Earned his DDS in 1971 from the University of California, San Francisco and continued post-graduate training at the Harvard Forsyth Training Center for Clinical Scholars in Oral Biology..Read More
Dental implants are used to support restorations (crown or fixed removal dental appliances) designed to look like natural teeth. Nearly all implants used in dental procedures today are created to look like the root of an actual tooth. Implants, usually made of titanium, are placed within the bone of the jaw. The implant eventually fuses with the bone. Implants are generally used to support crowns, bridges, dentures and a variety of other dental prostheses. Implants are sometimes used to anchor teeth and prevent movement of the teeth. The ultimate result is healthy teeth and plenty of reasons to smile.
Restore Your Smile and Confidence
When you have dental issues of any kind, it can be a serious blow to your confidence. You may not feel comfortable speaking, smiling or eating. This may cause you to avoid certain foods and social situations. Implants can replace one or more teeth to restore the function of your teeth and improve your confidence. Implants are most often a natural-looking solution (depending on your unique situation). They are designed to restore your smile and self confidence.
Missing Teeth Cause Problems
As an adult, you typically have from 28 to 32 teeth. All your teeth perform an important function. When teeth are missing, you may become susceptible to certain dental problems. Sometimes teeth are lost due to decay or injury. Sometimes teeth do not come in properly. In rare cases, some teeth may not develop at all. Regardless of the reason, implants are an alternative to invasive dental restorative techniques which often compromise healthy adjacent teeth to fill spaces.
Dental Implants Can Help
Implants can be beneficial if you are missing one or more teeth for any reason from injury to disease. Implants are also helpful if you find it difficult to wear removable dentures. When determining if you are a candidate for implants, I will carefully evaluate your health history.
Implants come in many different shapes and sizes and can often be tailored for your specific dental needs. Implants can replace missing teeth or become a viable alternative to wearing dentures or partial plates. Most importantly, implants can help restore your natural smile along with your confidence. Complicated cases are challenging and may require compromise.
Start With a Complimentary Consultation (Informed Consent)
Your first step is a consultation. The amount of time and extent of the consultation varies upon your specific objectives. I always discuss risks, benefits and alternative options for your particular situation or situations. This is where you can ask questions and voice any concerns you may have. I will walk you through the procedure(s) step by step and explain what is involved. Replacement of several teeth is usually simple, replacing lots of teeth is generally harder. It is important that you feel completely comfortable with what I propose for your particular situation as a team before we move forward. I'm responsible for presenting you my knowledge and experience all the facts you need to make an educated decision of what you want done and to you regarding your dental implant problems. You are responsible for deciding what is best for you based upon the facts presented and your specific objectives. That is what proper informed consent is all about.
Your Dental Exam
I will perform a dental examination, the extent of which, depends upon your particular dental problems and your specific objectives to propose an appropriate and affordable dental treatment plan(s) consistent with your needs and objectives. Often a few specific x-rays will be taken on your first visit unless you provide your own. Sometimes a second dental exam is required and may require a CT scan where substantial bone loss has previously occurred.
Your Dental History
Another important factor when preparing for implants is your dental history as it relates specifically to why you want restorative dental implant care. This includes a discussion of what you hope to accomplish and why dental implants may be appropriate. The more I know about your susceptibility to dental decay and periodontal disease as well as such habits as grinding your teeth the more appropriate my treatment plan proposal will be.
Ongoing Medical Conditions
It is important to inform me of any current medical conditions and any medications you are taking for any reason. Sometimes it's necessary for me to speak with you physician prior to commencing treatment.
Your Treatment Plan And Same Day Treatment
Following completion of the steps above I will present an affordable and appropriate treatment plan. Sometimes we can begin your treatment the same day. This may include extraction and bone grafting of hopeless teeth or immediate placement of an implant or implants in prior extraction sites. Sometimes for patients traveling long distances we may even take the impression(s) on the initial visit for the restoration of the implant(s) four to six months later.
Regardless of whether or not you have same day treatment, your treatment plan will include the options for restoring the implant(s) with a crown(s), or fixed/fixed removable appliance(s) which will be discussed to place upon implants.
Do You Need a Dental Bone Graft?
Bone grafts are highly successful in extraction sites. I fill those sites with two types of materials consisting of specially treated donor and synthetic material that I have successfully been using for over three decades.
When I fill the hole left behind by the extracted root, surrounding bone cells use the graft in the following ways:
- The bone cells themselves are stimulated to make new bone (osseo conduction)
- Within the graft there are materials used by the bone cells as a scaffolding (like rebar) to populate the entire site (osseo induction)
- Additionally, there are other materials that are used as food (substrate)
I Make the Cost of Dental Implants Affordable
I believe every citizen has a moral duty to try to produce a service or product that will improve the quality of life for their fellow citizens. Whether you are an unskilled laborer or a brain surgeon, the opportunity to exercise this moral imperative is always present.
As a dentist I want to be a skilled surgeon (technically as well as scholarly). I also want to be a good businessperson who advocates for my patients by giving them as much value for their money as possible, while still making a fair living for myself and my family.
Though my experience and education qualify me as an expert dental implant specialist, my affordable tooth implant and periodontal surgery fees cost less than other similarly trained dental periodontists and dental implant specialists. There are less-expensive dental implant practitioners, but generally my experience and training set me apart.