Posts for category: Oral Health

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
May 07, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants from your dentist in Honolulu, HI, can rescue your smile

Lost teeth can be embarrassing. Lost teeth can also lead to difficulty enjoying the foods you love. Did you know there is a tooth replacement solution that is as good as having your natural teeth? It’s called dental implants! Dr. Ken Yasuhara in Honolulu, HI, offers a wide range of dental services, including dental implants to rescue your smile.

Dental implants are one of the most popular ways to regain your smile because they offer so many amazing benefits. Consider that dental implants:

  • Offer natural-looking beauty, because dental implant restorations are made of beautiful materials that mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel. Dental implants give you a smile that looks completely natural.
  • Provide strong tooth replacement, because dental implants are firmly embedded in bone, so they will never move. Dental implants give you a strong chewing foundation, so you can enjoy the foods you love again.
  • Give you a smile that is easy to maintain and keep healthy. Dental implants are cleaned with simple brushing and flossing, just like your natural teeth.

One added benefit is that dental implants can make you look younger. They do this by promoting the growth of more bone, which fuses with the dental implants. When you have more bone, it means you will also enjoy a firmer jawline, more youthful facial contours, and less facial sagging.

Dental implants are made of biocompatible materials that are kind to your body. Because of their biocompatibility, dental implants boast a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Their amazing success rate has made dental implants the most successful surgical implant!

To find out more about the many benefits of dental implants and how they can rescue your smile, contact Dr. Yasuhara in Honolulu, HI, at (808) 947-8900. Call now, and start working on your great new smile with dental implants!

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
November 06, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Invisalign  

A straighter smile could be yours in just a few months. Here’s how…

More than likely you’ve already heard about Invisalign, a nearly invisible way to straighten teeth; however, could this be the best way to fix your misaligned teeth? While you will need to sit down with our Honolulu, HI, dentist Dr. Ken Yasuhara to find out if Invisalign is right for you, here are some things to consider before coming into our office for a consultation.

Consider your dental issues

Since Invisalign appeared on the scene, technology continues to become more and more advanced. This means that our Honolulu, HI, dentist can treat more cases with Invisalign than ever before. Even more severe or complicated problems can be treated with Invisalign. Invisalign is often used to treat,

  • Crowding
  • Slightly crooked teeth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite

Consider your lifestyle

Are you a teen who is about to go off to college? Are you entering the workforce, or already a career professional? If so, then Invisalign may be perfect for you. After all, you want a beautiful smile that instills confidence but you don’t want to wear braces that your classmates or colleagues will immediately notice. Invisalign makes it possible to get a healthy, gorgeous smile at any age while also providing a discreet and less visible treatment.

Consider your time frame

How quickly do you want to see results? While a lot will depend on the severity of your dental issues, most adults will see full results in just one year of wearing Invisalign. More minor issues may require less time (anywhere from 6-9 months), and teens may need up to 18-24 months to get full results. The length of your treatment is one of the many things that we will discuss with you during your consultation.

Consider your schedule

If you are in class every day or working a typical 9-5 then you’re already fairly busy. The nice thing is that Invisalign fits into your schedule. Most patients don’t need to come in for checkups as often as they do with traditional braces. Every 4-6 weeks you’ll need to come in so that we can monitor your treatment’s progress and to make sure that everything looks a-okay!

Consider your dedication

While it can be freeing to have aligners that you can remove before eating, drinking, brushing and flossing, it’s also critical that you wear your aligners as much as possible each and every day in order to see results. A good candidate for Invisalign will be someone who is dedicated to wearing their aligners for 20-22 hours each day.

If you are a teen or adult living with a crooked smile in Honolulu, HI, then Invisalign treatment could help you get a straight smile. To find out if you’re right for Invisalign treatment, call our office at (859) 268-4423.

