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By Todd G. Yoshino DDS
February 04, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

A great smile compliments the real you by expressing your personality and showing people who you are. Unfortunately, dental defects can sometimes stop you from wanting to show your teeth off. However, cosmetic dentistry services can change all of that. Your Federal Way dentist, Dr. Todd Yoshino, loves to make people smile with confidence. As such, he offers many aesthetic treatments to recreate damaged smiles. Learn more here.

 

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dental services build on the foundation of healthy teeth and gums. They cover, rebuild, remove stains, realign crooked teeth, and more. Applied singly or in combination as a complete smile makeover, aesthetic treatments from Dr. Yoshino's Federal Way office are sure ways to make it so your smile is brimming with good health and confidence.

Cosmetic dentists have specialized training in state-of-the-art dental techniques. Combined with premier materials, these techniques render artistic results that are truly individualized.

At the heart of any makeover—whether simple or complex—is the dentist/patient consultation. During this dental, you will tell Dr. Yoshino what you would like to improve, and then be presented with realistic ideas on how to arrive at these goals. A finalized treatment plan works toward those goals step by step.

 

Offered cosmetic services

One of the most popular cosmetic services available is professional teeth whitening. Delivered either during one in-office visit or more gradually at home via custom-made acrylic trays, concentrated peroxide gel powers out stains from tobacco, dark drinks, dark foods, and some prescription drugs. It's an economical, fast, and supervised way to brighten dull tooth enamel for an immediate impact.

Another popular service is composite resin bonding. Using a tooth-colored blend of glass particles and plastic, Dr. Yoshino adds structure and shape to teeth flawed by cracks, chips, uneven length, small gaps, and more. Cured and polished, composite resin is durable and natural-looking.

Composite resin bonding often is combined with porcelain veneers. Veneers, or dental laminates, disguise the front side of teeth which have larger defects, such as substantial chips, intractable stains, or odd positioning (tooth rotation). Often called "instant orthodontics," customized veneers strengthen tooth enamel, too. They are a less invasive alternative to dental crowns.

Finally, for people desiring straighter, healthier smiles with less hassle than traditional braces, Dr. Yoshino offers Invisalign clear aligners. Made of smooth, biocompatible acrylic, these snug aligners reposition teeth discreetly and quickly for the best cosmetic and oral health benefits possible.

 

Interested? Call us today!

For more information what cosmetic dentistry can do for you, contact Dr. Yoshino's office at (253) 815-0441.

3ThingsYouMightNoticewithYourChildsTeethThatNeedaDentist

Dental disease doesn’t discriminate by age. Although certain types of disease are more common in adults, children are just as susceptible, particularly to tooth decay.

Unfortunately, the early signs of disease in a child’s teeth can be quite subtle—that’s why you as a parent should keep alert for any signs of a problem. Here are 3 things you might notice that definitely need your dentist’s attention.

Cavities. Tooth decay occurs when mouth acid erodes tooth enamel and forms holes or cavities. The infection can continue to grow and affect deeper parts of the tooth like the pulp and root canals, eventually endangering the tooth’s survival. If you notice tiny brown spots on their teeth, this may indicate the presence of cavities—you should see your dentist as soon as possible. To account for what you don’t see, have your child visit your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings and checkups.

Toothache. Tooth pain can range from a sensitive twinge of pain when eating or drinking hot or cold foods to a throbbing sharp pain. Whatever its form, a child’s toothache might indicate advancing decay in which the infection has entered the tooth pulp and is attacking the nerves. If your child experiences any form of toothache, see your dentist the next day if possible. Even if the pain goes away, don’t cancel the appointment—it’s probable the infection is still there and growing.

Bleeding gums. Gums don’t normally bleed during teeth brushing—the gums are much more resilient unless they’ve been weakened by periodontal (gum) disease (although over-aggressive brushing could also be a cause). ┬áIf you notice your child’s gums bleeding after brushing, see your dentist as soon as possible—the sooner they receive treatment for any gum problems the less damage they’ll experience, and the better chance of preserving any affected teeth.

If you would like more information on dental care for your child, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Todd G. Yoshino DDS
December 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
J-LosUnluckyBreakChippingaToothonStage

Whether she’s singing, dancing or acting, Jennifer Lopez is a performer who is known for giving it all she’s got. But during one show, Lopez recently admitted, she gave a bit more then she had planned.

“I chipped my tooth on stage,” she told interviewers from Entertainment Tonight, “and had to finish the show….I went back thinking ‘Can I finish the show like this?’”

With that unlucky break, J-Lo joins a growing list of superstar singers—including Taylor Swift and Michael Buble—who have something in common: All have chipped their teeth on microphones while giving a performance.

But it’s not just celebs who have accidental dental trouble. Chips are among the most common dental injuries—and the front teeth, due to their position, are particularly susceptible. Unfortunately, they are also the most visible. But there are also a number of good ways to repair chipped, cracked or broken teeth short of replacing them.

