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By Cental Valley Dentist
May 22, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Veneers  

Get the smile of your dreams with help from porcelain veneers.

You’ve decided that you want to feel more confident in your smile and in order to do this you want to get cosmetic dentistry. We’re so excited that you want to take the next step with us. Our Manteca, CA, dentist Dr. Rujul Parikh offers a variety of different options to cater to your needs. One popular cosmetic dentistry option is porcelain veneers.

What are porcelain veneers?

Veneers are ultra-thin porcelain shells that are custom-made and then bonded to the front of your teeth to hide a variety of flaws while Dental Veneersimproving the overall shape, size and look of your smile. Even if you aren’t dealing with any cosmetic imperfections getting veneers can still enhance and alter the shape of your smile and even make it appear straighter.

Veneers are often used to hide:

  • Discolorations and stains
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Chips and cracks
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Worn down teeth

How are dental veneers placed?

Before getting veneers you will need to come in to see our Manteca, CA, cosmetic dentist for an evaluation. During this consultation we will make sure that your teeth are right for treatment and that veneers will be able to meet your goals. Once we’ve determined that you are an ideal candidate for veneers we will need to prep your teeth.

During tooth preparation we will file down a very small amount of enamel from the front of your teeth. This is painless and can often be performed without even needing local anesthesia. Once the teeth have been prepped then we will take impressions of your teeth. A dental lab will use these impressions to create your custom-fitted veneers. In the meantime, we may place temporary veneers over your teeth, depending on how much enamel had to be removed.

Once your veneers have been created you’ll come back into our office so that we can check the fit and look before bonding them permanently to your teeth. To bond them to your teeth we will place a dental resin between the veneers and the front of your tooth. Then we will direct a light over the tooth to harden the resin and bond the veneer permanently to your tooth.

Are you interested in finding out whether porcelain veneers are right for you? If so, call Central Valley Dentist today to schedule a consultation at our office in Manteca, CA, or our office in Stockton, CA.

By Cental Valley Dentist
February 01, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

What happens if you lose a tooth? Many things, and none of them are good. Fortunately, today's dental techniques offer a wonderful alternative to a gapped smille—the dental implant. Your dentist in Manteca and Stockton, CA, Dr. Rujal Parikh of Central Valley Dentist, restores scores of smiles with these amazing artificial teeth. Read on to learn how implants could benefit you.


Tooth loss changes everything

Honestly, you need every tooth in your mouth. Losing even one to gum disease, decay, or oral trauma changes your entire dental landscape, weakening teeth near the gap, degrading gum tissue and supporting bone, and of course, impacting your appearance and self-confidence.

While you could replace one or more teeth with conventional dentures or bridgework, these prosthetics pose certain problems, including:

  • Continued bone degradation
  • Wear and tear on adjoining teeth if you wear a partial denture with clasps
  • Enamel reduction and crowning of natural teeth supporting fixed bridgework (consisting of one or more artificial teeth)
  • Keeping your teeth in a bedside cup at night
  • Speech slurring
  • Denture slippage
  • Difficulty eating certain foods


Dental implants imitate real teeth
A single dental implant, or multiple implants supporting a bridge or denture, actually feel, look, and behave just as natural teeth do.

The science behind implant stability and longevity (they last for decades) is something called osseointegration. Human bone in the jaw actually wraps around the titanium metal screw or cylinder as soon as Dr. Parikh surgically places it in the jaw bone.

Over the ensuing weeks, osseointegration continues until finally, the dentist deems the implant strong enough to accept the tremendous pressures biting and chewing exert on it. At this point, the implant can receive a metal alloy abutment to extend it above the gums and a custom-designed porcelain crown. As you use your new tooth, the bond between it and the jaw will increase.

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons states that dental implants have a high success and retention rate with 95 percent overall. So, if Dr. Parikh assesses your overall health and the density of your jaw bone and determines both can support a dental implant, expect a straightfoward treatment and a renewed smile.


Interested? Call either our Stockton or Manteca office today!

Would you like to come to Central Valley Dentist for a consultation with implant dentist, Dr. Rujal Parikh? He can tell you if dental implants are right for you. For the Manteca office, phone (209) 825-1030, and for Stockton, call (209) 955-1800.

By Cental Valley Dentist
October 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Bright White SmileNeed dental fillings? You can have a healthy, natural-looking smile with tooth-colored fillings, whether they are used to treat cavities or repair damaged teeth. Central Valley Dentist, which has offices in Manteca, CA, and Stockton, CA, is headed by Dr. Rujul Parikh and offers a full range of dental services. Noted as being one of the finest dentists in Manteca, Dr. Parikh can provide you with the below benefits of tooth-colored fillings.

1. Beautify Your Smile- Amalgam fillings are less popular than tooth-colored fillings because of their silver-like appearance. Tooth-colored fillings are made of a tooth-colored glass and plastic mixture. Your dentist can closely match the color of your fillings to the color of your teeth. Once your dentist completes your fillings, they will look natural and won't be noticeable when you smile or talk. 

2. Treat Dental Cavities- Tooth-colored fillings are used to repair teeth that have cavities. Cavities, also called tooth decay, are holes in the teeth. Causes of tooth decay include drinking sugary beverages, frequent snacking, and poor oral hygiene. Untreated cavities can cause infection, tooth pain and tooth loss. 

