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Cecile Sebastian, DDS
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Honolulu, HI 96813
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By Cecile Sebastian, DDS
May 30, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Bonding  

Not everyone is blessed with a beautiful smile. Some people need a boost to have a smile that's up to par. This is where Dr. Cecile SmileSebastian comes in. She provides her Honolulu, HI, patients with cosmetic procedures, like bonding.

More About Bonds

Bonds are a type of cosmetic dentistry procedure that provides whiter, straighter, and contoured teeth.

Cosmetic bonding is the process of attaching or bonding materials on the surface of your tooth to change the color and shape of teeth. The material is fused on the natural tooth enamel to reinforce teeth using strong bonding materials, porcelain, and resin. Dental bonds have several purposes: reinforcing teeth and repairing chipped teeth, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Advantages of Bonds

Your Honolulu, HI, dentist uses bonds restore smiles and reinforce teeth but there are other advantages:

  • Repairs discolored, stained, or damaged teeth
  • Fixes chips and cracks to restore your smile
  • It's tooth-colored material that matches enamel
  • Eliminates unsightly gaps
  • It's a reversible procedure, unlike veneers because enamel isn't removed

Boding Procedure

The procedure takes about 30 to 60 minutes for every tooth.

  1. Dr. Sebastian examines teeth before the procedure to treat any decayed teeth.
  2. She uses local anesthesia to reduce discomfort during the procedure.
  3. Your dentist selects composite resin that matches the color of your tooth.
  4. The surface of the tooth is etched and conditioned to aid in bonding the plastic material to natural teeth
  5. Then putty-like resin material that matches your teeth is applied and molded to the desired shape on the tooth.
  6. The resin is hardened using a curing light and fuses to teeth.
  7. Finally, Dr. Sebastian will trim, shape, and polish the bonded material.

If you have any questions about receiving dental bonds, don't hesitate to contact Dr. Cecile Sebastian. She provides her Honolulu, HI, patients with the care they need.

By Cecile Sebastian, DDS
February 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Veneers  

You could get a completely new and improved smile in just 2-3 visits to our office.

While there are some lucky individuals who are gifted with perfect smiles, most of us will deal with little imperfections that impact the veneeroverall look of our smiles. If you wish your teeth were longer, more even or whiter then it might be time to turn to our Honolulu, HI, cosmetic dentist Dr. Cecile Sebastian to find out if dental veneers are right for you.

What are dental veneers?

Veneers are very thin layers of porcelain that are bonded to the front of your smile to alter the shape, size or color of your teeth. If you’ve ever wished your smile were just a little straighter, whiter or more even, then dental veneers might be the best cosmetic treatment to meet your needs.

The porcelain used is medical-grade and designed to look just like real tooth enamel. In fact, it even mimics the translucency and light reflection in the same way as enamel so no one will be able to tell that you even have dental veneers.

What goes into getting dental veneers?

Getting dental veneers is actually a pretty simple process and unlike other options like crowns, veneers require very little tooth preparation. Before getting veneers, we will need to shave off a very small amount of enamel from the front of your teeth (usually no more than 0.5mm). 

Once your teeth are prepped we will take impressions of your mouth. These impressions will provide a dental lab with the exact measurements they need to create your very own custom-made veneers. In the meantime, temporary veneers may be placed on your smile. Once your veneers are ready you’ll come in for a final fitting where we will bond the veneers directly to the front of your teeth.

Who is a good candidate for dental veneers?

If you are dealing with discolorations, chips and cracks, minor crowding or misshapen teeth then dental veneers could be the simple solution you need to get your dream smile. Of course, before you can get dental veneers our Honolulu dentist will need to examine your smile to make sure that your teeth are healthy enough for veneers.

Are you looking to get a smile makeover in Honolulu, HI? Want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for dental veneers? If so, then call our office today to schedule a consultation with our very own Dr. Sebastian. Your smile is waiting.

By Cecile Sebastian, DDS
November 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

The ideal treatment for your smile is one that gives you long-term, secure, and reliable results. Dental implants are that solution for patients who have recently experienced tooth loss. Decide if dental implants are the right restoration solution for you by reading below, and if you have any further questions regarding the topic, call Dr. Cecile Sebastian, a top dentist serving patients in Honolulu, HI.

Completing Your Smile with Dental Implants
Modern dental implantation technology has been helping patients since the 1970s, although the initial idea for them was conceived in the late 1940s. Experts discovered that when placed in healthy tissue, certain foreign objects will fuse with bone, meaning that a dental implant can stay as firmly attached to your jaw as your natural teeth can. When you have a sturdy implant, your dentist can craft a custom crown and connect it using an abutment device to fill in open spaces.

Are Implants Right for You?
Your Honolulu dentist will want to discuss dental implants with you very soon after tooth loss or extraction. This is because there is still likely to be enough bone tissue present to make you a good candidate for this procedure. You should also have a healthy immune system and be firmly committed to good oral hygiene (daily tooth brushing and flossing to avoid gum disease). The goal is to give you a whole new tooth that will last for a lifetime.

