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Cosmetic Dental Bonding May Not Be For You

If you have been considering cosmetic dental bonding in Pasadena, there are some things you should be aware of before you commit.

If you have been considering cosmetic dental bonding in Pasadena, there are some things you should be aware of before you commit.

Unlike porcelain dental crowns or porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental bonding is not as strong and can chip and stain easier than other types of cosmetic dentistry procedures.

CEREC® Instead of Cosmetic Dental Bonding

Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena dentists are preferred CEREC® providers and can repair your tooth in a single dental visit, and while cosmetic dental bonding only requires one visit as well, is a much more permanent solution for chipped, cracked, or stained teeth.

What is Cosmetic Dental Bonding?

If you follow your Pasadena Dentist Blog, you will remember that cosmetic dental bonding is a procedure that dentists use to repair small chips and cracks. Dentists in Pasadena also use cosmetic dental bonding for small fillings, inlays, and onlays.

Using a dental resin, your Dr. Paul Shinto and his team will etch or roughen the tooth before applying the resin. After application, your dentist in Pasadena will sculpt into place before curing with a light or laser. Once hardened the bond is polished and smoothed to perfection.

What is CEREC®?

CEREC® is a chairside dental procedure that takes about an hour and a half to complete. CEREC® dental crowns require less removal of your natural tooth and look just as natural as conventional crowns, even more natural than metal and porcelain crowns.

After digital pictures are taken, your dentist will send those pictures to the computer before they are delivered to the onsite milling machine. After about 45 minutes, your new CEREC® crown is complete and ready for placement.

While dental bonding can last five to seven years, a CEREC® dental crown can give you 10 to 15 years of life before it needs to be replaced.

If you would like more information regarding CEREC® or cosmetic dental bonding, call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena dentists today.

Still the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure in the world, tooth whitening can lighten teeth up to ten shades. However, some people take it to the extreme overusing strips, polishes, gels, pastes and whitening trays. This usually happens when over the counter tooth whitening products are used too much or too often. Thankfully, professional tooth whitening is monitored so you won’t have to worry about chalky or blue looking teeth.

Professional Tooth Whitening in a Single Visit

Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena dentists offer two types of professional tooth whitening, in office or chairside whitening and custom made take home trays. Both tooth whitening procedures work well on their own or in combination with each other.

In Office Professional Tooth Whitening

As a preferred in office tooth whitening specialist, your dentist in Pasadena will apply a gel to your teeth before using a light or laser to activate the whitening gel. This process happens two or three times during the whitening session, which lasts about an hour and a half.

In office whitening is the fast and easy way to have a beautiful smile in a single dental visit, and can lighten teeth up to 10 shades.

Custom Made Take Home Whitening Trays

Unlike one-size fits all over the counter bleaching trays, custom-made tooth whitening trays fit your teeth and no one else’s. Because every mouth is different, one size fits all trays can cause problems as the whitening gel can seep into your gums. This can cause sensitivity and other tooth and gum issues.

Custom trays are made to fit and used with a prescription whitening gel according to your Pasadena dentist’s instructions wearing the trays at night or for an hour each day. You will see amazing results in about two weeks.

Both tooth whitening treatments in Pasadena can be done on their own or in conjunction with each other.

If you would like more information regarding professional tooth whitening, call and schedule a no obligation teeth whitening consultation with Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena dentists today.

Porcelain veneers are the preferred cosmetic dentistry procedure to the stars. In fact, if you asked your favorite celebrity how they got their smile so bright, they would probably say porcelain veneers, with that being said, there are some things you should know before you commit to cosmetic porcelain veneers.

Porcelain Veneers are Preferred but Permanent

Just like cosmetic dental crowns, porcelain veneers are permanent. Because a portion of the tooth needs to be removed, you can never go back to natural teeth. If you are concerned about this, talk to Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena dentists about CEREC. This cosmetic dental procedure is completed in a single dental appointment and is a more conservative approach to tooth restoration.

Porcelain Veneers for a Dazzling Smile

One of the biggest advantages of porcelain veneers is that they are matched to the rest of your smile. If your front teeth have always been an issue, porcelain veneers are custom made to fit the fronts of your teeth, and while they are strong, you do have to be careful.

According to your dentist in Pasadena, veneers can chip or crack. Don’t chew on ice and don’t open packages with your teeth. Because the veneers are only attached to the fronts of your teeth, they could break or chip.

Cosmetic Dental Crowns for Strength

If you are tough on your teeth, and let’s face it, some people just can’t help it; cosmetic dental crowns may be a better fit. Unlike veneers, crowns fit over the tops of your teeth like a cap giving you a stronger tooth. Cosmetic dental crowns require more tooth removal than porcelain veneers but will last longer if proper care is taken.

Cosmetic dentistry will change your life. Call and schedule a no obligation cosmetic dental consultation with your dentist in Pasadena today.

CEREC® Pasadena Now Better than Ever

If you thought you needed two or more appointments for a dental crown, you haven’t scheduled an appointment with Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of dentists in Pasadena. Using the latest technology, you can have a new dental crown in less than three hours with CEREC®.

CEREC® is Better than Ever

CEREC® has been around since the late 80s, but since that time has improved and his stronger and more natural looking. According to your Pasadena dentist, CEREC® can last as long as conventional dental crowns as long as you practice good oral hygiene and keep pencils and other foreign objects out of your mouth. 

CEREC® for a Natural Smile

If you follow Dr. Shinto’s Blog, you will remember that CEREC® stands for Chairside Economic Restorations of Esthetic Ceramics and is a restorative and cosmetic dental procedure that takes place in the office. With CEREC® you don’t have to wait for weeks either. Because everything is done in-house, you don’t’ have to wait for your new dental crown or crowns. CEREC® eliminates messy and uncomfortable impressions as well. 

Pasadena CEREC® Dentist

Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena dentists are preferred CEREC® providers, and have been helping patients just like you, with natural looking dental crowns and dental restorations. 

CEREC® is used for dental crowns, small fillings and has even been used for porcelain veneers and dental implants. It’s amazing how natural teeth look when they have been restored with CEREC®.

Is CEREC® Safe?

CEREC® is made from dental porcelain and other biocompatible materials. Unlike metal to porcelain crowns, you won’t have to worry about metal allergies. Whether you think so or not, some researchers believe mercury in silver amalgam causes health problems. 

While most people are good candidates for CEREC®, only a preferred provider can tell for sure.

If you would like more information regarding CEREC®, call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena dentists today. 

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.