By John Baron DDS
April 14, 2022
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Untagged

It’s estimated that up to four million people at any one time are wearing braces in the United States and Canada. But Dr. John Baron and our team in Santa Cruz, CA, know that braces have come a long way from the early days of orthodontics, so much so that these days, options are available that are not visible to onlookers. The most popular of these “invisible” braces is Invisalign. Here’s a list of FAQs regarding Invisalign: 

Are they really invisible? 

Yes, the clear liners are virtually invisible, so they enable patients to feel good about themselves and their appearance while getting the orthodontic treatment they need. 

Are there wires, rubber bands, and brackets with Invisalign? 

Nope. Invisalign is truly an alternative to conventional braces. The treatment consists of clear liners that can easily be removed and cleaned throughout the day. There are no wires, so there’s less poking and mouth irritation compared to braces. There’s also no wire tightening at adjustment appointments, so patients don’t have to worry about a sore mouth in the days that follow in-office visits. 

I’ve heard that if I get braces, I won’t be able to eat certain foods like popcorn and hard candy. Is this true with Invisalign too? 

No. With Invisalign, there are no food restrictions. You simply remove your aligners when you’re eating, and replace them after you’ve finished and brushed any leftover food particles away. 

Does Invisalign cost more than braces? 

While overall cost varies on a patient-by-patient basis and is based largely on the level of treatment, Invisalign costs about the same as traditional braces, which makes this treatment option a truly affordable alternative. 

How does brushing compare with conventional braces? 

Brushing your teeth while wearing conventional braces takes some getting used to. Patients have to brush around the metal brackets and floss with a specialty tool to get into the hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. By contrast, Invisalign can be removed at any time to permit regular brushing and flossing. 

Every patient is different and Invisalign might not be the best course of orthodontic treatment for everyone, but it's an option that's gaining more and more popularity, and it's an orthodontic alternative that doesn't sacrifice comfort and convenience for results. For more information, or to schedule a consultation, please give Dr. John Baron and our team in Santa Cruz, CA, a call at 831-426-9200.

By John Baron DDS
March 25, 2022
Category: Root Canal
Tags: Root Canals  

If your dentist says that you need root canal treatment, you've got nothing to be afraid of. Root canals from Dr. John Baron in Santa Cruz, CA, can help save your natural teeth.

A root canal treatment removes damaged tooth pulp. It's a dental procedure that helps save your natural tooth from extensive damage. The root canal procedure preserves the outer shell of your tooth, hence, a dental restoration is essential to strengthen your tooth. 

Reasons why your dentist may suggest that you get a root canal include:

Extensive Tooth Decay

A tooth infection can spread, damaging the internal structure of your tooth including the tooth root. As the infections spread, you may experience unpleasant symptoms such as toothaches, gum inflammation, and darkening of teeth and gums. The root canal treatment removes the infected tooth pulp, saving the enamel for restoration.

Cracked or Chipped Tooth

A cracked or chipped tooth is vulnerable to pulp infections. The trauma of the tooth damage can also cause pulp inflammation. Saving what remains of your damaged tooth might require a root canal. After removing the dead pulp tissue, your dentist can move on to restoring the tooth.

Repeated Dental Procedures

If you keep getting treatment for tooth decay, your dentist may suggest getting a root canal to eliminate the problem. Root canals remove all your tooth pulp tissue to reduce your chances of getting more dental procedures.

Tooth Sensitivity

If your tooth sensitivity won't respond to other therapies, your dentist may recommend a root canal treatment. The root canal treatment removes your tooth's pulp which contains the nerves. After removing all the tooth nerves, your tooth sensitivity should be over.

Root Canal Procedure

While the prospect of getting root canals from your dentist may send shivers down your spine, you don't need to worry. Your dentist will help you stay comfortable during your procedure by administering anesthesia. After examining your tooth and taking x-rays, your dentist will get you set for the procedure.

