Dr. Brendan Johnson, DMD :

Dr. Brendan Johnson received his doctorate of dental surgery at the University of Pacific in San Francisco, California in 1994. He then began residency training at UCLA and the Sepulveda Veterans Medical Center. For the next four years, his training continued at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri, the University of Oklahoma, and Oklahoma Children’s Hospital in 1999. He then moved to Las Vegas as co-founder of Nevada Oral & Facial Surgery with Dr. R. F. John Holtzen in 1999.

In addition to years of training at respected academic medical centers, Dr. Johnson is an associate professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He is board-certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as well as anesthesia and was recently appointed by Governor Brian Sandoval to the Nevada State Dental Board. He was also appointed to the Southern Nevada Peer Review Board, State Board of Dental Examiners (Anesthesia Evaluation Committee), and is the past President of the Southern Nevada Dental Society. He is an active member of the American Dental Association Political Action Committee and a member of the legislative committee of the Nevada Dental Association. He has been voted by his peers as Las Vegas Review Journal’s top oral and maxillofacial surgeon each consecutive year since 2007. Dr. Johnson is a fellow of the highly respected Pierre Fauchard Academy. He is honorary Squadron Commander at Nellis and Creech Air Force bases.

Dr. Johnson has become one of the leading surgeons in placing dental implants, especially using the “All on 4” implant-supported bridge technique. He is often invited to lecture on the topic and is always on the leading edge of innovation. Nevada Oral & Facial Surgery is one of few offices in the country to be equipped with this fabulous experience and technology. The new state-of-the-art equipment such as the cone beam iCat provides in-office CAT scans that precisely identify the anatomic structures associated with wisdom teeth. Also, the placement of dental implants can be an exact science with computer assisted “virtual surgery”. The reconstruction of the face/facial skeleton can also be done with the same technology. The dynamic combination of Dr. Johnson’s excellent academic standings and advanced technology, along with his outgoing and confident approach to patient care, immediately puts his patients at ease.

Dr. Johnson understands the anxiety many people experience when going to the doctor. That is why meticulous detail is paid to the entire patient experience. Dr. Johnson and his team believe that “when patients seek the expertise of an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, they’re seeking to transform their lives.” When patients are seeking this level of specialization, they come to Nevada Oral and Facial Surgery.

Dr. Gregory J. Hunter, DMD :

Dr. Hunter loves surgery! And he loves helping patients! Whether he is helping people who have lost teeth get dental implants to replace them or helping teenagers with their wisdom teeth, he is among the best at helping patients improve their lives. And he loves having fun while he does it! You might actually hear him try to sing during surgery. He’s not very good at singing but he likes to try. If you don’t want him to sing, ask him to play some music and you’ll be pals forever, especially if it’s classic rock. Dr. Hunter also enjoys any activity that is a threat to life or limb and lives by the creed, “You can’t die hardcore if you don’t live hardcore.” Ask him about what he does on the weekends and you’ll probably hear a good story. He also has lots of good tips if you want to have your own adventure.

Despite all the fun, he is serious about being the best in his field. He graduated at the top of his dental school class at the University of Louisville, trained at Indiana University Medical Center, and is always learning new techniques for his patients. He is currently a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and practices a full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is most passionate about full mouth reconstruction and, together with Drs. Johnson and Holtzen, have performed thousands of All-on-Four dental implant surgery.

Dr. Hunter has served in many leadership positions in the community. He is currently the President of the Southern Nevada Dental Society, in a chair position for the Nevada Dental Association, and has lectured at both UNLV School of Dental Medicine and Roseman University. Not only does he want to be the best, but he also wants others to be their best!

Dr. R. F. John Holtzen, DMD :

Dr. R. F. John Holtzen co-founded Nevada Oral & Facial Surgery with Dr. Brendan Johnson in 1999. Over the years his practice has grown to become the state’s premier Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery group. Nevada Oral & Facial Surgery is founded upon principles of excellence, offering the most technically advanced maxillofacial and oral surgical care possible.

Dr. Holtzen is a native of Northern California. He grew up in the small town of Healdsburg and is a graduate of California State University, Chico. In 1994 he graduated at the top of his class from Temple University School of Dentistry with his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. He then completed a surgical internship at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital and then later a surgical residency at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center and MCP-Hahnemann University Hospitals. Presently, Dr. Holtzen is Board Certified by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and also by the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology.

Dedication to ongoing professional development through continuing education and the acquisition of new technologies is the core of Dr. Holtzen’s practice. Nevada Oral & Facial Surgery is in the forefront of utilizing computerized skeletal and facial analysis through computer-aided design, “virtual surgery”, and in-office cone beam CAT scan technology. Very few offices in Southern Nevada offer this cutting edge technology, allowing surgeons precision in the placement of implants and other surgical procedures. Dr. Holtzen is among the most experienced surgeons in the world at using these technologies in his specialty.

Service to the community is of paramount importance to Dr. Holtzen and as such he has served as associate professor at the University of Nevada School Of Medicine, and at the University of Southern Nevada. He has served as a delegate to the Southern Nevada Dental Society. He has been voted by his peers as Las Vegas Review Journal’s Top Dentist each consecutive year since 2007. Dr. Holtzen has lectured extensively on topics related to his expertise including orthognathic surgery, dental implants, emergency medicine, and others. He has also taken trauma calls at local hospitals throughout his career.

