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By James P. Zimmerman D.D.S, F.A.G.D.
February 18, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Checkups   Dentist  

When was the last time you paid Dr. James Zimmerman a visit? If you're like many people, chances are it was more than six months ago. We hear the reasons why people neglect regular dental visits all the time: lack of money or quality dental insurance, busy schedules, and fear. However, your twice-yearly checkups are so important for your dental health and your overall health as well.

You may brush your teeth twice a day and even floss, and your teeth may feel fine, but regular dental checkups in Woodland, CA, aren’t about addressing problems and reacting — they are about cavity prevention. No matter how much you brush and floss, there is still a chance that food or other debris can get lodged between your teeth, and there is also a chance that food and beverages can wear down your tooth enamel in between visits, making your teeth vulnerable to decay.

In addition to thorough teeth cleaning and polishing, these regular visits help us detect and prevent the onset of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. During your visit, we’ll check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. We’ll also check old fillings and restorations, as these can wear away over time from constant chewing, grinding, or clenching.

It's important to know that the majority of dental problems do not become visible or painful until they are highly advanced. And, unfortunately, serious oral issues are painful and expensive to treat. A deep cleaning twice a year by Dr. James Zimmerman is the best way to hit all the spots you may have missed with brushing and flossing and prevent any problems that may have gone unseen.

Make sure your teeth get the professional attention they deserve! If you’re overdue for your next cleaning, please give us a call to schedule an appointment at our convenient Woodland, CA, office! All you need to do is call (530) 661-1155.

By James P. Zimmerman D.D.S, F.A.G.D.
December 24, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

While many patients dread root canals, they are necessary to maintain a healthy smile. Constant exposure to bacteria and food sometimes leave teeth needing extra help in getting treatment. Dr. James Zimmerman serves the Woodland, CA area and offers root canals to those who need them.

Why you may need a root canal?

Dentists administer root canals when there is an infected nerve root present. This procedure cleans the pulp inside of the tooth so that the inflammation does not spread to other areas of the mouth.

There are several signs to look out for when figuring out if you need a root canal: 

  • Is the site of your tooth always in pain? Does the pain increase as the day passes?
  • Do your gums bleed excessively or leak fluid?
  • Are your gums receding?
  • Does your tooth wobble or otherwise look unstable?
  • Is the tooth discolored?

Infected gums, when left untreated, can spell pain and infection to other teeth. Another reason why you may need a root canal is because of damaged teeth. If you have been in an accident or some other type of injury to the mouth, your dentist may tell you that you need a root canal. This is to preserve the integrity of the teeth that have been damaged.

Although some patients may experience a root canal differently, a root canal is the last choice before removing the tooth altogether. After a while, you will come back so that your dentist can seal your tooth with a crown. Your dentist will work to make sure your crown matches the rest of your teeth as much as possible.

Do not wait until your nerve root pain is unbearable to come to visit Dr. Zimmerman for a root canal. If you are in Woodland, CA, feel free to call us at (530) 661-1155 to make an appointment today.

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 02, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal Therapy  

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 Root_Canalas 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.

By James P. Zimmerman D.D.S, F.A.G.D.
May 08, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Fillings  

 Cosmetic fillings from your dentist in Woodland, California can give you a beautiful smile

When you think of dental fillings, do you think of large, bulky, unsightly metal fillings? If so, it’s time to think differently! Today’s fillings do smilemore than just restore cavities—they can also increase the beauty of your smile! Dr. James P. Zimmerman in Woodland, CA, offers cosmetic fillings to restore your teeth and give you a great looking smile!


What fillings can do for you!

Tooth-colored fillings use a high-tech liquid resin material known as composite. Composite can be matched to the color of your teeth to create a seamless, uniform smile. It can also be sculpted to match the natural contours of your teeth; no more metal smile!

Cosmetic fillings with composite also work differently than metal fillings. That’s because the composite resin is bonded on to your natural tooth structure, strengthening the structural integrity of your tooth. In contrast, metal fillings can actually weaken teeth by dividing a tooth into sections, which can break off when you bite down or chew.

Cosmetic fillings are not just attractive—they can also repair the same dental issues as conventional metal fillings, including:

  • Cavities caused by dental decay
  • Broken, damaged, or cracked teeth due to trauma
  • Worn-down or chipped teeth due to aging teeth grinding

When you choose cosmetic fillings to restore your teeth, you can count on:

  • A naturally beautiful appearance that blends with your smile
  • No more metallic taste in your mouth from metal fillings
  • A stronger filling because the material is chemically bonded to your tooth


Need care? Give us a call!

Cosmetic fillings are the state-of-the-art way to restore your teeth and your smile. To find out more about tooth-colored fillings, call Dr. James P. Zimmerman in Woodland, California. Get started on your beautiful new smile by calling (530) 661-1155 today!