During your root canal procedure, your dentist will remove your tooth pulp tissue through a tiny hole in your enamel. They will also disinfect and clean the area before finally restoring your tooth with a dental crown.

Call (831) 426-9200 to learn more about root canals from Dr. John Baron in Santa Cruz, CA.

The development of the CEREC system is one of the most revolutionary developments in dentistry. It allows your dentist to create a new dental crown or restoration right there in his office. Say goodbye to multiple appointments and uncomfortable temporary solutions. Dr. John Baron in Santa Cruz, CA, offers these fast and efficient restorations for all eligible patients. Here's everything you've ever wanted to know about CEREC.

What is CEREC?

CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic. It is a 3D chairside design and milling technology that allows dentists to design and build high-quality dental restorations (onlays, inlays, bridges, or crowns) in one single visit. Who wouldn't like to have attractive, high-quality dental restorations in only one appointment at the dentist?

CEREC Procedure 

First, a camera is used to take a digital photo of your tooth. The CEREC software then takes the photo and converts it into a 3-D virtual model on the computer screen. Your dentist works with the software to design your perfect restoration. Finally, a ceramic block that matches the shade of your tooth is placed in the CEREC milling machine. The machine then does what it’s designed to do and makes you a new restoration right there!

Benefits of CEREC

Your dental restoration is created from a thick, durable block of ceramic that is able to withstand wear and tear. CEREC dental restorations won't crack or leak over time. They are also tailored to match the natural shade of your teeth. Nothing gives the same luster and depth as CEREC dental restorations. With CEREC dental restorations you can have a smile that's strong and beautiful!

If you need a dental restoration, why wait? We can help you today. Call Dr. John Baron in Santa Cruz, CA, at 831-426-9200. CEREC dental restorations will improve your appearance and give you the confidence to smile again. Remember, a better life starts with a better-looking smile.

By John Baron DDS
December 10, 2021
Tags: Invisalign  

Correcting your smile doesn't mean you have to endure the awkwardness that metal brackets of traditional braces require—instead, find comfort in the inventive flexibility and appearance that Invisalign trays provide. Your dentist in Santa Cruz, CA, Dr. John Baron, is happy to share how Invisalign can achieve exceptional results in restoring your smile over traditional braces.

Wearing Invisalign

Though it's beneficial to begin orthodontic treatment early in life, general public belief is that corrective dental treatments can only benefit children and teens. However, many people realize later in life that they wish to restore their smile—which is entirely possible!

To achieve the smile of your dreams, an impression will be taken of your teeth, which will then be slightly adjusted digitally by your dentist to send off to a lab where your first set of aligner trays will be constructed. You will receive a series of altered trays as your smile improves during the treatment.

What To Expect

Invisalign treatment is often noted to be a much faster process than traditional braces. With an abundance of wires and brackets, traditional braces can be overwhelming, and your desired results tend to be prolonged.

Some of the ways in which Invisalign is an impressive option include:

  • being able to remove your clear aligner trays to eat, drink, and perform your daily dental care routine
  • not having to avoid eating certain foods in fear of damaging wires or brackets
  • overall comfort—made with flexible plastic, your Invisalign trays are designed from accurate technology that utilities the impression of your teeth to provide the ultimate support
  • zero additional steps to your existing oral hygiene routine
  • a realistic and accurate timeline for the corrective process

Because of Invisalign technology, your Santa Cruz, CA, dentist, Dr. Baron, is able to provide exceptional attention to detail to your alignment trays over the course of your treatment.

Achieve Your Ideal Smile

Regardless of the favorable advantages of the removable aligners, assurance that you'll attain your desired smile is also worthwhile. Learn more about Invisalign in Santa Cruz, CA, by visiting with Dr. Baron who will provide the clarity you're looking for! Schedule an appointment today by calling our office at (831) 426-9200.

