Dee Nishimine, D.D.S., Inc.
Sophia Y. Tseng, D.M.D.
Periodontics & Dental Implants
Call: (559)229-6557

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures.  Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.

Dental Implants should be placed by Surgical Specialist and Drs. Dennis Nishimine, Dee. C. Nishimine & Sophia Y. Tseng are Surgical Specialist.  They have taken 3 years of advanced training beyond the 4 years of Dental School.  Ask your dentist if they have taken a surgical residency if they want to place a dental implant for you.

Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or Periodontist - a specialist of the gums and supporting bone.  The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!

Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.

Reasons for dental implants:

  • Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
  • Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
  • Restore a patient’s confident smile.
  • Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
  • Restore or enhance facial tissues.
  • Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.

What does getting dental implants involve?

The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.

X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant.  While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months.  Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place.  With other implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.

After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor.  Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete.  After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.

You will receive Oral Hygiene Instructions (OHI of brushing and flossing) throughtout the course of your treatment.  Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aide in maintining the health of your dental implant.  We want this to last you a lifetime and your two hands and understanding are the key to success.  



They told me that I could not have a dental implant.....

 Then I went to Dr. Nishimine and I got my SMILE back!

"My tooth was missing for some 20years and they said I DID NOT have the bone to have a dental implant>"

This x-ray shows the missing tooth and braces that will make room for the new implanted tooth.

Patient with permenant implant tooth.   A normal smile has been restored.

This x-ray shows the sturdy titanium implant and the attached natural looking crown and a fully functional tooth.


"Dr. Nishimine and Tseng  say they can never make a "perfect 10" but they came very close to a "9.9" for me.  e.b.


Complex Dental Implant Case:
This is a very BEAUTIFUL SMILE!!!!!  " I have had bad teeth all of my life and I never wanted dentures.  With dental implants I have resolved my problems and have a BEAUTIFUL SMILE!"   This case has multiple dental implants and with "perfect treatment planning makes a perfect smile."



This was a very complicated case we provided some 10 years ago and you can easily avoid full dentures with the utilization of dental implants.  Dental implants should be for a lifetime with good OHI of Brushing and Flosssing and follow up  with your general dentist and our office as well.  This is an investment in your health and your SMILE!!!!


Patient lost tooth due to a condition known as "external root resorbption" and asked for a replacement tooth also called a Dental Implant.

Shows tooth extracted and Titanium implant inserted.

Patient with permenant implant tooth is installed,
A beautiful smile has been restored.

X-ray #1 shows: The tooth that unfortunatly has to be removed.

X-ray #2 shows: After the tooth is removed, a Titanium Implant is inserted to support the New tooth.

X-ray #3 shows: Titanium Implant with tooth attached.