A Brief History of Dental Implants

A Brief History of Dental Implants

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A Brief History of Dental Implants

Although having a missing tooth could come handy when drinking through a straw, it is otherwise an inconvenience

Humans have been attempting to replace missing teeth for thousands of years with different materials. Ivory, animal bone, rocks and minerals. In ancient China bamboo pegs were placed in the sockets of extracted teeth. The Etruscan people were doing bridges with gold wire and human teeth in 700 B.C.

Dental Implants were discovered accidentally in the early 1950’s when Dr. Branemark, an orthopedic surgeon was trying to study the process of bone healing in rabbits and he used titanium tubes that were placed on the rabbit’s leg bone to be able to document the process. To his surprise, when the time came to remove the titanium tubes, they had a hard time detaching them because they had fused to the surrounding leg bone. This phenomenon later became known as Osseo integration, which is the ability that some materials have to stick to living bone.

From his observations he then decided to study if this same process would take place in human bone and since teeth happen to be the most common missing body part, the mouth became the ideal place to study the success of titanium implants. By the late 60’s dental implants started being successfully placed in people’s jaws as an alternative to bridges. Since then, the advancements in implant dentistry have made it a routine procedure that has helped millions of people replace one tooth or the entire mouth dentition.

We have come a long way since the development of dental implants. Implants used to only be placed in surgical rooms by highly specialized clinicians, today, it has become a much more routine chairside procedure that is performed in dental offices by a dentist with advanced implant training.

Implants have brought great freedom of choice to patients with missing teeth. Before implants, patients were limited to removable dentures or fixed bridges that use natural teeth to anchor the missing ones. Today, people don’t have to sacrifice healthy tooth to support structures that may eventually fail and leave them with more complex problems to deal with.

People with natural teeth apply between 40-80 pounds of pressure to chew their meals. Denture wearers are only able to apply about 17-25 pounds because the denture rests on the gums and it hurts to press any harder. Also excess pressure makes the dentures flip and move. The upper denture holds from the palate like a suction cup. The lower denture however, has no such retention, it is usually a mix of gravity and gradual cheek and lip muscle training. A simple way to improve the quality of life and the diet of lower denture wearers is by anchoring it from dental implants. The procedure takes about 20 minutes and after a short healing period the denture is fitted with attachments that can be snapped on and off the implants, giving the patient a significant increase in the retention, stability and support of the denture, allowing them to chew solid meals.

Whether a patient is looking to replace a single tooth or the whole mouth, there is an implant solution available for them. If you have any questions about dental implant alternatives, give us a call to schedule a complimentary consultation.


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Death by a Thousand Cuts !

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Death by a Thousand Cuts !


For those of you who haven’t had a chance to listen to my new podcast, Marin Dental Media, I’d like to share an excerpt of the last episode, “Death by a Thousand Cuts”.

To listen to the complete version of this episode and the previous two episodes on Over-The-Counter Teeth Whitening and Do-It-Yourself Clear Aligners, just go to your favorite podcast app and search for Marin Dental Media. I look forward to get your feedback and suggestions for new episodes.


Death by a thousand cuts was a form of torture used by the chinese as capital punishment
for serious crimes in the last part of the nineteenth century. The idea was to prolong the
suffering of the condemned for as long as possible with small wounds before the person
finally died. Although you could say that the last cut was the one that killed the person,
really it was a combination of all the previous injuries.

Today we use “Death by a thousand cuts” as a metaphor for minor progressive changes
that by themselves may go unnoticed but when put together have a significant negative
impact .

A tooth breaks down in a gradual process. Most of the times when a patient comes with a
broken tooth, their complain is “I was just eating a piece of bread” or I was eating a fry,
it wasn’t even hard”. The truth is that it wasn’t the last bite that broke the tooth, the
tooth had been gradually getting worse and worse over time without even being noticed.

In dental practice we routinely identify injuries caused by sudden trauma, that is when
someone sustains a sudden impact that causes obvious damage. A punch in the mouth that
knocks a tooth out is what we would consider Macro-trauma. But the consequences of
micro-trauma often fly under the radar. Micro-trauma is caused by a continuous negative
event. Such is the case of excessive compression of the teeth from grinding. When teeth
are pressed together, that force is transferred to the root and the support structures of
the tooth. When pressure is held down, we pinch the membrane that attaches the tooth to
the jaw, we create a slowing down of the circulation that comes to the tooth through a tiny
opening at the end of the root. With limited blood supply and poor oxygen reaching the
tooth and its surrounding tissues, there are biologic changes that ultimately result in
tissue destruction. Much like if you were to leave a tourniquet in one of your limbs for too
long, that part of your body would wither and die; when you pinch blood supply to the teeth
and gums, they become oxygen deprived and die. This ultimately results in receding gums,
loose and shifting teeth, nerve death, root fractures and potential tooth loss.