For minor to moderate chips, cosmetic bonding might be recommended. In this method, special high-tech resins, in shades that match your natural teeth, are applied to the tooth’s surface. Layers of resin, cured with a special light, will often restore the tooth to good appearance. Best of all, the whole process can often be done in just one visit to the dental office, and the results can last for several years.

For a more permanent repair—or if the damage is more extensive—dental veneers may be another option. Veneers are wafer-thin shells that cover the entire front surface of one or more teeth. Strong, durable and natural-looking, they can be used to repair moderate chips, cracks or irregularities. They can also help you get a “red-carpet” smile: brilliant white teeth with perfectly even spacing. That’s why veneers are so popular among Hollywood celebs—even those who haven’t chipped their teeth!

Fortunately, even if the tooth is extensively damaged, it’s usually possible to restore it with a crown (cap), a bridge—or a dental implant, today’s gold standard for whole-tooth replacement. But in many cases, a less complex type of restoration will do the trick.

Which tooth restoration method did J-Lo choose? She didn’t say—but luckily for her adoring fans, after the microphone mishap she went right back up on stage and finished the show.

If you have a chipped tooth but you need to make the show go on, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Artistic Repair of Chipped Teeth With Composite Resin” and “Porcelain Veneers.”

By Todd G. Yoshino DDS
December 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

If you feel like your smile brings down your entire appearance due to misaligned teeth or a bite that doesn’t line up, you may benefit from orthodontic care. Known more commonly as braces, orthodontics focus on making your smile more beautiful while also increasing functionality—however, traditional options leave you with a mouth full of uncomfortable metal during treatment. Luckily, Invisalign can help correct your teeth and jaw in a much less obvious way. Learn more about orthodontic care and how it can benefit you by reading below, and contact Dr. Todd Yoshino in Federal Way, WA, for treatment!

What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a method of orthodontic care that uses clear, plastic aligner trays instead of traditional metal brackets and wires. These aligner trays, worn for about two weeks at a time, place gentle pressure onto the teeth in certain places to move them into their new, corrected positions. The trays are comfortable and virtually invisible to those around you, allowing you to straighten your smile without compromising your look.

Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?
Patients considering Invisalign should keep in mind that they must wear their trays for at least 22 hours a day, including while asleep. Patients may, however, remove the trays to brush their teeth and eat. Additionally, an excellent at-home oral care routine becomes more important than ever when undergoing orthodontic care, as problems like teeth decay and gum disease can compromise treatment.

Invisalign treatments
If you think you can benefit from Invisalign, your dentist will suggest a consultation and examination at their Federal Way office. During this visit, they will examine your teeth and take x-rays to ensure that you are a good candidate for Invisalign and would not be better served by other orthodontic options. If you are allowed to move forward with treatment, you can expect to take a 3D model of your mouth and a video showing you exactly how your teeth will move during your Invisalign experience. After approving the video, the Invisalign laboratory will customize each tray to your treatment plan.

For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Todd Yoshino in Federal Way, WA. Call (253) 815-0441 to schedule your appointment for an Invisalign consultation with Dr. Yoshino today!

RegardlessofWhatYouveSeenOnlineDontFearaRootCanalTreatment

With smart phone in hand, you can instantaneously find out just about anything. Unfortunately, online search results aren’t always accurate. Case in point: there’s an idea floating on the World Wide Web that root canal treatments cause cancer.

Sounds ludicrous? Yes, but like other strange ideas this one has historical roots (pardon the pun). In the early 20th Century, a dentist named Weston Price propagated the idea that leaving a “dead” organ in the body caused health problems. By his view, a root canal-treated tooth fell into this category and could potentially cause, among other things, cancer.

But concern over root canal treatment safety is on shaky ground: dentistry examined Dr. Price’s ideas over sixty years ago and found them wanting. But first, let’s look at what a root canal treatment can actually do for your health.

Tooth decay is an infection that first attacks the outer tooth enamel and then continues to advance until it infects the inner pulp. It can then travel through the root canals to the roots and bone. Without intervention, the infection will result in tooth loss.

We use a root canal treatment to save the tooth from this fate. During the procedure we remove and disinfect all of the diseased or dead tissue within the pulp and root canals. We then fill the empty chamber and canals with a special filling and seal the tooth to prevent any further infection. And while technically the procedure renders a tooth unable to respond to thermal sensitivity or tooth decay, the tooth is still alive as it is attached to the periodontal ligament and its blood supply and nerve tissue. The tooth can still “feel” if you bite on something too hard and it doesn’t affect the tooth’s function or health, or a patient’s overall health for that matter.

As to Dr. Price’s theory, extensive studies beginning in the 1950s have examined the potential health risk of root canal treatments. The latest, a 2013 patient survey study published in a journal of the American Medical Association, not only found no evidence linking root canal treatment to cancer, but a lower risk of oral cancer in 45% of patients who had undergone multiple root canal treatments.

While root canal treatments do have potential side effects, none are remotely as serious as this online “factoid” about cancer. It’s far more likely to benefit your health by saving your tooth.

If you would like more information on root canal treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Root Canal Safety.”