Tuesday, November 25, 2014

What to Consider before Getting Dental Implants

Dental implants are a great way to restore missing teeth. If you have had a tooth knocked out in an injury, or have needed teeth extracted due to decay, and are considering getting a dental implant, you and your dentist will need to map out a treatment plan that takes the following into consideration:

  • How long have you been missing teeth?: If you have been dealing with tooth loss for a while, you may be experiencing loss of bone volume in your jaw. Your natural tooth root stimulates healthy bone density; without the presence of that root, bone can begin to shrink. Getting a dental implant promotes bone volume in the same way as a normal tooth, but implantation of a standard implant requires enough bone volume for successful implantation. However, depleted bone volume is not a deal-breaker for getting a dental implant; patients can take advantage of bone grafting treatment or even mini dental implants.

  • Are you experiencing periodontal issues?: Proper healing after a dental implant is placed requires healthy gum tissue. If you are exhibiting symptoms of periodontal disease, such as sore, puffy, or bleeding gums, Dr. Do or  Dr. Choy can address these issues with a deep cleaning before beginning the implantation process.

  • How many teeth are you missing?: The amount of lost teeth you are experiencing will have an effect on how dental implants can be used to help. In the event of total tooth loss, implants can be used to permanently stabilize a full set of dentures. Dental implants can also anchor dental bridges, if you have a small group of missing teeth on one side of your mouth.

It’s important to schedule a consultation with your dentist before beginning any treatment plan. Dr. Choy is the only dentist in Hawaii that is credentialed by three of the most prominent implant organizations in the nation, which are the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and the Misch International Implant Institute. Contact Drs. Do and Choy at Manoa Dental for more information on how you can get dental implants in Honolulu, HI.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thanksgiving is approaching and now is the time to stop and think about how you enjoy this holiday of feasting. Every celebration of life includes food and to enjoy it, you must be able to eat whether with implants, bridges, dentures, or just making sure your TMJ functions properly in order to chew without ache. Maintaining good oral health is not optional, and largely contributes to your quality of life. Feel free to call us for a consultation on any problems you may have!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Clear or metal braces?

At Manoa Dental, we are using the latest and most efficient technology for our braces to ensure your comfort and treatment success. There is a minimal difference in treatment time between using clear or metal braces for your orthodontic treatment. The main advantage is that clear braces are much more difficult to recognize when in public if esthetics are your concern.Feel free to call us for a consult on which type of braces will help you achieve your goals!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Dental Implants Can Be Repaired, Not Lost Forever

Dental implants have been largely misunderstood by the public as similar to a tooth where once it's gone, it's gone forever. Did you know that even if an implant completely fails, there is an excellent chance of still having the procedure completed with the same success as when you started? At Manoa Dental, we can provide consults for all types of implant failures and what it might require to fix your damaged implant. Don't hesitate to call us if you feel there may be a problem with your implant!