3. Repair Fractured Teeth- Tooth-colored fillings are also used to repair fractured teeth. Chipping or cracking a tooth is a common problem. An accident, sports injury, or chewing something hard can cause a tooth to break. A tooth-colored filling can make your broken tooth look whole and healthy again. 

4. Fix Worn-Down Teeth- Tooth-colored dental fillings are used to fix worn-down teeth. Tooth wear is caused by eating foods that have a high acid content, tooth grinding, and brushing aggressively. Tooth-colored dental fillings are less likely to wear down than tooth enamel.

5. Strengthen Your Teeth- Dental fillings may last many years, but eventually, all fillings need to be replaced. Tooth-colored fillings are incredibly strong and will restore full function of your damaged or weakened teeth. Tooth-colored fillings can be used on your front teeth or back teeth. They can be expected to withstand biting and chewing forces well. 

If you need dental fillings, why wait? We can help you today. Call Central Valley Dentist at 209-825-1030 today to schedule a dental appointment in Manteca, CA. Call 209-955-1800 to schedule an appointment in Stockton, CA. Tooth-colored fillings will do you and your smile a world of good.

By Cental Valley Dentist
July 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Learn more about this common dental restoration and whether it’s right for you.

Many people turn to dental crowns to restore or even boost their smile’s appearance, and you could be next. If you are dealing with some dental crownunpleasant damage to a tooth or you have a tooth that is unsightly and embarrassing then it might just be the perfect time to talk to our Manteca and Stockton, CA, dentist, Dr. Rujul Parikh, about whether a dental crown can help you.

What is a dental crown?

Crowns are one of the most commonly used dental restorations because they can offer an array of benefits and treat many dental problems. A crown is a hollow restoration designed to look just like the crown of a tooth. While crowns can be made from different materials the most common material is porcelain, which can be matched to the shade of your tooth so that it blends in perfectly with your smile and looks just like a natural tooth.

Once your crown is made, it is placed over a tooth to help rebuild strength, restore function and even improve its appearance.

When is a dental crown used?

In most cases, a dental crown is used for restorative purposes. It is often placed over a tooth that is weak or damaged by injury, decay or an infection. If you’ve had to get a root canal, our Manteca and Stockton restorative dentist may recommend placing a crown over the tooth to restore and protect it. A fractured or weak tooth can also benefit from what a crown can offer.

If you are missing a tooth, a crown will be created to cover a dental implant or to support and hold a dental bridge in place. Along with a dental crown’s restorative benefits, it can also enhance the appearance of a tooth. If your tooth is malformed, discolored, or misshapen in some way, a crown can hide these embarrassing cosmetic flaws and give you a smile you just can’t wait to show off.

Half dental crown also known as a veneer. Dental veneers are very popular to enhance your smile and done very conservatively.

Don’t let dental issues fall by the wayside when we have a dental team right here in Manteca and Stockton, CA, to give you the care you deserve. Call Central Valley Dentist today to schedule a restorative consultation with us.

By Cental Valley Dentist
April 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

You have a throbbing, discolored tooth. You're considering extraction, but is that your best choice? The American Association of root canalEndodontists, specialists in root canal therapy, says there are numerous arguments against dental extraction, with bone loss and gum recession being just two of them. A great alternative may be a root canal, a restorative treatment which Dr. Rujal Parikh, your Stockton and Manteca, CA, dentist often recommends to his patients.

What is root canal therapy?

This in-office restorative treatment removes the pulp from a tooth's interior chamber and root canals--hence, the name. Usually performed in two one-hour treatments at Central Valley Dentist with the benefit of local anesthetic, root canal therapy extends the life and usefulness of a tooth compromised by:

  • Oral injury, as in a motor vehicle or sports accident
  • Chip or deep fracture
  • Multiple and failing fillings
  • A dental abscess, or infection

Visual examination and X-rays confirm the need for root canal therapy. If you qualify, Dr. Parikh will numb your tooth and drill a small hole into the first of up to 4 root canals. Then, using small metal files, he'll clean and debride the canal, smooth its walls, disinfect it and then seal it with biocompatible gutta-percha and a temporary filling. After complete healing, your Stockton and Manteca dentist places a sparkling porcelain crown.

Do you need a root canal?

Some people do need one but show no obvious symptoms. Other patients are very uncomfortable, showing signs of:

  • Throbbing toothache pain
  • A red pimple at the gum line
  • Bad breath unrelieved by usual oral hygiene
  • A large crack or chip
  • Pain when biting or chewing
  • Lingering dental sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Fever
  • Bad-tasting drainage
  • Jaw swelling

Also, some teeth simply weaken with age (wear and tear) or repeated filling procedures. A damaged or loose crown may necessitate root canal therapy.

Are these procedures successful?

Generally, root canal treatments at Central Valley Dentist are highly successful. Patients experience relief of their pain and other symptoms, and they avoid harmful smile gaps. Most teeth restored in this way stay in place for decades.

Find out more

If you are concerned about the health of a tooth, please contact Central Valley Dentist for an appointment. Root canal therapy could spare your tooth. In Manteca, CA, call (209) 825-1030, and in Stockton, CA, phone (209) 955-1800.

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