Posts for category: Dental Procedures

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
August 16, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Invisalign is an exciting alternative to traditional braces for straightening your smile. What makes Invisalign so unique is the use of removable, clear aligner trays to move the teeth. There are no brackets or wires. In Honolulu, HI, Invisalign treatment is available at Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic & Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Ken Yasuhara can help you achieve the straight smile you’ve always wanted.

How Invisalign Straightens Teeth

Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic treatment for straightening crooked teeth and correcting spacing issues, such as teeth that overlap or small gaps between teeth. Additionally, Invisalign can correct minor alignment problems with the bite. Severe orthodontic issues, such as major bite misalignment, are best treated with traditional braces. The highly skilled dentist at our office in Honolulu, HI, can determine if Invisalign is an option for you.

With Invisalign, custom aligner trays are worn over the teeth in place of the brackets, bands and wires associated with traditional braces. Like braces, though, the aligner trays move the teeth by gently exerting pressure on them. Over time, this gentle pressure nudges the teeth in the desired direction.

Treatment involves multiple sets of custom aligner trays. A set includes two separate trays, one for the top teeth and one for the bottom. Each set is worn for approximately two weeks and is then replaced with the next set. The teeth straighten out more and move closer to their final position with each subsequent set of trays.

Advantages of Invisalign

Invisalign is an effective method for straightening teeth among both teens and adults. It also has many advantages when it comes to straightening your teeth. Benefits of this exciting treatment option include:

Comfort: Many patients find the aligner trays to be more comfortable than traditional braces since there are no hard components to irritate the mouth. The trays are made from a soft, flexible plastic. Further, the trays are custom-made for each individual patient for a perfect fit.

Extremely Discreet: Invisalign’s aligners are made from a clear material so they are practically invisible to others.

Removable: The trays can be removed temporarily for up to two hours each day without compromising treatment.

Greater Dietary Choices: Since the aligner trays can be taken out when eating, it is possible to enjoy a greater variety of foods during treatment. Being able to remove the aligners prevents food from getting stuck in them and protects the trays from being damaged by hard or sticky foods.

Improved Oral Hygiene: Brushing and flossing the teeth during treatment is easy since the aligner trays can be taken out to perform your oral hygiene routine.

Teeth-Grinding Protection: Invisalign’s aligner trays provide protection against the wear and tear of teeth grinding for patients who grind their teeth when sleeping.

Achieve the smile you’ve always wanted when you straighten your teeth with Invisalign. Dr. Yasuhara can determine if you are a candidate for this exciting treatment option. For Invisalign in Honolulu, HI, call Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic & Restorative Dentistry at (808) 947-8900.

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
August 13, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: CEREC   Same-Day Crowns  

Dental crowns strengthen, protect and restore damaged teeth. They can also improve the appearance of teeth with cosmetic imperfections. In the past, it took several weeks for a custom dental crown to be made. New advancements in dental technology now make it possible to improve your smile in just one day. In Honolulu, HI, CEREC same-day crowns are available at Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic & Restorative Dentistry, where Dr. Ken Yasuhara can restore function and beauty to your smile.

CEREC Technology

A crown is a hollow cover or cap that is placed over a damaged tooth to give it a strong new exterior. The crown also restores biting and chewing functions, while protecting the tooth from additional damage. Once the crown is cemented in place, the natural tooth will be completely concealed inside.

CEREC technology makes it possible to restore function and beauty to your smile in just one office visit. There is no need to wait several weeks for an off-site dental lab to create the restorations, as is the case with traditional dental crowns.

This advanced dental technology utilizes computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to create custom crowns right in the dentist’s office. The CAD program generates a digital 3D model of your teeth that is used by CAM technology to fabricate custom crowns in a milling machine in just minutes. The new crowns can be placed immediately so you can enjoy your new smile right away.

CEREC same-day crowns are made from tooth-colored ceramic so your new crowns will look completely natural and blend in with the rest of your smile. At our aesthetic and restorative dentistry office in Honolulu, HI, CEREC technology is used to strengthen, restore and enhance your smile quickly.

Advantages of CEREC Same-Day Crowns

Both CEREC same-day crowns and traditional dental crowns help strengthen, protect and restore damaged teeth, as well as improve their appearance. However, CEREC technology has several unique advantages.

A primary advantage of CEREC same-day crowns is that you can enjoy your new tooth restorations immediately. Traditional dental crowns take several weeks since they are fabricated by a separate dental lab. You’ll need to return to the dentist’s office on a separate date to have the crowns placed. CEREC same-day crowns are made in the dentist’s office so they can be designed and placed in a single visit.

Another benefit of CEREC same-day crowns is that a digital model of the teeth is generated by the CAD program so there is no need to create a physical impression of the teeth. Making a physical mold can be messy, as well as physically uncomfortable for some patients as it can trigger the gag reflex. CEREC eliminates these problems.

There are so many benefits to choosing CEREC same-day crowns. For CEREC in Honolulu, HI, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Yasuhara by calling Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic & Restorative Dentistry at (808) 947-8900.

