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By Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
September 11, 2018
Category: Crowns
Tags: CEREC Crowns  

CEREC CrownsIn the past, repairing your tooth with a dental crown was a process which involved several visits with your dentist, a dental laboratory, and long wait times. However, CEREC technology gives your dentist the chance to design, create, and customize your crown right in their office, skipping the laboratory step completely and helping you save time, effort, and money. Find out more about CEREC and how it can help you with Dr. Jason Ako at Kahala Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Honolulu, HI.

What is CEREC? 
CEREC, which stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, cuts out the middleman and allows you to complete the crowning process without the need for any temporary restorations or wait times, eliminating the laboratory step completely. CEREC uses high-quality materials during the crown creation process and provides the same level of restoration as traditional crowns. CEREC itself is made up of three main parts: a specialized wand for taking 3D impressions of the mouth, CAD/CAM software, and the CEREC machine itself which crafts the crown itself, carving it out of a block of ceramic or porcelain.

How can CEREC benefit me? 
CEREC lets you go through the crowning process in just a few hours versus several weeks with traditional crowns. Since your dentist creates CEREC in their office, there is no need for a dental laboratory or the wait times and fees associated with them. Additionally, CEREC saves you the normal two-week wait required by the lab to complete your crown. This also eliminates the need for a second appointment with your dentist. CEREC saves you time, money, and effort and helps you undergo your crowning procedure with ease.

CEREC Same-Day Dental Crowns in Honolulu, HI
Before placing your crown, your dentist will prepare your tooth to fit perfectly inside your new restoration. This helps with fit and bonding the crown to your tooth. Then, your dentist will take a 3D image of your mouth to send to CEREC’s CAD/CAM software. The software allows your dentist to design the crown specifically for your smile, then further adjust it for a perfect fit. You will wait about an hour for the CEREC machine to create the physical crown, then your dentist will place it permanently onto your tooth.

For more information on the benefits of CEREC dental crowns, please contact Dr. Jason Ako at Kahala Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Honolulu, HI. Call (808) 734-6022 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Ako today!

By Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
July 24, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Oral HygieneAre you keeping good oral hygiene habits? Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping the gums, teeth, and mouth clean and healthy. It's important for people to practice good oral hygiene between visits to the dentist. Dr. Jason Ako at Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Honolulu, HI, offers a complete range of dental services. Here are several reasons why good oral hygiene is important. 

1. Prevent Bad Breath

Halitosis, also called bad breath, is characterized by an unpleasant odor of the mouth. Bad breath most commonly results from poor oral hygiene. Bad breath can also be caused by gum disease, tobacco use, and medical conditions. Daily flossing and brushing and regular dental checkups and dental cleanings are the best prevention for bad breath. 

2. Prevent Cavities

Dental cavities are decayed areas of teeth that develop into tiny holes. Causes of dental cavities include bacteria, snacking, drinking sugary drinks, and lack of good oral hygiene. You can prevent dental cavities by flossing and brushing regularly, rinsing with mouth rinses, and seeing your dentist on a regular basis. 

3. Prevent Gum Disease

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an infection of the structures around the teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to shifting teeth, loose teeth and tooth loss. Daily brushing and flossing and regular dental checkups and cleanings are the best prevention for gum disease. 

4. Prevent Tooth Loss

Poor dietary habits and lack of good oral hygiene can lead to tooth loss. Sipping sugary drinks and eating sugary snacks can lead to tooth loss because sugar contributes to tooth decay. Tooth loss can be prevented by brushing and flossing regularly, limiting sugar intake, avoiding tobacco, and seeing a dentist regularly. 

5. Maintain Overall Health

Your oral health is more important than you might realize. There is evidence to support a link between oral health and general health. People with good oral hygiene have a lower risk of arthritis, cardiovascular disease, stroke, heart attack, and respiratory infections. 

We can help you maintain a healthy smile. To keep your oral health on track, call Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry at 808-734-6022 right now to schedule a dental appointment in Honolulu, HI. We want all of our patients to have a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime!

By Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
May 23, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental emergency  

What your dentist in Honolulu wants you to know

Dental EmergencyIt’s great to be prepared for an emergency, especially a dental emergency. Dental emergencies are more common than most people realize. They can result from a car accident, sports injury, a bad fall, or other common occurrences. It’s critical to know what to do. Dr. Jason Ako at Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Honolulu, HI, wants to share the facts about what to do if you experience a dental emergency.

There are many reasons why you should seek out emergency dental care, including:

  • Toothache pain that doesn’t go away
  • Toothache pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages
  • Toothache pain from a loose or missing filling or crown
  • A tooth that is loose or has been knocked out or moved
  • A loose dental implant or bridge

If you have experienced an accident or injury to your face, jaws, or head, you should also seek out emergency dental treatment. Your dentist can take x-rays and do specialty testing to determine if your teeth, jaws, and supporting structures are unharmed.

