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By James P. Zimmerman D.D.S, F.A.G.D.
August 25, 2021
Category: Dental Health

If you keep talking yourself out of your next dental checkup, you should reach out to Dr. James Zimmerman, a trusted dentist in Woodland, CA, for your next visit.

What is Involved in a Dental Checkup?

One of the essential components of dental care is making sure you are getting regular checkups with your dentist. The dentist examines each tooth and the health of your gums for plaque and tartar build-up during a visit. They also perform other checks to evaluate your overall dental health and clean your teeth.

We will take X-ray images for inspection by your Woodland, CA dentist, then gently clean and polish your teeth. Visiting the dentist allows you to remove tartar build-up before it becomes problematic. Your dentist can answer all of your oral health questions and give you advice on your oral health routine. Proper oral care includes brushing, flossing, using mouthwash, and avoiding behaviors that increase your risk of developing cavities or other oral problems.

Why Regular Dental Checkups are Necessary

Dentists can spot underlying conditions or diseases which may not have been otherwise found during a routine visit while caring for your oral health. Your mouth and gums are interconnected to other parts of the body, and symptoms in your oral health can indicate other problems you might want to investigate with your primary care physician.

A thorough dental exam identifies and prevents many issues, including:

  • Cracked teeth
  • Gum disease or other signs of periodontal disease
  • Cavities

How Often You Should Have Dental Checkups

It is recommended that you visit your dentist every six months for dental checkups. If you have chronic dental issues, you might want to see your dentist every four months.

Dr. Zimmerman, your trusted Woodland, CA, dentist, loves helping people overcome their fears of the dentist and helping community members get caught up on their regular dental checkups. Call the office at (530) 661-1155 to make an appointment today!

By James P. Zimmerman D.D.S, F.A.G.D.
April 19, 2021
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Dental Implants  

Your Woodland, CA, dentist, Dr. James Zimmerman, places dental implants for patients missing teeth. If you are missing a tooth, you don't have to live with that gap in your smile! Dental implants can be life-changing by restoring function to the mouth and completing smiles again.

Dental implants

Dental implants are an excellent option for replacing missing teeth because they are strong and blend in perfectly with your natural smile. When you have missing teeth, it can cause problems with chewing and speaking, as well as other dental problems because surrounding teeth in the area will shift. It's best to replace missing teeth for the health of your jaw bone, too. When you get a dental implant at our Woodland, CA, practice it strengthens your jaw bone in the area of the missing tooth that would otherwise become compromised.

Dental implants are made from a titanium post that is embedded into the jaw bone and a ceramic crown that sits on top as a replacement tooth. Together they are a strong replacement for a natural tooth. Implants can also replace multiple teeth in the same area with a bridge. Two posts are implanted and a custom crown that looks like multiple teeth, called a bridge, covers the area.

Getting a dental implant

The first step in the process of getting a dental implant is minor surgery to place the implant post. The area is numbed and the titanium post is implanted into your jaw bone. Following this initial surgery, there is a period of several weeks where you heal and your jaw bone fuses to the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this time, you wear a temporary tooth cap and your custom crown is fabricated.

At a final appointment, your permanent crown is placed and you leave with a new tooth! Caring for your dental implant is simple if you keep up a good oral hygiene routine. Brush for two minutes twice a day and floss at least once a day. Make sure you floss in the area of the implant and remove all debris from around the crown. If you grind your teeth at night, your dentist will recommend a nightguard to protect the new crown.

If you are missing teeth, Dr. Zimmerman places dental implants to restore function to the mouth and bring beautiful smiles back! Contact us for an appointment in Woodland, CA, at (530) 661-1155.

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.