People can lose teeth from both disease and accidents. Once the immediate trauma has been resolved, these people often turn to a Dentist in Waikoloa to replace the missing tooth or teeth. The dentist has a variety of options that he can recommend to the patient. A single tooth can be replaced with the combination of a dental implant and porcelain crown. If the person has lost all of their teeth, they can be fit with a full set of dentures. Sometimes a patient doesn’t have a jaw that can accommodate a dental implant. In that case a permanent bridge can be installed.
Brian S. Kubo DDS Waikoloa will help the patient make the correct choice. If the patient has a strong jaw and has decided that they want an implant, Dr. Kubo will use advanced x-rays to determine the best location for the implant. The implant will then be surgically implanted into the jaw. The patient is usually awake, but feels no pain. The implant is a narrow titanium cylinder. Titanium is the same metal that artificial hips and knees are made from. The body readily accepts it. Usually it takes about two months for the jaw to heal and incorporate the implant. At that time, a porcelain crown is attached to it. The result is a beautiful replacement tooth.
Dental implants are also used to stabilize dentures. When people hear that they have to have dentures, they often fear that the dentures will fall out while they are eating at a restaurant. To prevent this, the dentist inserts several implants in the patient’s upper and lower jaw. Instead of being topped with a porcelain crown, small metal balls are placed on top. These snap into slots on the bottom of the dentures. Every morning the denture wearer takes their clean dentures and snaps them into place.
If the patient has weak bones and can’t tolerate implants then a permanent bridge can be used to fill in missing teeth. The result is quite natural. However, the patient will have to use special floss to clean between the bridge and gum. They will love how natural looking the bridge is. Visit www.bkubodds.com for more details.