James P. Zimmerman D.D.S ,F.A.G.D.
A 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.
Get 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.
If you practice consistently thorough oral hygiene habits, you're doing your teeth and gums a great service. If your brushing, flossing and diet should improve, your Woodland, CA, dentist can help. Dr. James Zimmerman and his staff teach their patients of all ages the right way care for their oral health at home. Combined with regular in-office cleanings and check-ups, your hard work will help your smile look good and function well for years.
You are what you eat
A tooth-friendly diet is foundational to vibrant oral health. Most everyone knows that sugary drinks and starchy foods cause cavities, but did you know they also contribute to gum disease? The American Academy of Periodontology says periodontal problems are the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the United States, and the big culprit is plaque and tartar formed from a poor diet.
What's the solution? Limit carbohydrates in all forms, and increase your intake of fibrous fruits and vegetables. Also, your teeth and gums benefit from calcium-rich dairy products and low-fat, high-protein meats, poultry and fish.
Finally, stay hydrated. Drinking several glasses of water every day washes your teeth and gums, increases saliva production and avoids dry mouth, a leading cause of bad breath and yes, tooth decay.
Brushing and flossing matter
No, the American Dental Association is not just trying to promote sales of toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss. Correct use of these simple tools removes harmful plaque and hard tartar. Both contain bacteria which secrete damaging acids.
Regarding brushing, use a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste at least two times daily. Place it at a 45-degree angle to your teeth, and gently brush back and forth, systematically working around your mouth. Be sure to clean deeply grooved chewing surfaces and the lingual surface (or tongue-side) of your teeth, too.
When you floss daily, pull a 12 to 18-inch strand from the dispenser and wind the ends around your forefingers. Pull the floss tight between your thumbs and insert the floss between your teeth. Move the floss up and down to remove any food residues missed by brushing. Be sure to rinse well with clear water.
Semi-annual check-ups and cleanings
They're part of good oral hygiene habits, too. Your Woodland dentist will inspect your mouth for cavities, gum disease and signs of oral cancer. He'll check your dental bite, jaw joint function and the condition of fillings, crowns and cosmetic enhancements such as porcelain veneers.
Finally, you'll receive a through cleaning and X-rays as needed. Your hygienist expertly scales your teeth and the gum line to remove hard deposits of tartar.
Find out more
If you'd like personalized tips on oral hygiene, please contact Dr. Zimmerman's office for a routine cleaning and exam appointment. We always leave time for our patients to ask questions and to give valuable information on how to keep smiles bright and strong. Call your dentist in Woodland, CA, today at (530) 661-1155.
Did you know brushing and flossing each tooth are only half of the steps which make up a strong oral care routine? Though many believe that brushing and flossing are enough to truly maintain their smile, they sometimes fail to remember the other key step in keeping their teeth healthy and clean. Seeing your dentist for regular dental examinations and professional cleanings is crucial to your oral health. Find out why and what makes preventative care so important with your Woodland, CA, dentist, Dr. James Zimmerman.
What happens at a routine dental examination?
Your dentist will begin your examination by giving your mouth, teeth, head, and neck a once-over, looking for any obvious signs of damage, decay, or other abnormalities. If your dentist finds that you have a problem, such as a cavity or gingivitis, they will recommend the appropriate procedure to treat the condition. If possible, your dentist will perform this procedure during your visit or, if you require a more in-depth treatment, schedule another appointment for a later date. Then, your dental hygienist will thoroughly clean and polish each tooth to remove any presence of plaque or tartar.
The Importance of Preventative Care
You probably already brush your teeth the recommended twice a day. However, half of adults in the United States have some form of periodontal disease, according to the American Academy of Periodontology. Flossing is a crucial part of your oral health routine, ensuring that bacteria and plaque are removed from the areas of the mouth your toothbrush’s bristles cannot reach. In addition to brushing and flossing, seeing your dentist twice a year will ensure that your teeth decay and periodontal disease stops before it even starts thanks to catching and treating it early.
Regular Dental Examinations and Professional Cleanings in Woodland, CA
Ensuring that your oral health remains in top notch condition is easy with help from your dentist. The American Dental Association says that patients, no matter their level of risk for decay or periodontal disease, age, or dental condition, should regularly see their dentist twice a year. For more information on seeing your dentist regularly and maintaining your smile, please contact Dr. James Zimmerman in Woodland, CA. Call (530) 661-1155 to schedule your preventative examination with Dr. Zimmerman today!
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 they 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.
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