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

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.

By James P. Zimmerman D.D.S, F.A.G.D.
December 27, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dentures  

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.

By James P. Zimmerman D.D.S, F.A.G.D.
December 19, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Crowns  

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.

Contact us

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.





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