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By Curt P. Posey, DDS
March 20, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental ImplantsLearn more about this tooth replacement option and how it can transform your smile.

If you’ve been looking for a long-term solution for replacing one, several or all of your teeth, and you want a more resilient and stable solution than dentures, then dental implants might be the best option for you. Find out more about getting dental implants from your Fresno, CA dentist Curt P. Posey, DDS, and what he can do to improve your smile!

About Dental Implants

Dental implants act just like a tooth’s root, and hold an artificial tooth securely in place. A dental implant consists of three parts: the implant itself, an abutment (or connector) and a dental crown. The implant looks like a metal screw or post and it’s usually made from titanium. An abutment is placed on top of the implant to help connect the implant to the dental crown.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

If you’ve looked into dentures or dental bridges, you’ve probably been weighing your options against dental implants. Dental implants:

  • Significantly improve and restore your smile
  • Are designed to last a lifetime
  • Don’t require special care or treatment
  • Are easy to clean and care for
  • Don’t need to be replaced (unlike bridges or dentures)
  • Are strong and resilient
  • Become permanent dental structures within your mouth
  • Preserve jawbone health and facial structure
  • Promote the growth of new jawbone cells
  • Prevent bone loss

Dental Implant Candidates

Dental implants can be a wonderful way to replace missing teeth. However, the procedure isn’t for everyone. Patients who opt for implants should be in good health and not dealing with untreated gum disease, decay or suffering from an uncontrolled chronic disease like diabetes. Patients should also have a strong, healthy immune system.

We also highly recommend that dental implant candidates be non-smokers, as smokers are more likely to have implant failure. Furthermore, children and early teens are not appropriate candidates for dental implants, as their jawbone has not fully developed.

If you are interested in finding out more about dental implants, contact your Fresno, CA dentist, Dr. Curt P. Posey, today to schedule a consultation.

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
March 16, 2015
Category: Oral Health

Lots of people collect Beatles memorabilia, but one Canadian dentist took this hobby to new heights recently when he paid $31,200 for John Lennon's molar at auction. According to published reports, Lennon had given the extracted tooth to his housekeeper as a souvenir in the 1960s after coming home from the dentist's office. The molar was discolored and had a cavity, according to the dentist who purchased it after the housekeeper's family put it up for bids. “For the cavity to be this large he probably wasn't seeing a dentist that regularly,” the dentist said. His brushing and flossing routine may not have been that conscientious either!

For healthy teeth, it's important to have a good daily oral hygiene routine at home and regular professional cleanings here at the office. Our hygienist will scale your teeth to remove hard deposits (tartar), and polish them to remove stains for a wonderful, extra-clean feeling.

Dental hygienists are trained to do lots of other things to promote your oral health besides cleaning your teeth. They can check the skin in and around your mouth looking for any suspicious bumps, sores, etc., that may need further evaluation. They will also evaluate your periodontal health (“peri” – around; “odont” – tooth), checking for signs of gum inflammation and bleeding (gingivitis). And they monitor teeth for signs of decay, which is actually the world's most widespread disease.

Cavities, or dental caries as it is also known, are the most notable consequences of tooth decay. Left untreated, caries can lead to pain and tooth loss. John Lennon's dentist must have believed there was nothing more to be done for the badly decayed molar that later went on to fetch such a high price.

Unless you're a rock star, your teeth are worth a lot more in a healthy and functioning state — inside your mouth! So if it's been a while since your last appointment, please come in and see us. Remember: Good dental health is priceless.

If you would like more information on tooth decay, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article, “Tooth Decay.” Dear Doctor also has more on the “Dental Hygiene Visit.”

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
March 06, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  

In our constant battle against infectious disease, the “enemy” is often too close for comfort: hospitals and other medical facilities must be ever vigilant against opportunistic infections their patients may contract while in their care.

Dental offices are no exception. Because even the simplest procedure — a dental cleaning, for example — may result in exposure, providers and patients alike face a possible health risk. We must be especially concerned with blood-borne viral infections — spread by person to person contact through blood — the most serious being hepatitis B and C, and HIV/AIDS.

Hepatitis is a viral inflammatory disease that disrupts the critical functions of the liver, particularly as it cleanses and regulates the blood, and cause serious bodily impairment or death. The virus can be transmitted when the blood from an infected person makes its way into the bloodstream of another person, mainly through cuts or a needle injection. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can lead to the chronic condition AIDS that destroys the body’s immune system; it spreads mainly through sexual contact, as well as through person to person blood contact.

The best defense against the spread of these diseases in dental offices or other healthcare settings is to eliminate as much as possible any opportunity for blood-to-blood contact. To accomplish this, all healthcare providers, including dentists, are mandated by federal, state and local authorities to incorporate and follow routine safety precautions. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues regularly updated comprehensive guidelines for protocols and procedures to disinfect and sterilize equipment and facilities.

We dentists and our clinical staffs are also mandated by state licensing boards to refresh our knowledge of infection control procedures through continuing education. Such procedures cover every aspect of infection control, from barrier protection — by way of gloves, masks or gowns — to instrument disinfection.

Protecting patients as well as providers from the spread of infection is one of our profession’s highest standards. As a result, incidents of infection among the 170,000 practicing dentists in the United States are rare. You can be assured, then, that we’re taking every precaution to keep you and your family safe from disease when you visit our office.

If you would like more information on dental office procedures to prevent the spread of infection, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Infection Control in the Dental Office.”

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Curt P. Posey, DDS, INC.
7078 N. Maple Ave. Ste #105
Fresno, CA 93720
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