Posts for category: Dental Procedures

By Brookside Dental Care
July 31, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

How dental implants from your dentists in Stockton, CA, can restore your smile

If you are missing teeth and need to rebuild your smile, then you need to learn about dental implants. With the ability to replicate the look Dental Implantand feel of natural teeth, implants are often considered today's ideal tooth replacement option. Here at Brookside Dental Care in Stockton, CA, our dentists, Drs. Alexander Pritsky, Ravneet Nijjar, and Emil Tanaseoffer use dental implants to restore patient smiles—read on to learn if this treatment is right for you!

 

The benefits of dental implants

Dental implants are a popular option to replace either a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, as well as to provide a supportive denture framework. They are popular for a number of good reasons, including how they are:

  • Naturally beautiful, because the dental implant crown material reflects light, making it look just like natural tooth enamel
  • Long-lasting, because dental implants never decay. Furthermore, the dental implant crown material resists staining, so your dental implants will stay beautiful for years
  • Completely stable, because dental implants are firmly embedded in bone, ensuring that they never move around
  • Convenient, because you brush and floss dental implants right along with your natural teeth

Additionally, dental implants boast a success rate of over 95% according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. They are so successful because dental implants are made of titanium, a uniquely biocompatible material that your bone naturally fuses with.

 

Dental implant procedure

Your treatment begins with a simple in-office procedure, during which the implant placed in your jaw. Afterward, there is a healing period where the jawbone fills in and fuses around the implant, locking it in place. Once the area has healed, a beautiful crown is placed on top of the implant, and your new smile is complete!

 

Interested? Give us a call!

If you need to rebuild your smile, choose the option that is closest to your natural teeth. Choose dental implants! To find out more about the benefits of dental implants and what treatment can do for you, call the dentists at Brookside Dental Care in Stockton, CA. Dial (209) 952-8804 today to schedule a consultation.

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Your child's permanent teeth come in gradually, starting just as they begin losing their primary ("baby") teeth and not ending until late adolescence or early adulthood. That's when the third molars or "wisdom teeth" close out the process.

Because of their late arrival, wisdom teeth have a high potential for dental problems. With a greater chance of crowding or obstruction by other teeth, wisdom teeth often get stuck fully or partially below the gums and bone (impaction) or erupt out of position. In one study, 7 in 10 people between the ages of 20 and 30 will have at least one impacted wisdom tooth at some time in their lives.

It's not surprising then that wisdom teeth are among the most extracted teeth, to the tune of about 10 million per year. Besides those already diseased or causing bite problems, many are removed preemptively in an attempt to avoid future problems.

But wisdom teeth usually require surgical extraction by an oral surgeon, which is much more involved than a simple extraction by a general dentist. Given the potential consequences of surgical extraction, is it really necessary to remove a wisdom tooth not creating immediate problems?

That's not an easy question to answer because it's often difficult to predict a wisdom tooth's developmental track. Early on it can be disease-free and not causing any problems to other teeth. But as some researchers have found, one in three wisdom teeth at this stage will later develop disease or create other issues.

For many dentists, the best approach is to consider extraction on a case by case basis. Those displaying definite signs of problems are prime for removal. But where there are no signs of disease or other issues, the more prudent action may be to keep a watchful eye on their development and decide on extraction at some later date.

More than likely, your dentist will continue to have an ongoing discussion with you about the state of your child's wisdom teeth. While extraction is always an option, wisdom teeth that aren't yet a problem to dental health may be best left alone.

If you would like more information on treating wisdom teeth issues, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Brookside Dental Care
July 09, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

Missing teeth can lead to a number of health problems, as well as a loss in self-confidence and self-esteem. Accordingly, if you are denturescurrently experiencing tooth loss, it makes sense to see a dentist at Brookside Dental Care in Stockton, CA, for information on how you can replace your teeth. After all, there may be a simple solution available: dentures!

Who Needs Dentures?
While senior citizens are often associated with dentures, younger adults ages 30 and up can also benefit from these appliances. Tooth loss is relatively prevalent in adult Americans over 20. In fact, The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey estimates that patients between the ages of 20 and 64 have an average of about 24.92 teeth remaining out of 32. Tooth loss can happen because of untreated dental decay, advanced gum disease, or a sports injury. Dentures are generally suggested when a patient has a lack of sufficient bone tissue for dental implants.

Full vs. Partial Dentures
The two main categories of dentures are full and partial devices.

  • Full dentures cover the entire gumline, protecting it from damage and allowing the patient to chew solid foods again. A fitting process is necessary to ensure that the full denture stays fixed in place during the day. Types include conventional, immediate, and implant dentures.
  • Partial dentures are designed to replace just a few teeth and usually stay anchored in place by metal claps or frameworks. These devices are available from your Stockton, CA, dentist to fill in single spaces, several adjacent missing teeth, or multiple nonadjacent missing teeth along the gumline.

