Okuda Cosmetic Dentistry Blog
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.
If you are tired of looking in the mirror with a frown on your face, you may want to consider a full mouth smile makeover.
Thanks to modern 21st century dental procedures, you can have a full mouth smile makeover with porcelain veneers as long as you find a qualified dentist. Unfortunately, not all dentists in Hawaii understand the art of properly bonding porcelain veneers, but Dr. Wynn Okuda does.
As one of only a handful to be recognized with an accredited fellowship from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Wynn Okuda is an expert and one of the few to receive the honor. The AACD has almost 7,000 members across the globe. Since 1986, The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry has been dedicated to continually educating dentists in patient care and new cosmetic dental procedures.
Recently Dr. Wynn treated a woman who wanted a complete smile transformation, and this is what Dr. Wynn had to say.
"Patient had a worn and aged smile that needed to be restored and rejuvenated."
"After doing a full mouth smile makeover with porcelain veneers the patient looked 8-10 years younger and felt her teeth were stronger. "
If you are considering a full mouth smile makeover talk to Dr. Wynn and start planning your trip to Hawaii. Dr. Wynn treats local patients and people from all over the world who have transformed their smiles with a full mouth smile makeover. Dr. Wynn’s Dental Spa and Concierge can transform your smile in as little as one or two appointments letting you enjoy the rest of your stay in Honolulu.
Dr. Wynn Okuda is an accredited member of the AACD assuring you a safe and relaxing cosmetic dental procedure that will give you something to smile about.
Stop dreaming about a new smile and contact Dr. Okuda and his Dental Spa in Hawaii team in Honolulu today.
Accelerated Dental Treatment consists of one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures intended to improve the appearance of your smile. Wynn H. Okuda DMD is a Honolulu HI cosmetic dentist who pioneered the Accelerated Treatment protocol. Here are four reasons you should consider Accelerated Dental Treatment.
Achieve The Perfect Smile
Accelerated Dental Treatment can fix a range of dental problems including chipped, broken, cracked, and stained teeth. Accelerated Dental Treatment may include one or multiple cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, dental implants, teeth whitening, dental crowns, or composite bonding.
Boost Your Self-Esteem
Tired of hiding your smile? Low self-esteem results from a poor self-image, which can lead to depression and a decline in your overall health. Accelerated Dental Treatment will boost your self-confidence and self-esteem.
Save Your Precious Time
With the recent technological advances in cosmetic dentistry, quick smile makeovers are now possible. Accelerated Dental Treatment will transform your less-than-perfect teeth into the smile of your dreams in less than a month. Dr. Okuda has extensive experience performing complete smile makeovers.
Make Your Life Better
Are you trying to land a second date? Do you have an important job interview coming up? Accelerated Dental Treatment could give you the boost you need to be successful in all of your endeavors. Don’t let less-than-perfect teeth get in the way of achieving your dreams.
Book an Appointment
Your smile is an accessory that you wear every day, so why not invest in Accelerated Dental Treatment? Dr. Okuda is a world-class Honolulu HI cosmetic dentist who is highly trained in the field of cosmetic dentistry. If you want a traffic-stopping, gorgeous smile, call Dr. Okuda at (808) 734-1099 today to book a dental appointment.
Why you should choose porcelain veneers
Porcelain veneers can give you a custom-made smile, guaranteed to make you proud. You deserve to have the renewed confidence a beautiful smile can bring. Porcelain veneers are the modern, state-of-the-art treatment to reshape your smile. Dr. Wynn H. Okuda in Honolulu, Hawaii wants you to know the many reasons why you should choose porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers from your Honolulu dentist can reshape your smile by fixing many major and minor imperfections in your front teeth including:
- Excessive, uneven wear from poor tooth alignment or grinding
- Chipped, jagged edges from aging or using your teeth as tools
- Stains and discolorations from smoking, coffee or medications
- Breakage and damage from injury or trauma
- Spaces, gaps or overlapping teeth due to genetics
There are many reasons why you should choose porcelain veneers to reshape your smile. These are just a few:
- Porcelain veneers are beautiful and natural-looking, because porcelain reflects light, just like your natural teeth.
- Porcelain veneers are strong because they are created out of high-tech materials.
- Porcelain veneers are durable; they will last for many years with proper care.
- Porcelain veneers are conservative because Dr. Okuda only removes a minimal amount of tooth surface.
- Porcelain veneers repel stains and remain sparkling white.
