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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.

By James P. Zimmerman D.D.S, F.A.G.D
November 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

It’s Now Easier Than Ever to Whiten Your Smile at Home with At-Home Whitening Trays.

Who says that at-home whitening isn’t effective? Okay, maybe you haven’t seen the results you had hoped with over-the-counter whitening kits or toothpastes, but that’s where our Woodland, CA, cosmetic dentist Dr. James Zimmerman comes in! We understand that our patients lead busy lives and don’t want to waste precious time, which is why we offer custom at-home whitening treatment.

An Easier Way to Whiten Teeth

Say goodbye to sitting in the dentist’s chair and waiting an hour or more to get teeth whitening. Now, you can enjoy the convenience of whitening right from the comfort of your own home while still getting professional and fast whitening results. Most patients turn to in-office whitening because they aren’t achieving the whiter smile they want with commercial whitening products; however, our customized at-home system provides you with the professional whitening you would get in a dental office at a fraction of the price and all done without having to leave your home.

Now, you can choose to whiten your smile on your own terms. Of course, you will have to visit our Woodland, CA, dentist so that we can take impressions of your teeth from which to create the custom whitening trays. Customized trays are better than those one-size-fits-most whitening trays that you can get from your local drugstore or grocery store. By creating trays that fit perfectly over your teeth we can guarantee even and effective whitening.

Additionally, the whitening gel that we prescribe is stronger than anything you can get over-the-counter. This means that you won’t have to wear your trays nearly as long every day before you start seeing results. Most patients start to notice that their smiles are visibly whiter after a week or so, and the more often you follow the treatment plan that we map out for you, the sooner you will see results.

Of course, after using our at-home whitening you may choose to use whitening toothpaste or commercial kits to help maintain your results. Using whitening toothpaste, along with good oral hygiene, can even prevent new stains from forming or your newly brightened teeth.

Contact Us Today!

If you are interested in getting professional at-home whitening trays from our Woodland, CA, general dentist, then right now is the perfect time to give us a call at (530) 661-1155. We will be happy to schedule your whitening consultation and get you one step closer to a more radiant smile.

By James P. Zimmerman D.D.S, F.A.G.D.
August 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canals  

Root Canal DiagramA complete set of teeth benefits your looks and your oral function. If you have a tooth compromised by injury, decay, malformation or infection, you could keep it and help it be healthy once again. Your dentist, Dr. James Zimmerman, performs many root canal treatments in his Woodland office. Designed to save a sick tooth, root canal therapy removes damaged interior pulp, leaving the hard structure intact, supported and beautified. Do you need a root canal?

Save it or pull it?

That's a question only you and Dr. Zimmerman can answer. However, when he examines and X-rays the tooth in question, he'll recommend restoration whenever possible.

Tooth extraction causes numerous problems--structural, functional and aesthetic, but root canal therapy heals, seals and saves compromised teeth.

Signs you need a root canal

Pain and long-lasting dental sensitivity to heat are cold are just two of them. Other includes:

  • A noticeable crack or chip
  • Darkened tooth enamel
  • A reddened pimple on the gums near the affected tooth
  • A bad taste in your mouth (drainage) and persistent bad breath
  • Multiple or damaged fillings
  • Swelling of the gums, jaw and even the airway (this is a medical emergency and warrants a trip to the hospital emergency room)

If you have these symptoms, book an appointment with your Woodland dentist right away. That tooth needs attention.

Having a root canal

Root canal therapy (also called endodontic therapy) removes damaged interior pulp and cleans, disinfects and smooths the central chamber and slender passageways inside each root. Dr. Zimmerman adds a protective putty called gutta-percha to the treated roots and covers the tooth with a temporary filling. These steps in root canal treatment are performed with the benefit of local anesthetic and a protective dam installed around the tooth to avoid the spread of bacteria.

