Long-Term Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants
A dental implant is a unique tooth replacement because it's placed in your jaw and can last a lifetime if you take excellent care of your oral health.
Others solutions like fixed bridges and partial dentures effectively restore function and appearance but are designed to sit on top of the gums. Since dental implants are embedded in bone, they become as stable and secure as your natural tooth root was.
Who Should Get a Dental Implant?
If you have one or more missing teeth, you may be a good candidate for a tooth implant. The first step is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jaurequi, our Lihue dental implant dentist.
He will take digital x-rays of your jaw, perform a thorough oral health evaluation, and determine if you can get an implant. There are no age restrictions, and the only requirement is that there is enough dense bone in your jaw to place the implant securely.
What’s the Process Like for Getting an Implant?
At Hawaiian Island Dental, Dr. Jaurequi uses leading-edge 3-D cone beam imaging to plan the placement of your tooth implant in your jaw. This is a crucial step, as the implant must be placed in precisely the right spot to ensure that it is stable and bonds successfully with the bone around it.
Using 3-D cone beam technology helps ensure the precision placement of your implant for the best long-term outcomes. Once the implant is placed successfully, we need to wait for several months for it to heal.
During the healing period, the implant integrates and fuses with bone and tissue in your jaw. When it is fully integrated, it becomes a part of your dental structure, just as the lost tooth root was.
Benefits of Choosing Dental Implants
There are numerous benefits to choosing dental implants for tooth replacement, and we recommend them because they:
- Look, act, and function like a natural tooth
- Last a lifetime when cared for properly
- Prevent jawbone deterioration
- Are a standalone tooth replacement that doesn’t involve other teeth
- Restore full chewing function so you can eat what you want
- Create a fuller, more youthful facial appearance
- Replace a single tooth or multiple teeth with dentures
- Provide a stable base to hold dentures and partials securely in place
When you look at all the benefits of choosing dental implants in Lihue, HI, you can see why dentists consider them the gold standard for tooth replacement!
Would You Like to Learn More about Dental implants?
Dr. Jaurequi has helped adult patients of all ages get back their healthy, beautiful smiles with dental implants. If you would like to see if an implant can benefit you, please call our Lihue dental office to schedule an appointment.
Hawaiian Island Dental is pleased to serve patients in Lihue, Kapaa, Koloa, Kalaheo, Waimea, Kekaha, Princeville, Hanalei, and surrounding communities.