Category Archives: Cosmetic Dentistry

  • Cosmetic Dentistry in Nampa: You Know It When You See It

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    You may not be able to articulate why all the elements blend in perfect harmony, but you know it when you see it. I’m talking about a positive smile. What aspects are we talking about? You may be surprised at how many components our dentist must consider when planning for a smile makeover with Cosmetic Dentistry in Nampa.

    Here are a few of the most obvious elements:

    • Tooth Color, shade, brightness, and uniformity
    • Tooth Alignment: Straight or crooked?
    • Tooth Size and proportions: Are some teeth much larger or smaller than the rest?
    • Tooth Spacing: Is there crowding or big gaps between teeth?
    • Gumline Margins: How much gum shows when you smile?

    Here are some other important elements that may be even less familiar to our patients:

    • The number of teeth that show when the mouth is at rest
    • The relationship of the smile line to the lip line
    • Zenith Points: The highest point of the gumline in relation to the center of the tooth
    • Midline Placement: the smile should be centered in the middle of the lips, mouth, and face
    • Mesial Inclination: the tops of the teeth should angle slightly away from the midline

    If crucial design principles are not observed, the smile may look “off” and the function of the teeth and jaw could be adversely affected. or example, a smile makeover carried out by an inexperienced cosmetic dentist could change the patient’s bite and put undue stress on the other restorations.

    Do not choose a cosmetic dentist by procedure cost alone. If you are contemplating a smile redesign with cosmetic dentistry in Nampa, call Blaisdell Family Dentistry today to schedule an informative consultation.

    For more information on cosmetic dentistry procedures in Nampa, such as Dental Implants, Porcelain Veneers, or Teeth Whitening, give our office a call today!

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

     

  • Smile Makeovers with Cosmetic Dentistry in Boise: First Things First

    Cosmetic Dentistry in Boise

    In today’s post, we will focus on something that happens occasionally when a patient requests cosmetic dentistry in Boise.

    Let me set the stage. The patient comes in for a consultation about a smile makeover. We’ll call him Mr. Jones. The dentist listens carefully as he explains the aesthetic problems that he wants to remedy. Mr. Jones wants to fix two chipped teeth, get a dental implant for a tooth that is missing altogether, and whiten his whole smile. He describes what he envisions for his smile after undergoing treatment.

    The dentist performs an examination of his entire mouth and takes x-rays. The dentist discovers some additional issues. There are three teeth with moderate decay, one tooth with severe decay, gum disease, an old crown with a crack in it, and severe bone recession at the potential dental implant site where the tooth was extracted ten years ago.

    The dentist explains that these issues need to be addressed before the smile transformation is performed. Mr. Jones says that the smile makeover is his first priority and plans to deal with the other problems sometime in the future.

    How does the dentist advise Mr. Jones? The dentist will probably explain that the lasting success of a cosmetic dental procedure such as porcelain veneers, dental bonding, or tooth whitening is influenced by the condition of the mouth at the time of treatment. There must be a solid, healthy foundation, so to speak, on which to build the smile makeover with Cosmetic Dentistry in Boise.

    First things first.

    It makes no sense to attach a veneer to a decayed tooth that may need a root canal. A dental implant may not integrate with the surrounding bone structure if placed at a site where there is bone recession. Tooth whitening will probably not produce favorable results where there is gum disease and exposed tooth roots.

    Can Mr. Jones ever have his dream smile? Yes! There are treatments to repair all of the problems mentioned previously. But just like many other things in life, the order of operations is critical.

    If you are interested in Cosmetic Dentistry in Boise or simply need a check-up, schedule an appointment by calling 208-922-6902. We look forward to discussing both your oral health and aesthetic concerns.

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

     

  • Saliva and Dental Health in Boise

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    This post from Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise examines the complexity of human saliva. Saliva has a way of making some people squeamish, but it is important to your dental health.

    Saliva is, in fact, a finely balanced body fluid that helps to maintain dental health, and also aids in digestion. So, without further ado, here are its main components.

    1. Water. No surprise here! You saliva consists mostly of water.

    2. Enzymes. Enzymes are vital biological catalysts that speed chemical reactions. The enzymes in saliva begin the process of digestion.

