Posts for category: Cosmetic Dentistry

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
April 13, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: cerec crowns  

In September 1985, the first CEREC crown restoration was fabricated out of ceramic at the University of Zurich Dental School, Mörmann using computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/ CAM) technology and a milling device. Today, Dr. Ken Yasuhara provides his patients with this very same procedure at his Honolulu, HI, office.

More About CEREC Crowns

A structurally damaged tooth because of decay or trauma sometimes needs a crown to look good and function properly again. A crown is a durable, cap-like oral appliance that fits over the entire tooth, above the gum line. Contrary to traditional crown fabrication, CEREC same-day crowns are made in the dental office in a matter of minutes.

CEREC Procedure

The process consists of several simple steps:

  1. First, your Honolulu dentist prepares the tooth, which means he removes any decay and reshapes the tooth so that it fits under the crown.
  2. Next, your tooth is scanned into a computer using a wand. The digital pictures appear on a computer to generate a 3D model of your tooth.
  3. CAD/CAM software designs the tooth and a block of dental ceramic material closest to your tooth color is chosen.
  4. The computer transmits the digital design to a milling machine that carves the crown from a block of ceramic in about five minutes.
  5. Finally, any final aesthetic touches are made and the crown bonded to your tooth.

Advantages Same-Day Crown

There are so many benefits to choosing CEREC crowns.

  • You get a new crown(s) in a single visit, instead of visiting your dentist 2-to-3 times, so you save time.
  • You avoid the hassle of wearing temporary crowns.
  • CEREC look just like natural teeth.
  • Digital technology makes it easier to fit a crown without the mess of dental plaster.
  • CEREC crowns are stronger and more resilient.

Need a consultation?

For more information on CEREC in Honolulu, HI, call Dr. Ken Yasuhara of Aesthetic & Restorative Dentistry at (808) 947-8900 today!

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
February 25, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dentures  

Are you missing teeth? At Ken Yasuhara DDS Aesthetic & Restorative Dentistry in Honolulu, HI, dental implants, full and partial denture and bridgework complete smiles. Patients just like you experience restored oral function and youthful facial appearance. Let's explore your tooth replacement options.

The problem of tooth loss

Accident, decay, gum disease, congenital malformation...these are the leading causes of tooth loss. Besides damaging speech, eating and dental alignment, missing teeth degrade supportive bone and gums and equally important, self-confidence.

Countering the problem

In his Honolulu dental practice, Dr. Yasuhara and his staff offer the finest in diagnostic and treatment technologies. He understands how tooth loss impacts the patient on a personal level. So, he offers complete oral exams and imaging and constructs treatment plans to fully restore smiles to optimal function and outstanding smile aesthetics.

Here are the options Dr. Yasuhara offers:

  • Dental implants
  • Fixed bridgework
  • Traditional dentures

Fixed bridgework consists of one or more artificial teeth permanently attached to and anchored by porcelain crowns. The crowns cover natural teeth on opposing sides of the gap. The larger the gap is the more crowns are needed to support the new teeth. Bridgework requires good oral hygiene to keep crown margins plaque-free.

Traditional dentures may be either partial or full. Partial dentures have one or more artificial teeth on a metal frame. They are held in place by metal clasps and are fully removable for cleaning.

Full dentures may be placed right after extractions (immediate dentures) or, more preferably, after your jawbone and gums have healed. These reliable prosthetics restore facial contours and help you bite and chew your food effectively.

To solve the problem of bone and gum recession, Dr. Yasuhara offers dental implants. Through amazing osseointegration, the bone and titanium implant adhere to each other, giving the metal alloy post, crown or denture the support necessary for excellent stability.

Composed of titanium screws which reside in the jaw bone, implants exercise and preserve the natural shape and size of the jaw bone so you eat and speak properly and have youthful facial contours. Implants improve bone health and last for many years....even for the rest of the patient's life.

Most adults can receive dental implants if they are in good overall health and have sufficient bone in their jaws. Your dentist will determine if you're ready for implants through digital imaging and a comprehensive oral exam.

Find out more

If you've lost teeth, you definitely have options for a complete smile. Why not contact Ken Yasuhara DDS Aesthetic & Restorative Dentistry in Honolulu, HI? He'll explain how each tooth replacements will work for you. Phone us at (808) 947-8900.

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
January 24, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

If you're considering tooth replacement with dental implants, you likely have many questions. Here at Ken Yasuhara DDS, Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry in Honolulu, we can answer those dental implant questions based on expertise and experience. Read on to learn a bit about this treatment, and call our office today to set up an appointment.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a titanium metal screw or cylinder that is placed into the patient's jaw bone to act as an artificial tooth root. Once the screw has naturally fused with the bone, a metal post and porcelain crown are placed atop of it, completing the brand-new replacement tooth.

How long will my implants last?

Dental implants can last 25 years or longer, according to the Columbia University School of Dental Medicine. However, the exact duration depends on your oral and systemic health, the quality of the supportive bone that you have in your jaw, and how well you attend to them with diligent brushing, flossing, and routine in-office care with Dr. Yasuhara. A pre-qualifying examination/X-ray screening at our Honolulu office tells the dentist if you're a good implant candidate.

I wear dentures. Can implants help me?

Yes, they can. Depending on their location on the upper or lower arches, multiple dental implants can support fixed bridges or complete dentures.

Why are dental implants so stable?

Think of conventional tooth replacements. They either clasp to adjoining teeth or rest on top of gums and bone. Conversely, dental implants bond with the jaw bone through what scientists call osseointegration. Human bone cells have a great affinity for titanium metal. As such, they adhere to the implant and anchor it so well that these artificial teeth are just as stable and functional as their natural counterparts.

Find out more

Dental implants can change your life, so why not explore your smile possibilities with Dr. Ken Yasuhara and his team? Phone our Honolulu office today for a consultation: (808) 947-8900.