Have you heard of dental sealants? They are a barrier to the acids which lead to decay. Your Honolulu, HI, dentist, Dr. Garrett Hayashi, recommends these protective coatings for children, teens and even adults as easy, economical and effective preventive dental treatments.
Decay is a huge problem
And, your Honolulu, HI, dentist feels we should do all we can to prevent it. The mainstays of cavity prevention are:
- A healthy diet
- Drinking water to wash teeth clean and increase saliva production
- Brushing twice a day
- Flossing daily
- Getting regular check-ups and dental cleanings
However, the Centers for Disease in Atlanta reports that tooth decay, or dental caries, is one of the most common chronic health issues experienced by American children. Parents, surely you welcome as much help in the battle against decay as you can muster. Here's where plastic sealants play a significant role.
What are dental sealants?
Sealants made of tooth-colored plastic resins coat and protect the deep and narrow fissures and pits located on the chewing surfaces of molars. These sites are the most prone to decay as the irregular surfaces easily collect plaque, bacteria and acid. Even the best of toothbrushers can miss these pits and grooves.
Plastic sealants fill in those surface irregularities, making them virtually impermeable. Even some adults need sealants because oral chemistry changes with time and use of certain drugs. However, the optimal time to place sealants is when molars erupt around ages six, 12 and 18.
How they work
Sealants come in liquid form. After the dentist cleans the surface and dries the tooth, he coats it with the liquid resin. He carefully allows the sealant to fill the pits and fissures completely, and then, he hardens the material with a UV light. This treatment takes 10 minutes and is completely painless; so all patients tolerate it very well.
Overall, sealants last about one year and can be reapplied as needed. Your dentist checks the integrity of dental sealants with every cleaning and check-up.
Questions about dental sealants?
Dr. Hayashi and his staff in Honolulu, HI, will be happy to answer them. Call today for a routine appointment: (808) 536-5090.
If you need orthodontic treatment but don't want to wear traditional metallic braces, you are not alone. Many people are faced with the choice between wanting a straighter smile or to correct bite and alignment problems, and the sacrifices that come with wearing braces as an adult or teenager. But braces are no longer the only option available to straighten your teeth. Invisalign clear aligner trays offer the best of both worlds - straighter teeth, without braces. Dr. Garrett Hayashi, a dentist in Honolulu, HI, recommends Invisalign clear aligner trays for adults and older teenagers who suffer from common malocclusions that would otherwise require braces to correct.
Straighten Your Smile Discreetly with Invisalign in Honolulu, HI
Like braces, Invisalign trays straighten teeth and correct common bite problems by gradually shifting the teeth into the correct alignment over time. But that is where the similarities end. The Invisalign system consists of a set of removable plastic aligner trays that are each worn for approximately two weeks. The trays have to be worn for up to 22 hours every day, but can be removed to eat and maintain your normal oral hygiene routine.
Invisalign can be used to treat most bite problems including:
- Gaps and spacing
- Open bite
The total treatment time for Invisalign is typically shorter than traditional orthodontic treatment. With Invisalign, you don't have to give up the foods you love or restrict your diet and lifestyle, as long as you wear the trays as instructed and keep up with your follow up appointments with the dentist. If you are looking for a discreet and minimally invasive way to straighten your teeth that won't disrupt your lifestyle or quality of life, Invisalign may be the answer for you.
Find a Dentist in Honolulu, HI
To learn more about the Invisalign system and whether it is the best option for you, contact our office today by calling (808) 536-5090 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hayashi.
Are you disappointed with the condition of your smile? Cracked crowns, a poorly fitting partial, or just one missing tooth can impair anyone's oral function, facial structure, and self-image. That's why your Honolulu dentist, Dr. Garrett Hayashi, provides the best solution to a failing smile: dental implants! Implants fully restore smile aesthetics, as well as the abilities to bite, chew, and speak, all while raising confidence in your appearance. Plus, they maintain your jaw bone and gum tissue. Read on to learn more about these innovative tooth replacements!
What implants are and what they do
Your Honolulu dentist offers dental implants because they do more than simply fill smile gaps. Dental implants are actual artificial teeth from top to bottom. They are comprised of:
- A titanium metal root
- A metal alloy abutment post which extends above the gum line
- A customized porcelain crown
Our dentist also uses dental implants to secure fixed bridges and full dentures where tooth loss is more extensive. These lifelike appliances provide unparalleled stability as a patient eats and speaks.
