Dental Implants

With dental implants, 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.

Get Quality Care From a Leading Local Dentist

Dr. Oka and the Sweet Tooth Dental team are committed to providing the finest dental care to the Kailua-Kona community. 

A graduate of Kamehameha School, Dr. Oka completed his undergraduate and dental education at Creighton University in Nebraska before returning to Hawaii to serve his community. He seeks to build lifelong relationships with his patients by providing personalized, compassionate treatment.

If you're interested in how our friendly team can restore the look and function of your smile with dental implants, contact us online or call: 

(808) 329-0889


"The quality of work done here, speaks for itself !!! The staff is so kind and professional. I'm able to eat and smile again. Thank you so much !!!" - Nellana Christine Byers, 2023 Google Review

How a Dental Implant Is Placed


A Closer Look at Dental Implants

Dental implant-supported restorations are the most lifelike solutions 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 titanium post that acts as the tooth root; a connector piece called an abutment; and the tooth restoration.

After the titanium 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 crown to a full-arch denture

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Dr. Garrett Oka

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

Sweet Tooth is Your Place

Patients Love Us

"Extremely professional, very knowledgeable with a great bedside manner. Whether it's standard cleaning or more advanced procedures, Sweet Tooth is your place."

- Chris Green

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℠. 

Another 5-Star Review  for Our Kailua Kona Dentist

"The staff is always friendly, Dr. Oka is wonderful. Easy to get appointments. I would highly recommend Sweet Tooth Dental to everyone!"
Carolyn Hocke

Introducing All-on-4 A Modern Approach to Implant Dentures

All-on-4® is an implant denture placement method that allows many patients who would otherwise need bone grafts to receive treatment. As the name suggests, All-on-4 uses just four implants to secure a denture. The two posterior implants are placed at an angle that maximizes contact with the existing bone tissue. Need a little extra support for your implants? Dr. Oka can modify treatment into All-on-6 or All-on-X to meet your needs.

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. 


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


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. 


Once the area has healed, our 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.

Want to Learn More?

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Take the First Step

Book Your Implant Consultation Today

Tooth loss is a serious oral health issue. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers better solutions for missing teeth than ever before. Dental implants can restore your oral function, allowing you to eat and speak with confidence. Don't wait. Take the next step to a healthy and beautiful smile. Contact our Kailua-Kona, HI, dental practice today to schedule a consultation and find out if you qualify for dental implant placement:

(808) 329–0889

Hear From Another Happy Kailua-Kona Patient

"Excellent team of providers who are positive, safe, and caring. The ‘doc’ is cool. Laid back but professional. Comprehensive first-patient visit. Probably best dental experience ever for me."
Paul Knoll

Recovery After Implant Placement

Mild discomfort is to be expected for a few weeks following implant placement surgery. However, there are some things you can do to help make recovery easier:

Eat a soft diet for a few days to minimize irritation.

Take over-the-counter pain medications or prescribed pain medications as directed by your dentist.

Apply ice to your face to ease any swelling.

Maintain good oral hygiene by flossing and brushing with a soft bristle brush. Be careful when brushing around your implants.

If you experience significant pain or swelling that cannot be managed at home, please call our Kailua-Kona dental office as soon as possible so we can address your issues promptly.

Caring for Your Dental Implants

Caring for your implants and implant-supported restoration is easy. Here are a few tips to keep your smile beautiful and healthy for years to come:
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Maintain good oral hygiene

Treat your implant-supported denture, crown, or bridge as you would natural teeth. Brush and floss at least twice a day. Use a soft-bristled brush and nonabrasive toothpaste.

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Don't use your teeth as a tool

Using your teeth to open packages or bite your nails can damage your natural teeth as well as your porcelain restoration. Do not use your teeth as a tool to prevent damage. 

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See your dentist regularly

Maintain regular dental exams and cleanings. This helps prevent build-up and allows your dentist to catch issues before they develop into something more severe. 

Want to Completely  Transform Your Smile?

Patients who undergo dental implant placement often pair their treatment with other cosmetic dentistry procedures to completely transform their smile. Once you are healed from preparatory treatments and implant placement, you and your dentist can explore options like teeth whitening to brighten your natural teeth, or veneers to improve the appearance of your smile. We are passionate about helping our patients achieve the smile of their dreams. 

Kailua-Kona Loves Sweet Tooth Dental

"Kind staff, great treatment!!!" Mia McGrath
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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
  • ClearCorrect®

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

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