James P. Zimmerman D.D.S ,F.A.G.D.
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.
Dentures are an excellent way to repair one or more teeth that are delicate or severely damaged. If you are a victim of tooth loss Dr. James P. Zimmerman, your dentist in Woodland, CA, can restore your appearance with this restorative procedure. Read on to learn about the different types of dentures their own unique benefits.
Why Do I Need Dentures?
Dentures are not just for patients over the age of 60—young adults can benefit from this treatment as well. Tooth loss doesn't happen overnight, but when it occurs, it's necessary to restore the area in order to prevent further damage, the shifting of teeth, and possible infections. If you're already missing a couple of teeth and have a hard time eating the food you once enjoyed, your dentist may recommend one of several different types of dentures.
Common Types of Dentures
Commonly known as false teeth, the following options are the most popular varieties of dentures:
- Complete (Full) - This removable prosthetic appliance can be used in the upper and lower jaw when all of the teeth are missing in the arch of your gums. They are recommended when there are issues with the bite and help protect the facial structure.
- Removable Partials - Consisting of a set of replacement teeth attached to a pink-colored plastic base, this form of dentures combines with a metal framework to hold it steady in the mouth. These are usually advised when healthy teeth remain intact.
The Process of Getting Dentures
Before your dentist, creates your dentures, you'll need to visit our office in Woodland, CA, for an oral examination. The process varies by patient, but it typically involves taking impressions of the mouth and extracting any teeth that are no longer properly serving their purpose. Once the molds are made, we send them to a laboratory where your permanent dentures are designed. Once they are finished, wearing them might take some getting used to, but in the long run, you'll be able to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.
Interested? Give Us a Call
To learn more about dental procedures and treatments, visit our website. For questions or appointment scheduling, please call our office in Woodland, CA, by dialing (530) 661-1155.
Did you damage a tooth during a softball game? Has a tooth become weakened due to decay? Whatever the reason for your smile damage, Dr. James Zimmerman in Woodland can address it. Often, beautiful dental crowns are the treatments of choice.
What is a dental crown?
Dental crowns are restorations crafted from porcelain or from 100 percent, high-grade ceramic. Depending on your tooth and the damage it's sustained, Dr. Zimmerman may recommend a dental crown to restore your tooth. He offers innovative CEREC (Chairside Economic Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic) crowns, crafted on-site in just about an hour.
A crown completely covers the remaining healthy structure with a tooth-shaped cap. Using digital imaging, the dentist creates a negative imprint of the tooth. From there, he designs and fabricates a cap, or crown, to cover the tooth from its very top to the gum line.
Dental crowns shore up weak enamel, disguise stains, cover teeth treated with root canal therapy and restore dental implants. Additionally, they blend seamlessly with surrounding teeth in color, shape and size. So, smile aesthetics improve dramatically with crown placement.
CEREC crowns work well anywhere in the mouth, especially in the front where biting forces are less and aesthetics are paramount. Dr. Zimmerman takes digital impressions, shapes the tooth to receive the crown, designs the crown with special computer software and then mills it from a solid ceramic block. Fabrication takes about 20 minutes, and then it is bonded in place.
Usually, CEREC crowns need little adjustment for bite and fit because the design and manufacture processes are so precise. And yes, you leave the office with a restored tooth in just one visit!
Other uses for crowns
Crowns anchor fixed bridges to replace one, two or more missing teeth. Also, partial crowns, called inlays and onlays, replace old large fillings lying between the cusps, or corners, of molars or replace the corners themselves. Partial crowns are tooth-colored, all-ceramic restorations created with CEREC processes right in the treatment room.
You can help maintain your crown for many years if you:
- Brush twice daily.
- Floss once a day.
- See Dr. Zimmerman for routine cleanings and examinations.
- Avoid extra-hard foods, such as candy apples
- Wear an acrylic bite guard if you tend to clench or grind your teeth.
Your tooth can look and act brand-new with a beautiful dental crown from Dr. James Zimmerman. Call the office in Woodland, CA, for a consultation: (530) 661-1155.
A root canal from your dentist in Woodland, CA, can help your smile
Did you know that root canal therapy could save your smile? It’s true! With root canal treatment, you can eliminate both tooth pain as well as the risk of tooth loss. Here at the office of Dr. James P. Zimmerman in Woodland, CA, we offer a full range of dental services, including root canal treatment to help your smile—read on to learn if this treatment is right for your situation.
What root canal therapy can do for you
The most common cause for a root canal is when the innermost layer of your tooth, an area known as the pulp, has become bruised or damaged. The pulp is where the nerves and blood supply to the tooth are located. When the pulp is damaged, inflammation, pressure, and fluid all build up inside your tooth, often causing major tooth pain.
There are some definite signs and symptoms to look for which may indicate you need a root canal. Your dentist may recommend root canal therapy if you have:
- A sharp pain when you bite or chew
- Chronic throbbing pain and pressure inside a tooth
- Tooth pain that increases with exposure to hot or cold foods or beverages
- A red or white bump on your gums next to a tooth root
- Blood or pus draining from the bump on your gums
- A tooth that is darker or grayer than the teeth surrounding it
If you do need a root canal, your dentist will create a small opening in the top of your painful tooth. The inflamed pulp tissue is drawn out through the opening and replaced with a sedative material that helps eliminate inflammation, pressure, and pain. After your pain is gone, the sedative is removed and replaced with an inert material that is left inside your tooth. The small opening is then closed with a permanent filling, and your root canal is done.
Concerned? Give us a call
To learn more about how root canal therapy can help you, talk with an expert. Call Dr. James P. Zimmerman in Woodland, CA, today at (530) 661-1155.
Periodontal disease is one of the most common oral health problems, yet many people are unaware that they even have it. Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease can damage your gums, destroy bones and ligaments, and cause tooth loss if it's not diagnosed and treated promptly. Fortunately, your Woodland, CA, dentist, Dr. James Zimmerman, can help you care for your smile with gum-protecting exams and treatments.
Could I Have Periodontal Disease?
You may have gum disease if you notice any of these signs and symptoms:
- Bleeding Gums: Irritated gums tend to bleed easily when you brush and floss your teeth. Bleeding is never normal and shouldn't be ignored. If your toothbrush looks pink after you brush or you see blood on your gums, make an appointment with your Woodland dentist. Bleeding can be the first sign of gingivitis, the mildest form of periodontal disease. In most cases, a dental cleaning and a renewed focus on oral hygiene will reverse gingivitis.
- Bad Breath: It's not unusual to have bad breath first thing in the morning or after eating a garlicky pasta dish. However, when breath odor becomes a constant problem throughout the day, it may be a sign that you have gum disease.
- Pain and Swelling: If you have periodontal disease, your gums may hurt, particularly when you chew. You may also notice that they're red and puffy.
- Receding Gums: Are your teeth looking a little longer these days? Gum disease may be the reason.
- Sensitivity: Receding gums expose your sensitive tooth roots. If you've been experiencing pain after consuming hot, cold or sugary foods/drinks, let your dentist know.
- Pockets: If your gum disease isn't treated in the early stages of the disease, you may eventually develop pockets around your teeth. Pockets form when the gums pull away from the teeth. Deep pockets provide the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and are a sign of serious gum disease.
- Loose Teeth: The bacteria can eventually destroy or damage the bones and ligaments that hold your teeth in place. Treatment may prevent you from losing loose teeth, depending on the extent of the damage.
Give Us a Call!
Don't ignore possible signs of periodontal disease! Call your Woodland, CA, dentist, Dr. James Zimmerman, at (530) 661-1155 to schedule your appointment.
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