Are you disappointed with the condition of your smile? Cracked crowns, a poorly fitting partial, or just one missing tooth can impair anyone's oral function, facial structure, and self-image. That's why your Honolulu dentist, Dr. Garrett Hayashi, provides the best solution to a failing smile: dental implants! Implants fully restore smile aesthetics, as well as the abilities to bite, chew, and speak, all while raising confidence in your appearance. Plus, they maintain your jaw bone and gum tissue. Read on to learn more about these innovative tooth replacements!
What implants are and what they do
Your Honolulu dentist offers dental implants because they do more than simply fill smile gaps. Dental implants are actual artificial teeth from top to bottom. They are comprised of:
- A titanium metal root
- A metal alloy abutment post which extends above the gum line
- A customized porcelain crown
Our dentist also uses dental implants to secure fixed bridges and full dentures where tooth loss is more extensive. These lifelike appliances provide unparalleled stability as a patient eats and speaks.
Besides these wonderful benefits, dental implants do something no other prosthetic can. After insertion into the jaw, dental implants increase the strength and size of the bone. This process is called osseointegration, and it is exclusive to dental implants. As a new implant site heals, the bone wraps around the implant screw, creating a stable and permanent foundation for the new tooth.
While osseointegration does not happen overnight, it's totally worth waiting for. In fact, because of their bone-building properties, dental implants can last for a lifetime!
Caring for dental implants
Good oral hygiene is incredibly important to your natural teeth and gums, and it also has an impact on the longevity of dental implants. During treatment, your hygienist at Dr. Hayashi's Honolulu office will show you the particulars of brushing and flossing around your implants.
While implants cannot decay, they do fall prey to an infection called peri-implantitis. This destructive condition deteriorates gums and bone around implants if bacteria-filled plaque and tartar accumulate.
Also, tobacco smoke eats away at an implant's foundation, frequently leading to implant failure. In short, brush, floss, and stop smoking if you wish to keep both your natural teeth and your implants.
A great smile
Tooth loss is so unfortunate, but nowadays, dental implants can restore a damaged smile beautifully. If you desire a renewed smile, please call Dr. Garrett Hayashi for a detailed dental implant consultation. He'll evaluate your oral health and jaw bone density and tell you if these artificial teeth are right for your situation. Contact the office at (808) 536-5090.