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By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
April 18, 2022
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Untagged

Have you ever looked in the mirror and wished you could correct a few tooth-related issues? Cosmetic dentistry services offered in Fresno, CA, by Dr. Curt Posey can help you makeover your smile.

Cosmetic dentistry services and treatments improve the function and appearance of your smile. If you've lost a tooth, want to change the appearance of a few teeth, or need to strengthen or restore a damaged tooth, one of these choices may be right for you:

Dental Implants: Restoring missing teeth with dental implants offers a long-term tooth loss solution. Small titanium posts implanted in your jawbone bond to the bone, becoming a permanent part of your jaw. The posts act as roots for your new teeth and are topped with dental crowns to complete the restoration of your missing teeth.

Bonding: If you have chipped or cracked teeth your dentist may recommend this treatment. Using a dental bonding material, your dentist will fill and reshape your damaged teeth. 

Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening is an excellent option if your teeth have become dull and stained. Whitening can lighten teeth by three to eight shades and lasts for several years.

Veneers: Veneers offer a simple, yet ingenious, way to conceal tooth imperfections. Thin tooth-shaped shells cemented to the fronts of your teeth hide chips, cracks, discolorations, uneven surfaces, and other flaws. Veneers can also change the shape of teeth, add length to short teeth, close gaps, or whiten all of your teeth.

Renew your smile with cosmetic dentistry in Fresno, CA! Call Dr. Curt Posey at (559) 227-6755 to schedule your appointment.

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
February 18, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Five words no one welcomes: “You need a root canal.” But if you are delaying treatment because you are worried about pain and an uncomfortable day in the dentist’s chair, please think again! Modern root canal procedures are designed to repair your damaged tooth gently and efficiently and leave you with a restored natural tooth that can last a lifetime. Dr. Curt Posey in Fresno, CA, is a professional who can guarantee you the utmost care. 

Why might you need a root canal?

First, a little tooth biology. Each tooth has a crown (the part we see above the gums) and one or more roots (the part of our tooth below the gum line that is attached to the bone in our jaw). The tooth has three basic layers: the hard enamel and cementum that cover the outer crown and root, the softer dentin beneath that layer, and, on the inside, the pulp. Pulp is made of living tissue and contains the blood vessels and nerves that nourish the tooth and keep it vital.

Even with the protection the enamel and dentin provide, sometimes the pulp can be infected or damaged. If you have suffered an injury to your mouth or jaw, or an infection has developed from an opening in the tooth caused by a deep cavity or crack, you may need a root canal to prevent further infection, pain, and even tooth loss. Call our office immediately if you feel pain with chewing or pressure, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, swollen, and tender gums around a tooth, or tooth discoloration.

The Root Canal Procedure

If a root canal is necessary, the procedure is very straightforward. After the area around the tooth is numbed, we will make an opening in the crown to allow access to the pulp inside. Very small instruments will be used to clean the inner tooth and remove bacteria and dead or dying tissue. The area will be thoroughly disinfected, and the inside shaped and then filled and sealed. A temporary filling or crown might be placed on the tooth to prevent bacteria and food from entering the site if a permanent crown needs to be created. The entire process usually takes from one to three visits.

If we suggest a root canal, it is because this is the best way to save your tooth. Please feel free to talk to us about your particular needs and concerns. Which tooth is affected, how many roots are involved, what type of filling or crown might be best—we will work with you to provide all the information you need and all the options you have available.

Common Concerns

Are you concerned about pain?

The most painful part of a root canal is often the severe discomfort your tooth causes before treatment. And infections and damaged nerves can affect not only the injured tooth but the gums, tissue, and even bone surrounding it. With our modern dental techniques, a root canal procedure is often no more uncomfortable than a regular filling. The local anesthetic we use will prevent you from feeling any pain during the procedure, and, while the area around your tooth might be a bit sensitive following treatment, the pain caused by the infection or injury should be gone.

Are you anxious about the procedure?

If our dental treatment causes you anxiety, please let us know. There are several sedation options we can pursue to make this procedure less worrisome. Our goal is to make your treatment as gentle and comfortable as possible.

No one welcomes the news that a root canal is necessary, but with today’s procedures, this treatment can be just what you need to relieve your pain and keep your natural tooth where it belongs for many years to come. Dr. Curt Posey in Fresno, CA, is available by appointment when you call (559) 227-6755.

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
December 15, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you have lost a tooth and are looking for a dental solution that will provide you with a natural look and feel, consider if dental implants may be right for you. Dental implants can provide a permanent, natural-looking synthetic alternative to fill the gap in your smile and support your oral health. If you are looking for dental implants in Fresno, CA, consider the expertise of Dr. Curt Posey.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants consist of two main components that contribute to their natural look and feel. The first is the titanium screw, which is adhered to your jawbone through your gums so that the implant will not move around in your mouth, providing a sturdy synthetic alternative for a natural feel. The second component is the crown that is placed on top of the titanium screw. The crown is custom-made and molded by your dentist to seamlessly blend in with your existing teeth, creating the natural look you desire. With the durability of the titanium screw and the aesthetic appeal of the dental crown, your dental implants will provide you with a natural look and feel to replace your missing tooth.

