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”.
Christchurch Boutique Dental, founded by Christchurch dentist Dr. David Kao in 2018 is an affordable dental clinic based in Riccarton, Christchurch specialising in tailored dentistry and facial aesthetic treatments.
Adopting an artistic approach, and utilising the most technologically advanced equipment, Christchurch dentist Dr Kao dedicates himself to crafting the most beautiful smiles and cosmetic outcomes for his patients. His philosophy is to redefine precision, and as a result, deliver superior treatments as a new standard of care.
Dr Kao’s unique artistic philosophy extends to all aspects of his dentistry. From simple cosmetic and general 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, Christchurch dentist Dr Kao will go the extra mile to take care of all of your treatment needs, including opening the clinic for emergency weekend treatments. (Open from Monday to Saturday).
Appointment: New patient Exam & Patient Obligations
Christchurch Dentist – New Patient Exam
In order to best care for you as our patient and to deliver the most effective 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 Dentist – Patient obligations – Prior to treatment
Most patients presents to us with specific aesthetic issues they want to correct. These pathologies 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 aesthetic 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 aesthetic dentistry. 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 aesthetic 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.
- Aesthetic 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 with the end in mind
Design guided reconstruction.
To deliver successful aesthetic reconstructions, patient’s involvement and opinions are therefore extremely important. To maximise efficacy and efficiency of our communication, treatment planning and treatment delivery, we adopt the following work flow:
- Clinical Exam & Diagnosis
- Diagnostic photos and study models
- Aesthetic Analysis
- Diagnostic Wax-up / Invisalign
- Wax-up discussion, aesthetic appraisal
- Treatment planning & consent
- Multidisciplinary treatment
- Abutment preparation
- Temporary prosthesis
- Aesthetic re-evaluation
- Bonding of prosthesis
First Stage: Data Collection.
What we require form 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
- Treatments you do not wish to undertake.
- Data collected will be analysed to formulate appropriate treatment plans.
Second Stage: Mock Up Discussion
What we 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: 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.