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Honolulu dental Practice

We designed our dental website to provide convenient information about our philosophy, dental practice, dental procedures and patient education. Feel free to browse our dental website, read about our dental staff and dental services and get to know us. We are located in the beautiful city of Honolulu. Our goal is to work with you to achieve the best oral health, the most beautiful smile and the most favorable dental experience possible. Contact us personally for answers to any dental questions. Or better yet, please stop by our dental office to meet us

Services:1. 2. 3. 4. 5. . Cosmetic Dentistry Restorative Care Periodontal Care Preventive Care Dental Care for infants Sedation Dentistry

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Cosmetic Dentistry:-

!n a study completed by the "merican "cademy of Cosmetic #entistry, researchers found that $ out of %& patients agree that an attractive smile is an important asset. 'hey also found that ()* of "mericans agree that an unattractive smile can hurt an applicant+s chance for career success. ,aving a smile you love can increase your confidence and boost your self-image. !f you are unhappy with your smile, you may be surprised to know that modern cosmetic dentistry offers many solutions to common aesthetic problems. Our office provides the full spectrum of cosmetic dentistry to our patients. Whether you are seeking simple tooth whitening or to repair crooked or damaged teeth, we can help you to achieve a more attractive smile.

•Porcelain Veneers •Invisalign •Lumineers •Tooth Colored Fillings •Porcelain Inlays/Onlays •Tooth Whitening •All-Porcelain Cro ns

Porcelain !eneers:-

.orcelain /eneers are artistically designed custom thin porcelain layers that are bonded on to teeth to create straight, healthy looking teeth without the use of orthodontics. !t is usually a 0 visit procedure. #uring the first visit the dentist removes a small amount of the enamel 1 takes an impression, which is sent to our highly qualified technicians who design the Custom /eneers. !t usually takes (-%& days for the /eneers to be back. #uring this period the patient wears temporary /eneers that are custom crafted by the dentist.

"nvisali#n:-

!nvisalign2 is a revolutionary way to help you get even, straight teeth without noticeable, painful metal braces. /irtually undetectable, !nvisalign2 aligners are made of strong, clear plastic that gradually guides your teeth into perfect alignment. 3nlike metal braces, they have no wires or brackets on which your lips or gums can snag. #uring your first evaluation, our dentists will help you determine if

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!nvisalign2 is a good option for you. We+ll then design a treatment plan and take tooth impressions, from which !nvisalign2 will develop accurate, personali4ed tooth-straightening devices, called aligners. "ligners slide directly over your teeth and are replaced every two weeks as your teeth shift into place. #epending on your case, you will wear them full-time 5except when eating or drinking6 for %0 to 07 months8no longer than you would wear traditional metal braces8and see your dentist about every six weeks for check-ups.

$umineers:-

9umineers 5trademark6are porcelain veneers made with patented Cerinate 5trademark6porcelain technology. 'hey are the painless alternative to traditional veneers and crowns. 'hey can permanently change the color of your teeth and align them in two dental visits. 9umineers are the permanent cosmetic solution for stained ,chipped , discolored and maligned teeth.!n most cases the procedure can be done with no shots and little or no preparation of the tooth. 'hey can be fabricated to be contact lens thin. 'his protects and prevents the unnecessary removal of sensitive tooth structure. 9umineers can even be placed over existing crown or bridgework without having to replace them.

%oot& Colored 'illin#:!n the past, cavities could only be treated with unsightly metal fillings that are alloys for silver and mercury. 'hese fillings, especially when close to the front of the mouth, are highly noticeable and unaesthetic. :ometimes, the filling is so large that it causes discoloration of the entire tooth. 'hese fillings 5or restorations6 often weaken teeth due to the large amount of the original tooth that has to be removed. "lso there is a risk of ;ercury poisoning that is used in the filling. ;odern dentistry has increasingly turned to 'ooth colored or composite fillings as a strong, safe and more natural looking alternative. Composite fillings utili4e a soft white plastic substance that is hardened with a blue light.

Porcelain "nlays()nlays:-

<eplacing large fillings in back teeth often requires stronger, more precisely contoured restorations. 'hese are called inlays or onlays depending on whether they are being placed inside the tooth or on its outer surface. 'hese restorations need to be custom-made at an off-site dental lab= therefore, two visits may be required. Once the dental office receives the custom inlay or onlay, the patient returns to the dentist+s office, where the restorations are bonded into place.

%oot& *&itenin#:"s we age, our teeth lose the brilliant whiteness that implies good dental health and youth. 'he unsightly stains associated with tobacco, dark liquids, and other factors can leave us feeling less-thanconfident about our smiles. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to this dental problem> cosmetic tooth whitening. Our practice provides convenient, take-home tooth-whitening programs and in-office ?OO; tooth whitening to our patients.

+ll Porcelain Cro,ns:-

!f you ever had the notion that dental crowns are conspicuous and unattractive, then you+ve never noticed a beautifully crafted all-porcelain crown. Compared to older porcelain fused to metal crowns, all-porcelain crowns have a natural appearance in terms of color and contour. When done properly, crowns should be extremely difficult to distinguish from natural teeth. With all-porcelain crowns, no dark lines are apparent at the gum line. Our office commonly replaces unsightly crowns with beautiful new porcelain crowns. 'here are different kinds of .orcelain Crowns. @our #entist will decide which is right for you depending on the color of your tooth.