By John Baron DDS
November 17, 2021
Category: Dentistry
Tags: Sedation Dentistry  

Many in Santa Cruz, CA, get nervous when going to the dentist and use sedation dentistry when undergoing various procedures. Sedation dentistry helps ease the nerves for patients who feel anxious about visiting the dentist and has become very common over the past few years. Call the dental office of Dr. John Baron for more information about sedation dentistry. 

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is also known as dental sedation or sleep dentistry and uses a range of different techniques to help calm a patient before a dental procedure. It is common for patients in Santa Cruz, CA, to undergo sedation dentistry for procedures such as new crowns and root canals. This method has been very effective among patients who experience dental anxiety. 

Levels of Sedation Dentistry

There are several levels of sedation dentistry available for patients suffering from dental anxiety. The level of sedation is based on the procedure you are getting done and your level of stress. The different levels of sedation dentistry include: 

  • Minimal sedation helps relax you, but you remain awake.
  • Moderate sedation keeps you awake, but you may slur your words and not remember much of what happened. 
  • Deep sedation places you on the edge of consciousness but makes it possible to wake you still quickly. 
  • General anesthesia is when you are completely unconscious for the procedure. 

Different Types of Dental Sedation Methods

Dentists may use different methods of sedation to help ease the patient's nerves. Common types of dental sedation used include: 

  • Inhaled minimal sedation is administered through the patient breathing in nitrous oxide, also referred to as laughing gas, and a mask is placed over the nose. 
  • Oral sedation is when a pill at varying doses is given to the patient approximately one hour before the procedure. 
  • IV moderate sedation is done by administering a sedative drug through the vein, and the doctor can adjust the level of sedation.
  • Deep sedation and general anesthesia place the patient in an unconscious or semi-unconscious state. 

Anyone in Santa Cruz, CA, who is nervous about visiting the dentist should call the dental office of Dr. Baron to discuss destination dentistry. Call (831) 426-9200 to schedule your appointment today. 

By John Baron DDS
June 17, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Implants  

Losing a tooth can seriously impact your confidence and make you feel embarrassed to show off your smile. Dental technology has improved immensely over the years and now dental implants can help complete your smile. Dr. John Baron in Santa Cruz, CA, is here to help you understand how dental implants can fill in the gaps in your smile and if you’re a good candidate for them.

How Dental Implants Work

Losing a tooth doesn’t only affect the aesthetics of your smile but can also affect your oral health in the long run. When you lose your tooth, your gum loses the stimulation it once got from your tooth root and this can cause your jawbone to start to disintegrate and weaken, causing your face to sag. Dental implants from your dentist in Santa Cruz, CA, are made of a titanium post and a dental crown. The titanium post is inserted into the gums and fused into the jawbone, which helps provide that needed stimulation and helps keep your face from sagging in the future.

Once this titanium post is fused and your gums have healed, your dentist will cover it with a dental crown. The dental crown is custom-designed to match the shape and size of your natural teeth and will blend in seamlessly with your smile. Since the crown can also be color-matched, no one will ever notice you were missing a tooth in the first place.

Not only are dental implants natural-looking, but they’re functional and durable as well. Implants are strong enough to bite and chew just like a natural tooth and can last for years with proper care. It takes no extra effort to care for dental implants and your smile will be healthy as long as you brush and floss daily.

Contact Your Dentist Today!

Contact Dr. Baron in Santa Cruz, CA, at (831) 426-9200 today to learn more about dental implants and how they can give you the confidence to show off your smile again!

By John Baron DDS
April 29, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Implants  

Have you been wondering if dental implants are right for you? Your dentist in Santa Cruz, CA, Dr. John Baron, can help you determine if you're a good candidate for this popular tooth restoration option.

The benefits of dental implants

Unlike sharks and alligators, humans can't regrow lost teeth. Fortunately, dental implants offer the next best thing. Implants are small posts placed in openings in your jawbone created during minor oral surgery. The implants are made of titanium, a metal that bonds easily to the bone. Once your dental implants completely bond to your jawbone, they'll serve as the roots for your new teeth.

