Category Archives: Cosmetic Dentistry

  • Durable Replacements: Dental Implants in Boise

    Boise dental implants

    Dental technology has expanded in Boise and across the United States in recent years. There are options now that were undreamed of, just a few decades ago.

    One of the most significant advances is dental implants. Implants consist of an artificial tooth attached to a titanium post that is implanted into the patient’s jaw . It’s the post that is the implant, and it replaces the root of a missing tooth.

    The idea of dental implants is not all that new. Anthropologists have discovered evidence of implants being performed by ancient Mayans. By modern standards, they were very crude. And we don’t even want to think about how those implants were inserted into the patients’ jaws.

    A modern dental implant provides many important advantages over a dental bridge or dentures:

    • Longevity – Dental implants are tough and permanent, meaning with proper care they can last ten years or more.
    • Seamless – Fabricated to have the same shape, size and color of the original tooth, the implant will blend seamlessly with all the other teeth. If the original tooth had aesthetic issues, these can frequently be fixed with the implant crown.
    • Function – A dental implant functions like a natural tooth allowing for normal eating and speaking.
    • Convenience – Unlike dentures, no adhesives, rinsing, or removal is necessary.
    • Independent – Like the missing tooth, the dental implant is treated individually. No damaging of adjacent teeth is required, as with dental bridges. This independence allows nearby teeth to remain intact. Cleaning is easier than with most dental bridges which can require the threading of floss under and around the artificial tooth.

    If you are interested in a dental implant, call Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise to schedule a  consultation. If you are a good candidate for the procedure, the process can begin. We also provide family and general dentistry, and look forward to meeting you!

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

     

  • Want A Great Smile? Teeth Whitening in Boise

    Whiter Teeth for Boise Teeth whitening has become one of the easiest ways to upgrade your smile. And with cosmetic dentistry from Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise, there is little effort and no pain.

    Blaisdell Family Dentistry can help you understand your options for teeth whitening and the results you can expect from the procedures we offer.

    Over-the-counter whitening systems can give pretty good results, but many users aren’t satisfied with what they get. The simple truth is that the results you get from professional whitening far surpasses anything that comes from a tube.

    Blaisdell Family Dentistry can help you whiten your teeth effectively and get spectacular results. We provide Zoom! teeth whitening, which can transform your teeth in a single visit to our office.

    Zoom! whitening incorporates dental-grade hydrogen peroxide activated LED lamps. The treatments penetrate deep into the enamel of your teeth to bleach away deep stains and other discolorations.

    Our friendly staff would love to answer any questions you have about Zoom! teeth whitening. Blaisdell Family Dentistry also offers Boise residents porcelain veneers, and general and family dentistry. Visit our smile gallery to see the possibilities. And then give us a call to schedule an appointment.

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

     

  • You Won’t Be Out Cold (Unless You Want To Be!) Sedation Dentistry in Boise

    Sedation Dentistry Sun Valley

    Do you get sweaty palms when you go to the dentist? A pounding heart, at the mere thought of having a cavity filled? Dental anxiety is brutal – but with sedation dentistry in Boise, it doesn’t have to be that way.

    Many people who fret about the dentist over issues large and small have chosen sedation dentistry. Though the terms ‘sleep dentistry’ and ‘oral conscious sedation’ are frequently used interchangeably, they are not identical. Let’s consider the main types of sedation.

    Nitrous Oxide
    The first level uses nitrous oxide, or ‘laughing gas’ as it is commonly called. Nitrous oxide is safe and effective, and has been used in dentistry for many years. It goes to work at the first inhalation, relaxes the patient during the treatment, and wears off quickly. If you need a little help to get through dental services, but don’t want to be knocked out cold, nitrous may be a good option.

    Oral Conscious Sedation
    Oral conscious sedation doesn’t work as rapidly as nitrous oxide, but it helps most patients achieve a deeper level of tranquility. These medications, however, do not usually lead to complete unconsciousness. Thus, oral sedatives and nitrous oxide are considered ‘conscious’ sedation.

    IV Sedation
    IV sedation uses medications similar to those used in surgery and results in a state of deep relaxation. Most patients are unaware to what is going on in their mouths. IV sedation is often used for root canals, wisdom teeth extractions, and multi-procedure smile redesigns. Patients will require a ride home afterward.

    General Anesthesia
    With general anesthesia, we use a licensed anesthesiologist. General anesthesia makes the patient fully asleep. It is used for complex dental treatment, and sometimes for children and adults with extreme dental anxiety.

    For more information about sedation dentistry, and procedures like dental implants, call us at Blaisdell Family Dentistry. We also provide general and family dentistry.

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

     

  • Family Dentistry in Boise: Instill Good Brushing Habits

    infant dental exam Boise

    New Boise parents may be surprised by the latest in family dentistry and infant oral care. Parents are advised to begin brushing their baby’s teeth as soon as the first teeth emerge.

    Brand-new teeth, the American Dental Association reminds us all, are just as vulnerable to cavities as older teeth. ADA guidelines are to use a cloth and a smidgen of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice) to wipe each tooth. As more teeth come in, it becomes more important for them to be brushed at least twice a day.

