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By San Diego Dental Implant Center
October 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures   Missing Teeth  

Couple with DenturesThe choice is between the categories of conventional and implant dentures. At San Diego Dental Implant Center, board-certified periodontists, Dr. Joseph Yang, makes the decision easy. At a complimentary, no-obligation consultation, these implant experts can show you the many benefits of today's most technologically advanced and patient-friendly prosthetics.

What happens after tooth loss

Obviously, patients who lose some or all of their teeth experience a serious blow to their self-image. Smile gaps are embarrassing, and who can eat or speak properly without the full complement of healthy teeth we were created to have?

In addition, many people do not realize that tooth loss impacts the size and density of gum tissue and supporting jaw bone. The alveolar ridge (part of the jaw bone) deteriorates quickly after tooth extraction (by as much as 50 percent after a year, says the American Academy of Periodontology), compromising both bite height and facial contours. This results in premature aging and compromised oral function.

What you can do

One option is traditional dentures—either partial (held in place by clasps), crown-supported bridgework, or full conventional dentures secured by the natural suction of the mouth. Unfortunately, these choices do nothing to stop bone loss, they wear down the enamel on supporting teeth, and in the case of full dentures, biting, chewing and speech can be noticeably compromised.

At San Diego Dental Implant Center, Dr. Yang offers a patented process called Rapidontics. Using sophisticated diagnostic, imaging, and fabrication techniques, this talented team creates full implant-supported dentures in just one day.

Called All-on-4, these lifelike prosthetics are secured by titanium implants inserted right into the jaw bone. Implant dentures from San Diego Dental Implant Center boast a nearly 100 percent success rate as patients enjoy the facial aesthetics and oral function they want and deserve.

How All-on-4 works

Dr. Yang first performs a complete oral examination. This includes X-rays and a special three-dimensional scan which pictures bone structure and any remaining teeth. Oral impressions tell the dentist precisely how to craft your prosthetic teeth.

Implant placement happens right in the office. As needed, you'll receive four titanium implants in the top jaw and four on the bottom. Over the subsequent months, your implants will meld with your jaw bone through what the experts call osseointegration. As you heal, you'll wear temporary dentures for a complete and functional smile.

When the dentist feels that you are ready to receive your permanent implant dentures, you'll return to the San Diego Implant Center for placement. Patients are delighted at how natural their implant dentures look and feel. Plus, the dentures are easily cared for at home and at your six-month check-ups with Dr. Yang. You can enjoy all your favorite foods and have the stability and clear speech of perfectly fitted and securely retained dentures.

Find out more

Your implant denture consultation at San Diego Dental Implant Center will be friendly and informative. Why not arrange yours today? Call us at (858) 578-2205.

By San Diego Dental Implant Center
August 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Periodontist   Gum Disease  

Periodontist AppointmentAt San Diego Dental Implant Center, located in San Diego, CA, Dr. Joseph Yang gives his patients the necessary information to help them maintain a healthy oral regimen, especially when it comes to their gum health.

What's a periodontist?

Periodontist is a dentist that diagnoses and treats gum disease.

More on Gum Disease

Gum disease is when bacteria attack gums causing inflammation, which is painful. You may experience a variety of issues as a result of gum disease:

  • gum recession
  • bone loss around your teeth
  • tooth loss of teeth
  • gingivitis
  • periodontitis

According to your San Diego periodontist, gum disease is related to poor oral hygiene. When a person neglects to take care of their teeth, the rest of their mouth suffers.

Here are a few things that may lead to gum disease, like brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing at least once before bed, choosing to eat unhealthy foods containing sugars that lead to plaque accumulation, chewing tobacco and smoking, skipping bi-annual doctor's appointments, and deep dental cleanings at your doctor's office.

Symptoms and Treatments

You may not know you have gum disease at an early stage if you're not regularly visiting your dentist. Here are a few symptoms:

  • receding gums
  • bleeding gums
  • sensitivity
  • bad breath
  • redness, or swelling of the gums
  • periodontal abscess

There are a few treatment options your doctor may provide you with, here are some:

  • Manually removing plaque by scaling, root planning or debridement
  • Periodontal surgery may be required depending on the severity of your gum disease
  • Applying antimicrobial products to assist in the healing process of periodontal disease

Your gums are just as important as any part of your dental/oral health. Improper care may lead to severe issues or diseases as mentioned above. If you have questions or concerns about gum disease or gum disease therapy, call Dr. Joseph Yang in San Diego, CA.

By San Diego Dental Implant Center
June 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantsDid you know that bone loss happens after tooth loss? it's true. Your jaw bone recedes after teeth are extracted, says the National Institutes of Health. Also, conventional bridgework and dentures cannot correct this problem. If you have substantial tooth loss and wish to improve your jaw bone integrity, oral function, and facial appearance, explore All-On-Four at the San Diego Dental Implant Center. Dr. Joseph Yang is the expert in these "teeth in a day."

Just what is "All-On-Four?"

All-On-Four is a unique tooth replacement system. Permanent, stable, and bone-building, All-On-Four dentures replace teeth beautifully and recreate natural oral function and bone strength.

How does All-On-Four work? In short, the San Diego dentist inserts four titanium implants into the jawbone. These small metal devices support a full custom-made denture, allowing the patient to experience realistic biting, chewing, and speaking. There's no speech slurring, compromised chewing (Yes, you can eat corn on the cob.) or gooey adhesives common to traditional tooth replacements.