For amazing before and after photos of what porcelain veneers can do to reshape smiles, please visit the smile gallery page on Dr. Okuda’s website at http://www.okudacosmeticdentistry.com/before-and-after-smile-gallery.html
Dr. Okuda begins your porcelain veneer treatment by removing just enough tooth surface to accommodate the thickness of the veneers. Then Dr. Okuda will make a model of your teeth and send it to the dental laboratory where skilled dental technicians create your veneers. At your next appointment, Dr. Okuda will cement your beautiful new porcelain veneers.
If your smile isn’t all it can be, it’s time to think about porcelain veneers to reshape and renew your smile. Don’t wait! Get the smile you deserve by calling Dr. Wynn H. Okuda in Honolulu, Hawaii. Call today and get started on reshaping your smile!
If you want to wear a beautiful smile this spring, call and schedule an appointment with Hawaii’s own Dr. Wynn Okuda. Dr. Okuda is known all over the world for turning smiles upside down and can do the same for you.
As one of only a handful to be recognized with an accredited fellowship from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Okuda is an expert and one of the few to receive the honor. The AACD has almost 7,000 members across the globe. Since 1986, The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry has been dedicated to continually educating dentists in patient care and new cosmetic dental procedures. If you are considering any type of cosmetic dental procedure, it is imperative that you make sure the dentist that you choose is an accredited member of the AACD.
When you schedule an appointment with Dr. Okuda, your wants and needs will be discussed including what you do and do not like about your smile. Dr. Okuda will also examine your teeth and gums to make sure that you are healthy enough for cosmetic dental treatments. If you are not, Dr. Okuda will discuss dental restorations or other treatments that need to be taken care of before Dental Veneers, Dental Implants, Tooth Whitening, Inlays, onlays, or Dental Bonding.
From subtle changes to major procedures, Dr. Okuda can perform many treatments that will improve your smile and your self-confidence. Dr. Okuda can close spaces between your teeth, restore worn teeth, shorten or lengthen your teeth or replace missing teeth. Some of these improvements are not just cosmetic and can actually improve other oral issues including your bite.
When you schedule an appointment with Dr. Okuda it is important that you ask him what your changes will look like, what the course of treatment will be and what type of maintenance is required. Dr. Okuda will also show you before and after photos of his patients so that you can get a good idea of just how you will look after any type of cosmetic dental procedure.
If you would like more information regarding your smile, call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Okuda today. After all, wouldn’t you like a new smile to wear this spring? Call and schedule your appointment now.
Ready to hide dental imperfections once and for all? Now you can with veneers!
Nothing looks better than a pristine smile. But if certain imperfections have you smiling less than you would like then it’s time to talk to your Honolulu, HI cosmetic dentist Dr. Wynn Okuda about whether veneers can help.
These wafer-thin shells may not seem that impressive at first but when they are added to the front of your teeth, you’ll be amazed just how much they can improve the overall look of your smile. Porcelain veneers are custom-made to cover surface imperfections and change the color, shape or size of a tooth or teeth.
While veneers can be made from a variety of materials porcelain tends to be the most popular because it is resistant to stains and also reflects light the same way as natural teeth. However, resin veneers often require less tooth enamel removal prior to placement. In order to decide which type of veneers are the best kind for you, you’ll need to talk with your dentist in Honolulu, HI.
When to Consider Dental Veneers
Veneers are most commonly used to hide:
- Discolored teeth
- Misshapen or worn down teeth
- Spaces between teeth
- Chipped, cracked or fractured teeth
- Misaligned, crooked or uneven teeth
If you are dealing with unsightly teeth and are looking for a way to get a whiter, straighter and more attractive smile then veneers may be the best option for you. Veneers can be used to fix so many different dental problems so find out how you can benefit from these cosmetic restorations.
Getting Your Veneers
Once we’ve evaluated your smile and determined that veneers are right for you, we will need to take X-rays and impressions of your mouth. These impressions will provide a lab with the proper tooth measurements from which to create your perfectly shaped and crafted veneers.
Next, your teeth will need to be prepared for your veneers. We will remove about ½ millimeter of enamel from the front of your teeth to prepare for the added thickness of the veneers. Don’t worry, this isn’t painful and many times this can be performed without needing local anesthesia.
Veneers are usually fabricated within one to two weeks. After which, you will come into our office for a fitting. We will temporarily apply the veneers to make sure you love your new look. Once you have approved your veneers will be permanently attached.
For all your general, cosmetic and restorative dental needs, turn to Dr. Wynn Okuda DMD, Inc. in Honolulu for the smile you want. We are here to cater to all of your smile goals. Call us today to schedule a consultation.
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!
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