Dr. Dale E. Stringer D.D.S. proudly serves Riverside, Corona, Temecula, Ontario, Moreno Valley, Mira Loma, Lake Hills, Canyon Crest, Loma Linda, Hemet, Murrieta, Colton, San Bernardino and Victorville
Dental implants are designed for the person who has one or more missing teeth and wants a replacement that will look, feel and function like their own natural teeth. Implants regain the patient's ability to function as they did before, eating their choice of foods, speaking and laughing with people, having a pleasing smile, as well as maintaining facial contouring and structure that may have deteriorated with time due to missing teeth.
Dental implants have virtually given back to many patients the simple joys of life and the personal confidence that they are searching for. Implants are small titanium steel posts, which are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. They act as “root substitutes” for the future placement of artificial teeth. These titanium fixtures can support crowns, bridges or dentures and can be used to replace single or multiple teeth. Bone surrounding the implants integrates with the posts, becoming a solid foundation for the replacement teeth.
The placement of dental implants is a gentle, non-traumatic surgical procedure carried out in two phases. Your oral surgeon works closely with your restorative dentist, who custom-makes and fits your new teeth. You are an essential part of a very important team, designed and motivated to make your decision to have dental implants a tremendous success.
Wisdom teeth, also known as your third molars, are the last teeth to erupt in the mouth. When they emerge properly with the rest of your teeth, and the surrounding gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not necessarily need to be removed. Many adults have all 32 of their permanent teeth, but the average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth, making the last four molars (the wisdom teeth) a sometimes painful addition to the patient's mouth.
When the wisdom teeth are prevented from properly erupting, they may then grow sideways, partially emerge or remain within the gum and bone. When the teeth are trapped like this, they are called impacted wisdom teeth and can cause many problems. For instance, if the wisdom tooth is partially showing above the gumline, the small gap around the tooth often allows bacteria to grow and usually causes infection. The unpleasant symptoms are pain, swelling and jaw stiffness. Just the pressure from a wisdom tooth trying to erupt can be painful around the entire general area of the mouth.
The simple surgical removal of the wisdom teeth resolves most of these problems. Preventative removal is encouraged to avoid painful situations and to minimize the surgical risk of removing these teeth when the procedure is actually preformed. Most doctors suggest screening for wisdom teeth in the mid-teenage years. This early detection of future problems coupled with the treatment of wisdom teeth through surgical removal leads to a patient's best results.
Dale E. Stringer, D.D.S.
6860 Brockton Ave., Ste. 1
Riverside, CA 92506
Thursdays and Friday are by phone only.