Comprehensive Evaluation / Oral Examination
An oral examination is a visual inspection of the mouth, head, and neck, performed to detect abnormalities. Low radiation digital imaging allows for a more complete examination, helping the doctor to detect cavities, problems in existing dental restorations, gum and bone recession or other abnormal conditions within the mouth, head and neck area.
A dental cleaning, also known as an oral prophylaxis, is the removal of dental plaque and tartar (calculus) from the teeth. Specialized instruments are used to gently remove these deposits without harming the teeth. First, an ultrasonic device that emits vibrations and is cooled by water is used to loosen larger pieces of tartar. Next, hand tools are used to manually remove smaller deposits and smooth the tooth surfaces. Once all the tooth surfaces have been cleaned of tartar and plaque, the teeth are polished.
Dental sealants are made of a safe resin material which is applied to the surfaces of teeth (commonly permanent molars) to prevent cavities. The sealant material fills in the crevices of a tooth and “seals” off the tooth from cavity-causing agents like food and plaque. The teeth are prepared for the sealant application and the sealant is painted directly onto the chewing surface of each tooth and then hardens. Sealants are applied in one visit.
Fluoride is a natural substance that helps strengthen teeth and prevent decay. Fluoride treatments are administered at this office as an important component of pediatric dental treatment. The fluoride is applied to the teeth in a gel, foam, or varnish form.
Custom Oral Appliances
Scaling and Root Planing
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal, or endodontic, treatment may be necessary when the pulp tissue inside the root canals of a tooth becomes infected or damaged, which can be caused by dental trauma or decay.
Extractions may be necessary for a variety of reasons: in preparation for orthodontic treatment, before dental implant placement, or if a tooth is not able to be saved with restorative procedures.
What is General Dentistry?
General dentistry refers to the basic dental services that are required for optimal dental health. It includes preventive measures like teeth cleanings and exams, as well as restorative procedures like fillings and root canals.
Queens Crown Dental provides general dentistry services in Honolulu, Hawaii. Call 808-526-2800 or contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Benefits of General Dentistry
General dentistry offers many benefits:
- Prevents tooth decay. Regular teeth cleanings are necessary to remove plaque, a sticky film made of food residue and bacteria that clings to your teeth. When not removed, plaque can eat away at your tooth enamel creating cavities.
- Prevents gum disease. Teeth cleanings also prevent gum disease, a bacterial infection of the gums caused by plaque and calculus (hardened plaque that is more difficult to remove).
- Restores damaged teeth. General dentistry includes restorative procedures like fillings that repair damage to the teeth.
- Helps you keep your natural teeth. By receiving regular professional dental care you have a better chance of keeping your natural teeth in place for your lifetime.
Services We Offer
- Oral examinations. An oral examination is an inspection of the mouth, head, and neck to identify any abnormalities that may need to be addressed. X-Ray images will be taken periodically to detect cavities or problems below the gum line.
- Dental cleanings. A thorough dental cleaning removes plaque and calculus from the teeth with special tools. The teeth are also flossed and polished to a smooth shine.
- Dental sealants. Dental sealants consist of a tooth colored resin that is applied to teeth to fill crevices and provide an even surface that is resistant to decay.
- Fluoride treatment. Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens tooth enamel. Fluoride treatments can be applied in the form of gel, foam, or varnish.
- Custom oral appliances. Custom oral appliances serve a variety of dental purposes, including protecting the teeth during sports, preventing damage from teeth grinding, and treating snoring and sleep apnea. Appliances are custom made to fit your teeth comfortably.
- Scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing are two procedures that are performed together to treat and prevent gum disease. Scaling involves the removal of plaque and calculus from below the gum line and root planing smooths the surface of the roots to eliminate spaces between the gums and roots where plaque can gather.
- Root canal treatment. An infected or damaged tooth may need a root canal. The dental pulp inside of a tooth is removed and the tooth is filled with composite material to prevent infection.
- Extractions. Teeth may need to be extracted for a variety of reasons from severe decay or damage to orthodontics purposes.
Why Choose Queens Crown Dental?
We are a family dental practice, providing quality dental services for patients of all ages. You can bring the whole family to Queens Crown Dental for regular dental care. Conveniently located in Queens Medical Center, we are central to the community of Honolulu. We treat our patients as individuals, taking the time to get to know you and talk to you about your dental needs and goals in order to create an efficient and effective plan for treatment. Our practice has a family feel where all patients are welcome and comfortable.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I go to the dentist?
The ideal timeframe for the average patient is every 6 months for oral exams and dental cleanings. Dental cleanings remove plaque missed by brushing and oral exams provide early detection of potential concerns. Patients who are at a high risk of tooth decay or gum disease may need more frequent cleanings.
At what age should my child have their first dental visit?
The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that children see a dentist by their first birthday or within 6 months of the eruption of their first tooth. Don’t worry if your child is already older than one year. It’s never too late to start receiving dental care.
How often should I brush and floss my teeth?
We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day. Brushing removes food and plaque from the surface of your teeth and flossing reaches the areas between your teeth and the pockets between your teeth and gums. Flossing also strengthens your gum tissue so that it is more resilient and resistant to infection.
Are fluoride treatments worth it?
Even if you brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, fluoride treatments have a higher concentration of fluoride, which can strengthen your tooth enamel and prevent decay. Fluoride treatments are recommended regularly for children and also for adults who are at a higher risk of decay.
Call 808-526-2800 or contact us today to schedule an appointment.