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Dr. Dennis Nagata, DDS

Dentist

Dr. Dennis Nagata is a Dentist practicing in Honolulu, HI. Dr. Nagata specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and conditions associated with the mouth and overall dental health. Dentists are trained to carry out such treatment as professional cleaning, restorative, prosthodontic, and endodontic procedures, and performing examinations, among many others.
Dr. Dennis Nagata, DDS
  • Honolulu, HI
  • University of Southern California School of Dentistry
  • Accepting new patients

Do you need antibiotics for treating gingivitis?

It depends on the severity of the problem. If there is an active infection with pain then antibiotics is usually indicated. It is wise not to take antibiotics unnecessarily.

Will a tooth turn black after a root canal?

Every situation is different but the tooth will discolor with time due to a lack of vitality within the tooth.

What causes a cyst on the root of a tooth?

A tooth with an infection forms an abscess at the top of the root in the form of a cyst ..it is the body’s way to contain the infection . If you are diagnosed with a cyst you need READ MORE
A tooth with an infection forms an abscess at the top of the root in the form of a cyst ..it is the body’s way to contain the infection . If you are diagnosed with a cyst you need to seek treatment asap

How long does a root canal filling last?

When done properly it should last many years.

Can you use mouthwash with Invisalign?

Yes, make sure you brush and floss as well after meals and before putting the aligner back on.

Is it normal for your teeth to be sensitive after a root canal?

It takes time to heal after root canal treatment ..it’s normal for tenderness to chewing and because there is no nerve it should not be sensitive to temperature

Do you need antibiotics after gum graft surgery?

The surgeon must make this decision. If you feel there is a chance of infection the surgeon may prescribe antibiotics but it is not “necessary”.

How long does your mouth hurt after getting a dental implant?

Depending on the type of surgery required for implant placement, the discomfort usually lasts 3-4 days which can be managed with pain medication like Tylenol and/or ibuprofen. READ MORE
Depending on the type of surgery required for implant placement, the discomfort usually lasts 3-4 days which can be managed with pain medication like Tylenol and/or ibuprofen.

What kind of floss can I use for braces?

Soft Picks work well or floss threaders.

What type of sedation is used for dental bone graft?

It depends on patient anxiety. Most of the time local anesthesia without sedation is used

Is it better to do a root canal before getting a bridge?

Yes …otherwise you risk destroying a new bridge if a tooth becomes infected after permanent placement of the brights the dentist will have to drill through the crown of the new READ MORE
Yes …otherwise you risk destroying a new bridge if a tooth becomes infected after permanent placement of the brights the dentist will have to drill through the crown of the new bridge to do the root canal.

Can tooth pulp heal itself?

Tooth pulp can heal itself if treated properly. If the decay is removed without penetrating the pulp chamber, medication can be placed that can promote pulp healing aka reversible READ MORE
Tooth pulp can heal itself if treated properly. If the decay is removed without penetrating the pulp chamber, medication can be placed that can promote pulp healing aka reversible pulpitis. If there is a bacterial invasion in the pulp chamber, the pulp may not heal.

Are metal dentures better than plastic?

Full dentures are all acrylic which can have a metal base the problem is if your anatomy changes it cannot be relined

Why do gums swell after flossing?

The gum should not swell when flossing unless you are doing it incorrectly. See your dentist to make sure there is no food stuck in the gums.

How strong are Emax veneers?

EMAX veneers are very strong, but they need to be placed on a properly prepared tooth and bonded with proper protocol, otherwise it will fracture. In general, all veneers are strong READ MORE
EMAX veneers are very strong, but they need to be placed on a properly prepared tooth and bonded with proper protocol, otherwise it will fracture. In general, all veneers are strong as long as the teeth are prepared properly and the veneers are bonded to the teeth properly by the dentist.


What medicine helps with braces pain?

Extra-strength Tylenol one tablet and Ibuprofen (advil) one tablet taken together.

Do I need a filling for a chipped tooth?

It depends on the size of the chip and if symptomatic. See your dentist to make sure it doesn't get worse by chipping more.

Why does my 5 year old have so many cavities?

Diet and home hygiene. Eliminate sugar, brush 2-3 times a day, and use topical fluoride.

Can teeth be sensitive without a cavity?

Yes sometimes there is gum recession which exposes the root of the tooth causing sensitivity.