Hosaka Family Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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At Hosaka Family Dental, your Smyrna, GA dental office, we focus on patient education. We would love to answer any questions that you may have about your dental visits. 

Dr. Hosaka spends a large part of his day at our office educating patients about their oral health. Please take a look at some of our frequently asked dental questions.  

If you would like to know more about these topics or any topics not discussed in our FAQ, please feel free to call, text, or email our office.  

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Dr. Hosaka understands that sometimes, dental treatment can be daunting. He has helped many patients who have had bad experiences at the dentist in the past. Most notably, he has helped a big burly gentleman who had avoided going to the dentist for almost 40 years due to a bad dental experience he had when he was in the military! Now he is a regular patient who has had treatments like extractions, deep cleanings, and crowns without trouble. 

What Will My First Dental Appointment Be Like at Hosaka Family Dental?

Dr. Hosaka will tailor your dental visit to your needs to make sure that you are comfortable. Typically, he will do a lot of explaining and show-and-tell. He will take a gentle step-by-step approach, explaining and showing you what is going to happen before doing that step of the procedure. 
    
We have a big screen tv set up in each dental treatment room where you can learn details about your oral health and dental treatments that we recommend. During your dental treatment, we can play your favorite music, TV show, or movie to help you relax.

Does Hosaka Family Dental Utilize Nitrous Oxide Gas?

We have nitrous oxide gas (also called laughing gas) available for our patients who would like to be extra relaxed during their dental care. Nitrous gas is an odorless gas that is inhaled through a soft nasal mask. It works quickly to give you a relaxed floaty feeling. After treatment is finished, the gas is turned off, and it leaves your body in a few minutes. 

You will feel perfectly normal and are able to drive home.

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If your tooth needs to be numbed for your dental procedure, Dr. Hosaka can use an extra-strength numbing gel on your gums before putting in the anesthetic. This has helped many of our patients. When you are ready to experience dental care you can count on, contact our Smyrna, GA dental office today!

We try and make dental treatment as affordable as possible at Hosaka Family Dental. We are able to accept most PPO type dental insurances. A PPO type of insurance allows you to choose your dentist. We will file the claims for you.

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We are not able to accept Medicaid or HMO type insurances. For these insurances, your dental plan will typically assign a specific dentist for you.

To make dental treatment affordable for our patients, we are in-network with many of the PPO dental insurance plans, including plans from:

Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, GEHA, Guardian, Humana, Kaiser, MetLife, United Concordia, plus many others.

Since there are thousands of different insurance plans, including several variations of plans under the same company, please email or call us with your plan so we can check your plan.

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Please help us verify your insurance quickly and accurately by having some information ready when you call Hosaka Family Dental. This will usually be listed on your dental insurance card. Please double check to make that the card is for your dental insurance. Your company may use two different companies for medical and dental.

  • Insurance plan name
  • Plan Group number
  • Plan ID number (If you don’t have any ID number it may be your social #)
  • If the insurance is under your spouse or parent’s name, their information

Our dental office in Smyrna, GA is owned and operated by Dr. Ryo Hosaka. His wife, Miki, helps patients coordinate their dental appointments and dental check insurance. We are a family business in working for the local community, not a dental chain. 

When you come in for your dental visits, you will always see Dr. Hosaka. He is the only dentist who will take care of you at Hosaka Family Dental. Dr. Hosaka does not own any other dental offices or businesses. He directs all of his working energy toward his dental office. 

Hosaka Family Dental: Dental Care You Can Count On

He focuses on making Hosaka Family Dental a comfortable, friendly atmosphere and strives to be your dentist for life. As part of that theme, we have strived to keep a small staff count that has been with the office for many years, so that you can get to know each of us. Please take a look at our staff biography page to learn more about Dr. Hosaka, Miki, Ana, Chandler, Kathy, and Julie. 

If you haven’t already, take a photo tour of our  dental office. We are in a stand-alone building near downtown Smyrna, with a dedicated parking lot just for our patients. 

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If you ever need to speak to Dr. Hosaka for anything related to your dental visits, he will be there for you. Please call our Smyrna, GA dental office to get to know us at your next dental visit. 

Children's Dentistry

Yes! We see patients from all age groups so that everyone in the family is able to be seen by Dr. Hosaka and get their teeth cleaned by Kathy and Julie, our hygienists.

There is no minimum age that our patients have to be. Dr. Hosaka is very patient and understands that a dental visit can be difficult for young patients, so he likes to talk through and explain everything he is doing to help his patients feel comfortable.

