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By Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
May 04, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Find out more about dental implants and what to expect when you say “yes” to this tooth replacement treatment.

So you are thinking about getting dental implants in Honolulu, but you are curious to find out more about this procedure and about Dental Implantsdental implants themselves first before you opt for this tooth loss treatment. Find out more about what makes up a dental implant and how it works to give you a permanent new smile.

About Dental Implants

A dental implant consists of three parts:

The implant: This is a small metal post made from titanium that is inserted into the jawbone where your missing tooth once was.

The abutment: This piece attaches to the top of the implant and helps to link the implant and the artificial tooth together. Now, abutments are often made out of ceramic to be more aesthetically complementary to the artificial tooth; however, they can also be made out of steel, gold or titanium.

The artificial tooth: Also referred to as a dental crown, these tooth-shaped caps are attached to the abutment and offer a strong, durable alternative to a natural tooth. These teeth are often made out of ceramic since this offers a natural, tooth-colored appearance.

Getting Dental Implants

When it comes to getting dental implants in Honolulu it’s important to keep in mind that the process is complex and does take several months or up to a year to complete.

The first step requires us to insert the implant into the jawbone within the socket of your missing tooth. This surgery is performed right here in our office under local anesthesia. We will wait several weeks to allow the tissue and bone to grow around the metal implant. Once this occurs we will perform a second procedure.

The second procedure will entail opening up the gums to uncover the implant and then placing the abutment on top. We will then give your mouth a couple more weeks to heal before placing the dental crown over the implant.

Ready to get dental implants in Honolulu? Then maybe it’s time you scheduled a consultation with Dr. Ako with Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry.