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By Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
March 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Gaps in your smile don't have to be permanent, thanks to dental implants. Your Honolulu, HI, dentist Dr. Jason Ako explains how dental implantsimplants can restore your smile.

Dental implants in Honolulu, HI

Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that replaces your entire tooth. The implant, a small titanium post, bonds to your jawbone and supports an artificial tooth called a crown. The implant procedure involves placing the implants under the gums. In just a few months, your new implant will be fully bonded and ready to serve as the root for your new tooth. Once bonding occurs, your dentist will open your gum and add a connector, called an abutment, to the top of the implant. The abutment attaches your new crown to your implant. Implants are a good choice if you've lost one tooth, but are also used to replace multiple teeth.

Implants improve appearance and restore function

Do you hate looking in the mirror since you lost your tooth? A dental implant can improve your self-esteem and help you feel more confident in social settings. Although a dental implant is a great confidence booster, it offers another important benefit. When a tooth is missing, it's much harder to chew foods. Unfortunately, if you don't chew food thoroughly before you swallow, you may suffer from an upset stomach. Your dental implant will restore your ability to chew and bite normally, which can reduce gastrointestinal problems. Best of all, your new tooth looks and feels completely natural.

Dental implants can prevent bone loss

Bone loss is one of the unfortunate consequences of tooth loss. The problem occurs because your jawbone no longer receives needed stimulation from tooth roots. If your jawbone begins to recede, other teeth can become loose and you may even experience some sagging in the lower half of your face. Replacing your roots with an implant ensures that stimulation continues even after you've lost a tooth and prevents those problems.

Revitalize your smile with dental implants! Call Honolulu, HI, dentist Dr. Ako at (808) 734-6022 to schedule your appointment.