Although Dr. Holtzen is passionate about utilizing his skills to change the lives of his patients, he also hopes to be known for the application of his strong personal beliefs in the context of his profession. Dr. Holtzen strives to make his professional and personal life a reflection of his Christian faith. He works to have his caring service to his patients, and the mission of his business, all be a representation of this conviction.

Dental Implants :

Dental implants, or metal posts surgically inserted underneath your gums, provide firm support for artificial teeth. Dental implants can restore your smile with long-lasting results.

See Long-Lasting Results :
Once dental implants have been fused to the jawbone, they can last your entire lifetime without the need for replacement. If you are anxious about going to the dentist, talk to us about sedation services that can make your visit that much more comfortable.

Replace One Or Several Missing Teeth :
We can replace one or several missing teeth with dental implants and may also recommend implant supported dentures or dentures as part of your treatment plan. Implants can support a denture and provide more stability than traditional dentures alone.

Boost Your Self-Confidence :
Many patients with missing teeth enjoy a boost of self-confidence after undergoing a tooth replacement procedure with dental implants. Dental implants can improve your quality of life without the complications and side effects associated with dentures and bridges.

Permanently Replace Teeth :
Dental implants can be an attractive option for replacing missing teeth permanently and are designed to look and function just like your natural teeth. Taking care of dental implants is very simple – you just need to brush and floss regularly.

Concerned About Dental Implants Costs?
We know that cost of oral and facial care can be intimidating, which is why we will work with your insurance carrier to maximize your benefits. We offer a variety of flexible financing options that help make your dental implant surgery affordable for you. Contact us today with any questions you may have about dental implant cost.

Experienced, Board Certified Oral Surgeons :
Dental implants can transform your smile, and provide a wealth of oral health and wellness benefits. Our board certified doctors may recommend dental implants over other tooth replacement procedures because implants have a high success rate and will not compromise your ability to eat and speak properly.

Some Of The Benefits Of Dental Implants :

There are many benefits to dental implants. Some of them are fairly obvious, while some may surprise you.
The most obvious benefit that you will find if you have a dental implant is that you will no longer have a hole in your smile. You will instead have a tooth there that was designed to look natural. No one will know that it is not a natural tooth.

Another benefit that you might realize is that you will be able to once again eat like normal. A dental implant is strong, so it will be possible to eat the way that you used to eat before you had problems with your tooth. You will be able to enjoy your favorite foods once again.

A dental implant is good for the bone in your jaw. When you lose a tooth, you will start to lose bone almost immediately. The bone in your jaw where the tooth used to be will start to diminish, and it will be absorbed into your body. With a dental implant, your jaw will think that the screw is the root of a tooth, and the bone loss will not continue. We will often need to add bone to your jaw before the implant will take through bone grafting. That will become a permanent part of your jaw as well.

When you lose a tooth, the other teeth in your jaw will start to shift. That can lead to bite problems, more loose teeth, and gaps between your teeth. A dental implant will take the place of the missing tooth, and it will hold the other teeth in place. This will be healthier for your mouth overall.

Depending on which tooth is missing, you could have a hard time pronouncing some sounds. With a dental implant you will be able to properly make those sounds once again, so you will no longer whistle your “s” sound or mumble when you need to say a word that starts with “th”. You will be able to talk with confidence.

Q What Should I Expect?

Your first visit will include a thorough evaluation of your oral health and an opportunity to tour our state-of-the-art facility.

Q What Should I Bring To My First Appointment?

We will need you to fill out some paperwork for our records and provide information about your medical history, current medications, and previous surgeries before your first appointment. You can do this online using our new and post-op forms.

You may also want to bring the following to your consultation:
• Medical and dental records
• Insurance cards and claims forms
• Recent x-rays, if possible
• Referral form if you were referred by your dentist

Q How Long Is The First Visit?

The length of your first visit will depend on the types of services you need and how much time you need to spend with the doctor. Most first visits include a comprehensive oral evaluation.

Q What Is Involved During The Consultation?

You will talk to one of our doctors during your first visit and have the chance to take a tour of our office. You can also make an appointment with one of our dental implant specialists, oral care surgeons, or facial surgeons if you are seeking specialized treatments.

Q What Type Of Technology Is Used?

We use 3D imaging, digital x-rays, and other advanced technologies to ensure our patients receive the highest level of care.

Q How do dental implants work?

In simplest terms, a dental implant will replace a natural tooth. We will implant a screw into your jaw, and that will become the new root system for the tooth. When that has healed, we will place a crown on top of the screw, and that will be your brand new tooth.

Q Do dental implants replace only one tooth?

Dental implants can be the perfect way to replace one tooth, but we can replace more than one tooth with implants if need be. We can also replace a mouthful of teeth using implants that are combined with other replacement methods.

Q How long do dental implants take?

There is no set answer to that question. Often there will not be enough bone in the jaw for the implant, and then we will need to start with a bone graft. That can take several weeks. After that, we will need several more weeks for the screw to set in the jaw. It is not uncommon for it to take several months from start until the patient receives the permanent crown, but it is worth it.

Q What is a bone graft and why is it needed?

When a tooth is lost, your jaw will start to lose bone. With a bone graft, we will use a small amount of bone and add it to your jaw to replace what has been lost.

Q Can I remove a dental implant if I receive one?

No, you cannot remove a dental implant. It will become a permanent part of your mouth.

Q Will it look like I have a fake tooth?

Not at all! Dental implants are made to look like a natural tooth. It will perfectly match the rest of your teeth in your mouth. No one will realize that it is not a natural tooth unless you choose to tell them.

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