Who can receive dental implants?
If you are healthy enough to undergo a minor dental surgery and recovery period, you are likely a candidate for dental implants. When teeth are missing for an extended length of time, bone loss can occur. Implant placement may not be possible if there is not enough jaw bone, but a bone grafting procedure may be able to prepare you for dental implants. To know for sure whether or not you can receive dental implants, you should discuss your health situation with an oral surgeon or other dental professional.
Do I need bone grafting to receive implants?
Not every patient will need a bone graft to receive dental implants. Some patients have adequate bone density to receive their implants without a graft. At Oral Surgery Hawaii, your oral surgeon will evaluate the condition of your jaw bone using advanced 3D scanning technology to determine whether you will need bone grafting or other additional procedures before receiving implants.
How long is recovery for dental implant procedures?
Recovery is different for each person, and your exact recovery time may be longer or shorter depending on the number of implants you need, the condition of your jaw bone, your age, and other factors.
The reason dental implants are so secure is that they bond with the bone beneath your gums just like a natural tooth root. This process of osseointegration can take between three and six months to complete. Even though a soft food diet may be necessary for a month or more, most patients are back to their normal routines within a week or so. We suggest that patients take it easy for a few days after their procedure.
Is there pain associated with dental implants?
Most patients will undergo local and/or IV anesthesia, allowing them to sleep painlessly during surgery. As with any surgical procedure, some discomfort can be expected during the healing period. You may experience some minor pain during the first few days, but your oral surgeon will provide you with a prescription for pain medication if necessary. At Oral Surgery Hawaii, our staff will do everything possible to ensure you are comfortable.
Where can I get dental implants near me?
Dr. Craig Yamamoto and Dr. Blake Kitamura are both trained and experienced at placing dental implants. Oral Surgery Hawaii has offices in Honolulu, Aiea, and Kaneohe, HI, for your convenience.
Give one of our offices a call, and our staff will be happy to help you with any questions you have.