By Brookside Dental Care
July 09, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

Missing teeth can lead to a number of health problems, as well as a loss in self-confidence and self-esteem. Accordingly, if you are denturescurrently experiencing tooth loss, it makes sense to see a dentist at Brookside Dental Care in Stockton, CA, for information on how you can replace your teeth. After all, there may be a simple solution available: dentures!

Who Needs Dentures?
While senior citizens are often associated with dentures, younger adults ages 30 and up can also benefit from these appliances. Tooth loss is relatively prevalent in adult Americans over 20. In fact, The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey estimates that patients between the ages of 20 and 64 have an average of about 24.92 teeth remaining out of 32. Tooth loss can happen because of untreated dental decay, advanced gum disease, or a sports injury. Dentures are generally suggested when a patient has a lack of sufficient bone tissue for dental implants.

Full vs. Partial Dentures
The two main categories of dentures are full and partial devices.

  • Full dentures cover the entire gumline, protecting it from damage and allowing the patient to chew solid foods again. A fitting process is necessary to ensure that the full denture stays fixed in place during the day. Types include conventional, immediate, and implant dentures.
  • Partial dentures are designed to replace just a few teeth and usually stay anchored in place by metal claps or frameworks. These devices are available from your Stockton, CA, dentist to fill in single spaces, several adjacent missing teeth, or multiple nonadjacent missing teeth along the gumline.

Having Your Dentures Fitted
It may help to know what to expect when you go to your Stockton, CA dentist to be fitted for dentures. If you still have teeth that need to be extracted due to decay or gum disease, that is the first step. Next, an impression must be made using a dental mold. The mold will be used to create your custom denture device, which may take up to a few weeks. After that, you may have to visit the dentist a couple more times for adjustments to perfect the fit.

Dentures Will Help Restore Your Smile
A denture could not only restore your oral function, but also give you a renewed sense of confidence. Call (209) 952-8804 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alexander Pritsky, Dr. Ravneet Nijjar, or Dr. Emil Tanase at Brookside Dental Care in Stockton, CA.

By Brookside Dental Care
July 06, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
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The long-running hit show Dancing with the Stars has had its share of memorable moments, including a wedding proposal, a wardrobe malfunction, and lots of sharp dance moves. But just recently, one DWTS contestant had the bad luck of taking an elbow to the mouth on two separate occasions—one of which resulted in some serious dental damage.

Nationally syndicated radio personality Bobby Bones received the accidental blows while practicing with his partner, professional dancer Sharna Burgess. “I got hit really hard,” he said. “There was blood and a tooth. [My partner] was doing what she was supposed to do, and my face was not doing what it was supposed to do.”

Accidents like this can happen at any time—especially when people take part in activities where there’s a risk of dental trauma. Fortunately, dentists have many ways to treat oral injuries and restore damaged teeth. How do we do it?

It all depends on how much of the tooth is missing, whether the damage extends to the soft tissue in the tooth’s pulp, and whether the tooth’s roots are intact. If the roots are broken or seriously damaged, the tooth may need to be extracted (removed). It can then generally be replaced with a dental bridge or a state-of-the-art dental implant.

If the roots are healthy but the pulp is exposed, the tooth may become infected—a painful and potentially serious condition. A root canal is needed. In this procedure, the infected pulp tissue is removed and the “canals” (hollow spaces deep inside the tooth) are disinfected and sealed up. The tooth is then restored: A crown (cap) is generally used to replace the visible part above the gum line. A timely root canal procedure can often save a tooth that would otherwise be lost.

For moderate cracks and chips, dental veneers may be an option. Veneers are wafer-thin shells made of translucent material that go over the front surfaces of teeth. Custom-made from a model of your smile, veneers are securely cemented on to give you a restoration that looks natural and lasts for a long time.

It’s often possible to fix minor chips with dental bonding—and this type of restoration can frequently be done in just one office visit. In this procedure, layers of tooth-colored resin are applied to fill in the parts of the tooth that are missing, and then hardened by a special light. While it may not be as long-lasting as some other restoration methods, bonding is a relatively simple and inexpensive technique that can produce good results.

If you would like more information about emergency dental treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor articles “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries” and “Knocked Out Tooth.”

By Brookside Dental Care
June 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: porcelain veneers  
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Dental veneers are a great way to transform a smile without the expense or effort often required of other restorations. These thin layers of dental material adhere to the front of teeth as a "mask" to cover chips, heavy staining or other blemishes.

Still, veneers require attention to detail for a successful outcome. Here's a step-by-step look at changing your dental appearance with veneers.

Step 1: Considering your options. While most veneers are made of dental porcelain, composite resin materials are increasingly popular. Although more prone to chipping or staining, composite veneers don't require a dental lab for fabrication. Another option, depending on your dental situation, are ultra-thin veneers that require little to no tooth preparation. Your dentist will help you decide which options are best for you.

Step 2: "Test driving" your new smile. We can help you "see" your future smile with special software that creates a computer image of your teeth with the planned veneers. We can also use composite material to fabricate a "trial smile" to temporarily place on your teeth that can give you the feel as well as the look of your future smile.

