SOURCE: Mission Trails Dentistry

Mission Trails Dentistry

November 28, 2012 08:01 ET

San Diego Dentists Offer Patients Alternatives to Traditional Dentures

Mission Trails Dentistry Helps Patients Eat, Chew and Smile With Confidence

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 28, 2012) - Mission Trails Dentistry, the San Diego cosmetic and implant dentistry practice of Dr. James Salazar and Dr. Bradley Ross, takes an individualized approach to working with each patient. Because each patient's mouth, teeth, bone structure and dental concerns vary, Mission Trails Dentistry offers single tooth implants, implant-supported dentures, or a combination of both as an alternative to traditional dentures. An in-office consultation can help patients decide which treatment plan best meets their personal goals.

With new technological developments in denture alternatives, patients are no longer relegated to full traditional dentures when there is the option of preserving their natural tooth structure. Patients today seek solutions that single tooth implants and implant-supported dentures provide, such as:

  • Stability in the mouth
  • Confidence
  • A beautiful smile
  • A youthful look

Dr. Ross says that when possible, patients are choosing tooth implants as opposed to bridges. These patients consider these implants a lifetime investment, with the goal that they will be given a new tooth to care for as if they had never lost it in the first place. Dr. Ross considers these implants the best option for a long-term solution, depending on the width and the depth of the bone a patient has available. He says costs are coming down on single tooth dental implants, making them a more affordable option for patients.

A second alternative to traditional dentures is an implant-supported denture, where dental implants are used to secure a full or partial denture. This procedure can help patients convert from having a full denture, covering the roof of their mouth, to having a combination of fixed teeth and partial dentures -- and sometimes transition to not needing a denture at all.

One major benefit Mission Trails Dentistry is able to provide is comprehensive in-house care. Dr. Ross and Dr. Salazar both restore implants with cosmetic crowns and tooth colored support abutments, while Dr. Ross performs the surgical placement of the implants in the bone. Both dentists oversee the whole process from start to finish and they are able to visualize the final results they are working toward, which dictates the complete aesthetic and functional outcome.

San Diego cosmetic dentist Dr. Ross cites one recent success story as an example of the improvements offered by the use of implants and implant-supported restorative dentistry. One patient at Mission Trails Dentistry was losing teeth on her upper arch, and Dr. Ross placed implants to not only help secure a denture, but also open up the pallet without forcing her to have a bulky, thick denture on the roof of her mouth. The secure implant gave her significantly improved comfort and a means to easily manage the foundations of her mouth. She has been so pleased with the results, she has returned to have the same restorative dentistry procedure performed on her lower arch. Prior to the procedure, the patient had compromised teeth and was unable to chew well. Now, with implant-supported dentures, she can eat, chew and smile confidently.

About Bradley A. Ross, DDS
Dr. Bradley Ross is a graduate of Oregon State University and received his dental degree at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. He is a member of the ADA, CDA and the San Diego County Dental Society. Dr. Ross is available for interview upon request.

About James D. Salazar, DDS
Dr. James Salazar is a graduate of San Diego State University and the University of California -- San Francisco Dental School. He recently earned accreditation from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry for his excellence in cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Salazar is available for interview upon request.

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