening and live in Woodland, CA, schedule an appointment with Dr. James Zimmerman. He can provide you with the dental services that will ensure your teeth stay healthy, bright, and strong. Schedule your appointment by calling us at 530-661-1155.

By James P. Zimmerman D.D.S, F.A.G.D.
March 27, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implant  

Who says that you can’t have a beautiful smile after tooth loss?

Just because you’re an adult who is missing one or more teeth doesn’t mean that your smile doesn’t deserve a second chance. Dental implants can give you that second chance at having a full healthy smile for the rest of your life. Our Woodland, CA, dentist Dr. James Zimmerman has been restoring more and more toothless smiles thanks to dental implants. Here’s how dental implants can benefit you,

They Can Last Decades

There are many components that make dental implants an amazing long-term solution to tooth loss. As long as you maintain good oral hygiene there is no reason why your implant couldn’t last you the rest of your life. That’s for several reasons including,

  • The implant itself is supported by the jawbone, which naturally fuses together with bone and tissue
  • The implant becomes a permanent part of your mouth
  • It’s typically made from titanium, a biocompatible and extremely durable material

They Function Like Real Teeth

You’re going to be hard pressed to find a tooth replacement option that feels, functions and even looks as realistic as a dental implant. Since an implant truly does take the place of your missing tooth roots, this means that it works in much the same way as real teeth.

This means that it won’t take much to get used to your new tooth, since it will literally feel and act just like your smile did before you lost your tooth. This means you can go back to enjoying all of your favorite foods again and you’ll find a renewed confidence in your smile.

They Support the Face and Jawbone

For a dental implant to work, our Woodland, CA, general dentist has to surgically place the implant itself into the jawbone. The implant will stimulate the jawbone just like the natural tooth roots do, preventing bone loss from occurring. Also, filling gaps in your smile with false teeth will also help to support the muscles and shape of your face.

They Protect the Rest of Your Smile

Dental implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support, which means that we won’t need to prep or shape teeth to hold your implant in place. Less pressure and stress placed on your natural teeth the better for the health of your smile in the long run. Plus, by placing a false tooth in that gap, it will prevent the rest of your teeth from drifting into these open spaces.

If you have questions about getting dental implants from our Woodland, CA, family dentist or if you want to find out if implants are right for you then call (530) 661-1155 to schedule a consultation.





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