Posts for tag: dental implants

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  
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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  
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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.”

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
May 06, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants are a long-lasting option for replacing missing or extracted teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth or dental implantsmany, depending on each patient’s needs. Dental implants are placed in the jaw bone for a secure hold so patients lacking sufficient bone are not good candidates for dental implants. A dentist can determine if you have enough bone for placing a dental implant. Dr. Ken Yasuhara is your dentist for dental implants in Honolulu.

Dental Implant Parts

Dental implants are comprised of three main parts. The portion of a dental implant that is placed in the jaw bone looks like a small screw and is referred to as the implant. This piece is usually made of titanium, which is a strong, durable, and hypoallergenic metal. The implant functions like the root portion of a natural tooth by holding an artificial tooth in place.

Another main part of a dental implant is the implant crown, which is the artificial tooth. The implant crown looks just like a natural tooth and is custom made for the most natural look and best fit possible. The third part of a dental implant is the abutment, which connects the implant and crown together. The abutment is screwed onto the implant and the crown is attached to the abutment. The implant crown is the only portion of a dental implant that is visible once all parts have been put in place.

Procedure for Placing Dental Implants

The metal implant portion of a dental implant is placed into the jaw bone through a minor surgical procedure that usually only requires local anesthesia. After the metal implant is placed in the bone, the area is given time to heal before placing the implant crown. As the surgical site heals, another process known as osseointegration naturally begins. Osseointegration refers to the natural process of the metal implant and bone fusing together over time. Within a few weeks, the crown can be placed over the implant permanently.

To be a candidate for dental implants, patients must have enough bone in the jaw area to support the placement of a dental implant. Bone in the jaw area naturally begins deteriorating when teeth are missing so if teeth have been missing for an extended period of time there is not always enough bone left to support a dental implant. Your dentist in Honolulu can determine if you have enough bone by reviewing an x-ray image of your jaw bone.

Dental implants are a durable long-lasting option for restoring your smile, whether you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth. For dental implants in Honolulu, HI, schedule an appointment with Dr. Yasuhara by calling (808) 947-8900.