Are Immediate Dental Implants as Strong as Natural Teeth?

When considering dental surgery to replace a damaged tooth, you may find yourself asking if immediate dental implants as strong as natural teeth. Dentures and implants inserted with older techniques lack the biting and chewing power of natural teeth. If immediate dental implants are required, it’s natural to assume you’re making a compromise in quality to have teeth right away, but here in La Canada,…Read More

Can I Take My Prescribed Medications Before Oral Surgery?

Oral surgery is often an outpatient procedure, which means you can go home when it’s over without staying in a hospital overnight. Because of this, your surgeon may give you specific instructions on how to prepare for the oral surgery. La Canada residents have numerous qualified dentists to choose from when undergoing such a procedure, and most of them tailor their instructions to fit the…Read More

Do I Need to Fast Before Having Oral Surgery?

Oral surgery can entail numerous specific operations, from wisdom teeth removal to dental implants and surgical repair. Specifics vary, but every surgery requires preparation from the patient, which invariably entails some questions for the surgeon. Chief among them is “do I need to fast before having oral surgery?” Glendale residents have a number of dentists who can provide an answer, but in truth, it usually…Read More

How Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth are the “back teeth” in the four corners of your mouth: the last to come in and often the ones that cause the most problems. Because most people’s mouths are too small to fit all 32 adult teeth, wisdom teeth become impacted or come in at odd angles. They’re difficult to clean, they can be very painful, and the longer they are left…Read More

Do I Still Need Dental Check-Ups if I wear Dentures?

Dentures have been the standby for replacing teeth for centuries, and today many people still wear either partials or full dentures. Because they can be removed – and because they’re completely artificial – patients may ask “Do I still need dental check-ups if I wear dentures?” The answer is an unequivocal yes. Dentures are no longer the only option for patients with missing teeth, but…Read More

Do Zygomatic Implants Hurt?

Zygomatic implants are used in cases where the bone in the upper jaw has severely degraded. The name refers to the zygomatic bone, which possesses a density unseen in other types of bone and provides the requisite strength to support the implant of new teeth. For residents of Pasadena, zygomatic implants can be performed locally without having to travel to Los Angeles. But do zygomatic…Read More

How Long Does it Take to Get Emergency Dental Implants?

Dental emergencies differ little from other types of medical emergencies: they must be addressed promptly or further damage may occur. This is especially true in the case of dental implants, which are used in cases when a tooth cannot be saved and must be replaced quickly. Here in Pasadena, emergency dental implants require a local surgeon to perform quickly. Otherwise, the patient must travel to…Read More

How Long Does it Take to Place Immediate Dental Implants?

Immediate dental implants are often used in emergencies, or for times when a damaged tooth cannot be replaced. Here in Glendale, immediate dental implants can be performed by local surgeons, preventing patients from having to drive to Los Angeles or further. But how long does it take to place immediate dental implants and what can you expect before undergoing such a procedure? Early Implants Took…Read More

When Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?

Wisdom teeth can be found in the very back of your mouth, and most people need to have them removed sooner or later.  Our jaws normally lack the room to accommodate them, and since they’re the last teeth to emerge, they often become impacted or embedded in your gums. The longer they’re left in place, the more difficult they can be to remove, which can cause…Read More

Dr. John L. Lytle – Teacher

After several years in practice and as USC’s Director of the Undergraduate Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, I wanted to work with USC students one-on-one. I attended USC for undergraduate as well as medical and dental school, so it has always been close to my heart. When I was asked to teach graduate students, I was thrilled at the prospect of creating ongoing relationships with incoming…Read More