Posts for: May, 2017

By Brookside Dental Care
May 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

For many dental patients, losing their teeth can affect their self-esteem extremely. When this dental issue is left untreated, nutrition issuesdentures and other oral health problems may occur. However, thanks to modern dentistry and dentures, Dr. Alexander Pritsky, Dr. Ravneet Nijjar or Dr. Emil Tanase from Brookside Dental Care in Stockton, California can help restore your smile with dentures. They are a reliable treatment method for those with missing teeth. Dr. Pritsky is well versed in the types of dentures available and which type would benefit each patient and their oral health situation.

About Different Types of Dentures

There are countless types of dentures available and a dentist such as Dr. Pritsky from Brookside Dental Care understands which type addresses what type of dental issues. Removable dentures are a type that fits over the remaining bone ridges where the teeth once were. The upper denture itself gets support from the roof of the mouth. Wearing dentures, any type really does require some adjustments and Dr. Pritsky will make sure that your dentures fit as they should and for your particular bite.

Implant-supported overdentures is another type where stability is needed. This is achieved by anchoring these dentures with dental implants. For those looking for functionality or comfort, this is a great option. Immediate dentures are another option that is a temporary one which helps patients transition to wearing permanent ones. These dentures are placed after the teeth are extracted to allow for the proper healing period before the permanent dentures ones are placed. Perhaps the most popular type, conventional full dentures, are custom-made to look like a patient’s natural teeth. They are made to function like the natural teeth.

Ultimately when you’re interested in dentures in Stockton, California, Dr. Alexander Pritsky, Dr. Ravneet Nijjar or Dr. Emil Tanase from Brookside Dental Care can evaluate your teeth and help you choose the best type of treatment for your situation. To schedule an appointment, call our Stockton dental office today at 209-952-8804.


By Brookside Dental Care
May 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
DrTravisStorkIfOnlyIdWornAMouthguard

If we could go back in time, we all probably have a few things we wish we could change. Recently, Dr. Travis Stork, emergency room physician and host of the syndicated TV show The Doctors, shared one of his do-over dreams with Dear Doctor magazine: “If I [could have] gone back and told myself as a teenager what to do, I would have worn a mouthguard, not only to protect my teeth but also to help potentially reduce risk of concussion.”

What prompted this wish? The fact that as a teenage basketball player, Stork received an elbow to the mouth that caused his two front teeth to be knocked out of place. The teeth were put back in position, but they soon became darker and began to hurt. Eventually, both were successfully restored with dental crowns. Still, it was a painful (and costly) injury — and one that could have been avoided.

You might not realize it, but when it comes to dental injuries, basketball ranks among the riskier sports. Yet it’s far from the only one. In fact, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), there are some two dozen others — including baseball, hockey, surfing and bicycling — that carry a heightened risk of dental injury. Whenever you’re playing those sports, the ADA recommends you wear a high-quality mouth guard.

Mouthguards have come a long way since they were introduced as protective equipment for boxers in the early 1900’s. Today, three different types are widely available: stock “off-the-shelf” types that come in just a few sizes; mouth-formed “boil-and-bite” types that you adapt to the general contours of your mouth; and custom-made high-quality mouthguards that are made just for you at the dental office.

Of all three types, the dentist-made mouthguards are consistently found to be the most comfortable and best-fitting, and the ones that offer your teeth the greatest protection. What’s more, recent studies suggest that custom-fabricated mouthguards can provide an additional defense against concussion — in fact, they are twice as effective as the other types. That’s why you’ll see more and more professional athletes (and plenty of amateurs as well) sporting custom-made mouthguards at games and practices.

“I would have saved myself a lot of dental heartache if I had worn a mouthguard,” noted Dr. Stork. So take his advice: Wear a mouthguard whenever you play sports — unless you’d like to meet him (or one of his medical colleagues) in a professional capacity…

If you would like more information about mouthguards, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Athletic Mouthguards.”


By Brookside Dental Care
May 08, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral cancer  
NewSalivaTestmayHelpIdentifyOralCancerEarlier

A half million people are diagnosed every year with oral cancer. While other cancers are more prevalent, oral cancer is among the most dangerous with only a fifty percent five-year survival rate.

A major reason for this low rate is because this fast growing cancer is difficult to detect early — diagnosis comes far too often after the disease has already well advanced. In an effort to detect cancer earlier many dentists visually screen for oral abnormalities during checkups, especially patients over fifty, tobacco or heavy alcohol users, patients with a family history of cancer or a medical history of exposure to the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus, HPV-16.

If they detect an abnormality, the dentist often refers the patient to an oral surgeon or other specialist for a possible biopsy. In this procedure the surgeon removes a sample of the abnormal tissue, which is then examined microscopically for cancer cells. A biopsy remains the most effective way to diagnose oral cancer.

Because of the disease's aggressive nature, many dentists lean to the side of caution when referring patients for biopsy. As a result 90% of oral biopsies reveal no cancer. Reducing the number of biopsy referrals is highly desirable, especially for the patient undergoing the procedure. Tissue samples tend to be large to ensure complete detection of any cancer cells. Depending on the size and location of the sample, there may be a risk for loss of function or disfigurement.

A new screening tool using a sample of a patient's saliva could help reduce the number of biopsy referrals. Besides DNA, saliva also contains dormant genes called biomarkers that activate in response to the presence of a specific disease. This particular saliva test identifies those biomarkers for oral cancer if they're present.

A sample with a low score of biomarkers indicates no cancer present (with a statistical confidence of 99%). A medium or high score indicates cancer may be present, but only a biopsy can determine for sure. Using this test, dentists might be able to reduce the number of biopsy referrals and instead be able to employ watchful waiting in certain cases. Because of its simplicity and non-invasiveness, saliva screening could help identify oral cancer earlier.

If you would like more information on early detection and treatment for oral cancer, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.