GB Dental Girish Bharwani DDS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Patient education is important to everyone on our team. We firmly believe that the more you know about oral health, the better you can take care of your teeth and gums. We are always happy to answer any questions you might have—either when you are here for your appointment or before you come in.

We tend to hear some questions quite frequently, and for your convenience, we have listed those here. If you don’t see your question here, be sure to ask!

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

sleep apnea | memorial tx | 77079To treat sleep apnea, a patient must first have a sleep study performed to confirm a diagnosis of sleep apnea as well as it's severity.  We will refer our patients to a recommended sleep doctor.  In the state of Texas, only a physician can order a sleep study to be performed.  Unlike in the past, where most sleep studies required going to a hospital or facility, nowadays most sleep studies are performed in your own bed. 

What if I'm diagnosed?

After a diagnosis of sleep apnea is confirmed, if a patient is shown to have moderate to severe sleep apnea, CPAP or surgical intervention will most likely be first discussed.  If a patient has mild to moderate sleep apnea, or cannot tolerate CPAP, we can provide patients with a sleep apnea device.  This device is a specialized mouthpiece that will aid the patient with breathing.  

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If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact our Memorial, TX dental office today for more information! We are happy to answer any questions regarding sleep apnea that you might have!

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where a person stops breathing for a period of time during sleep.  This stop in breathing can last from a few seconds up to 30-40 seconds of breathlessness.  The number of times this can occur in a night can be from just a few to hundreds of times in a night.  Severe sleep apnea has been linked to the occurrence of high blood pressure and diabetes, and can significantly decrease a person's life span.  Though almost every single person who has sleep apnea also snores, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea.  There is a very quick questionnaire patients can fill out to see if they are at higher risk of sleep apnea or lower risk.  Below is the STOP-BANG questionnaire and it will help you recognize if you are at low, intermediate, or high risk of sleep apnea.    

Stop-Bang Sleep Apnea Questionnaire 

 Name _________________________________

Height ___________

Weight _________

Age __________

Male / Female ___________

Do you SNORE loudly (louder than talking or loud enough to be heard through closed doors)? Yes, No

Do you often feel TIRED, fatigued, or sleepy during daytime? Yes, No

Has anyone OBSERVED you stop breathing during your sleep? Yes, No

Do you have or are you being treated for high blood PRESSURE? Yes No

BMI more than 35kg/m2? Yes, No

AGE over 50 years old? Yes, No

NECK circumference > 16 inches (40cm)? Yes, No

Gender: Male? Yes, No

TOTAL SCORE: 

  1. High risk of OSA: Yes 5 - 8
  2. Intermediate risk of OSA: Yes 3 - 4
  3. Low risk of OSA: Yes 0 - 2

Cosmetic Dentistry

image of a patient at a dental office who needs cosmetic dentistry houston txHaving a smile you feel confident about can change the way you live your life and interact with other people. If your feelings toward your smile have faded with time, our dental office can help improve your smile to its former glory through the use of cosmetic dentistry.

If you are searching for a cosmetic dentist in Memorial, TX, look no further than Dr. Girish Bharwani. Dr. Bharwani is an experienced dentist skilled in many different types of cosmetic dentistry treatments.

The best cosmetic dentistry treatments for you may not be the best cosmetic dentistry treatments for someone else, which is why Dr. Bharwani will work with you to design a treatment plan tailor-made for your smile.

Whiter Teeth

Are your teeth discolored from wine, coffee, berries, or tobacco? Our professional teeth whitening treatment removes surface stains to provide you with a dazzling smile that sparkles and leaves you feeling younger and more confident.  

Straighter Teeth

Perhaps your teeth are crooked, crowded, or misaligned. If you are searching for a straighter smile, you could be a strong candidate for Invisalign invisible braces.

A New Smile

Chipped tooth? Consider a dental crown or inlay. Craving a full-smile makeover? Porcelain veneers may be the way to go. Old metallic fillings distracting from your smile? Replace them with modern, tooth-colored fillings.

Whatever your cosmetic dentistry needs in Memorial, TX, our team at GB Dental can meet them. Contact our dental office today to get started.

