Dental Implants in Kalaheo
Are you embarrassed because you have missing teeth?
Unfortunately, this is a problem that many people face; studies indicate that close to 200 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and nearly 35 million are missing all their teeth.
At Kalaheo Dental Group, we don’t like to hear these statistics because we understand the impact that missing teeth can have on the quality of your life. Even a single missing tooth can make it challenging and uncomfortable to eat, not to mention the embarrassment of smiling in front of friends and co-workers.
State-of-the-Art Dental Implants
If you are missing one or more teeth, we’d like to help! We are pleased to offer our patients the state-of-the-art convenience of beautiful dental implants.
Dental implants are the ultimate tooth replacement choice because they provide a permanent solution for completing your smile. When the process of placing an implant is complete, you will have a tooth that looks, feels, and acts just like a natural tooth!
The Process of Placing a Dental Implant
Dr. Lutwin, Dr. Quade, or Dr. Ritta places a dental implant in three steps:
- Place Implant – The implant itself is a tiny titanium post that takes the place of the missing tooth root. Our implants are made of the same medical-grade titanium that doctors have used for decades in joint replacements. An experienced oral surgeon who has advanced training in implant placement places your dental implant.
- Attach Abutment – When the implant has healed and integrated with surrounding bone in your jaw, we attach an abutment. The abutment is a small connector piece that’s secured to the implant to hold the final restoration securely in place.
- Create Restoration – The restoration is the part of your tooth you can see. Our attention to detail allows us to create implant restorations that function well and look beautifully natural. Since they’re so secure and stable, dental implants can also be used to anchor other prosthetic devices, such as dentures and bridges.
The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
Appearance is the most noticeable problem associated with missing teeth, but it’s not the only concern.
When you lose a tooth, you also lose the function of its root. This is a problem because your natural root does a lot more than just hold the tooth in place.
The presence of the root promotes healthy growth of bone and tissue in your jaw. However, when the root is gone, this process stops, and the bone in your jaw begins to break down slowly. A missing root can also lead to tooth misalignment as surrounding teeth change position and tilt into the empty space.
However, a dental implant solves these problems because it fills the space left by a missing tooth and restarts the process of healthy bone growth.
Choosing Dental Implants
We know that there’s a lot to consider when you’re thinking about getting dental implants, and you probably have more questions than answers! At Kalaheo Dental Group, it’s our job to discuss all your options and provide you with the information you need to make a confident decision about your treatment.
If you would like to find out whether you are a good candidate for dental implants, please call us to arrange a convenient consultation. We’ll work together to find the option that fits all your unique needs!