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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 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.
June 26, 2019
Category: Dental Health

GumsPeriodontal 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.