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GUM DISEASE TREATMENT in Honolulu HI

Common Symptoms of Gum Disease

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Gum Disease Can Contribute to Heart Disease and Even Stroke

Do you know that doctors have studied recent medical research and reached an astonishing conclusion – that gum disease, stroke, and heart disease are connected? Since heart disease is usually deadly, it is quickly apparent that gum disease is no laughing matter. The American Dental Association estimates that 8 out of 10 Americans have periodontal (gum) disease. These types of numbers would indicate an epidemic if this were any other affliction. Most dentists think it is just that! They also realize that because “no one ever dies from it” gum disease will likely never be labeled an “epidemic.” The worst is that you lose your teeth. Not pleasant – but certainly not life threatening. But that’s all changed.The American Academy of Periodontology reports that “Studies found periodontal infection may contribute to the development of heart disease, increase the risk of premature, underweight births, and pose a serious threat to people whose health is already compromised due to diabetes and respiratory diseases.” In short, the bacteria that infects your gums can move into your bloodstream and straight to your heart.

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The Primary Cause of Lost Teeth

Gum disease, not tooth decay, is the principle reason most people lose their teeth. Unfortunately, it can go completely unnoticed up to the very moment your teeth are gone. Unsure if it’s happening to you? Symptoms include bleeding gums when you brush or floss, and loose or shifting teeth. We can help even if you’ve been told you need gum surgery. You’ll be glad to know that it’s possible to control gum disease with a variety of non-surgical methods.

Now the Good News

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Most common insurance plans cover the surgical treatments necessary to treat advanced periodontal disease. Gum surgery is almost always successful in controlling the conditions present in serious cases. However, with mild periodontal disease, there are powerful NON-surgical procedures that, combined with better dental hygiene, can virtually stop the expansion of the disease. This, too, is usually covered under most dental insurance plans.

What's So Bad About Losing a Tooth?

Gum disease causes the loss of more teeth than routine decay, accident or any other trauma. So is it a big deal to lose a tooth? I mean, you can’t die from it, right? No, you can’t, but losing even a single tooth can cause the other teeth to shift and move around – affecting your ability to chew and process nutrients from your food. If you begin favoring softer foods loaded with more carbohydrates, it can cause you to gain weight. Loss of teeth can alter your appearance, making you look shriveled and aged. Also, your speech can be affected. That’s why we work hard to help make sure this doesn’t happen to you. If a missing tooth is unavoidable, we recommend replacement with a dental implant as the best solution.

Defeat Gum Disease Painlessly

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Dr. John Ha is excited to offer his patients a mighty weapon in the battle against gum disease. It’s called ARESTIN™. Available in a powder form that contains invisible microspheres, ARESTIN delivers a time-released antibiotic directly to the site of the infection (the spaces between the gums and teeth). ARESTIN kills the bacteria that cause gum disease! The best part is that it’s pain-free!

Before & After

See how we have transformed our patients’ smiles

Gum Disease Treatment FAQs

Gum disease treatment aims to address the inflammation and infection of the gums caused by the buildup of plaque and tartar. It typically involves a combination of professional dental care and proper oral hygiene practices. Treatment options range from non-surgical procedures like scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) to surgical interventions for advanced cases. The goal is to remove harmful bacteria, reduce gum inflammation, and promote gum tissue healing.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection that affects the tissues supporting your teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss and impact overall health. At Honolulu Smile Designs, our specialists provide tailored solutions to combat and manage gum disease effectively.

Watch out for symptoms like bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, receding gums, and loose teeth. If you experience any of these, it’s crucial to seek prompt attention. Our Honolulu Smile Designs team offers comprehensive evaluations and personalized treatment plans to address your unique needs.

Yes! We prioritize minimally invasive approaches. Our clinic offers scaling and root planing, a deep cleaning procedure, to remove plaque and tartar below the gumline. This treatment, along with improved oral hygiene, can often manage early-stage gum disease effectively.

Our experts are equipped with advanced techniques like laser therapy and regenerative procedures to address severe cases. We’ll assess your condition and recommend the best approach for restoring your gum health and preserving your smile.

Meet the Doctor

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Dr. John Ha, DDS

John Ha, DDS, is pleased to offer beautiful smiles to his neighbors on Oahu and the surrounding islands.
Dr. Ha earned his bachelor’s and dental degrees from Creighton University, where he also completed a dental post-baccalaureate program. He has engaged in extensive postgraduate education, with specific training in dental implant placement and restoration, advanced bone grafting, complex implant restoration, full mouth restorative dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry.
Dr. Ha is only the second ever Board Certified Implantologist in the State of Hawaii and is Hawaii’s youngest individual to achieve that designation by 20 years.

