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By John Stockdale, D.D.S.
November 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth extraction  

At Renaissance Dental Care, your healthy teeth and gums is our first priority. However, we know that life happens and so does tooth tooth extractionextraction. Your Rancho Cucamonga, CA dentist, Dr. John Stockdale, will evaluate your problem tooth and tell you if it can be saved or needs extraction. If the tooth must be pulled, count on Dr. Stockdale and his team at Renaissance Dental Care to accomplish it quickly and comfortably. Read here about why a tooth sometimes requires extraction.

Reasons for tooth extraction

The Oral Health Foundation states that almost three-quarters of adults have experienced tooth extraction. So don't think you're alone or odd because Dr. Stockdale says a particular tooth must go. Also, count on his knowledge and years of experience to tell you if a tooth is beyond repair.

Here are some common reasons why a tooth should be pulled:

  • Extensive decay
  • Mobility from gum disease or injury
  • Impaction, or encasement in bone or tissue, as may happen with wisdom teeth
  • Baby teeth blocking adult teeth
  • Severe overcrowding
  • Intrusion on orthodontic correction
  • Root fracture
  • Deterioration of supporting bone
  • Blocking radiation therapy for cancer

Your dentist in Rancho Cucamonga may have other reasons for tooth extraction. Rest assured, however, that if he recommends extraction, he also will supply a way to replace that tooth--either through fixed bridgework, a partial denture or a dental implant.

The extraction procedure

There are two ways to extract a tooth. Both may be accomplished with local anesthetic to numb the area surrounding the tooth. Also, Dr. Stockdale may advise other sedation options to keep you comfortable depending on the nature of the extraction.

The most common kind of extraction is the simple extraction. With this procedure, Dr. Stockdale loosens the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. Then, he grasps the crown of the tooth with a forceps and pulls it out. He sutures the site closed and asks you to bite on sterile gauze to quell bleeding.

The other kind of extraction is surgical extraction. This treatment works for teeth fractured below the gum line or that must be removed in pieces. Impacted wisdom teeth often need surgical extraction.

After care

At home, extraction patients should rest until the next day and apply ice to the jaw to decrease swelling. Also, a clear liquid diet is best for the first day (broth, jello and juices). Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain, and if Dr. Stockdale prescribes antibiotics, take them as directed. Rinse with warm salt water for two to three days.

Also, take care of your sutures. Avoid drinking with a straw or smoking as the suction can dislodge sutures and the blood clot forming in the socket. Advance to a soft diet on day two as tolerated, and see Dr. Stockdale for suture removal. Call the office with sudden bleeding or pain.

Don't worry

At Renaissance Dental Care in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, your extraction and recovery will go well. If you have a worrisome tooth, please call the office at (909) 987-0040 for a personal consultation.

By John Stockdale, D.D.S.
August 31, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Experiencing pain anywhere in the teeth, gums or mouth is often a sign of oral health problems, such as the presence of cavities or gum root canaldisease. Certain types of pain and discomfort are signs you may need a root canal. If you do need a root canal, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible in order to prevent additional oral health problems from occurring. At Renaissance Dental Care, Dr. John Stockdale is your Rancho Cucamonga dentist for performing root canals and treating other oral health problems.

Signs and Symptoms

There are several signs and symptoms you may need a root canal. When you recognize any of the signs, see your Rancho Cucamonga dentist for evaluation and treatment. Signs you may need a root canal include:

  • Chronic pain or pressure in the mouth
  • Severe oral pain, particularly in the teeth
  • Sharp pain when biting down or chewing
  • Sensitivity and pain when consuming hot or cold foods and beverages

Root Canal Treatment

When tooth decay spreads from the soft pulpy center of a tooth down into the root, an abscess can form below the tooth. If an abscess develops, a root canal is necessary to preserve the tooth. An untreated abscess can lead to additional complications, including extraction of the infected tooth. Root canal treatment is similar to the procedure for filling a cavity. The dentist removes the decayed and infected area. The area is thoroughly cleaned, then filled in. Following a root canal procedure, the treated tooth will be strong and healthy once again.

Benefits of Root Canals

The thought of undergoing a root canal is intimidating for many patients. However, the procedure is not scary at all and is similar to having a cavity filled. Further, there are several benefits to having a root canal.

  • Root canals preserve the natural teeth.
  • Root canals make it possible to avoid extraction of infected teeth.
  • Root canals strengthen teeth weakened by infection and decay with the use of a dental crown.
  • Root canals restore regular tooth functions, such as biting and chewing.
  • Root canals protect the surrounding teeth by reducing strain on them.
  • The root canal procedure is a simple one similar to filling a cavity.

There are several signs you may need a root canal. If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms, see Dr. Stockdale, your Rancho Cucamonga dentist. To schedule an appointment, contact Renaissance Dental Care at (909) 987-0040.