    3. Immunoproteins. These are effective cells that fight cellular invaders, such as bacteria. Those in saliva inhibit the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth. This is essential to avoiding gingivitis and keeping a healthy pH balance in the mouth.

    4. Minerals. Saliva minerals assist in maintaining the protective enamel surface of the teeth.

    Most people produce enough saliva, but some suffer from dry mouth, which is a lack of saliva. This is a serious condition, because it causes the gums and tongue to get swollen, and can even accelerate tooth decay. If you’re coping with dry mouth, don’t wait until your next appointment, let us know right away.

    Your body makes up to four pints of saliva every single day. Sound like a lot? It’s perfectly normal, and just what you need for ideal dental health. Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise provides general and family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and sedation dentistry. Make an appointment with us today!

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

     

  • Go Back In Time With Dental Implants

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    So you’ve lost some teeth, and hesitate to smile because of the gaps. If only you could go back in time and regain that full-toothed smile you once had. Guess what? With dental implants from Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise, you can!

    For most patients, a dental implant is an ideal replacement for a missing tooth. The implant itself is a titanium post that is surgically implanted in your jaw. An artificial (restoration) goes on top of that.

    The feel and function of dental implants is so genuine that many recipients forget that they’re even there. Since the implant is anchored to the jawbone, it is solidly in place. And because they fill the space where the tooth root once was, they protect healthy bone and prevent bone recession.

    For those patients missing most or all of their teeth, dental implants can be used to anchor dentures in place. They are much firmer in the jaw, and most patients say they’re a lot more comfortable than traditional dentures.

    Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise provides dental implants, and much more. We offer general and family dentistry, and a range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. Schedule an appointment with us today.

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

     

  • Dental Health In Boise With No Oxen Hooves

    Modern Dentistry With No Oxen Hooves In Boise

    One of the most important aspects of good dental health is daily brushing with an effective toothpaste. In this post from Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise, we’ll discuss toothpaste – and maybe tell you more about it than you ever thought you would know.

    Toothpaste as we know it has only been in existence since the late 1800s. The earliest evidence of toothpaste or dental cream dates back to 3000-5000 BC. The Ancient Egyptians pulverized oxen hooves, egg shells, pumice, myrrh, and water creating one of the earliest forms of toothpaste.

    The Greeks and Romans began adding crushed bones and bark to the mix. The idea, presumably, was to make it more abrasive. No minty fresh breath in those days! The taste, most likely, was hard to take. During this same time the people of China and India were using a similar paste, but adding flavorings, like Ginseng and herbal mints making it a bit more palatable.

    Modern toothpastes began in the 1800s. The earliest toothpastes weren’t much like what we know today: most were powders, and some had soap and chalk in them. A description of toothpaste from the 1860s mentions charcoal.

    Toothpaste first appeared in a tube in the 1980s. By 1914, fluoride was added. These pastes were much like what we know today.

    This ends our brief history of toothpaste. At Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise, we want to help our patients have excellent dental health and bright smiles. We provide general and family dentistry, professional teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry, and sedation dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

     

  • Dental Crowns In Boise

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    Dental crowns have been around for thousands of years and are still used to restore smiles today. Ancient dentists used ivory, bone, and seashells to make crowns for teeth. At Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise, our procedures and materials have kept up with the times.

    A dental crown procedure consists of numerous steps:

    Tooth Preparation
    We anesthetize the tooth to be crowned and then prepare it. All decay is removed and what remains is shaped. Sometimes, the tooth is too small; in that case, we build up the core of the tooth with filling material to create a heavy-duty base for the crown.

    Creating a Good Impression
    A putty-like substance is used to create an impression of the tooth and surrounding teeth. An impression will also be made of the teeth that oppose the crown. This ensures a proper bite.

    The Temporary Crown
    As the permanent crown is made in a lab, a temporary crown is used to protect the tooth and make sure it doesn’t move in the mouth. Patients need to be careful with their temporary crown. It is not as strong as the permanent crown and is attached only with temporary cement. Avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods. The tooth may be sensitive to hot and cold.

    Choosing a Color
    We’ll use a shade guide to settle upon a shade for the crown. Most people don’t have teeth the exact same color. You will need to ascertain the best shade to blend in with the surrounding teeth.

