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 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
March 11, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Dr. Ken Yasuhara in Honolulu, HI, uses porcelain veneers to give patients the dazzling smile they've always wanted. Veneers are a way to redesign your entire smile without having surgery or a major procedure. Come see us and get a complete smile makeover with veneers!

Porcelain veneers in Honolulu, HI

Veneers can reshape your teeth and transform your entire smile. Veneers are made from a thin porcelain shell that fits around your tooth and changes its appearance. They are designed to look and feel like natural teeth. Chipped teeth, crooked teeth, and even small gaps in the teeth can all be corrected with a set of veneers. If you have more than one cosmetic issue you want to address in your smile, veneers could be the solution for you.

Getting veneers

The process of getting veneers can take as little as two appointments. First, you should discuss the look you want for your new smile with your dentist. Everything from the shape of the teeth to the shade of your smile is customizable with veneers.

Your teeth may be filed or prepared to make sure there is room around the tooth for your new veneer. Molds will be taken of your newly prepared teeth. These molds are used to ensure a perfect fit for your new veneers when they are fabricated. Ask your dentist about temporary smile options to wear while your custom veneers are being made.

At a final appointment, veneers are bonded directly to your teeth and you leave with a brand new smile! Caring for your new veneers is as easy as caring for your natural teeth. Your dentist will recommend brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Porcelain veneers can stain over time so be careful of your use of coffee, wine, and tobacco products.

If you're tired of your smile and want to have a perfect set of beautiful teeth, porcelain veneers can give you the smile you've always wanted. Dr. Yasuhara transforms patient smiles with porcelain veneers. Contact us in Honolulu, HI, at (808) 947-8900 to schedule an appointment.

By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
December 31, 2020
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

You can enjoy a complete smile transformation with the right cosmetic dentistry procedures. Whether you need to repair a chipped tooth or want a whiter smile, for example, there are many services and treatments that can deliver the results you desire. We offer numerous cosmetic dentistry options at Ken Yasuhara, DDS – Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry in Honolulu, HI where Dr. Ken Yasuhara can help you find the right procedure to achieve your dream smile.

How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Help

Cosmetic dentistry can address a wide range of concerns so you can enjoy a smile you love. You might also experience a boost in confidence when you see your newly refreshed smile. Some of the cosmetic issues that can be corrected or improved with the right cosmetic dentistry procedure include:

  • A gummy smile
  • Receding gums
  • Dull or stained teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Oddly shaped teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowded teeth

Cosmetic Dentistry Services and Treatments

We offer many different cosmetic dentistry services at our office in Honolulu. Dr. Yasuhara can recommend specific procedures or treatments to help you achieve the smile you desire. Some of the services provided by the dentist include:

Teeth Whitening — A treatment for eliminating stains and discolorations on teeth, as well as brightening a dull smile. Professional teeth whitening can be performed in the office or at home with a take-home kit. In-office whitening is the fastest way to achieve a whiter smile, but both options deliver professional results that last longer than those obtained using over-the-counter products.

Cosmetic Bonding — Procedure for repairing teeth with chipped or cracked areas. Cosmetic bonding can also close small gaps between teeth or conceal discolorations. The procedure involves the application of tooth-colored material to the problem area. Once dry, the bonding material is permanently bonded to the tooth and the problem area will no longer be noticeable.

Tooth-Colored Fillings — A type of dental filling that blends in with the natural teeth. Tooth-colored fillings are used to fill cavities like other fillings, but are more discreet. Since they are white, no one will know you have them.

Tooth Contouring and Reshaping — A procedure for giving oddly shaped teeth a more pleasing appearance. Small portions of enamel are carefully removed until the tooth has a more desirable shape the tooth. The procedure can also be used to create more space between overlapping teeth.

Porcelain Veneers — Extremely thin covers that can be bonded to the front of teeth create a flawless appearance by concealing imperfections, such as discolorations, chipped areas, or cracks.

Cosmetic Gum Surgery — The gums can affect the appearance of your smile by the way they frame your teeth. Cosmetic gum surgery can be performed to treat receding gums, an uneven gum line, or a gummy smile caused by excess gum tissue.

If you are not completely happy with your smile, we can help you find the right cosmetic dentistry procedure to achieve the results you desire. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Yasuhara to discuss your cosmetic dentistry options by calling Ken Yasuhara, DDS – Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry in Honolulu, HI at (808) 947-8900.

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.





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