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Dr. Robert Tupac

Prosthodontics
Bakersfield, CA
male

Locations

Office

Bakersfield, CA

Address

5060 California Ave, #170 , Bakersfield, CA
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My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00am
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Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP

Bakersfield, CA

About

Bio

<strong>Dr. Robert G. Tupac, D.D.S., F.A.C.P.</strong> Dr. Tupac received his DDS degree from UCLA and then graduated from the Advanced Prosthodontics Program at USC. He has been a Board Certified Prosthodontist since 1981. There are only 2600 active prosthodontists in the US today, of whom only 840 have attained the designation of Board Certified, as being recognized by their peers for their achievement, which attests to the advanced training and importance and exclusivity of this designation. He founded the West Coast Implant Institute and directs the Dr. Tupac Implant Dentistry. He has been placing and restoring dental implants for over 26 years and has completed thousands of implant cases. His main interest is clinical dentistry, explaining and doing the right thing for a particular patient's needs. Dr. Tupac also enjoys blogging !

Specialties
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Prosthodontics

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106 Agrees
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Yes: Yes, but the teeth would nave to be reduced first. If th overlapping is too much, orthodontics may be a better answer.
A 59-year-old female asked:
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Long time: Crowns usually last 10 to 15 years--in terms of wear and tear--but new decay of periodontal problems of the same tooth (separate from the crown) can o... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
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No: Your mouth is unique and getting fitted with a set of dentures requires impressions of your mouth, measurements of your bite, and trying in the teeth ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Thread floss: This is not as important as making sure you can clean everything properly when the permanent bridge is placed. Make sure your dentist shows you how.
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
One is temporary: A flexible partial denture is not considered a permanent device, just a temporary one for replacing missing teeth... A partial with a rigid metal fr... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
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More tooth exposed: When a tooth is broken or decayed very close to, or under, the gumline, it may be necessary to do "crown lengthening". That is a periodontal procedur... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
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Filling first: Dentists are most concerned about your oral health. If you need decay removed from a tooth and a filling placed, it is advisable to do that first. I... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
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Dental school: All students who have graduated from accredited dental schools are licensed to make dentures.
A 29-year-old female asked:
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Yes: You are young and the greatest benefit of dental implants is that they preserve your jawbone-- besides increasing the functional capability of your mo... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
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Builds it up: A tooth that has had a root canal and is lacking in adequate tooth structure above the gumline can have a post to create enough for a crown to hold on... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
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Take it easy: With an extraction and graft, you can expect some postoperative pain and may want to take it easy for a couple of days before resuming normal activity... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
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Changes: Changes in the mouth tissues--growths, changes in color, white spots or spots that bleed, areas that don't ever seem to heal completely--these are thi... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
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Unlikely: Is the gap due to a soft tissue defect or to the crown shape? Sometimes the crown contours can be increased, sometimes the tissues needs to be augmen... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
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Braces: Braces properly orient not only the tops of the teeth but also the roots, which is important for the long-term health of the gums and bone.
A 54-year-old male asked:
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Specializes in Prosthodontics
Choices: Bridges rarely break when eating.. If the bridge is new, and breaks soon after placement, it usually is weak in certain areas... Fortunately, havin... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
No: No and talk to your dentist about the parameters of the warranty.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
See a dentist: What you are describing are problems associated with not having had a professional examination and cleaning--even though you take care of your teeth y... Read More
A member asked:
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Depends: The statistics are that using your own bone has the highest success rate. However, the rate of success of synthetic material is also high. Using your... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
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Congratulations: Congratulations for taking the time to keep your baby's teeth clean, and to get him used to oral hygiene! usually after meals and before bed are the... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Can be normal: About 25% of people who bleach their teeth report some level of sensitivity after bleaching. It usually goes away all by itself within a short period... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
See prosthodontist: It is not normal for teeth to "keep breaking away" as you describe it... Even though you feel no pain, there may be some permanent damage that can onl... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