3d image of a brighter and whiter tooth after cosmetic dentistry houston txHere at our Memorial TX dental office, we provide patients with a range of cosmetic procedures in order to meet everyone's needs! Our most common procedures performed include:

Cosmetic Bonding

Cosmetic dentistry focuses on the shape of your smile, taking into account variables like symmetry and your unique facial structure. With proper consultation, your facial features will be accentuated and years will melt away. 

At home whitening & In office whitening

At our office, we provide several different whitening options to suit each patient’s individual needs. At your first appointment, we will discuss what your expectations are from teeth whitening to make sure the best treatment option is available to you.

Veneers

Versatile porcelain veneers can take your smile from dull to dazzling by camouflaging many different dental issues. Whether you are looking to fix teeth that are gapped, chipped, or misaligned, you can have a beautifully straight, white smile in just a couple dental appointments.

Invisalign

Invisalign is the nearly invisible way to straighten teeth using a series of clear, custom-made aligners that fit perfectly over your teeth to gradually shift them into proper alignment. Invisalign aligners are made of clear, smooth plastic, making them nearly undetectable when being worn. Even someone seated across the table from you will probably not know you are having orthodontic treatment unless you say something about it.

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For more information about our cosmetic dental procedures in Memorial TX, please reach out to our office and we will be glad to speak with you!

Crowns and Bridges

3d image of the procedure for a dental crown houston txDuring the actual procedure of preparing a tooth, the patient should feel absolutely nothing. Local anesthetics are used to make sure the tooth is fully numb before performing the procedure. After the procedure, when the anesthesia wears off, it is common to have a little gum sensitivity that typically lasts just the day of the procedure. For most patients, the discomfort is a mild annoyance and does not require any pain medication.

Not like most patients?

For some patients, a little over-the-counter pain medication is required the first day, but this is very rare. Tooth sensitivity after a dental crown procedure is not very common. After the procedure is completed we always apply de-sensitizer medications to minimize any tooth sensitivity. If the tooth has a large break, or cavity very close to the nerve of the tooth, the risk of sensitivity increases. However, we always warn patients about this before the procedure so there are no surprises.

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If you have questions or concerns about dental crowns in Memorial TX, don't hesitate to contact us! We will try our best to provide you with all the information you need and hopefully see you in our office for an appointment!

dental crown | memorial tx | 77079Dental bridges and dental crowns are placed to help repair a tooth or a section of teeth that have been damaged. You may benefit from the placement of crowns and dental bridges if you have suffered trauma to a tooth or a specific area of your mouth and are looking for a permanent restorative treatment option to replace what was lost.

 

Crowns

Dental crowns in Houston, TX help protect teeth that have become cracked, split, or heavily decayed. If part of a natural tooth is viable, but there is a concern that the tooth may break completely or later become damaged beyond repair, it is likely a porcelain crown will be recommended.

Bridges

Dr. Bharwani, our talented in-house dentist, will likely recommend treatment with dental bridges in Houston, TX if a patient has a missing tooth or several missing teeth. Bridges work together with crowns to fill the empty spaces left behind by missing teeth and to help protect that space’s neighboring teeth. If you have experienced tooth loss or have had teeth extracted, a dental bridge may be an excellent restorative option.

Are Crowns & Bridges My Only Option?

Dental crowns and dental bridges can both be placed by our dental office. As a caring dentist in Memorial, TX, Dr. Bharwani can advise you if crowns and bridges are your best treatment option. In addition to crowns and bridges, dental implants are another popular restorative dentistry choice.

If you have concerns about dental bridges or crowns in the Houston area, do not hesitate to contact our dental office.

Crown

image of a newly molded dental crown houston txA dental crown is a procedure performed on a single tooth, where the entire tooth covered with a lab-made material. The material will look like a tooth and act exactly as the tooth did before. A crown is typically performed when a tooth is heavily damaged due large cavity or fracture and there is a concern that the tooth could break completely if it is not protected by a crown. Crowns can be placed both on teeth as well on implants and our roughly the same on each. A crown is permanently cemented onto the tooth or implant.

