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Mayim Bialik has spent a good part of her life in front of TV cameras: first as the child star of the hit comedy series Blossom, and more recently as Sheldon Cooper’s love interest — a nerdy neuroscientist — on The Big Bang Theory. (In between, she actually earned a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA…but that’s another story.) As a child, Bialik had a serious overbite — but with all her time on camera, braces were just not an option.

“I never had braces,” she recently told Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health magazine. “I was on TV at the time, and there weren’t a lot of creative solutions for kids who were on TV.” Instead, her orthodontist managed to straighten her teeth using retainers and headgear worn only at night.

Today, there are several virtually invisible options available to fix orthodontic issues — and you don’t have to be a child star to take advantage of them. In fact, both children and adults can benefit from these unobtrusive appliances.

Tooth colored braces are just like traditional metal braces, with one big difference: The brackets attached to teeth are made from a ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of teeth. All that’s visible is the thin archwire that runs horizontally across the teeth — and from a distance it’s hard to notice. Celebs like Tom Cruise and Faith Hill opted for this type of appliance.

Clear aligners are custom-made plastic trays that fit over the teeth. Each one, worn for about two weeks, moves the teeth just a bit; after several months, you’ll see a big change for the better in your smile. Best of all, clear aligners are virtually impossible to notice while you’re wearing them — which you’ll need to do for 22 hours each day. But you can remove them to eat, or for special occasions. Zac Efron and Katherine Heigl, among others, chose to wear clear aligners.

Lingual braces really are invisible. That’s because they go behind your teeth (on the tongue side), where they can’t be seen; otherwise they are similar to traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are placed on teeth differently, and wearing them often takes some getting used to at first. But those trade-offs are worth it for plenty of people. Which celebs wore lingual braces? Rumor has it that the list includes some top models, a well-known pop singer, and at least one British royal.

So what’s the best way to straighten your teeth and keep the orthodontic appliances unnoticeable? Just ask us! We’d be happy to help you choose the option that’s just right for you. You’ll get an individualized evaluation, a solution that fits your lifestyle — and a great-looking smile!

For more information about hard-to-see (or truly invisible) orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics for the Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”

By Cental Valley Dentist
October 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  
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Are you interested in dental implants but a little hesitant about the surgery? Don’t be—this procedure to imbed an implant’s titanium post in the jawbone is relatively minor with little to no discomfort for most patients.

Some time before, however, we’ll need to pre-plan the surgery to pinpoint the best location for the implant, critical to achieving a solid hold and a life-like appearance. During these first visits we often create a surgical guide, a device inserted in the mouth during surgery that identifies the exact location for the hole (or channel) in the bone we’ll drill to insert the implant.

On surgery day, we’ll prepare you for a pain-free and relaxing experience. If you’re normally anxious about dental work, we may prescribe a sedative for you to take ahead of time. As we begin we’ll thoroughly numb the area with local anesthesia to ensure you won’t feel any pain.

The surgery begins with an incision through the gum tissue to access the underlying bone. Once it’s exposed, we’ll insert the surgical guide and begin a drilling sequence to gradually increase the size of the channel. This takes time because we want to avoid damaging the bone from overheating caused by friction.

Once we’ve created a channel that matches precisely the implant’s size and shape, we’ll remove the implant from its sterile packaging and immediately fit and secure it in the channel. We’ll then take x-rays to ensure it’s in the best position possible.

Satisfied we’ve properly situated and secured the implant, we’ll suture the gum tissue back in place to protect the implant with or without attaching a healing abutment to it as it fully integrates with the jawbone over the next few months (after which you’ll come back to receive your permanent crown). After a short recovery, you’ll return to full activity. Most patients only experience mild to moderate discomfort usually manageable with over-the-counter pain medication like aspirin or ibuprofen.

While implantation is a long process, you’ll be obtaining what’s considered by most dentists and their patients as the most durable and life-like tooth replacement available. Your new attractive smile will be well worth it.

If you would like more information on dental implants, 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 “Dental Implant Surgery: What to Expect Before, During and After.”

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.

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Anyone at any age, including older children and teenagers, can lose or be born missing a permanent tooth. And while those missing teeth can be restored, replacing them in patients who haven’t yet reached adulthood can be tricky.

That’s because their dental and facial development isn’t finished. This is especially problematic for dental implants because as the jaws continue to grow, a “non-growing” implant could eventually appear out of alignment with the surrounding natural teeth. That’s why it’s often better to install a temporary restoration until the jaws fully mature in early adulthood. Two great choices are a removable partial denture (RPD) or a bonded (“Maryland”) bridge.

While “dentures” and “teens” don’t seem to go together, an RPD in fact can effectively restore a teen’s lost dental function and appearance. Of the various types of RPDs the one usually recommended for teens has a hard acrylic base colored to resemble the gums, to which we attach prosthetic (“false”) teeth at their appropriate positions on the jaw.

Besides effectiveness, RPDs are easy to clean and maintain. On the downside, though, an RPD can break and—as a removable appliance—become lost. They can also lose their fit due to changes in jaw structure.

The bonded bridge is similar to a traditional fixed bridge. But there’s one big difference: traditional bridges crown the natural teeth on either side of the missing teeth to secure them in place. The supporting teeth must be significantly (and permanently) altered to accommodate the life-like crowns on either end of the bridge.

Instead, a bonded bridge affixes “wings” of dental material extending from the back of the bridge to the back of the natural teeth on either side. While not quite as strong as a regular bridge, the bonded bridge avoids altering any natural teeth.

While a fixed bridge conveniently stays in place, they’re more difficult than an RPD to keep clean. And while less prone to breakage, they aren’t entirely immune to certain stresses from biting and chewing especially in the presence of some poor bites (how the upper and lower teeth come together).

Choosing between the two restorations will depend on these and other factors. But either choice can serve your teen well until they’re able to permanently replace their missing teeth.

If you would like more information on dental restorations for teens, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

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.