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By Todd G. Yoshino DDS
March 27, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Healthy TeethDissatisfied with the appearance of your smile? Are chips, gaps or dark stains detracting from how you look and feel? At the dental practice of Dr. Todd Yoshino, your dentist in Federal Way, WA, you can change all that with porcelain veneers, tooth-shaped shells of premium grade porcelain. Veneers camouflage many kinds of defects, beautifying, and reinforcing weak enamel. You can reshape your smile!

See Dr. Yoshino first

This Federal Way dentist excels in cosmetic dental services. He recommends veneers to patients with healthy teeth which just need a boost in color, texture, shape, or size. Perhaps you cracked a tooth or two in a fall. Maybe tobacco stains have darkened your front teeth, or did Nature give you uneven or strangely shaped teeth?

Whatever the case, an oral examination, X-rays and discussion with Dr. Yoshino will tell if porcelain veneers are the right choice. Veneers represent an investment in time, money, and choice-yes, choice. You need to inform your dentist of the changes you'd like to see. He'll tell you what's possible and advisable. Then, you can proceed with your plan. Dr. Yosino may even give you a preview of your final smile. (You'll be amazed at the change.)

The veneer treatment

Your porcelain veneers require two to three visits to the dental office. Here are the steps involved:

  1. Oral impressions Using these, a master ceramist will fabricate each veneer from thin, translucent porcelain.
  2. Enamel resurfacing The dentist removes a small portion of tooth enamel so the veneers fit correctly.
  3. Wearing of temporary veneers These resin laminates will protect your tooth as you wait for your permanent veneers.
  4. Placement and bonding of the new veneers Dr. Yoshino will check the fit carefully and then apply a strong, tooth-colored cement, curing it with a UV light.

You may experience slight dental or gingival sensitivity during the subsequent few days, but overall, you'll adjust to your reshaped smile rapidly. Brush and floss carefully, and see Dr. Yoshino about any problems or concerns you have. Of course, keep your routine dental visits, too.

Veneers last upwards of ten years and are highly resistant to stains, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. So, anticipate having a great smile for a long, long time.

Veneers make a big difference

More and more people have determined to improve their smiles and their personal outlooks with porcelain veneers. Will you be the next happy patient? See Dr. Yoshino for a cosmetic dentistry consultation. He'll give you all the details. Phone us for an appointment in Federal Way, WA, (253) 815-0441.

By Todd G. Yoshino DDS
January 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Many factors cause dental damage. Extensive decay, oral trauma, multiple fillings, infection and even congenital factors may leave teeth dental crownsweak and discolored. However, today's restorative dental procedures save many failing teeth. One of the most common and effective is the dental crown. Placed by Federal Way, WA dentist, Dr. Todd Yoshino, dental crowns make weak teeth strong, beautiful and functional again. Read about them here.

How crowns work

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped restorations which cover and protect failing or misshapen teeth. Customized for the unique needs of the patient according to oral impressions, a crown is fabricated from:

  • All-porcelain
  • Porcelain fused to metal (PFM)
  • Composite resin (the same material used in tooth-colored fillings)

Today's material of choice usually is porcelain because of its natural appearance, durability, and suitability in most locations in the mouth. If you need a crown, your Federal Way dentist will help you decide which material would work best.

Getting a crown

Dr. Yoshino takes oral impressions and devises a treatment plan for the dental lab to follow. Also, he prepares the tooth by removing enamel, shaping the remaining healthy portion to receive the restoration. Some teeth require posts or other augmentation so they are sufficiently strong and stable. Additionally, most patients wear temporary caps while their permanent restorations are crafted.

To place the permanent crown, Dr. Yoshino removes the temporary and uses a special adhesive to bond the new one securely over the natural tooth structure. He makes sure the fit is right and that the restored tooth bites together properly with the opposite arch.

Keeping a crown

The lifespan of a dental crown varies, with wear and tear as a big determining factor. Crowns can last about ten years or even more, but wearers must be careful to:

  • Floss daily and brush twice a day to keep the area around the crown as clean as possible
  • Avoid hard foods and non-food items (don't open bottles or packages with your teeth)
  • Wear a bite guard at night if you habitually grind or clench your teeth

These rules apply to all crowns, including those used to restore dental implants or to support fixed bridgework.

Learn more

Enjoy a complete, beautiful and durable smile. You can with dental crowns from your Federal Way, WA dentist, Dr. Yoshino. Phone his office today to arrange your personal consultation and get all your questions answered. Call (253) 815-0441.