Step 3: Preparing your teeth. Unless you're getting no-prep veneers, we'll need to modify your teeth before attaching veneers. Although only 0.3 to 0.7 millimeters thick, veneers can still appear bulky on unprepared teeth. They'll look more natural if we first remove a small amount of enamel. A word of caution, though: although slight, this enamel removal permanently alters your teeth that will require them to have some form of restoration from then on.

Step 4: Attaching your new veneers. After the planning phase (which includes color matching to blend the veneers with the rest of your teeth), a dental lab creates your veneers if you've opted for porcelain. After they're delivered, we'll clean and etch the teeth with a mild acidic gel to increase the bonding effect. We'll then permanently attach the veneers to your teeth with a very thin but ultra-strong resin luting cement that creates a unified bond between the veneers and teeth.

Following these steps is the surest way to achieve a successful outcome. With due care you're sure to enjoy the effects for a long time to come.

If you would like more information on changing your smile with veneers, 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 “Porcelain Veneers: Your Smile—Better than Ever.”

By Brookside Dental Care
June 24, 2019
Category: Dental
Tags: Invisalign  

InvisalignDo you want a straight smile? You probably think there is only one way to get it, with brackets and wires. The truth is, you can achieve a straight smile more comfortably and easily than you’ve ever thought possible, without wearing brackets and wires. You now have another option; it’s called Invisalign! Dr. Alexander Pritsky, Dr. Ravneet Otal, and Dr. Emil Tanase at Brookside Dental Care in Stockton, CA, offer a full range of dental services including Invisalign to give you the smile you deserve.

Conventional brackets and wires can be unsightly and uncomfortable, giving you a smile filled with metal. Invisalign is different, using a system of clear plastic trays called aligners. Invisalign aligners offer you many benefits that brackets and wires don’t. With Invisalign, you will enjoy:

  • Discreet treatment, because Invisalign aligners are made of clear plastic, which makes them virtually invisible when you wear them
  • Comfortable treatment, because there are no sharp metal parts to irritate your cheeks, tongue, or soft tissue
  • Quick treatment, because you can have a straight smile in as little as 9 to 15 months with Invisalign

When you choose Invisalign, you’ve chosen a strong, effective orthodontic solution for alignment problems like these:

  • Overlapped or gapped teeth
  • Crowded or poorly-aligned teeth
  • Underbite or overbite
  • Open bite or crossbite

When you receive your first set of aligners, you wear them for 2 weeks. Then you move on to a new set of aligners, which you wear for another 2 weeks. You move up to a new set of aligners every 2 weeks until your treatment is complete at 9 to 15 months. During your treatment period, you will visit your Stockton, CA, dentist every few weeks for monitoring and adjustments.

You deserve a straight, beautiful smile without suffering to achieve it. Now, thanks to Invisalign you can have the straight smile without the hassles of brackets and wires. To find out more about the benefits of revolutionary Invisalign, call (209) 952-8804 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pritsky, Dr. Otal, or Dr. Tanase at Brookside Dental Care in Stockton, CA, today!

4AffordableWaystoTransformYourSmileforaOnce-In-A-LifetimeMoment

People improve their smiles for a lot of reasons: to better their career prospects, to put some juice in their social lives or just to do something special for themselves. But you may have an even stronger reason: a once-in-a-lifetime event—maybe your wedding day—is coming up soon.

You have several options for transforming your smile for the big day—and some are even quite economical. Here are 4 affordable ways to make your smile beautiful for that forever moment.

Cleanings. While dental cleanings should already be part of your regular dental care, scheduling one right before a big event can do wonders for your smile. Not only can your hygienist remove any lingering dull and dingy plaque and tartar, but they can polish your teeth for a brighter shine. Remember, though: dental cleanings support your own hygiene efforts, they don't replace them. Your own daily practice of brushing and flossing will also help you maintain a beautiful smile.

Teeth Whitening. You can also get an extra boost of brightness with a tooth whitening procedure. Using a professional bleaching solution and other techniques, your dentist can lighten your smile to your tastes, from a more natural hue to dazzling white. The whitening effect, though, is temporary, so plan to see your dentist no more than a few weeks before your big day.

Bonding. Perhaps a tiny chip is all that stands between you and a knockout smile. Your dentist may be able to repair that and other minor defects by bonding tooth-colored materials to the chip site. These composite resin materials have the shine of enamel and can be color-blended to match your tooth's natural shade. Composite resins are also fairly rugged, although you should avoid biting down on hard foods or objects.

Veneers. Although more expensive than the previous options mentioned, veneers are still affordable compared to crowns or bridgework. Usually made of thin layers of dental porcelain, dentists bond veneers to the front of teeth to mask mild to moderate problems like heavy staining, disfiguration and minor gaps. But because veneers are custom-fabricated by a dental lab, you'll need to plan them with your dentist at least six months before your event. The resulting change to your smile, though, may well be worth the wait.

If you would like more information on transforming your smile for a special event, 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 “Planning Your Wedding Day Smile.”





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