FAQ

Do you provide financing options for my dental care?

Please do not let finances stand in the way of your family’s dental health and appearance. We are happy to provide a variety of financing programs including a 2-year no interest plan.

Any discussion about the cost of dental treatment begins with a complete and thorough examination so that your dental concerns and needs can be assessed. After that we can provide you with a plan that addresses your desires and prioritizes the treatment necessary for your health.

We accept check, debit card, Master Card and Visa.
We provide financing via Care Credit.
What Insurance Plans do you accept?

We accept payment from most dental plans available. For a list of plans we currently participate with, please click here.

How can I make my teeth whiter?

There are a few good ways to do this. We recommend some over the counter strips, some dentist applied “one hour” products, and some dentist provided gels. The most appropriate and cost effective procedure for you can be determined after a dental evaluation of your conditions and needs. We do not recommend whitening toothpastes since they often contain harsh abrasives that can damage your teeth.

Do you need to take X-Rays?

We only prescribe x-rays when necessary for the diagnosis of current or potential dental problems. Periodic x-rays are also necessary to discover serious conditions and diseases that do not have symptoms and are hidden from view. We are very concerned with your oral health as well as your overall health.

If you are a new patient and you have had a full set of x-rays taken within the past year, ask to have your x-rays transferred to Kaneohe Family Dental Care. If you have not had x-rays taken within a year, a full set of x-rays may be taken at your first visit. Depending on your general and oral health, you may only need x-rays once every year or so. Some people require more frequent x-ray examination due to continued treatment, diet, oral hygiene, and/or health related issues.

We utilize ultra low dose state of the art Kodak™ Digital x-rays that provide the highest resolution and the lowest x-ray dosage of any system available today. We also use Logicon™ cavity detection software that offers a electronic second opinion. Studies show that Logicon™ computer analysis of our patients x-rays helps detect 20% more cavities without error.

When should my child first see a dentist?

We think it’s a good idea to see a dentist sometime after the first birthday or when a few teeth start to erupt. At this time we can also provide parents with important information about a child’s dental care. In Hawaii, parents should consult with their OBGYN regarding pre-natal fluoride supplementation and later the pediatrician, regarding post-natal fluoride supplementation.

Why do I need a crown (cap) on my tooth after my root canal?

Having a root canal procedure allows you to save your tooth but can result in some structural weakness, the amount of which varies from tooth to tooth. However, you don’t always need a crown on your tooth after a root canal. In situations where there the functional requirement exceeds the apparent strength of a root canal treated tooth, we will recommend a crown.

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants have been used for many years with a success rate over 97%. Originally, they were expensive and placement was a tedious process. However, rapid advancement has lowered the cost and inconvenience to the point where they are widely done and usually considered the best option for replacement of missing teeth and the retention of removable dentures. A dental implant is a small titanium cylinder that is surgically placed in the jawbone. Dental implants are permanent. If you think you might benefit from a dental implant we would be happy to evaluate you. ( Nobel Biocare, 3i )

Which toothpaste should I use?

There are many varieties of toothpastes on the market. Gels, whitening toothpaste, tartar control toothpaste, natural toothpaste, toothpaste made for children, and toothpaste for sensitive teeth are widely available. Even if you have fluoride in your drinking water, it is still wise to choose a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Some multi-ingredient toothpastes can be a harsh on your gums and oral tissues. Remember that what”s in the toothpaste is not nearly as important as brushing properly for an adequate time. So, for most people, a simple toothpaste that contains fluoride should be just fine.

How can I relieve a toothache?

Occasional sensitivity to cold that does not linger more than a second or two is probably normal. However, pain that lingers after cold or hot contact, or pain that occurs for no apparent reason, is a cause for concern and you should see us as soon as possible. We do not recommend use of advertised over-the-counter liquids or gels. If the pain demands, over-the-counter pain medications such as Tylenol, Advil, or aspirin may be useful in the short term. Never take more than the recommended dosage and never take a medication prescribed for someone other than yourself.