Provide the Best Family Dental Services in Kaneohe.
From routine examinations and cleanings to fillings to implants, Kaneohe Family Dental has the ability and experience to provide exceptional dental care for adults and children. To assist your understanding of common subjects and dental treatment options, we’ve included descriptions of some of our most common services on this page.
Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us.
Initial Oral Examination
Your initial oral examination includes a visual examination, charting, periodontal examination, diagnosis and treatment recommendations. We will also take digital x-rays, intraoral photos, and scan your teeth to make digital 3D diagnostic models.
Implants replace missing teeth. They beautifully mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Implants are usually made of a synthetic yet biocompatible materials like titanium or ceramics.
Most people missing a tooth or teeth are excellent candidates for dental implant(s). Implants can even be used in conjunction with existing dentures to firmly hold the denture in place.
With normal oral hygiene and proper care a dental implant will last a very long time without the possibility of tooth decay or root canal problems.
Porcelain veneers can often provide a dramatically improved and beautiful new smile. Application of veneers can instantaneously change the shape and color of your teeth. Patients with gaps between their front teeth, or teeth that are chipped or worn, should consider porcelain veneers.
In some cases where minor improvements of tooth esthetics are desired, dental bonding with tooth colored composite restorations can be done. Composite restorations are metal free, custom shaped and placed. They adhere to the teeth, are extremely affordable, and can be accomplished in one appointment.
Bridges are natural-looking dental restorations that can replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made to be indistinguishable from natural teeth, they can restore the natural color and contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.
Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, because they are made to be permanent and are bonded to existing teeth or implants. There are several types of fixed dental bridges, including conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges. Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, only your dentist can remove a fixed bridge.
Bridges can be made completely metal free for beautiful color that blends with your natural teeth.
Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of porcelain glass materials, placed on the top of a tooth. Metal crowns (gold) are a thing of the past. Strong, natural looking porcelain crowns are a modern technological marvel.
Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth’s function and strength after a root canal or broken tooth. Likewise, when decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth have been damaged, crowns are used to restore the tooth back to its normal shape and appearance.
Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, and prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.
Caring For Your Crowns
With proper care, a good quality crown could last a lifetime. However, certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) can shorten the life of a crown, just like any of your natural teeth. Moreover, eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown, or even damage the crown.
Rinsing the mouth to clear it of debris and other matter can often relieve simple toothaches. Sometimes, a toothache can be caused or aggravated by a piece of debris lodged between the tooth and another tooth. Avoid placing an aspirin, or other over the counter remedies on your tooth or gums to relieve pain. These chemicals can actually damage your teeth and harm your gum tissue.
No Silver Amalgam Fillings
At Kaneohe Family Dental Care WE DO NOT DO SILVER FILLINGS! Over 25 years ago Kaneohe Family Dental Care was a leader in non-metal, mercury free fillings and crowns. We feel strongly that, although some dentists are happy to provide metal fillings with mercury, there are a myriad of modern dental material alternatives that make silver fillings obsolete. We take silver and mercury out, we don’t put it in. Quite simply, we will only treat our patients with the materials and procedures that we would use on our own family.
A knocked out tooth or bitten tongue can cause panic in any parent, but quick thinking and staying calm are the best ways to approach such common dental emergencies and prevent additional unnecessary damage and costly dental restoration. This includes taking measures such as application of cold compresses to reduce swelling, and of course, contacting our office as soon as possible.
Broken, Fractured, or Displaced Tooth
A broken, fractured or displaced tooth is usually not a cause for alarm, as long as decisive, quick action is taken.
If the tooth fracture is minor (a small chip), the tooth can be polished, or if necessary, restored with bonding by the dentist. In any case of tooth damage, you should have us take a look as soon as possible. Damaged teeth may not always hurt but may need treatment to prevent future problems that could require root canal therapy or extraction.
Swelling or Pain
Swelling or pain from teeth or gums is always an indication that you need to call us. Swelling or pain most often is due to normal dental problems that can be easily treated. However, occasionally swelling and pain can be notification that a serious medical condition is present so please call immediately.