What To Expect From Your Family Dentist In Smyrna, GA

Here is a walkthrough of a typical dental visit for your child:

  • Pick out a fun video for your child to watch on our in-room TV
  • Wear some cool sunglasses for eye protection
  • Gently clean and polish teeth using a toothbrush or soft rubber cup
  • Take two x-rays if your child can comfortably do them (Typically done once per year)
  • Dr. Hosaka does his “tooth counting” exam and checks for any wiggly teeth (Check for cavities, make sure teeth are erupting as scheduled for your child’s age, check general alignment and determine the need for braces)
  • Dr. Hosaka discusses with the parent any concerns as well as discusses diet to minimize cavity risk, if needed

Call Today To Book Your Child's Dental Appointment

The last step of the dental appointment is your child gets a big high-five and picks out a toy from our treasure box! Contact Hosaka Family Dental today to schedule your child's next dental appointment and experience dental care you can count on. 

Emergency Dental Care

They are an amazing technology that shows Dr. Hosaka what can be happening in between your teeth and under your gums that simply cannot be assessed by looking into your mouth. 

How Do Dental X-Rays At Hosaka Family Dental Work?

Many times, problems with teeth and gums are not visible just by visual exam, especially when problems are just starting. For example, small cavities that are growing in between teeth are usually undetectable without the use of x-rays to see these areas. By the time a cavity like this has grown large enough to see visually, a large portion of the tooth has decayed, and there may be breakage of the tooth. 

Without reviewing a good quality, full set of recent x-rays, we can only make an incomplete evaluation of your oral health. Dental practice standards require Dr. Hosaka and all dentists to complete a full exam with x-rays before doing routine cleanings. If emergency treatment is needed, we can focus on just the area that needs treatment.

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Our office uses digital x-rays that are safer and more efficient than traditional film x-rays. We also use a lead apron to protect the rest of your body, so the exposure to radiation is minimal. 

Dr. Hosaka will review your x-rays with you on the TV screen that is installed in each room. If you want to learn more about Hosaka Family Dental, contact our friendly dental office in Smyrna, GA to get your smile journey started.

Prevention, Dental Cleanings, and Gum Disease

We will always try to find the soonest time that works for you. In many cases, we may have spots for same-day appointments at Hosaka Family Dental in Smyrna, GA.

What To Expect From Your First Dental Visit In Smyrna, GA

If you are a new patient to the practice looking to get a dental checkup and cleaning, we strive to complete all necessary new patient x-rays, exam, and cleaning at your first visit. These visits, including your cleaning, typically take about 1 hour to 1 ½ hours. If there is any treatment that will be needed, Dr. Hosaka will discuss the treatment with you, and we will provide you an estimate of costs before any treatment is started. 

Due to the nature of a first visit being more detailed and taking longer than the six-months checkup, we encourage you to call the office at 770-435-3100 to see when our earliest availability will be.

If you have access to recent dental x-rays, please have your previous dentist send them to your personal email address. Then you can forward them to us. This is usually the easiest way for us to get your x-rays. Due to privacy laws, you may need to sign a form at your previous dentist, if we try to request your x-rays for you. 

Hosaka Family Dental Will Help You Solve Your Dental Problems

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please call our office at 770-435-3100 before noon to be seen for an exam the same day. 

We will do our best to fix your problem or make you more comfortable when you come in. We will focus on the problem area, doing an exam, and any x-rays needed to diagnose the problem. Dr. Hosaka will then let you know about your options and costs for your dental treatment. Many times we will have time to do treatment on the same day. Call your family dentist in Smyrna, GA today to experience the Hosaka Family Dental difference.

They are an amazing technology that shows Dr. Hosaka what can be happening in between your teeth and under your gums that simply cannot be assessed by looking into your mouth. 

How Do Dental X-Rays At Hosaka Family Dental Work?

Many times, problems with teeth and gums are not visible just by visual exam, especially when problems are just starting. For example, small cavities that are growing in between teeth are usually undetectable without the use of x-rays to see these areas. By the time a cavity like this has grown large enough to see visually, a large portion of the tooth has decayed, and there may be breakage of the tooth. 

Without reviewing a good quality, full set of recent x-rays, we can only make an incomplete evaluation of your oral health. Dental practice standards require Dr. Hosaka and all dentists to complete a full exam with x-rays before doing routine cleanings. If emergency treatment is needed, we can focus on just the area that needs treatment.