Benefits of Dental Implants

In addition to providing durability and aesthetic appeal, dental implants in Fresno, CA, also have some oral health benefits. With dental implants, you will be able to bite and chew food better while also protecting your gums from wear and tear. This will create less strain on your existing teeth as your dental implant helps to provide structure and function to your mouth. Dental implants will help you to look and feel your best!

How to Get Started Today

If you or a loved one is seeking a synthetic tooth alternative but wants a natural look and feel, consider dental implants as a potential solution. If you are interested in getting dental implants in Fresno, CA, or would like more information, please contact Dr. Posey and his dental team by calling his office at (559) 227-6755.

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
October 21, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

A confident smile can be yours with the help of cosmetic dentistry.

Desiring a more attractive smile, whether that means a whiter or straighter smile, isn’t anything new. For centuries, people have been focused on ways to enhance and improve their smiles to make them feel and look their best. If you are ready to say goodbye to certain dental imperfections with the help of cosmetic dentistry, our Fresno, CA, dentist Dr. Curt Posey has you covered.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is a special field of dentistry that focuses on improving the overall esthetics of a person’s smile. The cosmetic dentistry services we offer here in Fresno, CA, can be tailored to your needs. After all, we know that no two smiles are ever the same, so we can easily adjust and alter your treatment to meet your cosmetic goals. Cosmetic dentistry can be an ideal treatment regardless of whether you’re dealing with minor flaws or more widespread issues. We treat it all!

What types of cosmetic dentistry are available?

We want our patients to have choices when it comes to the types of cosmetic dentistry services we offer here in Fresno, CA. We can treat most cosmetic issues with the help of these most popular cosmetic treatments,

● Teeth whitening: Dr. Posey can help you get your smile several shades whiter in one hour or less
● Dental bonding: Tooth-colored resin is bonded to areas of a tooth to cover small chips, cracks, discolorations and gaps between teeth
● Tooth and gum reshaping: Tissue or enamel is removed to reshape excess gum tissue and improve uneven gum lines, as well as improve the shape and size of oddly shaped or extremely pointy teeth
● Dental veneers: These thin porcelain shells cover the front of your teeth to hide most imperfections, helping you achieve a whiter, straighter and more symmetrical smile as a whole

Who is a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry?

Most healthy individuals who maintain good oral health are ideal candidates for cosmetic dentistry. If your smile is strong and healthy but has imperfections such as crookedness, gaps between teeth, discolorations and chips and cracks, then our dental team is here to help. Before getting cosmetic dentistry, we will need to take x-rays of your smile, as well as perform a thorough examination of your mouth to check for decay or gum disease. We want to make sure there are no oral diseases present before beginning treatment.

If you want to sit down with our Fresno, CA, family dentist Dr. Posey to discuss your cosmetic dentistry needs, then simply call us at (559) 227-6755 to schedule your initial consultation. It’s never too late to get the smile you want.

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
October 12, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dry Mouth  

Your dentist in Fresno, CA, can help with dry mouth.

Your saliva performs an important function. It acts as a buffer to protect your teeth from strong digestive acids. When you have a dry mouth, it means you don’t produce enough saliva to protect your teeth. A dry mouth also means your teeth and your smile can suffer.

The good news is, your dentist can help if you have a dry mouth. Dr. Curt Posey in Fresno, CA, provides a wide range of dental services, including treating dry mouth.

Many types of medications can cause dry mouth. You are at risk if you take:

  • Antidepressants
  • Antihistamines
  • Decongestants
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Appetite suppressants
  • Diuretics

Dry mouth can also be caused by:

  • Normal aging
  • Radiation to the area of your salivary glands
  • Cancer in the area of your salivary glands
  • Medical conditions involving your salivary glands

A dry mouth can lead to quite a few problems involving the health of your smile. Consider that dry mouth can cause:

  • Increased risk of tooth decay, leading to a need for fillings or crowns
  • Soft tissue irritation involving your gums, tongue, and cheeks
  • Increased risk of gum disease and periodontal disease
  • Digestive problems, because saliva helps break down your food

When you have a dry mouth, it’s important to practice an excellent program of oral hygiene to keep harmful bacteria levels low. Remember to:

  • Brush your teeth after you eat and before you go to sleep
  • Use a toothpaste containing fluoride to protect against tooth decay
  • Floss at least once each day

There are also over-the-counter products available, created specifically for dry mouth to help produce more saliva. Your dentist can also supply custom-fit fluoride trays, so you can give yourself fluoride treatments at home. Fluoride works to harden enamel and prevent tooth decay. Fluoride is a very effective way to protect your teeth against the effects of dry mouth.

Your smile doesn’t have to suffer if you have a dry mouth. To learn more about how to prevent dry mouth, talk with an expert. Call your dentist, Dr. Curt Posey in Fresno, CA, at (559) 227-6755 now and protect your smile!

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