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By Alexander Pritsky, DMD Fresno Dental Implants and Periodontics
April 07, 2022
Category: Dental/Oral Care
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Dental flossing is the act of removing food debris and deposits stuck between the teeth with a thin cord known as floss. Flossing can help to prevent gum disease. Your family dentist, Dr. Alexander Pritsky of Fresno Dental Implant Center and Periodontics in Fresno, CA, can advise you on how to incorporate flossing into your oral hygiene routine. We also provide all advanced family dentistry services.

Why should I floss?

Brushing alone can't remove food debris and deposits from all the teeth. Flossing cleans those surfaces which your toothbrush can't reach. It is vital to clean the food debris to prevent plaque from accumulating because it will harden and become tartar with time. Plaque and tartar contain bacteria that cause cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. Your family dentists recommend flossing at least once a day to keep your teeth and gums healthy and clean. You may experience some bleeding from the gums initially, but with daily use, it will stop. If there is severe bleeding, it could be a sign of gum disease for which you have to visit your dentist. Floss is available in different flavors and varieties, you can choose the one that suits your needs. Even if you have braces, it should not stop you from flossing your teeth regularly.

Method of flossing

Take about 18 inches of floss and wound it around the middle finger of each hand. Keep the floss between the thumb and forefingers, and gently move it up and down between the teeth. Don't insert the floss below the gumline. You need to floss between all the teeth including those in the back.

For more information, book an appointment with our family dentist, Dr. Alexander Pritsky of Fresno Dental Implant Center and Periodontics in Fresno, CA, by calling (559) 298-3900 today.

By Alexander Pritsky, DMD Fresno Dental Implants and Periodontics
May 07, 2021
Category: Dental/Oral Care
Tags: Dentures  

Modern dentistry has improved the dentures we offer today. Find out which one might be best suited to your needs.

Dealing with tooth loss can rapidly age you, but the good news is that our Stockton, CA, family dentists Dr. Alexander Pritsky and Dr. Roger Lang can fit you with custom dentures to prevent sagging skin and to give you a more youthful appearance. It’s important that if you are missing one or more teeth that you see a dentist right away to determine the best way to restore your smile. Those with more extensive tooth loss could definitely benefit from what dentures have to offer.

The two main types of dentures are partial and complete dentures. If you still have some natural teeth left, then partials are going to be the best way to fill gaps with natural-looking false teeth. If you are missing an entire row of teeth, then complete dentures are going to be a better option for you.

Partial Dentures

This type of denture may be fixed in place or removable. It’s important to talk with our Stockton, CA, dental team to find out which type of partial dentures are ideal for your smile and needs. Fixed partial dentures are sometimes referred to as a dental bridge and it requires healthy natural teeth to anchor the false teeth into place. Removable partial dentures may also be attached to neighboring teeth with clasps or attachments that help them stay in place.

Complete Dentures

If you are dealing with complete tooth loss either on the upper or lower jaw (or both), then complete dentures are going to be the way to go. When it comes to complete dentures, there are immediate and conventional dentures. Just as you might be able to guess, immediate dentures are placed the very same day as a tooth extraction. This allows our patients to have a set of teeth that they can still use while their gums heal from this procedure. Once gums have fully healed then we can place conventional dentures, a more permanent solution.

Do you have questions about getting dentures here in Stockton, CA? If so, the dental team at Brookside Dental Care would be happy to schedule a consultation to provide you with the beautiful smile you want. Call us today at (559) 298-3900.

By Alexander Pritsky, DMD Fresno Dental Implants and Periodontics
January 27, 2020
Category: Dental/Oral Care

Thanks to the innovative tooth restoration choices available today, it's easier than ever to replace missing teeth. Whether you need to replace one tooth or want to restore all of your teeth with dentures, your Fresno, CA, implant dentist, Dr. Alexander Pritsky can help you evaluate your options.

Tooth restoration choices

In the past, bridges and removable dentures were the only options if you lost teeth. Although these restoration options are still good choices on their own, combining them with dental implants adds enhanced function and comfort.

Implants are tiny posts made of titanium, a metal that bonds to the jawbone and is often used in medical and dental applications. The posts serve as roots that support crowns, bridges or dentures.

The implant process starts when you visit your Fresno dental office for a minor oral surgical procedure. During the procedure, your dentist places the posts in your jawbone where they'll gradually begin to fuse to the bone. New teeth may be connected to your dental implants the day of your procedure or may be added after the implants bond completely to your jawbone.

