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Dental Implants

Loss of tooth results in the resorption of the special bony structure that houses the tooth. There is decrease in the dimension of the bone in the place where the tooth is lost. The space created by missing tooth invites the surrounding teeth to take this place, resulting in crowded teeth. This misalignment is referred to as malocclusion in orthodontics.

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When the teeth are misaligned, cleaning becomes a little unwieldy, and this results in food lodgement, subsequent tooth decay, or periodontal disease (gum disease). Too much decay demands a root canal treatment, or extraction. Loss of tooth or teeth can also affect the cheeks and the lips giving your face, an aged look. Thus, it is very essential that you have your lost tooth restored in a timely manner.

While there are several choices you have to restore missing teeth, the number one, is always dental implants.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are posts made of titanium, which serve as replacement for roots of the missing teeth. Implants prevent the unnecessary trimming of the adjoining teeth to place a dental bridge. The best part about implants is that, since they are made of titanium, tooth decay is beyond the bounds of possibility.

Dental Implants Honolulu

Dental Implants Honolulu

Dental implant placement procedure

Typically, implant treatment takes three surgical appointments:

First Appointment

Implant is placed on the jaw bone, and the gum tissue is sutured over the implant. The implant takes four to six months to fuse to the bone. A temporary crown is fixed for this period.

Second Appointment

The implant is uncovered, an impression of the post is taken and sent to the laboratory for fabrication of tailor-made crown for you. During this time, a temporary crown is fitted to the post.

Third Appointment

You are called after the arrival of the permanent crown from the lab and is attached using permanent cement.