Dental Implants: The Procedure
You will need to visit the dentist about three times to have dental implants installed. The first part of the procedure is to surgically implant the titanium post into the jaw. A small part of the implant will be visible above the gumline, and will ultimately act as a support for a crown. At the second appointment, impressions will be taken, and the third appointment will be scheduled for crown placement. In some cases, a dentist may recommend gum grafting before the dental implantation procedure to regenerate new bone tissue, which will require a separate appointment.

Find Out More About Dental Implants
You need to schedule an initial consultation to find out if dental implants are right for you. Call (808) 537-2880 today to make an appointment with Dr. Cecile Sebastian at her Honolulu dentist office.

By Cecile Sebastian, DDS
August 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Today's root canal procedures are more precise and comfortable than ever before, especially when your dentist is Dr. Cecile Sebastian in root canalHonolulu, HI. An expert in neuromuscular dentistry and advanced restorative treatments, Dr. Sebastian uses root canal therapy to save compromised teeth, bringing them back to full form and function. Do you need a root canal?

Why would you need root canal therapy?

There are many reasons: advanced decay, infection, loss of tooth structure and more. The rationale is simple: save the tooth to preserve smile aesthetics, the ability to bite, chew and speak effectively and to avoid gaps which compromise adjoining teeth.

Dentists recommend extraction only when a tooth is damaged beyond repair. So, root canal therapy is a great alternative, so much so that more than 15 million of these simple treatments were performed last year alone in the US, says the American Association of Endodontists.

The treatment and aftercare

The procedure removes the interior pulp from each of a tooth's slender canals situated in each root (large molars have four). Dr. Sebastian cleans and disinfects the canals, sealing them with biocompatible gutta-percha to avoid additional contamination with harmful bacteria. Then, a temporary crown protects the tooth as it heals.

After healing is complete, the patient returns to the Honolulu, HI, dental office where Dr. Sebastian removes the temporary restoration, replacing it with a custom-made porcelain crown. Amazingly, teeth restored with root canal function well without their interior pulp and with good care remain strong and healthy. Just brush twice a day as usual and floss every day, too, to keep the site free of plaque and tartar.

Miscellaneous facts about root canal therapy

  1. Dr. Sebastian will examine your tooth with X-rays and visual inspection and also ask you about the onset, kind and severity of your symptoms.
  2. Many people who need root canal therapy have tremendous toothaches, drainage, reddened gums and swollen jaws. Thankfully, root canal therapy relieves all these problems, and because the dentist uses a local anesthetic, patients are completely comfortable throughout the procedure.
  3. The procedure takes just two visits. Length of the visits varies by how many canals the affected tooth has.

Keep that tooth

Yes, you'll be glad you had a root canal. If you're worried about a tooth, don't wait. Call Dr. Sebastian's office team to schedule an appointment: (808) 537-2880.

By Cecile Sebastian, DDS
April 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you feeling a little down about the change in your smile after tooth loss? Dental implants can restore your smile and raise your spirits. dental implantsOur Honolulu, HI, dentist, Dr. Cecile Sebastian, explains how the dental implant process works.

Dental implants act as synthetic roots

Your tooth roots hold your natural teeth securely in your jawbone. Dental implants do the same thing for your new tooth. Implants, which look like small titanium screws, are added to your jawbone during a minor oral surgical procedure. Your new implants begin to bond to your jawbone and will become strong and stable in just three to six months.

A dental crown completes your tooth

As soon as bonding is complete, you'll receive an abutment, a small screw that attaches your implant to a dental crown. We'll also make an impression of your mouth and send it to the dental laboratory that will create the crown. As soon as the crown is ready, you'll return to our Honolulu office, where it will be attached to the abutment.

Implants offer excellent benefits

Failing to replace a missing tooth can cause several oral health problems. Once your tooth is gone, your other teeth may begin to shift and overlap. Overlapping teeth can change your bite and also make it hard to thoroughly remove cavity-causing plaque.

In addition to bite problems and an increased tooth decay risk, you may also experience jaw resorption. The problem occurs when the jawbone underneath your empty socket shrinks because it no longer receives stimulation from tooth roots. Over time, resorption can weaken your jaw and even cause your remaining teeth to loosen. Because implants press on your jawbone the same way your roots do, resorption is much less likely to occur.

Dental implants offer an excellent tooth restoration option if you've lost just one tooth but can also be used to replace multiple teeth. Implant-supported dentures and bridges offer improved comfort and no loss of biting power.

Costs are always a concern when you consider any type of dental work. Many people find that dental implants are a less expensive option in the long-term than bridges or dentures. Because dental implants bond to your jawbone, they'll most likely last your entire life. Dentures and bridges have a limited lifespan and are usually replaced every 10 to 15 years.

Are you interested in learning if you're a good candidate for dental implants? Call our Honolulu, HI, dentist, Dr. Sebastian, at (808) 537-2880 to schedule your appointment.

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Dr. Cecile D. Sebastian

Dr. Sebastian is a dedicated professional who enjoys the practice of dentistry. Together with her enthusiastic team, they are able to deliver the most advanced procedures and techniques that dentistry has to offer in a comfortable and welcoming environment.

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