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Dental Implants

When dental implants hold your crown, bridge, or denture in place, it's almost like having your natural teeth back.

It goes beyond function. Implants stop the jawbone recession that follows tooth loss, a benefit no other solution provides.

Sweet Tooth Dental in Kailua-Kona, HI, uses the latest in implant technology for natural-looking and long-lasting results.

How a Dental Implant Is Placed

  

A Closer Look at Dental Implants

Dental implant-supported restorations are the most lifelike solution for missing teeth and the only dentistry method that can replace an entire tooth from root to crown. An implant-supported restoration is made up of three parts: The implant, which is a threaded post that acts as the tooth root; a connector piece called an abutment; and the tooth restoration.

After the implant has successfully fused with the bone and is fitted with the other two parts, the replacement tooth looks and functions just like your natural teeth.  Implants can be used to support a variety of restorations, from an individual tooth to a full-arch denture

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Are You Ready to Smile Again? 

We all want to share a beautiful smile and enjoy the foods we love, but there's more than vanity at stake when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Dental implants not only restore your smile, but also help you maintain a strong jawbone and avoid more costly dental care in the future. No other tooth replacement solution provides these priceless benefits.

We invite you to request a consultation with Dr. Oka, a native of Hawaii who has been offering exceptional dental care at Sweet Tooth Dental in Kailua-Kona for more than two decades. Each member of our team is personally invested in your well-being. For us, patients aren't just patients, they are ohana. Call us today:

(808) 329-0889

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"Best Dentist Office on the Island." Patients Love Us

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sam brown

2019

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Best Dentist office on the island. I have know Dr Oka and his staff many years. Always good at getting you in you have something that needs  to be done right away!! Thanks Dr Oka!

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2020

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Were new and we love these guys. We felt very comfortable.  Completely open and honest with the billing. Provided a printout of costs and coverage. Friendly and professional.

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Are You Concerned About Costs? We Make Dental Treatment Affordable

Nobody likes unexpected costs. We are always upfront about pricing, and Sweet Tooth Dental in Kailua-Kona can work with you to make the dental care you need a fit for your budget. In addition to accepting many insurance plans, we offer a five percent discount for cash payments made in full at the start of treatment. We also accept third-party financing through CareCredit® and Springstone℠.

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Mia McGrath

2021

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Kind staff, great treatment!!!

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2017

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Staff were friendly! Dr. Oka is very professional.

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Treatment Timeline

Timelines will vary from patient to patient depending on their needs. However, a typical implant timeline looks like this: 
If you have a sensitive gag reflex or are anxious when visiting the dentist, we offer sedation dentistry to help you feel at ease. 
If you have a sensitive gag reflex or are anxious when visiting the dentist, we offer sedation dentistry to help you feel at ease. 

Consultation

Using a 3-D cone beam CT scanner, Dr. Oka will assess the bone density in your jaw and review your medical history to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. If you qualify, the dentist will explain your options and outline a treatment plan to restore your smile. 

Preparation

Some patients need dental care before implant surgery to ensure a safe surgery, proper healing, and lasting results. This may include removing damaged teeth, treating gum disease, or performing bone grafts to replace receded tissue.

Implant Placement

For your comfort, Dr. Oka will numb the treatment site. If you desire, he can also offer sedation for a deeper sense of relaxation. Dr. Oka will then place the dental implant into the jaw. 

Healing Period

For the next three to six months, the dental implant will be left undisturbed to allow the bone to fuse to the implant. This step is called osseointegration.

Abutment Placement

This is a minor surgical step in which the gums are incised and an abutment (connector piece) is attached to the dental implant. It will take about two weeks for the gums to heal around the abutment. 

Impressions

Once the area has healed, the dentist will take a digital impression of your mouth to guide the design of your restoration. Using our CEREC machine, we can often create a crown immediately. Dentures will take longer, but we can provide a temporary in the meantime. 

Restoration Placement

When the restoration is ready, Dr. Oka will inspect it for quality and check how it fits. He will make adjustments to ensure a comfortable fit before securing it in place.

Have Questions?

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Sweet Tooth Dental Garrett Oka, DDS

Dr. Garrett B.K. Oka and his team strive to provide patients with the highest level of service and top-quality dental care in order to build lifelong relationships. We want you to enjoy all the benefits of a stunning smile and optimal oral health. Our popular services include:

  • Dental Implants
  • Veneers
  • Dental Crowns
  • Invisalign®

To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call (808) 329-0889.

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