Posts for tag: dental implants

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
May 07, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants from your dentist in Honolulu, HI, can rescue your smile

Lost teeth can be embarrassing. Lost teeth can also lead to difficulty enjoying the foods you love. Did you know there is a tooth replacement solution that is as good as having your natural teeth? It’s called dental implants! Dr. Ken Yasuhara in Honolulu, HI, offers a wide range of dental services, including dental implants to rescue your smile.

Dental implants are one of the most popular ways to regain your smile because they offer so many amazing benefits. Consider that dental implants:

  • Offer natural-looking beauty, because dental implant restorations are made of beautiful materials that mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel. Dental implants give you a smile that looks completely natural.
  • Provide strong tooth replacement, because dental implants are firmly embedded in bone, so they will never move. Dental implants give you a strong chewing foundation, so you can enjoy the foods you love again.
  • Give you a smile that is easy to maintain and keep healthy. Dental implants are cleaned with simple brushing and flossing, just like your natural teeth.

One added benefit is that dental implants can make you look younger. They do this by promoting the growth of more bone, which fuses with the dental implants. When you have more bone, it means you will also enjoy a firmer jawline, more youthful facial contours, and less facial sagging.

Dental implants are made of biocompatible materials that are kind to your body. Because of their biocompatibility, dental implants boast a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Their amazing success rate has made dental implants the most successful surgical implant!

To find out more about the many benefits of dental implants and how they can rescue your smile, contact Dr. Yasuhara in Honolulu, HI, at (808) 947-8900. Call now, and start working on your great new smile with dental implants!

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
April 29, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
DentalImplantsAreEvenMoreAdvancedThanksToTheseOtherTechnologies

When dental implants hit the scene in the 1980s, they revolutionized the field of dental restorations. But as groundbreaking as they were then, they're even more advanced now.

Some of the advancements have to do with improvements in implant design and manufacturing. Implant sizes and shapes were once quite limited, but today they come in a variety of forms to better match the types of teeth they replace.

But there has also been important progress in complementary technologies that help us realize better outcomes. Many of these other advances have had a positive impact on the planning and surgical stages of implant installation.

CT/CBCT scanning. For the best outcome, it's critical to install an implant at the most appropriate location on the jaw. This can be difficult to determine, however, because of the location of oral and facial structures like nerves or sinuses that might interfere with implant placement. But using a type of computer tomography (CT) scanning called cone beam CT, we can produce a 3-D computer graphic image that helps us navigate possible obstructions as we pinpoint the ideal location for an implant.

Digital smile displays. We're now able to produce digital models of the mouth, which can assist with more than implant placement—we can also use them to visualize what a new smile with implants will look like before we install them. This is especially helpful in situations where only a few teeth need to be replaced: We want to ensure that the new implant crowns blend seamlessly with the remaining teeth for the most natural appearance.

Custom-made surgical guides. We've been using surgical guides to mark the exact drilling locations during implant surgery for many years. But 3-D printing technology can now help us produce surgical guides that are even more useful and precise. Using a 3-D printer, we can produce oral devices based on the patient's individual dental dimensions captured through digital scanning. That produces a better fit for the guide on the teeth and more accurate implant placement.

Together, these and other technological advances are helping us achieve even more successful results. Not only can they help us produce implant outcomes that can last for years or even decades, but also the most beautiful smiles possible.

If you would like more information on dental implant restorations, 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 “How Technology Aids Dental Implant Therapy.”

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.