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Dental Fear Shouldn’t Stop You from a Dental Visit

If dental fear is keeping you out of the chair, it’s time to schedule a visit with your dentist in Pasadena, Dr. Paul Shinto and his team offer sedation dentistry to patients who cannot tolerate a dental appointment.

Sedation Dentistry in Pasadena

Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena dentists are preferred sedation dentists with the training and experience to give you a comfortable experience regardless of what type of procedure you are having.

Depending on your level of dental anxiety, your dentist in Pasadena may recommend, analgesics, anesthetics, or sedatives to keep you relaxed during your procedure.

Analgesics and Sedation Dentistry

Your Pasadena dentist often uses pain relievers, such as aspirin, Tylenol, and ibuprofen for mild dental phobics. Patients who are scheduled for extractions and root canal therapy usually have successful results with analgesics.

Sedation Dentistry and Anesthetics

Applied topically, taken orally or by injection, topical anesthetics numb the area and are applied with a cotton swab before Lidocaine or Novocaine is injected. These types of medications block the nerve endings. Your Pasadena dentist uses anesthetics and injections for dental fillings, deep cleanings, and root canal therapy.

Taking Sedatives for Sedation Dentistry

Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena dentists often prescribe sedatives for relaxation. Oral or intravenous painkillers and pain relievers are sometimes used in conjunction with nitrous oxide. Given through a mask and tube, “Laughing gas,” keeps you alert during the procedure, but relaxed at the same time.

Deep sedation in Pasadena puts you in a controlled state of unconsciousness using IV sedation.

Avoiding the dentist will only make things worse, remember, all it takes is one dental appointment to examine your teeth and gums.

If a toothache or bleeding gums hasn’t been enough to get you to the dentist, it’s time to reevaluate the situation with a sedation dentist in Pasadena.

Call for a dental appointment today.

CEREC© Dental Crowns Save Time and Money

CEREC© is an amazing cosmetic dental procedure that repairs broken, chipped and cracked teeth. CEREC© is also used to replace old fillings and fillings that are in the front of your mouth. Because your new dental crowns are crafted to match the shade of your teeth, your new dental restorations look natural. CEREC© is so natural looking it sparkles just like your own teeth. There are so many advantages to CEREC©, but probably the biggest is time and money.

Cosmetic Dental Crowns

Conventional dental crowns require more than one dental visit. During your first appointment, a mold will be taken that is sent off to the dental lab. While your crown is being made, you will need to wear a temporary crown. Cosmetic dental crowns are made from porcelain, metal or a combination of the two.

CEREC© Dental Crowns

CEREC© dental crowns are completed in one dental appointment. All you have to do is schedule an appointment with your Pasadena Dentist to determine if you and CEREC© are a good fit.

If you are, digital pictures will be taken of your mouth and the tooth that is to be repaired. The pictures are sent to the CEREC© computer for final evaluation. Once satisfied, Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena dentists will send your pictures to the CEREC© milling machine for manufacture. This is all done in house.

While you are waiting for your new dental crown, which takes about 45 minutes, you are free to relax, check your phone, or watch television.

A Beautiful New Crown in a Single Dental Visit

When your new crown is finished, your dentist in Pasadena will check for fit and color before bonding it permanently to the tooth. After buffing and polishing your new dental crown will look just like the rest of your smile.

If you are looking for a fast and effective dental crown procedure, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena Dentists today.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is commonly called TMJ. TMJ is actually the name of the joints that attach your upper jaw to your bottom jaw. If you have a problem with your TMJ, it is technically referred to as TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.

Clenching and grinding are just a couple signs that you may be suffering from TMD.

Other symptoms to watch for include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Tenderness in your jaw
  • TMJ pain
  • Ear pain
  • Pain or difficulty when eating
  • Facial aching
  • Locking TMJ
  • Difficulty when opening and closing your mouth

Other signs you may be suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder include grating or clicking sounds when you chew or open your mouth and limited jaw movement. According to your dentist in Pasadena, if you are not in pain you probably aren’t suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.

What Causes Temporomandibular Joint Disorder?

Although no one knows the exact cause of TMD, there are contributing factors including jaw injuries, arthritis, and genetics.

