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Posts for: July, 2018

A beautiful smile makes a lasting impression, and if you need a quick fix to whiten your smile there are a few things that your dentist recommends for that first date or job interview.

According to Colgate, an attractive smile makes you look younger and appear more radiant. Having a great smile can also improve your confidence making you a shoe in when it comes to that job opportunity.

One of the quickest and least expensive ways to brighten your smile is to schedule an appointment with your dentist for in office tooth whitening. If you are unable to get in to see your dentist at the last minute or professional tooth whitening isn’t in your budget, you can buy whitening toothpaste, gel or whitening strips over the counter, but according to your dentist, you will not achieve the same results that you would if you have your teeth whitened by a professional.

Tooth bleaching kits from your local pharmacy contain less hydrogen peroxide than the products that your dentist uses. Over the counter tooth whitening rinses, gels, pastes, and strips only have about 3 to 10 percent while professional tooth bleaching products weigh in at 15 to 35 percent hydrogen peroxide.

In office tooth whitening is the quickest way to brighten your teeth and can be done in as little as an hour and a half.

During your appointment, your dentist will apply a special gel to your teeth before using a laser to penetrate the tooth whitening gel. You will notice dramatic results immediately. Your dentist may also recommend custom-made tooth whitening trays to use in conjunction with the in office Power Bleaching system.

If you have an event, such as a reunion or wedding, that is coming up in the future, schedule an appointment with your dentist who can determine if your teeth and gums are healthy enough for other dental restoration procedures including dental veneers, dental bonding or tooth colored fillings.

For more information regarding in office tooth whitening, custom made bleaching systems or other cosmetic dental techniques, schedule an appointment with your dentist today. 


If that nagging toothache is still giving you problems in the New Year, it’s time to call and schedule an appointment with your dentist. Regardless of the problem, pain is a sign that something is wrong whether it be a cracked tooth, a leaky filling, or a cavity.

Your dentist explains that a dental problem will not go away on its own. A cavity will get worse, which could lead to a more painful abscess, while bleeding gums could cause gum recession. If left too long, bleeding gums could cause tooth loss.

Although there are some toothaches that may come and go with no explanation, any sort of problem that you have should be looked at as soon as possible.

If you have a cavity that isn’t filled it could lead to pulp damage eventually causing the nerves in your tooth to die off. If that happens you will need root canal therapy. Even a mild toothache that comes and goes could cause serious problems, even death.

Although it may be hard to grasp, a toothache can turn deadly. If you have pain while you chew or your teeth and gums are sensitive to hot and cold temperatures you should schedule an appointment with your dentist immediately. Any swelling or gum redness could indicate that you have an infection between your teeth and gums or inside the tooth itself. That infection could be deadly.

The number of people in the United States who have been admitted to the emergency room because of a tooth abscess is on the increase. Over the past eight years, hospitalizations for tooth abscesses, or periaphical abscesses has increased by over 40 percent. Although there is no exact explanation for this growing trend, some experts believe it is because people delay treatment because they do not have insurance or are not covered by Medicare. If this is your situation, call your dentist who may be able to help you come up with a financial solution for your dental problem.

Don’t wait until it is too late, call for a solution to your nagging toothache today.


If you wear dentures and are tired of worrying about an, “Accidental,” fall out, schedule an appointment with your dentist who will be able to determine if you are a good candidate for Dental Implants.

People who wear dentures know how important the correct fit is, and if you have recently lost weight or haven’t had your dentures adjusted lately, you could be at risk of losing your false teeth the next time you take a bite out of an apple or dig into a juicy steak.

Complete dentures are suitable for people who have lost all or most of their teeth, while your dentist uses a partial denture if you have one or just a few missing teeth. Partial dentures help prevent the adjoining teeth from changing their position.

Thanks to modern 21st century dentistry, you do not have to resort to partial or full dentures, and that is where Dental Implants come in.  

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, or Perio.org, Dental Implants are artificial tooth roots that are used to replace missing teeth. These blades, cylinders, or screws are placed in your jaw as a base for a bridge or replacement tooth. Dental implants are perfect for people who have lost a tooth due to injury, or periodontal disease.

There are two types of Dental Implants, Superiosteal, and Endosteal.

Superiosteal, or on the bone, involves the placement of metal posts on top of the jaw so that the framework of the metal posts protrude through your gum in order to hold your new prosthesis. If you are unable to wear dentures for whatever reason, superiosteal implants could be the answer. Patients with minimal bone height may also be good candidates for on the bone or subperiosteal Dental Implants.

The most common type of Dental Implant is in the bone. Called Endosteal, these Dental Implants consist of cylinders, blades, or screws that are placed directly into your jawbone with each surgically placed implant holding your new artificial tooth or teeth. People who have removable dentures or bridges find that these types of implants are the perfect alternative.

