Dr. Wakano Can Help Prevent Issues With Oral Hygiene
As your family dentist, Dr. Wakano can help you prevent issues with oral hygiene and look for signs of gum disease and oral cancer. Early detection is crucial to your oral health and overall health. While dental emergencies are rare, we are available when you need us. Appointments can be made by contacting our office. Dentistry emergencies are welcome on the same day during office hours if available. 24-hour emergency calls are also available. We request 24-hour notice for cancellation. Appointments are available and welcomed to receive quality dental care, especially for new patients seeking help. Call us at (808) 961-5617 for any dental service.
Here Is a Closer Look at Many of Our Quality Services
*Dr. Wakano offers a number of different services. Here is a closer look at those services
- Bridges: Bridges literally bridge the cap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and a false tooth in between. These false teeth are pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials.
- Dentures: A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
- General dentistry: Oral problems, including bad breath, dry mouth, canker or cold sores, TMD, tooth decay or thrush are all treatable with proper diagnosis and care.
- Dental Health and Tooth Restoration: Tooth restorations are the various ways your dentist can replace missing teeth or repair missing parts of the tooth structure. Tooth structure can be missing due to decay, deterioration of a previously placed restoration, or fracture of a tooth.
- Gum Disease: Periodontitis, also generally called gum disease or periodontal disease, begins with bacterial growth in your mouth and may end. If not properly treated, tooth loss due to destruction of the tissue that surrounds your teeth may occur.
- Crowns: A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth to cover the tooth to restore its shape, size and strength and improve its appearance. A dental crown may be needed to protect a weak tooth, restore a broken tooth or cover other dental situations.
- Fillings: To treat a cavity, the dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then fill the area on the tooth where the decayed material was removed. Fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth that have been worn down from misuse.
- Cosmetic Dentistry: Today, cosmetic dentistry is more popular than ever, from whitening and shaping to closing spaces and replacing teeth. Dentists have a wide array of tools and techniques at their disposal for improving the look of your smile. See our cosmetic dentistry page for more information.
Defining The Difference Between Gingivitis and Periodontitis
What is the difference between Gingivitis and Periodontitis? Periodontitis, also called gum disease, begins with bacterial growth in your mouth and may end, if not properly treated, with tooth loss due to destruction of the tissue that surrounds your teeth. Gingivitis, or gum inflammation, precedes gum disease. In the early stages, bacteria in plaque build up, causing the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed during tooth brushing.
Discuss Your Dental Fears With Your Dentist
Trouble sleeping, nervousness, crying and feeling ill are all reactions to having to go the dentist. Fear of pain, injections and anesthetic side effects are among the reasons for those reactions. The key to coping with dental anxiety is to discuss your fears with Dr. Wakano. Once he knows, he will be better able to work with you to determine the best ways to make you less anxious and more comfortable.
*Dental information courtesy of WebMd