Dental implants are the gold standard for functional, long-lasting, and natural-looking tooth replacement. Dr. John Cross explains the many dental implant solutions that are available.
Newport Beach, CA – At his practice in Orange County, OC Lifesmiles, Newport Beach cosmetic dentist John Cross, DDS offers the full spectrum of dental implant solutions for the replacement of missing and/or badly damaged teeth. According to Dr. Cross, “For patients who are good candidates, dental implants can provide a tooth replacement option that most closely resembles the look, feel, and function of natural teeth.” He goes on to explain, “since the dental implant posts are surgically placed into the jawbone and designed to fuse securely with the bone tissue, this procedure can create unparalleled stability and support for custom implant restorations, as well as help maintain healthy jawbone density long-term.”
Patients who come to OC Lifesmiles find that they have many dental implant options to choose from. The right option for each individual depends on the results of a comprehensive oral evaluation to determine the condition of the patient’s dental health and jawbone, the number of teeth that must be replaced, and the patient’s desired outcome:
- Replacement of single teeth can be achieved with a dental implant post restored with one custom implant crown.
- Replacement of multiple teeth can be accomplished with implant-secured bridges. Two or more implant posts are required to attach a custom-crafted series of replacement teeth (typically two to four).
- Replacement of full upper and/or lower arches of teeth can be completed with implant-supported dentures, using either the All-On-4® technique—which relies on four strategically placed implant posts to secure a single full arch denture—or a custom implant denture solution, which may use five to eight implant posts per denture.
For Dr. Cross, customizing each dental implant procedure, using the latest diagnostic/treatment planning technology, and incorporating high-quality dental implant systems helps keep his success rates high. “While implant dentistry is generally considered a reliable and highly effective procedure for patients who are good candidates, I rely heavily on my training, experience, state-of-the-art NobelClinician® 3D imaging software, and innovative dental implant systems to provide my patients with the most functional, long-lasting, and natural-looking results.” The NobelClinician® system assists Dr. Cross in precisely planning every aspect of the dental implant procedure to help ensure optimal implant placement (through the use of surgical guides) and minimize the potential for complications.
The final phase of any dental implant procedure is the fabrication and placement of the implant restorations. Depending on the needs and goals of the patient, Dr. Cross may create high-quality custom implant crowns and bridges with his in-office CEREC® machine or utilize the services of a trusted dental lab to fabricate crowns, bridges, and implant dentures. “Implant restorations for my patients are crafted with aesthetics, durability, and strength in mind. The goal is to create replacement teeth that look incredibly natural and function optimally long-term.” Dr. Cross says.
Ultimately, Dr. Cross welcomes any individual struggling with missing or badly damaged teeth to explore the many options available through implant dentistry. He explains that, “Even patients who think they aren’t good candidates for dental implants may be surprised to find that bone grafting procedures, treatments to improve oral health, and creative implant procedure planning can potentially allow them to benefit from implant dentistry.”
About Dr. John Cross
Dr. John Cross has been creating beautiful smiles in Orange County since 1999 and established his private practice, OC Lifesmiles, in 2006. He completed his undergraduate education at University of California, San Diego and earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the University of the Pacific in Northern California. Dr. Cross is committed to continuing education coursework and has completed thousands of hours of advanced training in the latest cosmetic, restorative, and reconstructive dental techniques, as well as earning accreditation in sedation dentistry and Invisalign® orthodontics. At OC Lifesmiles Dr. Cross offers the full spectrum of dental services to keep his patients’ smiles healthy and beautiful, including porcelain veneers, dental implants, full mouth restoration, and more. Dr. Cross is an active member of several prominent professional associations, including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, and the American Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Cross is available for interview upon request.
20271 Acacia St., Suite 100
Newport Beach, CA 92660