Thank you for persevering with us in this most difficult time. Rest assure we have consulted with experts in the fields of infectious disease and medical architecture to ensure that our infrastructure and policies would protect our patients and staff to the utmost of our capability. As a result, now that we have opened our doors, we are confident that we have far exceeded public health guidelines to keep you safe.
Of course, our protocols have changed. When you call for an appointment, you will be asked certain screening questions. As you enter our offices, you will notice that the suite looks rather bare. We’ve reduced the amount of chairs in the waiting room, to discourage multiple people from sitting in the waiting room. In fact, our staff will recommend that drivers and family members stay in the car while waiting for patients. We’ve also enclosed our reception area with glass to facilitate protection. You will be asked screening questions again and have your temperature taken upon arrival.
We have adjusted our patient scheduling to minimize the number of patients in the office at any one time. This has resulted in a decrease in the number of patients we can see in a day. Appointments may need to be made further in advance. Thank you for your patience.
During a surgical procedure, we are going to have either multiple masks or a respirator, goggles, and face shield as well as our usual surgical gown and gloves. Don’t let that intimidate you. It’s still us underneath all those layers!
We now have hospital grade HEPA filters which are run during the surgical procedure as well as after each patient is discharged to fully purify the air. The room is then terminally cleaned after each patient. The sparse look in the operatory facilitates our cleaning.
We’re proud of the policies and procedures we have instituted to keep you safe. What doesn’t change is the compassion and care we give to each and every patient and family. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Our surgeons, Thomas R. Michaelis, D.D.S., M.D., Vivian Jui, D.M.D., Ryan M. Kriwanek, D.D.S., M.D. and Ouzhan B. Kalantari, D.D.S., M.D., bring over 100 years of intensive surgical, medical and dental training and expertise to the practice. With two locations, one near Fashion Island, Newport Beach and the other in Irvine near Hoag Irvine, Newport Oral Surgery is proud to offer convenient service with the expertise and care that you deserve. So the next time your searching for a “oral surgeon near me,” we hope you contact us.
Dr Michaelis is the best doctor I could ever ask for. He painlessly removed my wisdom teeth and believe me I was scared. I would highly recommend him.
- Ciara G
5 out of 5 stars
Reviews because I believe in privacy but Dr. Michaelis deserves a lot of credit on this because I was very hesitant to seeing a oral surgeon , but I know i needed to. He put me at ease and described in great detail on what he will be doing and why it was important. Based on his demeanor and confidence and my research on him it was a no brainer as he is one of the best if not the best oral surgeon in California. I am beyond happy with my results
- Leonardo C
5 out of 5 stars
My 10 year old daughter had to have four teeth extracted. Dr Kriwanek made her ( and I) so comfortable about the procedure. He and his staff were amazing. Not an ounce of pain and healed up perfectly. Highly recommend Dr. Kriwanek!
- Karina K
5 out of 5 stars
I highly recommend Dr. Thomas Michaelis for dental implants. I have had four implants, the first more than eight years ago, and all implants are still perfect. Also, Dr. Michalis is pleasant and caring.
- Thomas G
5 out of 5 stars
Dr. Kriwanek is an outstanding doctor! He is knowledgeable, professional and did an amazing job with my bone graft and implants. I was comfortable during both procedures and felt minimal discomfort during my recovery period. The entire staff was compassionate, caring and answered all my questions. They did such a great job that I felt compelled to write this review. Thank you so much for making this a positive experience.
- Brenda R
5 out of 5 stars
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A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.
Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.
Wisdom Teeth Newport Beach & Irvine CA
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Third molars are commonly referred to as wisdom teeth. They are usually the last teeth to develop and are located in the back of your mouth, behind your second molars. Their development is usually completed between the middle teenage years and early twenties, a time traditionally associated with the onset of maturity and the attainment of wisdom.
With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Michaelis, Dr. Jui, Dr. Kriwanek or Dr. Kalantari can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or future potential problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist, or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Our doctors are trained, licensed, and highly experienced in providing various types of anesthesia for patients.
Missing teeth over a period of time can cause your jaw bone to atrophy, or resorb. This often results in poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for the placement of dental implants as well as long term shifting of remaining teeth and changes to facial structure. Most patients, in these situations, are not candidates for dental implants.
Fortunately, today we have the ability to grow bone where it is needed. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, but it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and aesthetic appearance.
Bone grafting can repair implant sites with inadequate bone structure due to previous extractions, gum disease, or injuries. The bone is either obtained from a tissue bank or your own bone is taken from the jaw, hip or tibia (below the knee). Sinus bone grafts are also performed to replace bone in the posterior upper jaw. In addition, special membranes may be utilized that dissolve under the gum to protect the bone graft, as well as encourage bone regeneration. This is called guided bone regeneration, or guided tissue regeneration.
Our mission at Newport Beach Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is to serve our community with the highest level of care possible. We stay committed to this goal through extensive continuing education of the doctors and staff. We strive to deliver safe, efficient and compassionate oral surgical care in order to enhance and improve quality of life for our patients.