Michael Yokoyama, DDS
Periodontics & Dental Implants
Call: (760) 632-9055

Restorations

Restorations in Encinitas

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When you lose your teeth, it can make a big dent in both your self-confidence and in your ability to enjoy your favorite foods and activities. Losing teeth is one thing, but it is another thing entirely to go without teeth for months or years at a time. For these reasons, we encourage you to consider restorations and reconstructive options right away if you are losing or have lost teeth.

We provide a comprehensive array of restorative dental options to help you get back to your normal life without the limitations and issues brought on by missing teeth.

If you are ready to schedule an appointment, contact our office today!

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What is Teeth In A Day Treatment?

Teeth In A day is a special implant-supported denture process. Instead of removing your teeth, placing dental implants, designing the denture, and finally attaching the denture over several months, we streamline the process. With same-day teeth, a removable denture or an immediate-load implant-retained removable denture is placed and you forgo the temporary denture and waiting period.

Once your mouth has fully recovered, we will adjust or replace the denture before it is permanently attached to the dental implant. If you are missing all or some of your teeth, or if you need extraction, you may want to think about the same day replacement solution. Schedule a consultation to find out if you qualify!

How Does Teeth In A Day Work?

Teeth In A Day can provide a fully functioning replacement solution by the time you leave our office on the first day of the treatment. It is a night and day difference in terms of convenience and time savings when compared to traditional solutions.

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On your first visit, we will create a highly detailed CT scan of your existing jawbone structure, which will help us understand where to install your new implants. Next, we create a temporary dental appliance to place over your implants right after we install them, which will provide the immediate functionality. 

Once we receive your temporary restoration we will extract any damaged teeth you may have. Next, we will install your dental implant posts and fit your temporary restoration.

When your mouth has healed and your final restoration is prepared, we will place your permanent denture and make any necessary adjustments. 

What are the Pros and Cons of Teeth in a Day?

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Like any dental procedure, Teeth in a Day comes with unique benefits and drawbacks. The procedure can cost more than some competing options because you will likely need two restorations. Also, you may have an increased risk of complications if you don't follow our after-care recommendations precisely.

Benefits of Teeth in a Day Include:

  • You will have a normal looking smile throughout the treatment process
  • The temporary restoration protects your implant surgical area during healing.
  • You won’t spend any time without teeth, which helps with speech, chewing, and the shape of your face.

Periodontal Surgical Procedures for Orthodontic Therapy

We perform periodontal surgeries for orthodontic therapy. These procedures serve to treat gum disease, particularly in its advanced form, periodontitis. To better understand what orthodontic therapy is, and how periodontal surgery relates to it, let’s explore each category in a bit more depth.

What Does an Orthodontic Therapist Do?

Orthodontic therapists do many things pertaining to the treatment of your teeth and gums. Some of these include:

  • Inserting passive removable orthodontic appliances
  • Removing fixed appliances, orthodontic adhesives, and cement
  • Taking detailed impressions of your teeth, gums, and jawbone
  • Cleaning and preparing your teeth for orthodontic treatment
  • Inserting active removable orthodontic appliances adjusted by a dentist
  • Identifying, selecting and maintaining crucial dental instruments

As you can see, orthodontic therapists play a vital role in your treatment process and are an important part of the dental care team.

What Can Periodontal Surgery Do?

Periodontal surgery is something we might recommend if you have advanced gum disease.

This procedure can help by:

  • Removing bacteria from underneath your gums
  • Reshaping the bones which support your teeth
  • Making it easier to clean your teeth
  • Preventing future damage to your gums

Do I Need Periodontal Surgery?

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You might be a good candidate for periodontal surgery if you have severe or advanced gum disease (periodontitis) around your gums and other supporting tissues. Some of the symptoms of gum disease include bleeding when you brush, swollen or red gums, perpetual bad breath, pockets around the teeth, and receding gums. If you have developed any of these symptoms, be sure to schedule an appointment with our office for treatment.

During this appointment, we will let you know if you could benefit from periodontal surgery. If the gum disease is still in its earlier gingivitis stage and has not yet progressed to periodontitis, we may recommend that you try more conservative treatments first, such as improving your daily brushing and flossing regimen and rinsing with warm, salt water.


What Are Fixed Hybrid Restorations?

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Also known as a fixed hybrid denture, this restoration is a full set of upper or lower prosthetic teeth that can immediately attach to four or more surgically placed dental implants. We usually recommend this procedure if you have lost all your upper or lower teeth or are in need of extraction.

The procedure simulates both your teeth and gum tissue for improved oral health. The fixed denture restores the functionality and appearance of your teeth, thus resulting in a greatly improved quality of life and the ability to enjoy your favorite foods and pastimes once again.

A fixed hybrid restoration does not have appliance parts that cover your palate, so you can experience the taste and temperature of the foods and drinks you enjoy.

What is the Fixed Hybrid Denture Procedure?

If any of your existing teeth remain, we will need to remove them when we place your new implants. We can complete this entire procedure, including any necessary extractions, in a single day.

The speed of the procedure, combined with the fact that it’s typically done under sedation, makes it considerably more convenient than some other restorative options. The recovery time is also comparatively minimal.


What Are Dental Implants?

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You can think of dental implants like synthetic roots for your teeth. They are similar in shape to screws, and we place them securely in your jawbone, where they integrate with your natural bone structure. Due to this secure integration, they form a solid foundation for dental prosthetics, such as crowns, bridges, and dentures.

We place a connector known as an abutment on top of your dental implant. The abutment is what your crowns attach to. The crowns are custom-made to match your original teeth to restore your natural smile.

This type of modern dental implant has served people well for over 30 years and is the strongest device available to support replacement teeth. Best of all, dental implants allow your replacement teeth to look and function naturally.

5 Fascinating Facts About Dental Implants

  1. Dental implants are the only restorative option for missing teeth which retains your natural bone and even helps stimulate bone growth.
  2. Over three million people in the United States alone have dental implants, with an additional half million people each year opting for this type of dental restoration.
  3. Archaeologists have discovered ancient Mayan dental implants dating back to 600AD that utilized small pieces of seashell material hammered into the jawbone.
  4. In 1952, an orthopedic surgeon in Sweden by the name of P.I. Branemark discovered that titanium can fuse with bone, forging the path forward for dental implants.
  5. The first professional organization dedicated to implant dentistry launched in 1951 and is known as the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

Do You Need Dental Implants, Restorations, or Periodontal Surgery?

Dr. Yokoyama has been practicing dentistry for over 32 years, and is both highly educated and thoroughly experienced in delivering the latest in state-of-the-art modern dental and periodontal procedures. If you or anyone in your family needs treatment for periodontal disease, missing teeth, or any other type of dental restoration, we would be happy to help. Contact our office today to schedule your first appointment!

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