Posts for tag: Dental Crowns

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 – Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
February 18, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out the best times to get dental crowns and bridges for your smile.

It can be tough to figure out which cosmetic restoration is right for your dental problems. But this is where your Honolulu, HI cosmetic dental crownsdentist Dr. Ken Yasuhara comes in. We can tell you the right times to consider getting dental crowns and bridges to improve your oral health.

When is a dental crown used?

This tooth-shaped cap is placed over the entire crown of your tooth to improve aesthetics, function or shape. After the tooth is properly prepared, the custom-made crown will be fitted and then cemented into place.

Your Honolulu dentist may recommend getting a dental crown if:

  • Your large filling is no longer stable enough to maintain your tooth’s structure
  • You have a weak tooth that is prone to further fractures, cracks or chips
  • You need to restore a tooth that has been damaged by infection, decay or trauma
  • You want to cover a severely discolored or malformed tooth
  • You need to cover a dental implant
  • You are getting a dental bridge (dental crowns are used to support the bridge and keep it in place)

When is a dental bridge the right choice?

We may recommend getting a dental bridge if you need to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge will also prevent the rest of your natural teeth from shifting out of place, which can increase your chances of developing gum disease or other issues like TMJ disorder.

There are two types of dental bridges: permanent ones and removable ones. Removable bridges are also known as partial dentures. Permanent bridges are cemented into place using two dental crowns. To get a permanent dental bridge you will need to have healthy adjacent teeth that can be prepared for dental crowns. A bridge consists of two dental crowns on either end with a false tooth in the middle. The bridge will need healthy natural teeth to support it.

Of course, we’ll want to make sure that you continue to keep your mouth healthy and free of gum disease or cavities once you get your new restoration. Ideal candidates will maintain good oral hygiene, will visit their general dentist in Honolulu regularly and will be dedicated to properly caring for their new restoration.

Turn to Ken Yasuhara Aesthetic & Restorative Dentistry in Honolulu for all of your smile needs. From preventive care to smile makeovers, we do it all!

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS
December 04, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Smile ImageEveryone wants the perfect smile; however, not everyone is born with one. If you are weighing cosmetic dentistry in Honolulu to see what treatment is right for you, here are some of the most popular and common cosmetic dental procedures Ken Yasuhara, DDS performs:
 

Dental bonding

 
For those with minor chips, cracks or small gaps between teeth, this conservative treatment might be enough to get the smile you want. Dental bonding uses the same special resin that is used to fill cavities. Your Honolulu dentist will shape the resin to hide your minor imperfections and close up dental gaps. Bonding is not meant for major smile restorations, however.
 

Teeth whitening

 
If commercial whitening products are falling flat you may want to turn to professional teeth whitening. In under an hour your smile will be significantly brighter (for some patients, they can leave our office with smiles up to ten shades whiter) and you won’t have to worry about messy trays or fighting with whitening strips to get the whiter smile you crave. Those with yellow stains will benefit the most from teeth whitening, while stains that are gray, blue or brown may be harder to remove. Also remember that any dental work you have (e.g. fillings; crowns) will not respond to bleaching agents.
 

Dental veneers

 
Are you dealing with gaps or overcrowding? Are your front teeth chipped, cracked or misshapen? If so, veneers could eliminate all of these dental woes. During this procedure we will shave down about ½ millimeter of your tooth’s enamel to accommodate the veneers, which are tooth-colored porcelain shells that are designed to go over the front of your teeth. Once the minimal tooth preparation is complete, we will use a special cement to adhere the veneers to your natural teeth and then a laser beam will cure the cement to permanently attach the veneers. Since some of your tooth’s enamel will need to be removed for this procedure, veneers are not considered reversible.
 

Dental crowns

 
When you are dealing with severe decay or a broken tooth, you may need to replace the tooth altogether in order to restore its function and aesthetics. In this case, a dental crown is recommended. Dental crowns are tooth-shaped covers that go over the crown of your tooth to hide damage and to create a stronger smile. Dental crowns make it easier to speak to friends and enjoy your favorite meals.
 

Dental implants

 
If you are suffering with tooth loss you may be fed up with fragile dentures. If you’re looking for a long-term solution to replace a missing tooth, dental implants could hold the key to your new smile. A dental implant consists of a small metal post that is implanted into the jawbone. Over the course of a few months, the gums and bones will begin to fuse and grow around the implant, making it a permanent structure in your mouth. After this is complete, a dental crown will be placed over the implant to complete your smile. While this is a more expensive cosmetic treatment, it is durable and meant to last a lifetime.
 
To find out more about how cosmetic dentistry in Honolulu could give you the smile you want, call Ken Yasuhara, DDS to schedule your consultation. We would be happy to see which cosmetic option would best fit your needs.