Prosthodontists: HPV Is Changing the Face of Oral Cancer Patients

Oral cancer kills one American every hour, every day. Since April is Oral Cancer Awareness month, Dr. Saj Jivraj and Dr. Mamaly Reshad of the Anacapa Dental Art Institute in Woodland Hills and Oxnard, Calif. want to remind everyone to schedule an oral cancer screening.

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Dr. Saj Jivraj and Dr. Mamaly Reshad are prosthodondists who have each served as chairman of the Restorative Department at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry.

Dr. Saj Jivraj and Dr. Mamaly Reshad are prosthodondists who have each served as chairman of the Restorative Department at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry.

As a prosthodontist, I know that the most important factors to survive oral cancer are early detection and diagnosis,” Dr. Saj Jivraj said.

Oxanrd, CA (PRWEB) April 10, 2014

Oral cancer kills one American every hour, every day. Since April is Oral Cancer Awareness month, Dr. Saj Jivraj and Dr. Mamaly Reshad of the Anacapa Dental Art Institute in Woodland Hills and Oxnard, Calif. want to remind everyone to schedule an oral cancer screening.

“Early detection still is the best weapon that a patient can choose to fight oral cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends a comprehensive oral evaluation and soft tissue exam annually, yet only one in five patients follow through,” Dr. Jivraj said. “As a prosthodontist, I know that the most important factors to survive oral cancer are early detection and diagnosis.”

The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is changing the face of oral cancer patients – striking younger people and more nonsmokers.

“As a prosthodontist, I screen for and diagnose oral diseases, including cancer in the head, neck and throat,” Dr. Jivraj said. “After an oral cancer diagnosis, I work to improve my patient’s outcome. If you are diagnosed with oral cancer, find a prosthodontist to get a dental evaluation before any cancer treatment begins.”

From diagnosis and management of the effects of dental disease, prosthodontists also gain expertise in how the effects of treatment for oral cancer may impact your ability to chew, speak and swallow.

This week, April 6-12, is National Prosthodontics Awareness Week. Award-winning prosthodontists Dr. Jivraj and Dr. Reshad are marking the occasion and Oral Cancer Awareness Month by educating the public about the benefits of seeing a prosthodontist.

According to the American College of Prosthodontists, a prosthodontist is a specialized dentist with advanced training in oral health issues. They are committed to improving patient results with all dental care.

Additional training for prosthodontists is earned through a two- or three-year hospital or university‐based program accredited by the American Dental Association. The training includes review of the literature, lectures, treatment of patients and laboratory experience in fabricating restorations.

Prosthodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.

Graduate programs in prosthodontics include classroom lectures and seminars, laboratory and clinical training in esthetics/cosmetics, crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays, complete and removable partial dentures, dental implants, TMD‐jaw joint problems, traumatic injuries to the mouth’s structures, congenital or birth anomalies to teeth, snoring, sleep disorders, and oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care. Prosthodontists are masters of complete oral rehabilitation.

“A prosthodontist is dedicated to the highest standards of care in the restoration and replacement of teeth,” Dr. Reshad said.

Dr. Jivraj and Dr. Reshad completed three years of Advanced Prosthodontic training at the University of Southern California.

These “smile makers” perform advanced and complicated procedures outside the means and expertise of general dentists. They have the intense training and 20 years’ experience to diagnose and treat problems as part of an overall dental treatment program

National Prosthodontics Awareness Week raises awareness of prosthodontists’ place as quarterback of a patient’s dental health team.

A prosthodontist may work with a team of dental professionals to create a comprehensive treatment plan for patients. Prosthodontists are dedicated to the highest standards of care in the restoration and replacement of teeth including bridges, crowns/caps, teeth whitening methods and veneers.

Dr. Jivraj and Dr. Reshad specialize in implant, cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry. They are former chairmen of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry’s Fixed Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry section.

Dr. Jivraj is an international lecturer and has written more than two dozen articles on implant and restorative dentistry for the British Dental Association.

Dr. Reshad has been published in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks on topics related to prosthodontics, aesthetics and implant dentistry. He is on the editorial board for the Journal of Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry. He is an honorary clinical teacher at the Eastman Dental Institute and a member of the faculty of the Global Institute for Dental Education.

The Anacapa Dental Art Institute has specialized in prosthodontic, implant, cosmetic and restorative dentistry since 1996. Anacapa also offers gentle dental care treatments for patients aged 50 and above.

The Anacapa Dental Art Institute opened two new state-of-the-art dental offices and training centers in Oxnard and Woodland Hills, Calif., this year.

The Oxnard location, 2821 North Ventura Road, Bldg H, has 3,600 square feet encompassing six treatment rooms, a fully in-house dental lab and a state-of-the-art teaching center. The Woodland Hills office, 6325 Topanga Canyon Boulevard, No. 513, is 1,500 square feet and it features an in-house dental lab catering to patients in and around Los Angeles.

The Anacapa Dental Art Institute has an 11-person staff, including Dr. Jivraj and Dr. Reshad, a root canal specialist, a general dentist, two hygienists, three dental assistants and two receptionists.

The Anacapa Dental Art Institute provides the following procedures:
All-on-Four (All on 4) dental implants
All-on-Six (All on 6) dental implants
Mini dental implants
Teeth in a Day
Teeth in an Hour
● Sedation dentistry
● Cosmetic dentures (“facelift”)

Anyone looking for Woodland Hills’ top cosmetic dentists can get more information about Dr. Jivraj and Dr. Reshad at DentalImplantsVentura.com.


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