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Posts for: March, 2015

By Dr. Stephanie ML Wong, DMD, Inc.
March 27, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Same-Day Crowns  

Do you have teeth that have been eroded from injury or decay to the point that they've lost normal function along with their esthetic appearance? Dental crowns are a lasting solution for troubled teeth like these, restoring them by using a dental covering that is Crownscustomized to fit atop what's left of your tooth.

At the office of Stephanie Wong, DMD, achieving perfect crowns for your teeth offers even greater convenience. In the past, most of the crown creation process took place in dental labs - but today, CEREC One Visit crowns are being created right at Dr. Wong's office!

Creation Technology Of Same-Day Crowns

How does Dr. Wong do it? Using advanced dental technology called Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM), her dental technicians on site create laboratory-quality crowns in just a few minutes. Take a look at some of the specific time-saving benefits of same-day crowns compared with traditional crowns below:

Traditional Crowns

  • Takes at least two or three dentist visits before your permanent crowns are placed
  • Takes at least that many weeks (two or three), because between each visit usually lies a few days
  • Each dentist visit takes time from your day that could be spent doing something else

Same-Day Crowns

  • Takes one trip to the dentist that only lasts a few minutes
  • Restores tooth function just as well as traditional crowns
  • Brings an incredibly realistic appearance to your teeth so no one can tell you've had a tooth restoration

The Innovation Of CAM/CAD

Traditional crowns require taking an impression of your teeth first to create your crowns at a dental lab later. But the technology used in same-day crowns simply applies reflective powder to your teeth before a small scanning device takes digital images of your dental structures, allowing a 3-D model of your teeth to be constructed immediately.

At the same time, the CAD/CAM software will be creating your crown as you wait, using the material that most closely resembles the exact color, shape, and overall appearance of your natural teeth. Using this digital imaging technique, your customized crown is carved in about five minutes!

The crown is then bonded to your tooth during that same visit. This allows you to avoid needing temporary restorations while you wait for the following visit to get your permanent crowns placed after they've been created during the interim, as is typically the case with traditional crowns.

For more information on why CEREC One Visit crowns save you tons of time today, give Dr. Wong's office a call at (808) 732-3072 for lasting dental solutions right here in Honolulu, HI!

By Dr. Stephanie ML Wong, DMD, Inc.
March 24, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: medication   aspirin  

Acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), better known as aspirin, is an effective pain reliever and fever reducer. More recently, its anti-inflammatory properties have become part of the management of cardiovascular disease. But while regular use may benefit your general health, it could complicate your dental care.

Aspirin helps reduce inflammatory pain or fever by blocking the body’s formation of prostaglandins, chemicals that contribute to inflammation after trauma or injury. It also prevents blood platelets from sticking and clumping together. While this can prolong normal bleeding and bruising, it also helps the blood move freely through narrowed or damaged blood vessels, which reduces the risk of heart attack or stroke in at-risk cardiovascular patients. Due to side effects from prolonged aspirin use like kidney damage, stomach bleeding, or ulceration, physicians normally prescribe a low aspirin dosage (81 milligrams) to minimize these effects.

Because of its effect on bleeding and clotting, it’s important that every member of your healthcare team — including your dentist — knows how much and how often you take aspirin. The change it causes in your body’s clotting mechanism may also affect how dental procedures are carried out; by knowing you take aspirin regularly we can take extra precautions to ensure your safety.

In fact, if you’ve been prescribed aspirin for a heart condition, you may be tempted to stop taking it before a dental procedure out of fear of profuse bleeding. This is highly unadvisable — the sudden discontinuation could increase your risk of heart attack, stroke or even death. You should only discontinue aspirin treatment at the direction of your prescribing physician.

Another aspirin-related effect may involve your gums and other soft tissues. You may notice gum tissue bleeding after brushing or flossing; while this is normally a sign of periodontal gum disease, it could also be the result of your aspirin therapy. The only way to know for sure is to schedule a visit with us to examine your gums.

When it comes to aspirin or other blood-related therapies, the key is to communicate your health status with us, including all medications you are taking. With that knowledge we can provide you with the most informed and safest dental care we can.

If you would like more information on the effects of aspirin on your dental care, 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 “Aspirin: Friend or Foe?


When asked about her dazzling white smile, Cat Cora, the first female iron chef on the hit television series Iron Chef America, freely admits to maintaining the brightness of her smile with professional whitening sessions.

“With what I do, whitening your teeth is like getting your hair done, your nails done and everything else you have to do to be on television,” Cat recently told Dear Doctor magazine. However, she does have her limits. “I want my teeth to be white and healthy looking — but not stark white or looking like they could glow in the dark,” she said with a laugh.

Cat's perceptions and experiences with tooth whitening may accurately describe Hollywood, but through the power of media, celebrities and their respective fan bases, having attractive white teeth has become a goal for most people. This is because white teeth are subconsciously associated with youth and virility.

Here in the dental office, we can use professional-strength “power bleaching” to whiten teeth several shades in a single visit. To prevent irritation to the area surrounding the teeth being treated, we isolate the gums and skin of the mouth with a protective gel or a rubber barrier known as a dental dam. After the whitening solution is placed on the teeth, the process may be supplemented by heat or a light source to activate or enhance peroxide release.

For bleaching teeth at home, our office can make custom-fitted bleaching trays that you fill with a gel form of carbamide peroxide. Sometimes this whitening gel can cause a temporary tooth sensitivity to hot and cold, but this normally lasts for no more than four days after you stop bleaching your teeth.

To learn more about tooth whitening, you can continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Whitening.” Or you can contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination and discuss what treatment options will be best for you. And to read the entire interview with Cat Cora, please see the article “Cat Cora.”

Stephanie Wong

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