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By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
July 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth loss can be stressful and embarrassing for patients to deal with. Some believe that it’s just a fact of life and they will have to live withdentures the gaps. But the spaces that have overcome your smile can be closed with partial or complete removable dentures. You can also recommit yourself to good oral hygiene to avoid more tooth loss. Explore your options with Dr. Curt Posey in Fresno, CA.

Benefits of Removeable Dentures 
According to U.S. Census data and a Simmons National Consumer Survey (NHCS), over 600,000 Americans say they wear dentures. These are some of the benefits of restoring your smile with removable dentures:

- Your Fresno, CA dentist can create a custom device that perfectly fills all of the gaps even if they are in different areas of your mouth.
- Since the device is removable, it can be thoroughly cleaned each night.
- Dentures can act as space maintainers, preventing your other teeth from moving around.
- Seeing your smile restored with dentures may encourage you to take better care of your oral hygiene.

Wearing Removeable Dentures
Partial dentures are designed to fill in gaps when there is one or more missing tooth in a row. Complete removable dentures cover the whole gumline, and are sometimes anchored with dental implants. The base of a standard denture is made of pink plastic that resembles the gums and the tooth is made of white composite resin or porcelain. Dentures have to be carefully adjusted and fit by your Fresno, CA dentist to work with your smile. It may take some time for you to get used to wearing them, but soon you’ll find a level of comfort when eating, smiling, and talking with others.

Taking Care of Your Dentures
You must look after your dentures if you want to preserve them for as long as possible. The average denture device will last about five to eight years before it needs to be adjusted or replaced. Here are some care tips:

- Get a special soft brush that you use to remove particles from around the denture after eating.
- Use a denture cleansing solution to soak your device while sleeping.
- Avoid using the denture to chew hard candies or open bottles to prevent cracking and chipping.
- Keep your denture case close by to store it and protect it from damage.

Restore Your Smile
Removeable dentures can completely change the way your smile looks and how you feel about your appearance. Call (559) 227-6755 today to consult with Dr. Curt Posey at his office in Fresno, CA.

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
January 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

You and your friend are discussing dental work, and she says she'd rather have an ailing tooth extracted than have it restored. After all, dental crownsaren't dental crowns expensive and complicated? Frankly, your friend is wrong. In the long run, crowns cost less and spare you the complex process of tooth replacement. If you have a tooth with significant enamel loss, cracks, multiple fillings or even abscess and decay, a porcelain crown (or cap) from your Fresno, CA dentist, Dr. Curt Posey, can bring your smile back to full health and great function--no extraction necessary.

Protect your tooth

Tooth loss is the last thing you want, and it's so unnecessary, too, when you can take advantage of a tried and true restorative procedure called the dental crown. A crown recreates natural tooth structure and protects remaining healthy enamel. In addition, when you choose restoration rather than extraction, you avoid the consequence of tooth loss such as:

  • Unattractive smile gaps
  • Bone loss
  • Gum recession
  • Remaining teeth drifting toward the empty space

Your Fresno dentist places a crown

Dr. Posey uses digital X-rays, an evaluation of your symptoms and oral examination to choose the best restoration for your tooth. If that's a crown, expect to spend two visits at the office--one for reshaping the tooth and the other for bonding the new crown in place.

Your new crown will look just like your natural tooth--only without the decay, fillings or defects which have compromised it in the first place. Dr. Posey typically uses porcelain as his material of choice. It's realistic, durable and versatile, meaning it can be used almost anywhere in the mouth.

Porcelain crowns also restore dental implants for superior tooth replacement and attach fixed bridgework to adjoining natural teeth. They cover abscessed teeth healed by root canal therapy, too. All in all, a crown is a great tool in the hands of a skilled dentist and a definite boon to the patient who wants a complete and healthy set of teeth.

Today's crowns fit accurately, modeled after oral impressions and Dr. Posey's specific treatment instructions. In addition, with routine brushing, flossing and cleanings with Dr. Posey and his team, these restorations last a decade or even more, says the American Dental Association. If you receive a crown and have issues with teeth clenching (bruxism), ask Dr. Posey about a night guard to reduce wear on your restoration.

Find out more

Dr. Posey will be happy to tell you all about dental crowns and how they're used. Contact him at his Fresno, CA office at (559) 227-6755 and arrange your consultation.

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
August 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth loss can affect your appearance and have many negative effects on your oral health. Dental implants are the gold standard in the dental implantsreplacement of missing teeth. Dr. Curt Posey is one of the finest dentists in Fresno, CA. He offers state-of-the-art dental implants to his patients. Read on to find out how dental implants can preserve your smile.

Improve Your Look

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. The absence of teeth can ruin a nice smile. Dental implant treatment can improve aesthetics- with teeth that look like your natural teeth. With dental implants, you will look and feel younger and more attractive. The confidence and joy a beautiful smile brings you is priceless. 

Improve Your Speech

With implants, the shape and function of the jaw are restored, improving speech. Dental implants allow you to speak normally, so you're not embarrassed. Wearing a conventional denture can mean struggling to pronounce words. Not so with implants, which function like real teeth.

