Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are beautiful, functional replacements for missing or damaged teeth. They promote excellent oral health while restoring an attractive appearance.
If you have teeth that need replacement, you may want to know whether you are a good candidate for dental implants. Following are some guidelines as to which patients are eligible for the procedure:
- One or more missing or damaged teeth
- Healthy enough for oral surgery
- Non-smoker or willing to permanently quit since smoking interferes with healing
- Generally good oral health with no untreated tooth decay or gum disease
- Sufficient jaw bone mass to support an implant or successful graft procedure to replace lost bone volume
About Dental Implants
Dental implants are today's most advanced type of tooth replacement. They look and feel very much like healthy, natural teeth.
Dental implants are available in several types. The most common type is the single-tooth dental implant. You can also receive implant-supported bridges and dentures if you are missing more than a handful of teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Fully functional for chewing and speaking
- Require no more care than healthy natural teeth
- Better oral health
- Prevents other teeth from moving
The Dental Implant Procedure
The first step is visiting us to discuss your needs. We can answer your concerns about the process and let you know what to expect.
We will take images of your oral anatomy to determine whether you have enough bone mass to proceed with the implant surgery or whether you will need a grafting procedure beforehand. A bone graft typically takes several months to grow to the point where implant placement can happen.
Dental implant surgery sounds intimidating, but it is generally well-tolerated. The dentist will surgically place the implant in steps over a few months.
Dental implant posts replace the tooth's natural roots. Made from biocompatible titanium, they bond with the jaw bone to provide a solid anchor for your implant restoration. To place the post, the dentist makes a small incision in the gum and creates an opening in the jaw bone to insert the post. The post will heal and bond with the jaw bone to fully replace the lost natural root.
The next step is placing the abutment on top of the post. The abutment is the connection point between the implant and the post. After the surgical site heals, you can receive your final restoration.
Alternatively, you can receive a mini dental implant that eliminates some steps. The dentist can place a mini implant in areas with lower bone mass.
Call Queen's Crown Dental
Dental implants can reshape your smile and improve your quality of life. If you are interested in receiving implants, please call our Honolulu, HI, office at 808-526-2800 . We will schedule a dental implant consultation to review your needs and expectations and let you know whether you are a good candidate for this procedure.