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By Alexander Pritsky, DMD Fresno Dental Implants and Periodontics
March 07, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

If you are missing a tooth you may be curious about what options you have when it comes to restoring your smile. Dental implants are in many ways the best solution to tooth loss. They are meant to be a final and complete restoration of a missing tooth. This treatment will last much longer and will be stronger than other options. Learn more about dental implants in Fresno, CA, from Dr. Alexander Pritsky.

Better Support

The key difference between dental implants and other methods of restoration, such as bridges and dentures, has to do with the way in which they are supported. Dental bridges depend on adjacent teeth to serve as support for the tooth they are replacing. To accomplish this, these healthy teeth need to be reshaped so that a crown can be attached to them, then they will hold your new tooth in place.

Dentures depend on suction as their main method of support. These require a proper fit to perform at their best. So many of the common complaints people have regarding dentures are due to this factor. A dental implant is supported in a very similar way to your natural teeth. They use a titanium post that is permanently implanted onto the bone of your jaw, and it's onto this that your new tooth will be attached.

Dental Implants in Fresno, CA

One downside to dental implants is that they do require a longer initial investment of time, as the implanted post can take months to heal and fuse with the jaw bone. Implants can last a lifetime with proper care, and they don't need any special treatment when it comes to hygiene or diet, although good dental habits remain key to maintaining your smile.

If you're ready to restore a single missing tooth or a complete smile, find out if you're a candidate for dental implants. Call (559) 298-3900 to schedule a consultation in Fresno, CA, from Dr. Pritsky.

By Alexander Pritsky, DMD Fresno Dental Implants and Periodontics
November 03, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Millions of people suffer from tooth loss. Some have lost a tooth during an accident, and others have lost a tooth to decay. Regardless of how you lost one or more teeth, tooth loss can have a serious impact on your appearance. In addition, tooth loss can also affect your self-esteem. Smiling, laughing and talking with other people can make you feel uncomfortable.

There are two options to treat tooth loss. The first is a partial bridge that is removed at night. The second option is dental implants in Fresno, CA. Dr. Alexander Pritsky is a dental implant specialist, and dental implants can be more beneficial than a partial bridge.

#1 More Natural Appearance

If you want to treat your tooth loss and want your smile to look natural, dental implants are the best option. Dental implants are placed directly into your jawbone and an artificial tooth is affixed.

#2 Dental Implants Don't Need To Be Removed

Partial bridges can treat tooth loss; however, they aren't the most convenient option. They need to be removed at night and soaked. Dental implants never need to be removed. Between the two options, dental implants are the more convenient option.

#3 Dental Implants Can Last Forever

A partial bridge can treat your tooth loss and improve your appearance; however, they don't last forever. Over time, the bridge can wear out or break and will need to be replaced. It is recommended that you replace your partial bridge every 7 to 15 years.

With regular brushing and flossing, dental implants can last forever.

#4 You Can Eat Your Favorite Foods

If you choose a partial bridge to treat your tooth loss, certain foods are off-limits when the bridge is in your mouth.

  • Sticky foods

  • Tough cuts of meat

  • Sandwiches and other foods that require you to bite off a piece

  • Chewy foods

  • Seeds and nuts

If you choose dental implants, you can eat whatever you want. Implants are just as strong as your natural teeth, and you won't need to give up your favorite foods.

#5 Your Other Teeth Won't Be Affected

Partial bridges use the healthy surrounding teeth as an anchor. Because dental implants are placed into the jawbone, they don't need an anchor, and the surrounding teeth won't be affected.

If you are suffering from tooth loss and want the best treatment option available, dental implants are the better option. Dr. Pritsky is a dental implant expert and has used implants to treat tooth loss for many patients.

To schedule an appointment for a consultation in his Fresno, CA office, call (559) 298-3900.

By Alexander Pritsky, DMD Fresno Dental Implants and Periodontics
September 20, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Periodontics  

Are you experiencing painful and swollen gums with visible pockets around your teeth? If you believe that you may have gum disease, you should seek treatment for periodontics in Fresno, CA. Visit the office of an experienced dental implant and periodontal specialist, Dr. Alexander Pritsky today. He can provide advanced care for your gums.

What is Gum Pocket Reduction?

Periodontal disease affects the gums. Pockets form around the bone and teeth. These gum pockets make it easy for bacteria to get under the gum tissue and around the teeth. If the disease is allowed to advance, it will cause bone, tissue, and tooth loss.

