Dental Implants in Honolulu, HI
Do you have one or more missing or severely damaged teeth? If so, then dental implants from Dino Dee DDS Inc might be just right for you. Dental implants are a fantastic and highly recommended way to restore your damaged smile to a picture-perfect smile you can be proud to show off once again. Read on to learn more about what dental implants are and why you should call Dino Dee DDS Inc and ask about them today.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are dental devices that are used to replace one or more missing or severely damaged teeth with a new structure that closely resembles the look, feel and function of the natural tooth. Dental implants consist of three parts: a titanium screw that is placed into the jaw bone, a crown to replace the tooth on top, and an abutment to hold the other two pieces together. The result is a new tooth that looks and feels just like your own original teeth.
How many teeth can be replaced with dental implants?
You can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or all your teeth with implants (View Examples). You don't even need one implant for every missing tooth. As few as two Implants can support a removable lower denture, while as few as four implants can provide a full, permanent set of top or bottom teeth.
Can anyone receive dental implants?
Dr. Chetty will be happy to discuss whether you are a good candidate; however, there are some limitations. You must be in good health and have the proper bone structure and healthy gums for the implant to stay in place. People who are unable to wear dentures may also be good candidates. If you suffer from chronic problems, such as clenching or bruxism, or systemic diseases, such as diabetes, the success rate for implants decreases dramatically. Additionally, people who smoke or drink alcohol may not be good candidates.
What can I expect during this procedure?
First, Dr. Chetty performs surgery to anchor the "artificial root" into or on your jaw bone. The procedure is done in our office with local anesthesia. The gum is then secured over the implant, which will remain covered until it fuses with the bone. This usually takes about 3-6 months. The dentist then uncovers the implant and attaches an extension, or post, to the implant. With some implants, the implant and post are a single unit placed in the mouth during the initial surgery. Finally, the dentist makes an artificial tooth, or crown, that is attached to the implant post. It will be as if you never lost your tooth.
How long does the process take?
The process can take up to nine months to complete. Each patient heals differently, so times will vary. After the implant and posts are placed surgically, the healing process can take up to six months and the fitting of replacement teeth no more than two months. Sometimes, if a patient has good bone quality, posts can be placed and replacement teeth fitted in one appointment.
Do you need Dental Implants or would like to learn more? Then Call Dino Dee DDS Inc
today at (808) 942-8877 for more information or to book an appointment!