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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.

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.





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