When you visit our office for periodontics in Fresno, CA, Dr. Pritsky will evaluate the state of your gums. During a gum pocket reduction, he will fold back your gum tissue and remove disease-causing bacteria. Reducing these gum pockets will stop more bacteria from forming and stop the further progression of periodontal disease.

After this procedure in our office, it may take your gums 2 - 4 weeks to properly heal. Deeper pockets may take several months to heal. For proper healing during this time, you should stick with a soft food diet for at least a few days. Our office will see you for a follow-up appointment to make sure your gums are healing as expected.

If you are experiencing swollen gums, bleeding gums, loose teeth, separation teeth, bad breath, you may have gum disease.

How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?

It is important to care for your gums and teeth. If you don’t practice proper dental hygiene, your gums may suffer. Here are some ways you can prevent gum disease:

  • Avoid smoking
  • Brush two times a day
  • Get dental cleanings
  • Use mouthwash
  • Brush with fluoride toothpaste

Don’t let gum disease progress any further. If you need help with periodontics in Fresno, CA, call (559) 298-3900. Dr. Pritsky can help you treat your gum issues in a relaxed environment.

By Alexander Pritsky, DMD Fresno Dental Implants and Periodontics
March 22, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Scaling   Root Planing  

Among adults, the most common cause of tooth loss is gum disease, but the good news is that it can be treated, and the earlier it is addressed the easier it can be treated. Scaling and root planing are treatments that can help reverse the course of the disease and if you would like to learn more contact your Fresno, CA, gum specialist Dr. Alexander Pritsky of Fresno Dental Implant Center.

Plaque and Gum Disease

Plaque is the substance that clings to our teeth every day and it's the bacteria that live in it that threaten our teeth and our gums. This bacteria feeds on the sugary foods and drinks we consume and as a result expel acids that damage the enamel on our teeth and our gums, leading to decay, infection, and gum disease.

Daily brushing and flossing can help us get rid of most plaque, but no matter how good of a job we do some might still hide in those hard-to-reach areas.

It is why professional dental cleanings are so important, they not only clean this leftover plaque but can also remove tartar, which is plaque that has been hardened by the minerals in our saliva.

How the Treatment Works

If a professional dental cleaning is not enough, your dentist may suggest scaling and root planing as an alternative.

Local anesthesia is applied throughout the treatment as during the scaling process your dentist eliminates the built-up plaque and tartar on your teeth from beneath the gumline using a specialized tool.

For the final part of the procedure, your doctor planes the root of your teeth to keep the plaque and tartar from again accumulating.

Scaling and Root Planing in Fresno, CA

Regular dental cleanings and with scaling and root planing, when necessary, your dentist can help keep plaque and gum disease at bay. Come into the office to find out how your dentist can help you and your smile by making an appointment today with Dr. Pritsky of Fresno Dental Implant Center in Fresno, CA, by dialing (559) 298-3900.

By Alexander Pritsky, DMD Fresno Dental Implants and Periodontics
December 29, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

If you are missing one or several teeth or you are about to have one or more teeth extracted, dental implants are a great option for tooth replacement. Implants are quickly becoming one of the most popular tooth replacement methods because they are durable and look perfectly natural. Dr. Alexander Pritsky is a dentist in Fresno, CA, where he provides full dental services including dental implant restoration.

Why Choose Dental Implants?

Here are the top reasons that Fresno residents choose dental implants:

  • Unique replacement: Dental implants are the only option to replace the complete tooth. Although they have a crown, they don’t just provide a cosmetic substitute for a tooth, they even replace the root with their titanium post. This means that your jawbone is stimulated and continues to grow so you avoid bone erosion.
  • Solid and durable: Dental implants are built to last. If you maintain good oral hygiene standards and take care of your implants, they can last a lifetime. They are strong and don’t tend to crack or come loose.
  • Perfectly natural: Dental implants can be designed to match the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth, so no one will be able to tell the difference, not even you. What’s more, they are just as easy to maintain as your natural teeth.

Am I a Suitable Candidate for Dental Implants?

To be a suitable candidate, you will need:

  • To be over the age of 18
  • Good overall health
  • Healthy teeth and gums
  • A healthy jawbone to support the implants
  • To be a non-smoker or to stop smoking for at least three weeks before implant surgery

If you are a Fresno resident and you would like to find out more about dental implants, call Dr. Pritsky at (559) 298-3900 to schedule an appointment.