Question: What are dental implants? What are the benefits and how do I know if I’m a good candidate?
Answer: Dental implants are a replacement for the root of your missing tooth. Invented in Sweden, they have been a part of restorative dentistry for over 35 years!
Dental implants are used to replace a single tooth, several teeth or a whole arch of teeth. They are made of ultra-strong titanium, and look like a large screw. Implants stabilize the restoration that sits on it and stimulates bone growth around the implant. Without a tooth or implant there, the bone and gums tend to recede away.
Some people have dental implants placed because they are tired of their ill-fitting denture or not having teeth all the time. More importantly implants ensure that you enjoy a nutritious diet. Good nutrition and overall health is highly dependent on the ability to chew a variety of food.
The Academy of General Dentistry states a good candidate for implants must be in good health, maintain regular dental visits, have a comprehensive exam and diagnostic xrays (CT scan), healthy gums, adequate bone structure, and excellent oral hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing. Even if you don’t have enough bone structure, there are bone grafting techniques that can help rebuild bone prior to implant placement. For more info, ask your dentist or visit www.cosmeticdentistryhawaii.com
Wynn H. Okuda, DMD, Inc.
Cosmetic, Implant and Restorative Dentistry
3660 Waialae Ave., Suite 315, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96816
808-734-1099 | www.cosmeticdentistryhawaii.com