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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.
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!

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
May 07, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants are not the only solution for correcting gaps in your smile, but compared to the alternatives, dental implants surpass them on many fronts. From durability to convenience, and just as importantly, aesthetics, dental implants might be your better option. They do represent a higher initial investment, including time, but the results are typically unmatched. If you would like to learn more about your options and dental implants themselves, reach out to your Fresno, CA, dentist Dr. Curt Posey.

Natural Look, Feel, and Function

Dental implants can look just like your natural teeth, even on very close inspection they can blend in with the rest of your smile. Cleaning them is also no different from how you would care for your regular teeth, with the added bonus that your new tooth cannot get a cavity. Furthermore, a dental implant will function just like any other tooth, and a lot of this has to do with the way they are supported.

Better Support

Without treating a gap in your smile your neighboring teeth will tend to shift into the unoccupied space. Which can lead to issues such as crowding. Dental bridges are a common method for treating missing teeth, but they require support from adjacent healthy teeth. These need to be reshaped in order to accept a crown to hold the replacement tooth. Dental implants, on the other hand, are supported much like your natural teeth. Instead of a root, a titanium post is permanently implanted directly onto the bone, which will support the new crown.

Implant-Supported Dentures

When you are looking to replace multiple teeth implant-supported dentures, both partial and full, can be your best choice. They only need a few dental implants to hold full or partial dentures and can eliminate some of the most common complaints people have about traditional dentures.

Dental Implants in Fresno, CA

Dental implants are made to last a very long time and can last a lifetime with proper care. They look and act just like a natural tooth. Their purpose is to be a permanent solution to tooth loss. If you are wondering if you're a candidate for the procedure, make an appointment today with Dr. Posey in Fresno, CA, by dialing (559) 227-6755.

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
June 10, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Tooth decay, periodontal disease, and injuries are the most common reasons why people experience tooth loss. Fortunately, with current technology, there are options to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are one of the highly recommended treatments by dentists to address the problem of a missing tooth. The implants are designed to replace the roots of the tooth to be the permanent replacement of the missing tooth.

Here in Fresno, CA, our dentist, Dr. Curt Posey, regularly uses dental implants for addressing tooth loss. To understand how these tooth restorations work, here are long-term benefits you can expect from dental implants.

Bone Growth

Missing teeth could cause the jawbone to deteriorate and shrink and cause multiple problems for you. However, dental implants can help stimulate bone growth as the titanium post begins to fuse with the jawbone. This means that you do not have to experience having a shrunken face or appearing older than you are.

As the dental implant continues to stimulate bone growth, you can expect the benefit of having a fuller and younger-looking face. It also translates to having a strong jawbone and healthy teeth as long as you take care of the implants properly.

Improved Eating

One of the challenges of missing teeth is that it can make eating difficult for you. Since dental implants are permanent solutions and function similar to your natural teeth, it returns your functionality to eat and chew properly. As the dental implant begins to secure itself in place, you can expect improved ability to eat and speak clearer.

Prevents Shifting

A problem with a missing tooth is that it causes the remaining teeth to move or shift because of the gap. Dental implants solve this problem by filling in the gap left behind by the missing tooth. Why is it important to keep your teeth from shifting? When your teeth move or shift it could cause discomfort, change your bite, and place your health in jeopardy.

So it follows that if you prevent your teeth from shifting, you can expect improved health. More importantly, you do not have to drastically change your oral hygiene habits to keep your dental implants healthy. Improved oral health also translates to an improvement in your overall health.

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Dial (559) 227-6755 to reach Dr. Curt Posey in Fresno, CA, and arrange an appointment.

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
May 11, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth loss  

Missing teeth affect the way you smile, talk, and eat. Tooth loss can also have an impact on the shape of your face and the structure of your jaw. Dental implants are a great solution to tooth loss, and here at the Fresno office of Dr. Curt P. Posey we offer this treatment to qualifying patients.

Causes of Tooth Loss

You can lose a tooth for one of several different reasons, such as:

  • Tooth decay
  • Trauma or injury
  • Gum disease
  • Poor eating habits
  • Poor diet
  • Aging

Negative Effects of Tooth Loss

When you lose one or more teeth, the longer you go without having the situation treated, the more harmful the effects are. The teeth adjacent to the gap begin to move to close the space. This shift can have a negative impact on your remaining teeth and on your bite.

As your teeth move, new spaces will begin to open between other teeth, allowing food to become trapped and increasing your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and eventually bone loss. Each time you bite or chew with fewer teeth than you need, the stress on your remaining teeth increases, resulting in extra wear. Furthermore, over time, you will begin to lose bone structure, leading to more sagging facial tissue.

Solution: Dental Implants

Fortunately, our Fresno practice offers a great way to avoid the negative impact of missing teeth—dental implants. Dental implants look and feel just like your natural teeth with a shape, contour, and color are designed to match your natural smile.

If you want to find out more about dental implants, call Dr. Curt P. Posey's Fresno office at (559) 227-6755.

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