Listen to the full episode in your favorite podcast app. https://open.spotify.com/episode/2NvUaKKxqX2NijOH5VZqho?si=G8qeOCxtQr-z7sUa0tdPog
If you have any questions about this or any other dental subjects you can write to dentalmedialibrary@gmail.com or call (626)810-5000 in West Covina or (714)529-2626 in the city of Brea.

Thank You.

Oscar Marin DDS.

It’s “Go” Time

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It’s “Go” Time

Do you often find yourself in “procrastination” mode?

You’re not alone, most people wait until last minute to take action, however, you are not most people, and you understand that there may never be a better time to act on your plans than now.

We sometimes tend to wait for all the planets to align or for all the lights to go green before heading to town, and by the time we decide to take action, we’re hit with the painful reality of being late to take advantage of unique opportunities.

This is an invitation to act now. It’s “go” time. Don’t wait for the new year. Start your diet today, read that book, hike the trail. Better yet, stop yourself from doing things that don’t contribute to your personal enrichment like binge watching Netflix series or endlessly scrolling down social media feeds. Opportunities are created, sometimes all it takes is a phone call or even a text.

So, what are you waiting for?

It’s now or never!


Oscar Marin DDS

“Helping patients out of Dental Procrastination”

Phone: 714-529-2626



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A    product     or     service   is   valuable    when   it   is   rare   and  unique. Once   it   starts  becoming  abundant  and    easy    to   find   anywhere,   it  loses its value and becomes a commodity. Dentistry  as a service    was    once   in   short   supply   and  was perceived as a very valuable service.   Today you   can   walk    into   any   commercial    plaza    or    street    mall   and you can find a dental  office tucked between the nail salon and the donut shop.

This     abundant     supply     of    dental    providers has created a change   in   people’s  perception and   even   within   the  dental  community   toward   the   value   of   dental  services. Dental offices have   been  trying  to gain the upper  hand by bringing the  cost   of  services down. However, this strategy   that   is  so effective   for   common   goods   like   salt   and   cotton  and ultimately benefit the consumer,  has   the  opposite  effect   in health services because in order to lower the  cost   of dental   services,   a dental provider has to cut corners   by  looking for cheaper materials, outdated technology,   laboratories   with questionable practices and poorly qualified staff   members.

Your   mouth   is   not   a  common good.  You have unique needs that require careful evaluation by highly   qualified    providers.    It   is    a    huge  mistake to “shop around” for the lowest cost dentist you can find  because   what   is   at   risk   is   your   health.   You   don’t  look for the most affordable cardiologist   or   obstetrician,   you   look    for    qualifications   and   positive   outcomes. The same criteria should be used when finding any other healthcare provider.

During   my   dental   training,   I had the opportunity to practice in remote rural areas of Colombia where   people  have   no  access   and   no  resources to pay for dental services. Since we worked with   portable dental equipment, we were only able to provide them with the very basic services, like   dental   fillings  and extractions. People were very appreciative, but I always   felt   somewhat frustrated   for   not being able to offer better dental care. I promised myself then that as   long as I was able to afford it, I would strive to give my patients access to the best available dentistry.

Today,  at our two offices in West Covina and Brea, we have the resources to provide our patients with   the   best  that dentistry has to offer. We set it up that way, because we believe that we can’t approach   today’s   dental   problems   with   last   century’s   technology.   I  love   ancient   dental equipment because it reminds me of the dentistry my dad and uncles used to provide, but   there  are very clear limitations to what you can find and treat   using   outdated   dental techniques and equipment.

Don’t shortchange   your  dental   health.   When it comes to the health of your smile, you only get one chance to get it right.

If you know somebody with a bad experience with the dentist.   Whether     it    is      your    spouse, parents,  family or    a      coworker,  let   us   know.  Our    doctors   are      available    for    a   quick conversation over-the-phone, by email, text or in person.

In West Covina (626)810-5000
Brea (714)529-2626
Text (626) 660-6439

We can help you change someone’s life !

We know that every stage of your life is special, that’s why we will turn your age into real money !

