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Stay Relaxed for Oral Surgery with I.V. Sedation

If you are suffering from tooth loss and have long wanted to get dental implants, but are scared of the oral surgery involved in the procedure, then Santa Cruz implant dentist Dr. Robert Matiasevich, Jr. may just be the person that can end your toothless days. Dr. Matiasevich, Jr. performs teeth-in-an-hour teeth replacement in his clinic in California with the aid of intravenous sedation to enable patients with dental fear or phobia to get the implants they need.

In intravenous or I.V. sedation, the sedative drug acts on the patient’s anxiety, making them totally relaxed and unaware of the sights, sounds and smells inside the dental clinic that they would normally be quite sensitive to. By putting the patient in a deep state of sedation and controlling their gag reflex, Dr. Matiasevich, Jr. can perform the dental implants procedure without any interruption, resulting in high-quality work in less time than it would normally take if it was done without sedation. Even if you’ll be deeply sedated, you won’t be unconscious or asleep and you would still be able to respond to his instructions during treatment.

I.V. sedation is administered using a small needle placed either on top of the hand or on the inner elbow, so if you also have a fear of needles, you may first be given some mild nitrous oxide (laughing gas) sedation to enable you accept the I.V. needle. If the pain from placing the implants is your concern, this will be addressed by the local anesthetic that will be injected into the gums before making any incisions. Likewise, the anesthetic will not be injected until the I.V. sedative has fully kicked-in, and any incisions will not be made not until the anesthetic has taken effect. Your retained ability to respond to Dr. Matiasevich, Jr. will allow you to tell him when you’ve become numb.

Call 831-440-7577 to book an appointment with Santa Cruz dentist Dr. Matiasevich, Jr. during which a review of your medical history and current health condition will be diligently conducted before doing any procedure to ensure your safety and utmost comfort.

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Deal with the Downtime with All-on-Four

In today’s fast-paced, cost-conscious world, there’s a constant search for quick and easy, affordable dental care that’s less invasive compared to traditional procedures. Thanks to modern computer-aided dental technology, fixed restorations to replace missing teeth are becoming easier to get, with long healing and recovery periods from oral surgery becoming practically erased.

Whereas before, a dental implant patient will count months or even a year of healing time for the titanium implants to integrate with the jaw bone, all the while wearing a temporary prosthesis. But now with the latest All-on-Four implant system, you can walk out of the dental clinic with fixed, permanent replacement for your entire upper and lower set of teeth on the very same day that the implants are going to be placed.

Where did all the downtime go? The answer lies in the All-on-Four’s ability to take available bone in patients with low bone volume and still manage to secure the fixed prosthesis using only four strategically-positioned implants. The bone grafting supposedly needed to increase the bone volume is substituted with the stability that comes with placing the four implants at angles where their strength are substantially increased to hold the full-arch of replacement teeth in place. The posterior implants are set at 45 degrees and inserted where it will not compromise the sinus cavity in the upper jaw and the nerve canal.

As for all the meticulous preparations, from taking accurate measurements and determining the best position for the implants, it’s already part of this advanced treatment concept. Immediately after the implants are inserted, the prosthesis is screwed onto the implants right after the oral surgery. And since it makes use of only four instead of the usual six implants, the cost is considerably reduced, giving you all the more reason to smile.

And smiling widely is what you’ll be doing after you receive your All-on-Four replacement teeth from Santa Cruz implant dentist Dr. Robert Matiasevich, Jr. Be one of the many satisfied patients that Dr. Matiasevich has helped throughout the years, providing them with implants that enable them to function normally and live comfortably again. Contact his clinic at 831-440-7577 now to make your appointment.

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Non-Invasive Treatment for Receding Gums

Having a receded gum line and exposed teeth roots may be an unpleasant sight and an uncomfortable situation to be in when it makes you sensitive to hot and cold food and yet only a few take definite steps to address the problem. Some think having receding gums is simply hereditary and cannot be avoided, others think merely going easy on aggressive tooth brushing will reverse it, while the rest are plainly closed to the idea of undergoing painful gum surgery to correct the condition.

In a gum or soft tissue graft, the dentist cuts a flap of skin from the roof of the mouth (palate), takes tissue from under the flap and stitches it to the gum tissue surrounding the exposed root, or if the gum tissue around the affected tooth is sufficient, grafts gum from that area instead. When pockets have formed between the gums and the teeth, pocket depth reduction is done wherein the gum tissue is folded back to remove the bacteria from these pockets either to reduce their size or to fully eliminate them. If receding gums are left untreated and the apparent gum disease has been allowed to advance to the bone, regeneration of lost bone and tissue using a regenerative material such as a membrane, graft tissue or tissue-stimulating protein must be done to restore the bone and tissue in the affected area.

No wonder with all the incisions and stitches that need to be made, a few would dare brave the pain and bleeding from gum recession treatment. But thanks to the development of the pinhole gum rejuvenation technique practiced by Santa Cruz dentist Dr. Robert Matiasevich, Jr. in his clinic in California, you can now fight receding gums without the need for messy grafting, cutting and sutures.

Using a special dental instrument that will make a pinhole into your gums, the receding gums will be loosened and moved back down into their normal position to restore your gum line. What will keep them in place are the collagen strips that will also be inserted into the pinhole where they will fuse with new collagen that will be produced by the body.

