Okuda Cosmetic Dentistry Blog
That missing tooth could be affecting more than your smile. According to Hawaii’s premiere cosmetic dentist, missing teeth can cause other problems that you may not be aware of.
Dr. Wynn Okuda has been recognized with an accredited fellowship with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and an expert when it comes to Cosmetic Dentistry. The AACD is the largest organization of its kind in the world with almost 7,000 members.
Dr. Okuda explains that for every missing tooth that you have you will lose nearly 10 percent of your chewing ability.
When a tooth is lost, it decreases its efficiency. When you lose a tooth, it can place stress on your other teeth. If you have lost your ability to chew, you may swallow food that has not been properly digested. This could lead to both stomach and digestive problems. Missing teeth may also mean that you cannot enjoy some of your favorite foods because you just cannot chew them anymore.
Other problems can also occur if you have missing teeth. If you have a lower tooth that has been extracted, the opposing tooth on the top will grow longer to fill the gap left by the missing tooth. Known as superuption or extrusion the teeth on the opposing side can tilt or move out of place drifting into the space that was left by your missing tooth. This makes it harder to brush and floss leaving your teeth prone to gum disease and tooth decay.
People who have multiple teeth missing could suffer from a collapsed bite along with a loss of the vertical dimension. This means that the distance between the tip of your nose and your chin will decrease making your face appear shorter.
Thankfully, you do not have to put up with a missing tooth or missing teeth. Dental Implants are always the first choice when it comes to tooth replacement, and that is where Dr. Wynn Okuda comes in. As an expert in Cosmetic Dentistry, he can advise you on the best procedure for your particular situation. Dr. Okuda recommends that you have your missing tooth replaced as quickly as possible to avoid any problems.
If you would like more information regarding Dental Implants and tooth replacement call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Okuda today.
Find out if dental crowns are the right treatment option for your smile.
A damaged smile can be a major stressor for anyone. Whether an injury is the cause of a broken tooth or severe decay is to blame, there are many cases in which you will need to see your Honolulu cosmetic dentist Dr. Wynn Okuda for treatment. Find out more about dental crowns and their purpose.
When are crowns recommended?
There are so many dental restorations that it can be difficult to know which one is right for you and your smile. That’s where your dentist in Honolulu comes in. We are here to help you decide whether dental crowns are the right option for you. Here are the most common issues that warrant a dental crown:
- A cracked or broken tooth
- A damaged or weakened tooth
- A severely misshapen or discolored tooth
- To cover a dental implant
- To anchor a dental bridge in place
- To protect a tooth after a root canal
You may not always know that you need a dental crown, which is why visiting us every six months is the best way to determine whether your smile requires some dental work. A dental crown can be made from a variety of different materials including,
The main purpose of a dental crown is to be cemented over the entire crown of a real tooth to restore full function and strength back into a tooth that may have sustained damage that is more extensive than a dental filling can handle. With the proper care, dental crowns can last up to 15 years or more.
When should I consider getting dental crowns?
If you have a broken or fractured tooth, or you are dealing with a tooth that is badly misshapen or discolored then dental crowns may be a good option for reviving your smile. Also, if you are planning to get a dental bridge or dental implant to replace one or more missing teeth then dental crowns will also be required.
Don’t ignore dental problems that require immediate care. Turn to your Honolulu, HI dental expert Dr. Okuda for all of your general and cosmetic dental needs. Call us today!
When you think of teeth and a beautiful smile in Hawaii Dr. Wynn Okuda, Hawaii’s most popular cosmetic dentist, probably pops into your head. Dr. Okuda, who has an accredited fellowship with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, treats people from all over the world and is known for his patient friendly facilities at his Dental Day spa in Honolulu. So well known is Dr. Okuda that Hawaii Luxury, a popular magazine sold all over the islands, asked his thoughts regarding the dental day spa experience.
