Advanced Implant Dentistry in Honolulu, HI

Better Oral Health & Full Smile Restoration

How do you restore both beauty and function to your smile after tooth loss? If you’re one of the over 178 million Americans who has experienced edentulism (tooth loss) or you have teeth too damaged to be repaired, you’re likely dealing with persistent oral health issues as a result. You may also be reluctant to show your smile and experiencing low self-esteem, which can negatively impact your quality of life. 

Most restorations out there only improve the appearance of your smile, but dental implants actually restore your smile’s full form and function after tooth loss. At Advanced Restorative Dentistry of Honolulu, implant dentist Dr. Michael Nishime can restore your smile’s appearance, function, and health by utilizing his skills in implant dentistry. Keep reading to learn more about implant dentistry or schedule an appointment with Advanced Restorative Dentistry by clicking the button below. 

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are lifelike restorations used to replace any number of missing or damaged teeth. Made of biocompatible titanium, implants are anchored directly into the jawbone for unmatched support and strength. These implants are then topped with lifelike restorations such as dental crowns, bridges, and full arches. Implant dentistry is considered the gold standard for tooth replacement since dental implants look and function just like real teeth! 

Traditional dental implants are made of three separate parts:

  1. The titanium implant is the foundation.
  2. The abutment is the connector piece between the foundation and restoration. 
  3. The crown or other restoration is secured to the post and is the only part of the implant that’s visible. It serves as the replacement for the lost tooth/teeth.

Hybridge Dental Implants

Implant dentist Dr. Nishime offers traditional singular dental implants as well as Hybridge dental implants. Hybridge dental implants allows your implant dentist to replace an entire arch of teeth with a permanent denture by using a minimal amount of implants. While your permanent dentures are being crafted, your implant provider will attach a set or temporary dentures. This procedure saves patients time and money, while also ensuring they don’t have to go toothless.    

The Importance of Implant Dentistry

Replacing your teeth after tooth loss isn’t just vital to having a beautiful smile, it’s important to your oral health. Untreated tooth loss can lead to serious oral health issues down the line including inflammation, infection, and recession of the gums, mesial (dental) drift and resorption. 

What Is Mesial Drift?

Mesial drift, also known as dental drift, refers to the tendency of teeth to move towards the front of your mouth or towards empty spaces. As you grow and your teeth and jaw develop, some mesial drift is normal, but untreated tooth loss can result in much more drastic drift. This can lead to: 

  • Overcrowding
  • Misalignment
  • Inflammation
  • Further tooth loss

What Is Resorption?

Resorption refers to loss of jawbone density, especially after tooth loss. A missing tooth causes that area of the jaw to lose simulation, causing the area to slowly stop regenerating. As a result, the bone starts to degrade and is absorbed back into the body. 

Untreated resorption can spread to other parts of your jaw and weaken the foundation of your remaining teeth. This increases the chances of further tooth loss and other related oral health issues. The lack of support in your jaw can even cause aesthetic issues such as premature wrinkles and sagging skin. For reasons such as these, replacing lost teeth with dental implants is the most recommended restoration method. 

Benefits of Implant Dentistry

While non-implant restorations like dentures and traditional bridges can improve the look of your smile, they don’t offer the same benefits as dental implants. Some of the advantages that come with implant dentistry include:

  • Custom-Made Design: Your implant dentist will take impressions of your teeth to create a dental implant that looks, feels, and functions just like your natural teeth. 
  • Stability: Implant restorations will never slip around or fall out of your mouth, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with complete confidence.
  • Prevents Misalignment: Dental implants return support to your remaining teeth, preventing mesial drift.
  • Prevents Facial Sagging: Your implant restorations will restore support to the muscles in your face, preventing premature wrinkles and skin sagging.     
  • Prevents Resorption: Implant posts mimic the root of a natural tooth, providing the stimulation your jawbone needs to continuously rebuild itself and stay healthy. 
  • Lasts a Lifetime: With proper oral hygiene and regular dental exams with our skilled Honolulu implant dentist, your dental implants can last 20 years to a lifetime
  • Stain & Decay Resistance:  Your implants and their restorations will be resistant to staining and decay, helping them last longer and stay looking beautiful. 
  • Biocompatible Materials: The titanium used in dental implants is easily accepted by the body, allowing your restoration to integrate with your jawbone.
  • Improved Bite: Unlike dentures and other non-implant restorations, dental implants almost completely restore your bite force. This leads to better chewing, which also helps prevent indigestion, nutritional deficiency, and even diabetes. 
  • Versatile: Restorations for your implants can be customized to suit many different types of tooth loss. They come in forms like crowns, bridges, or full arches.   

