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By James P. Zimmerman D.D.S, F.A.G.D.
December 29, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Dental crowns are an affordable way to beautify cracked, misaligned, damaged, or discolored teeth. Not all tooth problems can be fixed with crowns, but many can. When a simple filling won’t work, crowns are often a good solution so that a tooth isn't lost. Dr. James Zimmerman in Woodland, CA can help you determine if dental crowns are the best option to create a smile you can be proud of.

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are a “cap” that fits on top of a tooth that’s been damaged, has a cavity or filling, is miscolored, chipped, or that needs to be attended to for other reasons. They’re often made of composite materials that include:

  • Metals
  • Porcelain (the most common)
  • Resin
  • Ceramics

Your dentist will take special care to make your crown look appealing while preserving the function of your teeth.

Why Should I Consider Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns can be a good option if you have a tooth that can’t be saved using a filling, you don’t want to have it pulled, and veneers or implants are not the best options. A dentist will often suggest a crown if a tooth has already been filled due to a cavity or gingivitis many times, or if a tooth has become weak in its structure or unstable at its root. Your teeth serve a function before they serve the aesthetic purpose of beautifying your face. They allow you to bite and chew. If a tooth needs to be functional, a crown may allow it to remain useful, while also keeping your smile attractive.

Can I Schedule an Appointment Right Away?

If you think dental crowns might help to beautify your existing smile, you don’t need to wait for your regularly scheduled dental cleaning to find out. 

To schedule a dental appointment for a brand new smile, contact Dr. Zimmerman in Woodland, CA, and the surrounding areas at (530) 661-1155. Your best smile awaits, possibly with the help of a dental crown.

By James P. Zimmerman D.D.S, F.A.G.D.
November 12, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Cracked and discolored teeth can have a tremendous effect on your oral health and your confidence. If you have weak or cracked teeth, dental crowns in Woodland, CA, could be a great option for you. Dr. James Zimmerman can help you achieve the smile of your dreams with this procedure. Keep reading to learn more.

What Are Crowns?

Crowns are a type of tooth-shaped covering, sometimes called a cap. These are placed over the teeth in order to restore the structure of a tooth. If a tooth is already healthy, then the cap can be used to improve the appearance or color. Caps are often used by people who are dealing with discoloring, chipping, cracking, or weak teeth.

Dental crowns in Woodland, CA, will completely cover the visible part of your teeth. This procedure is intended for use on teeth that are otherwise considered healthy but could use an improvement in strengthening or appearance.

Caring For Your Crowns

Your oral hygiene will have a huge impact on how long your crowns will last. You should care for crowns, in the same manner, you would care for your natural teeth. Brushing often and flossing daily will ensure that the crowns are clean and healthy. You should avoid habits such as smoking, chewing ice, biting fingernails, or using your teeth on anything hard. When cared for properly, you can expect your crowns to last between five and fifteen years.

If you would like to learn more about dental crowns in Woodland, CA, please contact Dr. Zimmerman at (530) 661-1155. We will be happy to answer your questions and schedule your appointment today.

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 19, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Did you damage a tooth during a softball game? Has a tooth become weakened due to decay? Whatever the reason for your smile damage, Dr. James Zimmerman in Woodland can address it. Often, beautiful dental crowns are the treatments of choice.

What is a dental crown?

Dental crowns are restorations crafted from porcelain or from 100 percent, high-grade ceramic. Depending on your tooth and the damage it's sustained, Dr. Zimmerman may recommend a dental crown to restore your tooth. He offers innovative CEREC (Chairside Economic Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic) crowns, crafted on-site in just about an hour.

A crown completely covers the remaining healthy structure with a tooth-shaped cap. Using digital imaging, the dentist creates a negative imprint of the tooth. From there, he designs and fabricates a cap, or crown, to cover the tooth from its very top to the gum line.

Dental crowns shore up weak enamel, disguise stains, cover teeth treated with root canal therapy and restore dental implants. Additionally, they blend seamlessly with surrounding teeth in color, shape and size. So, smile aesthetics improve dramatically with crown placement.

CEREC crowns work well anywhere in the mouth, especially in the front where biting forces are less and aesthetics are paramount. Dr. Zimmerman takes digital impressions, shapes the tooth to receive the crown, designs the crown with special computer software and then mills it from a solid ceramic block. Fabrication takes about 20 minutes, and then it is bonded in place.

Usually, CEREC crowns need little adjustment for bite and fit because the design and manufacture processes are so precise. And yes, you leave the office with a restored tooth in just one visit!

Other uses for crowns

Crowns anchor fixed bridges to replace one, two or more missing teeth. Also, partial crowns, called inlays and onlays, replace old large fillings lying between the cusps, or corners, of molars or replace the corners themselves. Partial crowns are tooth-colored, all-ceramic restorations created with CEREC processes right in the treatment room.

You can help maintain your crown for many years if you:

  • Brush twice daily.
  • Floss once a day.
  • See Dr. Zimmerman for routine cleanings and examinations.
  • Avoid extra-hard foods, such as candy apples
  • Wear an acrylic bite guard if you tend to clench or grind your teeth.

Contact us

Your tooth can look and act brand-new with a beautiful dental crown from Dr. James Zimmerman. Call the office in Woodland, CA, for a consultation: (530) 661-1155.

By James P. Zimmerman D.D.S, F.A.G.D.
August 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Did you know that it's now possible to receive a permanent crown in just one dental visit? Woodland, CA, dentist Dr. James Zimmerman dental crowns, cerecexplains how CEREC same-day crowns have eliminated the wait.

What's the difference between porcelain and CEREC crowns?

Porcelain crowns require:

  • Two visits
  • Impressions created with soft dental putty
  • A temporary crown after your first visit
  • Food restrictions to ensure you don't damage the temporary crown
  • A two week wait between first and second visits

In contrast, CEREC crowns only require:

  • One visit
  • A digital impression
  • No temporary crowns
  • No food restrictions
  • No waiting to receive your permanent (and only) crown

The CEREC system uses computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology. The technology allows us to craft your new crown in our Woodland office, rather than sending your impression to a dental laboratory. If you find dental putty impressions unpleasant, you'll appreciate the digital process we use to create virtual impressions of your mouth. Just seconds after your mouth is scanned with a digital camera, an image of your teeth appears on our screen.

We'll use the CEREC CAD/CAM technology to design your new crown, then send it to our milling machine. The milling machine gradually removes layers from a block of ceramic or resin to create your restoration. Just as with traditional crowns, a few adjustments may be needed to ensure the ideal fit. After we make the adjustments, we'll cement the crown to your tooth.

Are CEREC crowns appropriate for everyone?

Most people can benefit from CEREC crowns. The crowns are durable and designed to withstand years of wear and tear. You may benefit from a crown if you want to conceal discolorations or hide small imperfections in a tooth, such as uneven surfaces, cracks or chips.

The crowns also strengthen teeth that have become weaker due to cracks, aging or dental procedures, and restore broken teeth. When a few teeth have grown shorter due to grinding or clenching, a crown is an ideal solution to restore length.

Repair or restore your smile with CEREC crowns. Call Woodland, CA, dentist Dr. James Zimmerman at (530) 661-1155 to schedule an appointment.