Bridge

3d image of a dental bridge houston txA dental bridge is a procedure involving multiple crowns. This procedure is preformed when a tooth is missing in between two other teeth. The two teeth on each side of the space are prepared for crowns. The bridge will look like three teeth connected together. The two crowns on each side of the space connected to a tooth that will cover the space over the missing tooth. Just like a crown, the bridge will be cemented onto the two teeth permanently. A bridge also can be put on teeth as well as implants. A bridge can also replace multiple missing teeth and not just one.

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For more information about dental crowns and bridges in Memorial TX, please contact our office and we will assist you with any questions or concerns that you might have! We look forward to hearing from you!

General Dentistry

At GB Dental, Dr. Bharwani and his team go above and beyond other practices to make sure patients will not experience post-procedure pain. In addition to carefully cleaning the tooth, desensitizing medications are provided to all patients for any treatment from a filling to a crown to make sure they feel nothing afterwards.

Patients might also try an over-the-counter pain reliever for any mild discomfort they might have after undergoing a dental procedure.

 

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What are my other options?

For patients who might be nervous about the procedure itself, we offer the option of nitrous oxide. This safe gas is breathed in through a mask, similar to how oxygen is administered. Its effects are felt instantly, giving patients a feeling of euphoria, although they will still be awake during the procedure and able to communicate with the doctor. Its effects leave the body quickly as well, so patients can drive themselves back home or to the office safely.

We also work with patients on relaxation techniques that can be helpful for both during the procedure and afterwards.

If you have any concerns about an upcoming procedure or your recovery, please don’t hesitate to ask! We want you to be comfortable. Contact us today!

 

 

3d image of a dental tools in a dental office houston txThe good news is that we no longer have to use old-fashioned goopy impressions to get an accurate picture of the inside of your mouth when we are fitting you for Invisalign or a dental restoration. Using the latest in dental technology, we take a digital impression of your mouth that does not involve the use of impression material.

Now we can use a camera to take a 3-D image of your teeth—without gag-inducing impressions. With this technology, we can make more accurate restorations that fit better and patients don’t have to spend as much time in the dental chair

What has improved technology done for dental patients?

The use of dental technology in our practice is one way we improve our patients’ time with us. Dental technology, such as digital impressions, digital x-rays, electric handpieces, intraoral cameras, laser dentistry, nitrous oxide, panoramic x-rays, rotary endodontics, and the VELscope, means patients get more accurate diagnoses, enjoy shorter procedures, and experience better outcomes.

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If you have questions or concerns about an upcoming procedure or you would like to know more about the dental technology available in our Memorial TX office, we invite you to give us a call to learn more. We are always happy to talk to you, particularly if you are feeling apprehensive about anything. 

Cavities are caused by many factors. One of the most important is how long plaque and food particles are allowed to remain on your teeth.

Helping patients understand and focus on areas of their mouth they are missing is a key component of the dental check-up and cleaning. When you come in for your routine checkup and cleaning, our hygienist will go over proper brushing and flossing techniques as well as recommend products that can help keep your mouth clean.

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It’s crucial to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once (preferably at night before bed). Be sure you are brushing with a fluoride toothpaste as fluoride has been shown to help prevent cavities.

What are some other factors?

You might also consider what your diet looks like and whether you are indulging in sugary foods and drinks. Sugar feeds the bacteria in your mouth that cause cavities. If you do eat or drink anything with sugar, rinse your mouth with plain water afterward and brush your teeth about a half-hour later.

Genetics are another contributor to tooth decay, and while there isn’t anything you can do about that, following a good oral hygiene regimen is your best bet.

If you think you are dealing with a cavity, come see us at our Memorial, TX dental office! Contact us today!

Invisible Braces

Most of our patients are surprised to learn that invisible braces with Invisalign are similar in cost to traditional braces. Of course, each of our patients at GB Dental is unique, and your treatment plan may vary greatly from someone else's. The best way to determine the exact cost for your invisible braces in Memorial, TX is to schedule an Invisalign evaluation with Dr. Bharwani. He will determine the price of your treatment with Invisalign based on the complexity of your case and the length of time needed to complete it.