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Yes: And the salt water rinse will be most effective with the dentures out of your mouth while rinsing.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Pain: Dental implants usually have no feeling. If they become painful, the tissue becomes swollen or shows signs of infection, there may be trouble!
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
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Often: Because your gums shrink rapidly after tooth extractions, immediate dentures get looser for a while until the gums stabilize... During this period, m... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
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Varies: It depends upon the source of the pain--if extraction sites are involved, bone heals slowly, if a sore spot is caused by the denture rubbing, an adjus... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Flippers or dentures can be soaked in commercial denture cleansers, mouthwash, or even soap and water, then rinsed thoroughly before putting them back... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Not necessarily: Having the tooth pulled removes the source of the infection and usually allows your body to heal the rest.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
None: Antibiotics are for infection, not pain--for dental pain, the best over the counter medications are ibuprophen and tylenol (acetaminophen).
A 28-year-old male asked:
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Specializes in Prosthodontics
Ask your surgeon: Smokers were once thought to have a lower implant success rate, because smoking reduces the circulation to the tissues. Smoking also slows healing. ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Please don't!: There are adhesives available that are specifically designed for denture retention. Dental impants also provide retention and support for dentures.
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Pain: Dental bridges should be without pain and jaw joint disorders have a variety of symptoms, usually associated in and around the joints themselves.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Yes: The extent of the "chip" determines how complicated the procedure would be.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
A full facade: Think of a fake fingernail--a veneer covers the entire front tooth surface, while bonding may only be needed to restore samller parts of a tooth.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Maybe: Removing the frenum--the cord between that holds the upper lip to the upper jaw--if it extends down for enough to be in between the two front teeth--i... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
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Daily cleansing: Dentures should be thoroughly cleaned daily, with a commercial denture cleanser, or with a toothbrush and toothpaste. When out of your mouth for any ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
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See a prosthodontist: Your local prosthodontist is a specialist in dentures. Any dentist with training can repair or reline dentures.
A 46-year-old member asked:
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Specializes in Prosthodontics
Prosthodontist: Prosthodontists are specialists in the replacement of missing teeth, and that way you can confirm your diagnosis and treatment plan. Some general den... Read More
A member asked:
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Yes: Gingivitis is defined as gum inflammation that is confined to the surface of the gums and it is reversible. The reason for treating it is to prevent ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Yes: First determine the cause by seeing a dnntist, then determine the solution.
A 54-year-old male asked:
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Better: Temporary bridges are often not like permanent ones because of the materials from which they are made. Hopefully you will find your permanent bridge ... Read More
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Alcohol: Alcohol changes the healing capacity of oral tissues, and remember that extraction sites have their own way of naturally filling it.... Your dentures... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
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Try peer review: The dental society has a mechanism for resolving these kinds of issues, called peer review--call them to inquire.
A 60-year-old female asked:
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See how they look: Prosthodontists, after making impressions and measurements of your bite, routinely "try in" your new teeth, in wax, to make sure all the measurements ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
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Redness: If you are allergic to acrylic, the typical effects are the same as contact with any allergic material--redness, burning inflammation. However, dentu... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
See a dentist: If these symptoms do not go away by themselves in a few days, you should be examined by a dentist--you could find there are ways to give you both reas... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
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Well, now: While some people are just prone to getting cavities, and you may be one of them, being "addicted" to sugar is both harmful to your teeth and can be h... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Yes: These things heal from the inside out, and usually take up to two weeks to go away completely.

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Mar 22, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Tupac is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Tupac is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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I actually only had the step where they put in bone to keep the gums wide enough, & secured it with a screw. -Mary (marybreen@outlook.com)
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! All onliner DDS's agree with you. Thanks for joining and sharing. Bye!
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry
MD

Awards

Top Doctor, Second Place, Bakersfield, CA - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, Bakersfield, CA - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, First Place, Bakersfield, CA - Winter
2013
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