Amazingly, the dentist accomplishes the All-On-Four treatment in just one day (two to three hours per arch) at the San Diego Dental Implant Center. A careful pre-procedure examination with digital imaging tells your dentist if you're a candidate for these outstanding artificial teeth. Most people are!

Why are dental implants so stable?

It's because of a natural process called osseointegration. Here's how it works. When the dentist places a titanium implant into the jaw, the bone starts to adhere to the device almost immediately. Over several weeks, the healing process is complete, allowing the patient to bite and chew his or her favorite foods, to speak normally and to brush and floss easily.

With All-On-Four dental implants and tooth replacements, the patient has a great smile, youthful facial contours, and increased self-confidence. Plus, with good oral hygiene at home and check-ups and cleanings at the San Diego Dental Implant Center, All-On-Four implants last for years and years.

Come see us in San Diego

If dental extractions are in your future, or if you are sick and tired of old-style, unstable dentures, come to San Diego Dental Implant Center for a consultation. Dr. Yang is a board-certified periodontist and has the expertise to evaluate your options so you can have a great smile. Call the office today to arrange your appointment: (858) 578-2205.

By San Diego Dental Implant Center
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Traditional dentures can reform your smile, giving you the feel good about the way you look and eat the foods you love. However, dentures, dental implantstraditional dentures require removal and extra daily care. Fortunately, you can replace your missing teeth with the ease and natural look traditional dentures give you but also have the durability and permanence of dental implants with implant-supported dentures. Find out more about implant-supported dentures with the San Diego Dental Implant Center in San Diego, CA.

What are dental implants?
When you lose a tooth, a series of effects begin to take place. The bone in which the missing tooth once sat begins to degrade, losing its volume in a process known as bone atrophy. This causes the facial skin to begin to cave in and sag. The teeth surrounding the missing tooth begin to shift to compensate for the new, extra room around them. Dentists use dental implants to replace a missing tooth and its root, helping avoid the effects of a missing tooth and giving you a full smile. The implant lies within the bone under your missing tooth, making it a permanent, non-removable addition to your smile.

How do implant-supported dentures work? 
Implant-supported dentures use four or more implants spaced throughout an arch in the mouth to hold a denture in place. Depending on the system you and your periodontist choose, your implant-supported denture may be removable or remain permanently in place. The denture snaps or secures into place on top of the implants, securely replacing your missing teeth and allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with the peace of mind that your dentures will remain in your mouth, where they belong.

Implant-Supported Dentures in San Diego, CA
If you think you can benefit from implant-supported dentures, consulting with your periodontist will allow you to address any questions or concerns you may have and determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure. Though most people who have missing teeth can benefit from dental implants, not everyone is a good candidate, making it important to discuss this with your dentist.

For more information on implant-supported dentures, please contact the San Diego Dental Implant Center in San Diego, CA. Call 858-578-2205 to schedule your appointment for a consultation with your periodontist today!

By San Diego Dental Implant Center
March 21, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Whether you need to replace a single missing tooth, close an extensive gap or replace an entire arch of teeth, you can have a functional, dental implantsgreat-looking smile that will last for decades when you visit San Diego Dental Implant Center in San Diego, CA. Dental implants can remake your smile, self-confidence, and oral function.

What is a dental implant?

It's an artificial tooth which has a titanium root placed directly in the jaw bone. Dr. Joseph Yang uses these state-of-the-art prosthetics to close smile gaps caused by gum disease, oral trauma, dental abscess, or extensive decay. Tooth replacement avoids the deleterious effects of tooth loss--namely, bone and gum recession, compromised biting, chewing and speech, and aged facial appearance.

Attached to the titanium root are an extension post and porcelain crown. Over time, the implant itself bonds with the jaw bone through osseointegration. Only oral injury or an infection called peri-implantitis (similar to gum disease) can compromise this extraordinary bond.

Who can get dental implants?

Most adults and older teens can if they have sufficient bone in their jaws. While smokers may receive implants, the periodontist at San Diego Dental Implant Center strongly advise smoking cessation or at least, abstaining from tobacco for three to four days before implant placement.

Also, you can qualify even if you are missing several teeth. Dr. Yang offers All-on-4 teeth in a day. Permanently secured to four strategically placed dental implants, the All-on-4 denture provides an incredibly stable fit and feel so you are confident as your smile, laugh, eat and talk.

For partial tooth loss, we offer implant-secured bridges. Besides affording the strength and natural function which dental implants are known for, implant-secured bridges replace two or more teeth in a row, nicely filling those unsightly and dysfunctional gaps.

The process and aftercare

It starts with a complete oral exam, and X-rays. Then, your San Diego periodontist devises a treatment plan tailored to your specific preferences and oral health needs. Most implant procedures require simple local anesthesia, and all oral surgeries are performed in-office.

After you receive your prosthetics, you care for them just as you do your natural teeth:

  • Brush twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Get six-month check-ups and cleanings

Find out more

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry maintains that three million Americans receive dental implants annually. Would you like to join with them in having a fully restored and beautiful smile? Why not contact the San Diego Dental Implant Center in San Diego, CA for a consultation with Dr. Joseph Yang? Call (858) 578-2205.