Lihue Dental Services
Dr. Terry Allen is a dedicated dentist offering over 40 years of experience to the residents of Kauai and Niihau — he’s happy, knowledgeable, interested, and most of all, knows how to provide quality dentistry.
A long-time Kauai resident, he was the Red Cross go-to for emergency dental aid after Hurricane Iniki. Dr. Allen is a past President of the Kauai Dental Society, and also the Poipu Beach Rotary Club.
While in dental school, Dr. Allen founded the first free non-profit dental clinic for children in Washington State in 1969 which today has grown to five clinics. Dr. Allen graduated with a Doctoral of Dental Surgery from the University of Washington in 1972.
Lihue Dental Services Include:
- Teeth cleaning – Teeth cleaning is an important part of oral hygiene and includes the removal of dental plaque from teeth with the purpose of preventing cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. This procedure is done by one of our three experienced dental hygienists.
- Dentures – A partial or complete set of removable artificial teeth for either the upper or lower jaw. Also known as a dental plate.
- Gum disease treatment – Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and can destroy the bone that supports your teeth. Treatment will be used to thoroughly remove tartar and bacteria in the pockets around the teeth and to prevent damage to the surrounding bone.
- Mouth guards – A mouth guard is a device for the mouth that protects the teeth and gums to prevent injury to the teeth, arches, lips and gums. A mouth guard is most often used in contact sports, as a treatment for tooth-grinders, and for TMD or TJM.
- Oral surgery – Oral surgery includes the extraction of teeth, bone grafting, soft tissue grafting, dental implants, or adjustment of soft and hard tissue. The most common form are extractions, which could involve removing broken down teeth that cannot be saved, or wisdom teeth.
- Restorative care – A restoration (a filling) is when a repair is completed for the function of the tooth by replacing missing or damaged tooth structure.
- Sealants – Dental sealants are a thin plastic layer that are placed on the chewing surface of the permanent back teeth (premolars and molars) which seal the tooth and help prevent decay.
- TMD/TMJ therapy – (Temporomandibular Joint Disorders) The temporomandibular joint is a ball and socket joint in your jaw. When this joint is, or becomes misaligned this can attribute to an array of symptoms that can affect you entire body. Each individual will require an assessment to determine what treatment is best for you.
- Root canal/Endodontics – Root canal treatment is suggested when the pulp (soft tissue inside teeth that contain nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels) becomes diseased or swollen. This treatment requires your dentist to remove the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canals of the tooth are then debrided, cleaned and sealed. If the infected pulp is not removed, increased inflammation and pain can result, and if left untreated, may require extraction of the tooth.
- Dental implants – Dental implants are the most comfortable and permanent solution for missing teeth. They form a strong foundation for teeth and keep the jaw healthy and strong. Implants support individual replacement teeth or secure specialized dentures in place. Unlike most bridges, implants can last a lifetime and are attractive, stable, and comfortable for most patients.
- Extraction – Removal of a tooth or teeth. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have cracked in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
- Periodontal surgery – Periodontal surgery treats disease or repair abnormalities in the periodontium and associated teeth. This can be used to treat a “gummy” smile, uneven gum line, exposed roots and/or receded gums.
- Bleaching/whitening – Teeth whitening is the process in which bleach or other solutions are used to give teeth a whiter appearance. The bleach removes stains or other discolorations from the surfaces of the teeth.
- Bonding – Tooth bonding is the application of a tooth-colored resin material using adhesives and a high intensity curing light. Bonding is typically used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth, to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth longer, or to change the shape or color of teeth.
- Crowns and bridges – Crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices used to replace missing teeth. They are different from removable devices such as dentures because crowns and bridges are cemented permanently onto existing teeth or implants.
- Contouring and reshaping – Dental reshaping and contouring is a procedure that can be done to correct crooked teeth, cracked/chipped teeth or overlapping teeth.
- Veneers – Dental veneers are a thin, custom made shell of tooth-colored material created for the purpose of covering the front surface of teeth to improve the overall aesthetic appearance. These shells are bonded with dental cement and can change the color, size, length, or shape of the teeth.