Steven K. Okamoto,
Steven K. Okamoto, DDS
Michelle Okamoto, DDS
22330 Hawthorne Boulevard, Suite E, Torrance
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Isumi Muto, Stephanie Castan, Renee Nishihira, Dr. Steven Okamoto, Valerie Lopez, Dr. Michelle Okamoto, Amber Leaban, Ailey Suzuki and Stacy Oshima
- Special Section
Preventative care (exams, cleanings, X-rays) | Crowns and bridges | Dental implants | All-on-4® | Invisalign | ZOOM | Diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea
“To have the opportunity to invest in our patients is something we do not take for granted.”
Dr. Michelle: Our office just underwent a 1,200-square-foot addition to our current space, creating two additional operatories and an in-house laboratory. Our growth is a direct correlation between the highest standards we hold ourselves to and the appreciation patients have for those standards. Our team frequently takes continuing education courses to provide our patients with the most comprehensive care. Patients spend more time at their dental office than some other medical offices, so to have the opportunity to invest in our patients is something we do not take for granted.
AREA OF EXPERTISE
Dr. Steve: A prosthodontist is a dentist with additional education in the restoration and replacement of missing teeth, often referred to as the skilled architects who can restore optimum function and appearance to your smile. I completed a three-year residency in prosthodontics at the University of California, Los Angeles. The residency included lectures and seminars, an intensive laboratory and clinical experience in fabricating crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays, complete and removeable partial dentures, and dental implants. Since then I have also had additional education training on restorative procedures such as bone grafts and All-on-4®.
WHAT IS ALL-ON-4®?
Dr. Steve: All-on-4® is a term coined by Nobel Biocare, the global leader in dental implant biotechnology, that refers to four dental implants that replace all of either the upper or the lower teeth. Today the technology provides patients options to transform their loose dentures, removable partials or damaged dentition into comfortable and long-lasting, beautiful smiles.
WHAT IS THE ALL-ON-4® PROCESS?
Dr. Steve: We start All-on-4® by gathering records of your dental and medical history and reviewing your goals and desires. We take 3-D X-rays of your jaws to evaluate your jawbone, nerves, sinuses and the ideal implant position. Using computer simulation, the implants are digitally positioned to optimally support the prosthetic teeth, facial support and ideal natural smile.
Surgery can be done simultaneously, including the removal of teeth, bone shaping or grafting and implant placement. Temporary acrylic replacement teeth are attached directly to the implants and stay in the mouth for approximately three months.
Then the prosthodontist removes the temporary teeth and replaces them with permanent ones made of stronger materials such as zirconium, which will fit the healed gums more precisely. The new teeth will function just like natural teeth and look beautiful too.