By John Stockdale, D.D.S.
July 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: All-on-4  

Missing all your teeth has a huge effect on both your confidence and your health. However, not understanding the options for replacingAll-on-4 them can end up with facing a difficult choice. Luckily, your dentist can help educate you on your tooth replacement options to choose the best one for you. One of these options, All-on-4 dentures, is a permanent and effective way to replace your teeth. Find out more about All-on-4 dentures with Dr. John Stockdale at Renaissance Dental Care in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

What are All-on-4 dentures?
All-on-4 dentures utilize dental implant technology to securely and permanently hold a denture in place. Implants, which dentists place within the jawbone during an oral surgery, integrate into the bone over time. This creates a permanent foundation on which the denture fits. Dental implants are safe and effective, requiring several appointments to place and maintain, but lasting a lifetime with the proper care. Since the implants replace the teeth's roots, they stimulate the bone enough to decrease the chances of bone atrophy. Additionally, replacing your missing teeth will make eating and speaking easier and more effective. All-on-4 fit permanently into the mouth, not requiring you to take them out for cleaning.

What can I expect from an All-on-4 procedure?
The procedure will take place in two main phases. The first phase will include the actual placement surgery and the healing time between the surgery and placing the denture. In some cases, your dentist may be able to place the denture immediately after placing the fixtures. Since the rear two implants lie at a 45-degree angle to take advantage of the remaining bone, bone grafting is not often required for an All-on-4 procedure. While the procedure will require significant healing times, your implants should last a lifetime and allow you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence for years to come.

All-on-4 Dentures in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
If you think you could benefit from All-on-4 dentures, you should consult with your dentist to determine if this is the best treatment option for you. Candidates should be in good dental health and able to undergo a surgical procedure. For more information on All-on-4 dentures, please contact Dr. Stockdale at Renaissance Dental Care in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Call (909) 987-0040 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Stockdale today!

By John Stockdale, D.D.S.
May 23, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Find out if the care you are giving your smile everyday is enough to keep it healthy.oral hygiene

You may think you know what keeps your smile healthy and what habits and other factors could contribute to decay and gum disease, but are you doing everything you should on a daily basis to ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy? Our Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist, Dr. John Stockdale, offers up some advice on how to maintain the very best oral health.

Use the Right Dental Tools

While the techniques you use for keeping your teeth and gums clean is of the utmost importance, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be a bit choosy about the types of tools you use to do the job. Here are some tips to follow:

  • Always choose a soft-bristled toothbrush, which will be gentle enough on your teeth to not damage enamel but will still be able to efficiently clean your teeth.
  • The type of floss you choose to use is your own personal preference, but if you have braces or large gaps between your teeth you may want to consider interdental brushes instead.
  • Always use an ADA-approved fluoridate toothpaste, which can help to prevent decay and strengthen tooth enamel.

Technique is Key

While most people think they know how to brush and floss their teeth, they may be surprised to find out that they are missing a crucial step or aren’t doing something right. This is where our Rancho Cucamonga general dentist comes in to help brush up on how you brush and floss your teeth.

Brushing

  • Always angle the toothbrush 45 degrees at the gumline
  • Use a back-and-forth motion to clean the front of your teeth
  • Don’t forget to brush in an up-and-down motion on the back surfaces of the teeth
  • Make sure to also brush your tongue, which harbors a lot of bacteria

Flossing

  • Make sure to use a generous amount of floss every time you floss (about 15-18 inches)
  • Hold it between the thumb and forefinger on both hands and pull it taut
  • Then, carefully wiggle the floss into the space between your teeth
  • Make sure to hug the sides of each tooth and move the floss up and down to dislodge plaque and food
  • Also, don’t forget to floss along the gumline
  • Be careful when removing floss from between each space. You never want to pull it or force it from between teeth, as it can cause damage.

Regardless of whether you have questions about how to care for your smile or you need to get professional teeth cleaning, call Renaissance Dental Care in Rancho Cucamonga to get the answers and dental care you deserve.

By John Stockdale, D.D.S.
February 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn about dental implants from your Rancho Cucamonga dentist.dental implants

Are you ready for a brand new smile? Dental implants are a popular, long-term solution for people with missing teeth. Renaissance Dental Care in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, offers state-of-the-art dental implants to their patients. Dr. John Stockdale is one of the country's finest dentists. Read on to get answers to frequently asked questions about dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are an aesthetic alternative to dentures and bridgework. Implants are small anchors made of titanium that are inserted into the jawbone to take the place of your missing tooth roots. After the bone has bonded to the implants, replacement teeth are secured to the top of the implants.

Why Do People Choose Implants?

The decision to replace your missing teeth with dental implants is an excellent investment in your appearance and the quality of your life. Implants will make your smile whole again. They will fill out a face that otherwise would look sunken because of lost teeth. Dental implants will also help restore your ability to chew food.

Are Dental Implants Right For You?

You are an ideal dental implant candidate if you have healthy gums and adequate bone to support implants. You must be committed to thorough dental hygiene to keep your smile healthy and schedule regular dental visits. If you want to get your smile back, ask your dentist if dental implants are an option for you.

How Do I Care For Dental Implants? 

Good oral hygiene must take place before, during and after placement of implants to keep them healthy. Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require conscientious at-home oral care and regular dental visits. In order to keep your new dental implants plaque-free, brushing and flossing still apply.

What Will Happen Without Treatment?

One or more missing teeth can have many negative effects on your oral health including shifting of teeth and changes in the jaw joint. Without treatment, your jawbone will begin to shrink from lack of stimulation. Losing your teeth will also affect your smile and change the shape of your face, causing you to look prematurely aged.

You look so much better when you smile. Make your smile your signature accessory. Call Renaissance Dental Care in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, at (909) 987-0040 right now to schedule your consultation with Dr. Stockdale. Don't you owe it to yourself to get your smile back? 





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