Call us for details !

Dentist In Brea


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By Dr. Oscar Marin

For me dentistry is never been just about fixing someone’s teeth. Of course, I enjoy  the   immediate     gratification of giving my patients the ability to chew and smile confidently, but to me it is very   clear   that   I’m    looking to create a deeper connection with my patients as individuals, parents, employees, business owners, retirees,   etc.

I enjoy more than anything to hear their stories and the circumstances that led to the current state of   their   dental   health.   On a daily basis I hear different stories about why someone decided not to trust or   to   be   afraid   of the dentist and every time I think I’ve heard the worst, I’m surprised by a new, even more chaotic account. It is no wonder so many people have poor associations with the dentist. One of the most common complains I hear is that the dentist continues to work despite the patient not being completely numb. Some patients complain of discomfort and they are ignored, dismissed and even told not to be a “baby” (this last one actually happened to one of my most apprehensive patients). I have even been told of dentists that hit their patients and the patient just sat there and said nothing because they just thought that is the way dentists behaved. No wonder people end up hating the dentist.

This is why a large part of my consult isn’t necessarily solving clinical dental problems but restoring faith in dentistry and reassuring patients that there’s quite a few of us who are genuinely interested in helping and caring about the person. It is unfortunate that there are so many examples of poor dental experiences to choose from, but this has fueled my passion to create a practice where we can generate a positive experience for our patients from an early age. Starting with our youngest patients, we have established the tooth fairy phone calls program, where kids within a certain age range get a call from the tooth fairy whenever they come to the office, lose a baby tooth or even just to encourage them to do a better job with their home care. For our more skeptical patients or those with traumatic past experiences, we can schedule an office tour where they can stop by and get acquainted with our wonderful staff, the doctor and get some of their questions answered in a non-threatening environment before they even decide to become a patient with us. From beginning to end, the patient has all the control, they can even decide to get a second opinion in-house with one of our experienced providers and whether they choose to stay with us or not, we guarantee that they will come out with all the information they need to make an educated decision about their health.

We’re continuously working to become a greater contribution to our patients beyond what we can do for them in the dental chair. Yes, we treat cavities and gum problems like other dentists, but I take my role as a trusted healthcare advisor very seriously. We look at all the factors that may be having a negative impact in the patient’s wellbeing and help them find ways to improve that. On an average day we discuss anything from stress management to the importance of an active social life”.

There’s no real help unless you evaluate all the factors that play a role in the patient’s health like airway, diet, sleep habits, medications etc. It’s easy to put a crown on a broken tooth, but the broken tooth is just the result of a set of circumstances that led to breakdown.

Our patient community has been critical in helping others overcome the fear to the dental visit. Whether it is your spouse or a coworker, you can also help encourage someone who has a history of poor dental experiences. Our doctors are available for a quick conversation over-the-phone, by email, text or in person.

Let us know how we can help you change someone’s life!

In West Covina (626)8100-5000

Brea (714)529-2626 Text (626) 660-6439

Email: drmarindds@hotmail.com

Follow us on facebook and Instagram: @breasmiledesign

P.S. Beginning in august for every new patient that you refer to our practice, we will reward you with a  $25 gift card of your choice of Target or Best Buy.

There is no cap on how many people you can refer !

Your confidence in our practice  is extremely appreciated and this is our fun way of thanking you for spreading the word !!


Gum Disease in Plain English

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Gum Disease in Plain English

What is the difference between Gingivitis, Receding Gums and Gum Disease?


What is the difference between Gingivitis, Receding Gums and Gum Disease?

The main difference between Gingivitis and Gum Diseaseis that Gingivitis is Inflammation of the soft tissue around your teeth and Gum Disease is Infection of the gum and bone that supports your teeth. They are both caused by the same agent, Plaque and tartar build up, bacteria and trauma.

Inflammation is the swelling of tissues that happens when you sustain an injury. If you hit your thumb with a hammer, your thumb will get swollen, but since the hammer stopped hitting, the swelling will eventually subside

If on the other hand, you get a splinter in your foot, and you don’t get it out, there will be inflammation at first, but eventually, your body will start a reaction to get rid of the foreign object. Your defense mechanism kicks into action and starts sending chemicals to destroy the splinter and “kill” the tissue around it. It becomes infected and a pocket of pus (dead tissue) develops, carving a path that allows drainage of toxins from the infected area to the outside.


