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By Mildred Arucan-Masunaga, DDS
March 23, 2022
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Crowns  

This simple restoration might be all you need to restore your oral health.

Has Dr. Mildred Arucan-Masunga in Wahiawa, HI, recently told you that you need a dental crown? If so, you may be trying to do a little research to better understand this dental restoration and why it’s recommended. We believe it’s important to educate our patients about dental care and the services we offer. Find out everything you ever needed to know about dental crowns!

What Are They?

First of all, it’s important to understand what a dental crown is before you understand what it does. A crown is a dental cap that is custom-made to look just like the crown of a tooth. It is often made from porcelain or other durable tooth-colored materials like composite resin or ceramic. The shade of the material used is even matched to the rest of your teeth to ensure that it’s as close to your smile’s natural shade as possible.

A crown is a popular restoration because it can do so much for a smile and yet the restoration itself is so simple. Just by applying this crown over your tooth, we can alter the shape, size, color, and overall appearance of the tooth to enhance your smile and improve your oral health.

A crown is often recommended if:

-Your tooth has extensive decay that a dental filling won’t be able to support

-You have undergone root canal treatment

-You want to get a dental bridge (crowns are used to support this fixed oral prosthetic)

-You need to cover a dental implant (a restoration that replaces missing teeth)

-Your tooth is weak

-You have an aesthetically unpleasing tooth

Getting a dental crown is a very straightforward process. Since each crown is one of a kind, we will need to take exact measurements of your mouth to make sure it fits properly. These measurements are sent to a dental lab where they will get to work creating your crown.

In the meantime, we will need to prep the tooth for your new restoration. This will require our dentist to shave a significant amount of enamel off the crown of the tooth to make room for the crown. This tooth preparation is performed under local anesthesia, so you won’t feel a thing.

We will also place a temporary crown over the tooth until your permanent one is ready. Once the permanent crown is ready you will come back in for a final fitting to get your new tooth.

If you think your smile could benefit from a dental crown then let’s talk further. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Mildred Arucan-Masunga in Wahiawa, HI. Call 808-622-0001.

By Mildred Arucan-Masunaga, DDS
December 29, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Missing teeth don't have to change your smile. Dental implants provided by your Wahiawa, HI, dentist, Dr. Mildred Arucan-Masunaga will improve your appearance and your chewing ability.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small posts that replace the roots of missing teeth. Implants are made of titanium, a biocompatible metal that bonds to bones. The implant process starts when the tiny posts are added to your jawbone during minor oral surgery. Over the next three to six months, the implants osseointegrate with the surrounding bone, a process that causes them to become firmly attached to your jawbone.

As soon as your new roots are firmly attached, creating crowns, the next phase of the implant process begins. Crowns, restorations that replace the tops of missing teeth, are attached to dental implants with connectors called abutments. Your crowns are made from an impression of your mouth to ensure that they fit the space in your mouth perfectly.

How can dental implants help my smile?

Dental implants offer many benefits, including:

  • No More Chewing Difficulties: Losing even one tooth can affect your ability to bite, tear, grind and chew food easily. If you've lost multiple teeth, you may have even begun to limit your diet to soft foods to avoid chewing. Fortunately, dental implants offer excellent biting power and don't budge when you take a bite. Thanks to your new teeth, you'll no longer need to restrict your diet.
  • A More Attractive Smile: Feeling confident isn't easy when you have missing teeth. Luckily, dental implants from the Wahiawa, HI, dental office, will fill the gaps in your smile and improve your self-esteem.
  • Teeth That Feel Natural: Restorations that only replace the tops of teeth may feel bulky or uncomfortable. Even if the restorations fit perfectly, you may still be very aware of them. Fortunately, that's not an issue with dental implants. Because your new teeth are attached to your jawbone, they feel just like natural teeth.
  • A Healthier Smile: Dental implants can also help you avoid cavities. After the loss of one or more teeth, your other teeth begin to shift and overlap. Overlapping areas trap plaque, which can lead to painful cavities. Replacing your missing teeth with dental implants prevents shifting and reduces your cavity risk. Implants also provide constant stimulation needed for a healthy jawbone.

Are you interested in finding out if dental implants could help your smile? Call your dentist in Wahiawa, HI, Dr. Arucan-Masunaga, at (808) 622-0001 to schedule your appointment.

By Mildred Arucan-Masunaga, DDS
November 04, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Our smile says a lot about us, and it's the first thing that people see. No matter how well you brush and floss your teeth at home, they can still become dull or discolored. Things that we eat and drink can contribute to a discolored and stained smile. If you are tired of walking around with a smile that is not as white as it should be, visit Dr. Mildred Arucan-Masunaga for teeth whitening in Wahiawa, HI. Our office can restore the beauty of your smile in one visit.

Why Should I Get Professional Teeth Whitening?