If you have dental insurance that includes an orthodontic benefit, you can typically apply that benefit towards straightening your teeth with Invisalign. Insurance may help to defray a portion of your out-of-pocket cost.

GB Dental also works with CareCredit for patients who would like to pay over time for their treatment with affordable monthly payments. CareCredit is simple and easy to apply for, either in our dental office or at home online, and you will receive a quick response so you can plan for your treatment accordingly. There are even interest-free plans for qualifying patients.

Contact your Invisalign dentist in Memorial, TX today to learn more about invisible braces.

Invisalign in Memorial, TX offers patients a comfortable and effective way to straighten their teeth without having to wear metal braces. Instead of traditional brackets and wires, we use clear plastic aligners that you wear for at least 22 hours each day to complete treatment with Invisalign. 

Unlike braces, clear aligners are smooth and comfortable to wear, so you don't have to worry about sore cheeks and lips from pokey wires or brackets. Invisible braces are also removable, which means you can enjoy all the foods you love during your treatment. You will also be able to brush and floss with ease without having to clean around brackets and wires.

Depending on your needs and the complexity of your case, Invisalign can typically be completed in a similar amount of time as braces would be. However, you'll be able to change your aligners at home every two weeks, so you won't need as many visits to check in with your dentist in Memorial as you would with traditional braces.

Invisible braces with Invisalign offer adults and teens in Memorial, TX the perfect opportunity to straighten their teeth discreetly and easily fit their treatment into their busy schedules. Call GB Dental today for more information about treatment with Invisalign.

invisalign | memorial txTreatment times for Invisalign vary from person to person based on how much change is required to straighten your teeth. Over the years, Invisalign has greatly improved the time required for treatment. Most patients are in a window of anywhere between six and 18 months.

When you are ready to see how long treatment will take and what type of improvement to expect, we will conduct an ortho evaluation appointment and take photographs and a digital 3-D impression of your mouth.

Within a few days, Invisalign will send us a 3-D virtual model of how long your treatment will take along with how your teeth will look after the treatment is completed.

What are the benefits of Invisalign in the 70779 Area?

One of the benefits of Invisalign’s clear plastic aligners is the fact that you can see your progress while you are undergoing treatment. Since your teeth will not be covered with metal wires and brackets and the aligners can be taken out, you can see your smile as it moves into the properly aligned position.

If you have other questions about Invisalign or you would like to find out if you are a good candidate for this method of orthodontics, be sure to contact us today for a consultation.

image of a patient at a dental office who needs cosmetic dentistry houston txHaving a smile you feel confident about can change the way you live your life and interact with other people. If your feelings toward your smile have faded with time, our dental office can help improve your smile to its former glory through the use of cosmetic dentistry.

If you are searching for a cosmetic dentist in Memorial, TX, look no further than Dr. Girish Bharwani. Dr. Bharwani is an experienced dentist skilled in many different types of cosmetic dentistry treatments.

The best cosmetic dentistry treatments for you may not be the best cosmetic dentistry treatments for someone else, which is why Dr. Bharwani will work with you to design a treatment plan tailor-made for your smile.

Whiter Teeth

Are your teeth discolored from wine, coffee, berries, or tobacco? Our professional teeth whitening treatment removes surface stains to provide you with a dazzling smile that sparkles and leaves you feeling younger and more confident.  

Straighter Teeth

Perhaps your teeth are crooked, crowded, or misaligned. If you are searching for a straighter smile, you could be a strong candidate for Invisalign invisible braces.

A New Smile

Chipped tooth? Consider a dental crown or inlay. Craving a full-smile makeover? Porcelain veneers may be the way to go. Old metallic fillings distracting from your smile? Replace them with modern, tooth-colored fillings.

Whatever your cosmetic dentistry needs in Memorial, TX, our team at GB Dental can meet them. Contact our dental office today to get started.

Invisible braces with Invisalign in Memorial, TX works well for most patients.

In order to progress through your treatment plan in a timely manner, you will need to wear your aligners at least 22 hours each day and change them every two weeks. Because there is compliance required to complete your treatment successfully, we typically recommend invisible braces for adults or teens.