Here is what Dr. Okuda had to say,
“We have people book appointments, just so they can get the extras,” Okuda says. Lengthier procedures mean even more TLC. For instance, the in-office spa room has a full-sized massage bed and aromatherapy equipment, making the hour-long massage some patients receive truly tension melting. Entering a procedure in a more relaxed state works wonders for the actual procedure.”
Okuda believes in the comfort of the patient and thanks to his, “Fear reduction,” practice, more people are coming to his dental day spa for procedures that they would be too petrified to consider in the past.
At Dr. Okuda’s dental day spa you can relax if you are having a no obligation cosmetic dentistry consultation as Dr. Okuda and his team will help you decide what cosmetic dental procedures would be best for your particular needs whether you have been considering porcelain veneers or have been toying with the idea of dental bonding.
Dr. Okuda is an expert when it comes to cosmetic dentistry and has received several accreditations and accolades helping everyone from beauty queens to television personalities get the smile that they deserve.
Accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Okuda is one of a handful of dentists around the world who have an accredited fellowship with the AACD worldwide. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry is the world’s largest cosmetic dental organization with nearly 7,000 members.
If you would like more information regarding Dr. Okuda and is dental day spa, call and schedule an appointment for a no obligation dental day spa consultation today.
If your smile is something that you are ashamed of, call or click and schedule an appointment with Hawaii’s best-known Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Wynn Okuda.
Dr. Okuda is an expert and master when it comes to dental veneers and can help you get your self-confidence back while giving you the smile that you deserve. Dental veneers are not created equal and if you want the procedure done the right way, call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Okuda who is one of only 350 dentists on the planet who accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. The AACD is the largest cosmetic dental organization in the world, with nearly 7,000 members.
Dental veneers are ultra thin and made out of porcelain or resin and can be used to repair chips, cracks, badly stained teeth that cannot be helped with tooth whitening, poorly aligned teeth and to fill the gap between your teeth. Comparable to your tooth enamel, dental veneers are strong and replicate the natural look of your own teeth.
During your dental veneer consultation, Dr. Okuda will make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy enough for dental veneers. If you are given the all clear, Dr. Okuda will also provide you with a smile analysis in order to determine if dental veneers are the right fit for you.
Also called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates, dental veneers are custom made to match the natural color of your teeth. Dental veneers cover the front surfaces of your teeth and are bonded directly to your natural teeth.
Porcelain veneers are more resistant to stains than resin veneers and will mimic the natural light reflecting properties better as well. Resin veneers are thinner than porcelain veneers and require less removal of the enamel on your teeth. When you schedule an appointment with Dr. Wynn Okuda for cosmetic dentistry in Hawaii, he will discuss the best materials for your particular needs.
If Dr. Okuda has determined that dental veneers are right for you, you will need two or three dental appointments. One for consultation, two to make your custom made dental veneers and a third appointment to bond your new veneers to your natural teeth.
Before your dental veneers are applied, Dr. Okuda will take pictures and x-rays and make a mold or impression of your teeth. Once the mold has been made, about ½ millimeter of your natural enamel will be removed to make way for the dental veneer. This is done to make room for the dental or porcelain veneer. You may or may not need a local anesthetic before this step occurs.
Before your new veneers are placed, Dr. Okuda will make sure that the color and fit is right before bonding. Once happy with placement, Dr. Okuda will clean, polish and etch the tooth to roughen it up allowing for a stronger bond.
A special bonding cement is applied to your new veneer before placing on your tooth. Once it has been positioned properly, Dr. Okuda will use a light or laser to harden the dental bonding materials.
Once your veneers have been placed, Dr. Okuda will remove any excess bonding cement before evaluating your bite and making final adjustments.
If you would like more information regarding dental or porcelain veneers, call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Wynn Okuda who can come up with the best solution for your new smile. Call or click today.
Find out what you can do to make sure you get the best whitening results.
Are you ready to get teeth whitening from your Honolulu, HI cosmetic dentist Dr. Wynn Okuda? Before you do here are some things you should consider to prepare yourself for your upcoming whitening session.
