Posts for tag: CEREC

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
March 04, 2022
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: CEREC  

The development of the CEREC system is one of the most revolutionary developments in dentistry. It allows your dentist to create a new dental crown or restoration right there in his office. Say goodbye to multiple appointments and uncomfortable temporary solutions. Dr. Ken Yasuhara in Honolulu, HI, offers these fast and efficient restorations for all eligible patients. Here's everything you've ever wanted to know about CEREC.

What is CEREC?

CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic. It is a 3D chairside design and milling technology that allows dentists to design and build high-quality dental restorations (onlays, inlays, bridges, or crowns) in one single visit. Who wouldn't like to have attractive, high-quality dental restorations in only one appointment at the dentist?

CEREC Procedure 

First, a camera is used to take a digital photo of your tooth. The CEREC software then takes the photo and converts it into a 3-D virtual model on the computer screen. Your dentist works with the software to design your perfect restoration. Finally, a ceramic block that matches the shade of your tooth is placed in the CEREC milling machine. The machine then does what it’s designed to do and makes you a new restoration right there!

Benefits of CEREC

Your dental restoration is created from a thick, durable block of ceramic that is able to withstand wear and tear. CEREC dental restorations won't crack or leak over time. They are also tailored to match the natural shade of your teeth. Nothing gives the same luster and depth as CEREC dental restorations. With CEREC dental restorations you can have a smile that's strong and beautiful!

If you need a dental restoration, why wait? We can help you today. Call Dr. Ken Yasuhara in Honolulu, HI, 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
July 16, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

If you feel as though your damaged, broken, or worn smile is sub-par, restoring it can give your confidence the boost it needs to look great dental crownsand feel even better. In the past, dental restorations like crowns or bridges required several weeks and the help of a dental laboratory before their completion. CEREC, a technology widely used by modern dentists, skips the laboratory step completely and allows your dentist to design and create dental restorations right in their office. Find out more about CEREC and how it can benefit you with Dr. Ken Yasuhara in Honolulu, HI.

What is CEREC?
A CEREC dental restoration system allows your dentist to design and create porcelain dental restorations like crowns and bridges right inside their office rather than outsourcing it to a dental laboratory. CEREC is a system which uses a special wand to create a 3D model of your mouth rather than an old-fashioned clay impression, CAD/CAM technology to design the restoration to your mouth’s specifications, and a machine which utilizes laser technology to carve the restoration from a block of ceramic. From there, your dentist will put the finishing touches on the restoration and place it on your tooth. The entire process has a wait time of only about an hour.

Can I benefit from CEREC? 
In the past, dentists had to rely on a dental laboratory to design and create restorations by hand, a process which took about two weeks. Patients would need an appointment before and after these two weeks to complete their restoration. However, CEREC saves you time, money, and stress by combining the process into a single, simple dental visit. CEREC cuts out the laboratory step completely, including its wait times and fees. CEREC only uses the highest quality materials and ensures that you leave your dentist’s office with a full, natural-looking smile.

CEREC Restorations in Honolulu, HI
If you think you can benefit from CEREC porcelain dental restorations, you should consult with your dentist to ensure that this treatment is right for you. Ask about CEREC dental restorations at your next routine dental examination and cleaning. For more information on CEREC, please contact Dr. Ken Yasuhara in Honolulu, HI. Call (808) 947-8900 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Yasuhara today!

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
June 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how same-day crowns work and how you could get this brand new restoration quickly.cerec, dental crowns

Going to the dentist isn’t always easy to fit into your schedule. Our Honolulu cosmetic dentist, Dr. Ken Yasuhara, is always happy when patients are able to come in for their routine cleanings, since we know how busy everyone is. Of course, your busy schedule should never get in the way of good oral health. If you need to get a dental crown, we offer a simple and fast way to get one without the wait.

Tell Me About CEREC Crowns

The dental crown you can now get through CEREC technology looks just the same as traditional crowns, the only difference is that you’ll get your crown in just one visit rather than coming back for multiple visits. This is certainly an ideal option for anyone who doesn’t relish the idea of coming in to the dentist more than they have to, which—let’s be honest—is everyone.

These crowns are still used to repair damaged teeth, boost strength, restore function and improve aesthetics; however, instead of using a dental lab to create your crown, our Honolulu dentist will make your crown right here in the office while you wait. We will even be able to determine the proper shade that will make this restoration blend in with the rest of your smile.

Getting CEREC Crowns

Getting a crown has never been easier thanks to CEREC technology. Now when you come into our office we can take the impressions we need of your teeth, design your crown, make it and even place it all in one visit. Here are the steps involved in getting CEREC crowns:

Step 1: Impressions are taken to measure your teeth so that we can create a crown that fits properly. Getting these impressions is simple thanks to a small handheld device that will take pictures of the tooth to get the precise measurements we need.

Step 2: These dental images will be uploaded onto the computer where our advanced CEREC software will turn these images into 3D renderings. These 3D images will allow us to design a crown that fits perfectly over your tooth.

Step 3: Once the crown has been designed, it’s time to make it come to life! We will choose the proper shade of porcelain and then place the porcelain block into the milling station. This machine will then chisel away the block to make your crown.

Step 4: Your crown is now complete and ready to be cemented into place over your tooth. You’ll leave our office with a completely restored smile.

Regardless of whether you have questions about CEREC crowns or you want to book a consultation, give our Honolulu dentist a call today to learn more. Getting proper dental care doesn’t have to be a long or drawn-out process when you choose CEREC.

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS
December 15, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: CEREC  

State-of-the-art technology promises a flawless dental crown in a single visit.


It’s surprisingly common for people to have a damaged tooth due to untreated decay or trauma. About 15 million Americans suffer dental injuries and roughly 78 percent of Americans have had at least one cavity by the time they are 17 years old.


However, sometimes teeth are so damaged that a simple filling just won’t be enough to preserve the tooth’s function. In these cases a dental crown is needed; however, if you’ve had a dental crown in the past you may remember that it took multiple visits and even wearing a temporary crown before you finally got your permanent crown. It was quite the ordeal; however, no you don’t have to go through all this. Find out how CEREC in Honolulu could take the stress out of getting your next crown.


What is CEREC?


Also referred to as Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (we know, it’s a mouthful!), CEREC uses innovative CAD/CAM technology to create and fabricate a dental crown quickly and effectively. This technology uses a camera, computer and milling machine to design and fabricate your dental crown in one visit.


What is a CEREC appointment like?


If you’ve had crowns in the past than you are all too familiar with the impressions we had to take; however, CEREC makes this process obsolete. Instead we use our camera to take photos of the damaged tooth. This photo is then uploaded to our computer where we will then employ the use of our CAD technology to create your dental crown. Once designed, the CAM technology takes over to fabricate the crown as you wait. Once the crown is fully fabricated, we will bond it to your tooth to fully restore function and aesthetics.


What are the advantages of CEREC?


Getting your dental crown now only takes an hour rather than a week. This means not having to worry about wearing a temporary crown in the interim (since your crown is fabricated while you wait). This revolutionary technology creates a superior crown that looks just like a natural tooth. Plus, studies have found that CEREC restorations are just as successful as traditional crowns.


If properly cared for, your CEREC crown can last anywhere from five to 15 years. This means keeping up with good oral hygiene and dental care to ensure your crowns last as long as possible. If you’re interested in getting a CEREC crown, give us a call today.