Prevent Teeth Shifting

The absence of teeth is one of the most common causes for shifting teeth. Once a tooth is lost, the existing teeth begin to drift out of place. It can be disheartening for people with missing teeth to see their teeth drifting out of place. Dental implants will prevent your existing teeth from shifting and keep your smile healthy. 

Stop Bone Loss

The natural erosion of jawbone begins as soon as a tooth is lost, and if left untreated, this may result in the loss of other teeth and could cause facial sagging. Dental implants integrate with the jawbone, providing a stimulus that keeps the bone from deteriorating.

Help You Chew Food

Tooth loss can make eating difficult. Dental implants will allow you to eat your favorite foods without discomfort. Implants restore lost teeth so that they function like natural teeth. With strong, full functioning dental implants, patients can expand their diets and eat healthier foods again. Consult with a dentist in Fresno to find out if dental implants are right for you.

Dental implants will give you more than just beautiful teeth. They will also improve the quality of your life. Don't wait another minute- call Dr. Curt Posey at 559-227-6755 right now to schedule an appointment in Fresno, CA. Don't you owe it to yourself to get your smile back?

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
December 02, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn more about dental implants from your Fresno dentist.

Your smile doesn't have to change forever after tooth loss. Dental implants offer a long-lasting solution to a lost tooth. Dr. Curt Posey, dental implantsyour Fresno, CA dentist, explains how you can benefit from dental implants.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant looks like a small metal screw. It's placed in an opening in your jawbone during a minor surgical procedure and soon bonds to the bone, replacing your natural tooth roots. Bonding usually takes about three to six months. In some cases, you may need a bone graft before you can receive the implant, which lengthens the process slightly. After bonding occurs, your dentist attaches a crown to the top of the implant.

Implants improve your smile in several ways

Dental implants offer these benefits:

  • A Complete Smile: Losing a tooth can affect your self-esteem, particularly if the gap in your smile is very noticeable. Dental implants close the gap and help you feel much better about your appearance.
  • No More Soft Food: The loss of one or more teeth can make chewing much more difficult. You may have trouble eating hard foods or must cut foods into tiny pieces. Once you receive your new crown, you'll be able to eat whatever you want. Since the implant is securely anchored in your jawbone, it's just as stable as your natural teeth and doesn't decrease your biting power.
  • Easier Cleaning: Losing a tooth can have consequences that you never expected. Sometimes, your other teeth begin to drift toward the opening after you lose a tooth. As the teeth try to fill the gap in your smile, they start to overlap. Removing plaque from these areas becomes impossible, which can raise your risk of tooth decay. Dental implants prevent teeth from moving and make brushing and flossing easier.
  • Reduced Chance of Jawbone Weakening: Did you know that the roots of your teeth keep your jawbone strong by exerting constant pressure on it? When you lose a tooth, the area of the bone underneath eventually begins to shrink, which can lead to sagging of the muscles in your lower face and tooth loss. Dental implants help you avoid these problems by preventing jawbone loss.

Dental implants can transform your smile! Call Dr. Posey, your Fresno, CA dentist, at (559) 227-6755 to schedule your implant consultation.

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
March 28, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

People have been replacing their missing teeth throughout the course of history. There is evidence of our ancestors using stone, bone, dental implantsgold and animal teeth in place of their missing teeth. As far back as 2500 BC, the ancient Egyptians had dental devices resembling modern day dental bridges to fill in their gaps. In modern times, the most efficient and permanent way to replace your missing tooth is with a dental implant. From the office of Dr. Curt Posey in Fresno, CA, here is some information on dental implants.

What are dental implants? 
Dental implants are a dental restoration to replace a missing tooth. However, what makes implants special is that, unlike a dental bridge or dentures, they also replace the tooth’s root. A biocompatible titanium cylinder integrated into the jawbone below the missing tooth serves as a sturdy foundation for the replacement tooth. Additionally, implants are made to last a lifetime with the proper care. This makes a strong at-home oral care routine crucial to the life of your implant. Brush twice daily and floss at least once. Also, be sure to see your Fresno dentist at least twice a year for regular examinations and cleanings.

What can dental implants do? 
Implants can replace one or many teeth depending on the situation and the placement of the implants themselves. Single tooth replacements require a single implant situated in the tooth’s socket and a single crown to replace the tooth. However, you may choose to replace several of your teeth using strategically placed implants throughout your mouth. For example, if you are missing three teeth in a row, two implants on either side holds a dental bridge made up of three prosthetic teeth in place. This means your bridge attaches to the implant rather than your healthy natural teeth, leaving them intact. Additionally, if you are missing all your teeth, four implants placed along the arch hold a full denture permanently in place. Removable dentures can also be latched onto dental implants to secure them into place.

The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants, unlike dentures, are permanent and effective. Your implants will look, feel and function exactly like your natural teeth. This allows you to eat the foods you love and speak freely without the fear of your dentures moving around or falling out. Care for your implants exactly as you would your natural teeth, with regular brushing, flossing and dental examinations. Finally, dental implants restore your smile, leaving you looking great and feeling even better.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Curt P. Posey in Fresno, CA. Call (559) 227-6755 to speak with an associate about scheduling your consultation for dental implants.

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7078 N. Maple Ave. Ste #105
Fresno, CA 93720
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