Have you been evaluated by your dentist?
While teeth whitening is a great cosmetic option for many patients, we want to make sure that it is indeed an ideal treatment for you. This means that you will need to schedule an evaluation with your Honolulu dentist beforehand to ensure that your dental stains are right for professional whitening and that you have a healthy smile that is free of decay or gum disease. If we do find that there are any dental issues, we will need to treat those problems before we can whiten your teeth.
Also, we mentioned determining if your dental stains are right for whitening. That’s because even the strength of professional bleaching gel is no match for internal stains. Only external stains cause by eating, drinking and smoking will respond best to this cosmetic treatment. Internal stains caused by trauma or long-term exposure to antibiotics will require a different cosmetic dentistry to get the whiter smile you want.
Do you have sensitive teeth?
Some patients do experience sensitivity after their whitening treatment. If you already deal with sensitive teeth then talk to your Honolulu, HI cosmetic dentist about brushing with desensitizing toothpaste a couple of weeks before your whitening treatment. These toothpastes can go a long way to reducing any sensitivity you may feel during or after your session. Feel free to talk to us about other options you may have to reduce your chance of sensitivity after in-office whitening.
Give yourself enough time
While the procedure itself only takes an hour this doesn’t involve any waiting, prep time or time after your procedure that you may need. The amount of time you spend with us will depend on the results you are looking to achieve. You may also need to come back in for follow-up visits, so make sure to take this into account.
Find out if your smile could benefit from professional in-office whitening from your Honolulu dentist. Contact our office today.
Learn how your Honolulu cosmetic dentist can make the most of your smile through crown lengthening.
Aligning and whitening aren't the only cosmetic dental procedures that improve the appearance of someone's smile. Crown lengthening is another cosmetic treatment regularly performed at Okuda Cosmetic Dentistry in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is used to correct an uneven gum-to-tooth ratio, which can give the appearance of having teeth that are too short with extensive gums. Dr. Wynn Okuda and his cosmetic dentistry professionals in Honolulu offer this service to patients who want to correct this problem.
What is crown lengthening?
Crown lengthening exposes more of the tooth surface by eliminating excess gum tissue. The procedure begins with your Honolulu cosmetic dentist identifying the portions of tissue that will expose more of the teeth upon removal. The area is thoroughly numbed, and the gum line is subsequently restructured, giving the patient a more natural and attractive appearance. Depending on your anatomy, the bone under the gums may need modification as well. After the procedure, the area will be fully cleaned, sutured and bandaged using a special dressing that stays in place for about a week or so; at this point, Dr. Okuda will evaluate your healing at a follow-up appointment at his cosmetic dentistry office in Honolulu. Although crown lengthening is considered to be a minimally invasive surgery, you may receive prescription medication to manage pain.
What are the results?
Once the healing process is complete, a natural-looking and proportional smile is the result. The overwhelming majority of Dr. Okuda's cosmetic dentistry patients in Honolulu are very happy with the way their teeth look after crown lengthening.
Are there other reasons to perform crown lengthening?
Sometimes the gum tissue covers a tooth to the extent that a crown or other dental restoration cannot be placed properly. For this reason, your Honolulu cosmetic dentist may perform the same periodontal procedure to remove and restructure that area. If a tooth has broken or become decayed below the gum line, crown lengthening can expose that area to prepare the tooth for further repairs.
If you think your gums detract from the appearance of your teeth, you might be an excellent candidate for crown lengthening. Call and make an appointment to discuss this treatment with Dr. Wynn Okuda, your Honolulu, Hawaii cosmetic dentist!
Genetics can determine your overall health, but most people have no idea that genetics can also have an impact on how your teeth will develop.
Microdontia is an oral health problem that is quite common. Small teeth are the first sign that you may be suffering from a disorder that usually runs in families.
