Posts for tag: dental implants

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
September 30, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
ImplantsCanMakeItEasiertoRestoreMissingTeethinStages

A fair number of people with total tooth loss have arrived at this point after a long history of dental issues. It's quite likely they've had a series of bridges or partial dentures over the years to accommodate lost teeth at various times before moving to full dentures.

For many, it often seems easier to extract any remaining teeth at some point and simply move on to a total restoration. It's often better for oral health, however, to preserve any remaining teeth for as long as possible and update restorations as needed. Dental implants could make this type of staged restoration strategy much easier to manage.

Implants are tiny metal posts surgically imbedded in a patient's jawbone. Over time, bone cells grow and adhere to the implant's titanium surface, creating a strong and durable hold. Its most familiar application is as a replacement for an individual tooth.

But because of their strength and durability, this advanced dental technology is also used to support other restorations like bridges and partial or full dentures by way of a few strategically placed implants. And it's in that role that they can be useful in planning and implementing future restoration upgrades when needed.

Under this strategy, we add implants to supplement pre-existing implants from earlier restorations to support the updated dental work. For example, we might have previously placed an implant supporting a single tooth or a small bridge. When the need later arises for a partial denture, we can add additional implants to be used with the earlier one to support the new denture.

If the earlier implants have been well-placed, we need only to add enough implants necessary to support a full denture when the time comes. How many will depend on the particular type of denture: A removable lower denture may only require one additional implant with one already in place. A fixed upper or lower denture will require enough to bring the number to between four and eight.

Taking this long-term approach can be more cost-effective in the long-run. More importantly, it can make for a smoother path for the patient and help preserve remaining teeth for as long as possible.

If you would like more information on restoration options for lost teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Replacing All Teeth but Not All at Once.”

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
July 09, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Honolulu dental implants can restore your smile by filling in the gaps where teeth are missing. There are several benefits to replacing lost teeth with dental implants as they are durable, secure, and permanent. Dental implants could be the right option for you if you are looking for a permanent tooth-replacement option and have enough bone to support the placement of implants. Dr. Ken Yasuhara, the skilled dentist at our office in Honolulu HI, can determine if dental implants are an option for you.

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a tiny metal post that resembles a screw. Its function is to anchor an artificial tooth in place, similar to a tooth root. Dental implants are versatile and are used to replace a single missing tooth or several teeth. When replacing one tooth, only one dental implant is needed and it is topped with a crown. Replacing several teeth at once requires multiple strategically placed dental implants, which can be topped with bridgework or a Honolulu dental implant supported-overdenture.

Dental implants are anchored in the jaw bone. To be a candidate for this exciting tooth-replacement option you must have enough bone to place the implants. Unfortunately, bone loss sometimes follows tooth loss so not everyone will be a candidate. At our practice in Honolulu HI, we can tell if dental implants are an option for you by using x-ray images to assess whether or not you have sufficient bone remaining. If so, our experienced dentist can help you restore your smile permanently.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Restoring your smile with dental implants has many benefits. One major benefit is that dental implants are permanent. Since they are placed directly in bone, dental implants will remain securely in place indefinitely. They are also extremely secure. Dental implants can firmly anchor artificial teeth so there is no worry about the teeth slipping out of place.

Another benefit of dental implants is that they are made from a hypoallergenic metal, such as titanium. That means that even patients who are sensitive to certain metals can still benefit from restoring their smile with dental implants. An additional benefit is that by filling in the gaps where teeth are missing, dental implants can minimize or reverse some of the negative side effects associated with tooth loss, such as facial sagging, altered speech, or excess strain on remaining teeth.

Dental implants could be the right option for restoring your smile if you have enough bone to support them and prefer a long-term solution that is reliable and secure. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ken Yasuhara to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants by calling our office in Honolulu HI at (808) 947-8900.

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
January 24, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

If you're considering tooth replacement with dental implants, you likely have many questions. Here at Ken Yasuhara DDS, Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry in Honolulu, we can answer those dental implant questions based on expertise and experience. Read on to learn a bit about this treatment, and call our office today to set up an appointment.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a titanium metal screw or cylinder that is placed into the patient's jaw bone to act as an artificial tooth root. Once the screw has naturally fused with the bone, a metal post and porcelain crown are placed atop of it, completing the brand-new replacement tooth.

How long will my implants last?