Having Your Dentures Fitted
It may help to know what to expect when you go to your Stockton, CA dentist to be fitted for dentures. If you still have teeth that need to be extracted due to decay or gum disease, that is the first step. Next, an impression must be made using a dental mold. The mold will be used to create your custom denture device, which may take up to a few weeks. After that, you may have to visit the dentist a couple more times for adjustments to perfect the fit.

Dentures Will Help Restore Your Smile
A denture could not only restore your oral function, but also give you a renewed sense of confidence. Call (209) 952-8804 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alexander Pritsky, Dr. Ravneet Nijjar, or Dr. Emil Tanase at Brookside Dental Care in Stockton, CA.

By Brookside Dental Care
July 06, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
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The long-running hit show Dancing with the Stars has had its share of memorable moments, including a wedding proposal, a wardrobe malfunction, and lots of sharp dance moves. But just recently, one DWTS contestant had the bad luck of taking an elbow to the mouth on two separate occasions—one of which resulted in some serious dental damage.

Nationally syndicated radio personality Bobby Bones received the accidental blows while practicing with his partner, professional dancer Sharna Burgess. “I got hit really hard,” he said. “There was blood and a tooth. [My partner] was doing what she was supposed to do, and my face was not doing what it was supposed to do.”

Accidents like this can happen at any time—especially when people take part in activities where there’s a risk of dental trauma. Fortunately, dentists have many ways to treat oral injuries and restore damaged teeth. How do we do it?

It all depends on how much of the tooth is missing, whether the damage extends to the soft tissue in the tooth’s pulp, and whether the tooth’s roots are intact. If the roots are broken or seriously damaged, the tooth may need to be extracted (removed). It can then generally be replaced with a dental bridge or a state-of-the-art dental implant.

If the roots are healthy but the pulp is exposed, the tooth may become infected—a painful and potentially serious condition. A root canal is needed. In this procedure, the infected pulp tissue is removed and the “canals” (hollow spaces deep inside the tooth) are disinfected and sealed up. The tooth is then restored: A crown (cap) is generally used to replace the visible part above the gum line. A timely root canal procedure can often save a tooth that would otherwise be lost.

For moderate cracks and chips, dental veneers may be an option. Veneers are wafer-thin shells made of translucent material that go over the front surfaces of teeth. Custom-made from a model of your smile, veneers are securely cemented on to give you a restoration that looks natural and lasts for a long time.

It’s often possible to fix minor chips with dental bonding—and this type of restoration can frequently be done in just one office visit. In this procedure, layers of tooth-colored resin are applied to fill in the parts of the tooth that are missing, and then hardened by a special light. While it may not be as long-lasting as some other restoration methods, bonding is a relatively simple and inexpensive technique that can produce good results.

If you would like more information about emergency dental treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor articles “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries” and “Knocked Out Tooth.”

By Brookside Dental Care
June 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: porcelain veneers  
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Dental veneers are a great way to transform a smile without the expense or effort often required of other restorations. These thin layers of dental material adhere to the front of teeth as a "mask" to cover chips, heavy staining or other blemishes.

Still, veneers require attention to detail for a successful outcome. Here's a step-by-step look at changing your dental appearance with veneers.

Step 1: Considering your options. While most veneers are made of dental porcelain, composite resin materials are increasingly popular. Although more prone to chipping or staining, composite veneers don't require a dental lab for fabrication. Another option, depending on your dental situation, are ultra-thin veneers that require little to no tooth preparation. Your dentist will help you decide which options are best for you.

Step 2: "Test driving" your new smile. We can help you "see" your future smile with special software that creates a computer image of your teeth with the planned veneers. We can also use composite material to fabricate a "trial smile" to temporarily place on your teeth that can give you the feel as well as the look of your future smile.

Step 3: Preparing your teeth. Unless you're getting no-prep veneers, we'll need to modify your teeth before attaching veneers. Although only 0.3 to 0.7 millimeters thick, veneers can still appear bulky on unprepared teeth. They'll look more natural if we first remove a small amount of enamel. A word of caution, though: although slight, this enamel removal permanently alters your teeth that will require them to have some form of restoration from then on.

Step 4: Attaching your new veneers. After the planning phase (which includes color matching to blend the veneers with the rest of your teeth), a dental lab creates your veneers if you've opted for porcelain. After they're delivered, we'll clean and etch the teeth with a mild acidic gel to increase the bonding effect. We'll then permanently attach the veneers to your teeth with a very thin but ultra-strong resin luting cement that creates a unified bond between the veneers and teeth.

Following these steps is the surest way to achieve a successful outcome. With due care you're sure to enjoy the effects for a long time to come.

If you would like more information on changing your smile with veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers: Your Smile—Better than Ever.”