Endodontics
Endodontics

is the study, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases associated with the roots of the teeth. Endodontic services aim to save the patient’s natural teeth by restoring dental health and function.

Pediatrics
Pediatrics

The Pediatric Dentistry Clinic provides dental services for infants, children, and adolescents, including those with special needs, in a relaxing, caring environment specifically geared toward young patients.

Periodontics
Periodontics

Periodontics is the study, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and injuries to the gums, connective tissues, and bone surrounding the teeth. Periodontists can also place implants in areas of missing teeth

Prosthodontics
Prosthodontics

is the treatment, rehabilitation, and maintenance of oral function, comfort, appearance, and health for patients with missing or deficient teeth or tissues. Prosthodontists can replace teeth with implants or dentures.

Welcome to Minegishi Dental Clinic

We are a team of two general dentists and three dental surgeons and are working in collaboration with the Minegishi Dental Clinic to serve the community by means of fixing their dental problems. All the team members are certified and graduated from prestigious dental schools across the country. We wish to help you out with the experience we have and the skills we practice.

Here you will find the best Dentists and Dental surgeons for any dental problems that you may have. We make sure to get your problem fixed in the minimum number of visits and guarantee a perfect smile at the end of it!

All-on-4 with the Prettau Zirconia Bridge

If you find yourself hearing the dentist recommend full-mouth teeth replacement, don’t panic. While this sounds intense and complex, the entire procedure is easier and more common than you can imagine. You may be in this position because your natural teeth are missing or are severely diseased or damaged. Perhaps you have already had teeth replacement with dentures, but they are loose fitting and lack the strength needed for chewing.

How frustrating to have spent all that time, money and effort on your teeth only to discover that you still have extensive issues and are not truly proud of your smile. Thankfully, an All-on-4 dental implant with the Prettau Zirconia Bridge can help you transform your smile once and for all.

What is an All-on-4 dental implant?

Imagine being able to replace all of your teeth in one appointment! The Prettau bridge is free of metal and ideal for anyone who is sensitive or who has metal allergies. Completely bio-compatible, this procedure utilizes special surgical positioning for the implants and therefore the majority of bone grafting can be avoided. Computer robotics precisely fabricate a full-mouth bridge from a solid piece of zirconia porcelain. This material offers a gorgeous smile that is virtually unbreakable. Many patients who are considering an All-on-4 dental implant find the Prettau Full Mouth Bridge to be the best option. This kind of implant is non-removable and fixed. It is as close to your natural teeth as possible and therefore less likely to break or chip.

Patients often receive sedation and all the work is completed while they are blissfully unaware. Imagine resting comfortably in the dentist’s chair and waking up with your brand new smile. Having work completed in one location will save you from having to travel to multiple healthcare professionals to finish the process. Understandably, many patients are worried about not having any teeth in their mouth for a duration of time. Thankfully, you will not have to go through any uncomfortable empty mouth syndrome if you opt to go this route.

What to expect

Surgery is typically completed in one appointment. Any remaining teeth are removed and the implants are then placed. Certain individuals may need to undergo some minor socket bone grafting, however, your dentist will be sure to discuss the particulars of your dental surgery ahead of time.

Benefits of an implant bridge

Having zero plastic or acrylic in your mouth is a much healthier and lasting solution in comparison to traditional bridges.
Avoid exposure to non-precious metals and unhealthy materials.
The strength of zirconia porcelain will ensure that you do not have exorbitant dental repair bills in the future.
The Prettau Dental implant will feel smooth along your gums thanks to the seamlessness of the zirconia restoration.
This implant represents the future of bridge option restoration thanks to its unparalleled strength.
Regain your confidence to smile, chew, laugh and eat in public.
Save money

Believe it or not, in the long run the Prettau Implant Bridge costs less than some other implant options. Hybrid implant bridges and metal fused porcelain are famous for continual costly repairs due to their chipping issues. And since there is no gold substructure required in this design, patients save money.

 

What types of implants are available

Depending on what kind of dental implant your dentist feels will provide you with the most success, a variety of options abound. Implants are made from titanium as this strong material creates a suitable and lasting replacement for the root of the tooth.

Endosteal implants

These implants, shaped like mini screws, plates or cylinders, are surgically implanted into the jawbone. This style comprises the most widely used implant variety. It is the type we place at Harrell Dental Implant Center.

Subperiosteal implants

These implants differ in that they are placed above the jawbone as opposed to under the gum. Individuals who prefer not to undergo bone grafting procedures to build up their shallow jawbone may opt for this procedure. Some people simply are not candidates for bone grafting due to a variety of reasons. If the process of rebuilding the jawbone prior to implants is not an option, this is the next best choice.

Mini and standard implants

As everyone’s jaw and mouth are unique, there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to dental implants. Therefore, your dentist will take X-rays and determine the most suitable implant choice by taking height and size into consideration. The technology has evolved so tremendously that a suitable option will be available.

What is a One and Two Stage System?

Certain implant systems are inserted and then covered with the gum tissue to facilitate the healing process. In this first stage, they are left to fuse or integrate into the jawbone to create a strong anchor point. The implant is uncovered during stage two and a healing abutment or small connector is placed on the implant, connecting it to the mouth above the gum line. This provides the gum tissue the opportunity to heal around the implant. Once 4 to 6 weeks have passed, porcelain crowns can be generated to replace the missing teeth.

