At Oral Surgery Hawaii, we offer dental implants at our offices in Honolulu, Aiea, and Kaneohe, HI. Dental implants allow patients to restore their missing teeth with permanent, natural-looking replacement teeth. Rather than resting on top of the gums, dental implants replace the entire tooth, from the root to the crown, preventing bone loss, dental shifting, and other oral health issues. Dental implants are incredibly secure, allowing patients to eat the foods they enjoy as if they never lost a tooth.
A dental implant is a small post that is inserted into your empty tooth socket to replace missing teeth. These posts will be used to hold your permanent replacement teeth in position, allowing you to eat, speak, brush, and floss your teeth normally. A dental implant is the closest replacement option to a natural tooth. In fact, many patients forget that they have implants at all after they have finished the recovery process.
How Dental Implants Work
Each dental implant typically has three parts: the post, the abutment, and the prosthetic crown. The post will be surgically inserted into your jaw to replace the root of your tooth. Each post is made of medical-grade titanium, a metal that bonds with your jaw naturally and promotes bone regeneration. After the post is placed, an abutment will be attached to the top of it. The abutment is a connector piece between the implant post and your new replacement tooth (or teeth). Your crown, bridge, or another prosthesis will be custom-made to look just like a healthy natural tooth, and it will be virtually impossible to distinguish your implants from your natural teeth.
Dental implants can be used to support one or more missing teeth — a single implant can be used to replace one tooth, or two or more implants can be used to support a multi-tooth bridge or permanent denture. If you need a tooth extracted, our practice uses advanced techniques to place your implants during the same procedure, minimizing the need for bone grafts or other procedures. We also offer 3D scanning services that allow your doctor to plan your treatment without the need for impressions or other time-consuming appointments.
Your dentist and your oral surgeon will work as a team to place your dental implants. Your surgeon will place the post and abutment piece, and once the surgical site has healed sufficiently, your dentist will create and place your new crowns.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are quickly becoming one of the most popular options for tooth replacement, and for good reason — they offer patients a variety of benefits that no other tooth loss solution offers. Some of the benefits of dental implants include the following:
- Improved ability to eat the foods you enjoy
- No uncomfortable removable parts
- A beautiful, natural-looking smile
- Prevention of dental shifting
- Prevention of bone loss
- Can last a lifetime (with an extremely high success rate of over 98%)
Patients love the freedom they have to eat, speak, and smile confidently with dental implants. With no uncomfortable dentures slipping or difficulty eating, dental implants can drastically improve a person’s quality of life.
Dental Implants in Honolulu, Aiea, and Kaneohe, HI
At Oral Surgery Hawaii, dental implants are one of our specialties. Drs. Craig Yamamoto and Blake Kitamura are both experts at placing dental implants. Our staff loves seeing the results our dental implant patients get from treatment. To learn more about your treatment options at our practice or to schedule a consultation, feel free to contact one of our offices. Our staff members will be happy to help you.