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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!

By Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
July 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sealants  

What your dentist in Honolulu, Hawaii wants you to knowSealants

 

Sealants can help protect your child against painful tooth decay because sometimes brushing and flossing isn’t enough. Brushing and flossing cleans most of the surfaces of teeth and flossing will clean in between teeth, but there’s still one area that gets overlooked. It’s the deep grooves and crevices in the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth.

Dr. Jason C. Ako at Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Honolulu, Hawaii wants to introduce you and your child to dental sealants, the procedure that can protect those deep grooves and crevices.

Tooth decay is caused by the sugary foods and beverages your child eats and drinks. The sugar combines with normal oral bacteria and produces an acid. This bacterial acid is strong enough to penetrate into hard tooth enamel, and travel to the softer tooth layers underneath, causing a cavity.

The deep grooves and crevices of normal tooth anatomy provide a perfect place for bacteria to hide. That’s why covering up the deep anatomy is so important. When you choose dental sealants, you and your child will benefit because:

  • Sealant treatment is non-invasive and quick
  • Sealant treatment is painless, requiring no anesthetic
  • Sealants help prevent unnecessary pain and tooth damage
  • Sealants help prevent unnecessary and expensive treatment later on

The sealant material is a unique liquid resin that is spread into the deep grooves and crevices of your child’s teeth. It is hardened using a high-tech ultraviolet light. Sealants are virtually undetectable and the entire process takes only a few minutes. Ideally, sealants should be placed on the first permanent molars between the ages of 5 and 7, and on the second permanent molars between the ages of 11 and 14. The teeth should have fully erupted in order to get the best result.

Dental sealants can only be placed on healthy, decay-free teeth, so don’t delay. Don’t give tooth decay a chance to ruin your child’s smile. Sealants can help your child enjoy a beautiful, pain-free smile for life. For more information about the benefits of dental sealants call Dr. Jason C. Ako at Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Honolulu, Hawaii today!

By Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
May 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Could your smile stand a little tweaking? Whether you have a bite issue, crowding or widely spaced teeth, Invisalign can improve your invisalignsmile. The innovative brace alternative uses clear aligners instead of wires and brackets to align your teeth. Honolulu, HI, dentist Dr. Jason Ako explains how Invisalign works.

An improved smile without any wires

Concerns about appearance keep some people from choosing metal braces. Luckily, there's another option. The Invisalign system uses a series of clear aligners instead of wires to reposition teeth. Because the aligners are transparent, they're virtually unnoticeable.

A new way to straighten teeth

Adjusting the wires changes the position of your teeth when you wear metal or ceramic braces. Although the traditional system is very effective, the same goal can be achieved simply by swapping out Invisalign aligners every two weeks. The clear aligners reposition teeth by applying constant, gentle pressure. Dr. Ako designs your new aligners in his Honolulu office using a 3D image of your teeth.

Invisalign is a good choice for most orthodontic issues

If you have a mild to moderate orthodontic problem, Invisalign will probably work well for you. The system can correct:

  • Crowding
  • Widely spaced teeth
  • Underbites
  • Overbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites

If your orthodontic issue is severe, traditional braces may be more effective in addressing the problem.

Invisalign offers important benefits

You've probably noticed that eating is a little challenging for people you know who wear traditional braces. Food gets stuck in the wires, plus your friends must turn down hard foods that might break wires. Mealtime is worry-free when you wear Invisalign aligners. You'll remove your aligners before meals and can enjoy all of your favorite foods. You also won't need to make any changes to your oral hygiene routine. After you remove your aligners, you can brush and floss as usual. Invisalign aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day for best results but can be removed for special events or activities, like playing soccer.

Would you like to make your smile even more beautiful? Consider Invisalign! Call Honolulu, HI, dentist Dr. Jason Ako at (808) 734-6022 to schedule an appointment.





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