Posts for: November, 2017

By Brookside Dental Care
November 20, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   diabetes  
DiabetesandOralHealth

November is National Diabetes Month—a good time to look at the connection between diabetes and oral health. While it’s important for everyone to take care of their teeth and gums, it may be especially important for people with diabetes.

People whose diabetes is not well controlled have a higher risk of infections in the mouth, especially gum disease, also called periodontal disease. Advanced periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss among adults. Not only does diabetes put you at risk of oral health problems, it goes both ways. Periodontal disease can lead to higher blood sugar levels in people with diabetes and may increase the risk of complications such as heart and kidney problems.

But here’s some good news: People who take good care of their teeth and gums may have better blood sugar levels and, conversely, better blood sugar levels generally result in better gum health. Many people successfully avoid complications of diabetes by taking good care of themselves, including their teeth and gums. Here are some things you can do to help control your diabetes:

  • Eat right, exercise and watch your weight for better blood sugar control.
  • Keep up with your oral hygiene routine at home.
  • Schedule regular dental visits and cleanings.

Better oral health combined with better blood sugar control will reduce your risk of complications from diabetes. Your dental care team can help you maintain the best oral health for better diabetes control.

If you have questions about diabetes and oral health, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Diabetes & Periodontal Disease.”


By Brookside Dental Care
November 12, 2017
Category: Oral Health
JamieFoxxChipsaTooth-ThisTimebyAccident

Some people are lucky — they never seem to have a mishap, dental or otherwise. But for the rest of us, accidents just happen sometimes. Take actor Jamie Foxx, for example. A few years ago, he actually had a dentist intentionally chip one of his teeth so he could portray a homeless man more realistically. But recently, he got a chipped tooth in the more conventional way… well, conventional in Hollywood, anyway. It happened while he was shooting the movie Sleepless with co-star Michelle Monaghan.

“Yeah, we were doing a scene and somehow the action cue got thrown off or I wasn't looking,” he told an interviewer. “But boom! She comes down the pike. And I could tell because all this right here [my teeth] are fake. So as soon as that hit, I could taste the little chalkiness, but we kept rolling.” Ouch! So what's the best way to repair a chipped tooth? The answer it: it all depends…

For natural teeth that have only a small chip or minor crack, cosmetic bonding is a quick and relatively easy solution. In this procedure, a tooth-colored composite resin, made of a plastic matrix with inorganic glass fillers, is applied directly to the tooth's surface and then hardened or “cured” by a special light. Bonding offers a good color match, but isn't recommended if a large portion of the tooth structure is missing. It's also less permanent than other types of restoration, but may last up to 10 years.

When more of the tooth is missing, a crown or dental veneer may be a better answer. Veneers are super strong, wafer-thin coverings that are placed over the entire front surface of the tooth. They are made in a lab from a model of your teeth, and applied in a separate procedure that may involve removal of some natural tooth material. They can cover moderate chips or cracks, and even correct problems with tooth color or spacing.

A crown is the next step up: It's a replacement for the entire visible portion of the tooth, and may be needed when there's extensive damage. Like veneers, crowns (or caps) are made from models of your bite, and require more than one office visit to place; sometimes a root canal may also be needed to save the natural tooth. However, crowns are strong, natural looking, and can last many years.

But what about teeth like Jamie's, which have already been restored? That's a little more complicated than repairing a natural tooth. If the chip is small, it may be possible to smooth it off with standard dental tools. Sometimes, bonding material can be applied, but it may not bond as well with a restoration as it will with a natural tooth; plus, the repaired restoration may not last as long as it should. That's why, in many cases, we will advise that the entire restoration be replaced — it's often the most predictable and long-lasting solution.

Oh, and one more piece of advice: Get a custom-made mouthguard — and use it! This relatively inexpensive device, made in our office from a model of your own teeth, can save you from a serious mishap… whether you're doing Hollywood action scenes, playing sports or just riding a bike. It's the best way to protect your smile from whatever's coming at it!

If you have questions about repairing chipped teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Artistic Repair of Chipped Teeth With Composite Resin” and “Porcelain Veneers.”


By Brookside Dental Care
November 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Invisalign may be exactly what you’ve been looking for to get your dream smile.invisalign

We are going to give it to you straight: studies have found that those with crooked teeth weren’t perceived to be as successful as their straighter-smile counterparts. That’s right; whether it’s in the dating world or professional world, people with straighter smiles were considered more successful, smarter and more popular. So, is it time to straighten your smile? Our Stockton, CA, dentists, Dr. Alexander Pritsky, Dr. Ravneet Nijjar and Dr. Emil Tanase, can help!

What is Invisalign?

By now, you’ve probably read articles or seen Invisalign advertised on TV. Perhaps this information was what piqued your interest about this unique orthodontic system.

Invisalign uses a series of nearly invisible medical-grade plastic aligners, which are customized to your specific treatment plan and designed to move your teeth into their proper position over time. The number of aligners you will need to wear will depend on several factors including the severity of the issue or issues you want to fix.

What will my daily life be like with Invisalign?

Invisalign is a great option for older teens and adults who want to straighten their teeth but worry that braces will negatively impact their lives. Our Stockton general dentists are here to tell you that Invisalign will not hinder your daily routine.

While there is always an adjustment period with any new dental treatment, these aligners are removable which means that you won’t have to change your diet or change how you brush and floss. Your day-to-day routine can remain the same.

Of course, it’s important that you wear your aligners as much as possible. Aim for wearing your aligners about 22 hours each day. While it’s okay to remove them before mealtimes or before oral care, ideally you should be wearing them the rest of the day. Each aligner is worn for about one to two weeks, after which it is replaced with the next set of tighter aligners in your treatment plan.

Are you ready to find out whether Invisalign is the treatment for you? If so, then it’s time you called Brookside Dental Care in Stockton, CA, to schedule your initial consultation. We would be happy to sit down with you and discuss your treatment options for a healthier smile.