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Undergraduate & Medical SchoolDental: DDS, University of Southern California Ostrow School of Dentistry
Post-Medical School TrainingFellowship: Oral Surgery, USC-LAC Hospital
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When you lose a tooth or even multiple teeth, you may find simple daily activities, such as eating or speaking, become difficult. In addition, you may feel hesitate to engage in social situations or interact with friends. Don’t let tooth loss have a negative impact on your life, especially when replacement options, such as innovative dental implants, can return your smile to full function and health.FAQ's about dental implants:Question: What separates implants from dentures or dental...
Most popular answers from Shawn Hofkes, DDS
There are many options for the "timing" of implant placement depending on the availability of bone and how thick your "gum" tissues are. One option:... READ MORE
If multiple attempts for RCT have failed, you may be better off removing the tooth. Clean the infection out and go ahead and place a dental implant.... READ MORE
Dental implant 16 days ago. Infection / abscess discovered today. Likelihood of bone penetrative or removal of implant? (Photo)
Without the knowledge of an xray and a clinical exam it is difficult to say. More than likely you will have to remove the implant and place a new.... READ MORE
It is possible but not recommended at this point. The canines could be re-contoured with bonding or veneers to cosmetically create a lateral incisor... READ MORE
I have had a dental implant for 8 years. The implant feels solid and does not move, but my dentist suggests removing fixture?
This could be possible. It is difficult to give you any insight on your situation without posting respective pictures or xrays. A second opinion could... READ MORE
Hello!It really depends on how much of an overbite you have and what your goals are cosmetically (its tough to say on here without photos). It will be... READ MORE
Hello,There are plenty of cosmetic dentist that are able to complete this although bare in mind that a temporary that same day make add slightly to... READ MORE
Hello Rick,It sounds like you have lost quite a bit of bone around the implant especially if it is loose like you describe. Taking an antibiotic is... READ MORE
Hello! Implants are a very realistic option to either stablize your dentures or go for an "all on 4" type of surgery and final prothesis. The variable... READ MORE
Do I need to wear my Essix retainer all the time or over night after my bone graft/dental implant placement?
I tell my patients to wear it as much as possible to retain the space and at minimum, wear it while sleeping. It will also protect the grafted area to... READ MORE
Before and After Photos by Dr. Hofkes
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