Our Patient Say the Nicest Things

Here’s what our happy patients say about us.

Staff are always very friendly and dependable in their healthcare. Top of the line equipment and they know what they're talking about.

5/5

From stepping into the office, it and the staff were very welcoming. Had an 11am appointment and there was no waiting. At 11, they were calling me in. Karen was very nice and professional taking pictures. During the exam, I suddenly felt very "out of sorts" and had to leave to get some air. Shawn came out to make sure I was OK and was very caring and we appreciated her kindness and understanding. Mahalo HSD!

5/5

There is no better dentist. I have never been to this location, but saw him at a previous practice. Dr. Ha is the perfect dentist. I had severe dental anxiety which caused me to neglect my teeth health, needed a root canal. He made me stop hating the dentist. He is caring, funny, has amazing banter and is just genuinely an awesome dude. Since he moved practices I’ve had no one that can possibly compare to him. Do yourself a favor and choose him for your dental care. I wish I still could.

5/5

We are a dental technology and continuing education provider for dental professionals on a global level. We have worked with over 15,000 dentists over the last 2 decades and intimately know the level of care Dr. Ha provides for his patients. He makes no compromises in delivering dentistry at the highest level possible. We had the privilege of hosting him at a recent event with dental professionals where he shared his vast knowledge and expertise with fellow like minded dental professionals. Everyone was thoroughly impressed with the amount of detail he pays attention to with every single patient. We can’t recommend him highly enough for your dental care.

5/5

I had a wonderful experience at Honolulu Smile Design! Everyone was very friendly and professional. Dr. John Ha has a very proactive approach to dentistry. He took the time to answer all my question and he was able to explain it in a relatable way which made it easier to understand. I had a smile on my face from the time I got in till the time I left, I’m guessing that was all by design.

5/5

Honolulu Smile Design is awesome! Dr. Ha and his team are professional, friendly and so organized. I've been to a handful of dentists (inHin and California) and Honolulu Smile Design has made me feel the most comfortable (and who can say that about a dentist?!). The scheduling process is very easy - communication is clear, easy and fast. I especially appreciate seeing one hygienist each time (Jessica!) who is very knowledgeable. Dr. Ha is very thorough, explains everything clearly and doesn't push or sell procedures (which I've experienced at other dentists). And best of all everyone is so kind, nice and make the experience of going to the dentist painless.

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What our customers say

Staff are always very friendly and dependable in their healthcare. Top of the line equipment and they know what they're talking about.

5/5

From stepping into the office, it and the staff were very welcoming. Had an 11am appointment and there was no waiting. At 11, they were calling me in. Karen was very nice and professional taking pictures. During the exam, I suddenly felt very "out of sorts" and had to leave to get some air. Shawn came out to make sure I was OK and was very caring and we appreciated her kindness and understanding. Mahalo HSD!

5/5

There is no better dentist. I have never been to this location, but saw him at a previous practice. Dr. Ha is the perfect dentist. I had severe dental anxiety which caused me to neglect my teeth health, needed a root canal. He made me stop hating the dentist. He is caring, funny, has amazing banter and is just genuinely an awesome dude. Since he moved practices I’ve had no one that can possibly compare to him. Do yourself a favor and choose him for your dental care. I wish I still could.

5/5

We are a dental technology and continuing education provider for dental professionals on a global level. We have worked with over 15,000 dentists over the last 2 decades and intimately know the level of care Dr. Ha provides for his patients. He makes no compromises in delivering dentistry at the highest level possible. We had the privilege of hosting him at a recent event with dental professionals where he shared his vast knowledge and expertise with fellow like minded dental professionals. Everyone was thoroughly impressed with the amount of detail he pays attention to with every single patient. We can’t recommend him highly enough for your dental care.

5/5

I had a wonderful experience at Honolulu Smile Design! Everyone was very friendly and professional. Dr. John Ha has a very proactive approach to dentistry. He took the time to answer all my question and he was able to explain it in a relatable way which made it easier to understand. I had a smile on my face from the time I got in till the time I left, I’m guessing that was all by design.

5/5

Honolulu Smile Design is awesome! Dr. Ha and his team are professional, friendly and so organized. I've been to a handful of dentists (inHin and California) and Honolulu Smile Design has made me feel the most comfortable (and who can say that about a dentist?!). The scheduling process is very easy - communication is clear, easy and fast. I especially appreciate seeing one hygienist each time (Jessica!) who is very knowledgeable. Dr. Ha is very thorough, explains everything clearly and doesn't push or sell procedures (which I've experienced at other dentists). And best of all everyone is so kind, nice and make the experience of going to the dentist painless.

5/5

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Fill out the form below and we will email/text you the guide along with a $300 savings offer!