Monthly Archives: April 2014

Another cavity with tooth colored white filling

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Here is cavity we filled:

Here is another example of a filling we did.  This patient had a cavity presented on tooth #2 (which is the upper right molar) in the distal pit (crevice towards the back of the tooth).  Sometimes a dark spot on a tooth can just be stain, but in this case, I was able to feel using a dental explorer that the area was soft and mushy.  That is how we are able to determine it was a cavity.  We numbed the patient up, and was able to finish this in less than 10 minutes from start to finish.  Infact, 5 of those minutes were waiting for the tooth to numb up.  We filled it with tooth colored filling which is better looking.  Another option is silver fillings, however we do not do silver fillings at our office.  Although silver fillings are deemed safe by the ADA, EPA, and many other agencies, we just avoid them as most patients prefer white fillings.  Another benefit of tooth colored fillings (composite fillings) is that it bonds to tooth structure.   This allows us to drill a lot less than a silver filling would require.  If you feel like you might have a cavity and would like to get it fixed give us a call : Peter Mani, DDS (951) 687-8700 We are located at 7759 California Ave, Riverside CA 92504.  (Photo is of actual filling done by Peter Mani, DDS.  Photo used with consent and permission of patient).  If you would like to see more examples of fillings we’ve done you can click our fillings page.

How do I replace missing teeth? An example of a bridge.

Example of a bridge by Peter Mani, DDS
Example of a bridge by Peter Mani, DDS

People lose their teeth in many ways. Some people lose their teeth to gum disease.  Some lose their teeth to sports related accidents.  This guy said he was in a car accident many years ago which caused him to lose his teeth.  He had always worn a flipper or a removable partial denture to replace his missing front teeth for years.  However he was getting tired of having to take his false teeth in and out.  There are generally two ways to replace missing teeth that are fixed in (don’t come in and out).  One way is dental implants and the other way is a bridge.   A bridge sometimes can be a good solution to replacing teeth, but every case is different.  The benefits of doing a bridge is that it generally can be more cost effective than doing implants.  You can generally also get good esthetic results.  The cons of doing a bridge is you do have to file or prep the anchor teeth of the bridge.  Also bridges require more oral hygiene to keep clean and healthy.  Usually of course the best option is prevention of losing teeth in the first place.  Losing a tooth can be life changing and can make a general difference in a person’s overall oral health.  So if you can avoid losing teeth in the first place, that is the best option of all.  If you want to find out if you are a good candidate for a bridge, the best way is to have your teeth evaluated.  If you are in the Riverside CA area we would be glad to evaluate your teeth and discuss your options to replace missing teeth.  (Photo of actual patient of Peter Mani, DDS in Riverside CA.  Photo used with consent and permission of patient)  About Peter Mani, DDS :  Peter Mani is a general dentist in Riverside CA.  He has been in practice over 12 years in the Riverside CA area.

Getting your teeth cleaned can help reduce heart risks

According to this article from USA Today, getting your teeth cleaned regularly can help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.  So if you haven’t been getting your teeth cleaned regularly, you might want to consider.  It is never too late to start.

About Peter Mani, DDS : Peter Mani is a general dentist from Riverside, CA who has been practicing for over 12 years.  If you would like to inquire more or discuss about teeth cleanings and the link to heart disease or stroke, give us a call at 951-687-8700.

Good dental health may help athletes succeed

 

having healthy teeth may help an athlete's success
having healthy teeth may help an athlete’s success

According to this article from BBC news, having healthy teeth may actually help athletes perform better.   It definitely makes sense.  If a athlete is having tooth pain, it will cause them to have worse performance.  The article states especially if the athlete can not rest fully due to tooth pain.

The study was done and published in the British journal of sports medicine.  If you are a athlete and want to take your game to the next level, you better brush your teeth.

Weekend dentist

We are one of the few dentists in Riverside CA who is open on Saturdays.   We open on Saturday from 8am to noon.  We do answer the phone after hours and throughout the weekend.  If you are a patient of record and have been seen recently we can often give advice for your dental need or even dental emergency.  We can even arrange to have the dentist come in on Sunday or after hours for a nominal fee.  So if you are looking for a dentist who works on Saturday give us a call.  If it is the weekend and you are in Riverside, CA or any of the other surrounding cities like Moreno Valley, Corona, Norco, Lake Elsinore, Colton, or even San Bernadino, give us a call at (951) 687-8700.  Have a great weekend!

Extraction follow up care

So you’ve had your tooth extracted today?  Your extraction won’t stop bleeding?  Here are some important steps to ensure proper healing of your extraction.

We are writing this instructions list for patient’s of Dr Peter Mani DDS, General dentist in Riverside CA.

First step is to bite on gauze provided by your dentist.  Put firm pressure on the extraction site.  This will allow a clot to form in the extraction socket.  Make sure to bite down and do not spit the blood out or saliva out as doing so will cause a suction and cause more bleeding to occur.  Also do not suck through a straw as this will cause more bleeding to occur as well.  If you were given any pain medication, sometimes it is a good idea to take the pain medication before the numbness / anesthesia wears off.  This will ensure the most comfort as soreness or pain is expected after an extraction.

Avoid eating grainy foods, stuff like popcorn kernels, rice, chips, and other small items will go into your extraction site and cause delayed healing.

If you smoke cigarettes or even use a e-cigarette or vape, discontinue while tooth extraction is healing.  Smoking can decrease the blood flow to an extraction site delaying the healing process.

If you run out of gauze and your extraction is still bleeding, you can also bite down on a tea bag.  This will help the bleeding slow down and or make the bleeding stop.  Bleeding can occur for many hours after an extraction, sometimes even up to a day later.  If you experience more than expected bleeding from a tooth extraction or the bleeding won’t stop from an extraction done at our office, give us a call at 951-687-8700.