Dental Implants in Honolulu, Hawaii

About Dental Implants in Honolulu, Hawaii

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing. Considering getting dental implants in Hawaii? Call our office at (808) 955-2275.

Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.

Dr. Umaki has received extensive training in Implantology. He has been successfully placing implants since 1991. Through continuing education, Dr. Umaki is abreast of the most current information on implant dentistry. He is an Associate Fellow of the American College of Oral Implantology. He has placed over 700 implants with a success rate of over 98%. Since 1999 when a new rough surface implant has been developed, he has success rate of 99.9 % (310 out of 311 implants have been successful.)

Dental Implant Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

Hawaii Dental Implant Presentation

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Evaluation

If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your doctor will address your specific needs and considerations. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.

We will also discuss fees and insurance at this time. There are many types of insurance plans, and coverage for implants is varied. We will be happy to assist you in obtaining any benefits to which you may be entitled.

With the exception of growing children, dental implants can benefit people of all ages, even those with the following. Medical conditions – If you can have routine dental treatment, you can generally have an implant. Gum Disease or Problem Teeth – Almost all implants have been placed in patients who have lost their teeth to gum disease or decay with very high success rates. Currently Wearing Partials or Dentures – Fixed permanent implants can replace the removable bridges or dentures, or implants can be used to stabilize and secure the denture, making it much more comfortable. Smokers – Although smoking can lower the success rate of implants, it doesn't eliminate the possibility of getting them. Bone loss – Bone loss is not uncommon for people who have lost teeth or had gum disease. Grafting bone can be done to safely and permanently secure the implant.

Procedures

Dental implants are metal anchors that act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are attached to the implant to provide stable anchors in the gums for replacement teeth.

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. Healing time following surgery varies from person to person, based on a variety of factors that include hardness of bone. In some cases, implants may be restored immediately after they are placed.

For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Umaki will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. After 4 to 6 weeks your general dentist will be able to start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The teeth replacements are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.

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