If you are a smoker, enjoy wine, or have a daily cup of coffee, you may be dealing with yellow or discolored teeth. Even if you brush twice a day, it can be hard to remove the stains or restore your smile to its original brightness. Professional whitening can easily brighten your smile by several shades in just one visit.

Save Time and Money

You can use teeth whitening products at home, but the results will take a long time. You often have to use these products for weeks or months and the results do not last long. However, when you visit our office for teeth whitening in Wahiawa, HI, it will only take 1 hour for us to brighten your smile by up to eight shades. You can come into the office with yellow teeth and then leave with a bright white smile.

If you are interested in improving your smile and restoring your teeth to their greatest brightness, book an appointment at the office of Dr. Arucan-Masunaga today. We are your quick local resource for teeth whitening in Wahiawa, HI. Call us at (808) 622-0001 to take the next step.

By Mildred Arucan-Masunaga, DDS
October 11, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

How veneers from your dentist in Wahiawa, HI, can give you a fantastic smile

Did you know you can change the size, shape, and color of your teeth with one simple, conservative procedure? Did you know you can also minimize gaps and spaces between your teeth with this same procedure? It’s called veneer treatment, and it is the answer to a new smile!

Dr. Mildred Arucan-Masunaga, in Wahiawa, HI, offers a wide range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental services, including dental veneers to give you a fantastic smile.

Veneers are thin laminates, typically created out of porcelain. These laminates are cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth, hiding all types of aesthetic issues, including:

● Cracks and fracture lines
● Areas of broken tooth structure
● Chips and tooth wear
● Abrasion and erosion
● Blotchy, uneven color
● Stains and discolorations

Veneers are so versatile, you can also minimize some alignment and positioning issues, normally treated with orthodontics. Examples of this include:

● Minimizing the appearance of gaps and uneven spacing
● Making rotated, twisted teeth appear straighter
● Making overlapped teeth appear straighter

Veneers are versatile, and they are also conservative. That’s because your dentist removes little to no tooth structure. Just enough tooth structure is removed to compensate for the thickness of the veneers.

The porcelain used to make veneers has some unique properties like these:

● It reflects light, just like tooth enamel
● It closely resembles a natural tooth structure
● It resists stains, so it remains bright and beautiful for years

Your new porcelain veneers will require 2 to 3 appointments, beginning with a consultation appointment. It’s the perfect opportunity for you to ask any questions about your veneer treatment. Your dentist may even be able to show you what your new veneers will look like.

Don’t settle for a smile that is less than you deserve. Remake your smile with veneers! To discover more about the magic of veneers and how they can give you a fantastic smile, call Dr. Mildred Arucan-Masunaga, in Wahiawa, HI, at (808) 622-0001. Call now!

By Mildred Arucan-Masunaga, DDS
September 01, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

When you replace a missing tooth, you are taking a significant step into preserving your oral health. The dental office of Mildred S. Arucan-Masunaga DDS, located in Wahiawa, HI, offers dental implants as a great and effective way to replace missing teeth.

Why Replace Missing Teeth?

When you suffer from poor oral health, it can affect the rest of your body. For example, missing teeth can affect your bite, speech, and food choices. Furthermore, any alterations to the previous would cause social, psychological, and nutritional problems.

When teeth are lost, you start to rely more on the remaining teeth, leading to premature wear and tear and additional damage. Lastly, missing teeth can change your bite, and that can lead to headaches and jaw pain.

Overall, a natural consequence of missing teeth is deterioration in not only the appearance of your smile but also your overall health.

The Consequences of Missing Teeth

One thing to know is that the jaw needs all of your teeth to maintain its durability and structure. Your natural chewing motion stimulates the jaw so that the brain learns to send nutrients to keep it strong and healthy. With a missing tooth, you lose that stimulation, and the jaw will slowly begin to deteriorate without receiving the nutrition it needs.

Another consequence is that when you have a gap in your teeth, the other teeth around it will start to shift to fill in the hole. This shift will lead to a misaligned smile and bad bite.

Lastly, missing teeth can lead to premature aging. To maintain its structure, the face needs all of your teeth. Without one or more of them, your skin will start to sag and lead to premature aging.

Dental Implants For Tooth Replacement

Dental implants are an excellent tooth replacement option, and Dr. Arucan-Masunaga, in Wahiawa, HI, can custom-fit them for your smile. The reason they are recommended is that they are successful at every age and can last a lifetime.

Dental implants are made of titanium screws surgically placed into the jaw bone and topped with a crown. To prepare for their permanent placement, your dentist will perform an oral exam that may include X-rays of your mouth. Then, they will measure, color match, and fit your dental implants to ensure they are comfortable and natural-looking.

The benefits of dental implants include:

● Comfortable
● Long-lasting
● Durable
● Aesthetically pleasing

If you are ready to restore your smile, you should see a dentist you can trust. So call and make your dental implants consultation appointment today with Dr. Mildred Arucan-Masunga, located in Wahiawa, HI, at (808) 622-0001.

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