Take advantage of this non-invasive gum treatment by calling 831-440-7577 for an appointment with Santa Cruz dentist Dr. Matiasevich, Jr., one of only a few distinguished professionals trained to perform this procedure.

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There’s Hope for All with Mini-Implants

A tooth that has been lost through an extraction can be replaced with a dental implant, a type of replacement tooth that consists of a titanium implant that is inserted into the mandibular or jaw bone and a dental prosthesis called a crown connected to the abutment attached to the implant. It restores not just the function and aesthetics but more importantly maintains the health of the jaw bone with continued stimulation to the area where the natural tooth used to be.

However, not all patients who sign up for implants actually get one if they are found to be lacking in the bone density required for holding the implants in place. They would have to undergo additional procedures like bone grafting to re-create the ideal bone density level that can enable implant placement and ensure a successful osseointegration of the implant into the jawbone, if they want to be qualified for the implant procedure.

Fortunately, with the creation of mini-dental implants, patients who were previously denied standard-size implants can now get the replacement tooth they had been seeking without having to unnecessarily go through surgical bone grafting. With accurate planning, preparation and placement over surface areas with adequate density, mini-dental implants can sufficiently fuse with available bone.

By being smaller in diameter, mini-implants require less of the incisions and amount of bone that need to be removed in order to accommodate the threaded root part of the implant which easily screws right into the hole. By being less invasive overall, there is also less pain during the procedure and less recovery time afterwards, which translates to less downtime in getting back to doing your normal activities, especially when there’s also less chance for complications.

Mini-implants don’t only generally have all the benefits that conventional implants have but these benefits all come at a much more budget-friendly price. The savings come in the form of the more affordable mini-implants and the money that you’ll save from fewer appointments because of the simpler procedures, saving you valuable time as well.

Now is the time to finally get that replacement for your missing tooth. Call 831-440-7577 for an appointment with Santa Cruz implant dentist Dr. Robert Matiasevich, Jr. for those affordable mini-implants.

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Replacement Teeth in as Fast as an Hour

Replacement teeth – whether it’s a crown or a bridge for a single missing tooth, dental implants, or implant-retained dentures for a full arch of missing teeth – seem to take too long to make. This is why to hear such a thing as teeth-in-an-hour may seem like a myth. But this is just exactly how long it takes for you to walk out of Santa Cruz implant dentist Dr. Robert Matiasevich, Jr.’s clinic in California with a new and improved smile.

Dr. Matiasevich does this by carefully planning your dental implant placement with the use of CT scan and virtual reality software and fabricating the replacement teeth even before you step in for the implant procedure. This advanced preparation takes away the months of multiple surgeries in conventional implants that can be very invasive. You can even eat comfortably right after getting your teeth-in-an-hour as there are no painful side effects.

The state-of-the-art technology in teeth-in-an-hour combines the benefits of having a CT scan to create the 3D image of the expected result from which the replacement teeth will be formed and shaped in just a few minutes. This process significantly reduces the downtime that’s typically associated with conventional implant procedures. When you come in for your appointment, the hour will be spent just for the placement and soon after that, you can just as easily start showing off your new teeth.

You can even continue with your usual routine as there is minimal post-operative discomfort to be had from the procedure as well as minimal recovery time needed. The accurate scanning of the jawbone and careful placement of the implants minimizes any possibility for complications from the procedure, giving you more than enough confidence to go back to work or resume your social activities with a better smile and improved looks.

So if you’d rather spend your time elsewhere but the dentist’s chair, then teeth-in-an-hour is definitely made for your busy schedule and active lifestyle. Contact 831-440-7577 now for your appointment with Dr. Matiasevich and it will be the best hour you’ll ever spend in a dental clinic.

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Painless Treatment for Receding Gums

If you are one of those people who have receding gums and just simply dismiss it thinking it’s harmless, think again. Receding gums is a sign of gum disease that may eventually lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Now if you have sought a consultation and treatment for receding gums but have been scared off by traditional treatments like gum grafting surgery, there is new hope for you and it comes by way of a clinic in California headed by Dr. Robert Matiasevich, Jr., a Santa Cruz dentist who can treat you using the revolutionary new procedure called pinhole gum rejuvenation.

The pinhole surgical technique is a treatment for receding gums that Dr. Matiasevich, Jr. and only a few other distinguished dentists trained for under Dr. John Chao, who invented and patented the procedure. It uses a specially-designed instrument to make a small pinhole into the receded gums to loosen the gum tissue and pull them back into place, and it’s done all without any grafting, incisions or sutures.

By being less invasive compared to conventional treatment methods, it is therefore painless, has less post-operative discomfort like swelling, and thereafter, needs less recovery time. The number of visits needed to complete the entire treatment is also markedly less because Dr. Matiasevich, Jr. can treat multiple teeth per appointment in contrast to gum grafting where only one or two teeth can be treated at a time.

During the procedure, Dr. Matiasevich, Jr. will first inject local anesthesia into the gum area before making the pinhole which will serve as the entry point for the collagen strips that will keep your gums in the ideal position by fusing with the new collagen that will be produced by your body. After just a few visits, your gum line will be restored and you’ll have your healthy-looking gums back.

Don’t let your receding gums continue giving you the “old look” and worse, lead you to tooth loss. Call 831-440-7577 now for painless pinhole gum rejuvenation treatment with the help of your Santa Cruz dentist.

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