Receding Gums is the way the gums scar for some individuals. It happens due to severe friction from brushing, compression from teeth grinding, inflammation or infection of the gums and even from cheek muscle pull. Once receded, gums can only be placed back through surgical procedures that involve grafting of tissue or detaching and repositioning the gums.


GIngivitis is usually reversible once the causing stimulus has been removed. It may also be caused by certain medications and from dry mouth due to mouth breathing.


In your mouth, the tartar build up is stuck like barnacles to a pier. Gum disease is the reaction your immune support has to kick the tartar build up out of your system, the only problem, your tooth and tartar build up have become one, so Gum Disease is your body killing the bone and membrane that holds the teeth in order to get rid of the offending agent.

Another common cause for Gum Disease is bite trauma. Severe compression from unconscious teeth grinding causes “choking” of the blood and oxygen to the teeth and its support structures leading to breakdown and triggering the immune system response.

Gum disease cause by bacteria and the one caused by trauma look very similar. In fact, in most cases it is cause by a combination of these factors. Treating the build up without addressing the bite will lead to limited results and vice versa.

Gingivitis and Gum Disease can go unnoticed for years since in most cases the symptoms are mild and many dental practitioners neglect to screen patients periodically.

Other factors that may influence the development of gum problems include, diet, stress and some medical conditions. The mouth is a delicate environment that requires continuous monitoring. Your gums need to be evaluated once a year with X-Rays and a screening of gum pocket measurements; more often if there is a history of gum problems.


Call 714-529-2626 now to schedule your Smile Assessment with one of our expert dentists and start enjoying the benefits of a great smile today.



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Pearls of Wisdom ! When wisdom teeth “decide” to make an entrance

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Pearls of Wisdom When wisdom teeth “decide” to make an entrance

Pearls of Wisdom

When wisdom teeth “decide” to make an entrance

Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed. There are some people that have enough room in their mouth to accommodate all wisdom teeth in the right place; others never develop them and some people have them so deeply impacted that it is riskier to take them out than to leave them there. The problem arises when there’s not enough room but they still want to show up. Since there is not enough room in the jaw, they have to squeeze between the last molar and the jaw bone and get stuck partially showing in a very difficult position.

The now exposed wisdom tooth pushes on the gum tissue around it causing inflammation and creating a pocket that is very challenging to keep clean for the patient and in most cases even for the dental professional. The pocket around the tooth gets filled with food debris that get infected causing an abscess. This leads to further compression by the molars in the other arch and an escalating discomfort and inability to function properly. Other problems associated with wisdom teeth are bone loss, root damage to neighbor teeth, shifting and bite changes from pressure.

Most dental offices set up time in their schedule for emergencies, the problem is that an infected wisdom tooth is rarely a quick procedure and not all dental offices have the necessary equipment to determine if it is safe to remove the offending tooth without causing harm to neighbor structures. Because of this, the patient is usually sent home with a prescription for antibiotics and a referral to an Oral Surgeon.

To avoid this kind of scenario, it is important to evaluate the wisdom teeth since about age 14. Sometimes we can detect problems from an early age. The ideal time to remove wisdom teeth is as late teens or early 20s. Usually at this age, the bone around wisdom teeth is not dense enough and the roots haven’t completed its development allowing for a more predictable procedure and much shorter post-operative healing process. There are more risks associated with removing wisdom teeth once the roots have finished growing.

There is never a good time to get wisdom teeth removed, but based on my experience, they mostly decide to flare up at the worse time forcing patients to miss days of school or work. Make sure you arrange for it to happen on your terms.

A wisdom teeth screening is an essential part of the comprehensive exam for everyone but especially for patients in the described age range. If you have questions regarding this or any other dental surgery needs, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Phone (714)529-2626




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The   last   decades of the 20th century were filled with great technological advances and dentistry was not the exception. On of the  most welcomed changes was the advent of metal free    restorations.    I   was   born in the seventies and as you probably    know,    I   grew   up   among   dentists  and all the awesome   instruments   that dentists at the time had to use to mold, press  and   burnish   metal   fillings    into    people’s mouths. So if you lived in those times,   chances  are you had some, if not a mouthful of silver fillings.

These    days,    silver   fillings and metal caps are becoming a rarity. Most    dental    offices    have    switched   to  the more cosmetic composite and ceramic materials. That means that people like   me    who   still   have   silver   in   their   mouths,   have  had those fillings for two or more decades, and that is a pretty good track record of durability if you ask me. In fact, if you still have silver fillings, it is likely there’s   some   grey in your hair too.