At the next appointment, Dr. Zimmerman removes the temporary restoration and bonds a realistic porcelain crown over the tooth. The crown finishes the root canal procedure, allowing the patient to enjoy the appearance and utility of a truly healthy tooth.

Natural teeth are best

Root canal therapy saves literally millions of teeth annually, says the American Association of Endodontists. Yours could be one of them. Call Dr. Zimmerman's office team today if you have symptoms of oral injury or infection, and get the help you need: (530) 661-1155.

By James P. Zimmerman D.D.S, F.A.G.D.
July 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Teeth WhiteningGet a whiter smile easily with professional custom bleaching trays you can use in the convenience and privacy of your own home. Custom bleaching trays from your dentist contain professional strength bleaching agents that deliver superior whitening results to over the counter whitening products. You can achieve whiter teeth more quickly with results that last longer. Dr. James Zimmerman is your dentist for professional teeth whitening in Woodland, CA.

Professional Take-Home Teeth Whitening Treatment

A professional take-home teeth whitening treatment package includes soft plastic bleaching trays and professional strength whitening gel. The bleaching trays are custom made to perfectly fit over the tops and bottom rows of teeth. When you are ready to do a whitening treatment, simply add some of the whitening gel to each tray and place the trays over the teeth. Within a few weeks and several at-home treatments, you will have a whiter smile.

Advantages of Professional Whitening Treatments

In Woodland, CA, several teeth whitening products are available for purchase over the counter. Such products include whitening gels, strips, toothpastes, and rinses. None of these products can deliver the same level of results as quickly or as long lasting as professional custom bleaching trays from your dentist. The bleaching agent in over the counter products is not as strong and results can be inconsistent. It also takes longer to achieve noticeably whiter teeth and the results do not last as long as with professional custom bleaching trays.

Take-home custom bleaching trays from your dentist will help you achieve a whiter smile easily. Take-home whitening treatments are convenient and easy to use and deliver superior results to over the counter whitening products. In Woodland, CA, professional teeth whitening treatments for at-home use are available from the dental office of Dr. Zimmerman. To schedule an appointment, call the office at (530) 661-1155.

By James P. Zimmerman D.D.S, F.A.G.D.
December 12, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

A distinctive and unique smile is one of the many things that sets us apart as individuals. But the truth is that most people admit to wishing cosmetic dentistrythey could change something about their smile, whether it's the color, size, or shape of their teeth. Even if your teeth are perfectly healthy and look good enough when you smile for pictures, there may still be something that you would like to change in order to look and feel your best. Dr. James Zimmerman, a dentist in Woodland, CA, offers cosmetic bonding and contouring for common cosmetic dental issues like stains and discolorations, chipped or cracked teeth, or size and spacing issues.

Get a Smile Makeover with Cosmetic Bonding and Contouring in Woodland, CA

Cosmetic contouring and bonding is an affordable, efficient, and minimally invasive way to reshape damaged teeth. The contouring process, which, like bonding, can often be completed in a single visit and involves gently removing the enamel layer of the damaged tooth, which is then gently reshaped. Cosmetic dental contouring can fix teeth that are too long, too short, misaligned, or crooked (significant spacing, bite, or alignment problems may require orthodontic treatment).

Cosmetic bonding can be used in conjunction with contouring, or as a stand-alone treatment for mild to moderate chips, cracks, stains, and discolorations. A resin material made of a combination of glass, plastic, or porcelain is bonded onto the surface of the tooth. Bonding can drastically improve the function and cosmetic appearance of your teeth, making them whiter, straighter and more symmetrical, without the need to invest in more expensive and time-consuming dental treatments. With proper at home oral hygiene care and regular visits to the dentist for check-ups and professional dental cleanings, bonding, and cosmetic contouring can deliver lasting results.

Find a Dentist in Woodland, CA

Your ideal smile is within reach. For more information about your cosmetic and restorative dentistry options, contact our office by calling (530) 661-1155 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Zimmerman today.