Fulbright Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry
In practice for 19 years, Dr. Michael Fulbright earned both a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene and his Doctorate in Dental Surgery degree from the University of Southern California. He continued his education in advanced aesthetics at UCLA and Pacific Implant Institute, enabling him to perform all aspects of full-mouth reconstruction at Fulbright Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.
What would you like readers to know about your practice?
“We are the leaders in aesthetic smile design and full-mouth reconstruction and are honored to treat patients from all over the world. Our success comes from our extensive training in cosmetic dentistry and working alongside one of the best master ceramists in the country. The digital smile design protocol we developed allows the patient to be an integral part of the design process in order to create a unique and custom new smile that is natural and beautiful. No two smiles are alike, and being able to provide prototype veneers or restorations for the patient to ‘test drive’ is the key to achieving such positive outcomes for our patients.”
What is the mission of your practice?
“To get 30,000 people healthier in the South Bay by 2022. We’re doing this by collaborating with other like-minded health care practitioners to help educate patients about systemic links between dental disease and total-body health.”
What can a new patient expect?
“Our new-patient experience is like no other in the dental field. Aside from all the comforting amenities we provide, we conduct a very comprehensive exam using the latest tech-nology in dentistry. We routinely use genetic testing to see the specific bacterial flora in a patients’ mouth and identify risk factors to help predict disease and the appropriate customized treatment for the long-term health of the patient. Coupled with our 3-D CBCT technology, we can identify pathology that helps us treat early and minimally invasively. Oral cancer rates are decreasing in the U.S. with the help of our second-generation screening technology called Oral ID. We use CEREC, which is a CAD/CAM system to aid in the fabrication of same-day crowns and onlays and eliminate the need for traditional ‘goopy’ impressions and temporary crowns. Incorporating these tools allows us to provide a science-driven diagnostic treatment plan that allows the patient to make better informed decisions about their health.”
What steps do you take to help patients feel at ease when they visit your office?
“It all starts with truly listening to my patients, which allows them to open up, become more at ease and gain the trust we need to form a great relationship. We know that for some people going to the dentist can be very frightening, so once we have earned their trust we can then offer solutions to make their procedures more comfortable and relaxing. Don’t let your fears or anxiety prevent you from getting the dental care that you need and deserve.”
Tell us about your team.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of my incredible team. While each member of our team has his or her own roles and responsibilities, we believe that by empowering them to be leaders amongst leaders they will be the best advocates for our patients’ health. The best compliments we receive are from patients telling us how great our team is or how special a certain individual is who has touched their lives. We live by our mantra: Changing lives … one smile at a time!”
How is oral health linked to overall health?
“We now know that about 50% of Americans have periodontal disease and that 50% of all heart attacks and strokes are caused by that same disease. By focusing on the specific bacteria in each patient’s mouth customizing a plan to minimize that bacteria, we can lower the risk and help prevent a lot of heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, various cancers and dementia. By also focusing on our patients’ airways, we can help identify if someone has obstructive sleep apnea, which can increase your risk for those same diseases and in children can often be misdiagnosed as ADHD. It’s a fascinating time in dentistry, and we have the tools to help so many people overcome these conditions. It’s really inspiring to be able to touch so many lives in such a positive way.”