Candidacy for Implant Dentistry

Your candidacy for dental implants will depend on numerous factors, including: 

  • Jawbone Density: You’ll need to have an adequate amount of jawbone density to place your dental implants. If you don’t have enough bone mass, Dr. Nishime may be able to correct the issue with bone grafting. This procedure allows Dr. Nishime to replace lost bone tissue and provide the stability your implants require.   
  • Healthy Gum Tissue: Your gums should be free of infection or disease to improve the success of your implant procedure. There should also be enough tissue to support and protect the dental implants.  
  • Proper Maintenance: To ensure your implants are integrated properly and stay functional, you’ll need to practice proper at-home dental care, which includes brushing, flossing, and rising between meals. You’ll also need to visit our Honolulu dental office for regular exams to ensure your teeth and dental implants stay strong. 
  • Good Overall Health: If you’re suffering from certain health issues such as diabetes or leukemia, you may not be the best candidate. There’s a chance you can still get implants, but you might need to have special pre-op care in order to qualify for implant placement.  
  • You Don’t Grind Your Teeth: Bruxism or teeth grinding can wear down your restorations and damage your implants. 

The only way to know for sure if you qualify for dental implants is to schedule a consultation at Advanced Restorative Dentistry of Honolulu. You can contact us by dialing (808) 732-0291 and we’ll set up your consultation with Dr. Nishime so he can tell you if dental implants are right for you.

The Dental Implant Process

Initial Consultation

Before receiving your custom-made dental implants, you’ll visit our Honolulu dental office for your initial consultation. During your consultation, Dr. Nishime will thoroughly examine your mouth. He’ll also review your medical history,  current medication use, and ask you about your smile goals. 

If you feel anxiety about the process, your implant dentist can offer sedation dentistry options to help you relax and make implant placement go by faster. If you have any questions about dental implants, your initial consultation is a good time to ask. 

Designing Your Dental Implants

If your implant provider decides that dental implants are right for you, we’ll take digital images and impressions of your teeth. These will be sent to an offsite lab, where they’ll serve as the blueprints for your future dental implants. 

Preparation

To prepare your mouth for your new implants, we’ll apply an anesthetic to ensure you don’t feel any pain or discomfort. We can also apply your sedative of choice, or if you’ve opted for oral conscious sedation, make sure it’s working properly. 

Once we’re sure you’re numb, your implant dentist will perform any necessary extractions. Then, they’ll make small incisions into your gums where the implants will be placed.      

Implant Placement

Once the incisions are made, your Honolulu implant dentist will place the titanium posts in your jaw through the incisions. Your jawbone will fuse to the implants, holding them in place, through a process called osseointegration. You’ll return once the process is complete, which usually takes at least three to six months

Installing Your Restorations

Once you’ve healed completely, you’ll return to our Honolulu dental office to have your restorations installed. Dr. Nishime will show the restorations to you first, to ensure they’re to your liking. If you approve, he’ll securely attach your customized restoration to the implant fixture with the abutment piece. You’ll then walk out of our dental office with a fully functional, stunning new smile!

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Choose Implant Dentistry: Full Smile Restoration & Oral Health

At Advanced Restorative Dentistry, patients of implant dentist, Dr. Nishime who have experienced tooth loss can restore their smiles through implant dentistry. We offer dental implants as a path to complete oral health restoration to patients from Honolulu and surrounding areas such as Kailua, O‘ahu, and Kapolei, HI. 

To learn more about the benefits of implant dentistry, call Advanced Restorative Dentistry at our Honolulu dental by dialing (808) 732-0291. You can also book your appointment online by clicking the ‘schedule now’ button below and one of our friendly team members will get back to you shortly.

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