Restorative Care:-

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•Cro ns and !ridges •Tooth Colored Filling •"ndodontics •#ental Im$lants •#entures

Cro ns and !ridges%When a tooth is fractured, has a large old filling, or is severely damaged by decay, your dentist may recommend the placement of a crown. Crowns strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and can improve the appearance of your smile. 'ypes of crowns include the full porcelain crown, the porcelain-fused-to-metal crown 5precious 1 nonprecious6 and the all-metal crown.

Tooth Colored Filling%!n the past, cavities could only be treated with unsightly metal fillings that are alloys for silver and mercury. 'hese fillings, especially when close to the front of the mouth, are highly noticeable and unaesthetic. :ometimes, the filling is so large that it causes discoloration of the entire tooth. 'hese fillings 5or restorations6 often weaken teeth due to the large amount of the original tooth that has to be removed. "lso there is a risk of ;ercury poisoning that is used in the filling. ;odern dentistry has increasingly turned to 'ooth colored or composite fillings as a strong, safe and more natural looking alternative. Composite fillings utili4e a soft white plastic substance that is hardened with a blue light.

http://www.honoluludentalpractice.com "ndodontics%!t is a field of dentistry that treats the root canal system. When decay extends to the pulp or the nerve inside the tooth, the person almost always experiences spontaneous throbbing pain. 'he pain increases at night and is aggravated with cold 1 sweet foods. 'he #entist relieves the pain and pressure symptoms by treating the root canal system which houses the tooth nerve or pulp.

#ental Im$lants%When a tooth is lost the speciali4ed bony process that houses the tooth begins to resorb due to lack of stimulation. 'his causes a decrease in width and height of the bone in the area the tooth is lost. Aeighboring teeth and opposing teeth begin to move into the space. 'his causes food lodgment, subsequent decay, gum disease and abnormal forces being transmitted to teeth leading to fracture of cusps which may necessitate root canal treatment or extraction. 9oss of teeth can also cause the cheek and lips to collapse giving an aged look.

#entures%Over time, people+s teeth tend to naturally deteriorate. When a tooth has deteriorated substantially, it often needs to be extracted= and when multiple teeth are extracted, dentures may be the most appropriate solution. #entures can create a natural and healthy looking set of teeth. !n addition, a properly fitting set of dentures can greatly enhance your smile and sense of self-esteem.

Periodonatl Care%-

For "mericans in their B&s and beyond, the threat of gum disease 5periodontal disease6 is a very real and potentially dangerous condition. Cum disease is particularly dangerous because the progression of the disease is often painless, going undetected until it creates serious problems."lthough genetics may play a small role in its development, doctors agree that gum disease is most often directly related to how well people care for their teeth and gums. The &tages o' (um #isease

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.eriodontal disease is a gradual infection of the gums and the supporting bone. !t is caused when the build up of plaque on and around the teeth calcifies into tartar. 'his tartar is covered with plaque that contains micro- organisms which release toxins causing the first stage of gum disease known as gingivitis. Cingivitis is characteri4ed by swelling, inflammation, and bleeding of the gums. !n the advanced stage of gum disease 5referred to as periodontitis6, the toxins cause the bone to resorb or dissolve. 'he teeth having lost a part of their bone support begin to move 1 eventually with more bone loss there is tooth loss. The &urgery 'reatments to alleviate the effects of gum disease include deep cleaning, locali4ed delivery of antibiotics, home care 1 regular follow up care. 'he periodontist D #entist begin by removing the diseased tissue, tartar, and plaque from the tooth+s surface and below the gum line. 'he root of the tooth may need to be planed and smoothed in order to allow gum tissue to heal properly. 'he periodontist may also advise bone grafts depending on the amount of bone that is lost due to gum disease. Prevention 'he ravages of gum disease are best prevented by early detection and proper dental hygiene. Erushing your teeth twice a day helps to remove the thin layer of bacteria that release dangerous toxins into your mouth. Flossing or other interdental cleansing is also important to keep your mouth free from residual food and bacteria. "lso, using a mouth rinse, prescription or over the counter considerably reduces the microbial count in your saliva. Finally, maintaining a balanced diet and scheduling regular dental appointments help stem the advance of gum disease and keep you healthy and smiling.
Arestin Thera$y

'his is a non-surgical treatment of periodontal disease. "s the name suggests it arrests the progression of periodontal disease when used in conFunction with scaling and root planing 5deep cleaning6. "restin'; is a locally delivered antimicrobial agent which consists of minocycline ,C9 microspheres. "restin'; is intended to be used in pockets with a depth of ) millimeters or greater. !t can be used in one or any number of pockets in one or several visits. !t is dispensed as a % mg powder and is placed directly into a cleaned periodontal pocket using a speciali4ed delivery system. Following placement over the next several hours or days it will harden and stay within the pocket releasing ;inocycline over a prescribed period of time 5usually about %G H 0& days6, thereby providing the appropriate dose of antibiotic to the site and reducing the bacterial count in the pocket.

