Posts for category: Oral Health

By Brookside Dental Care
August 16, 2021
Category: Oral Health

When you hear the term 'periodontal disease,' it means a disease is located in the gums. The dentists at Brookside Dental Care, Dr. Alexander Pritsky and Dr. Roger Lang, located in Stockton, CA, are experts in treating the two types of gum disease - gingivitis and periodontitis.

What are Gingivitis and Periodontitis?

Gingivitis is characterized as the inflammation of the gums caused by a bacterial infection. If you leave it untreated, it can lead to a more severe condition called periodontitis.

The primary cause of tooth loss in adults is gingivitis and periodontitis.

Causes of Gingivitis and Periodontitis

Our gums attach to the teeth at a point in the gum called a sulcus. Plague and food particles can get trapped in this space, causing gingivitis.

Plaque is a film of bacteria that form on teeth. As it grows, it hardens and becomes tartar. An infection evolves when plaque extends below the gum line.

If it goes undetected, gingivitis can cause the gums and teeth to separate, causing injury to the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth. As a result, your tooth may become loose and unstable. You may ultimately lose your teeth if the infection continues to progress.

Risk Factors of Gingivitis and Periodontitis

When preventing gingivitis and periodontitis, it is best to know the following risk factors:

  • Smoking and other tobacco products
  • Diabetes
  • Crooked teeth
  • Broken fillings
  • Pregnancy
  • Certain medications, such as steroids and oral contraceptives
  • Genetics
  • Immune deficiencies

Symptoms of Gingivitis and Periodontitis

You may not know you have gingivitis. You may have gum disease without any symptoms, but you may also suffer from:

  • Red, tender, and swollen gums
  • Gums that bleed after flossing or brushing
  • Gums that are pulled away from teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • A change in your bite
  • Pus between teeth and gums
  • Foul-smelling breath
  • Partial dentures that no longer fit properly
  • Pain with chewing

Treatment of Gum Disease

When you visit your dentist Dr. Pritsky or Dr. Lang, at their office, located in Stockton, CA, they will be able to diagnose and treat your gum disease.

First and foremost, good oral hygiene is the best way to treat gum disease. Treatment also includes a deep cleaning of your teeth, antibiotics, and possibly surgery.

Your dentist may also prescribe several medications to treat your gum diseases, such as an antiseptic mouthwash, antibiotic microspheres, and time-released antiseptic chips.

If you think you may have periodontal disease, it is time to visit a dentist as soon as possible to prevent further damage. Please call Dr. Pritsky or Dr. Lang at Brookside Dental Care, located in Stockton, CA, because you need a reliable dentist to provide the best care. Call (209) 952-8804.

By Brookside Dental Care
May 07, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Do you suffer from Dentophobia? Here at Brookside Dental Care in Stockton, CA, Drs. Alexander Pritsky and Roger Lang use sedation dentistry to pacify your panic and ensure a calm, comfortable experience.

More about Dental Anxiety

Depending on the severity of your anxiety, your dentist may prescribe one of four levels of sedation to accommodate and relax you. There is minimal, moderate, and deep sedation, as well as general anesthesia. Minimal being relaxed, moderate resulting in slurred speech, with a hazy memory of the procedure, and deep sedation bringing you to the edge of wakefulness. General anesthesia causes complete unconsciousness until it wears off or is reversed.

Why Do Patients in Stockton Need Sedation Dentistry?

People often fear pain when it comes to going to their Stockton dentist. Most of the time, the minimum local anesthetic is enough to quell the pain. With sedation, the dentist uses less anesthesia. Sedation dentistry is also efficient, as more work can be done without the patient becoming overstressed, leading to fewer visits to the dentist. This results in increased risks of dental problems.

Sedation dentistry prevents people from avoiding the dentist and induces a more positive experience at the office, overriding the triggers of panic. This is beneficial for when you're going to the dentist's office, during the procedure, and while booking future appointments.

Whom Should You Call?

Visiting the dentist is an important aspect of self-care, as dental health is linked to overall health. At Brookside Dental Care in Stockton, CA, the practice of sedation dentistry can alleviate the tensions and worries that come with dental anxiety during treatment, but overcoming the fear of making it to the office is an individual effort. The first step in that effort is to call Drs. Alexander Pritsky and Roger Lang at (209) 952-8804 or visit https://www.brooksidedentalcare.net/  to learn more about sedation dentistry.

 

By Brookside Dental Care
April 19, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  

Modern dentistry has improved the dentures we offer today. Find out which one might be best suited to your needs.

Dealing with tooth loss can rapidly age you, but the good news is that our Stockton, CA, family dentists can fit you with custom dentures to prevent sagging skin and to give you a more youthful appearance. It’s important that if you are missing one or more teeth that you see a dentist right away to determine the best way to restore your smile. Those with more extensive tooth loss could definitely benefit from what dentures have to offer.

The two main types of dentures are partial and complete dentures. If you still have some natural teeth left, then partials are going to be the best way to fill gaps with natural-looking false teeth. If you are missing an entire row of teeth, then complete dentures are going to be a better option for you.

