Did you know that losing a single adult tooth can begin a cascading series of changes in your mouth, and none of them are beneficial or good? That is why Michael Miyamoto, DDS of Miyamoto Dental Design Suite Inc. in Wailuku, HI offers the restorative dentistry treatment known as dental implants.
A Brief Explanation of Dental Implants
If you are not yet familiar with dental implants, we encourage you to read this brief description and understand how beneficial, reliable and restorative they are. To keep it as simple as possible, implants are something done in our dental office to replace a missing tooth. Unlike dentures, they actually replace the entire tooth – roots and crown. This is remarkably helpful as it retains your natural “bite”. This is the alignment of your upper and lower teeth, and if you have already had corrective treatment such as aligners or braces, or any work that is meant to improve the bite, implants can keep this healthy positioning.
However, they do more than that because a lost tooth actually tells your body to absorb the bone in the area where the tooth once stood, and it also allows the gum tissue to shrink and tighten. The dental implants feature a post that replaces the roots, which stops all of the bone and tissue loss.
The process is very reliable, and you will have the implant surgically placed in the bone and gum tissue. Your healing time will vary, though most take no more than six months. After that, a new dental crown is mounted to the post, and you can use it just like your natural tooth. In our dentist office, patients can have single tooth or multi-tooth implant treatments, but we also encourage the use of implant supported dentures.
Dentures and Implants
It surprises many patients to hear that they can enjoy the many benefits of dental implants while keeping costs under control when they use implant dentures. Most commonly called All on 4 Implants, but also available for bridges too, these implants will be used to secure a set of dentures making them much more comfortable and secure.
As you can see, implants are important to a restorative dentist as well as a cosmetic dentist. We encourage our patients to consider them as the ideal answer to missing teeth, joint or bite problems, and when in need of bridges or dentures. They maintain a healthy bite and enable you to look, speak and eat naturally and functionally.
You will still need to follow proper oral hygiene and have bi-annual visits for cleanings and exams, but the use of implants can help you enjoy the best oral health over the long term, retaining gum and bone, and allowing you to smile proudly for the many years to come.
Contact Our Wailuku Dentist for Dental Implants
If you have additional questions about the benefits of restorative dentistry, dental implants give us a call at our Wailuku, HI office at (808) 242-7007. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.