By Office of Ken Yasuhara, DDS
August 30, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

When it comes to tooth replacement options, dental implants are generally considered to be the gold standard. Strong, sturdy, reliable, life-like and permanent, dental implants from Ken Yasuhara, DDS in Honolulu can have your mouth looking like new in no time.Dental Implants

Unfortunately, however, not everyone who wants dental implants can get them, and for some patients, other tooth replacement options may be a better choice. Are you considering visiting Dr. Yasuhara in Honolulu for dental implants? Here are four questions you should be able to say "yes" to.

1. You Need Tooth Replacement

Dental implants require a significant time commitment and an invasive surgical procedure. For this reason, they are not used to repair minor cosmetic defects, but to repair major structural damage or to replace teeth that are missing altogether.

2. Your Jaw Bone is Strong and Sturdy

Because dental implants anchor to the jaw bone, you will need a jaw bone that is strong and sturdy. If your jaw is currently thin and weak, you can have a bone graft to achieve the strength you need for dental implants, however. Dr. Yasuhara in Honolulu will assess your jaw bone and let you know what options are available to you.

3. You are Healthy Enough for Surgery

Unfortunately, not everyone is healthy enough for surgery. If you have poor oral hygiene or certain other medical conditions or if you take certain medications, dental implants may not be a possibility for you--at least until these conditions can be remedied or properly controlled.

4. You are Able to Commit to the Process

Dental implants require several steps and multiple trips to the doctor. If you travel frequently or can't take the time off of work to come in, dental implants may not be a realistic option. Also, you will need to commit to quitting smoking if you currently smoke and to proper oral hygiene.

Dental implants from Dr. Yasuhara in Honolulu can be a fantastic way to achieve the beautiful, picture-perfect smile you've always wanted, but only if you are a good candidate for them. There is only one way to know for sure. Call Dr. Yasuhara to set up an appointment for a consultation and find out which dental procedure might be right for you today.