Okuda Cosmetic Dentistry Blog
Posts for: December, 2015
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.