    Your Crown Is Put In Place
    When the new crown is ready, we place it in your mouth and make any necessary adjustments for fit. This process shouldn’t be rushed. Sometimes less than a millimeter of drilling can make the difference between an ill-fitting crown one that is just right.

    Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise has long experience with dental crowns. We also provide popular cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening, and much more.

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

     

  • Nothing To Fear: Root Canals in Boise

    There are two words that can strike fear into the most courageous of souls: root canal. But at Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise, root canals are performed with the patient’s comfort uppermost in mind.

    A root canal is a procedure that treats the inside of a tooth. It becomes necessary when a cavity infects the tooth’s interior, which can cause increased sensitivity and a whole lot of pain.

    The technical word for a root canal is endodontic therapy. In short, it works like this: after an access hole is drilled in the surface of the infected tooth, the damaged interior, or pulp, is removed. The remaining tooth is thoroughly cleaned, filled, and sealed. A crown is placed over the whole thing to protect it, and provide a natural-looking appearance.

    Sound brutal? Root canals have the reputation of being one of being one of the more unpleasant procedures that dental patients undergo. But with modern dentistry, it’s a lot like having a cavity filled. For those patients with dental anxiety, we offer sedation dentistry, to make you feel much more at ease.

    Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise provides root canal therapy, along with family and cosmetic dentistry. If you’ve got a persistent toothache, don’t take a chance. Call us today 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

     

  • Water Flosser? Dental Health in Boise

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    Water flossing has been around for a long time. Some dentists strongly recommend them for optimal oral health, while others say brushing and string floss is enough. At Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise, we’ll use this space to weigh the pros and cons.

    The first water-shooting device for cleaning between teeth was created in the early 1960’s by Colorado dentist Dr. Gerald Moyer and John Mattingly, a hydraulics engineer. It is now known by the brand name Waterpik, though the term is generically and there are similar products from other manufacturers. (Note: Blaisdell Family Dentistry does not necessarily endorse any specific brand.)

    A water irrigation device oscillates a stream of water through a small, targeted tube to shoot out bits of food and plaque from around and between teeth. To use it, you insert the tube into your mouth, turn it on, and then lean over the sink with your mouth slightly open to let the water drain out as you guide the stream of shooting water around the gumline and gaps between teeth.

    There have been over 65 studies that have substantiated the safety and efficacy of water flossing. They can reduce periodontal infection, remove plaque, and get deeper into soft tissue pockets than string floss can.

    Where water flossers really excel is in cleaning around braces. They’re extremely efficient, and nothing could be easier.

    The friendly team at Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise is here to help you with your oral health. We also provide cosmetic dentistry, including teeth whitening.

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

     

  • Teeth Whitening In Boise, From Blaisdell Family Dentistry

    Whitening vs Bleaching At Blaisdell Family Dentistry In Boise

    Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental service at Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise, and indeed in the rest of the United States.

    Results vary, but most of our patients get significant lightening that lasts up to a year. They also say that a whiter smile elevates their self confidence and can take years of wear and discoloration away to reveal a brighter smile.

    Teeth whitening and teeth bleaching, however, describe two different things. Surface cracks and stains ensue on tooth enamel, exposing the yellower dentin below the surface. Discoloration can be the result of the natural aging process, illness, genetics, or dark colored food or drink. Foods and beverages that are both dark colored and acidic— like wine, coffee, and tomato sauce—have even stronger staining power.

    Teeth whitener can refer to any product used to remove stains from tooth enamel: toothpaste, DIY strips, and some mouthwashes are safe and affordable and can whiten teeth with continued, regular use. What they cannot do is match professional whitening treatment.

    The term “bleaching” means a teeth whitening product that contains a form of bleach, either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, in varying concentrations.

    At Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise, we provide Zoom! take-home whitening kits. We make custom-fitted trays that hold the special whitening gel that results in a dazzling smile. Call the friendly team at Blaisdell Family Dentistry to set up a consultation! We provide additional cosmetic dentistry procedures, as well as teeth straightening with clear braces.

    Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry:

    208-922-6902

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho
    83709

     

  • Durable Replacements: Dental Implants in Boise

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    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