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By Cental Valley Dentist
January 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dentures, also known as "false teeth," are oral appliances made of plastic resin. The great thing about dentures is that they are designed Denturesto hide the fact that you have lost your teeth. If you're interested in getting dentures or have questions, the office of your dentist is located in Manteca and Stockton, CA.

Here are a few things to take into consideration before meeting your dentist:

How do people lose teeth?

As people age, teeth deteriorate, but sometimes age isn't the cause. Here are a few reasons:

  • Tooth decay due to cavities and poor oral hygiene is a factor contributing to individuals losing their teeth.
  • Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is caused by the buildup of plaque, so brushing your teeth, flossing and visiting your doctor for your bi-yearly appointment is a must.
  • Injury due to sports are common and should be treated as a medical emergency, so go to your dentist as soon as you notice a knocked-out tooth.

What types of dentures does your Manteca and Stockton dentist offer:

  • Full dentures, or complete dentures, are used when a person has lost all or most of their teeth. The full denture can be installed on the upper jaw, lower jaw or both at the same time. In order for Dr. Rujul Parikh to perform this procedure, however, the patient's gums need to be restored and fully healed, which may take somewhere between 6 to 12 months.
  • Immediate dentures are worn during the healing process though. The patient receives immediate dentures, also known as conventional dentures, that are adjusted due to the natural shrinkage of the gums.
  • Overdentures, on the other, is used for patients suffering from a few missing teeth. They fit over the patient's natural, intact teeth or dental implants, which provide it with the stability it needs.
  • Partial dentures are used when several, but not all of your teeth are missing. The denture has replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored base made of plastic. The partial dentures are then connected to your teeth with metal clasps.

For more information about dentures, contact your dentist's office in Manteca or Stockton, CA. Dr. Rujul Parikh can hep with your dental care!

By Cental Valley Dentist
October 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canals  

If you need to get root canal therapy let us put your mind at ease.root canal

Yikes! Our Stockton and Manteca, CA, dentist, Dr. Rujul Parikh, recently told you that you need root canal treatment and the first thing you did was search the Internet. You probably didn’t find anything comforting so far, did you? That’s because there are loads of stories out there that love to place root canals in a terrible light. Of course, it’s important to separate fact from fiction when it comes to this treatment. If you need root canal therapy, find out why it’s really nothing to fear.

It Eliminates Pain

The purpose of this endodontic treatment is to remove an infected or irritated dental pulp, a structure that lies within each tooth. There are many reasons a dental pulp may cause you issues, from decay and infection to direct injury to the tooth. When a dental pulp is inflamed or infected it can cause some pretty unbearable pain.

Of course, by removing the pulp our Stockton and Manteca general dentist also removes the source of the pain. Those who are in pain can’t wait to finally get the relief they need, and root canal therapy provides that relief. Just remember that the purpose of a root canal isn’t to cause pain but to get rid of it.

This Procedure Isn’t Invasive

While root canal therapy may sound rather invasive since we will need to remove a structure that lies inside the tooth, it’s really no more aggressive than having a cavity filled. Sure, there are may be more steps involved during root canal therapy, but just as getting a cavity removed and filled is a simple, straightforward and easy procedure, so too is getting this treatment.

You Shouldn’t Feel Anything

Those who need root canal therapy are often in a lot of pain beforehand, so it comes as a welcome relief to find out that a local anesthesia will be applied around the tooth prior to treatment. This means that your mouth will be completely numb, so not only will you no longer have to deal with that severe, nagging dental pain but also you won’t feel a thing during your endodontic procedure.

If you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming root canal then don’t hesitate to call Central Valley Dentist today. With offices in Manteca and Stockton, CA, we make it easier to get the compassionate, gentle dental care you deserve.

By Cental Valley Dentist
July 13, 2017
Category: Dental Appliances
Tags: Dental Implants  

You don't have to live with an incomplete smile, and, in fact, you shouldn't. Gaps after losing teeth weaken surrounding gums and implants But, don't despair. Dr. Rujul Parikh offers dental implants in his state-of-the-art offices in Manteca and Stockton, CA. Chances are you're a candidate for this amazing tooth replacement option that's life-like, long-lasting and durable.

