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By Cecile Sebastian, DDS
November 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

The ideal treatment for your smile is one that gives you long-term, secure, and reliable results. Dental implants are that solution for patients who have recently experienced tooth loss. Decide if dental implants are the right restoration solution for you by reading below, and if you have any further questions regarding the topic, call Dr. Cecile Sebastian, a top dentist serving patients in Honolulu, HI.

Completing Your Smile with Dental Implants
Modern dental implantation technology has been helping patients since the 1970s, although the initial idea for them was conceived in the late 1940s. Experts discovered that when placed in healthy tissue, certain foreign objects will fuse with bone, meaning that a dental implant can stay as firmly attached to your jaw as your natural teeth can. When you have a sturdy implant, your dentist can craft a custom crown and connect it using an abutment device to fill in open spaces.

Are Implants Right for You?
Your Honolulu dentist will want to discuss dental implants with you very soon after tooth loss or extraction. This is because there is still likely to be enough bone tissue present to make you a good candidate for this procedure. You should also have a healthy immune system and be firmly committed to good oral hygiene (daily tooth brushing and flossing to avoid gum disease). The goal is to give you a whole new tooth that will last for a lifetime.

Dental Implants: The Procedure
You will need to visit the dentist about three times to have dental implants installed. The first part of the procedure is to surgically implant the titanium post into the jaw. A small part of the implant will be visible above the gumline, and will ultimately act as a support for a crown. At the second appointment, impressions will be taken, and the third appointment will be scheduled for crown placement. In some cases, a dentist may recommend gum grafting before the dental implantation procedure to regenerate new bone tissue, which will require a separate appointment.

Find Out More About Dental Implants
You need to schedule an initial consultation to find out if dental implants are right for you. Call (808) 537-2880 today to make an appointment with Dr. Cecile Sebastian at her Honolulu dentist office.

By Cecile Sebastian, DDS
April 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you feeling a little down about the change in your smile after tooth loss? Dental implants can restore your smile and raise your spirits. dental implantsOur Honolulu, HI, dentist, Dr. Cecile Sebastian, explains how the dental implant process works.

Dental implants act as synthetic roots

Your tooth roots hold your natural teeth securely in your jawbone. Dental implants do the same thing for your new tooth. Implants, which look like small titanium screws, are added to your jawbone during a minor oral surgical procedure. Your new implants begin to bond to your jawbone and will become strong and stable in just three to six months.

A dental crown completes your tooth

As soon as bonding is complete, you'll receive an abutment, a small screw that attaches your implant to a dental crown. We'll also make an impression of your mouth and send it to the dental laboratory that will create the crown. As soon as the crown is ready, you'll return to our Honolulu office, where it will be attached to the abutment.

Implants offer excellent benefits

Failing to replace a missing tooth can cause several oral health problems. Once your tooth is gone, your other teeth may begin to shift and overlap. Overlapping teeth can change your bite and also make it hard to thoroughly remove cavity-causing plaque.

In addition to bite problems and an increased tooth decay risk, you may also experience jaw resorption. The problem occurs when the jawbone underneath your empty socket shrinks because it no longer receives stimulation from tooth roots. Over time, resorption can weaken your jaw and even cause your remaining teeth to loosen. Because implants press on your jawbone the same way your roots do, resorption is much less likely to occur.

Dental implants offer an excellent tooth restoration option if you've lost just one tooth but can also be used to replace multiple teeth. Implant-supported dentures and bridges offer improved comfort and no loss of biting power.

Costs are always a concern when you consider any type of dental work. Many people find that dental implants are a less expensive option in the long-term than bridges or dentures. Because dental implants bond to your jawbone, they'll most likely last your entire life. Dentures and bridges have a limited lifespan and are usually replaced every 10 to 15 years.

Are you interested in learning if you're a good candidate for dental implants? Call our Honolulu, HI, dentist, Dr. Sebastian, at (808) 537-2880 to schedule your appointment.

By Cecile Sebastian, DDS
February 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Have you always wondered how dental implants are used to replace missing teeth?dental implants\

When we lose a tooth it can seem nearly impossible to understand how any artificial restoration could possibly take its place. While we completely understand that sentiment our Honolulu, HI, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Cecile Sebastian, is here to tell you that you can regain a full, healthy smile again with dental implants. Here’s why dental implants are an amazing option for those suffering from tooth loss:

Dental implants are truly the only dental restoration that is close as you will come to having a natural tooth. While nothing can ever give you your tooth back, dental implants are a pretty close second. After all, there is no other restoration that functions just like a tooth root.

The implant itself looks like a small metal screw or post. The purpose of the post is to replace your missing tooth roots. Under local anesthesia, we will drill a small hole into the jawbone where your missing tooth used to be. From there, we will implant the post into the hole. Over the course of a couple months, the bone and tissue will heal together with the implant. Once this happens, the implant has become a permanent part of your jawbone.

Now that the implant and bone are one, the next step is to attach a structure known as an abutment over the implant. You can think of an abutment like a prepared tooth that is ready for a dental crown. The abutment’s sole purpose is to connect the implant (which lies under the gums unseen) with the dental crown. Since the gums have to be opened up in order to place the abutment, the gums will require a few more weeks of healing after this procedure before the dental crown can be cemented or attached to the implant.

Implants offer a variety of benefits that other options like bridges and dentures can’t. Because implants are the only restoration that fuses naturally with the jawbone it also prevents bone loss. Furthermore, since the implant has now filled the gap left by your missing tooth there is no chance for the rest of your teeth to shift out of place.

Implants are made from titanium, so they are extremely resilient. This means that if you continue to maintain good oral hygiene and continue to see our Honolulu dentist for regular checkups your dental implant could last you the rest of your life.

Here at our Honolulu, HI, dental office, Dr. Sebastian and her staff pride themselves on offering dental care you can trust. Whether you want to get dental implants or you just need to schedule a routine cleaning, we are always here for you.

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Dr. Cecile D. Sebastian

Dr. Sebastian is a dedicated professional who enjoys the practice of dentistry. Together with her enthusiastic team, they are able to deliver the most advanced procedures and techniques that dentistry has to offer in a comfortable and welcoming environment.

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