With   all   the different opinions about keeping or removing  the silver in your mouth I couldn’t help   but   chime in with mine based on my 20 years   of   seeing these restorations at work. So, here’s some things to keep in mind:

* You   don’t   necessarily   have   to change your silver fillings if they’re doing ok.

* We   mostly   rely  on visual clues to determine the   right   time   for   taking  action  because in most   cases,   a   tooth   won’t   hurt   unless the damage   has   become   too   advanced   to   fix conservatively.

* Metal     blocks   the  X Rays, so it is possible to overlook    cavities   that   are  developing under metal restorations.

* A   gap   develops between the tooth and the filling over time, allowing direct bacterial colonization of sensitive core tooth structures.

* Replacing   large   silver    fillings   is   risky  and in many cases it requires removal of additional tooth structure making the tooth easy to break unless a crown or cap is used to cover the tooth.

If you’re part   of   the  proud Silver Filling generation and would like to know the current condition of your fillings, let   us   know   on your  next visit and we’ll take some intraoral photographs and discuss your most immediate needs.

In fact, until   June   30, if   you  need or want any of your metal restorations replaced, you get 10% off such   treatment.   Just   mention   that   you   are   part   of the “Silver Generationl” and we’ll apply the discount to your treatment.


Oscar Marin DDS

“Silver Generation Spokesman”


Call for Appointment – (714) 529-2626​​


Mom It’s Your Turn !

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Mom It’s Your Turn ! Take advantage of our monthly promo for you. 🤑

Smile confidently during and after your treatment, you deserve the beautiful smile of your dreams ! 😁😁

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The Revenge Of The Sugar Bugs

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The Revenge Of The Sugar Bugs


What is Recurrent Caries and Why you should know about it.

The first time a cavity happens, bacteria have to work really hard for months  or  years to pierce through the enamel, but once in the  dentin  layer, decay can cause damage  on  the   inside  a lot faster and make it to the nerve in a matter of weeks.


Worse   than   having   a   cavity   is   getting   decay on the same tooth again. To treat a tooth with a cavity we have to drill through the enamel into the softer dentin layer   and   then the hole is plugged with a silver alloy or    a    synthetic   tooth  colored  material.  Over time, there’s   differences   in   the way dental materials and tooth   structures behave under the continuous strain of the bite, this pressure causes cracks,  chips and small gaps to develop between the tooth and the filling. This gap is colonized by bacteria that can then  reproduce and continue the destruction   many   times   without   being  detected. Because enamel is so hard to break and has virtually no organic material,  bacteria  take   the  path  of  least  resistance  causing  progressive damage on the inside without significant external signs. This second occurrence of decay around or under dental work is called recurrent caries, and if it takes a   long  time to brew, it  may  not  cause  pain  until  the  tooth  is  in  a  very  advanced  state of decomposition or the tissues around the tooth have gotten infected. The tooth may only develop symptoms once the enamel shell collapses exposing the nerve of the tooth.

Recurrent  decay  is  hard  to  detect  because  for the most part there are no external indications of damage and some dental materials block the X-Rays preventing  us  from  seeing  what  is  happening under them, but detecting it at its earlier stages is critical to minimize the extent  of   the   damage   to   tooth  structures.   This is particularly important because during the dental exams,  we   find   significantly  more  damage under existing dental work than newly developed cavities.


Despite    all   this,   X   Rays   are   still  the most reliable way to know what is happening under dental work. Once the presence of internal damage has been  found,  you  have  a very small window of opportunity to act. As with any other medical procedures sometimes  the   extent  of   the   damage   is   more than we anticipate, and as much as we love to do what we do, we always prefer to stay away from having to do root canal treatments or having to pull teeth out.


Some things you can do to prevent recurrent caries:


Avoid excessive pressure against teeth that have dental work. Ask your dentist if there’s any indications of teeth grinding and if you may be a good candidate for a custom night guard.

  • Don’t skip dental check ups, your mouth is a continuously changing environment that requires frequent monitoring.
  • Flossing is critical whenever there are restorations between teeth
  • Fluoride supplements help prevent tooth breakdown around dental work


Interested in replacing aged, existing dental work? Take advantage of our Proactive Incentive. That is 10% off proactive and/or elective dental treatment.

  • Replace old fillings
  • Teeth whitening
  • Protective nightguards
  • Braces and Invisalign
  • Veneers


Call (714) 529-2626 to schedule a complimentary needs assessment





Recurrent Caries