Dental Implants in Newport Beach and Irvine
Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
What Are Dental Implants?
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.
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“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”
For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Michaelis, Dr. Jui, Dr. Kriwanek or Dr. Kalantari is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Dr. Michaelis, Dr. Jui, Dr. Kriwanek or Dr. Kalantari performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.
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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
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
Dear Dr K’s Mom, You did an incredible job raising your son Ryan. Not only is he a bright, skilled professional who has yet to inflict any pain on me, but he has the BEST BEDSIDE MANNER ever! I figured I’d thank you for whatever it is that you did to bring this out in him. The guy’s a superstar - so thanks for being the kind of mom we all appreciate. Mimi Burns
- Mimi B
- Colin S