Some of the problems that Invisalign can fix are:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Crossbites
  • Overbites
  • Teeth that overlap
  • Gaps or spacing between teeth

Invisalign can't correct specific complicated bite issues, so it's essential to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Bharwani to see if this type of treatment will help you reach your goals.

During your Invisalign evaluation, Dr. Bharwani will take x-rays, photos, and models of your teeth to determine if treatment is right for you, how long it would take, and how much it would cost. If you move forward with invisible braces, Invisalign makes your clear aligners using this treatment plan, and you'll even be able to see what your finished smile will look like with 3-D imaging.

To learn more about invisible braces in Memorial, or to schedule an Invisalign evaluation with Dr. Bharwani, call GB Dental at (281) 493-1083 today.

Teeth Whitening

professional teeth whitening | memorial txTeeth whitening is a procedure with many variables. We must first determine if the staining on your teeth is intrinsic or extrinsic. Extrinsic stains are stains that occur from drinking coffee and wine, smoking, and so on. These stains are very effective at being removed by whitening.

Intrinsic stains, which are stains in the tooth, are more difficult to remove. Age, genetics, and teeth grinding are just a few of the factors that will determine how effective whitening will be on intrinsic stains.

We will do an assessment beforehand to determine if whitening will have good results for you or not. We can also discuss expectations for your whitening procedure at that time.

How long will this take?

We offer one hour teeth whitening in our office, which can make your teeth several shades whiter in just one visit. The whitening gel is applied and a special light used for 15 minutes, and this process is repeated three times for a total of 45 minutes of treatment.

For those who would prefer to whiten their teeth at home, we can make custom trays for you and provide you with whitening gel. If you wear the trays for 30 minutes to an hour each day, after about a week, you will notice that your teeth are several shades lighter. 

Contact us today to make an appointment!

image of a patient at a dental office who needs cosmetic dentistry houston txHaving a smile you feel confident about can change the way you live your life and interact with other people. If your feelings toward your smile have faded with time, our dental office can help improve your smile to its former glory through the use of cosmetic dentistry.

If you are searching for a cosmetic dentist in Memorial, TX, look no further than Dr. Girish Bharwani. Dr. Bharwani is an experienced dentist skilled in many different types of cosmetic dentistry treatments.

The best cosmetic dentistry treatments for you may not be the best cosmetic dentistry treatments for someone else, which is why Dr. Bharwani will work with you to design a treatment plan tailor-made for your smile.

Whiter Teeth

Are your teeth discolored from wine, coffee, berries, or tobacco? Our professional teeth whitening treatment removes surface stains to provide you with a dazzling smile that sparkles and leaves you feeling younger and more confident.  

Straighter Teeth

Perhaps your teeth are crooked, crowded, or misaligned. If you are searching for a straighter smile, you could be a strong candidate for Invisalign invisible braces.

A New Smile

Chipped tooth? Consider a dental crown or inlay. Craving a full-smile makeover? Porcelain veneers may be the way to go. Old metallic fillings distracting from your smile? Replace them with modern, tooth-colored fillings.

Whatever your cosmetic dentistry needs in Memorial, TX, our team at GB Dental can meet them. Contact our dental office today to get started.

TMJ and Bruxism

image of an individual that suffers from tmj bruxism houston txBruxism, commonly known as the involuntary grinding of teeth, can have a negative effect on your dental health. Teeth grinding can damage crowns and even your jawbone, and consistent grinding that occurs for years can lead to loose teeth, hearing loss, and chronic headaches.

While tooth grinding usually occurs subconsciously while you are sleeping, there are ways to reduce or even stop the grinding altogether. If you are suffering from bruxism in Memorial, TX, try the following:

  • Wear a night guard while sleeping: Dr. Bharwani, our skilled dentist in Memorial, TX, can fit you for a night guard to be worn while you sleep. A night guard can protect your teeth and help alleviate painful symptoms
  • Apply a heating pad or hot washcloth to your jaw: Heat, particularly moist heat from water, relaxes muscles in the body. Applying heat directly to your jaw and face before bedtime will encourage your jaw muscles to relax, reducing the chance of grinding
  • Avoid chewing on inanimate objects: Many of us tend to chew or bite down on pens, straws, ice, or even our own hands or nails when we are stressed. Make a conscious effort not to chew on anything except food to avoid bruxism and TMJ symptoms in Memorial, TX

If you are struggling with teeth grinding, contact our dental office today.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

image of a patient at a dental office who needs cosmetic dentistry houston txHaving a smile you feel confident about can change the way you live your life and interact with other people. If your feelings toward your smile have faded with time, our dental office can help improve your smile to its former glory through the use of cosmetic dentistry.

