Posts for: February, 2017

By Brookside Dental Care
February 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

What your dentists in Stockton want you to knowimplant dentures

If you wear conventional dentures, or if you need dentures, you owe it to yourself to consider implant-supported dentures. That’s because an implant-supported denture is much like your natural teeth. Implants also help to preserve bone structure, vital to maintaining the youthful contours of your face.

Your dentists at Brookside Dental Care in Stockton, CA, want to share some of the many benefits of implant-supported dentures. When you choose implant dentures, you will experience:

  • Permanence, because with proper care, your implant dentures can last a lifetime
  • Stability, because your implant denture won’t move around like non-supported conventional dentures can
  • Cosmetic beauty, because your implant denture will appear and function just like natural teeth

Conventional non-supported dentures can actually cause bone to diminish over time, due to pressure from the denture. The loss of bone can cause your face to sag and look much older. In contrast, an implant-supported denture will actually preserve bone, helping you maintain your youthful look.

To begin the process, your dentists at Brookside Dental Care will place the implants in your jaw through a simple in-office process. Over time, your body will produce bone to fuse with the implant, locking it in place.

You may receive a temporary denture the same day so you don’t have to live without teeth. A permanent denture will be made for you after the implants have healed completely.

In other cases, you will go through a healing period and once your implants are fully embedded in bone, a permanent denture will be made. This process has the advantage of you only having to get used to one denture.

Your dentists will discuss the various treatment options with you and develop a treatment plan based on your needs and individual characteristics.

If you need a denture, don’t see just anyone. Your smile is your best first impression, so go see the best and find out more about implant dentures. Discover the magic of what an implant denture can do for you by calling your dentists at Brookside Dental Care in Stockton, CA. Don’t wait when it comes to your smile, call today!

By Brookside Dental Care
February 14, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: loose teeth  

Discovering a loose tooth can be exciting — if you're six, that is, and anticipating a windfall from the tooth fairy. If you're an adult, a loose tooth is a different story. You're in real danger of it becoming a lost tooth, and there won't be another one coming in to replace it.

Fortunately, that result isn't inevitable, but we have to take quick action if we're going to save your tooth. The first step is to find out why it's loose.

Tooth looseness occurs primarily because the gum and bone structures that hold teeth in place have been damaged in some way. Otherwise healthy teeth and gums can be injured in an accident or with dental habits like teeth grinding or clenching that increase the biting forces against teeth. The latter could require some intervention like a night guard to prevent teeth from grinding to reduce the abnormal biting force.

But disease is often the root cause for tooth looseness. Periodontal (gum) disease, a bacterial infection triggered by bacterial plaque, can inflame and weaken gum tissues, eventually causing bone loss followed by the gum tissue detaching from the teeth. In this weakened condition even normal biting forces could loosen a tooth.

If gum disease is the primary culprit, our treatment starts there. By aggressively removing plaque and calculus (tartar) from the tooth surfaces, including deep below the gum line around the root, the gum tissues become less inflamed and begin to heal. This in turn can strengthen their attachment to a loose tooth. In more advanced cases, we may need to surgically graft lost bone and gum tissue to rebuild the attachment.

We may also need to stabilize a loose tooth while we're performing these other treatments. The most common way is to join or splint a loose tooth to nearby stable teeth. There are varieties of splints: one type involves rigid dental material bonded across the enamel of the loose tooth and its neighbors. In another, we cut a small channel in the involved teeth, and then insert a metal splint, bonding it within the channel.

Whatever needs to be done, we need to do it promptly — if you notice a loose tooth, contact us as soon as possible. The earlier we begin treatment the more likely we'll save your loose tooth.

If you would like more information on treating loose teeth, 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 “Treatment for Loose Teeth.”