Besides these wonderful benefits, dental implants do something no other prosthetic can. After insertion into the jaw, dental implants increase the strength and size of the bone. This process is called osseointegration, and it is exclusive to dental implants. As a new implant site heals, the bone wraps around the implant screw, creating a stable and permanent foundation for the new tooth.
While osseointegration does not happen overnight, it's totally worth waiting for. In fact, because of their bone-building properties, dental implants can last for a lifetime!
Caring for dental implants
Good oral hygiene is incredibly important to your natural teeth and gums, and it also has an impact on the longevity of dental implants. During treatment, your hygienist at Dr. Hayashi's Honolulu office will show you the particulars of brushing and flossing around your implants.
While implants cannot decay, they do fall prey to an infection called peri-implantitis. This destructive condition deteriorates gums and bone around implants if bacteria-filled plaque and tartar accumulate.
Also, tobacco smoke eats away at an implant's foundation, frequently leading to implant failure. In short, brush, floss, and stop smoking if you wish to keep both your natural teeth and your implants.
A great smile
Tooth loss is so unfortunate, but nowadays, dental implants can restore a damaged smile beautifully. If you desire a renewed smile, please call Dr. Garrett Hayashi for a detailed dental implant consultation. He'll evaluate your oral health and jaw bone density and tell you if these artificial teeth are right for your situation. Contact the office at (808) 536-5090.
Do you want to improve your smile but feel like you're too old to be wearing braces? Dr.Garrett Hayashi understands how you feel, which is why he offers Invisalign in his office.
More About Invisalign
Invisalign is composed of custom-made clear aligners that are made to fit your upper and lower teeth. The aligners function the same way traditional braces work, as in they apply pressure on each tooth so that it moves into its proper position. Your Honolulu dentist creates these custom aligners using a specialized computer software.
Invisalign's clear plastic aligners are flexible and great for if you need to straighten your teeth and don't want anyone to know you're wearing braces. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign's trays are transparent, allowing you to discreetly straighten your smile.
For the treatment to work, though, you will need to keep them on for a minimum of 20 to 22 hours a day, however, you can take them off if you want to eat, brush your teeth or floss. Some people also like to take their clear aligners off for special events, but you should do this only sparingly
Advantages of Invisalign
There are several benefits to Invisalign. Here are a few:
- Comfort: Invisalign aligners are thin, flexible aligners that, unlike metal braces, don't irritate the soft tissue in your mouth.
- Hygienic: Because Invisalign is a removable appliance, you will be able to clean your teeth more thoroughly than if you had traditional metal braces. Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once.
- Lack of Dietary Limitations: Traditional braces prevent you from eating your favorite foods, like taffy apples or corn, but that's not an issue with Invisalign. You can eat whatever you want because the aligners you wear are removable.
- Discreet: Traditional metal braces can be distracting, especially if you're a teenager or an adult. Invisalign is transparent, so no one will notice if you have braces.
- Protection Against Teeth-Grinding: Clear aligners function as night guards that protect your teeth from excessive teeth grinding and clenching.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hayashi, call his office at (808) 536-5090 today!
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. It's a dental technology that was first developed in the 1980s. It allows your dentist to create common dental restorations, including crowns, on the fly. It eliminates the need for patients to wait for up to a month between appointments to have their teeth restored. This option is available at Dr. Garrett Hayashi's dentist office in Honolulu, HI.
About CEREC Crowns
Before ceramic technology was developed, you would have been required to visit the dentist a minimum of two times in order to get a dental crown installed. Now you only need to commit to one appointment which will only last for about an hour. Impressions of your teeth are taken with CAD/CAM technology and immediately fed into a computerized milling machine. The machine etches out a perfectly contoured crown for your smile in a matter of minutes. Once it's ready, your dentist can bond it right away.
Advantages of CEREC Crowns
The obvious advantage of getting a CEREC restoration is that you get to save some time while also saving your tooth. There is no need to take additional days off from work or school to visit your Honolulu, HI, dentist since everything is taken care of in one visit. Another advantage is the accuracy of the milling machine. You are more likely to get a crown that fits perfectly the first time and that only requires minimal adjustments.
An Easy to Restore Your Smile
Many patients can benefit from having a crown installed, including those who have severely worn down enamel or cracked, chipped teeth. After root canal therapy, a crown can extend the life of a previously decaying tooth by 10 or more years with good dental care. CEREC provides you with an easy and quick way to have your damaged tooth restored.
Call for a CEREC Appointment
You can go to your dentist knowing that in just one sitting you'll have a perfect crown restoration by the time you leave thanks to CEREC technology. Contact Dr. Garrett Hayashi today by calling (808) 536-5090 to schedule a visit to his Honolulu, HI, office.
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