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Are you curious about dental crowns and how they work? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Our Honolulu, HI, world-class cosmetic dentist Dr. Wynn Okuda is happy to sit down with you and discuss the restorative dentistry that they offer. A porcelain crown is a popular option because it offers both restorative and cosmetic benefits and can be used to address a variety of problems. Here’s why porcelain crowns are placed:
Preserve a Damaged Tooth
The goal of our dental team is to provide you with restorative treatments to support and preserve your natural teeth, even when they are damaged. If you come into our Honolulu, HI, office with a broken or cracked tooth, we will often recommend a porcelain crown. This tooth-shaped cap is placed over the tooth to protect it from further fracturing. A crown restores durability and function back into the tooth after an injury.
Strengthen a Weak Tooth
From severe decay to an infected dental pulp, there are many issues that can cause a tooth to weaken. Of course, when this happens it’s important that you turn to a qualified dental professional who can provide you with restorative dentistry that can improve the health and function of your smile. If you have severe decay, an excessively worn tooth, or a tooth that requires a root canal, then a crown is going to be the restoration of choice for rebuilding and strengthening the tooth after treatment.
Improve a Tooth’s Appearance
The porcelain crowns that Dr. Okuda and the team offer are made to look just like a real tooth, so you won’t even notice the difference between your crown and your natural teeth when you smile. We crafted winning restorations including crowns, veneers, and bridges to give you a smile you can feel proud of. We custom design each crown we provide to our patients, ensuring that you get a tooth that’s the perfect size, shape, and color for your unique smile.
“Crown” a Dental Implant
If you need to replace a single missing tooth and you’ve decided to turn to us for implant dentistry, then you might already realize that a dental crown must be placed on top of the metal implant in order to complete the false tooth. This crown is made to mimic the look and size of your natural teeth so that when it’s cemented into place over the metal post, your dental implant will look just like the rest of your smile.
If you think your smile could benefit from a porcelain crown, then call our award-winning dentist Honolulu, HI, Dr. Okuda today to learn more and to schedule a consultation with us at (808) 734-1099.
Porcelain veneers change smiles in many effective ways--color, shape, and size to name a few. Available through Dr. Wynn Okuda in Honolulu, HI, these lifelike laminates offer our healthy patients new smiles that brighten their self-confidence, and veneers last for years. Here are the details.
Just what are porcelain veneers?
They are thin, translucent shells shaped like healthy, attractive teeth. Realistically colored and featuring a brilliant sheen, veneers are custom-crafted from high-grade ceramic or even durable cosmetic resin. After a careful review of your smile needs and preferences, Dr. Okuda will help you choose the material and design perfect for your teeth, gums, and overall facial appearance.
To place porcelain veneers, Dr. Okuda prepares the teeth that will receive veneers. He takes oral impressions to send to the dental lab where a trained ceramist creates each veneer.
When you return to the office in Honolulu, HI, your dentist uses a tooth-colored cement to bond your porcelain veneers in place. Because of precise imaging, impression, and fabrication techniques, your laminates will fit perfectly, look natural, and feel comfortable.
More features and benefits
1. Veneers are natural-looking. No one will be able to tell you to have laminates.
2. Veneers are strong and stain-resistant.
3. Veneers require far less enamel reduction than porcelain crowns.
4. Care is easy. Just brush and floss as you usually do, and see Dr. Okuda twice a year for a check-up and cleaning.
5. Because they are custom-fitted, veneers do not irritate your gums.
6. Veneers cover stains and are in themselves, stain-resistant.
7. Veneers increase your self-confidence because they virtually erase embarrassing flaws.
Get the expert help you deserve
At our Honolulu, HI, office, Dr. Wynn Okuda offers state of the art preventive, restorative, and aesthetic treatments. He is an Accredited Fellow in the AACD and has helped people just like you achieve optimal oral health and smile appearance. Are you ready to find out more about porcelain veneers and our other services? Then, call for a personal consultation at (808) 734-1099.
Give your smile the crowning touch with a long-lasting porcelain crown.
When you hear the word “crown” you may automatically think of a golden object that is placed on the head of royalty; however, this isn’t the kind of crown we’re talking about. A dental crown is a porcelain object that our Honolulu, HI, cosmetic dentist Dr. Wynn Okuda places over a tooth when it is weak or damaged. And no, you don’t have to be royalty in order to benefit from getting a porcelain crown. Here are the top three ways in which this dental restoration could benefit your smile,
A stronger, fully functional tooth
The main purpose of a dental crown is to place this custom restoration over a tooth to not only protect the tooth but also provide a strong, durable outer layer to be able to restore chewing and biting. Crowns are used to rebuild and restrengthen teeth that are severely damaged due to decay, infection or traumatic injury. A crown will restore function back into your smile and prevent further damage.
A more beautiful smile
While porcelain crowns are typically used for restorative purposes it’s also important to note that they offer cosmetic benefits, too. For example, maybe your damaged tooth is also severely discolored or misshapen. These esthetic issues can definitely hurt your appearance and make you feel self-conscious about your smile. The good news is that a crown can be placed over these cosmetically flawed teeth to improve their overall shape, color and size.
