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Restorative Dentistry

How Do I Get a Better Fit for My Dentures?

Living with missing teeth can be debilitating for many reasons, ranging from a loss of biting function to an impaired smile. Dentures have served as an effective way to replace an entire row of lost teeth for many decades, but they’re not a perfect solution for some patients. In addition to gum slippage and irritation caused by these restorations, dentures may also prevent you from eating your favorite foods. Plus, […]

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How to Repair Widespread Tooth Damage

As unpredictable life events unfold, we understand that there are many reasons why individuals may experience widespread damage to the teeth and mouth. Extensive dental issues may result from financial reasons, dental anxiety, an oral injury, or unavoidable life circumstances that result in a lack of regular care. In general, those who contend with numerous dental issues may struggle with some combination of:  Missing or crooked teeth A painful or […]

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Multispecialty Dental Team in La Jolla Offers One-Stop Shop for Smile Reconstruction

La Jolla Dental Team Performs In-House Smile Reconstruction

The interdisciplinary team at Scripps Center for Dental Care, a leading practice in Southern California, is composed of specialists from every field of dentistry, providing San Diego patients with one all-encompassing location for cosmetic, restorative, preventive, and surgical dental services. La Jolla, CA — While some patients’ dental needs may only be limited to routine check-ups and semi-annual cleanings, most people require services that go beyond the capabilities of preventative […]

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Does Wearing Dentures Affect Nutrition?

Dentures are sets of artificial teeth designed to replace the entirety of the upper and/or lower dental arches. These prostheses have been utilized for decades and are often considered a go-to technique to resolve the dental needs of seniors and adults with widespread tooth loss. While removable dentures can indeed restore a patient’s smile and ability to bite, recent studies have indicated that the limitations presented by these restorations may […]

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Consequences of Tooth Loss

Tooth loss can occur for any number of reasons, whether your teeth were avulsed (knocked out) in an accident or extracted due to severe decay. Regardless of the cause, missing teeth can negatively affect your wellness in multiple ways, including: Physiological: With empty spaces in your dental arches, surrounding teeth can loosen and shift, resulting in changes to your bite. This can compromise proper jaw alignment and potentially warrant treatment […]

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How to Choose the Best Dentist For Dental Implants

Selecting a Top Dental Team to Place Your Dental Implants

Considered the “gold standard” for replacing missing teeth, dental implants typically require a multi-stage treatment plan to effectively restore lost form and function. Dr. John Weston and Dr. Nicholas Marongiu of Scripps Center for Dental Care delineate what patients should look for when selecting a skilled implant dentist for their needs. San Diego, CA — Dental implants offer unrivaled security and long-term results when compared to other tooth replacement options. […]

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How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

Porcelain crowns have a variety of uses that work with the ultimate goal of reinforcing and strengthening your tooth. When a tooth has been weakened by decay, a root canal, or a dental injury, dental crowns function as durable yet hollow “caps” that are placed over the enamel to shield it from further damage. Thanks to the realistic appearance afforded by porcelain, the dental crowns from our San Diego cosmetic […]

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What is the Difference Between All-on-4 and Dentures?

Attached dentures and All-on-4® implant dentures are both effective ways to replace an entire row of missing teeth, but the similarities between the two treatments generally end there. Dentures can indeed help circumvent some of the cosmetic and functional issues caused by missing teeth, but they often lack the security and comfort that allow individuals to eat, drink, and speak with confidence. Since they are fastened to the gums with […]

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Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

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Dental implants have long been considered the gold standard of tooth replacement, boasting a success rate of nearly 98 percent according to the Journal of Oral Implantology. The popularity of dental implants is due, in part, to the long-lasting results provided by the restoration. When properly placed, dental implants can provide decades of use. While implant failure is rare, it is possible if certain factors before or after the osseointegration […]

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Am I a Candidate for Implant Dentures?

Restoring the smile after tooth loss can provide a multitude of benefits, but many patients fear they are not ideal candidates for what is considered the best technique: dental implants. Fortunately, even if you are unable to have a full set of dental implants, implant dentures can be a great alternative. Implant-supported dentures typically use four to six implants to secure a full arch fixed appliance. As a result, this […]

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