If you would like more information regarding Dental Implants, schedule an appointment with your dentist who will be able to determine if you are a good candidate for Superiosteal or Endosteal Dental Implants.


If you have always wanted a new smile, but couldn’t afford to take the time for weeks of appointments schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Dentists in Pasadena.

With Cerec, you can be in and out of the office in one single visit with a beautiful grin that you can be proud of. Fix that chipped tooth, or gap in-between your front teeth with a 21st Century restorative dental available from your Cosmetic Dentist. CEREC is the number one choice for thousands of people all over the planet who have wanted ceramic crowns, onlays, and even veneers.

Seeing your dentist on a regular basis is a necessity, with most people opting for necessary treatment. Most Cosmetic Dental procedures take at least two appointments, even more if you are having dental veneers for the majority of your teeth.

With CEREC, by Sirona Dental Systems, you will no longer need to hide your toothy grin. You will have the freedom to smile without having to worry about your stained or crooked teeth.

Teeth that have been restored with CEREC are healthy teeth. These days Cosmetic Dentists do not have to resort to gold, silver amalgam or other metals to repair your teeth. Thanks to CEREC, your Cosmetic Dentist can restore your teeth back to their natural beauty with a strong and functional composition that closely resembles your natural teeth, right down to the color. These materials are so much like your natural teeth that they contract and expand at the same time as your natural tooth when you eat or drink something that is too hot, or too cold. Because the CEREC is bonded directly to your tooth, the healthy part of your tooth or teeth does not have to be removed. CEREC actually strengthens your natural teeth. 

When you schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul Shinto’s office Dr. Paul Shinto, Dr. Bert K. Funatsu, Dr. Daniel j. Iannotti or Dr. J. Michael Jann will examine your tooth or teeth in order to determine the best solution. One of the team will decide whether you need a full crown or just a simple filling. Once decided your cosmetic dentist will prepare your tooth for restoration. This is usually done by numbing the area first with a local anesthetic. Once numbed, your dentist will remove any decay and tooth tissue that has weakened. This same preparation would occur for other dental restorative therapies.

Once your tooth has been prepared, Dr. Paul Shinto, Dr. Bert K. Funatsu, Dr. Daniel j. Iannotti or Dr. J. Michael Jann will take an optical impression of each tooth. This eliminates the need for messy impression trays. Before the optical impression is taken your dentist will coat your tooth or teeth with a powder that is both tasteless and non-toxic. Your dentist will then take a photo of the tooth, which only takes a couple of minutes.

After the photo is taken the magic of CEREC begins with the proprietary CEREC software creating a 3-D image of your cosmetic restoration. What is captured on the screen is made into the perfect restoration for your tooth or teeth. Once your dentist is satisfied with the result your data will be sent to the milling machine in the next room where a ceramic block is made that matches your tooth. In about 20 minutes, that CEREC machine has turned that block of ceramic into a perfect match of your tooth colored restoration ready to be bonded into place. Once your dentist has checked the CEREC restorations your new smile is just seconds away.

If you would like more information regarding CEREC, schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul Shinto, Dr. Bert K. Funatsu, Dr. Daniel j. Iannotti or Dr. J. Michael Jann who can help you learn to smile again.


A smile makeover in Pasadena could be just what you need if you are dissatisfied with your grin. Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena dentists have the experience and the expertise to give you the smile you deserve, and best of all; it won’t take weeks or even months to complete.

Depending on your situation, CEREC® Crowns could be the answer. CEREC is a remarkable chairside dentistry technique that takes place in the dentist’s office. With CEREC, you can walk into the Pasadena dentist’s office with chipped and cracked teeth and walk out with a new smile thanks to the revolutionary CAD/CAM system available at Dr. Paul Shinto’s Pasadena dental practice.

When you schedule an appointment for a smile makeover consultation with Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena Dentists, your teeth and gums will be thoroughly checked to make sure that you are free from tooth decay and gum disease. If you have gingivitis or a cavity, those problems will need to be addressed first before any cosmetic dentistry procedures can take place.

If you are given the go-ahead, Dr. Paul Shinto and his team will determine what cosmetic dental procedure would be best whether it is porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental bonding, or CEREC Crowns.

If the two of you decide on CEREC, digital impressions will be taken of the tooth or teeth that are going to be crowned. Once the doctor is satisfied with the results on the computer screen, the images will be sent to the in office milling machine, which has already been told what color to choose. During this time, you can kick back and relax while your new crown is being made.

When your CEREC Crown is ready, Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena Dentists will check for color and fit before bonding permanently into place. When satisfied your new crown or crowns will be polished to match the rest of your smile.

A smile makeover is more affordable than you think. Call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena Dentists who can give you something to smile about in a single visit.