Our goal: Provide the Best Family Dental Services in Kaneohe
Kaneohe Family Dental Care provides comprehensive dental services including regular and preventive check-ups, fillings, extractions, gum treatment, crowns, caps, bridges, implants, dentures, and root canals.
We also offer the very latest esthetic procedures including whitening and veneers to enhance your appearance. Initial consultations can address most questions you may have, and our extensive follow-up to all procedures gives you the assurance and care you require.
The following overview explains common dental procedures and how they can improve your dental, mental, and physical health!
Twice a Year, All your Life
Regular examination and cleaning combined with daily brushing and flossing are the best approach to preventing serious dental conditions. Recommended every six months, dental visits should begin by age 2 and continue throughout your life. Semi-annual exams and cleanings are important to your overall health and can prevent small problems from becoming larger and costly. Many serious medical/dental diseases are visible to patients and do not have symptoms that cause discomfort. For this reason alone it is important to see the dentist regularly.
Kaneohe Family Dental Care uses 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 computer analysis of our patients x-rays with Logicon™ helps detect 20% more cavities without error.
They’re Not Just for Children
Cavities are the most common dental ailment and the easiest to fix. In the past, holes in your teeth caused by corrosive bacteria have usually been “filled” with silver. But modern improvements now offer virtually transparent synthetic fillings for a brighter, whiter smile. And they’re not just for children, because cavities can occur well into your adult life. Kaneohe Family Dental Care does not use silver fillings on children or adults! We offer metal free alternatives for all of your dental work.
Why Every Tooth Counts
Tooth loss is not inevitable. While root canals and modern fillings can save most severely damaged teeth, extraction is sometimes necessary to address other conditions or sometimes in preparation for braces. Implants, bridges, and dentures provide relief for missing or extracted teeth, and improve your ability to eat, speak, and just as importantly, smile!
Whitening procedures effectively restore the smile of people with stained, dull, or discolored teeth.
Coffee, tea, red wine, berries, soy sauce, and tobacco are notorious for staining and darkening teeth. Additionally, as we age, the white outer layer of enamel is worn away by the effects of aging This wear gradually exposes the yellow brown dentin, or inner portion of teeth. This enamel wear also makes the teeth even more susceptible to staining from foods and drinks.
Tooth whitening has become a very common procedure for adults of all ages to reverse the effects of aging and abuse from food and tobacco stains.
Some commercially available “whitening toothpastes” can be effective at removing stains and making teeth a few shades brighter. However, many of these products have abrasive substances that can actually wear away your tooth’s enamel and the results are often negligible because they only work on the surface of the tooth.
Whitening agents provided by a dentist work deeply into teeth to actually change their color. Tooth whitening will not be effective on existing restorations such as crowns, veneers, bonding and tooth-colored fillings. Therefore, for an optimal result that is predictable and cost effective, it is important to have an examination of your teeth before spending money on whitening agents or procedures. In some cases porcelain veneers, or dental bonding may be more appropriate.
Professional whitening performed by our office is considered to be the most effective and safest method; done properly, tooth whitening can be maintained many years with simple maintenance.
Three Out of Four Americans…
Millions of Americans lose some or all of their teeth due to gum (periodontal) disease – a disease that is preventable. Recent research indicates that people with gum disease are up to a 75% higher risk of heart attack and stroke. Common gum disease is caused by bacteria that build up below the gum line and cause infection. Warning signs are; red, swollen or tender gums, gums that bleed when brushed or flossed, persistent bad breath, loose or separating teeth, or gums that may appear receded. Gum disease affects three out of four adults at some time in their lives. Fortunately, early detection and regular cleanings can prevent tooth loss.
What Our Clients Are Saying
“We have been going to Kaneohe Family Dental for many years. Dr. Ichiriu and Dr. Keller and their staff are professional and friendly. They make our experience easy and pleasant. They are simply the BEST!!”
“Your staff always makes my visit to the dentist, a pleasure, and pain free. I never wanted to go to the dentist, until I came to Kaneohe Family Dental Care! Mahalo Plenty! And a Shaka Kalikimaka to You and Your Staff!”
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