Dental implants can last 25 years or longer, according to the Columbia University School of Dental Medicine. However, the exact duration depends on your oral and systemic health, the quality of the supportive bone that you have in your jaw, and how well you attend to them with diligent brushing, flossing, and routine in-office care with Dr. Yasuhara. A pre-qualifying examination/X-ray screening at our Honolulu office tells the dentist if you're a good implant candidate.

I wear dentures. Can implants help me?

Yes, they can. Depending on their location on the upper or lower arches, multiple dental implants can support fixed bridges or complete dentures.

Why are dental implants so stable?

Think of conventional tooth replacements. They either clasp to adjoining teeth or rest on top of gums and bone. Conversely, dental implants bond with the jaw bone through what scientists call osseointegration. Human bone cells have a great affinity for titanium metal. As such, they adhere to the implant and anchor it so well that these artificial teeth are just as stable and functional as their natural counterparts.

Find out more

Dental implants can change your life, so why not explore your smile possibilities with Dr. Ken Yasuhara and his team? Phone our Honolulu office today for a consultation: (808) 947-8900.

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
October 16, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
WhatyoucanExpectifYoureUndergoingImplantSurgery

If you’re considering different options for tooth replacement, dental implants are likely high on your list. Implants have a proven reputation for both durability and life-like appearance that can restore mouth function and revitalize your smile.

There is one aspect concerning implants, however, which gives people pause — the surgical procedure required to place the implants in the jawbone. If you’re leery about undergoing this procedure we can put your mind at ease — for most patients implant surgery is a minor, pain-free process with little discomfort afterward.

While there are variations in style, implants generally have two major components: a titanium post that’s implanted into the jawbone and a permanent life-like crown that’s affixed 6 to 12 weeks after implant surgery. Titanium is the metal of choice because of its affinity with bone cells; over time bone will grow to and attach itself around the implant, a process known as osseo-integration. The metal post is normally spiral in shape, allowing it more surface area for bone to adhere to.

In the beginning of the procedure we administer local anesthesia to fully numb the area before proceeding. After accessing the bone through tiny incisions in the gum tissue, we create a small channel in the exposed bone. A surgical guide may be used to prepare the precise location for the implant with a series of drilling sequences that increases the channel until it matches the implant size. While this takes place, you should only feel a mild vibration and a little pressure from the drill.

The implants are then removed from their sterile packaging and placed immediately into the prepared site. The gum tissues are then sutured into place with self-absorbing sutures. Most people have only mild discomfort after the surgery that can be managed with a prescription-strength non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen. We may also prescribe antibiotics and other care instructions to ensure successful gum tissue healing.

With proper planning and precise implant placement by skilled hands, implant surgery is an easy and uneventful procedure. And, with your new crowns in place, your new, beautiful smile will make the experience a distant memory.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implant Surgery.”

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
July 28, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
DentalImplantsaDurableLife-LikeSolutionforyourToothLoss

What's so special about dental implants — and why should you consider one to replace a missing tooth?

Although they've only been widely available for thirty years, dental implants have climbed to the top of tooth replacement choices as the premier restorative option. Since their debut in the 1980s, dentists have placed over 3 million implants.

There's one overriding reason for this popularity: in structure and form, dental implants are the closest replacement we have to a natural tooth. In fact, more than anything else an implant is a root replacement, the part of the tooth you don't see.

The artificial root is a titanium post surgically imbedded into the jaw bone. Later we can attach a porcelain crown to it that looks just like a visible tooth. This breakthrough design enables implants to handle the normal biting forces generated in the mouth for many years.

There's also an advantage in using titanium dental implants. Because bone cells have a special affinity to the metal, they will grow and attach to the implant over time. Not only does this strengthen the implant's hold within the jaw, the added growth also helps deter bone loss, a common problem with missing teeth.

It's this blend of strength and durability that gives implants the highest success rate for any tooth replacement option. Over 95% of implants placed attain the 10-year mark, and most will last for decades.

Dental implant treatment, however, may not be possible in every situation, particularly where significant bone loss has occurred. They're also relatively expensive, although more cost-effective than other options over the long term.

Even so, implants can play an effective and varied role in a dental restoration. While single implants with attached crowns are the most common type of replacement, they can also play a supporting role with other restorative options. As few as two strategically placed implants can provide a more secure connection for removable dentures or fixed bridges.

You'll need to first undergo a thorough dental examination to see if implants could work for you. From there, we'll be happy to discuss your options for using this "best of the best" restoration to achieve a new, beautiful smile.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants 101.”