The One Stage system leaves the implant exposed post surgery. It protrudes slightly through the gum tissue. The Two Stage procedure offers more protection and is the method used at Harrell Dental Implant Center.

Micro-mini implants

As dental technology continues to surpass itself, many of today’s implants are smaller and just as durable. Mini implants resemble traditional implants, however, they have a smaller diameter. Micro-mini versions offer more of a screw-like appearance and are narrower and smaller compared to traditional implants. They are designed to be removed easily and are often temporary in nature.

Single implants

Individuals who need to replace a single tooth now have the option of using a single implant to provide lasting durability. No one will be able to tell which tooth is the restoration once the process is complete. No other restoration will be as strong or secure.

Multi-tooth replacements

Those who need to restore multiple missing teeth have implant options as well. Multiple crowns can be placed on an implant bridge to offer a lasting solution for missing teeth. An entire arch of replacement teeth can be secured with an All-on-4 implant. The possibilities are numerous and your dentist will be happy to discuss your individual options.

Snap-in or Over dentures

Denture stabilization can be obtained by strategically placing three implants onto which a denture can be anchored. This process preserves jawbone integrity and offers superior stabilization. Patients can often have their current dentures retrofitted to work with this process.

Improve your dentures with dental implants

Improve your dentures with dental implants. Stop dealing with that “hockey puck” feeling that traditional dentures offer. Isn’t it time for an upgrade you can rely on? Dentures are capable of being anchored to dental implants to offer you complete stability and security. Never worry about losing your false teeth ever again. Imagine being able to chew your favorite foods and enjoy the benefits of laughing, smiling and eating in public without any concern.

Benefits of dental implant supported dentures

Traditional dentures may literally leave you lost for words when they become dislodged during speech. Relying on yucky tasting adhesives is not the solution. If you find yourself not wanting to eat out in public or go on any rides at Disneyland for fear of losing your teeth, it’s time for a change. Enjoy steak and beef jerky once again. Feel confident in your smile and your ability to crunch on raw veggies. You can finally put the knife and fork down when it’s corn on the cob night and get busy with your hands like everyone else at the table.

Retrofit Your current dentures

You can opt to have three implants each surgically placed in your top and bottom jaws. Your current dentures can be customized to snap into place over the implants. This will provide you with a level of stabilization that simply isn’t possible with traditional dentures.

Maintain jawbone health

Many patients don’t realize that wearing traditional dentures can affect your facial appearance with time. Your jawbone can disappear after years of lack of stimulation due to missing tooth roots as well as constant grinding from an unstable denture. This can lead to a sunken or shriveled appearance, not to mention mouth sores and chronic pain. Imagine having canker-like sores that never seem to heal. Not to mention having to attend numerous appointments every year to have your plates re-fit.

The implant posts that are surgically implanted into your jawbone work as anchors that are similar to your original root structure. This enables you to constantly receive natural, healthy bone stimulation with every bite and conversation. The posts allow your dentures to snap into place and remain secure. This translates to less friction in your mouth and allows you to prevent the sagging and bone degeneration that often accompanies extended wear of traditional dentures. Maintain your youthful glow by not succumbing to the premature aging profile that traditional dentures are famous for.

Dental Cavities and How to Avoid Them

A dental cavity is a term employed scientifically for “tooth decay”. There are certain bacteria which cause this phenomenon by producing certain acids that eat away the tooth’s enamel and a layer (dentin) beneath it.

Dental cavities can sometimes get very painful s these can initiate the problem of sensitivity by exposing the sensory portion of the mouth to everything we eat.

Dental cavities can be treated effectively but its prevention is always better than the cure as it will spare you a lot of pain and a handful of money!

Following are some of the preventive measures by which the formation of dental cavities can be avoided:

Brush and Floss Daily

Brush your teeth twice a day (once in the morning and once before sleeping at night) and also try to use a floss after you are done with each of your meals. This will decrease the chance of you getting a cavity by 60%.

Drink Water or Rinse Your Mouth After meals

Always take a sip of water (if not more) after taking a meal or you can also serve the same purpose by rinsing your mouth with water after eating anything.

Use a Mouthwash

In addition to brushing and flossing, you also need to use a mouthwash. Brushing and flossing take care of all the plaque and food debris in your oral cavity and clears it all out but the bacteria that are present in the inaccessible places of your mouth can be wiped out only by a mouthwash.

Chew Sugar-free Gum

Try to chew sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after taking meals. This stimulates the production of saliva from salivary glands in the mouth. This leads to the digestion of food and a reduced chance of formation of dental cavities.

Fluoride Treatment

Expose your teeth to fluoride. It can either be done by drinking fluoridated water or by using a fluoridated toothpaste. This helps in the prevention of tooth decay and is considered as one of the most effective means.

Regular Dental Visits

Take care of your teeth just the way you take care of the rest of your body. For this, pay your dentist a monthly or a bimonthly visit to make sure everything is healthy about them. A regular checkup will keep you informed about your dental health and so you’ll always know when to take measure to avoid problems in the future.