Adults that have microdontia may have gaps between their small teeth. This makes it appear as if they still have their baby or primary teeth. If you have small teeth and suffer from microdontia, you may not be able to chew properly, or your teeth might not fit exactly as they should. Over time, this could cause wear and tear, but thanks to 21st century modern dental restoration techniques, there are some things that you can do to improve your smile and restore your teeth.
According to Dr. Wynn Okuda, one of the most well known cosmetic dentists in the world, what can be done really depends on how severe your microdontia actually is.
Dr. Wynn and his team will give you a thorough mouth exam before determining what types of cosmetic restoration would be best for your particular needs whether it be composite bonding or crowns. Dr. Okuda may also suggest porcelain veneers that can change the shape and size of your teeth. This will make them look like adult teeth instead of baby teeth.
Porcelain or composite veneers will not remove too much of your natural tooth structure and are quite conservative when it comes to cosmetic dental restorations. Composite bonding is normally used for people who have not made the decision to have porcelain veneers or are on a tight budget. However, it may be more cost effective in the long run, as composite bonding will not last as long as porcelain veneers that offer a superior appearance and more durability.
If you have decided that you would like to improve your toothy grin, even if you do not suffer from microdontia, the American Dental Association recommends that you visit a dentist, such as Dr. Okuda, who has the training, experience, and expertise when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. Some popular cosmetic restorations treatment options include:
Composites can be used for fillings, to repair cracks or fill in gaps. Composites are designed to match your own tooth color. Made from quartz filler, or a mixture of glass, composites can withstand moderate pressure and actually adhere to the tooth, which allows your dentist to be more conservative when it comes to repairs. This means that there will be less tooth structure removed.
Veneers are designed to fit over the top of your teeth. Used on the front teeth they are an excellent choice if you have stained, decayed, crooked, or chipped teeth. The custom-made thin shells are crafted from a model of your own teeth and then manufactured in a dental lab. Veneers are irreversible as it is necessary for your dentist to remove some of the enamel on your teeth in order to accommodate your dental veneers.
Crowns are used for a variety of restorations and can actually make a tooth stronger while improving the appearance. Crowns are used for large fillings and to attach bridges. Your dentist may also use a crown to protect a weak tooth and to cover teeth that are misshaped or discolored.
For more information regarding cosmetic dental restorations, please visit our website at www.cosmeticdentistryhawaii.com
You may have just had a checkup two months ago, but if you lose a filling, a tooth or are experiencing any other type of dental emergency, you need to get back to your dentist as soon as possible.
Your new smile complete with porcelain veneers isn’t foolproof, especially if you bit into that irresistible piece of peanut brittle. Your chipped veneer isn’t going to look so good at a party. Luckily, a chipped porcelain veneer can be fixed with the help of an Accredited Cosmetic Dentist.
Hawaii Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Wynn Okuda is certified to give you back your healthy smile even if you lost an entire veneer or two.
Taking care of your porcelain veneers is essential, but accidents do happen and that’s when you have a dental emergency on your hands. Once your dentist has done the necessary repairs, the rest of your restorations will be checked to make sure there isn’t a bigger problem.
According to the American Dental Association, dental veneers that come off or chip could be occurring because of bite problems. If you grind or clench your teeth when you are sleeping or during the day when you are stressed, you could be causing problems for your porcelain veneers.
Proper or adequate tooth preparation before the procedure may also be to blame. Unless you were treated by a Board Accredited cosmetic dentist, your veneers may have been poorly placed. If preparation was not done properly, the support for the veneer may be inadequate making it more susceptible to chips, cracks, and fractures.
The cement that attaches the veneer to the tooth could be contaminated; this is usually caused by water seeping in during the bonding process. Once this occurs the bond becomes weaker causing your porcelain veneers to literally fall off.
Chips and cracks can be avoided if you are thoughtful about what you put in your mouth. Never chew on ice, pens or anything that would be hard on your natural teeth. Your porcelain veneers are certainly not as strong and can crack or chip.
