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Heralding a new era of dentistry, Christchurch dentist Dr. David Kao, owner of Christchurch Boutique Dental is a vanguard of “dentistry as an art form”.

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Christchurch Boutique Dental, founded by Christchurch dentist Dr. David Kao in 2018 is an affordable dental clinic based in Riccarton, Christchurch specialising in general dental and cosmetic dentistry treatments.

Adopting an artistic approach, and utilising cutting edge methods and equipment, Dr. Kao dedicates himself to crafting the most beautiful cosmetic results for his patients. His philosophy is to redefine dental precision, and as a result, deliver superior treatments as a new standard of dental health care.

Dr. Kao’s unique artistic philosophy extends to all aspects of his dentistry. From simple cosmetic and general dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening and fillings, to veneers and Invisalign, to more advanced treatments including orthodontics, complex root canals, surgical wisdom tooth extractions and implants. Above all, Dr. Kao will go the extra mile to take care of all of your dental and cosmetic needs.

From toothache to fillings, extractions or complex root canals. Whether it be a cavity, hole in your tooth, jaw pain, wisdom tooth issue, teeth whitening, dental implants, Invisalign, braces, dentures, white fillings or decay.  Christchurch Boutique Dental is here to assist you in a variety of ways. We are open from 9am-5pm Monday to Saturday, and also available for emergency treatments. 

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New patient Exam & Patient Obligations

Christchurch Boutique Dental –  New Patient Exam

In order to best care for you as our patient and to deliver the most effective dental treatment possible, our dentist must gather comprehensive dental records. A new patient exam at Christchurch Boutique Dental will typically take between 1 to 1.5 hours. Our dentist will discuss with you your primary concerns (if there are any) followed by diagnostic photography, bitewing X-rays and an OPG (full mouth x-ray). Once all the necessary information has been collected, the dentist will carry out a thorough examination of your teeth as well as the supporting structures in your head and neck.

Christchurch Boutique Dental – Patient obligations – Prior to treatment

Most dental patients present to us with specific cosmetic issues they want to correct. These are often complex. It is important for our patients to fully understand and be fully informed of the treatments they are about to undertake. Our patients are obliged to take note of the following:

  • Successful cosmetic dentistry on our front teeth relies upon the support from our molars. Our jaw muscles generate around 80kg of force. Without strong molars to support this weight, our newly built front teeth will chip, tilt or suffer catastrophic fractures as a result. Therefore restoring broken or worn down molars is a key factor in successful cosmetic dentistry. Dental patients that are unwilling to restore the health of their molars beforehand, must understand the risks they face as a result.
  • Gums and the underlying jaw bone are the foundations of our teeth. Before any cosmetic treatments at Christchurch Boutique Dental, our patients need to commit to maintaining adequate oral hygiene. Throughout the treatment phase, the quality of home care will be closely monitored, and oral health plans will be prescribed by our dentist as required. Therefore, achieving perfect gum health is the first step to crafting a natural smile.
  • Before your treatment, it is important to communicate your expectations and your understanding of the planned procedures. Hence, effective communication is crucial at this stage. Rehabilitation of the oral structures begin with our dentist examining facial contours, lip lines and phonetics. This information is recorded and analysed in a unique way. And until this analysis is complete, it is not possible for our dentist to formulate a treatment plan, and therefore the cost of the treatment cannot be accurately calculated.
  • Correct treatment planning at Christchurch Boutique dental depends on a patient’s preclinical condition, evidence based research and the expertise of the clinician. Therefore, patients are not allowed to formulate their own treatment plans.
  • Cosmetic dental treatments differ from conventional dental treatments. Patient’s ideas and perceptions are taken on board, and models are used extensively in the planning stage to help visualise the end result.
  • A perfect smile does not mean perfect symmetry. As mentioned previously, the perception of beauty is closely linked to the harmony with nature. Often times asymmetry is purposely introduced to achieve a more naturally balanced outcome. And in order to deliver superior dentistry, clinicians must have the ability to see beyond their intuition and craft smiles based on the Basic Aesthetic Principles of nature.

Begin your general or cosmetic dental journey with the end in mind

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Cosmetic Dental Treatment

To deliver successful cosmetic dental care at Christchurch Boutique Dental, patient’s involvement and opinions are very important. To maximise the efficiency of our communication, treatment planning and treatment delivery, your dentist will adopt the following work flow:

  • Clinical Dental Exam & Diagnosis
  • Diagnostic photos and study models
  • General & Cosmetic Dental Analysis
  • Diagnostic Wax-up / Invisalign
  • Wax-up discussion, aesthetic appraisal
  • Dental Treatment planning & consent
  • Multidisciplinary dental treatment
  • Abutment preparation
  • Temporary prosthesis
  • Aesthetic re-evaluation
  • Bonding of prosthesis

Effective Communication during dental care

First Stage: Dental Data Collection.

What Christchurch Boutique Dental requires from the patient:

  • Which aspect of your smile would you like to correct?
  • Would you consider orthodontic treatments?
  • Is there a specific budget or time frame you need to adhere to
  • Dental treatments you do not wish to undertake.
  • Data collected will be analysed to formulate appropriate treatment plans.

Second Stage: Mock Up Discussion

What Christchurch Boutique Dental require form the patient:

  • Your ideal horizontal reference (interpupillary line, border of lip etc.)
  • Your preferred tooth shape and colour

Third Stage: Elimination of Pathology

This is the stage where we correct the underlying problems. Gum disease, bone graft, gum surgery, orthodontics, root canal treatments etc. This is often a multidisciplinary event, and therefore requires input from various specialists. It is also the most crucial step, as it lays down a solid foundation for the reconstructive work to follow.

Fourth Stage: Dental Treatment Delivery

Following completion of the “ground works”, we enter the reconstruction phase. For patients that have undergone orthodontic treatment, a new set of data may need to be collected and analysed. Finally, a second set of models and wax up will also need to be fabricated.