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Here is another denture we completed. Our patient traveled from the mid-west to get his dentures. You can see the dramatic difference from before and after. He was suffering from missing teeth, gum disease, and cavities too. But now he can smile with confidence because of his new dentures.
Photo used with patient’s consent and permission.
Here is an example of a patient who came to us to get an opinion about making dentures. The patient was complaining of loose teeth, difficulty eating, smelly breath, pain on biting. What the patient was suffering from was severe gum disease. We considered trying to salvage some teeth but every single tooth he had was loose and dentures was the only option he had. So we extracted all his remaining teeth and made him a set of dentures.
At first he was very apprehensive with the idea of having dentures but when he looked in the mirror after it was all done, he was very happy with the result. There is a learning curve as far as getting used to dentures but the patient is well on his way to mastering dentures. In no time, he won’t even notice he is wearing dentures. This is indeed a life changing point in his life. He was embarrassed to smile before but now he can smile with confidence!
Photo used with consent and permission from patient.
The truth about dentures
Want to know the truth about dentures? A good quote I’ve always heard and believe in is “dentures are an alternative to having no teeth.” So if you already have no teeth then obviously dentures would be a good way to get teeth back in your mouth. But other examples would include gum disease, gross decay, missing teeth causing difficulty eating or chewing.
In reality you want to try to avoid dentures if possible, however in some cases it is not possible to avoid dentures. Dentures can look great but it can take some time getting used to the feeling of wearing dentures. Often the upper denture is easier to use but a bottom denture will take effort on the patient’s behalf to be able to use. The reason is an upper denture has the surface area of the palate to help create retention/suction allowing it to stay in easier. The bottom denture doesn’t have as much surface area due to the tongue causing it to feel like it is popping or flopping up. The patient must practice wearing a lower denture and spend quite a bit of time coordinating the lip, tongue, cheek muscles to keep a lower denture in place. If a patient doesn’t put the time to practice wearing their lower denture they will not learn to use a lower denture. It is almost like an acquired skill like learning to ride a bicycle.
The most common reasons people need dentures are gum disease and/or decay of the teeth. Below is a photo of a patient with decayed teeth which were beyond fixing. If your teeth are loose and wobbly where you are having a difficult time eating then you are a candidate for dentures. If your teeth have decay and cavities beyond being fixable then you are a good candidate for dentures. In fact if you are missing most of your teeth and only have a few teeth left on each arch where you have a hard time eating you could be a good candidate for dentures as well.
Below is an example of a patient with missing and decayed teeth beyond fixing who was able to fix their smile with dentures. Photo is of an actual patient of Peter Mani DDS and photo used with patient’s permission and consent.
This is the 2nd part of a our series on all about dentures. Here is a link to part 1.
Oral Hygiene : Importance of brushing your teeth before going to sleep
There was an article that discusses about the importance of brushing your teeth before sleeping. In the article it explains how the ADA (american dental association) recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day. But we believe that brushing after every meal can be even more beneficial. Whenever you eat or drink, bacteria begins breaking down those foods and leave plaque on your teeth. That plaque sits on your teeth and damages your gums and teeth. Brushing your teeth disrupts the process preventing damage to your teeth and gums. If you don’t brush before you sleep, the bacteria, plaque have many hours to sit and destroy your teeth. Oh yeah, don’t forget to floss too.
If you have questions about oral hygiene, brushing before you sleep, plaque or anything else discussed in this post, feel free to contact us at 951-687-8700. Peter Mani DDS is a general dentist in Riverside CA.
Peter Mani DDS is a preferred provider of delta dental insurance. We currently accept delta dental premier and delta dental PPO. We currently do not take delta dental hmo also known as delta care. Many dentists in Riverside CA take delta dental but not all are preferred or contracted providers with delta dental. Some employers that offer Delta Dental Riverside CA dental insurance plans include Riverside Unified School District, County of Riverside, City of Riverside, Kaiser Permanente, Alvord Unified School District, UC Riverside, California Highway Patrol, Cal State University, Walt Disney and many more.
So what is the benefits of going to a delta dental contracted provider? The fees are set by delta dental and will generally minimize out of pocket co payments. Generally periodic exams and cleanings have no copay if you have delta dental premier or PPO.
If you have any questions about delta dental riverside ca insurance plans give Peter Mani DDS a call at 951-687-8700 and we will be happy to answer any questions.
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Did you know we speak many languages at our office? In addition to English, we speak Thai, Laos, and Spanish as well. We have patients come from throughout Southern California looking for a dentist who speaks Thai and Laos. Dr Mani is one of the few Thai and Laos speaking dentists in Riverside County.
Peter Mani DDS
7759 California Ave
Riverside CA 92504
According to the new manual of criteria from denti-cal, 4 bitewing check up xrays on children under the age of 10 will no longer be covered. They will only allow 2 xrays. This is not good because it will make it more difficult to detect cavities on children under the age of 10. This change took effect June 1st 2014. Now your child will only be allowed 2 bitewing check up xrays when coming to get their teeth cleaned. It is a set back for children under the age of 10 years old. However, children can help prevent cavities but continuing to brush and floss regularly after every meal. If your child is over 10 years old they will still allow 4 bitewing checkup xrays. If you have questions about the denti-cal program for children in the Riverside CA area, you can call us at 951-687-8700. This article is more useful information for denti-cal dentists in Riverside CA but it can be useful information for denti-cal patients as well. Denti-cal is California’s verision of Medicaid. Often times if the patient has IEHP, molina, or medi-cal then they also have denti-cal.
Oral Health Report California
According to Childrennow.org, California is doing a poor job at helping children get oral health. Although the report card is from earlier this year, most of the article still applies to today.
“By kindergarten, over 50% of children in California have already experienced dental decay and 28% have untreated decay. Children who reported having recent tooth pain were 4 times more likely to have a low grade point average.” What this points out obviously is it is important for your kids to get dental care as it may cause poor performance in school.
“Thirteen rural counties do not have any dentists listed as a Medi-cal provider.” Luckily for us, Riverside County is not one of those counties. However there are still many kids in Riverside county who have not received dental care.
Unfortunately, too few children receive basic oral health care. Approximately 20% of California children under the age of 12 have never been to the dentist. But let me add to this that it is never too late to bring your kid in. If you are int the Riverside CA area and need a dentist give us a call (951) 687-8700. Help us help improve the oral health report California. (Image courtesy of childrennow.org)