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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
February 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Have you always wondered how dental implants are used to replace missing teeth?dental implants\

When we lose a tooth it can seem nearly impossible to understand how any artificial restoration could possibly take its place. While we completely understand that sentiment our Honolulu, HI, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Cecile Sebastian, is here to tell you that you can regain a full, healthy smile again with dental implants. Here’s why dental implants are an amazing option for those suffering from tooth loss:

Dental implants are truly the only dental restoration that is close as you will come to having a natural tooth. While nothing can ever give you your tooth back, dental implants are a pretty close second. After all, there is no other restoration that functions just like a tooth root.

The implant itself looks like a small metal screw or post. The purpose of the post is to replace your missing tooth roots. Under local anesthesia, we will drill a small hole into the jawbone where your missing tooth used to be. From there, we will implant the post into the hole. Over the course of a couple months, the bone and tissue will heal together with the implant. Once this happens, the implant has become a permanent part of your jawbone.

Now that the implant and bone are one, the next step is to attach a structure known as an abutment over the implant. You can think of an abutment like a prepared tooth that is ready for a dental crown. The abutment’s sole purpose is to connect the implant (which lies under the gums unseen) with the dental crown. Since the gums have to be opened up in order to place the abutment, the gums will require a few more weeks of healing after this procedure before the dental crown can be cemented or attached to the implant.

Implants offer a variety of benefits that other options like bridges and dentures can’t. Because implants are the only restoration that fuses naturally with the jawbone it also prevents bone loss. Furthermore, since the implant has now filled the gap left by your missing tooth there is no chance for the rest of your teeth to shift out of place.

Implants are made from titanium, so they are extremely resilient. This means that if you continue to maintain good oral hygiene and continue to see our Honolulu dentist for regular checkups your dental implant could last you the rest of your life.

Here at our Honolulu, HI, dental office, Dr. Sebastian and her staff pride themselves on offering dental care you can trust. Whether you want to get dental implants or you just need to schedule a routine cleaning, we are always here for you.

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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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