James P. Zimmerman D.D.S ,F.A.G.D.

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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.

By James P. Zimmerman D.D.S, F.A.G.D.
June 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you unhappy with the way you look since you lost a tooth? A dental implant can help you love your smile again. Our Woodland, CA, dental implantsdentist, Dr. James Zimmerman, shares several advantages of dental implants.

Dental implants replace tooth roots

Dental implants are small titanium screws that fill the space vacated by your tooth roots. Placing the implants requires a minor surgical procedure that is usually performed using a local anesthetic. After your implant is dropped in place, it begins to bond to the bone in your jaw. In just a few months, the implant becomes firmly rooted in your jaw.

Implants offer excellent support for crowns

During the last phase of the dental implant process, an artificial crown is connected to your implant in our Woodland office. Your new crown not only restores your full smile but also functions just like your lost tooth. Once it's in place, you can eat anything without a problem. Unlike bridges or dentures which can move if they don't fit well, your crown won't budge, thanks to the secure foundation that implants offer.

Dental implants prevent bone loss

Working out with weights helps keep your leg muscles strong, but it's impossible to exercise your jawbone the same way. Fortunately, your tooth roots handle the job by exerting constant pressure on the bone. After you lose a tooth, the corresponding area of the jawbone no longer receives stimulation and may begin to recede. As the jawbone shrinks, it may cause other teeth to loosen. If you've lost several teeth, shrinking may be more pronounced and can affect your appearance.

Many people in Woodland can benefit from dental implants

Dental implants are an excellent tooth restoration option. You can benefit from them if you've:

  • Lost one or more teeth
  • Are in good health
  • Don't smoke (If you do smoke, it's a good idea to quit before you receive an implant.)
  • Don't have gum disease
  • Have good oral hygiene habits

Adequate jawbone depth is also important. If your bone is shallow, it won't be able to support your jawbone. Luckily, a shallow jawbone doesn't have to prevent you from receiving a dental implant. Adding bone grafts deepens and strengthens the bone, in many cases.

Would you like to find out if you can benefit from dental implants? Call your Woodland, CA, dentist, Dr. Zimmerman, at (530) 661-1155 to make your appointment.