Implants can be combined with:

  • A Single Dental Crown: If you need to replace one missing tooth, your implant will be connected to a dental crown to complete the restoration of your tooth. Dental crowns are made of durable materials that closely resemble tooth enamel and replace the top part of teeth.
  • A Dental Bridge: An implant-supported bridge is an excellent option if you've lost several teeth in a row. The number of implants you'll need to support a bridge or denture varies. In some cases, your implant dentist may be able to attach a bridge or upper or lower denture with just a few implants.
  • Dentures: Implant-supported dentures offer several benefits that make than an attractive restoration option. When your dentures are attached to implants, you won't suffer a significant decrease in your biting power and will be able to eat hard, tough or sticky foods with ease. Implant dentures won't irritate your gums and will help you avoid loss of bone in your jaw, a problem that can occur after tooth loss.

Fill the gaps in your smile with implant-supported dentures and bridges offered by Dr. Alexander Pritsky, your implant dentist in Fresno, CA. Call his office at (559) 298-3900 to schedule an appointment.

By Alexander Pritsky, DMD Dental Implants and Periodontics
March 06, 2018
Category: Dental/Oral Care
Tags: gum disease  

The best way to combat gum disease daily is to floss between every tooth at least once a day. However, only about half of American adults gum diseasefloss at all, let alone every day. Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss, according to the American Dental Association, making the fight against this condition more important than ever. Do you know the warning signs of gum disease? Find out with Dr. Alexander Pritsky in Fresno, CA.

What is gum disease? 
Gum disease occurs when bacteria from the mouth builds up underneath the gumline, eventually irritating and infecting the gum tissue. Bacteria from foods left to remain on the teeth harden into a sticky substance called plaque. Plaque eventually hardens into tartar, which can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning. These substances also cause cavities and are considered the beginning of teeth decay. For this reason, teeth decay and gum disease go hand in hand.

Do I have gum disease?
If you think you have gum disease, you should consult with your periodontist to find the best treatment plan for your situation. The symptoms of gum disease are often obvious, including:

  • red, painful gums
  • swollen gums
  • bleeding gums
  • gums which pull away from the teeth and form pockets
  • loosened teeth
  • painful or difficulty chewing
  • sensitive teeth
  • unexplained bad breath

Gum Disease Treatments in Fresno, CA
How well you care for your teeth daily directly correlates to how much plaque and tartar you have in your mouth. Brushing and flossing regularly removes bacteria from the teeth, stopping gum disease and teeth decay before it starts. Regular dental examinations and cleanings every six months give your dentist the chance to find and treat plaque and tartar before it begins to do damage to the tooth or gums. If left untreated, gum disease can cause serious discomfort and damage to the oral tissues.

Your answer to gum disease could be a simple phone call away. For more information on gum disease or its treatments, please contact Dr. Pritsky in Fresno, CA. Call (559) 298-3900 to schedule your appointment today!

By Alexander Pritsky, DMD Dental Implants and Periodontics
November 03, 2017
Category: Dental/Oral Care

How your periodontist in Fresno can help your smileperiodontal dentistry

When you think of periodontal services, do you think of gum and periodontal disease? It’s true that periodontists treat gum and periodontal disease, but they do a lot more than that. Your periodontist can help your smile in ways you never thought possible. Dr. Alexander Pritsky at Fresno Dental Implant Center in Fresno, CA wants to share the importance of periodontal services and how he can help you.

Periodontics treats periodontal disease and helps you regain the health of the gums and bone surrounding your teeth. Periodontal treatment involves targeted deep cleaning of periodontal pocket areas in an effort to regain a strong attachment of the gums and bone to your teeth.

Treatment of periodontal disease can also involve surgery to replace lost bone by bone grafting. Surgery can also reposition gums to reduce or eliminate deep periodontal pockets, making your mouth far easier to clean and keep healthy.

Periodontics doesn’t just make your smile healthier. Periodontal services can give you an attractive smile too. Your periodontist is an expert at shaping and remodeling your gums to create a harmonious smile. For example:

If you have bulky, overgrown gum tissue, you may want to consider gingival resculpting, using a laser to trim away bulky gum tissue and enhance the contours of your gums.

If your gumline is uneven or covering up part of your beautiful teeth, you may want to consider gingival recontouring, surgically removing extra gum tissue that hides your teeth.

If your gums have receded and exposed part of the roots of your teeth, you may want to consider gum grafting, attaching a piece of tissue in place over your exposed tooth roots.

These are just a few of the procedures your periodontist can perform to make your smile healthier and more beautiful. To view amazing before-and-after photos of gingival recession treatment patients, please visit the Smile Gallery page on the website at https://www.fresnodentalimplantcenter.com/gingival-recessions.html

If your smile is suffering because of gum or bone problems, periodontics can help. For more information about periodontal services call Dr. Pritsky at Fresno Dental Implant Center in Fresno, CA. Don’t wait to get the smile you deserve, call today!