about dental implants
For long-lasting restorations for a missing tooth or teeth, cosmetic dentist Dr. Patrick Yoshikane is pleased to perform implant dentistry for his patients in Orange, CA. Implant dentistry uses surgically placed metal posts in your jawbone to simulate the natural tooth root. The post(s) may be connected to a denture, crown, or bridge for a restoration that looks beautiful and can be treated just like your natural teeth. If you have a missing tooth or teeth, make an appointment to learn more about implant dentistry at Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. You may be interested in dental implants if you are tired of loose restorations or the hassle of removable dentures. Talk to Dr. Yoshikane about your concerns and figure out if dental implants are a good option for you.
"Dr. Yoshikane and his staff are awesome. They have been my wife and her families dentist forever and have been my dentist for the last two years. They helped me out recently at the last minute with my wisdom teeth. I had been putting it off for 20 plus years because they never hurt and out of the blue the one on my upper left jaw became inflamed and began causing me pretty bad pain. I gave them a call and they got me in to check it out and after seeing the inflammation the set me up to get them out. Dr. Yoshikane asked me if I wanted sedation or local and I said local. I am not a big fan of sedation and dental work doesn't weird me out. The procedure went great and Dr. Yoshikane and his assistant checked on my pain level throughout the whole procedure to make sure I was not in pain. It was a great experience and I would recommend him to anyone local looking for a great dental office who does everything they can to help their patients as quickly as they can."- G.S. / Yelp / Nov 09, 2018
"Dr. Patrick and his team far exceed all expectations! They take excellent care of their clients! They are great at communicating your appointments, costs and tips on keeping your teeth healthy! When you walk into the office you won't feel like you're in a dentist office because EVERYONE is so friendly and personable! Every employee goes out of their way to introduce themselves to you. Just like most people, I used to hate going to the dentist but now I look forward to my appointments every time! I can't wait to see everyone in the office! Dr. Patrick and his staff really are the best of the best!"- H.F. / Yelp / Apr 12, 2019
"Best pain free dentist I have ever met"- E.C. / Facebook / Jun 28, 2019
"Dr. Yoshikane and his team are an incredible group of people. I came in for a gum contouring experience and was blown away by how nice and welcoming everyone is, and I am even more amazed by how good my smile looks now. Dr. Yoshikane will take good care of you and you can always be sure you're in good hands no matter what."- M.N. / Yelp / Apr 30, 2019
"Dr Yoshikane and his staff are incredible! We called them on Thursday morning as my husband had been up all night with a toothache and our dentist was out of town. They squeezed him into their schedule and took care of his tooth with such professionalism and care. We cannot thank them enough for everything and will definitely be using him from now on. Thank you so much Dr Yoshikane and staff!!"- J.C. / Yelp / Apr 06, 2019
Dental implants can restore a missing tooth or teeth with an implant-supported crown, bridge, or denture. You may want to consider a dental implant if you currently have a regular dental restoration but are unhappy with the appearance, feel, or if there's special cleaning needed. Implants can be cleaned, like your natural teeth, with daily flossing and brushing. During your consultation, Dr. Yoshikane will evaluate the health of your jawbone and gums in order to determine if a dental implant is an ideal option. In some cases, a bone or gum graft surgery may be needed prior to implant surgery to ensure you have a strong enough foundation to support the post. You may not be a candidate for dental implants if you use tobacco products, are pregnant, or are currently being treated for an oral condition, like gum disease.
What To Expect
To prepare for your dental implants, you may have teeth extracted, gum grafts, or bone grafts. Once you are ready for the dental implant, the needed areas will be given local anesthesia to numb your mouth. Sedation may be added to help you feel more comfortable throughout the procedure. Dr. Yoshikane will make an incision in your gum and put the titanium post in the jawbone. The incision in the gums will be closed with part of the post above the gums. Dr. Yoshikane utilizes a special subcrestal implant placement technique to ensure a beautiful, aesthetic result. This will be repeated if several implants are required. While the dental implant integrates into the bone and gum over the next few months, a temporary cover will be used to protect the post. As soon as Dr. Yoshikane decides your implant is healed and integrated with your bone and gums, your restoration (denture, crown, or bridge) can be connected to your implant and adjusted for a good fit.
You may have some short-term inflammation in your mouth and face, plus discomfort, bruising, and minor bleeding after your implant procedure. Dr. Yoshikane will let you know what is to be expected and what should be reported to our office. He may also prescribe pain relievers and antibiotics. Once your dental implants are integrated and your custom restoration is connected, you should follow a good oral care routine at home that includes brushing, flossing, and mouthwash. You should continue to schedule an annual exam and bi-annual professional cleanings at Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. so Dr. Yoshikane can assess your oral health. He will let you know if your restorations or implants should be adjusted or replaced.
Based on your dental insurance coverage, some of your costs may be paid. After talking to your insurance company, we can better calculate your out-of-pocket costs. At your consult, the team of Dr.Yoshikane can go over payment methods, along with financing, to help make your procedure affordable.
Lasting Dental Implants
Dental implants may be a great option if you want a replacement for missing teeth that is simple to maintain and can last for a long time. Dr. Yoshikane will walk you through the process starting with surgery to place the implants and your options on the final restorations. To learn more about dental implants, schedule an appointment for a consultation at Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S.