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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!

By James P. Zimmerman D.D.S, F.A.G.D.
March 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

A missing tooth does more than just create a gap in your smile, it can also cause bone atrophy and displace your remaining teeth if left untreated. If you have a gap, your dentist may suggest dental implants, a powerful tooth replacement option which completes your smile Dental Implantsand helps you avoid the risks of an untreated missing tooth. Read below to learn more about dental implants, and contact Dr. James Zimmerman in Woodland, CA, for personal treatment!

How A Dental Implant Works
A dental implant uses three main components to replace your missing tooth: a fixture, an abutment, and a prosthetic tooth. Together, these pieces work together to keep the implant securely and permanently in place. A dentist implants the fixture directly into the jaw, where the bone will grow around it and hold it in place. An abutment is then placed in order to connect the prosthetic tooth to the fixture, after which the entire piece will feel and function as naturally as the rest of your teeth!

Good Candidates for Dental Implants
A good candidate for dental implants must have several qualities:

  • A strong at-home oral care routine to keep their teeth and implants healthy and clean
  • Good overall health
  • Decay-free teeth and healthy gums
  • The ability to undergo the necessary anesthesia
  • Minimal bone atrophy in the area of the implant (Patients with significant bone atrophy may require a bone grafting procedure.)
  • Commitment to seeing their dentist twice a year for preventative examinations and cleanings

Dental Implant Tooth Replacements in Woodland, CA
Leaving a missing tooth untreated can result in some serious issues with your smile. A gap allows the teeth surrounding it to shift. Additionally, a missing tooth causes bone atrophy, which makes the bone under the gap degrade and lose volume. Dental implants help you avoid these issues and keep your smile healthy. To ensure that your implants last a lifetime, follow the American Dental Association’s recommended oral care routine of brushing twice daily, flossing at least once a day, and regularly visiting your dentist for examinations and cleanings.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. James Zimmerman in Woodland, CA. Call (530) 661-1155 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Zimmerman today!

By James P. Zimmerman D.D.S, F.A.G.D.
December 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Crowns  

Restorative procedures, such as root canals and dental implants, need crowns to cover them. Your dentist, Dr. James Zimmerman, provides patients with reliable crowns from his Woodland, CA, office—read below to learn the benefits of this treatment option!

Dental CrownsMore About Dental Crowns

This dental prosthetic looks like a cap and is made of porcelain. To create them, your dentist takes an impression of your teeth and sends them to a lab where custom crowns are made for you (you'll be given a temporary crown in the meantime).

Crowns are also made of porcelain-fused-to-metal and porcelain with zirconia, one of the strongest ceramics available. Your Woodland dentist can help you determine which type would work best for your situation.

Crowns are crucial for protecting exposed teeth that may be susceptible to breakage and decay. Given how they reinforce teeth to help withstand various degrees of pressure, with crowns you can enjoy eating without the worry of damaging your teeth.

Dental Crown Uses

Dental crowns have other uses as well.

They're used for:

  • Attaching bridges
  • Covering an almost dislodged filling
  • Hiding stained, or discolored teeth

Caring For Dental Crowns

Proper oral and dental care consists of preventative measures to keep natural teeth and crowns healthily intact for as long as possible. This requires that you,

  • Brush your teeth twice a day and floss before bed to remove plaque buildup
  • Don't bite into ice, as it can damage your teeth
  • Visit your dentist twice a year for regular check-ups and professional dental cleanings
  • Drink plenty of water to wash away food debris that may get stuck between teeth
  • Get a mouth guard or splints if you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding) since it reduces the crown's lifespan.
  • Avoid unhealthy, sugary food, like candy and soda.

For more information on dental crowns and what they can do for you, contact Dr. James Zimmerman's Woodland, CA, practice at (530) 661-1155.