    As your baby grows into toddler-hood, it is vital to select the proper toothbrush. A soft-bristled brush, using a small amount of toothpaste, is best. Infant and toddler-sized toothbrushes with a small head of bristles are ideal. Some brushes are circle and triangular-shaped, reducing the chance of injury in case of a fall.

    If the toothpaste is causing an unpleasant struggle, brush without it. The goal is to remove food bits that will create bacteria, followed by plaque and then cavities.

    When two teeth touch, it’s time to begin flossing. It’s important to make sure no food is lodged between the teeth. Proper flossing requires fine motor skills, which most toddlers don’t have yet. Parents need to assist with flossing until they are sure their child can do it effectively.

    Until the child is old enough to properly brush, they should receive adult supervision and guidance. Instilling the proper brushing and flossing procedures will reap lifelong benefits. While it may seem that supervising them is time-consuming, remember that it’s forming a daily habit that will protect their health.

    Your child’s first dental visit should be within six months of the first tooth appearing and no later than their first birthday. It may seem early, but most parents bring their child to the pediatrician early. You can trust your dentist to look out for potential troubles and advise you about how to help your child keep a healthy smile.

    Ask about sealants, x-ray safety, and fluoride supplements. A dentist can also advise parents with older children about teeth protection for athletics, and orthodontics.

    If you live in the Boise area and don’t yet have a trusted family dentist, call Blaisdell Family Dentistry to schedule your child’s dental appointment. By starting young, your child will become familiar with our dental practice and our friendly staff, ensuring that he or she never develops a fear of the dentist.

    We provide complete dental services, including cosmetic dentistry and dental implants.

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

     

  • Using Nature As Our Guide At Blaisdell Family Dentistry In Boise

    smile design Boise

    Lynn R. Blaisdell at Blaisdell Family Dentistry performs complete smile re-designs that turn ordinary teeth (or even teeth with significant problems) into beautiful smiles. If you have been considering a smile makeover, you probably want to determine if you will still look like yourself.

    The answer is “Yes! Only better!” You see, Drs. Lynn R. Blaisdell uses nature as a guide – nature at its best – when improving smiles. It is important to bring multiple components into harmony when designing a an extraordinary smile makeover. Here are a few:

    • Tooth Shape – includes proportion and alignment
    • Tooth Size – this also includes the unique dimensions of the spaces between the teeth
    • Tooth Color – hue, value, intensity, and color variations between teeth
    • Tooth Bite – how upper and lower teeth fit together
    • Gumline – shape and color
    • Face Shape and Bone Structure
    • Skin Tone
    • Lips – color, shape, size
    • Age
    • Gender

    This list is not comprehensive, but gives you an idea of the complexity. Though advanced cosmetic dentistry is multifaceted, it follows the esthetic principles expressed in naturally beautiful smiles.

    But you don’t have to worry about midlines and microesthetics because we are devoted to the details. We invite you to schedule a smile design consultation to communicate with Drs. Blaisdell about your current smile and the beautiful smile you desire.

    Excellence in Dentistry

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

  • 5 Tools For Tooth Transformations

    porcelain veneers price Boise

    Too-small teeth. Misshapen teeth. Cracked teeth. Chipped teeth. Spacing irregularities. These problems are all-too-common. But you don’t have to live with them! With the advances in cosmetic dentistry, Blaisdell Family Dentistry offers fixes for these vexing tooth issues!

    1. Veneers. Also called dental laminates or porcelain veneers. These extremely thin shells are custom-made so the size, shape, and color are perfectly matched to your surrounding teeth. The veneers are securely cemented to the front of the teeth to dramatically upgrade your smile.

    2. Bonding. This procedure uses a strong tooth-colored resin to close spaces, correct chips and cracks, or change the shape. The resin is molded into place and then a light is applied to harden the material for secure adherence to the tooth.

    3. Recontouring. Minimally-invasive reshaping of a tooth by removing small bits of enamel to improve the shape or length. This cosmetic dentistry procedure is sometimes called odontoplasty or slenderizing.

    4. Crowns. Most people are familiar with this durable multi-purpose restoration. Natural-looking dental crowns are fabricated in the shape and color of the tooth and cemented into place to fully cover the part of the tooth visible above the gumline.

    5. Braces. Patients of all ages are transforming their smiles with state-of-the art orthodontia. Before you dismiss this option as too time-consuming or expensive, learn about the new braces now available. Braces are more convenient and discrete than ever before.

    Countless Boise dental patients have achieved beautiful smiles with a cosmetic dental smile makeover from Blaisdell Family Dentistry!

    We’re  Drs. Craig and Lynn Blaisdell of Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise. We’re dedicated to to helping our patients have optimum oral health and beautiful smiles. If you have any questions about veneers, bonding, recontouring, or crowns, I invite you call us at 208-922-6902 to make an appointment today.

    “Excellence in Dentistry.”

     

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry: 208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

     

  • It’s Not About Vanity

    Sun Valley cosmetic dental

    Since 1981, Blaisdell Family Dentistry has been providing confidence and dignity to our amazing Boise and Boise patients through cosmetic dentistry and dental implants.

