REDONDO BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 20, 2012) - Dr. Michael Fulbright, a Redondo Beach cosmetic dentist, offers patients with missing teeth an alternative to bridges and dentures. A dental implant is a single artificial tooth, typically made of porcelain, with a titanium base that is set into the jaw. The results look, feel, and function as natural teeth.
The most common reasons for dental implants at Dr. Fulbright's practice are:
- Failing bridges
- Failing root canals in need of extraction
- The creation of implant supported dentures
- Converting traditional dentures to implant supported dentures
With a conventional bridge, patients have artificial teeth connected to preexisting natural teeth on each side. According to Dr. Fulbright, this process requires the reshaping of a patient's natural teeth in order to accommodate the bridge. This reshaping sacrifices the patient's existing natural tooth structure. With dental implants, a patient's natural tooth structure is preserved. The implant acts just as a normal tooth and is fully integrated into the mouth. While the typical lifespan of a conventional bridge is 10-15 years, a dental implant lasts a lifetime.
Dr. Fulbright has access to an array of technology to create a treatment plan. This technology includes:
- Panoramic X-ray
- CT Scan
- 3D Cone Beam Imaging
With the technological advances in computer-guided surgery, Dr. Fulbright says that he can perform implant surgeries with greater accuracy based on 3D imaging of the mouth. This technology makes dental implant procedures safer, faster, and more predictable.
In addition, recent advancements in bone grafting have allowed candidacy for implants to greatly expand. If a patient lacks the necessary preexisting bone structure in the jaw for dental implants, bone to accommodate an implant can be grown for the patient.
Because Dr. Fulbright is a cosmetic dentist who performs the tooth restoration as well as the titanium implant placement, patients have the advantage of having one doctor handle the entire process. Dr. Fulbright sees this consolidation of the process as advantageous for the patient. Patients will already have a rapport with Dr. Fulbright and will not need to be referred to an external dentist to complete the procedure. He notes that surgeons who solely work with the titanium roots or the porcelain teeth are not able to keep the larger picture in mind when making surgical decisions. Redondo Beach cosmetic dentistry patients who have the entire procedure performed by a single dentist benefit from a single, unified vision of the end result.
About Michael Fulbright, DDS
Dr. Michael Fulbright is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine and earned his dental degree at the University of Southern California (USC). Afterward, he completed a one-year post-graduate implant program at Pacific Implant Institute in Vancouver, BC. Before opening his own practice, he worked in Beverly Hills with the renowned cosmetic dentist and premiere international lecturer Dr. Brian LeSage, Director of the UCLA Aesthetics Continuum. Dr. Fulbright is the affiliate dentist for the Murad Inclusive Health Center and is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) and American Academy of Implant Dentistry AAID. He offers a wide range of general, cosmetic, and restorative dental procedures including teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and root canals.