People who are highly stressed often clench and grind their teeth. Chronic bruxism could result in problems with your Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is more common if:

  • Damage to the joint has occurred
  • There is arthritis damage
  • You have disk erosion
  • Your jaw has been hit and damaged

You are at risk for TMD if you are suffering from a jaw injury, clench and grind your teeth or suffer from osteoarthritis or other types of arthritis. If you have been diagnosed with connective tissue disease, your TMJ could be affected.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Treatment

Once you have been diagnosed with TMD, your doctor may recommend over the counter or prescription medications. Muscle relaxants, meditation, and physical therapy have also been used for TMD.

Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena Dentists recommend occlusal appliances such as mouth guards and oral splints for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.

If you are suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or believe you could be, call or click and schedule an appointment with your dentist in Pasadena. As preferred oral appliance therapy for TMD providers, the team will help you find a comfortable solution.

Call for an appointment today.

Professional teeth whitening may be all you need for your stained and discolored smile. If you have been enjoying a bit too much red wine, coffee or tea, your pearly whites could be paying the price.

A dull smile can be brightened with professional teeth whitening and in some cases can be done in a single dental appointment with chairside whitening.

Professional Teeth Whitening Instead of Over the Counter

Those over the counter tooth whitening strips, pastes, gels, and trays may be less expensive than professional teeth whitening, but they don’t work as well. Professional teeth whitening can lighten teeth up to ten shades while over the counter bleaching products don’t even come close.

Because those products don’t work as well as professional teeth whitening, people have a tendency to use too often or too much. Too much teeth-whitening product will cause tooth sensitivity and even enamel damage. Some people who over whiten complain of chalky or see through teeth.

What Types of Professional Teeth Whitening is Available?

Depending on your smile, your Pasadena dentist may recommend in office tooth whitening or custom made take home trays.  Sometimes Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena dentists may recommend both.

Chairside whitening takes place in the dentist’s office and is completed in less than an hour. You can walk into with a dull and lifeless smile and walk out with a dazzling grin that will turn heads.

Custom-made trays are used every night or as recommended by your dentist in Pasadena.

Does Tooth Whitening Work for Everyone?

Not everyone is a good candidate for professional teeth whitening. If you have porcelain veneers, dental crowns, dental implants or other types of restorations tooth whitening will not work. Teeth with intrinsic or interior staining may not respond to tooth whitening either.

Although professional teeth whitening isn’t right for everyone, it may be right for you. Call or click and schedule a no obligation teeth whitening consultation with Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena Dentists today.

 

Your teeth and gums are affected when you embark on a weight loss program. Although the diets that your dentist in Pasadena is going to talk about may reduce your waistline, they can cause serious problems for your teeth and gums. Below are some diets that could cause problems for your teeth and gums.

Low Fat Diet

Embarking on a diet that is low in fat interferes with fat-soluble vitamin absorption. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are vital for oral health as they help you absorb much needed calcium. If your body isn’t able to absorb calcium, bones and teeth will begin to break down.

Dopamine is also produced by your brain when you consume fat and helps your mood. A diet that is low in omega-3 fats also causes an increase in anxiety and stress. According to Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena dentists, stress could cause teeth grinding and problems with your TMJ.

Ketogenic Diets and Low Carb Diets

If you have been following a low carb or no carb diet, your breath will begin to smell like acetone or nail polish remover. Sometimes it can smell like rotten fruit. If this is the case, your body is in ketosis and burning fat, not carbs, for fuel.

Get rid of Keto breath by chewing on mint and parsley. The best way to get rid of bad breath is to start eating carbs again. Without carbs, your body may begin to burn muscle, not fat.

Diets Low in Calories

Cutting calories will help you lose weight, but reducing your intake of food can also cause problems for your overall health as you are depleting your body of vitamins and minerals. Malnutrition can cause the enamel on your teeth to soften and even weaken your jawbone causing eventual tooth loss.

Fruit Detox Diet

Although it may seem perfectly ok to live on fruit for a week or two, having such a sparse diet will affect your teeth and gums and your body. Besides malnutrition, the acid and sugar in most fruits will damage the enamel. This leaves you vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease.

Be mindful of your teeth and gums and talk to your Pasadena dentist about a good diet for teeth and gums. Call for an appointment today.

 





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