Call Our Dental Office In Smyrna, GA To Learn More

Our office uses digital x-rays that are safer and more efficient than traditional film x-rays. We also use a lead apron to protect the rest of your body, so the exposure to radiation is minimal. 

Dr. Hosaka will review your x-rays with you on the TV screen that is installed in each room. If you want to learn more about Hosaka Family Dental, contact our friendly dental office in Smyrna, GA to get your smile journey started.

Tooth Fillings

 

Tooth colored fillings are one of the most common procedures done at Hosaka Family Dental. Dr. Hosaka uses tooth colored fillings to repair teeth that have been broken down by cavities and breakage. The tooth colored filling is used to replace lost parts of the tooth. It allows the repair of teeth to their natural shape and color. 

 

Here is a walkthrough of a typical filling appointment, and the details of how a filling is placed.
Each of our dental treatments rooms is equipped with a big screen TV. We can play something on the TV so you can relax with a show or your favorite music. Once you are comfortable, we will start the tooth numbing process. Most teeth that need fillings are numbed for the procedure. These include teeth with cavities and teeth that needs fillings replaced. Teeth with small chips, like a front tooth that needs the biting edge repaired, usually do not need to be numbed. When a cavity or old filling needs to be removed from a tooth, the tooth can feel sensitive during the removal process, so local anesthetic is used to put the tooth to sleep during the procedure. 

Dr. Hosaka can verify that a tooth is numb by testing the tooth with a cold spray test. He will place a cold cotton swab on the tooth. If the tooth cannot feel any cold, it means that the tooth has become numb.

The dental assistant will place a topical numbing jelly near the tooth that needs work. This helps to numb the gum before a shot is used to place the numbing medicine. After the numbing starts to work, the tooth will not feel any sensitivity or pain during the procedure. While waiting for the numbing medicine to work, the shade of filling material to be used will be selected to match the tooth. Tooth colored filling material is available in a variety of different tooth colors. 

For most fillings, Dr. Hosaka uses a special suction device called a “dryshield” or “isolite” during the procedure. The device is a soft silicone wedge that is gently inserted in between the upper and lower teeth to help support the jaw during the procedure. This allows the patient to bite and rest on the wedge instead of straining to open during the entire procedure. The device also has a small flap to keep the tongue out of the way. The device connects to our suction line to suck away the water and debris inside the mouth. 

It is very important to keep the tooth dry while placing the filling. The tooth colored filling cannot be placed successfully if the tooth becomes wet with saliva. The suction device helps Dr. Hosaka work efficiently and achieve a good result. 

The tooth is then shaped to remove tooth decay or old filling material. During this part of the procedure, Dr. Hosaka concentrates on being minimally invasive, to preserve as much of the healthy tooth material as possible. Since the tooth is numb, the patient only feels vibration during the procedure, no sensitivity or pain.

Once the tooth is cleaned and shaped, Dr. Hosaka may place a shaping tool around the tooth to help him shape the filling material correctly. He then places a desensitizing medicine to soothe the tooth. After that, he places a special agent that prepares the tooth surface to accept the filling material. He uses a dental curing light to activate the material. The tooth colored filling is then placed and shaped to the correct contour to match the tooth. The material joins, or bonds to the tooth after it is activated by the curing light. 

The filling procedure is almost done after the filling is placed. Dr. Hosaka shapes and polishes the filling. He checks the tooth with floss and also checks the bite with a marking paper. Once the bite is correct, he will polish the tooth again.

He can then show you the awesome result!

If you have any questions about a filling appointment, please contact Dr. Hosaka at Hosaka Family Dental today

 

Have you ever had a tooth feel sensitive while eating? Sometimes teeth that have had fillings may feel sensitive to chewing pressure, cold or hot foods, and sweets. Dr. Ryo Hosaka at Hosaka Family Dental has treated many patients with sensitive teeth. 

Fillings are placed in teeth to repair areas of the tooth that have been lost to decay or breakage. The filling, both tooth colored and metal, rebuild the lost tooth areas and also seals the inner part of the tooth from food and germs. The inner part of the tooth, called the dentin, is more sensitive than the outer enamel layer of the tooth. When cold foods or sweets reaches the inner part of the tooth it can feel very sensitive. 

One of the most common causes of tooth filling sensitivity is due to the seal between the filling and the tooth becoming compromised. Unfortunately, this seal usually does not last forever after a filling is placed. Once the seal is failing, foods and germs can seep into the space between the filling and tooth, causing sensitivity. If left alone, eventually new tooth decay may start. Most of the time, replacing the filling or protecting the entire tooth with a crown will reseal the tooth and allow you to chew eat without discomfort again.

