Monthly Archives: March 2014

How do you know when it is time for new dentures?

An old upper denture.  Worn back teeth and missing front tooth.  Broken denture base.

When is it time for new dentures?  There are many factors that decide this.  Here is an example of an old denture a patient brought in to my office.  This denture has flat worn back teeth, was missing a front tooth, had a corner of the denture base cracked off, and was loose.  The denture was about 10 years old.   This denture could have been fixed, serviced and repaired by doing the following procedures:  denture reline, replace missing or broken tooth, repair denture base.  We discussed with the patient that a better option would have been to just make a new denture.  We offer a variety of dentures at affordable prices.  Sometimes the price of repairing a denture will cost more than making a new denture.  The best way to find out is to give us a call at 951-687-8700 and we will be glad to take a look at your dentures.

Infants, toddlers, and children’s dentistry and baby teeth

Many children aged 0 – 5 end up having cavities because they often do not receive dental care.  Many parents do not know that you can bring your child in to see their dentist when they are even under 1 year old.  Some even recommend to bring in your child when their first tooth errupts which is usually around 6 months old.

According to this article from First 5 LA doing simple things like wiping your infant’s gums can help your infant get used to the process so that way when their teeth come in they will be used to getting their teeth brushed.  A quote from the article “Parents/caretakers who wait to take their children for their first dental visit at age 3 are more likely to require extensive and costly treatment,”.   We often come across parents who tell us their kid doesn’t like to have their teeth brushed, so doing simple things can help them get used to the process.  The best thing to do is bring them in to see a dentist to make sure they get the best dental care as possible.

Tooth extractions when the tooth can not be restored

tooth extractions by Peter Mani DDS Riverside CAThis tooth had deep decay to the point that the tooth could not be saved.  The only way to get the patient out pain was to extract the tooth.  Sometimes they say if you wait for a tooth to hurt then its beyond the point of fixing it with just a filling or a crown.  Sometimes if you have pain and you wait too long, then the tooth can’t be fixed at all and results in the loss of the tooth.  We do most extractions in our office including routine extractions, surgical extractions, some wisdom teeth, even some impacted wisdom teeth.  However if the tooth is too impacted or complicated we refer you to an oral surgeon.  If you have a tooth that is hurting you, give us a call so we can help you figure out what is going on.  Photo of actual patient of Peter Mani DDS, used with permission and consent of the patient.