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Loma Linda Risk Management dental insurance

Starting January 1st 2019, Linda Linda Risk Management dental insurance is starting a new dental PPO plan.  We are proud to announce that we will be in network with LLU Risk Management dental PPO.  We will be one of the exclusive offices in Riverside CA that will be in network with Loma Linda Risk Management.

You will be able to get your regular check ups and cleanings convered by your insurance often at no cost to you!   Loma Linda Risk Management sets the fees and we will be contracted and accept their fees.  Even if you don’t live in Loma Linda, come see us in Riverside.  We get Loma Linda employees from all over, Riverside, Corona, Redlands, Menifee, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Colton, Grand Terrace, San Bernardino and many more.

For more information give us a call.

Another happy denture patient July 2017

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.

Another happy denture patient

Severe gum disease leading to dentures

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

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.

The truth about dentures
Dentures by Peter Mani DDS

This is the 2nd part of a our series on all about dentures.  Here is a link to part 1.

Oral Hygiene : Make sure you brush your teeth before going to sleep

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.