Dental Implant Dentistry

Implant retained bridge model

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If you have lost a tooth, consider dental implant treatment. As a cosmetic enhancement to your smile, implants are indistinguishable from real teeth; they can improve the ability to speak and chew food normally. And since they fill spaces between teeth, implants help prevent teeth drifting apart.

Implants, Practical & Effective

Dental implants serve as an artificial replacement for the natural root of a missing tooth. Pure titanium steel implants are proven to be safe plus they’re incredibly strong. They actually bond together with the jaw bone creating a permanent anchor support for a crown attached to the top.

Practically anyone is a candidate for dental implants, provided they have sufficient bone for the implant to fuse with the jaw for a solid foundation.

Dental Implant Procedure

Implants begin with an evaluation to decide if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. Occasionally. it’s necessary for the doctor to build up the bone first in the surrounding tissues to insure success. Although complications are very rare (less than 2%), any issues that do occur can be easily corrected.

After placement, the procedure allows the implant approximately three to four months time to fully bond with the bone before the treatment is completed. Once the bone has fused with the implant, an abutment is added and a tooth-colored crown attached. The success rate in most cases is nearly 98%.

Implants look and feel just like natural teeth. Since they’re securely fixed into the jawbone itself, patients are happier and they avoid problems that are sometimes associated with removable appliances such as partials or dentures.

Costs for Dental Implant Treatment

Since conditions for each patient are different, we charge patients proportionate to the complexity of their overall procedure. Our Honolulu, Hawaii dental implant practice is much more cost effective though (compared with general dentists) since we both place and restore the patient’s dentition right here in our offices.

Whether you need ‘full-mouth’ teeth replacement, or restoration for a single missing tooth, the costs of implants are well worth the comfort, confidence and attractiveness they can provide you. By practicing good oral hygiene, daily cleanings and regular checkups, your dental implants can last for many years.