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Dental Implants

Dr. Kinaga started restoring dental implant (making crowns) about 15 years ago. While working with different specialists for implant cases, he noticed many patient would turn away this great treatment for various reasons. Inconvenience was one of its reason since patient had to visit multiple locations for one treatment. Financial investment also was an issue since some specialists' fee were higher than what general dentist would charge.

Lastly, getting implant surgery from an unfamiliar doctor made many patients to reject the treatment. Knowing the great benefits of dental implant, Dr. Kinaga had to find another way for patients to get treatment.

With increasing awareness of dental implant in the market and technology advancement, implant surgery has become simpler and less invasive. This allow many general dentists to perform in the comfort of their office after getting extensive trainings. Dr. Kinaga attended many implant courses and seminars to introduce this treatment to his patient in his office. Nowadays, patients don't need to be referred to specialist unless Dr. Kinaga decides to do so. Simple implant surgery can be done in Dr. Kinaga's office in an hour and restored by Dr. Kinaga once healed properly. Many more patient are benefiting from "dental implant in one location" by doctor whom they've been trusted for all other treatments and whom they can continue to comfortably visit for their dental health.


Missing Tooth/Teeth
If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence, there is good news! Dental implants are teeth that can look and feel just like your own! Under proper conditions and diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime. Long-term studies continue to show improving success rates for implants.

Advantages of Dental Implants Over Dentures or a Bridge
Every way you look at it, dental implants are a better solution to the problem of missing teeth.

  • Esthetic   Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth! Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures. No one will ever know that you have a replacement tooth.
  • Tooth-saving   Dental implants don't sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant. More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!
  • Confidence   Dental implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence! They are secure and offer freedom from the irksome clicks and wobbles of dentures. They'll allow you to say goodbye to worries about misplaced dentures and messy pastes and glues.
  • Reliable   The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.
  • Cost-effective  In most cases, bridges and dentures need to be replaced several times. Because implant can be a long term solution with a good maintenance, the financial investment on implant may be lower than the total cost of bridges/dentures in life time.

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease. Consult with Dr. Kinaga about your oral health as some additional procedures may be needed prior implant treatment.

What Can I Expect After Treatment?
As you know, your own teeth require conscientious at-home oral care and regular dental visits. Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care. In order to keep your implant clean and plaque-free, brushing and flossing still apply! After treatment, periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy.

How long it will take to complete the procedure?
The time it takes to complete the implant process depends on many factors; patient’s general and oral health, amount of bone available, bone density, location of implants etc.

  • Consultation with Dr. Kinaga
  • Implant placement (with/without bone graft)
  • 2nd Surgery: exposing the implant (may be skipped)
  • Impression
  • Crown delivery

Overall, it will take about 4-8 months to complete the implant treatment. It can also take more time if additional procedures are needed.

Implant Bridge
An implant-supported bridge is similar to a regular dental bridge, but it is supported by implants and not by natural teeth. In most cases, when an implant-supported bridge is used, one implant is placed in the jawbone for each missing tooth. Then the crowns are connected to each other to form one piece.

An implant-supported bridge is used when more than one tooth is missing. It also may be used when Dr. Kinaga is concerned that you might put too much pressure on individual implants that are not connected to each other. For example, clenching or grinding your teeth can put a lot of pressure on individual implants. This can increase the chances that they will loosen from the bone and fail. An implant-supported bridge reduces the pressure on the individual implants in the bone, and spreads it across the entire bridge.

If the implants will be placed next to natural teeth, the natural teeth and surrounding gums must be in good health. If you don't have enough bone to place and support the dental implants, the supporting bone can be built up using bone augmentation or grafting before the actual implant procedure begins.

Implant Supported Denture
An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture that is supported by and attached to implants. A regular denture rests on the gums, and is not supported by implants.

An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn't have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants.

Implant-supported dentures usually are made for the lower jaw because regular dentures tend to be less stable there. Usually, a regular denture made to fit an upper jaw is quite stable on its own and doesn't need the extra support offered by implants. However, you can receive an implant-supported denture in either the upper or lower jaw.

You should remove an implant-supported denture daily to clean the denture and gum area. Just as with regular dentures, you should not sleep with the implant-supported dentures at night. Some people prefer to have fixed (permanent) crown and bridgework in their mouths that can't be removed. Dr. Kinaga will consider your particular needs and preferences when suggesting fixed or removable options.

Advantages of implant supported denture

  • Improved appearance. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
  • Improved speech. With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that your teeth might slip.
  • Improved comfort. Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
  • Easier eating. Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
  • Improved self-esteem. Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
  • Convenience. Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing your dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep your dentures in place.

There are two types of implant supported denture

Removable
With a snap-on device (locator), you can have better stability by clicking your denture unto locator. This method may be used if you don’t have adequate bone in your jaw to place multiple implants to have fixed bridge/crowns. Patient can easily remove the denture and therefore can maintain good oral health conveniently at home. 

 

 

Hybrid(fix)
Denture/Implant Hybrids are another choice, and are an upgrade from a removable bridge. A hybrid replaces teeth and also missing gum and bone tissue. Fixed hybrids have eight to ten implants, and removable hybrids have fewer. This option provides much more stability and support.However, only Dr. Kinaga can remove the denture by unscrewing the screwwith a special tool and therefore patient needs to visit office on regular basis.