Posts for tag: dentures

By Brookside Dental Care
January 17, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants   dentures  

People have depended on dentures for generations—and they still do. That's because they work, both in restoring dental function and a smile marred by missing teeth.

But they have one major drawback related to bone health. That's because living bone has a life cycle: as older cells die, new ones form to take their place. The pressure generated when we chew stimulates this growth. But when this stimulus goes missing along with the teeth, the cell replacement rate slows and bone volume and density gradually diminishes.

Traditional dentures can't transmit this chewing pressure stimulus. And because they rest directly on the gum ridges, they can adversely affect the underlying bone and actually accelerate bone loss.

But implant technology potentially solves this bone loss problem with dentures by using implants rather than the gums to support them. It's a two-fold benefit: first, the implants relieve much of the irritation to the gums and bone caused by traditional dentures. Primarily, though, the implants themselves can slow or even stop continuing bone loss.

Most implants are made of titanium, not only because it's compatible with the body, but also because it has an affinity with bone. Over time bone cells grow on the titanium post imbedded in the jawbone. This process not only creates stability and durability, it can improve bone health.

In recent years dentists have incorporated implants with dentures to create two exciting treatment options. With one option, the dentist installs two or more implants in the jaw, to which a specially fitted removable denture can be attached. You would still have the ease of removing the denture for cleaning, while gaining greater stability and a reduced risk of bone loss.

The other option is a fixed denture (or bridge) attached permanently to implants. For this option, a patient's jawbone must be adequate and healthy enough to support at least four to six implants. A fixed denture is also often costlier and more complex than a removable denture, but it can feel more like real teeth. It also promotes better bone health too.

Although both options are more expensive than traditional dentures, they can pay dividends for long-term dental health. Implants could help you enjoy your new dentures and resulting smile for a long time to come.

If you would like more information on dental implant-supported restorations, 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 “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”

By Brookside Dental Care
December 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

Dentures are a great way to replace missing teeth. In addition to restoring your smile, dentures provide several other benefits too, such as providing support for facial muscles, restoring the natural contours of the face, and improving speech. At Brookside Dental Care, in Stockton, CA, Dr. Alexander Pritsky, Dr. Ravneet Nijjar, and Dr. Emil Tanase are your dentists for dentures.


Different Types of Dentures

There are two main types of dentures and several options within both types. The two main types of dentures are partial and complete. Partial dentures are used to fill in the gaps from missing teeth for patients who still have some of their natural teeth. Complete dentures, also called full dentures, are used for patients who need to replace all of their natural teeth along the top or bottom arch (or both). Partial and complete dentures both offer patients many of the same benefits, such as restoring both their smile and the natural shape of the face.

One type of partial denture is the removable partial denture. This type of denture has the benefit of filling in the gaps from missing teeth, while preserving any natural teeth that still remain. Two common types of full dentures include immediate and conventional. Immediate dentures are worn temporarily until a patient’s conventional dentures are ready. With immediate dentures, patients have the benefit of being able to wear them right away, while conventional dentures are custom made for the best fit possible and are meant to be worn long term.


Benefits of Dentures

A few benefits have already been mentioned in relation to each of the different types of dentures available in Stockton. However, both partial and complete dentures also offer several shared benefits, including:

  • Filling in gaps
  • Restoring smiles
  • Improving speech
  • Supporting facial muscles
  • Boosting confidence

All types of dentures fulfill an important benefit of filling in gaps where natural teeth have been lost or extracted. Filling in those gaps has multiple benefits—with a full set of teeth, patients can once again resume biting and chewing with greater ease and even distribution, thus reducing any additional strain off teeth that were previously compensating for missing ones.

Filling in gaps also has the benefit of improving speech. When teeth are missing, tongue placement when speaking is altered, which can change the way a person talks. Filling in the gaps from missing teeth also has the benefit of restoring the natural contours of the face by providing support for facial muscles, which can sag and droop when teeth are missing. Finally, restoring facial contours gives some patients a more youthful appearance.

