Dental Implants

Dental Implants Hilo, HI

The American College of Prosthodontists estimates that nearly 180 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and roughly 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth. Unfortunately, tooth loss is a common occurrence. However, with the right dental implants and crowns, you can restore your smile. Dr. Garret Uehara and Dr. Jill Uehara of Island Ohana Dental in Hilo, HI provide quality dental implants to replace missing teeth and help you regain proper oral function. Keep reading to learn more about dental implants or call our office today to schedule a consultation. 

What Are Implants? Are They Different From Dental Crowns?

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A dental implant is a small post that will act as a substitute for a tooth root. When a natural tooth is removed, there is typically a small, hollow space in the gums that are left empty. The dental implant will fill this space.

Typically, dental implants are made out of sturdy, resistant materials, such as titanium. Once the dental implant is in place, a connector is added on top of the implant.

Then a crown is placed on top. This crown is often made to resemble natural teeth. However, you can also use other materials, including metals.

Ultimately, a dental implant, plus a connector and crown, are pieced together to make an artificial tooth that can complete and restore your smile.

Why Are Dental Implants Used?

Dental implants are needed to keep your artificial teeth firmly in place. Dental implants are also typically made out of sturdy materials so that they can perform well year after year and during high-stress situations (such as eating).

Dental crowns and implants are favored for tooth replacement because together they can offer a natural look and feel. People you know have dental implants and crowns, but you may have never noticed them.

Further, dental implants and crowns have been around for years and have improved over time. From a technological and scientific perspective, dental implants, connectors, and crowns have improved greatly. These days, they offer great value and exceptional durability.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

A study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health found that roughly 90 to 95 percent of dental implants last at least ten years. With proper care, it’s possible that your dental implants will last your entire life.

By using high-quality materials, such as titanium, cosmetic dentists can help ensure that your implants last for a long time. That said, the crowns placed on top of your dental implants may need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years. Your choice of materials and dental hygiene habits may impact how long your crowns and implants last.

Need to replace one or more teeth? Consider dental implants from your Hilo, HI family dentist! Call Island Ohana Dental today at (808) 935-4800 to schedule an implant consultation. 

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Our Happy Clients

Here’s what our happy clients are saying:

  • "Dr. Garrett and his staff are great. He carefully explains everything to you in detail. I never met someone that genuinely cares about their patients. He and his sister’s make your visit to the dentist as painless as possible. I always hated going to the dentist as a child. However I would recommend going to visit Dr. Garrett and his staff."
  • "Seriously the BEST dentist I have ever been to. A very friendly and knowledgeable staff and relaxing atmosphere."
  • "The front desk staff is AMAZING. I always get a reminder call 2 days before my appointment. How wonderful is this? All the staff at Uehara Family Cosmestic Dentistry are friendly, helpful, and just always smiling."
  • "I’m honored to be able to be the first one to review this place! After months and months of searching, I was finally able to find the best dentist ever! I go to Dr. Jill, but all of the dentists here are wonderful, as I have been worked on them at one time or another because of days of availability or emergencies, or what have you. First things first, my favorite hygenist (I believe her name is Tess) is the best dental hygenist I have ever had! She is sweet, low-key, and always does a phenomenal job!"