Preventive Care%-

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•)egular #ental Chec*u$ •#ental &ealants •&$ace +aintainers •Fluoride Treatments

)egular #ental Chec*u$%!n order to avoid lengthy procedures 1 maintain a healthy disease free mouth we recommend recare every I months. 'his allows us to detect early signs of disease 1 provide appropriate treatment, leading to a favorable prognosis.

#ental &ealants%:ealants protect the occlusal surfaces, inhibiting bacterial growth and providing a smooth surface that increases the probability that the surface will stay clean. 'he ultimate goal of sealants is penetrating into the pit and fissures of the tooth and sealing them from bacteria.

&$ace +aintainers%:pace maintainers are appliances made to custom fit your child+s mouth to maintain the space intended for the permanent tooth when it decides to come in. 'hey do this by Jholding openK the empty space left by a lost tooth by preventing movement in the remaining teeth until the permanent tooth takes its natural position in the child+s mouth. 'his treatment is much more affordable and much easier on your child than to move them back later with orthodontic procedures. 'hink of space maintainers as insurance against braces.

Fluoride Treatments%'he fluoride ion comes from the element fluorine. Fluoride, either applied topically to erupted teeth, or ingested orally 5called systemic fluoride6 during tooth development, helps to prevent tooth decay, strengthen tooth enamel, and reduce the harmful effects of plaque. Fluoride also makes the entire tooth structure more resistant to decay and promotes reminerali4ation, which aids in repairing early decay

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before the damage is even visible.

#ental Care 'or In'ants%When should dental care ,egin;ost pediatric dentists will agree that regular dental care should begin by one year of age, with a dental check-up at least twice each consecutive year for most children. :ome children may need more frequent evaluations and care. !n accordance with this recommendation, the following dental checklist for infants and toddlers has been provided by the "merican "cademy of .ediatric #entistry> !irth to . months o' age% Clean the infant+s mouth with gau4e after feedings and at bedtime. Consult your child+s pediatrician regarding fluoride supplements. <egulate feeding habits 5bottle feeding and breastfeeding6. &i/ to 01 months o' age% #uring this time, the first tooth should appear. Consult the .ediatric dentist for an examination. Erush teeth after each feeding and at bedtime with a small, soft-bristled brush. "s the child begins to walk, stay alert of potential dental andDor facial inFuries. Wean the child from breast or bottle by hisDher first birthday. T elve to 12 months o' age% Follow the schedule of dental examinations and cleanings, as recommended by your child+s pediatric dentist. Cenerally, dental examinations and cleanings are recommended every I months for children and adults. "s your child learns to rinse hisDher mouth, and as most deciduous 5baby6 teeth have erupted by this age, brushing with a pea-si4ed portion of fluoridated toothpaste becomes appropriate.

Facts a,out deciduous teeth% .roper care of a child+s deciduous teeth 5also known as JbabyK or primary teeth6 is very important as these teeth hold space for the future eruption of permanent teeth. !f a baby tooth decays or is removed too early, the space necessary for the permanent teeth is lost and can only be regained through orthodontic treatment. !nfected baby teeth can cause the permanent teeth to develop improperly resulting in stains, pits, and weaker teeth. ;ost children begin losing their baby teeth around the age of 7 H usually the front bottom teeth first. 'hey continue to lose baby teeth until the age of %0 or %B when all of the permanent teeth finally come through.

Thum,-&uc*ing and #ental Health Cenerally, thumb-sucking before the age of two is normal and harmless. When thumb-sucking is not stopped by the appropriate age 5generally by the age of five6 then parents should discourage the act. .rolonged thumb-sucking may contribute to crowded andDor crooked teeth development and bite problems.

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#iet and dental care 'or children% 'he "merican "cademy of .ediatric #entistry recommends the following to ensure your child eats correctly to maintain a healthy body and teeth> %. "sk your pediatric dentist to help you assess your child+s diet. 0. :hop smart. #o not routinely stock your pantry with sugary or starchy snacks. B. Euy Jfun foodsK Fust for special times. 7. 9imit the number of snack times= choose nutritious snacks. ). .rovide a balanced diet, and save foods with sugar or starch for mealtimes. #o not put your young child to bed with a bottle of milk, formula, or Fuice. !f your child chews gum or sips soda, choose those without sugar.

Sedation Dentistry:-

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'hrough the modern miracle of sedation dentistry, dentists can treat anxious patients and often accomplish dental work in one or two visits that may have required many more visits without it. Aitrous oxide and intravenous 5!./.6 sedation are the two conscious sedation techniques most commonly used to help patients relax.

3itrous O/ide &edation :edation with nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, decreases anxiety and promotes relaxation while you remain conscious. Aitrous oxide and oxygen are mixed together and then inhaled through a mask that covers the nose and mouth prior to having a dental procedure performed to produce sensations of lightheadedness, relaxation, and a comfortable, warm-all-over feeling. :afe, effective, and non-invasive, nitrous oxide is the sedation method of choice for anxious or fearful patients.