Different from traditional partials and bridges

Unlike conventional tooth replacements which just rest on the gums and jaw bone, the dental implant resides right in the bone, actually keeping it strong and dense. No other prosthetic offers this benefit--only the dental implant.

How does an implant work? A dental implant in Manteca and Stockton has three basic parts:

  • A titanium metal screw, or cylinder, the part surgically placed in the jaw
  • A metal alloy post, or abutment, which extends above the gum line
  • A lifelike porcelain crown which covers and restores the dental implant, giving it natural appearance and function

The implant treatment

Dr. Parikh puts a dental implant screw into the jaw during a simple in-office oral surgery which normally needs no more than local anesthesia. He opens the gums and uses a high-speed drill to create a small pilot hole in the bone. Then, he inserts the titanium screw into the jaw and closes the site with sutures.

While healing at home, the patient's jaw bone and titanium implant bond to each other. This natural process is what dentist's call osseointegration. Osseointegration literally strengthens the jaw bone. No other tooth replacement can claim that benefit.

During the next appointment, the dentist reopens the site and attaches the post and crown, and the dental implant is complete. Patients report that their artificial teeth feel and function just like their natural ones, and their appearance is very natural.

Other ways to use dental implants

The American Academy of Periodontology states that skilled dentists such as Dr. Parikh often place multiple dental implants to support and anchor fixed bridgework or partial or even full dentures. Of course, the results are similar to single-tooth implants--bone preservation, natural oral function, and an outstanding smile appearance.

As with the single tooth option, Dr. Parikh ensures that the implant patient has sufficient bone in his or her jaw and has healthy gum tissue before actually starting the procedure. Additionally, implants thrive when patients have good oral hygiene habits at home and are nonsmokers. While tobacco usage doesn't preclude implant placement, patients should abstain from smoking for at least 3 days before and after implant placement and consult their primary care physicians about assistance with smoking cessation.

There's a better way

You can have a great smile again with dental implants in Manteca and Stockton, CA. For more information, please call Dr. Parikh's office at (209) 825-1030 or (209) 955-1800. Dr. Parikh is a fellow of AAID and ICOI (Fellow of American Association of Implant Dentistry and Fellow of International Congress of Implantologists and has been very experienced doing this procedure.

By Central Valley Dentist
March 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

What you need to know about dental implants

dental implants

If you are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth, or you need support for a dental appliance like a denture, dental implants are the state-of-the-art solution you’ve been waiting for. You may be wondering if dental implants are right for you and whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.

The best candidates for dental implants are people who are in good health. There are certain medical conditions and lifestyle issues which can impact the healing and success of your dental implant. Be sure to let your dentist know if you:

  • Smoke or drink alcohol to excess

  • Have diabetes or cancer

  • Have had radiation to your jaws

  • Have current or a history of periodontal disease

You also need a sufficient amount of bone to provide support for the implant. Your dentist will take precise measurements and detailed x-rays including 3D scans and computer imaging to determine the amount of bone available for your implant. If you don’t have enough bone, your dentist can create additional bone with a bone grafting procedure to make a dental implant possible for you.

There are many reasons why people decide dental implants are the right choice to replace their missing teeth. Consider that dental implants are:

  • Successful, with a success rate over 95 percent

  • Stable, because they are embedded in bone

  • Convenient, because you don’t have to remove them

  • Beautiful, because they look just like your natural teeth

  • Permanent, because with proper care they will last a lifetime

  • Healthy, because you can brush and floss normally

Only you and your dentist can decide if dental implants are right for you, but when you choose dental implants, you are choosing the best method available for tooth replacement. You deserve to have the best smile your dentist can give you, and thanks to dental implants, now you can have a great smile! Make an investment in your smile and choose dental implants. Call your dentist today to find out more!

By Central Valley Dentist
March 24, 2017
Category: Welcome
Tags: Dental  

Welcome to the Blog of Central Valley Dentist

Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a dentist in the Manteca and Stockton, CA area, we’re excited you are here. With the dental industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.

As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote dental awareness as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including dental news, advancements in dental technology and treatments, practical oral health advice and updates from our practice.

We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your best dental health. 

As always, feel free to contact our Central Valley Dentist office with any dental questions or concerns.

-- Central Valley Dentist

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