Teeth that have very large filling replacing a majority of the tooth may become weak and start to develop cracks. Cracks will allow seepage of food and germs into the inner part of the tooth. These kinds of cracks are usually not easily visible but the result is consistently felt while eating. A cracked tooth is usually consistently sensitive to chewing and to having cold foods. If the crack gets very deep, it may reach the nerve at the center of the tooth causing aching and throbbing. 

It’s best to protect a cracking tooth as soon as possible to prevent injury to the tooth nerve or fracture of the tooth. A dental crown is the next step up from a filling. While the filling just patches the bad part of the tooth, a crown is a tooth-shaped covering that fits exactly onto the tooth, surrounding it from all sides to protect it. Once placed, the crown prevents the crack in the tooth from separating and getting deeper. Usually, this treatment will resolve the tooth sensitivity. 

Sometimes, a tooth that has gotten a new filling can feel sensitive. There can be several causes. 
The gums around the tooth can be irritated during the filling procedure, making the area feel tender. This tenderness usually goes away after a few days as the gum heals. 

The most common reason a tooth needs to get a filling is because of tooth decay. The decay is removed from the tooth during the procedure. The removal of decay, while necessary, can be irritating to the tooth, especially if the decay is deep, close to the nerve. A tooth can become sensitive after the filling procedure, even if the tooth felt normal before the filling was done. This sensitivity can last a days or weeks, and in more rare cases, several months. As long as the sensitivity is improving by day by day or week by week, this is a good sign.

Near the end of the filling procedure, the bite is checked to make sure the opposing tooth is not hitting hard on the new filling. Most of the time, the bite can be dialed in accurately, but sometimes, the patient may need to use the tooth and filling for a few days to see if it comfortable. If a new filling is high, it could make the tooth feel sensitive to chewing pressure or temperature. 
 
If you need help any new or existing sensitivity, Dr. Hosaka would love to help. Please call or text 770-435-3100 to schedule a visit.

If you have a tooth that has tooth decay or a broken area, a dental filling can be used to repair the tooth. For many years, the main type of filling material used to fill teeth was a metal-based filling material called amalgam.  As dental techniques and technology have improved, tooth colored filling materials have become available. Dr. Hosaka mainly uses tooth colored fillings at Hosaka Family Dental. 

The most obvious advantage of tooth colored fillings is that they can be placed to look great, just like your natural tooth. Tooth colored filling material is available in many different tooth shades. Prior to starting the filling procedure, Dr. Hosaka will use a tooth shade guide to determine your tooth color and select the shade of filling material that best matches the tooth in need of repair. Sometimes, he will select several different shades to use in the same tooth to match the natural variation in color that teeth can have.  

After selecting the correct filling shade, the tooth needs to be shaped and the filling needs to be placed with great care and skill in order to achieve the optimal cosmetic results. The filling material needs to be shaped correctly and blended carefully with the natural tooth to achieve a seamless result. Dr. Hosaka has trained extensively during his dental education as well as throughout his career to improve his technique in placing tooth colored fillings.

Another reason Dr. Hosaka prefers to use tooth colored fillings, is that they allow him to be minimally invasive compared to metal fillings. There is usually less drilling on the tooth involved when placing tooth colored fillings, compared to metal fillings. Tooth colored fillings are also commonly called “bondings.” When the tooth colored filling is placed, different agents are placed on the tooth to allow the filling to bond, or join the tooth. Because of this special property, tooth colored filling can be placed and shaped in a way to minimize drilling of the tooth. A metal filling does not bond to the tooth. Instead, it is packed into a hole or recess in the tooth. It just sits in the tooth. Because of this, the tooth has to be drilled and shaped in a certain way, at the expense of healthy tooth material, before a metal filling can be placed. Metal fillings placed in teeth tend to be larger in area compared to tooth colored fillings. 
Both tooth colored fillings and metal fillings can last a long time if properly cared for. However, metal fillings can stain the tooth a greyish color over time. Since the metal filling is a dark grey color to begin with, teeth with metal fillings, especially teeth that show when smiling, can look discolored and dark. Tooth colored filling can allow the tooth to keep its natural white color. 

Most metal fillings placed today contain mercury, tin, silver, and copper. Although the Food and Drug Administration has deemed metal fillings to be safe, some people prefer not to have any metal components inside their mouth.

If you would like to know more about tooth fillings, please contact us today.

 

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