    Many Boise people seem to have it all together with bright eyes and great smiles. We want you to be on the same footing as your friends, colleagues and customers. Wanting to look your best and feel your best is not about VANITY, it’s about reality in the Boise professional community. A remarkable smile creates a favorable first impression and demonstrates polish and attention to detail. These are advantages for Boise people in every field of work.

    Popular ways to achieve such a worthy goal might be found in the services we offer at Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise. We offer porcelain veneers, prepless veneers, and teeth whitening as ways to improve your confidence and security. Don’t hesitate to ask us about teeth whitening, veneers, sedation, dental implants or any other questions that might be gnawing at you. We’ve got the answers and Dr. Lynn R. Blaisdell can set you up with a dental treatment plan that will make your jaw drop!

    No matter your age, 2 to 102 – no matter your location from Eagle to Meridian to Sun Valley – we invite you to see our friendly staff and take the step toward that impressive smile you deserve.

    A phone call away at: 208-922-6902. Book a consultation today!

     

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

     

  • Has Your Smile Lost Its Luster?

    Has Your Smile Lost Its Luster?

    Hello Boise! Has your smile lost its luster? Are your teeth discolored? If flashing a pearly white smile is important to you, I can help. My name is Lynn R. Blaisdell and I have been creating whiter, brighter smiles for patients in the Boise area since 1981 at Blaisdell Family Dentistry.

    Whether your teeth have been stained through sipping dark-colored drinks such as red wine or coffee, or if smoking has left your teeth brown and dull, my staff and I at Blaisdell Family Dentistry can illuminate your teeth and upgrade your smile.

    Maybe you have injured a tooth causing it to turn gray. We offer several solutions to restore the color to a tooth. When you come in for a consultation we will determine which cosmetic dental procedure is ideal for your teeth.

    Your smile is the first thing people notice. I will make sure your smile is brilliant and absolutely remarkable!

    At Blaisdell Family Dentistry we not only offer tooth whitening to our Boise area patients, we also offer cosmetic dentistry.

    If you or your family need dental implants or prepless veneers we invite you to come in for a dental consultation. We are located at 8877 W Hackamore Dr in Boise, Idaho.

    Invest in a white, bright smile! Call Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise today at 208-922-6902 or visit https://www.blaisdellfamilydentistry.com/Thanks for visiting my cosmetic dental blog – Dr. Lynn R. Blaisdell & Dr. Craig Blaisdell

     

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

     

  • A Ginormous Cavity?

    Boise Cosmetic Dentistry When Drs. Blaisdell of Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise repair a tooth that has dental caries or damage, the procedure chosen often depends on the location of the problem. (We’re talking tooth-specific locale here; it doesn’t matter whether you live in Boise, Meridian, or Sun Valley.)

    If there is a chip, crack, or cavities on the biting surface of a tooth, an onlay or inlay is often created to restore the tooth.

    Inlays and onlays are a type of tooth restoration used successfully at Blaisdell Family Dentistry. They are usually bigger than a conventional filling yet smaller than a complete crown. An inlay is used to fill an area inside the cusp tips or bumps of a tooth. An onlay covers an area that includes more than one cusp.

    At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, the inlays and onlays we place for our patients are indistinguishable from their natural teeth. Drs. Lynn R. Blaisdell has the finely-honed eye for detail and complete mastery of dental aesthetics to design the restoration and create an exact match.

  • Do You Love Your Smile?

    Boise Cosmetic Dentistry The Eagle people who are most happy with their smiles have healthy, straight teeth that sparkle when they laugh. If nature didn’t bless you with attractive teeth, you are not alone. Most perfect smiles you come across in Sun Valley were not always that way. They are the result of cosmetic dentistry performed by an experienced Boise aesthetic dentist.

    At Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise, Lynn R. Blaisdell DDS provides the state-of-the-art procedures that deliver dazzling, flawless teeth for cosmetic dentistry patients. We treat patients from 2 to 102. You are never too young or too old to improve your smile; but it will definitely make you feel younger!

    Two common smile problems are yellow enamel and chipped teeth.

    Discolored Teeth

    Few Boise people have pearly white smiles that stay that way forever. Even with consistent brushing, flossing and regular dental cleanings, our teeth darken as we age. Fortunately, the most affordable Boise cosmetic dentistry procedure is tooth bleaching. Picture yourself with a celebrity-caliber smile. It is possible with safe and affordable teeth whitening at Blaisdell Family Dentistry.

    Damaged Teeth

    Our teeth work hard for us day after day, year after year. Sometimes they get chipped or cracked in the process. If you would like to fix your tooth flaws, schedule a consultation by calling Blaisdell Family Dentistry at 208-922-6902. We use porcelain veneers every day to remedy tooth trauma. Cosmetic bonding has been used with fabulous results for many years and bonding is usually a fraction of the price of a crown.

    Ask Dr. Blaisdell which of our Boise cosmetic dentistry procedures can be completed in one appointment. How about a same-day smile makeover?

    If you have never been eager to show your teeth when you smile or laugh, now is the time to change that. Call Blaisdell Family Dentistry today at 208-922-6902 to schedule a smile design consultation.

     

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709