Restorative Dentistry: Dental Implants – Kailua-Kona
If you are missing a tooth or many teeth, removable dental bridges or dentures can help restore the appearance of your smile as well as your ability to chew. There is another option to consider, however, which can provide greater stability and security for tooth replacement. That option is dental implants. Getting implant dentistry at our Kailua-Kona practice has made a positive impact on many patients’ lives. Dr. Carter Yokoyama will determine if dental implants are the right option for you during your visit.
About Dental Implants
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically anchored into your jawbone and gum tissue. After a period of healing, the dental implants will be fused to these structures of your mouth, acting just as natural tooth roots would. Dental implants can be used to secure dentures, dental bridges, and even individual dental crowns.
Good Candidates for Dental Implants
The best candidates for dental implants are people who are missing a tooth or multiple teeth and have otherwise healthy bone structure and gum tissue. These patients should be in good overall health and not suffer from any medical conditions that would prevent them from undergoing oral surgery. During your consultation at our Kailua-Kona practice, we’ll determine if dental implants are best for your needs. In some cases, a bone grafting or gum augmentation surgery may make patients eligible for dental implants.
The Dental Implants Procedure
The first step of the dental implants procedure is the oral surgery to place the dental implants. Incisions are made in the gums and the dental implants themselves are screwed into the jawbone. Patients will be under anesthesia and will feel no pain during the surgery.
After the oral surgery, a months-long healing period will be required. This is an integral part of the process and allows for the fusing of the dental implants with your living hard tissues and soft tissues. This is known as osseointegration. You will return to our Kailua-Kona practice so we can monitor your dental implants as they merge with the bone and gums.
Once the dental implants are fully integrated, you will then be fitted for the final dental restoration. The dental bridge, denture, or dental crown will be fashioned to look absolutely natural.
Risks and Benefits of Dental Implants
There are many benefits to dental implants. One of the primary benefits is that they offer greater stability than denture creams. Additionally, dental implants prevent bone loss and gum recession from occurring since they offer a structure for hard tissue and soft tissue to support.
One of the risks of dental implants is the possibility of tissue rejection and poor healing. Generally, however, this is relatively rare. Rejection and improper healing can be prevented if you follow our instructions for post-operative care.
Learn More About Dental Bridges in Kailua-Kona
If you would like a more secure hold for dental bridges, dentures, and other dental restorations, dental implants may be the best option for you. To learn more about full mouth reconstruction options like dental implants, contact our Kailua-Kona practice for restorative dentistry today. We look forward to your visit and our discussion about your dental health.