Lost teeth can cause bigger problems than you might imagine. The open space allows other teeth to shift and move, which can alter your bite. The tooth no longer stimulates jaw bone, so the bone begins to deteriorate. Chewing, speech, and appearance can all be affected.
That's why the ideal replacement is a dental implant. Whether the missing tooth is obvious, in the front of the mouth, or where you need the most stability, in the back, implants can help you recapture a healthy and beautiful smile. Unlike dentures and bridges, which rest on top of the gums, dental implants are placed under the gums. The crown placed on an implant can look just as real as the original, because it comes through the gums – so it's like growing a new tooth!
Implants can be used to replace any number of lost teeth. Even if you have no teeth, you can benefit from implants. Imagine replacing your dentures with teeth that don't move around when you talk! And of course implants are permanent and don't need to be taken out at night.
Dr. Ha handles the entire process, beginning with the placement of the implant post all the way through crown fabrication. So there's no need to be referred to another office. He is also skilled in bone grafting, sinus lift, and tissue grafting if these are needed to produce the optimal outcome.
3-D cone beam CT digital imaging technology is one of the latest advances in dentistry and is used to provide greater accuracy and precision with implant placement. We are excited to soon be one of the first practices in our area to provide this service. Think of this as a three-dimensional X-ray that is FAR more accurate than traditional X-ray equipment, taking much less time and doing it with far less radiation exposure. Ultra cone beam images present an outstanding advantage when diagnosing patients and evaluating treatment options.
Don't live with missing teeth any longer! Call (808) 941-2088 for a no-obligation implant consultation today to determine your suitability for dental implants.