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Replacing Old Dental Restorations: Is it Necessary?

Having dental restorations checked regularly is important for both oral and overall health. Old dental restorations can be problematic and can leak, causing decay, which can lead to more serious problems.


How Old is Old?

Fillings can last between 7 and 15 to 20 years or more depending on the size and location and the type of dental filling material that the dentist used. It also depends on how well you have done with your oral hygiene.

Dental crowns and other restorations are the same. It really depends on how diligent you are with brushing, flossing, diet, and dental visits. If you take good care of your restorations, they may never need to be replaced, especially if you do not grind or clench your teeth.

Dental implants on the other hand can potentially last for the rest of your life. Of course, you must practice good oral hygiene if you want your dental implants to endure, as they too can be lost for various reasons.


Old Cosmetic Restorations

Porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental crowns, and other types of restorations have been around for well over a decade and like most things will begin to age. Cosmetic dental restorations that are stained, chipped, or cracked need to be repaired or replaced to avoid further damage.

If you would like to learn more about replacing old dental restorations, call and talk to a team member from Dr. Paul Shinto’s dental office in Pasadena today.

September 30, 2020
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CEREC® for an Incredible Experience

CEREC® is a remarkable dental procedure that happens in a single dental visit. However, not all dentists have what it takes to provide you with chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics.

Preferred CEREC® providers in Pasadena have had the CEREC® training and have purchased the equipment.  

Providing an additional service is incredible, especially if that service is completed in one dental appointment. Being a CEREC® provider gives patients an option when it comes to dental crowns.


CEREC® Saves Time and Money

Because CEREC® is completed in a single dental appointment there is usually no need for temporary crowns or additional appointments. That in itself really says it all, especially if you have to take time off from work for dental work.

The CEREC® process is completed in about two hours at your Pasadena dental office. There is no need to travel for additional x-rays and impressions.


The CEREC® Process

If you and your dentist in Pasadena determine you and CEREC® are a good fit, a color is chosen for the crown that best matches the rest of your natural smile. Once the color is picked, pictures are taken of the damaged tooth.

Because CEREC® is so thorough you won’t have to worry about goopy and messy impressions that often times cause gagging. There are no messy and uncomfortable impressions with CEREC®.

After your images are sent to the computer, the CEREC® software does the rest giving Dr. Paul Shinto and his team the opportunity to make any necessary adjustments. Once your CEREC® dentist in Pasadena has approved the final images they are sent to the in house milling machine for manufacture.


CEREC® in a Day is Amazing

When your new dental crown is finished your Pasadena dentist will check it for fit and color. If satisfied, the crown is permanently cemented into place. After placement, your new dental crown is polished and shined to perfection.

One of the biggest advantages of CEREC® is time and money. However, those aren’t the only reasons to consider one-day dentistry for your smile.

Dr. Shinto and Dr. Low explain that one-day crowns provide instant relief for teeth that are cracked, broken, or chipped, restoring immediate functionality to your teeth and gums.

If you would like to learn more about same day dentistry in Pasadena with CEREC®, call and schedule a no obligation consultation with Dr. Shinto or Dr. Low.

Are You Considering Porcelain Veneers?

If you have been considering porcelain veneers, it’s time to schedule a consultation with your cosmetic dentist in Pasadena. Dr. Paul Shinto, Dr. Kyle Low, and their team have been successfully placing porcelain veneers for decades and are preferred and licensed cosmetic dentists.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of dental grade porcelain that your Pasadena cosmetic dentist places over the fronts of teeth. Because you will need a tight and natural looking fit, a portion of the tooth is removed. This makes porcelain veneers permanent.


When are Porcelain Veneers Used?

Dental veneers fix a multitude of problems. These include chipped and cracked teeth, teeth that cannot be lightened with professional tooth whitening and teeth that are too short or too long. Porcelain veneers from your Pasadena cosmetic dentist can literally change your entire smile.