Partial Dentures

This type of denture may be fixed in place or removable. It’s important to talk with our Stockton, CA, dental team to find out which type of partial dentures are ideal for your smile and needs. Fixed partial dentures are sometimes referred to as a dental bridge and it requires healthy natural teeth to anchor the false teeth into place. Removable partial dentures may also be attached to neighboring teeth with clasps or attachments that help them stay in place.

Complete Dentures

If you are dealing with complete tooth loss either on the upper or lower jaw (or both), then complete dentures are going to be the way to go. When it comes to complete dentures there are immediate and conventional dentures. Immediate dentures are placed the very same day as a tooth extraction. This allows our patients to have a set of teeth that they can still use while their gums heal from the procedure. Once gums have fully healed then we can place conventional dentures, a more permanent solution.

Do you have questions about getting dentures here in Stockton, CA? If so, the dental team at Brookside Dental Care would be happy to schedule a consultation to provide you with the beautiful smile you want. Call us today at (209) 952-8804.

By Brookside Dental Care
January 29, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Sedation Dentistry  

Sedation dentistry makes it possible to get the dental care you need if you find dental appointments stressful. Your Stockton, CA, dentists, Drs. Alexander Pritsky and Roger Lang of Brookside Dental Care can help you choose the best sedation method for you.

Who can benefit from sedation dentistry

Regular dental checkups are essential for good oral health and reduce your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. Unfortunately, dental fears or phobias may make it difficult or impossible to visit the Stockton dental office for a checkup or treatment.

Fortunately, taking or receive sedatives before or during your appointment can help you feel calm and relaxed. Thanks to sedation dentistry, you'll no longer cancel appointments or feel ready to bolt from the dental chair just a few minutes into your visit.

Sedation options available

These sedation options can reduce stress and anxiety:

  • Oral Sedatives: You'll take prescription oral sedatives about an hour before your appointment time. If you find it difficult to even walk through the doors of the dental office, an oral sedative can be a good option. Because sedatives can cause a little drowsiness, someone will need to drive you to and from the office.
  • Inhalation Conscious Sedation: You'll inhale nitrous oxide (laughing gas) through a small mask if you opt for inhalation conscious sedation. You'll be aware of everything that goes on during your appointment, but you'll feel calm and at ease. The effects of the gas stop the minute your treatment ends. You can drive yourself to and from your appointment with this method.
  • Intravenous Conscious Sedation: During intravenous conscious sedation, a sedative is delivered via an intravenous (IV) line placed in a vein in your arm or hand. Although you'll be awake during the appointment, you won't remember anything about your visit. You'll need to ask a friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment if you will be taking advantage of intravenous conscious sedation.

Don't let dental fears keep you from seeing the dentist. Sedation dentistry can make your dental visits more pleasant. Call your dentists in Stockton, CA, Drs. Alexander Pritsky and Roger Lang of Brookside Dental Care, at (209) 952-8804 to schedule your appointment.

By Brookside Dental Care
May 27, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  

Follow this useful guide to make sure that your dentures look and feel their best.

Our Stockton, CA, dentists Dr. Alexander Pritsky, Dr. Roger Lang and Dr. Ravneet Nijjar pride themselves on creating dentures that are made from durable and lifelike materials that can help restore your smile with a false set of teeth that look as natural and feel as comfortable as possible. Of course, we also know that you want your new teeth to last as long as possible, and the good news is that how you care for them can keep them strong and healthy for years to come.

Here are some tips for cleaning and caring for your dentures,

Rinse After Eating

Every time you eat you should rinse your dentures off to prevent food and plaque from getting stuck under your dentures where they could also cause problems for the gums. Make sure to handle your dentures with a gentle hand while letting lukewarm water run over your dentures (place a towel in the sink so if you do drop your dentures, they have a soft spot to land on).

Use Lukewarm Water

While hot water may sound like a great idea when it comes to soaking in a tub, hot water on dentures is a no-no. Hot or boiling water can damage or warp your dentures, which can cause your false teeth to no longer fit properly. Play it safe and use cold or lukewarm water whenever you are cleaning or rinsing out your false teeth.

Brush Dentures Daily

The benefit of false teeth is that they can’t develop cavities; however, your Stockton, CA, family dentists will still advise all denture wearers to clean their teeth at least once a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture cleanser. When you get fitted for your new teeth, we would be happy to discuss which products to use and show you how to properly clean your dentures to remove any adhesives and to keep your new smile looking its best.

Don’t Let Them Dry Out

When you aren’t wearing your dentures, you should never just take them out and leave them on the nightstand or bathroom counter. Not only could this cause you to accidentally knock them off and break them, but when dentures dry out this can also warp or alter the shape of your false teeth. It’s important that if you aren’t wearing your dentures that you place them in water or a soaking solution (if you are leaving them overnight).

Are you wondering whether you could benefit from getting dentures here in Stockton, CA? If so, the dental team at Brookside Dental Care would be happy to sit down with you and discuss the different tooth replacement options they offer. To schedule a consultation, please call (209) 952-8804.