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

Thursday: 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

Doctor Q&A

198 Answers
106 Agrees
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Usually: If tooth extractions are involved, there may be some pain and swelling for a short time... Everybody is different, but most people return to work quic... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
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Nature: Just the nature of the bone and the manner in which it may become exposed.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
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Yes: A prosthodontist who has additional training in maxillofacial prosthetics can make a prosthesis for a patient who has lost some or all of his palate.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
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See a Prosthodontist: A prosthodontist is a specialist in denture therapy. 50 million people in this country wear removable appliances in their mouths, and often the antic... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
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Up to $5,000: "usual rates", nation-wide, are up to $2, 500 for the dental implant and an additional $2, 500 for the post (abutment) and crown. Of course, the tota... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
See dentist: If the veneer is intact and the tooth is healthy, the veneer may be able to be rebonded. If not, a new one is in order.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Depends: This is a clinical decision made by your dentist, following some guidelines that your dentist is familiar with.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Yes: Missing teeth are the indication for dental implants, as long as there is enough bone remaining.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
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No: Your dentist can go through a series of appointments with you in advance of tooth extraction so your dentures will be ready to place immediately ofter... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Varies: Veneers made out of porcelain and bonded on a tooth can cost as much as a crown. Made from composite ( a filllling material), the cost may be less. ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
See examples: Ask your prosthodontist for examples of work that is much like what you need to help you decide.
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
No: Tooth replacement, by means of a bridge or other ways, is a dental health issue, and typically covered by dental insurance.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Yes: We know that a healthy, attractive smile projects a positive appearance to people and makes us feel good about ourselves.
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Sooner is better: Once a tooth is removed, the bone that was around the root begins to shrink... A fixed bridge is a perfectly reasonable restoration of the adjacent... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
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Yes: Gingivitis means the tissues are inflamed and therefore more prone to bleeding--sounds like you need to see a dentist for a diagnosis and treatment of... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
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Usually: Temporary crowns are usually placed in between the appointment to prepare a tooth for a crown and the appointment when the permanent crown is placed. ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
It's a process: Having teeth pulled is a traumatic life event and wearing dentures immediately takes some getting used to, especially when your mouth is healing--usua... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
That's good!: Dental implants generally have a better success rate in denser bone.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
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Denture adhesive: Any quick fix is only temporary, so see your dentist as soon as you can.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Yes: There are some temporary laboratory fabricated solutions, but they are intended to be placed over healthy teeth only.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Uncomfortable: Everybody's pain threshold is different, after extractions, but remember you are in the healing phase now and things will get better rapidly... Your... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Yes: A properly made removable partial denture will replace missing teeth, be comfortable and help you chew--and look good too!
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Replace it: Your mouth has changed over the years and that's why your insurance recognizes the benefit of having a new one made, even though you are comfortable w... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Extract: When you are advised to have teeth extracted, after they have had root canal therapy, when there is evidence of bone destruction and tooth looseness i... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
See a prosthodontist: If you are new denture troubles that your dentist has been unable to correct in a reasonable amount of time, see a prosthodontist--one who specializes... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
6 months: Most dental schools teach that it takes six months for bone and gums to heal after extraction.
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Yes: Nicotine has harmful effects on both short and long term healing.
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Porcelain: Porcelain is harder than natural tooth structure and sometimes a porcelain crown can cause wear on the natural tooth it chews against.
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Yes: The "connection" between gums and implants is different from the connection between gums and natural teeth, but they both require daily home care and ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
See a prosthodontist: Pain and swelling are symptoms that should not be ignored. See your prosthodontist.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Gently: If your denture has reasonable fit, then the amount of fixodent necessary to give you the security you desire should not be more than a few small dabs... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Get acrylic: Valplast is not adjustable, and a new temporary partial can be made out of acrylic.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
The reason: That front teeth become crowded with age is twofold: the sides of the teeth (where they touch one another--the place that your floss) wear over time ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Bone loss: Once a tooth is removed, the bone that used to be around the root of that tooth begins to dissolve, with as much as half of that bone gone in the firs... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Are the implants OK?: Assuming the implants are still ok, and it is likely that they are, you can proceed with the next steps.
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Brush well: If you are unable to have your teeth professionally cleaned, use a major brand whitening toothpaste and brush thoroughly and often.
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
A medical reason: Dentures help you chew better and therefore aid in proper digestion and better nutrition: therefore they can benefit you if you have any medical condi... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Time is important: When a tooth is extracted, the bone begins to shrink. Half of the residual bone is lost in two yeears, on average. Implant placement should follow e... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
See a dentist: Crowns may come off for various reasons. A dentist can take a look, take a radiograph, and properly diagnose the situation and give you options.
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Yes: A single implant can be placed in an hour or less, with minimal postoperative pain, often requiring no more than over the counter medications such as ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
No: Sorry, but implants are not a covered benefit.
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Try this: Once a week, use a couple of drops (only) in the water to enhance the cleaning power of the solution you use for soaking.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Absolutely: The idea of cosmetic dentistry is to enhance your smile--through bonding, veneers or orthodontics, whichever is best for your own situation.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Yes: Because the chewing or grinding forces on it exceed the capacity of the crown materials.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Yes: It depends upon the location of the intended implant, and the amount of existing bone and amount of grafted bone necessary. A ct scan as part of the ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Maybe: It stands to reason that the cumulative dental history of a tooth results in more often and more complicated procedures.
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Infection: When an implant is placed and the gums heal, usually the tissues are not inflamed, the implant threads are not exposed and the implant is not loose. ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
The same: "caps" are often the terms used for crowns on front teeth, "crowns" for back teeth. In effect, they are the same--they cover and surround remaining t... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
No: Assuming everything is made to fit the teeth and your mouth, after a short period of adjustment to "something new", you should be just fine.
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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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Thanks for your quick reply! Online DDS says that insurance reim. does not pay enough.So,McDonalds!

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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