A restoration that looks real
We know how important it is to have a restoration that not only restores your tooth but also enhances and improves your appearance. This is where it’s important to find a dentist that you trust. For nearly three decades, our Honolulu, HI, dentist has been crafting and placing thousands of porcelain crowns and other dental restorations. There is a reason Dr. Okuda is one of the Top 70 Dentists in the World! So, rest assured that you will receive a dental crown that looks just like a real tooth and will provide your damaged tooth with the strength and resilience it needs for many years.
If you have questions about getting porcelain crowns from our world-class Honolulu dentist and his team, don’t hesitate to call (808) 734-1099 to schedule a consultation. Whether you are looking for restorative, cosmetic or general dentistry, we offer a full range of services to meet your smile needs.
Keeping your smile bright and white takes a little work. Aging and stains caused by tobacco, foods, and beverages can quickly dull your teeth and make you feel reluctant to smile. If you're ready to improve your stained smile, teeth bleaching offered by your Honolulu, HI, dentist, Dr. Wynn Okuda, provides a simple solution.
How you can boost your smile power
Do you look at old photographs and wish your teeth were still as bright as they were years ago? Aging can take a toll on your teeth, but it's not the only factor that can dull your smile. Stains in your tooth enamel may also be an issue.
Tobacco use and foods and beverages cause many dental stains. Dark pigments found in coffee, tea, cola, red wine, soy sauce, berries, ice pops, and other similar foods are the source of the problem.
When you enjoy a handful of blackberries or drink a cup of tea in the morning, a small percentage of the dark pigments seep into tiny openings in your tooth enamel. As the pigments accumulate over months and years, your smile begins to look dull.
Avoiding foods and beverages that cause stains can prevent your teeth from becoming duller. You may also want to use a straw when you drink sports drinks, coffee, tea, cola or red wine. The straw places beverages behind your teeth, decreasing stains on visible surfaces.
Whitening toothpaste and whitening kits can be effective if used as directed. Unfortunately, over-the-counter whiteners may not be strong enough to lighten your teeth.
Professional teeth bleaching offers impressive results
Professional teeth bleaching agents use a stronger formulation of hydrogen peroxide, a natural chemical that removes stains safely and effectively. In fact, one teeth bleaching session at our Honolulu dental office may lighten your teeth by as much as eight shades.
When you arrive at the office, your teeth will be cleaned to remove plaque and tartar. Once your teeth are clean, your dentist will place retractors in your mouth to keep your cheeks and lips away from your teeth during whitening. He'll also apply a protective gel to your roots and gums.
Brushing the whitening gel on your teeth takes a few minutes at most. After about an hour, the gel will be removed, revealing your new and improved smile.
Renew your smile with teeth bleaching. Call your dentist in Honolulu, HI, Dr. Okuda, at (808) 734-1099 to schedule your appointment.
What's the best way to show off a great smile? Have a world-class cosmetic dentist in Honolulu, HI, design and craft one for you. The only Board Accredited Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Wynn Okuda remakes smiles which have simple to very complex aesthetic and restorative issues. Hands-on and compassionate, Dr. Okuda and his team can tell you just what you need to look and feel your very best.
Cosmetic dentistry consultation in Honolulu, HI
It starts with a personal conversation with Dr. Okuda in which you tell him what you want to improve. Is it uneven tooth length, stained enamel or gaps from missing teeth? Are your crowns past their useful service time? Do you have a gummy smile? Dr. Okuda will address all these issues and make suggestions which make sense for you.
Dr. Okuda will base his recommendations on findings from your complete oral examination and X-rays. Top priority is your dental health, followed by aesthetic considerations. Whatever your need and preference, Dr. Okuda will carry out the treatments on premises, personally crafting restorations such as crowns, implants and porcelain veneers, ensuring quality, patient satisfaction and a very reasonable timeline.
While not every patient Dr. Okuda treats is a famous celebrity, many are just that. However, celebrity or not, you'll receive red carpet treatment, and your smile will show it.
Offered cosmetic services
Wynn H. Okuda, DMD, Inc. offers an amazing range of cosmetic dental treatments, many of which he has improved upon with great skill and artistry. He aims for natural-looking results which enhance the facial features and improve a patient's self-image, too. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that having an attractive smile is a true personal asset, and Dr. Okuda believes that, too.
His offered cosmetic services include:
- Full-mouth rehabilitation, a combination of restorations and aesthetic treatments which optimizes oral health, function and appearance
- Porcelain crowns and veneers to enhance and protect tooth structure
- Professional teeth whitening to remove dental stains safely and quickly
- Composite resin bonding to repair small flaws
- Dental implants to replace missing teeth
- White fillings to restore decay and replace old amalgam fillings
Your best self
Show it off through a great-looking, vibrant smile. Dr. Okuda and his staff would be honored to help you attain it. For your complimentary cosmetic dentistry consultation, please call the office in Honolulu, HI, at (808) 734-1099.