Dr. Stephen Alfano, of Balboa Island Dentistry, located in Newport Beach, California, and serving patients throughout the greater Orange County area, is board certified in prosthodontics. He has unparalleled expertise in providing the full scope of available prosthodontic tooth restorations.
Prosthodontics is a specialty of dentistry that is recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA). This specialty focuses on the diagnosis, planning, treatment and maintenance of oral conditions associated with missing or severely damaged teeth and/or issues pertaining to gum and jaw tissues. The term “prostho” means replacement and “dontist” means dealing with teeth. A board certified prosthodontist, such as Dr. Alfano, has completed three additional years of advanced training in an accredited prosthodontic graduate program, following completion of dental school.
Prosthodontists are experts in replacing or repairing just about any part of the inside of a patient’s mouth, whether that is a single tooth or all 32 teeth. With three years of advanced post-dental school training, a prosthodontist is equipped to provide the full range of cosmetic dentistry options, as well as treat basic dental issues such as cavities, toothaches, temporomandibular disorders (TMJ/TMD), root canals, tooth discoloration and provide routine cleaning services.
A major part of a prosthodontist’s day to day work involves cosmetic dentistry procedures. They are experts in using dental restorations of all types, not only to create or restore aesthetically beautiful smiles but also to provide optimum function and comfort. As a board-certified prosthodontist with two decades of experience in practice, Dr. Alfano is an expert in every aspect of cosmetic dentistry, possessing advanced training and hands-on expertise in the full array of state-of-the-art techniques and procedures. He is highly adept at treating a full spectrum of cases, ranging from the most basic to those that are highly complicated. Dr. Alfano especially enjoys the challenge of treating complex and previously treated cases that turned out less than ideal or with complications. The satisfaction of repairing someone's smile and bite is very satisfying. The cosmetic dental procedures Dr. Alfano commonly provides at Balboa Island Dentistry are:
"Dr. Alfano is a wonderful dentist & a very caring person as well. If you are looking for consistency & friendliness in staff, Balboa Island Dentistry is the place to go"
"Dr. Alfano...did a wonderful job with my problem tooth. I cannot say enough about his “chair side” mannerand his familiarity with my situation."
"Very happy with Dr. Alfano. He has a way with injections to make them not hurt! Very professional yet very friendly office."
“Very satisfied. Entire staff is professional & friendly.”
“Dr. Alfano is really really good! Had crowns replaced. The doctor was great ! No pain in administering the shot. I am happy with him.”
"The exceptional care combined with the staff’s focus on their patients’ needs and comfort have earned my respect and kudos!”
“The staff was very informative. Everyone in the office is always helpful and informed”
“The office staff is all so nice and helpful, always! I never have to wait for my appointment, always very prompt.”
"Dr. Alfano makes visits to the dentist (almost) a pleasure. I hope he's in practice for as long as I need a dentist."
"Love all the wonderful friends that greet me at the office. Not like any other office."
"Without a doubt the best care my teeth & gums have ever had!"
"Dr. Alfano seems to be a great successor to Dr. Ballback and all of the exceptional staff is still there."
"A special thank you to Dr. Alfano for the fabulous dental work. We would highly recommend him to anyone needing dental care."
"This dentist is as good as it gets."
Dr. Alfano's staff is top rate. He does a great job for his patients.