By Jerry A. Johnson, D.D.S.
June 08, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental bridgework and dentures have been the traditional choices for restoring missing teeth. They remain a viable option for so many, but for a more permanent solution to tooth loss dental implants are typically the better option as they solve a lot of the most common complaints of the alternatives. To learn about all the ways dental implants can restore your smile get in contact with Dr. Jerry Johnson in Pasadena, CA.

Dental Bridges

A bridge corrects the gap in your smile by supporting the replacement tooth in between healthy teeth. These healthy teeth must usually be reshaped so that a crown can be attached to them, and it's these crowns that hold your new tooth. A dental implant can replace a tooth without needing to impact its neighbors in any way.


Some of the criticism surrounding dentures is often due to a poor fit, which is often caused by lack of maintenance. Dentures have to be relined regularly, about every two years so that they will not slip in your mouth as you eat or speak. But even with well-fitting dentures you still have to remove them every night and they can limit the type of food you can eat. As the name suggests, implant-supported dentures can solve a lot of these problems as they are securely held in your mouth with dental implants.

Dental Implants

A common theme between restoration alternatives is support. Bridges depend on healthy teeth, which must be reshaped, and dentures on suction, which requires a good fit to avoid some of the concerns with the treatment, but not all. Dental implants are supported in a similar way to natural teeth, but instead of a root, a titanium post is implanted directly onto the bone of your jaw. A process called osseointegration permanently bonds metal and bone, and it's onto this post that your new tooth or denture is attached.

Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA

To learn if you're a candidate for dental implants schedule a consultation today with Dr. Johnson in Pasadena, CA, by dialing (626)-798-7896.

By Jerry A. Johnson, D.D.S.
February 08, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Toothache  

Do you have a painful tooth? Your family dentist in Pasadena, CA, Dr. Jerry Johnson, offers treatments that will ease your toothache pain.

Treating tooth pain at home

A few home care treatments can help you manage the pain of a toothache until you can see the dentist. If you have a toothache, you may want to:

  • Use an Ice Pack: Ice numbs your jaw and also reduces inflammation and swelling. Keep an ice pack on your face for no longer than 20 minutes. Take a 20-minute break before reapplying ice.
  • Take a Pain Reliever: Over-the-counter pain medications may help dull your pain. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen and naproxen sodium, are good choices because they ease both pain and swelling. If you can't take NSAIDs, acetaminophen may help reduce pain.
  • Rinse with Saltwater or Hydrogen Peroxide: Rinsing your mouth with a saltwater or hydrogen peroxide-and-water solution may temporarily decrease pain and inflammation.
  • Apply Oil of Clove: Clove oil has natural anesthetic properties that may reduce toothache pain. Put a few drops of the oil on a cotton swab or piece of cotton and apply to the gum around your tooth.
  • Try Numbing Gel: An oral numbing gel is another good solution if your tooth hurts.

How your dentist treats toothaches

During your visit to the Pasadena dental office, X-rays or other tests may be needed to locate the source of your tooth pain. The decayed material will be removed and replaced with a filling if a cavity is responsible for your pain. If you have a large filling, you may also need a dental crown to strengthen your tooth. Crowns, also called caps, are hollow restorations that slip over the top of teeth.

If an infection or inflammation in your tooth pulp is the cause of your pain, you'll need a root canal to ease your pain and save your tooth. Root canals involve removing the pulp and replacing it with a rubber-based filling.

Sometimes tooth pain is caused by a crack in a tooth. Adding a crown to the tooth ends your pain and reduces the risk that the tooth will break.

Tooth pain doesn't always mean that you have a problem with a tooth. In fact, you might have a toothache if you have a sinus infection or gum disease. Once these issues are treated, your pain will go away.

Is a toothache ruining your day? Call your Pasadena, CA, family dentist, Dr. Jerry Johnson, at (626) 798-7896 to schedule your appointment.

By Jerry A. Johnson, D.D.S.
December 16, 2020
Category: Oral Health

More than 45% of adults over the age of 30 have chronic periodontitis in the USA, according to the American Dental Association. Periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults, which is why you need to visit Dr. Jerry Johnson for your bi-annual dental checkup in Pasadena, CA.

Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Periodontal disease, gum disease, is caused by plaque, a sticky substance that contains bacteria. When teeth aren't thoroughly brushed, the buildup of plaque on teeth becomes hard tartar and bacteria start breaking down enamel and spreading to deeper layers, as well as your gums.

Early Signs of Gum Disease

When plaque continues to buildup, it turns into something called tartar, or calculus. This will likely cause swelling and gums bleeding easily while brushing them. Other early signs or symptoms of gum disease that indicate you need immediate attention from your dentist include:

  • Bad breath that won’t go away
  • Tender and swollen gums that bleed easily
  • Loose teeth and pain while chewing
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums or longer appearing teeth

Other reasons you may develop gum disease is because of any of the following: crooked teeth that can't be cleaned properly, pregnancy, diabetes, smoking, and chewing tobacco, medications, and genetics.


