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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.

By Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
November 13, 2017
Category: Oral Health

What can your dentist in Honolulu, HI, help you with?dental sealants

Brushing your teeth is essential, but those hard-to-reach teeth may cause other detrimental issues, especially when it comes to your children's oral health. That's why Dr. Jason Ako can help your children with dental sealants.

What are sealants?

Sealants are thin, protective materials coated onto teeth, especially the molars. Your Honolulu, HI, dentist coat the chewing surface of the molars because they are uneven and rough, making them an easy place for bacteria to flourish.

If bacteria settles in, cavities will begin eating away at your child's teeth. That's why it's best to maintain a consistent oral regiment of brushing and flossing, as well as visiting your doctor twice a year. Your doctor may prevent a cavity from eating away at your child's tooth.

More About Dental Sealants

Getting dental sealants is not difficult or painful. Your dentist will clean and dry the tooth, then apply an acid gel on your child's tooth. His or her tooth will become rougher on the chewing surface. Your doctor will then remove the gel, dry the tooth and apply sealant onto the grooves and expose it to a special blue light to make the sealant hard.

Unfortunately, children aren't getting this treatment and, according to the CDC, there are several issues arising:

  • Approximately 43 percent of children with ages ranging between 6 and 11 have gotten a dental sealant.
  • Children with no sealants suffer from more cavities than children with sealants.

Sealants are beneficial to children and adults, and the sooner you get them the sooner your teeth will be protected. So when you visit your dentist in Honolulu, HI, make sure you ask him about sealants.

By Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
September 11, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Find out the many ways we can finally give you the dream smile you’ve been looking for.cosmetic dentistry

Have you noticed that your smile has lost its luster over the years? Have cosmetic flaws set in thanks to ice chewing, nail biting and other bad habits? Are you faced with tooth loss? If so, you may be looking for a way to turn your smile around. Don’t worry; our Honolulu, HI, cosmetic dentist Dr. Jason Ako can certainly help with one of these amazing restorative solutions:

Dental Implants

Missing one or more permanent teeth? Don’t panic; implants can easily give you back that healthy smile. Implants are small metal posts that are designed to act just like tooth roots. They are placed into the jawbone where the implant and bone meld together. Once the implant has become part of the jawbone it is now ready to support an artificial tooth or teeth.

If you are a healthy, non-smoking adult then you could be the perfect candidate for dental implants. Through a simple exam and consultation, we can determine if you are right for implants.

Invisalign

Want to get a straighter smile but loathe the idea of wearing metal brackets and wires? If so, you aren’t alone. Luckily, Invisalign provides a subtle and convenient way for teens and adults to get a straighter smile. Invisalign consists of a series of clear, customized aligners that are designed to fit over your teeth to shift them into the proper position.

If you are dealing with gaps between teeth, overlapping, crowding or a bad bite then talk to our Honolulu dentist about whether Invisalign is the best way to get the smile you want.

CEREC

Do you want to get a dental crown without having to come back and forth into our office? We now make it easy to get certain fillings and crowns in just one dental visit thanks to CEREC technology. Now, we can design, fabricate and even place your crown all while you wait (and it usually takes no longer than an hour for the crown to be designed and created). CEREC crowns are even made from porcelain, so they will look just like natural teeth.

If you are ready to regain a healthy, attractive smile once more then it’s time you called Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, Jason C. Ako, D.D.S. in Honolulu, HI to schedule your restorative and cosmetic consultation. Get on the books today!





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