Okuda Cosmetic Dentistry Blog
Posts for: October, 2016
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.
A Smile Makeover can mean anything from a professional in office tooth whitening to porcelain veneers, dental crowns or dental implants. A Smile Makeover can also include restorative dental procedures such as root canals, fillings, dental bridges, or gum disease therapy.
When you schedule an appointment with Dr. Wynn Okuda, Honolulu’s most well known cosmetic and restorative dentist, your entire mouth will be checked to make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy enough before any restorative or cosmetic procedures can proceed. During your comprehensive dental exam Dr. Okuda will also clean your teeth and give you an oral cancer screening.
Porcelain Veneers are used for a multitude of applications including badly stained teeth, chipped or cracked teeth, or teeth that appear too short or too long. Dr. Okuda may also recommend porcelain veneers if you have a gap between your teeth.
Dental bonding is less permanent than porcelain veneers, but is a more affordable option. Cosmetic resin that has been chosen to match the color of your teeth will be bonded to the prepared tooth or teeth before the resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape. Once satisfied, Dr. Okuda will use a laser or light to cure or harden the material.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Porcelain and resin can be used to replace old silver amalgam fillings or to fill cavities in the front of your teeth. Tooth colored fillings are more aesthetically pleasing, and although not as sturdy as amalgam, extract and expand making fillings less likely to leak, chip, or break.
Missing teeth can affect more than your smile. If you have a missing tooth or teeth, regardless of its location, the rest of your teeth can suffer from it. Dr. Okuda can determine if dental implants are a good fit if you have a missing tooth or missing teeth.
A beautiful smile is just a call or click away, and if you would like more information regarding a Smile Makeover talk to the team from Dr. Okuda’s Dental Spa in Hawaii today.
Better yet, make it a dentistry vacation and ask the concierge from the Dental Spa in Honolulu to make the arrangements. Call or click now.