Periodontics - Kahului, HI

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prevent gum disease with effective periodontal treatment


The term “periodontics” refers to the dental specialty that pertains to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease that affects the gums and jawbone.  The gum tissues serve to surround and support the teeth and the underlying jawbone anchors teeth firmly in place.  Periodontists have completed several years of extra dental training and are concerned with maintaining the function, health and aesthetics of the jawbone and tissues.

The periodontist is trained in all aspects of dental implant procedures, which can restore functionality to the mouth when teeth have been affected by periodontitis. Because periodontal disease is progressive, it is essential to remove the bacteria and calculus build up to halt the spread of the infection.  Your dentist will be happy to advise you on effective cleaning methods and treatment options.

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Teeth Cleaning in Kahului, HI

To reduce your risk of gum disease and tooth decay, your dental hygienist performs a procedure known as dental prophylaxis. This involves polishing your teeth as well as scaling them. During scaling, your hygienist uses special tools to remove plaque, tartar, and staining. This includes below your gum line. Polishing smoothens your teeth and removes rough spots that might attract bacteria. We recommend undergoing prophylaxis every three to six months depending on your oral health needs

Cleaning below your gum line is the most important part of the prophylaxis procedure. Most people who brush and floss regularly have no problems keeping the teeth above the gum lines healthy. However, it can be significantly more challenging below the gum line due to the build-up of dental calculus.  This occurs because of the difficulty in reaching this area with a toothbrush. Without regular scaling and polishing, you have an increased risk of both dental decay and gum disease.

If you’re concerned you could have gum disease or just want to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible, speak to your dentist about prophylaxis treatment.  Call Island Smiles Dental Care today at 808-877-7661 to schedule your next dental check-up.

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Ultrasonic Cleanings in Kahului, HI

We use ultrasonic cleaning at Island Smiles Dental Care because we feel it is a superior way to clean teeth and keep them healthy. Rather than manually scaling your teeth, we use a device that vibrates at an extremely high frequency for effective and delicate cleaning of your teeth.

The pulsating movements cause plaque and tartar to fall off your teeth and then we rinse them away with a water tip directly attached to the scaler. Our ultrasonic cleaning device also helps to eliminate tartar and a hard, calcified type of tartar called calculus.

Ultrasonic cleaning is the most effective way to treat gum disease. Patients who have put off dental cleanings will be happy to know that they’re now easy and painless. Please contact us at 808-877-7661 to schedule your next appointment.

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Soft Tissue Management in Kahului, HI

Diagnosis and treatment of periodontal (gum and bone) disease vitally affects oral and physical health. Studies have linked gum disease to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other life-threatening conditions. Dentists design soft tissue management (STM) plans to achieve lifelong dental health by eliminating gum infection, inflammation, deep pockets and bleeding to achieve periodontal health. An STM plan typically consists of:

When treated in the early stages, the ravaging effects of periodontal disease can be stopped and kept under control. Island Smiles Dental Care uses the most effective periodontal treatments and technologies to enable you to enjoy fresher breath and healthier gums and teeth.

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Periodontal (Gum) Disease in Kahului, HI

It sneaks into your mouth slowly, sometimes silently and painlessly, and steals your teeth! This horrible creature, called gum disease or periodontal disease, affects over 75% of adults at some time and results in more tooth loss than cavities. Caused by plaque bacteria that attack gums, supporting tissues and even bones, periodontal disease may display warning signs such as:

Factors increasing gum disease include: tobacco use, poor oral hygiene, family history, crooked teeth, pregnancy, diabetes and certain medications.

The staff of Island Smiles Dental Care is committed to helping you achieve good periodontal health for a lifetime.

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Periodontal Scaling & Root Planing in Kahului, HI

Scaling and root planing is the primary method for treating gum disease. Infrequent brushing and flossing and general poor oral hygiene over prolonged periods of time can cause periodontal, or gum, disease. When this occurs, your dentist will almost certainly recommend scaling and root planing to manage the disease.

Over multiple visits, your dental hygienist will use specially-designed dental tools to remove build up on the gum line and under the gums. In most cases, a local anesthetic is utilized to ensure patient comfort. Once the process is complete, your dentist will determine if additional periodontal surgery or referral to a specialist is required.

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