Dental Implants Honolulu
Dental implants are a popular option for people who have lost one or more teeth. If you're considering getting dental implants in Honolulu, you may be wondering what the process involves and what to expect. At Pacific Maxillofacial Center, our oral surgeons have extensive experience in dental implant procedures and can provide you with the care and support you need.
Here are some key things you should know about dental implants:
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into your jawbone. They provide a stable foundation for a replacement tooth or bridge. Implants are typically made of titanium, which is a strong, lightweight metal that is well-tolerated by the body.
How are dental implants placed?
The process of getting dental implants typically involves several steps:
Consultation: Your oral surgeon will evaluate your dental health and determine if dental implants are a good option for you.
Implant placement: The oral surgeon will place the implant into your jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Over time, the implant will fuse with your bone in a process called osseointegration.
Abutment placement: Once the implant has fused with your bone, the abutment (a small connector) is attached to the implant. The abutment will hold the replacement tooth or bridge in place.
Replacement tooth placement: Your dentist will create a replacement tooth or bridge that is customized to fit your mouth. The replacement tooth will be attached to the abutment and will look and function like a natural tooth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants offer several advantages over other tooth replacement options, such as dentures and bridges:
What is the recovery process like?
After the implant is placed, you may experience some swelling and discomfort for a few days. Your oral surgeon will provide you with instructions on how to care for the implant during the healing process. You may need to eat soft foods for a few days and avoid strenuous activity.
How do I care for my dental implant?
Caring for your dental implant is similar to caring for your natural teeth. You should brush and floss regularly and visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. Your dentist may recommend using a special type of toothbrush or floss to clean around the implant.
At Pacific Maxillofacial Center, we understand that getting dental implants can be a big decision. That's why we provide personalized care and support to help you through every step of the process.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants may be the best option. To make an appointment for dental implants in Honolulu, just call 808-585-8455 and reach us at Pacific Maxillofacial Center to talk to our professionals and decide which dental implant option is going to be right for you!
Pacific Maxillofacial Center
Todd K. Haruki, DDS, MD
Pacific Maxillofacial Center