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
July 09, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Honolulu dental implants can restore your smile by filling in the gaps where teeth are missing. There are several benefits to replacing lost teeth with dental implants as they are durable, secure, and permanent. Dental implants could be the right option for you if you are looking for a permanent tooth-replacement option and have enough bone to support the placement of implants. Dr. Ken Yasuhara, the skilled dentist at our office in Honolulu HI, can determine if dental implants are an option for you.

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a tiny metal post that resembles a screw. Its function is to anchor an artificial tooth in place, similar to a tooth root. Dental implants are versatile and are used to replace a single missing tooth or several teeth. When replacing one tooth, only one dental implant is needed and it is topped with a crown. Replacing several teeth at once requires multiple strategically placed dental implants, which can be topped with bridgework or a Honolulu dental implant supported-overdenture.

Dental implants are anchored in the jaw bone. To be a candidate for this exciting tooth-replacement option you must have enough bone to place the implants. Unfortunately, bone loss sometimes follows tooth loss so not everyone will be a candidate. At our practice in Honolulu HI, we can tell if dental implants are an option for you by using x-ray images to assess whether or not you have sufficient bone remaining. If so, our experienced dentist can help you restore your smile permanently.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Restoring your smile with dental implants has many benefits. One major benefit is that dental implants are permanent. Since they are placed directly in bone, dental implants will remain securely in place indefinitely. They are also extremely secure. Dental implants can firmly anchor artificial teeth so there is no worry about the teeth slipping out of place.

Another benefit of dental implants is that they are made from a hypoallergenic metal, such as titanium. That means that even patients who are sensitive to certain metals can still benefit from restoring their smile with dental implants. An additional benefit is that by filling in the gaps where teeth are missing, dental implants can minimize or reverse some of the negative side effects associated with tooth loss, such as facial sagging, altered speech, or excess strain on remaining teeth.

Dental implants could be the right option for restoring your smile if you have enough bone to support them and prefer a long-term solution that is reliable and secure. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ken Yasuhara to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants by calling our office in Honolulu HI at (808) 947-8900.

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
April 14, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Invisalign  

Would you like to straighten your teeth without calling attention to your smile? Invisalign, an innovative orthodontic treatment method offered by your Honolulu, HI, dentist, Dr. Ken Yasuhara, may be the ideal option for you.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign improves the alignment of your teeth using removable aligner trays that fit snugly over your teeth. During your first Invisalign visit to the Honolulu dental office, your dentist creates a 3D image of your teeth from digital impressions, photographs and X-rays.

The image is used to plan your treatment and ensure that each set of aligner trays you receive accomplishes a specific straightening goal. Aligners exert constant, gentle pressure on your teeth, gradually realigning them.

You'll wear each aligner for 22 hours per day. At the end of two weeks, you'll open a new package and begin wearing the next set of trays in the series.

Can anyone use Invisalign?

Invisalign is a good choice for many people. The aligner trays can straighten crooked teeth and correct the position of crowded or widely spaced teeth. Mild to moderate bite problems, including overbites, underbites, open bites and crossbites, can also be corrected with Invisalign.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Invisalign offers several advantages, including:

  • Appearance: No one has to know that you're straightening your teeth when your braces are clear. In fact, your aligner trays practically become invisible when you wear them.
  • Comfort: Aligner trays are made of comfortable plastic to ensure that they won't irritate your mouth.
  • Unlimited Food Choices: You won't have to avoid any foods when you choose Invisalign. You'll take your trays out before you eat, then rinse them and put them back in your mouth at the end of your meal.
  • No Oral Hygiene Changes: You'll also remove your trays to brush and floss your teeth, and won't need to master a new oral hygiene routine.
  • Shorter Treatment for Adults: You may only need to wear your trays for 6 to 12 months if you're an adult. Treatment time will depend on the extent of your orthodontic issues.

Transform your smile with Invisalign. Call your dentist in Honolulu, HI, Dr. Yasuhara to learn more about Invisalign.