Dr. Ricky M. Tsuhako Dentistry

98-1247 Kaahumanu Street

Suite 302
Aeia, Hawaii 96701

Phone: (808) 484-2051

• Mon OPEN   8am - 5pm
• Tues OPEN   8am - 5pm
• Wed OPEN   8am - 5pm
• Thurs CLOSED
• Fri OPEN   8am - 5pm
• Sat OPEN   8am - 1pm

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Do you accept my insurance plan?

Our office  accept most  insurances; local as well as mainland, and will file your claim for you. Insurance payments usually take about 2-3 weeks.  The patient is responsible for any amount insurance does not cover. We are Participating Providers for:  HDS, HMSA, Delta, and United Concordia and  accept  MetLife, Cigna, Blue Cross, Prudential, Aetna, UHA,  Tri Care, United Care, SDP 500.

What payment options do you provide?

We accept cash, personal checks and  major credit cards. Your insurance co-pay is due at the time of your visit. For expensive or extensive procedures, we're also pleased to offer financing plans through Care Credit which can provide approvals online or over the phone.

How can I safely whiten my teeth?

You have several choices, any of which may be the right answer to whiten your smile. First, a process called bonding can restore teeth that are chipped, cracked, misaligned or discolored in as little as one visit. We simply use a tooth colored epoxy like material to rebuild your teeth and make them look natural. For more dramatic and durable results, we can place thin ceramic shells called porcelain veneers onto the surface of your teeth. Alternatively, bleaching can lighten stains caused by tea, coffee, food, smoking or age, using an at-home whitening  kit. 

Dr. Tsuhako can help evaluate your potential for whitening your teeth, based on their current color and the causes of any discoloration. Please call our office, and we’ll be happy to set up a complimentary cosmetic dentistry consultation.

What precautions do you take to ensure patient safety?

Our entire practice team is well-versed in state-of-the-art sterilization techniques designed to ensure patient safety. This goes beyond wearing gloves and face masks to prevent passing germs. It includes a specialized sterilization center and distilled water source for each treatment area..

What makes you different than any other dental practice I can visit?

When you become a patient of our practice, we do whatever we can to help you feel comfortable, to treat you as family, and to provide the best and most appropriate solution that advanced dentistry has to offer. Dr. Tsuhako specializes in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, and are uniquely equipped to design a beautiful, long-term smile.

A patient's dental condition and solutions are discussed privately in a required consultation after the initial exam.

My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?

Bleeding gums are definitely something to be concerned about. They can be caused by any of the following: improper, rough scrubbing instead of gentle, circular brushing motions; using a hard-bristled tooth brush instead of a soft one; plaque and/or tartar buildup below the gum line; or gum sensitivity due to gingivitis or periodontal disease. Most of the time, we find chronic gum disease to be the culprit. Your best and safest solution is to contact our office for an evaluation appointment.

My breath smells terribly, but I brush every day. What can I do about it?

Millions of people struggle with halitosis, or bad breath, despite daily teeth brushing. Here’s a checklist of procedures that can eliminate the problem: twice daily brushing, daily flossing, and tongue cleaning; regular professional cleanings; and careful cleaning of any dentures or removable dental appliances.

If your hygiene is meticulous and the problem persists, we can offer several solutions. First, a plastic tool called a tongue scraper cleans away bacterial buildup on your tongue and significantly alleviates odor. Or, we can recommend a specially-prepared breath treatment system, designed to actually break the odor-causing sulfur bonds that cause bad breath. Finally, if we suspect a systemic or internal problem such as an infection or underlying condition, we may recommend a visit with your family physician or specialist to identify the cause.

I want my front teeth to look better, but I don’t want to wear braces. What would you recommend?

Dr. Tsuhako have  a number of ways to improve the look of your front teeth without the use of conventional braces.

For crooked, discolored, or unevenly worn teeth, a bit of reshaping and the addition of porcelain veneers can   give them a bright, uniform look in as little as two visits. We’d be happy to consult with you about the appearance of your front teeth and create a treatment plan to accomplish your objectives.

Financing:  Care Credit