Most of the conditions that negatively affect your smile can be avoided with regular care. Your team at Dr. Adachi's practice is committed to answering your questions about proper hygiene and to providing you with the most advanced general dentistry in Honolulu Hawaii available.
Most Americans experience some form of periodontal disease, often without realizing it. Periodontal disease is chiefly responsible for adult tooth loss, bleeding gums, bad breath, and receding gums. The truth is, it is easily prevented with proper hygiene, home care, and professional treatment. If diagnosed in its early stages, gum disease treatments are easier, less invasive, and more effective. Your visit with Dr. Adachi includes a complete evaluation of your gums and supportive tissues. With Dr. Adachi you will have access to advanced periodontal therapy to heal and restore your oral health.
If you have been diagnosed with and treated for periodontal (gum) disease, regularly scheduled supportive therapy is vitally important to your success in management of disease progression. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, "Following a course of active periodontal treatment and periodic ongoing care at regularly-prescribed intervals is essential." Because periodontal disease or infection can recur, continuous maintenance is absolutely necessary in order to prevent this periodontal infection from becoming active once again and destroying what healing has occurred.
Damage to the nerve tissue inside of a tooth sometimes requires a root canal procedure. Despite the tales you may have heard regarding the procedure, most root canals are minimally uncomfortable — especially compared to the pain and discomfort you may be feeling prior to the procedure. Dr. Adachi takes advantage of advances in technology and dental techniques that make root canal procedures more effective, while also taking less time.
A root canal involves removing the soft tissue within the tooth (the pulp) when it has become infected and inflamed. Your dentist gently files the infected tissue out of the root canals of the tooth (this is where the procedure gets its name) and fills the void with an inert material. The procedure is completed with the placement of a filling or in most cases, a crown.
Every effort is made to keep all of your teeth, as it is always the best and preferred solution. In the instance where a tooth cannot be saved, it may be recommended to extract the tooth. This extraction can be done here in our office instead of your being referred to a specialist in the area.
Many individuals clinch or grind their teeth in their sleep, a condition called "bruxism." Not only does this cause damage to teeth, but also it can lead to headaches, tension in the neck and shoulders, and even snoring or difficulty breathing. A nightguard is a flexible mouthpiece, customized by Dr. Adachi, which aligns your teeth and jaw so that your neck, facial, and temporomandibular muscles can rest, thus protecting your teeth, restorative treatment, and jaw while you sleep.