Your current smile may not be as brilliant as it once was. Years of wear and tear, injury, or poor care can hurt the look and function of your teeth. Dr. Adachi and his team change lives every day through restorative dentistry. Rejuvenate your smile today!
A dental implant is one of the most permanent forms of restorative dentistry and can be used to restore a single tooth or several teeth. Dental implants involve the placement of a surgical grade titanium post directly into your jawbone by one of the doctor's trusted specialists. As the bone bonds to the post, it forms a secure foundation for the attachment of a crown or a prosthetic tooth that is custom created especially for you. Dental implants are sometimes used instead of bridges to maintain the integrity of the teeth on either side of the gap. For more information about dental implants in Honolulu Hawaii contact Dr Adachi today.
While typical dentures shift and require the use of denture adhesives to keep them in place, implants fit solidly, reducing the problems associated with traditional dentures such as gum sores, difficulty speaking, and difficulty chewing. Implant-supported dentures (compared to traditional dentures) distribute your biting pressure more like natural teeth, stimulating the supportive structures of your teeth and preventing the bone and soft tissues from shrinking away. You can replace an entire set of teeth with beautiful, natural-looking implants.
Your teeth undergo a tremendous amount of wear and tear during your lifetime. Teeth may show this wear in a variety of ways, including discoloration, chipping, and cracking. Crowns restore your teeth and your smile to look brilliant once again. Porcelain crowns can be made out of porcelain pressed to metal or from porcelain throughout and can be shaded to match your other teeth. Crowns made of precious metal are also an option. After some tooth preparation, crowns are specially fitted to give you back the look and functionality of your smile. If you have pain when chewing or if you are experiencing temperature sensitivity, ask Dr. Adachi if crowns are right for you.
Sometimes gum disease, injury, decay, or simply wear results in the loss of a tooth. A large gap in your smile can create significant problems for your dental health if it isn't corrected. Over time, your bite pressure may shift to other parts of your mouth to compensate for an inability to chew efficiently in the area of the missing tooth. Neighboring teeth may begin to shift, moving into the gap and resulting in discomfort, pain, and more problems down the road. Porcelain bridges "bridge the gap" in your smile. Dr. Adachi can create a lifelike, functional bridge to correct your smile, to restore your bite, and to alleviate your discomfort. A porcelain bridge is created out of metal, alloys, or porcelain and utilizes the teeth on both sides of the gap as its supportive structure. After some preparation of the two neighboring teeth, crowns are created for them. A prosthetic tooth, or pontic, is fused between the crowns to fill the gap. A bridge is a semi-permanent dental restoration, meaning it can only be removed by a dentist, so you can rest assured that your porcelain bridge will be a lasting restoration to your oral health.
Sometimes removing tooth decay effectively requires the removal of a portion of your tooth. The removed portion is replaced with a porcelain inlay or onlay. Dr. Adachi customizes an inlay or onlay to fill the space left behind when the part of your tooth is removed. Traditionally, inlays and onlays were made out of metal, much like traditional filings. Now, porcelain-milled inlays and onlays are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth and provide relief from chewing pain, cavity pain, and tooth degeneration.
You may suffer from headaches, a popping jaw when you open or close your mouth, and pain in your jaw joints and muscles. TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction is a condition many people suffer from, but the good news is…it can often be treated. Based on the severity of your condition, we can recommend a course of treatment that will help alleviate your pain and make your day-to-day activities more pleasant. Ask Dr. Adachi today if you might benefit from this treatment.