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
May 06, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants are a long-lasting option for replacing missing or extracted teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth or dental implantsmany, depending on each patient’s needs. Dental implants are placed in the jaw bone for a secure hold so patients lacking sufficient bone are not good candidates for dental implants. A dentist can determine if you have enough bone for placing a dental implant. Dr. Ken Yasuhara is your dentist for dental implants in Honolulu.

Dental Implant Parts

Dental implants are comprised of three main parts. The portion of a dental implant that is placed in the jaw bone looks like a small screw and is referred to as the implant. This piece is usually made of titanium, which is a strong, durable, and hypoallergenic metal. The implant functions like the root portion of a natural tooth by holding an artificial tooth in place.

Another main part of a dental implant is the implant crown, which is the artificial tooth. The implant crown looks just like a natural tooth and is custom made for the most natural look and best fit possible. The third part of a dental implant is the abutment, which connects the implant and crown together. The abutment is screwed onto the implant and the crown is attached to the abutment. The implant crown is the only portion of a dental implant that is visible once all parts have been put in place.

Procedure for Placing Dental Implants

The metal implant portion of a dental implant is placed into the jaw bone through a minor surgical procedure that usually only requires local anesthesia. After the metal implant is placed in the bone, the area is given time to heal before placing the implant crown. As the surgical site heals, another process known as osseointegration naturally begins. Osseointegration refers to the natural process of the metal implant and bone fusing together over time. Within a few weeks, the crown can be placed over the implant permanently.

To be a candidate for dental implants, patients must have enough bone in the jaw area to support the placement of a dental implant. Bone in the jaw area naturally begins deteriorating when teeth are missing so if teeth have been missing for an extended period of time there is not always enough bone left to support a dental implant. Your dentist in Honolulu can determine if you have enough bone by reviewing an x-ray image of your jaw bone.

Dental implants are a durable long-lasting option for restoring your smile, whether you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth. For dental implants in Honolulu, HI, schedule an appointment with Dr. Yasuhara by calling (808) 947-8900.

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS
March 06, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns  

Do you have any dental crowns? Did the process take a long time? Good news! Today's dental crowns are beautiful and durable, and you crowncan receive one in a single visit with Dr. Ken Yasuhara in Honolulu. Thanks to fully customized CEREC same-day crowns, your damaged tooth can be restored perfectly and quickly.


What is a porcelain crown?

A crown covers a tooth which is misshapen, decayed, infected, or has a large filling (and therefore, weakened tooth enamel). Resembling your natural tooth, this quality ceramic jacket protects the healthy part of your tooth, preserving it from extraction.

Your dental crowns will last for several years as long as you keep up proper oral hygiene habits and maintain a schedule of regular professional cleanings at our Honolulu office.


About CEREC same-day crowns

CEREC means Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. Made right in Dr. Yasuhura's office, your realistic crown moves through planning, design, construction, and placement in one to two hours. Your dentist takes digital impressions and designs your crown using CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing) software. It renders an amazing restoration.

A chairside milling machine substitutes the role of an outside ceramist. Instead of waiting a week or more for a restoration, you can now have it bonded over your prepared tooth in just one dental visit. Accuracy and realism are hallmarks of CEREC crowns.


Other advantages of CEREC crowns

Amazingly, your CEREC crown will fit over your tooth with less enamel reduction than traditional crowns require, leaving more of your natural tooth in place. Also, isn't it great that you won't have to endure gooey oral impressions or an awkward-looking temporary crown?


Find out more

Restore your tooth with the finest crown modern dentistry offers. Explore CEREC same-day crowns with Dr. Ken Yasuhura. For a consultation, please call our Honolulu office at (808) 947-8900.

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
November 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Do you want straighter teeth? Want to avoid traditional braces? Well, Dr. Ken Yasuhara understands how you feel, which is why he offers Invisalign at his Honolulu, HI, office.

More About Invisalign

Invisalign is composed of custom-made clear aligners that are made to fit your upper and lower teeth. The aligners function the same way traditional braces work, by applying pressure on each tooth so that it moves into its proper position. Your Honolulu dentists create your custom aligners using a specialized computer software.

There are several benefits to Invisalign.

Here are a few:

  • Oral Hygiene: Because Invisalign is a removable appliance, you will be able to clean your teeth more thoroughly than if you have traditional metal braces. Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once.
  • Dietary Limitations: Traditional braces prevent you from eating your favorite foods, like taffy apples or corn, but that's not an issue with Invisalign. You can eat whatever you want because the aligners you wear are removable.
  • Comfortable: Invisalign aligners are thin, flexible aligners that don't irritate the soft tissue in your mouth, unlike metal braces.
  • Discreet: Traditional metal braces can be distracting, especially if you're a teenager or an adult. Invisalign is transparent, so no one will notice if you have braces.

Invisalign's clear plastic aligners are flexible and great for if you need to straighten your teeth and don't want anyone to know you're wearing braces, unlike traditional metal braces. You do, however, need to keep them on for a minimum of 20 to 22 hours a day.

You can take them off if you want to eat, brush your teeth or floss. Some people like to take their clear aligners off for special events, like weddings and birthdays.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with your Honolulu, HI, dentist Dr. Ken Yasuhara, then call his office at (859) 268-4423 today!