About Dr. Gum
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Your dental appointments are essential to your health. Your appointments are reserved especially for you, whether you are seeing Dr. Gum or one of our excellent hygienists. We plan our day around you keeping your appointments, which are often booked months in advance; therefore, it is important that you confirm your appointment so that we can count on you being here. If you fail to confirm your dental appointment at least 48 hours in advance, we will have to assume that you will not be showing up and will give your appointment to another patient who values our time and the care that we provide. The email and text confirmations sent out before every appointment make it very easy for you to take 10 seconds to reply. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
To cancel or reschedule your appointment, we ask that you notify us at least 48 hours prior so we can try to fill your appointment time with another patient. There is an $80 late cancellation fee that will be applied when appointments are cancelled or rescheduled within 48 hours. We do understand that emergencies or unforeseen circumstances do arise, so the fee is applied with discretion. If appointments are repeatedly missed, we reserve the right to dismiss you as a patient.
Masks within the office are optional for patients and staff. Staff working with patients in an operatory are still required to wear masks. If you have tested positive for Covid-19, we require that you wait at least 5 days after the first day you test positive before coming into our office. Please treat exposures to Covid-19 the same, and wait at least 5 days before coming to the office.
We currently do not have any restrictions based on travel.
We currently accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Apple/Samsung Pay, Cash, or check. We will also accept CareCredit.
No. We do not perform services before having you established as a patient with our practice. The only exception is in the case of a dental emergency, or an issue that causes pain.
Before you come in for your first appointment, you will need to fill out the new patient paperwork. This can be found under “Patient Resources” in our drop-down menu.
- Cavity prevention and repair
- Gum-disease prevention and treatment
- Crowns & Bridges (including implant restoration)
- Teeth whitening
- Emergency dental care
- Stainless steel crowns (only for pediatric patients)
We offer ZOOM whitening in office, or offer an at-home option.
Zoom teeth whitening is the process of eliminating stubborn tooth discoloration from your smile. It begins with your dentist protecting your gums with a rubber shield. Then he paints the whitening gel onto the front surfaces of your teeth. When your smile is covered, he will activate the solution with a special ultraviolet light. This will make the whitening chemicals penetrate your teeth and break up the stains. Your dentist will repeat these steps to provide the best results possible. You will go home with bleach trays and a pack of bleach gel to touch-up your teeth at home.
The other option, at-home whitening, only consists of the bleach trays and bleach gel. It will be up to you to bleach at home to reach your desired shade.
Please keep in mind that the bleach gel will only whiten natural teeth. It will not work on fillings, crowns, bridges, or veneers.
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please call us at the office. If we have availability, our priority will be to bring you into the office to get you out of pain. If we have no availability, we will refer you to another dentist who may be able to see you.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911.
Check with your doctor to see if you have any restrictions following a surgery.
Our office is located in the Kamalani Tower in the Medical Arts Building. Our address is 1010 S. King St. #403, Honolulu, HI 96814. We are on the corner of Victoria St. and King St.
We accept any PPO insurance plan. We participate with HDS/Delta PPO, HMSA/Grid Network, HMAA, United Concordia (including Tri-care).
We do accept patients who do not have insurance; however, these patients will receive our regular rates. They will not be offered the provider adjustment. If your insurance has been maxed for the benefit period, depending on your carrier/plan, you could be offered the provider adjustment, and the rest of your balance will be expected to be out of pocket.
We will offer payment in installments on a case-by-case basis. We also accept CareCredit as another form of planned payments.
Payment is always expected at the time of service. The only exceptions are for those individuals with previously discussed cases who will pay in installments.
The first appointment for a new patient will be a 90-minute appointment. It will consist of a consultation with the doctor, a full mouth series of x-rays, photos, charting of previously completed dental work, and periodontal-charting (measuring gum pocket depths). After this appointment is completed, a week or two later (dependent on availability of appointments), you will come back for another consultation with the doctor to go over the information gathered from the first visit, any restorative/cosmetic work that will need to be done, then you will see a hygienist for a cleaning.
We currently do not allow online booking. However, you can request appointment times and services by clicking “Request Appointment” on our home page.
Family dentistry provides dental care to people of all ages. Family dentistry addresses oral health at every stage of life. It focuses on ensuring a positive dental experience for each member of the family. We offer a full menu of services to patients of all ages, from newborns to elders.
We perform cleanings on patients of all ages. Our hygienists can offer a routine cleaning, a deep cleaning (also known as scaling and root-planing), or periodontal maintenance.
A regular dental check up is important because it helps keep your teeth and gums healthy. You should have a regular dental visit at least every 6 months or as recommended by your dental professional. Teeth cleaning can help with the following:
- Problem Detection
Regular teeth cleanings help us catch small problems with your teeth, gums and mouth that would probably go undetected until becoming more serious.
We’ve just described a regular cleaning above. What many people refer to as a deep cleaning is also known as scaling and root-planing. Unless you have gum disease, you don’t need a deep cleaning. If you do have gum disease that has progressed beyond a mild case of gingivitis, then a deep cleaning is a way to remove the infection that is now beneath the gum line. Keep up with your regular cleanings and a good home brushing and flossing routine, and you are much less likely to ever need a deep cleaning.
Periodontal maintenance is the type of cleaning that a patient who has had a deep cleaning will need. These cleanings help remove tartar from between the teeth and gums all the way down each tooth, stopping where the gums meet the root and bone. Your hygienist will also irrigate these pockets between your teeth and gums to flush out bacteria. These cleanings are usually for patients who come in 3-4 times a year, after their deep cleaning.
There is parking available on the Young St. side of the building. We will validate parking for the length of your appointment with us.
Dentistry is important to maintaining your oral health. Your oral health can be indicative of your overall health. Untreated cavities, abscesses, severe decay, or missing teeth can all increase your likelihood of developing heart disease.
Yes! We sell Oral-B toothbrushes and their replacement brush heads, Clinpro fluoride toothpaste, bleach gel, MI paste, and more.
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- Monday 8:00am - 5:00pm
- Tuesday 8:00am - 5:00pm
- Wednesday 8:00am - 6:00pm
- Thursday 8:00am - 2:00pm
- Friday 8:00am - 2:00pm
- Saturday Closed
- Sunday Closed