J. Paul Fuentes, DDS, DABP, in private practice in Arcadia, California, is a specialist in periodontal surgery, dental implants and laser dentistry and for many people, that means dental implants which are more convenient than other forms of dental prosthetics. Dr. Fuentes and his team believe that you should have the smile of your dreams.
Like dentures, a dental implant involves the use of a prosthetic or fake tooth. The difference with this treatment option is that implants are permanent for many patients. That's why implants stand out over other forms of dental appliances such as full dentures or dental bridges.
With dental implants, Dr. Fuentes surgically embeds a titanium post into the jaw bone. A custom-made prosthetic tooth is attached to the post to fill the space left by a missing natural tooth.
The most obvious benefit is a dental implant offers a potentially permanent solution to a missing natural tooth. When you lose a tooth and don’t fill that space, it can affect the entire architecture of your mouth, and that changes your appearance.
Dental implants also make it easier for you to eat, which has limitations if you’re missing a tooth or wearing a removable denture that may slip.
The process starts with the Dr. Fuentes doing an evaluation of your physical and dental health. It may also be necessary to fix a few things to ensure the success of your implant. For example, he may want to do a sinus lift or bone graft. This strengthens the bone and other key areas to support the new implant. In some cases, it may be necessary to do extractions, as well. This helps stabilize the post.
At some point, Dr. Fuentes' staff will do X-rays of your mouth and take measurements to create a customized prosthesis that fits properly.
The surgery itself is done in stages that require multiple visits to the dentist's office. The stages include:
At Dr. Fuentes' office, we accept all PPO insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
"Dr. Fuentes and his team have made me feel comfortable, and supported. Which is saying a lot for someone who is dental-phobic! "
"I got my work done by Dr. Fuentes about 10 years ago, and to this day I still get compliments on his work. He is very knowledgeable at what he does."
"Dr. Fuentes and his staff are kind, gentle, informative, thorough, and all around outstanding I HIGHLY recommend them! Thank you Dr. Fuentes."