If you have an emergency, or simply haven’t had your porcelain veneers checked lately, schedule an appointment with your dentist who will make sure that your beautiful remains for years to come.
Misaligned teeth can have negative effects on a person's entire life. Learn which cosmetic dental procedures can help straighten your teeth and improve your life.
If you've been taking steps to avoid mirrors or hide your crooked teeth from others, it might be time to consider a cosmetic dental procedure to fix this common but unsightly problem. Dr. Wynn Okuda and his team at The Dental Day Spa in Honolulu, Hawaii provide a number of cosmetic dentistry procedures, each one aimed at restoring your teeth to a beautiful, natural appearance.
Although there are a number of different types of orthodontic braces available today, each one is designed to gradually shift crooked teeth into their proper positions using gentle pressure. Dr. Wynn Okuda often suggests this method to patients who have severely crowded or overlapping teeth.
If you have slight gaps or overlaps in your teeth, cosmetic contouring might be a great choice for you. Also referred to as enamel reshaping, this procedure involves Dr. Okuda putting his dental artistry skills to use. A bonding material is applied to the teeth and carefully sculpted to achieve a more even look.
Veneers work very well for naturally short teeth or those that have moderate gaps or crookedness. They not only change your smile's alignment; the color will be transformed as well. Dr. Okuda crafts a thin layer of porcelain to fit seamlessly on top of your natural teeth, which is secured with a bonding cement. This produces excellent, dramatic results for his Honolulu patients.
Dr. Wynn Okuda has been named the best cosmetic dentist in Hawaii, and has the experience and passion to give you the best smile possible. If you're ready to make a change, contact The Dental Day Spa in Honolulu to learn more about the cosmetic dentistry options for straightening your teeth. Call (808) 734-1099 today!
If you have been avoiding that nagging toothache, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your dentist. Leaving a cavity to its own devices can cause serious problems to both your teeth and gums.
Lost fillings, crowns, tooth decay, and cavities under existing fillings don’t always cause pain, but according to your dentist, those issues will not go away on their own.
Most people do not realize that old fillings can be harboring dirty little secrets, cavities underneath existing restorations.
The average life span of a silver amalgam filling is about 11 or 12 years, Composite fillings will only last about five or six years. Your dentist is the only one who can examine your teeth in order to determine if tooth decay has developed underneath your fillings. Even if your fillings are new, you should still have them examined twice a year when you schedule your bi-annual checkups.
Fillings could become discolored over time and will eventually wear out. Tooth colored, or composite fillings can darken, yellow or pick up stains. Chewing is also hard on fillings because of the tremendous pressure. If a filling has not been placed properly, it can also cause problems.
According to Hawaii Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Wynn Okuda, fillings can leak, crack, or chip and once this occurs, decay will begin to form. Bits of food and bacteria will seep under your cracked or broken fillings. This can also happen if your fillings are leaking. Because it is impossible to clean under your existing fillings, cavities will begin to develop. Unfortunately, the decay could become extensive before any pain occurs. If this happens, you may need a root canal.
Both composite and amalgam fillings can chip or crack regardless of when those cavities were filled. Most cracks occur over a period time as chewing and biting can eventually wear down the filling in the restored tooth. Cracks around the edges of your fillings can also occur over time. When this happens, your dentist will have to replace your existing fillings using amalgam or composite resin materials.
Leaking fillings are another problem that must be taken care of by your dentist as quickly as possible. Fillings will leak if they are not fitting tightly. Leaking fillings allow saliva and debris to seep in between the tooth and the filling leading to sensitivity, discoloration and even tooth decay.
Grinding and tooth clenching can also cause added stress to your existing fillings. Those fillings, regardless of their composition, will eventually develop craze lines or small cracks. If you shine a flashlight on your teeth, you will be able to see any cracks that have developed on your tooth.
If your teeth are sensitive, or if part of your filling is missing or cracked, schedule an appointment with your dentist. Sooner rather than later is imperative in order to avoid more costly procedures.
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