Are Porcelain Veneers Used on All Teeth?

While some patients choose veneers for all teeth, others opt for veneers on the six to eight teeth that show when you smile. Some patients choose porcelain veneers for the front teeth while opting for cosmetic dental crowns or CEREC® for the rest of their teeth. 

Your cosmetic dentist in Pasadena will evaluate your smile to determine what types of restorations would be best for your new smile.


Is There and Alternative to Porcelain Veneers?

If you are unsure that you want a permanent solution, talk to Dr. Shinto or Dr. Low about cosmetic dental bonding. Dental bonding is a procedure that is completely reversible.

Bonding works virtually the same as veneers as it repairs chips and cracks and can change the color of your teeth. Talented cosmetic dentists in Pasadena can even change the shape of the tooth with cosmetic dental bonding.

Porcelain veneers can literally change your smile.


If you have been thinking about cosmetic dentistry, pick up the phone and call your dentist in Pasadena.

Dr. Paul Shinto, Dr. Kyle S. Low, and Dr. Bert K. Funatsu are dentists in Pasadena who have the skills you need to smile again. From one-day dentistry to dental implants, you are in good hands when you schedule an appointment with a cosmetic dentist in Pasadena.


21st Century Dental Technology in Pasadena

Dr. Paul Shinto and his team have always prided themselves on new dental technology. The team is constantly adding new products and services and taking classes and seminars to keep up with the ever-changing world of dental technology. When you schedule your appointment, you will be impressed.


One-Day Dentistry with CEREC®

Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of dentists are well versed in the art of one-day dentistry using CEREC®.

CEREC® is an amazing chairside technology that allows your dentist to place a dental crown in one dental appointment. Unlike traditional crowns, which take at least two dental appointments, CEREC® is completed in a couple of hours. Best of all you won’t have to deal with goopy and messy impressions or a temporary crown.

CEREC® has been around for decades and is one of the best materials you can use for dental crowns. CEREC® is matched to the rest of your smile and is as strong as conventional crowns.


Clear Braces with Invisalign®

Another dental technology that is taking the world by storm is clear braces. If you follow Dr. Shinto’s blog, you will remember that clear braces from Invisalign must be prescribed by a dentist and are nothing like those mail order braces that you see all over the internet. Invisalign® is a safe alternative to conventional wires and brackets, and will give you amazing results.

If you would like to learn more about cosmetic dentistry, call and schedule a consultation with Dr. Paul Shinto, Dr. Kyle S. Low, or Dr. Bert K Funatsu today. 


If you have a bad tooth, bleeding gums, or any other issues, it is time to schedule an appointment with your dentist in Pasadena. 

Without regular comprehensive dental examinations, oral problems can get worse. Your small cavity could develop into a larger one requiring a dental crown over the filling. In some cases, the tooth decay can infect the nerve of the tooth. If this occurs, you will need root canal therapy or may even need an extraction.

Pasadena Dentist Health and Safety Precautions

While we have always made infection control a top priority, Team Shinto is taking extra precautions recommended by infection control agencies such as the CDC, OSHA, the American Dental Association, and the California Depart of Public Health to name just a few. Your Pasadena dentist is always up to date when it comes to new guidance and/or rulings.

What to Expect from Your Dentist in Pasadena

When you arrive at our office, you will be screened for Covid-19 symptoms before having your temperature taken. To keep the waiting room clear, all patients are asked to stay in their vehicle with only one patient coming in at a time. One guardian or caretaker is allowed if the situation arises.

The front desk has been fitted with sneeze guards and hand sanitizer is placed throughout the dental practice. Masks are required and capacity has been reduced to allow for physical distancing.

Aerosol production has also been reduced along with the addition of air purifiers with HEPA filers. extraoral vacuum units, and DryShield oral evacuation systems are located in every operatory. Each room is fogged with hypochlorous acid after every use.

If you haven’t seen your dentist in Pasadena lately, call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul Shinto and his team today.


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