  1. You should have an oral and dental examination at your Pasadena dentist's office every six months.
  2. Maintain a healthy oral habit: brush your teeth twice a day, after you eat breakfast and before you go to bed with a soft-bristled toothbrush; and floss daily before going to bed to remove food debris.
  3. Avoid eating sugary foods, like sodas and candy.
  4. Resort to a healthier diet, like apples and carrots, which help scrape off the tartar from the surface of your teeth.
  5. Drink water to wash away food particles.

Need to call a dentist?

If you would like to speak with Dr. Jerry Johnson of Pasadena, CA, or schedule a bi-annual checkup, call 626-798-7896.

By Jerry A. Johnson, D.D.S.
September 21, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Family Dentist  

According to the American Dental Association, your oral health significantly impacts your overall health, including your emotional health. So even if you and your family practice proper oral hygiene, regular dental visits to a trusted dentist like Dr. Jerry Johnson of Jerry A. Johnson, D.D.S. here in Pasadena, CA, are crucial for maintaining good oral health. To help you in choosing the perfect dentist for your family, consider the following:

The Dentist’s Training and Credentials

Although all dentists initially train in dental school for their profession, it is the minimum stage of training they require to be licensed. In this light, look for a dentist who prioritizes and engages in continuing dental education. This is crucial because new or modern dental procedures and techniques are always coming up in the field of dentistry.

The Dentist’s Experience and Expertise

Another vital factor in searching for the right dentist, like your friendly dentist in Pasadena, is knowing the extent of their dental treatment capabilities. They must be able to treat various oral health issues to guarantee that you and your family are well taken care of. Likewise, they should be able to provide a wide range of dental services. Some types of dental care services you should consider checking are:

  • Family dentistry
  • Tooth extractions
  • Preventive dentistry
  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • Tooth decay treatment
  • Gum disease treatment

The Environment or Atmosphere of The Dental Clinic

Most children tend to feel uneasy or nervous when attending a dental appointment. This is why it’s important that your dentist’s clinic in Pasadena, CA, has a warm and inviting atmosphere, as well as an amiable staff. This is to ensure that you and the rest of your family will be at ease before, during, and after treatment. You must also examine the clinic’s cleanliness and inquire about the sterilization protocols in place.

Reviews and Testimonials from Patients They’ve Treated

Testimonials and reviews presented by different people who have been treated by your prospective dentist is a vital factor to consider. These will provide you valuable input into how the dentist operates.

Personality and Qualities

Apart from the fact that your Pasadena dentist should be proficient and have ample experience, you must also take their personality and attitude into account. They must possess qualities such as the following:

  • Easy to speak with
  • Detail-oriented
  • Compassionate
  • Communicates effectively
  • Trustworthy
  • Loves their work

These qualities are important because you need to be comfortable with your dentist and trust that he’ll take care of your family’s oral health.

To Learn More About Our Family Dentistry Services, Don’t Hesitate to Reach Out to Us

Call 626-798-7896 to set an appointment with Dr. Jerry Johnson here at Jerry A. Johnson, D.D.S. in Pasadena, CA.

By Jerry A. Johnson, D.D.S.
May 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Home Oral Care  

Look good and feel great—these are the basic benefits of a healthy smile. In San Gabriel Valley, CA, your dentist, Dr. Jerry Johnson, helps all his patients with outstanding in-office care. He also supports their at-home care with tips and education to prevent gum disease, decay, and other oral health problems. Learn more here.

At-home oral care

It's simple, but it does take some thought and time. Overall, you're trying to protect and beautify your smile, including the teeth, gums, and other soft oral tissues.

Your San Gabriel Valley dentist recommends:

  • Twice a day brushing using a soft-bristled toothbrush which is in good condition. Be sure to cover all your tooth surfaces.
  • Once a day flossing. Flossing around each tooth captures much of the plaque your toothbrush can't get at.
  • Using an anti-plaque or fluoride mouthwash for extra protection against gum disease and cavities. Ask Dr. Johnson or your hygienist which one is right for you.
  • Cutting out the sugary foods and snacking habits. Both encourage tooth decay.
  • Being aware of what's happening in your mouth. If you have a toothache, feel a lump or have a sore which just won't heal, call Dr. Johnson.
  • Stopping tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption. Both encourage tooth decay and periodontal disease. Plus, oral cancer can be traced to both of these bad habits.
  • Choosing and using a fluoridated toothpaste to harden enamel. Drink plenty of fluoridated water, and ask Dr. Johnson about topically-applied fluoride varnishes.
  • Staying well-hydrated. Water intake increases your production of saliva. Saliva removes food residues, starts the digestive process, and suppresses harmful bacteria in the mouth.
  • Protecting your smile with a bite guard if you clench or grind your teeth. The crushing pressures of bruxism wear, and can even crack, your enamel, causing pain and allowing bacteria to infiltrate tooth surfaces.

Together, we can do it all

Your best smile begins with daily oral care. In his San Gabriel Valley, CA, office, Dr. Jerry Johnson and his capable staff follow up with excellent preventive, restorative, and cosmetic care. Contact us with any concerns you may have: (626) 798-7896.

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