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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.

By Cecile Sebastian, DDS
January 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how dental filling works, why they are placed and the benefits you’ll enjoy.fillings

Most people, at some point during their lifetime, will deal with a cavity. We know that this isn’t the news you wanted to hear. Sure, our Honolulu, HI dentist, Dr. Cecile Sebastian, wants everyone to take preventive dental care seriously to protect against common dental problems like cavities and gum disease; however, if you do fall victim to a cavity, do not despair. Dental fillings are here to the rescue.

What is a dental filling?

This is one of the most common dental restorations and, just as the name suggests, this dental material is used to fill a tooth that has lost some enamel due to decay. Untreated decay is a serious issue because it will continue to spread further until the damage is irreparable. This is why those six-month dental checkups are so important for your oral health.

A filling is designed to improve the appearance while also restoring function and strength back into a tooth that has suffered from decay. A filling is most often made from composite resin, a moldable material that can easily be shaped and contoured around the cavity. Before a filling is placed, the shade of the resin we use is matched to the tooth to ensure that the only person who knows you have a filling is you. The filling will easily blend in with the rest of the tooth so you won’t even know its there.

How is a dental filling placed?

First, our Honolulu family dentist will need to remove the cavity using a dental drill. Once the cavity has been removed this will stop the spread of decay; however, the tooth still needs to be rebuilt. Once we choose the appropriate resin shade, we will apply a thin layer of the resin over the cavity. We will contour and trim it before hardening it with a dental light. We will continue to apply the resin layer by layer until the tooth is fully restored.

If you are dealing with a toothache or if you notice other changes to your oral health it is important that you don’t ignore these issues. Contact our Honolulu, HI, cosmetic dental office today to schedule a much-needed appointment with Dr. Sebastian.

By Cecile Sebastian, DDS
November 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you looking to brighten up your teeth?teeth whitening

Here in Honolulu, HI, Dr. Cecile Sebastian has what you need. Forget those days of you covering up your smile because of yellow and/or stained teeth. Your smile can become several shades whiter.

But how did they become yellow and stained anyway?

Part of the reason our teeth become discolored is because of age. Some other reasons include:

  • Smoking and Chewing tobacco
  • Eating certain foods, such a blueberries
  • Drink using a straw
  • Drinking coffee and/or tea

So how will my Honolulu dentist make my teeth whiter?

A device designed to keep your cheeks and lips open is placed your mouth. This device will ensure the tissue in your mouth does not come in contact with the gel the dentist will use to whiten your teeth. The doctor will then apply gel on the surface of your teeth.

Types of Teeth Whitening:

The in-office procedure is convenient and doesn't take long. The gel is left on your teeth for a few minutes and, if necessary, a laser is used to speed up the process. Dr. Cecile will remove the gel, then reapply the teeth whitening gel several times throughout the one-hour treatment.

Forget those over-the-counter teeth whitening kits. They don't contain high concentrations of vital components such as hydrogen peroxide. Dr. Cecile and her team, on the other hand, know exactly how to handle, use and oversee the effects of teeth whitening gels containing these materials. This will allow you to have whiter teeth in a shorter amount of time compared to the home kits and you'll have the added benefit of it being safe since dental experts will be taking care of you.

If your dental stains are severe though, you may need more than one session. This decision will depend on what your doctor's assessment of your teeth is.

If you have you have any questions or concerns about getting a whiter smile, call your Dr. Sebastian in Honolulu, HI, at (808) 537-2880.

Dr. Sebastian

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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