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By Brookside Dental Care
March 05, 2020
Category: Uncategorized

Have you lost one or more teeth? If so, dentures, bridges, and dental implants, are all quality treatment options that can restore your missing teeth and give you something to smile about again. Here at Brookside Dental Care in Stockton, CA, your dentists, Drs. Alexander Pritsky, Roger Lang, and Ravneet Nijjar, can help you decide which option is right for you.

Why replacing your lost tooth is so important

In addition to improving your appearance, restoring lost teeth offers a few benefits that you may not realize. Once a tooth is lost, the teeth surrounding the gap may begin to drift. Drifting changes the alignment and appearance of your teeth and can lead to bite problems and difficulty removing plaque from overlapping edges of teeth.

Lost teeth can also make biting, tearing, and grinding food difficult. If you've lost multiple teeth, you may even give up eating hard or tough foods because they're just too difficult to chew. Unfortunately, this may cause nutritional problems. Restoring lost teeth helps you avoid these issues.

What choices are available in Stockton?

One of more of these restoration methods may be a good option for you:

  • Bridge: A bridge replaces one or two missing teeth. Artificial teeth are connected to dental crowns at either end of the bridge. Crowns are hollow restorations that fit over teeth after they've been reduced in size. The crowns are cemented on to the supporting teeth and hold the bridge firmly in place.
  • Dentures: Both partial or full dentures can restore your smile, depending on the number of teeth you've lost. Partial dentures hook over supporting teeth, while full dentures rest against your gums. Immediate dentures are placed in your mouth just after any remaining teeth are pulled, while full dentures are used after healing occurs. Dentures are created from impressions of your mouth to ensure a comfortable fit.
  • Dental Implants: Implants are synthetic substitute roots placed in your jawbone during minor oral surgery. They're topped with dental crowns to completely restore missing teeth. Although dental implants are most often used to replace single missing teeth, they can also restore multiple missing teeth and can even be connected to dentures.

Need dental work? Give us a call

Restore your smile with dentures or other tooth restoration options. Call your dentists in Stockton, CA, Drs. Pritsky, Lang, or Nijjar, at (209) 952-8804 to schedule your appointment.

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As the co-host of one of America's most beloved television game shows, Wheel of Fortune, Vanna White is recognized for her beautiful gowns and her dazzling smile. However, during an exclusive interview with Dear Doctor magazine, she shared her experiences with cosmetic dentistry. “I had a bridge put in probably 30 years ago where I had a tooth pulled and there was a space,” Vanna said.

Prior to having a permanent tooth pulled, most people are concerned with what can be done to replace it. It's important to follow through and do exactly that. This is especially true with back teeth. Just because you can't see them, it doesn't mean you won't face problems if they are not replaced.

For example, did you know that missing posterior (back) teeth can lead to a wide array or problems with the remaining teeth, muscles, ligaments, joints and jaw bones? This includes:

  • A decrease in chewing efficiency that in turn can impact your diet, nutrition and overall health
  • Excessive erosion or wear of remaining teeth
  • Tipping, migration, rotation and even loss of adjacent remaining teeth
  • Painful jaw problems such as Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD)

One treatment option is to follow in Vanna's footsteps and consider a fixed bridge. This is an excellent option when dental implants won't work. And through our artistry, we can easily blend them in color and appearance with your surrounding teeth.

When implants are possible, they represent the best option. They are easily maintained and are a durable, long-lasting solution that can increase bite support.

To learn more about this topic, continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Replacing Back Teeth.” Or if you are already missing a permanent tooth, you can contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination. We will also address any questions you have as well as your treatment options. And if you want to read the entire feature article on Vanna White, continue reading “Vanna White.”

By Brookside Dental Care
February 13, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
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Martha Stewart has built a flourishing career by showcasing the things she’s designed and made — like floral arrangements, crafts, and even home renovations. Just recently, she was showing off her latest restoration project: a new dental bridge. In fact, she live-tweeted the procedure from her dentist’s office… and she even included pictures of the bridgework before it was placed on her teeth!

OK, it’s a departure from paper crafts and home-made pillows… but why not? We can’t help feeling that there’s just as much craftsmanship — even artistry — in dental bridgework as there is in many other custom-made items. If you learn a little more about what goes into making and placing bridgework, perhaps you’ll understand why we feel that way.

Bridgework is one good solution to the problem of missing teeth (another is dental implants). A fixed bridge is anchored to existing teeth on either side of the gap left by missing teeth, and it uses those healthy teeth to support one or more lifelike replacement teeth. How does it work?

Fabricated as a single unit, the bridge consists of one or more crowns (caps) on either end that will be bonded or cemented to the existing teeth, plus a number of prosthetic teeth in the middle. The solid attachment of the crowns to the healthy teeth keeps the bridge in place; they support the artificial teeth in between, and let them function properly in the bite.

Here’s where some of the artistry comes in: Every piece of bridgework is custom-made for each individual patient. It matches not only their dental anatomy, but also the shape and shade of their natural teeth. Most bridges are made in dental laboratories from models of an individual’s teeth — but some dental offices have their own mini-labs, capable of fabricating quality bridgework quickly and accurately. No matter where they are made, lifelike and perfect-fitting bridges reflect the craftsmanship of skilled lab technicians using high-tech equipment.

Once it is made, bridgework must be properly placed on your teeth. That’s another job that requires a combination of art and science — and it’s one we’re experts at. From creating accurate models of your mouth to making sure the new bridge works well with your bite, we take pride in the work we do… and it shows in your smile.

If you would like more information about dental bridges, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Fixed vs. Removable Bridges” and “Dental Implants vs. Bridgework.”