A dental filling is a dental material used to repair the look & function of a tooth damaged by tooth decay. You may wonder, “If it’s called a filling, why does it involve drilling a hole?” Fillings aren’t like Band-Aids: we can’t just cover up the damage & expect it to get better. Unlike almost every other part of your body, teeth cannot heal when damaged or infected. To restore your tooth to how it should be, we must first remove the decay. That’s what we’re doing when we use the drill when applying a filling. Yes, it does make the hole caused by the decay a little bigger temporarily, but it’s better than leaving any decay that could hurt your tooth more in the long run.Book an appointment
During a dental filling appointment, you can expect the dentist to numb the area, remove decay, clean the tooth, and fill it with a dental material.
Thorough examination of tooth decay, X-rays, and evaluation of oral health.
Identifying the extent and location of cavities requiring filling treatment.
Removal of decay, precise filling placement, and bite adjustment if necessary.
Regular oral hygiene, avoiding sticky or hard foods, dental check-ups.
Fillings are used to fill cavities, or small holes, caused by bacterial acids that have eaten through your tooth. If left untreated, cavities can expand, carving deeper into your tooth & ultimately destroying it. Fillings halt the decay process, thereby saving your tooth & preventing more cost & discomfort in the future.
Dental fillings deliver transformative effects by restoring decayed teeth, relieving pain, and preserving natural tooth structure. With their seamless integration and durability, fillings provide long-lasting oral health and a confident smile.Book an appointment
Kokua is the Hawaiian word for selflessly helping others in the spirit of kindness & love. This is our dental care philosophy. Patient health, comfort, & convenience are our top priorities. Our philosophy shifts the spotlight away from procedures and dental education, prioritizing instead your comfort, accessibility, and peace of mind. With a focus on empathy and simplicity, our patient interactions echo this sentiment. Our team comprises caring individuals who prioritize your needs, ensuring that every interaction is infused with the spirit of kindness and love. Seamlessly convenient appointments, insurance-friendliness, and in-office dental plans underscore our commitment to making your journey with us as smooth as possible. At Kokua Smiles, it's not just about dentistry – it's about fostering an atmosphere where you feel heard, cared for, and attended to promptly.
We're your frontline in dental emergencies, providing personalized care for all ages. Our commitment transcends readiness – it's about accessibility. With extended 7-day service from 7 am to 7 pm, including weekends, Kokua Smiles is Hawaii’s Urgent Care Dental practice of choice!
Our low-cost in-house dental plan can cover your entire family at less than a dollar a day. We prioritize your oral health, offering convenient in-office plans and flexible, budget-friendly payment options, ensuring your smiles shine without financial worry. T&C apply*
Healthy smiles shouldn't cost an arm and a leg. Let us keep your teeth in check without breaking the bank. Your insurance works amazing here! We offer $0 cleanings for insured patients only. If your dental insurance requires a copay you will need to pay a small out of pocket cost.
Say goodbye to missed school and work for dental appointments. Our extended hours, including late evenings and weekends, offer ample convenience. With appointments available 7 days a week, before and after work, and even on Saturdays and Sundays, we prioritize your busy lives, ensuring scheduling ease for you and your family.
Determining if dental fillings are right for you involves assessing the extent of tooth decay, the size of the cavity, and the overall health of the tooth. Consulting with our dentist will help evaluate your specific needs, discuss alternative options, and determine if fillings are the appropriate treatment for restoring your tooth's function and aesthetics. Their expertise will guide you in making an informed decision tailored to your unique circumstances, ensuring the best possible outcome for your dental health.Get a free consultation
Come prepared by informing your dentist about any allergies or medical conditions and being ready to discuss your oral health history. Bringing any necessary insurance information and arriving on time will help streamline the process, ensuring a smooth and efficient experience.SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
At Kokua Smiles, we pride ourselves on our exceptional team of dental professionals. Meet our experienced and compassionate staff dedicated to making your journey with us a positive and comfortable experience.
Dr. Lee is the best. He was very helpful & explained the procedures to help me understand what was going on.
I couldn't be happier with the dental care I received from Dr. Lewis & the staff at Wai'alae Dental Care. Excellent! Professional!
They were able to see me on short notice, figured out why I was in pain & proceeded to fix it for me right then & there. And everyone was super nice!
Kokua Smiles offers a variety of dental services, including routine cleanings, preventive care, restorative dentistry (such as fillings and crowns), cosmetic dentistry (teeth whitening, veneers, etc.), orthodontics, oral surgery, and more. We strive to provide comprehensive care to address all of your dental needs.
Yes, we are proud to offer dental care for patients of all ages, including children. Our friendly and experienced team is trained in working with kids, ensuring a comfortable and positive dental experience for your child.
It is generally recommended to visit the dentist every six months for regular check-ups and cleanings. However, the frequency may vary depending on your oral health needs. Our team will evaluate your condition and provide personalized recommendations. Our new patient special can cover your dental cleaning at only $99.
Scheduling an appointment at Kokua Smiles is easy. You can call our office during business hours, or you can fill out the online appointment request form on the website. Our friendly staff will assist you in finding a convenient time for your visit.
Yes, Kokua Smiles accepts most major dental insurance plans. We will work with your insurance provider to maximize your benefits. We also offer affordable in-office dental plans that can cover your entire family at less than a dollar a day. Please contact our office with your insurance information, and our team will verify your coverage prior to your appointment.
We offer a variety of payment options to accommodate our patients' needs. We accept cash, credit cards, and most dental insurance plans. Additionally, we provide flexible financing options and affordable In-House Dental Coverage Plans for you and your family!
Yes, we understand that dental emergencies can happen at any time. Kokua Smiles offers emergency dental care services to address urgent oral health issues promptly. Please contact our office as soon as possible, and we will prioritize your situation.
The health and safety of our patients and staff are our top priorities. We strictly adhere to all recommended COVID-19 safety protocols. This includes frequent disinfection of surfaces, practicing social distancing, and implementing screening procedures. You can trust that your dental visit will be conducted in a safe and clean environment.