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

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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.