Dr. Poyourow is a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. He grew up in Santa Barbara and attended the University of California, Santa Barbara on a Regents Scholarship, graduating with honors with a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy.
Dr. Poyourow began his health care education at Columbia University in the City of New York, where he earned a Masters in Public Health. He returned home to southern California where he completed both dental and medical degrees at UCLA. Upon graduation from dental school with high honors, he was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon honor society, which is granted to the top 10 students in the class.
Dr. Poyourow was selected into residency at UCLA. During his 6 year residency he completed an internship in General Surgery at UCLA, where he trained with world-renowned surgeons in plastic and reconstructive surgery, otolaryngology/head and neck surgery, and transplant surgery, among others.
The foundation of his surgical training was the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, which is a tertiary referral center for patients from around the country and world. Dr. Poyourow rotated at Southern California Kaiser Permanente, which performs hundreds of orthognathic surgeries per year. Additionally, he was Chief Resident of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, CA, which is a high volume level 1 trauma center, treating the most complex facial injuries. Dr. Poyourow was fortunate to participate in many cleft lip/cleft palate mission trips to Ensenada, Mexico with the Thousand Smiles Foundation.
Dr. Poyourow enjoys practicing all aspects of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, with special interests in orthognathic surgery, 3D treatment planning for facial reconstruction, dental implants, and outpatient general anesthesia. He enjoys collaborating with talented doctors in southern California to achieve the best possible results for patients.
Dr. Poyourow regularly lectures residents and dental students at the UCLA School of Dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and Orange County Dental Society.
Dr. Poyourow and his wife Monica have two young children. His hobbies include playing drums in the all surgeon band “Help The Doctor,” and kitesurfing whenever the wind tops 20mph at Huntington Beach.
What are dental implants?
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.
Surgical Advances in Dental Implants
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Poyourow and Dr. Schneider are able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Drs. Poyourow or Schneider perform the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.