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By Alexander Pritsky, DMD Fresno Dental Implants and Periodontics
May 20, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Periodontal Health  

How your periodontist in Fresno, CA, can help protect your periodontal health

Did you know that the health of your mouth can affect your general health? It’s true! In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, when your mouth isn’t healthy, it can increase your risk of having a stroke or acquiring osteoporosis, heart disease, or Alzheimer’s disease. Your periodontist can help you maintain your oral and periodontal health, so you can stay healthy.

Dr. Alexander Pritsky of Fresno Dental Implants and Periodontics in Fresno, CA, offers a wide range of periodontal and dental implant services to help protect your periodontal health.

When you protect your periodontal health by regular brushing, flossing, and visiting your periodontist, you are taking care of:

  • Your gums, to keep them firm and pink, not red, bleeding, or irritated
  • Your periodontal ligaments and fibers, to keep them strong, so they can hold in your teeth
  • Your supporting bone, to keep it healthy and disease-free.

Together, your gums, ligaments, fibers, and supporting bone are the periodontium. Your periodontist is an expert at keeping these structures healthy, so you can enjoy a healthy smile for life.

Periodontal disease is caused by plaque, and plaque produces toxins that eat away at your gums, ligaments, fibers, and bone. Inflammation and infection cause loss of gum tissue, and you start to lose attachment and support from the ligaments and fibers surrounding your teeth.

The bone that supports your teeth is affected too, causing bone loss around your teeth. This bone loss results in what is called a periodontal pocket. These pockets collect plaque and bacteria, and if they get too deep, not even flossing can clean them.

Regular visits to your periodontist for supportive periodontal therapy and other treatments can get you and your smile back on the road to health. You need to also practice a program of excellent oral hygiene, including brushing after meals and before bed and flossing every day.

Take control of your periodontal health! To find out more about why your periodontal health is important and how your periodontist can help protect your smile, call Dr. Alexander Pritsky of Fresno Dental Implants and Periodontics in Fresno, CA, at (559) 298-3900. Call now!

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
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.

By Alexander Pritsky, DMD Fresno Dental Implants and Periodontics
December 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Inflammation  

Here are some simple ways to reduce puffy, swollen gums.

Have you suddenly noticed that your gums are puffy, red, or tender? If so, this could be a sign of gum disease. Gum disease affects millions of Americans and is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss. The good news is that when these symptoms are detected early enough, our Fresno, CA, gum specialist Dr. Alexander Pritsky can provide you with simple solutions to keep gum inflammation at bay.

What is causing your gum inflammation?

Our Fresno, CA, gum specialist needs to get to the bottom of what’s causing your gum inflammation so he knows how to properly treat it. Common causes of inflamed gums include,

  • Poor oral hygiene (not brushing and flossing regularly or properly)
  • Tobacco
  • Hormonal changes (e.g. pregnancy; menopause)
  • Gum disease
  • Irritation due to oral prosthetics (e.g. dentures)

The root cause will dictate how we go about treating your swollen gums. In fact, by catching gum disease early when it’s still in the gingivitis phase we can even reverse it. Of course, this means following these practical and effective tips,

Eat a healthy and balanced diet: A healthy diet means reducing your intake of sugar and starches, which can increase plaque and tartar buildup and also increase your risk for gum disease. Sugar leads to widespread inflammation, so limiting sugar will help greatly. Also, make sure your diet is rich in colorful veggies, which will provide your gums with the nutrients and antioxidants they need to reduce inflammation.

Brush and floss properly: Our gum specialist can show you proper brushing and flossing techniques to ensure that you are getting the best at-home clean possible but not brushing too aggressively.

We may recommend certain products such as anti-gingivitis toothpaste, an electric toothbrush (which can ensure that you brush more gently), or certain types of floss to make sure that you are truly cleaning between teeth. Your home oral routine is paramount to maintaining healthy, happy gums.

Use mouthwash: About 15 minutes after brushing your teeth you’ll want to rinse your mouth out to remove any bacteria that may still be left behind. There are special mouthwashes designed to reverse gingivitis. Also, aim to rinse your mouth out after each meal (yes, even after snacking!).

Of course, those with full-blown gum disease will often require more than just lifestyle changes. Our dentist may recommend scaling and root planing (a common way to treat gum disease), surgery (for more advanced and severe cases), or gum grafting (for receding gums due to disease).

If you are dealing with gum recession, inflammation, or other periodontal problems, our Fresno, CA, gum specialist can provide you with answers and treatment options to keep your gums healthy. To schedule a consultation with us, please call Fresno Dental Implant Center at (559) 298-3900.

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