If you have missing teeth or damaged teeth that need to be replaced, dental implants may be an excellent option for you. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium that are surgically placed into your jawbone. They serve as a sturdy foundation for a replacement tooth or teeth.
At Black Point Dental in Honolulu, HI, we understand the importance of having a healthy and beautiful smile. Dr. Patrick Ferguson and our team of professionals are here to guide you through the process and ensure a comfortable and painless experience.
A dental implant comprises three parts:
- A dental implant body is a titanium screw placed into the jawbone to support the implant.
- The dental implant abutment is the connector between the implant body and the crown.
- The dental crown is the visible part of the implant and is custom-made to match your natural teeth.
There are several types of dental implants available, each with its own unique application.
- Endosteal implants are the most common type and involve placing the titanium post directly into the jawbone.
- Subperiosteal implants are placed on top of the jawbone and are used for patients who do not have enough healthy jawbones to support an endosteal implant.
- Zygomatic implants are used for individuals who have insufficient jawbone and cannot undergo bone grafting. These implants are anchored in the cheekbone, providing a stable foundation for the replacement tooth or teeth.
The ideal dental implant candidate is someone with good oral health, healthy gums, and enough jawbone to support the implant. If you have missing teeth, damaged teeth, or are unhappy with your dentures, dental implants may be an excellent option for you.
The dental implant procedure typically involves several stages, beginning with a consultation with Dr. Ferguson to determine if dental crowns are the ideal treatment for you. If they are, the next step is to place the implant body into your jawbone, which will serve as the foundation for the crown.
After the implant has been placed, there will be a healing period of several months, during which the implant will fuse to the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. During this time, a temporary crown may be placed over the implant.
Once the implant fully integrates with the jawbone, the abutment will be placed, and the crown will be attached to the abutment. Dr. Ferguson will ensure that the implant, abutment, and crown fit comfortably and look natural.
The recovery process after dental implant surgery typically involves some discomfort and swelling, which can be managed with pain medication and ice packs.
Following a soft food diet for the first few days is important. Avoid strenuous activities that may disrupt the implant. Dr. Ferguson will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth recovery process.
Patients should brush and floss regularly and visit their dentist or oral surgeon for regular check-ups to monitor the health of the implants.
It is also important to avoid chewing on hard objects, such as ice or hard candy, and to avoid using tobacco products, which can compromise the health of the implants. Patients should also avoid consuming excessive amounts of alcohol, which can damage the gums and compromise the health of the implants.
Like any surgical procedure, dental implant procedures carry some risks and potential complications. These can include infection, implant failure, nerve damage, and sinus problems.
However, these risks are relatively low, and most patients experience successful implant placement and long-term benefits. Dr. Ferguson will discuss any potential risks and complications with you before the procedure.
Dental implants offer several advantages over other tooth replacement options. One of the most significant advantages is their durability. Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. They are also more comfortable than dentures and bridges, which can cause soreness.
Dental implants are also more aesthetically pleasing than other tooth replacement options. They look and feel like natural teeth, providing a more natural and youthful appearance. Dental implants also help to preserve the jawbone, which can deteriorate over time with tooth loss.
Dental implants offer several long-term benefits, including improved speech and chewing ability. They also help to prevent bone loss in the jaw, which can lead to additional tooth loss and facial sagging. Dental implants can also improve self-esteem and confidence, making patients feel more comfortable in social situations.
Another long-term benefit of dental implants is their low-maintenance nature. Unlike dentures, which require daily removal and cleaning, dental implants can be cared for like natural teeth, with regular brushing and flossing.
At Black Point Dental in Honolulu, HI, we are committed to providing our patients with the best dental care possible. Dental implants are an excellent option for those with missing or damaged teeth, and we offer a range of implant options to suit your specific needs. We also offer a range of restorative dental care options.
Call us at (808) 955-5922 or request an appointment online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ferguson and learn more about dental implants. Let us help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.