If you are searching for a cosmetic dentist in Memorial, TX, look no further than Dr. Girish Bharwani. Dr. Bharwani is an experienced dentist skilled in many different types of cosmetic dentistry treatments.

The best cosmetic dentistry treatments for you may not be the best cosmetic dentistry treatments for someone else, which is why Dr. Bharwani will work with you to design a treatment plan tailor-made for your smile.

Whiter Teeth

Are your teeth discolored from wine, coffee, berries, or tobacco? Our professional teeth whitening treatment removes surface stains to provide you with a dazzling smile that sparkles and leaves you feeling younger and more confident.  

Straighter Teeth

Perhaps your teeth are crooked, crowded, or misaligned. If you are searching for a straighter smile, you could be a strong candidate for Invisalign invisible braces.

A New Smile

Chipped tooth? Consider a dental crown or inlay. Craving a full-smile makeover? Porcelain veneers may be the way to go. Old metallic fillings distracting from your smile? Replace them with modern, tooth-colored fillings.

Whatever your cosmetic dentistry needs in Memorial, TX, our team at GB Dental can meet them. Contact our dental office today to get started.

Veneers

veneers | houston Veneers are essentially a cover for the front of the tooth that changes the shape, color, and size of a tooth. Veneers are permanently cemented on and, for the most part, never removed. Most people will require the front of the tooth to be shaved down slightly to have a veneer put on, but some people may qualify for no-prep veneers, which does not change or shave the tooth at all.

What can Veneers help?

Veneers are used to correct a multitude of cosmetic issues, including:

  • Teeth that are discolored and resistant to teeth whitening can be hidden by veneers.
  • Worn down or uneven teeth can be made to look uniform by veneers.
  • Veneers can also cover up gaps between teeth for a seamless smile.
  • Misaligned teeth can be camouflaged by veneers. In fact, veneers are sometimes called “instant orthodontics” because they can take a smile from crooked to perfectly straight in just a couple of trips to the dentist.
  • Teeth that have been chipped, broken, or otherwise damaged can also be readily covered up by veneers.

Find out more about getting a perfect smile through this cosmetic dentistry procedure and others that we offer by calling GB Dental in Memorial, TX.

Contact us today!

image of a patient at a dental office who needs cosmetic dentistry houston txHaving a smile you feel confident about can change the way you live your life and interact with other people. If your feelings toward your smile have faded with time, our dental office can help improve your smile to its former glory through the use of cosmetic dentistry.

If you are searching for a cosmetic dentist in Memorial, TX, look no further than Dr. Girish Bharwani. Dr. Bharwani is an experienced dentist skilled in many different types of cosmetic dentistry treatments.

The best cosmetic dentistry treatments for you may not be the best cosmetic dentistry treatments for someone else, which is why Dr. Bharwani will work with you to design a treatment plan tailor-made for your smile.

Whiter Teeth

Are your teeth discolored from wine, coffee, berries, or tobacco? Our professional teeth whitening treatment removes surface stains to provide you with a dazzling smile that sparkles and leaves you feeling younger and more confident.  

Straighter Teeth

Perhaps your teeth are crooked, crowded, or misaligned. If you are searching for a straighter smile, you could be a strong candidate for Invisalign invisible braces.

A New Smile

Chipped tooth? Consider a dental crown or inlay. Craving a full-smile makeover? Porcelain veneers may be the way to go. Old metallic fillings distracting from your smile? Replace them with modern, tooth-colored fillings.

Whatever your cosmetic dentistry needs in Memorial, TX, our team at GB Dental can meet them. Contact our dental office today to get started.

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