Posts for tag: Cosmetic Dentistry

By Jerry A. Johnson, D.D.S.
September 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

If you are concerned about the long-term health and wellness of your teeth after tooth loss, consider the benefits of choosing dental Dental Implantsimplants over dentures. Estimates released by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry say that dental implants help 500,000 patients each year who want a lasting solution after tooth loss. Know the advantages of dental implants so that when you visit your Pasadena, CA dentist Dr. Jerry Johnson for a consultation you can make the right choice for your smile.

How Dental Implants Are Added to Your Smile
Although an implanted tooth has three parts, the actual implant is a tiny titanium or ceramic post. It's designed with ridges and is biocompatible, meaning that it is more likely to merge with your bone tissue. The dentist makes room for the implant and inserts it in the gumline, then adds stitches so that it can safely heal. Through a process called osseointegration, the bone tissue grows and covers the surfaces of the implant. When finished, the implant will be steady enough to hold an abutment and dental crown.

Dental Implants Advantages
Not every patient can tolerate the maintenance and patience required to manage with temporary denture devices on a daily basis—they want a more lasting tooth replacement option. These are some of the advantages of getting dental implants:

- They won't move around or fall out when you're eating or talking.
- You don’t have to remove the implant to soak or clean it—just brush and floss.
- Dental implants promote good oral health and healthy bone tissue.
- You get a stable support for a beautiful, custom-made crown that comfortably fits your smile.

Caring for Your Dental Implant 
With help from your Pasadena, CA dentist, you can improve the chances of a successful dental implantation procedure. Follow these simple tips:

- Keep your mouth as clean as possible while the implant is healing.
- Brush and floss religiously to ensure that food doesn’t get lodged around the implant.
- Ask your dentist for a protective mouth device to reduce the chance of grinding and clenching, which can compromise the implant and other teeth.

Schedule a Dental Implant Consultation
Your dentist can answer all of your questions about getting a dental implant or a device that's supported by multiple implants. Call (626)-798-7896 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jerry Johnson at his office in Pasadena, CA.

By Jerry A. Johnson, D.D.S.
January 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Even small cosmetic defects detract from an otherwise healthy and attractive smile. Your Pasadena dentist, Dr. Jerry Johnson, offers dental bondingnatural-looking and durable composite resin bonding. He can tell you how this one-visit cosmetic treatment can help your smile.

What is composite resin?

It's a strong, moldable blend of acrylic and glass particles. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry calls composite resin an "additive" material because your Pasadena dentist adds it to the surface of chipped, gapped, cracked, undersized or otherwise flawed teeth, and is shaped to achieve a natural look. Composite resin also restores teeth injured by dental decay, creating a tooth-colored filling that is seamless and just as strong as natural tooth structure.

The treatment process

If Dr. Johnson evaluates your smile and believes composite resin would improve its appearance, he prepares the tooth surfaces with a mild etching liquid. Then, he adds the color-matched material, shaping and trimming it with true artistic skill. When he is satisfied with the results, Dr. Johnson hardens the composite resin with a curing light and polishes it for a bright finish. Repairs made with composite resin are virtually indistinguishable from the natural tooth enamel.

Benefits of direct bonding

There are many benefits including:

  • Lower cost than other cosmetic treatments, such as porcelain veneers and dental crowns
  • Ease of application
  • Moldability
  • Natural looks and function
  • Durability (it lasts about ten years or more with good at-home and in-office care)
  • Repair of children's teeth injured during sports, falls and more
  • Can be redone as needed
  • Takes just one visit brief to Dr. Johnson's office

The complete makeover

Finally, composite resin bonding often accompanies other aesthetic dental treatments to complete a smile makeover. For instance, Dr. Johnson may use bonding to enhance some top front teeth which have minor chips, but also use porcelain crowns to even the bite and support the structure of previously restored back teeth.

Find out more

Renewing your smile can be easier than you may think. Why not contact Dr. Jerry Johnson and his staff for a cosmetic dental consultation? Be sure to ask about composite resin bonding! Call today: (626) 798-7896.

By Jerry A. Johnson, D.D.S.
August 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry  

People choose cosmetic dentistry for different reasons whether to repair an imperfection such as chipped or crooked teeth, to improve their cosmetic denristrysmile in general or to treat an injury. Whatever the reason, our Pasadena, CA dentist, Dr. Jerry Johnson, has experience in restoring smiles to beautiful, natural-looking ones. After a thorough dental examination, he can offer suggestions for each patient’s oral health situation.

More about Cosmetic Dentistry

These types of procedures are generally used to correct discolored, chipped, missing or misshapen teeth. They also can be used to change the shape of teeth overall, whether too long or short or for those that have gaps. Some popular cosmetic procedures performed by our Pasadena dentist, Dr. Johnson, include (and are not limited to):

  • Cosmetic bonding: This uses a tooth-colored material that changes tooth color, closes gaps or fixes other imperfections.
  • Contouring or reshaping: This helps to straighten chipped, cracked or overlapping teeth.
  • Whitening or bleaching: This whitens the teeth with this in-office professional service.
  • Veneers: These ultra-thin coverings are placed over the front of the teeth. They can change the color, shape or alignment of the teeth.
  • Cosmetic fillings: These fillings fill spots where decay has been removed and are nearly undetectable in the mouth.
  • Dentures: These replace missing teeth in the mouth and look like natural teeth.

Ultimately, cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the smile, no matter the imperfection. A dental examination will take many things into consideration before any procedures are done. Dr. Johnson, our Pasadena dentist, is well-versed in all of these procedures and when patients are viable candidates for each of them.

To learn more about cosmetic dentistry procedures and to schedule a thorough dental exam with Dr. Johnson today, call our Pasadena, CA dental office at (626) 798-7896.


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