For dentures in Stockton, schedule an appointment with Dr. Pritsky, Dr. Nijjar, or Dr. Tanase by calling Brookside Dental Care at (209) 952-8804.

By Brookside Dental Care
May 29, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  

What your dentists in Stockton, California want you to knowDentures

If you are missing teeth, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the foods you love. It also doesn’t mean you have to live with an incomplete smile. The right denture can make all the difference in your looks and your life. Your dentists at Brookside Dental Care in Stockton, California want to introduce you to the denture options available to you.

If you’ve been living without teeth or have been wearing a denture for years, chances are you aren’t chewing your food as well, which can impact your digestion and your overall health. You are missing out on the amount of chewing surfaces you need to eat the foods you love. If you have been wearing the same denture for a long time, there is a good chance it might be slipping around.

It’s time to change all of that with a new denture. If you want to replace an entire arch of teeth, either upper or lower, consider:

  • An immediate denture, which is placed right after your teeth are removed; the advantage of an immediate denture is that you don’t have to live your life without teeth. A more permanent denture is made after your tissue has healed, at around 6 to 8 weeks.
  • A conventional denture, which is placed after your tissue has healed completely, usually at 6 to 8 weeks; conventional dentures have the advantage of you only getting used to wearing one denture.
  • An overdenture, which is snapped in place over dental implants or existing root tips; the advantage of an overdenture is better conservation of bone, and increased support from the implants or root tips.

If you need to replace only a few teeth instead of a complete arch, consider a partial denture. Examples of partial dentures include:

  • Transitional partial dentures, a great choice if you are thinking about implants later on; transitional partial dentures are less expensive and are a temporary substitute before implant treatment.
  • Removable partial dentures, if you want to just have a partial and no implants later on; removable partials are sturdy, and are meant to last.

The right denture can have you looking and feeling great! Don’t wait to get the smile you deserve. To find out more about dentures and other restorative and cosmetic dental services call your dentists at Brookside Dental Care in Stockton, California today!

By Brookside Dental Care
August 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Have you been considering implant-supported dentures, but aren't sure if they're the right choice for you? Our Stockton, CA, dentists - Dr. implant denturesAlexander Pritsky, Dr. Ravneet Nijjar and Dr. Emil Tanase - discuss the dentures and explain the benefits.

What are implant dentures?

Full dentures rest against the gums in your upper and lower jaw and are held in place with suction and denture cream. For years, they've been the only option available to people who have lost all of their teeth. Today, implant-supported dentures provide an additional option. The dentures don't rest against your gums like traditional full dentures but are connected to dental implants. The titanium implants fuse to your jawbone after they're added to your jawbone during a minor oral surgical procedure and serve as artificial tooth roots.

Both removable and fixed implant-supported dentures are available. Removable dentures are connected to a metal framework with clips or snaps. These dentures are removed every night for cleaning. Fixed dentures are also connected to a metal bar, but they can't be removed. When you'll visit our Stockton office we'll recommend the best type of implant dentures based on the condition of your mouth and jawbone and your preferences.

What are the advantages of implant dentures?

It's not easy to bite into hard foods with full dentures. Because the dentures aren't securely anchored in your jaw, they'll slip and slide if you attempt to take a bite of a hard carrot or apple. Implant-supported dentures are connected to sturdy titanium posts that are as strong as natural tooth roots. Thanks to them, your biting power will remain almost as good as it was when you had all of your teeth.

Food usually tastes better with implant-supported dentures. Upper full dentures include a section of plastic that covers the roof of your mouth. Although the plastic helps hold the denture in place, it can interfere with your sense of taste. Implant-supported dentures don't require a plastic piece.

The dentures also offer a better fit. Since they're securely attached to your implants, they won't slip or slide. In fact, they'll feel more like real teeth. Implant-supported dentures can help you avoid bone loss that commonly occurs after tooth extraction. The implants stimulate your jawbone, preventing it from weakening.

Would you like to find out if you're a good candidate for implant-supported dentures? Call our Stockton, CA, dentists - Dr. Pritsky, Dr. Nijjar and Dr. Tanase - at (209) 952-8804 to schedule an appointment.

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.