One of the best ways to be prepared for a dental emergency is to make sure you have your dentist contact information in an easily accessible location, including your smartphone. You should have the office phone numbers, after-hours information, and emergency contact information.

You should also put together a dental emergency kit, containing:

  • Your dentist’s contact information
  • Tylenol, ibuprofen or other pain medication
  • Saline solution
  • Sterile gauze packets
  • A small container with a lid

After a dental emergency, you should:

  • Clean the area and press gauze to it to reduce bleeding
  • Gently rinse the area free of blood and debris and apply ice to reduce swelling
  • For a loose tooth, try to gently move it back into position

For a knocked out tooth, pick up the tooth by the crown, not the roots, rinse the tooth and place it in the container with saline, or next to your gum and cheek to keep it moist.

Visit your dentist as soon as possible. Professional dental care is essential to a good outcome. For more information about dental emergencies and other dental topics, call Dr. Ako at Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Honolulu, HI. Call today!

By Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
April 04, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

How Invisalign from your dentist in Honolulu, Hawaii can improve your smile.invisalign

If you want a straight smile without wearing braces, you’re in luck! There’s a revolutionary system to straighten your smile quickly and comfortably, without braces; it’s called Invisalign! Dr. Jason Ako at Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Honolulu, Hawaii wants to help you discover the benefits of Invisalign and why it’s the right choice for you.

When you compare Invisalign to traditional brackets and wires, there really is no comparison. Invisalign treatment has many benefits including:

  • Quicker treatment, requiring only 9 to 15 months instead of years
  • Comfortable treatment, because Invisalign is a system of smooth plastic appliances with no sharp metal parts to irritate your mouth
  • Convenient treatment, because you can remove the appliances to brush, floss, and eat

The most important benefit is that Invisalign is discreet. No one will notice that you are straightening your teeth because Invisalign appliances are clear plastic, virtually invisible to people around you.

Invisalign appliances are also strong. The Invisalign system can correct the same alignment issues as conventional braces, including:

  • Overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite
  • Rotated, twisted, and poorly-aligned teeth
  • Overlapped or gapped apart teeth

You start your Invisalign treatment with your first set of custom-fit trays, called aligners. You wear these for 2 weeks and then move on to another set of aligners, which you wear for an additional 2 weeks. You progress to a different set of aligners as your teeth gradually and comfortably move into position. Invisalign treatment takes between 9 and 15 months on average.

Invisalign is a great choice whether you are a teenager who is just starting with orthodontics or whether you are an adult who wants to finally have the straight smile you deserve.

If you want to straighten your smile discreetly, comfortably and in less time than you ever thought possible, Invisalign is the choice to make. To get started with a consultation appointment, call Dr. Jason Ako at Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Honolulu, Hawaii today!

By Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
January 15, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Of all the cosmetic challenges that dental patients experience, large gaps from missing teeth usually top the list. This dental problem can dental implants\usually be resolved with dentures or bridges, but dental implants are the premier choice. The dental team at Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Honolulu, HI, specializes in various types of dental implantation procedures. Find out how an implant can close your gap and change your smile for the better.

Why Smile Gaps Are Problematic
Although some dental patients decided to live with missing teeth, others find it problematic and embarrassing. Here are a few reasons why you should consider having a smile gap filled:

  • When you’re eating, large chunks of food can get stuck in the space. This could cause digestive disruptions.
  • Since the socket is open, it is more vulnerable to bacteria which can cause gum disease.
  • When it isn’t used, the bone tissue gets weaker over time and will eventually disappear.
  • Knowing that you have a gap in your smile may make you less willing to smile in pictures and when around others.

Reclaim Your Smile with Dental Implants
A gap in your teeth can overtake your smile and rob you of your self-confidence. You can reclaim your smile with the help of a Honolulu, HI, dentist. Dental implants restore the missing tooth from below to above the gum line. There’s a titanium post that serves as the root of the tooth, an abutment device for fastening, and a crown that is custom-made to fit in with your smile. Dental implants can also be used to create an appliance that replaces multiple teeth.

Why Choose Implants Over Other Replacement Options?
You may have the option to choose dentures or bridges instead of dental implants, but there are a few key reasons why you may not want to make that choice. Think about these benefits of choosing dental implants:

  • You won’t have to worry about taking the tooth out at night for cleaning—just brush and floss your teeth normally.
  • Dental implants will help keep your bone tissue healthy.
  • No one will know you have an implant except your dentist.

No More Gaps
Thanks to dental implants, the gaps in your smile can disappear permanently. Start the process of getting implants by calling (808) 734-6022 to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Jason Ako at his Honolulu, HI, dentist office.





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