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If one of your teeth doesn’t look as good as it used to, a crown can make it look like new. Porcelain crowns, in particular, are the ideal restorative option for a number of reasons. Take a moment to explore how getting porcelain crowns at the Honolulu, HI cosmetic dental office of Dr. Wynn Okuda can restore both the look and function of your teeth.
In most cases, when there are one or two problem teeth, one of the first solutions your dentist will consider is crowns. Dental crowns are a replacement for the outer enamel of a tooth that’s healthy on the inside. When all of the teeth are strong, they support each other and improve the overall function of your mouth. The addition of just one crown can make your smile considerably stronger and healthier.
Crowns can be created using metal and ceramic material, but porcelain is the material of choice for most dentists. That’s because it has a combination of durability, resiliency and good looks that is unmatched by other dental materials. Porcelain is very smooth and feels as natural as human tooth enamel. Dr. Okuda specializes in porcelain crown installations at his Honolulu cosmetic dental office.
The Crown Placement Procedure
You’ll have to visit your dentist at least two times to have a crown installed. At one appointment, the outer enamel layer will be removed to make room for the device. An impression will be made and a temporary acrylic crown will be added to preserve the spacing of your teeth. At the follow-up appointment, the newly fashioned permanent crown made of porcelain will be bonded to the surface using a strong dental bonding agent.
Does Your Smile Need Restoring?
A porcelain crown can do wonders for restoring the appearance and function of your teeth. Some patients forget that they even have a crown after a while because they look so natural and blend in with the rest of your teeth. Call (808) 734-1099 today to schedule a visit to Dr. Okuda’s Honolulu, HI cosmetic dentistry.
Let porcelain crowns restore strength and function back into a broken or decaying tooth.
It can be frustrating to find out from our Honolulu dentist, Dr. Wynn Okuda, that you are dealing with a broken, decaying or infected tooth. Many people that come into our office complaining of dental pain are often dealing with damage that has reached the inside of the tooth. If you are dealing with this issue find out more about dental crowns and how they can help.
What is a dental crown?
While dental crowns have been around for a very long time, the magic of advanced dental technology has been able to design crowns that truly look just like the crown of a real tooth. These hollow tooth-shaped caps are custom-designed to fit over your tooth to become its new and improve outer surface.
Why do I need a dental crown?
Imagine how weak a damaged tooth is, whether from injury, serious decay or an infection. Imagine how easy it would be to further damage a tooth that is already not as strong as it should be. Now you know why a dental crown is needed. A dental crown can fully restore function and strength back into a tooth that so desperately needs it.
Our Honolulu general dentist wants to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible, but since it’s damaged the best way to do this is often through a dental crown. By placing the crown over the tooth and cementing it into place we can breathe new life back into your smile.
While dental crowns are often restorative in nature they may also be used for aesthetic purposes as well. While less common, a crown may be placed over a tooth that is severely malformed, uneven or discolored. If the tooth cannot benefit from veneers, teeth whitening or other cosmetic treatments than we may recommend getting a dental crown to improve your tooth’s appearance.
Have questions about dental crowns? Want to find out if they are right for you? Then call our Honolulu dental office today to schedule your consultation.
This is not your father’s dental office.
Within the last decade, the cosmetic dentistry profession has evolved at great speed.
At our office, art and science have merged to deliver a complete care package. We don’t just fix broken crowns or do root canals – we enhance a person’s lifestyle and well-being. Procedures range from simple teeth bleaching to porcelain veneers to complex full-mouth reconstruction. They address a patient’s desire to close gaps or straighten teeth, have a brighter smile, replace missing teeth or aged restorations, or have a more youthful, natural or elegant looking smile.
THE IMPORTANCE OF A HEALTHY AND ATTRACTIVE SMILE
According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), virtually all Americans (99.7 percent) believe a smile is an important social asset, while 96 percent of adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex. Three-quarters (74 percent) of adults feel an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for career success.
The demand for cosmetic dentistry has increased as the public becomes more educated about the power of healthy teeth and an attractive smile. Within the last five years, teeth bleaching procedures have increased 300 percent and porcelain veneer procedures have increased 250 percent.
It is of the utmost importance to my staff and me to be at the forefront of this evolution, and to help transform the way people perceive the dental profession.
IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF THE DENTAL EXPERIENCE FOR PATIENTS
After some pretty horrifying experiences at the dentist’s office as a child – I can remember one instance where I actually ran and hid in terror – I decided in the seventh grade that I wanted to become a new kind of dentist. I was determined to heal the anxiety and fear many people associate with dental work.
And, I have always had a love for art. Several years into my dental career I realized there is a connection between art and dentistry. Cosmetic Dentistry has been a natural fit for me in blending my two interests.
Over the next several years, we began exploring ways to further improve the dental experience. As stated in a Wall Street Journal article, we helped to pioneer the Spa Dentistry concept which has become a popular trend throughout the world. The Dental Day Spa helps those with high dental anxiety to have dentistry done in a safe and comfortable environment. We pamper patients with massage therapy, aroma- and audio-therapy, aesthetician services, movies during dental treatment, catered lunches, computer access to the Internet and e-mail, even limousine service, to create a “WOW” experience. The concept is becoming more popular today as practitioners realize the patient’s need to relax and feel comfortable while having dental procedures.
PATIENTS ALSO BENEFIT FROM STATE-OF-THE-ART DENTAL TECHNOLOGY
However, it’s also extremely important that we focus daily on maintaining the highest credentials, education and training possible. As the dental profession grows, this should be Priority #1 for anyone seeking cosmetic dentistry services as well. I am proud to be the first AACD Board Accredited cosmetic dentist on Oahu. I spend a significant amount of time lecturing for dental associations and universities nationally and around the world (in Japan, Australia and Singapore, among others), and writing articles for dental trade publications to continue to share my knowledge with other dental professionals.
Not only does this help others in the field, but it helps us to keep our practice at the forefront of global technology, letting us employ world-class knowledge right here in Honolulu (for instance, we unveiled some of the latest technology from Australia). Maintaining a global network has also allowed me to influence product development. As an example, we worked with a manufacturer in Japan to develop bleach specifically for sensitive teeth, making the popular procedure available to many more people.
Like any profession, the cosmetic dental industry faces challenges. One challenge is the word “cosmetic.” It can mistakenly imply “all fluff and no substance.” In actuality, people are either born with or acquire cosmetic dental problems as they go through life, and many of these problems are serious enough to affect health, bite, mouth comfort or self-esteem. That in turn can interfere with career success, relationships and enjoyment of life.
In consideration of this challenge, it may be more accurate to use the terms “dental rejuvenation” or “restorative dentistry.” With the tremendous technology employed in cosmetic dental procedures, facial rejuvenation can be achieved in making a person look 10 years younger in as little as two visits. The end result to cosmetic dentistry, when done correctly, can be extremely natural and long lasting. We balance health, science, function and esthetics, treating the whole patient so they can live their best life. I believe this is a good formula for long-term success.
STRIVING FOR EXCELLENT QUALITY DENTISTRY WHILE PROVIDING A POSITIVE DENTAL EXPERIENCE
Every day I’m thrilled by the feedback my patients give us, which further inspires me to strive for excellent quality dentistry while creating a positive experience for patients. We’ve had patients who haven’t been to a dentist in decades because of their anxiety, and we’ve been able to successfully and comfortably treat them, changing their whole outlook on dental care. Just recently after a procedure, I asked a patient how it went for her. She was so comfortable she had fallen asleep! That’s really validating for me.
I have a vested interest in maintaining impeccable standards in cosmetic dentistry. One of the most effective tools is public education. The more people know, the better equipped they are to seek out and demand excellence. I advise anyone interested in having cosmetic dental work done to first ask friends, relatives and co-workers for recommendations. Research credentials and accreditation online. Make an appointment for a consultation before any work is done. Look at Before and After photos of work personally done by the dentist.
This sets the stage for Patient and Dentist to work together for the best possible results. That’s the essence of good dentistry.
In the July 2000 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), Dr. Okuda’s restorative dentistry article, titled “Using a modified subopaquing technique to treat highly discolored dentition” was featured. This landmark article discussed and illustrated the corrective treatment for patients with extensive tooth staining (darkened teeth) due to trauma, decay, medication-related (tetracycline, etc.), or birth-related causes. This article teaches dentists how to recreate a “natural” esthetic end result using Dr. Okuda’s conservative treatment. JADA is the scientific publication for the 145,000 member dentists of the American Dental Association.