- 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.