Dental implants are attached to dental crowns, synthetic restorations that replace the tops of missing teeth. Crowns are created from impressions of your mouth made during a visit to the Santa Cruz dental office. Connecting implants to crowns creates brand new teeth that feel and function just like natural teeth.

Implants offer these advantages:

  • Excellent Biting Ability: Some tooth restorations decrease your biting power but not dental implants. Thanks to your strong roots, you'll be able to continue to eat a variety of foods with your new teeth.
  • Healthy Jaw: Jawbone resorption, a condition that occurs when the jawbone shrinks after tooth loss, can change your appearance and lead to further tooth loss. Implants stimulate your jawbone and keep the bone strong and healthy.
  • Straighter Teeth: After you've lost one or more teeth, your other teeth try to fill the gap in your mouth. Unfortunately, this causes your teeth to become misaligned, which can cause bite problems. Drifting doesn't happen if you fill the gaps in your smile with dental implants.
  • Improved Self-Confidence: Looking in the mirror after you've lost teeth can be a little depressing. Since our society values a healthy, full smile, you may find yourself feeling less confident in social or business situations. Luckily dental implants improve your appearance and can boost your self-confidence.
  • No Limits: Dental implants can help you improve your smile no matter how many teeth you've lost. They're equally effective in replacing all of your teeth as they are restoring a single lost tooth. In fact, implant-supported dentures can improve your comfort and your biting power.

Renew your smile with dental implants! Call your Santa Cruz, CA, dentist, Dr. John Barron, at (831) 426-9200 to schedule your appointment.

By John Baron DDS
January 27, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentist   Dental Visit  

When you visit your dentist in Santa Cruz, CA, it can save your smile.

Dental problems can sneak up on you. Sometimes you may get a toothache, but you can still have a dental problem and not feel any pain. So, how do you know if you need to see a dentist? There are a few common warning signs.

Dr. E. John Baron in Santa Cruz, CA offers comprehensive dental care to take care of your dental issues, and these are a few of the signs it’s time to see him:

  1. You’ve forgotten how long it has been since you’ve seen a dentist. It can be longer than you think since you were last in a dental office. It is recommended to see your dentist once every six to twelve months, and more often if you have continuing dental issues.
  2. You are suffering tooth pain that doesn’t resolve. Tooth pain can come in many forms. Your teeth can ache or throb, or you might feel a sharp pain when you bite down. Pay attention to what kind of tooth pain you are feeling. It can be an indication of whether you have tooth decay, a dental abscess, or another type of dental condition.
  3. You notice your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, floss, or eat. This can be a sign of gum inflammation which can lead to gum disease. It’s also a sign you can benefit from a professional dental cleaning, and increasing the amount or frequency of your oral care at home.
  4. You get the sensation your teeth are moving. This can occur when you have lost some of the bone and soft tissue support around your teeth due to periodontal disease. You can benefit from periodontal therapy to maintain the health of your smile.
  5. You are missing teeth. If you have lost your smile, there are many superb tooth replacement choices like implants, bridges, or dental appliances. Each of these choices has its own unique benefits. When you enjoy a great smile, it will enhance your self-esteem and self-confidence, and help you chew your food well, so you enjoy what you eat.

If you can’t remember when you last saw your dentist, it’s time to make an important phone call to save your smile. It’s time to call Dr. E. John Baron in Santa Cruz, CA at (831) 426-9200. Call now!

By John Baron DDS
December 31, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Root Canal  

How will you know that you need a root canal? Look for these common warning signs…

Knowing when your smile could benefit from root canal treatment is incredibly important, as this simple procedure could just end up saving your tooth. While we know that no one wants to discover that they need a root canal, it’s much better to find out early on and to treat the problem than it is to have the damaged tooth extracted later on. Here are the top signs that it’s time to see our Santa Cruz, CA, dentist Dr. John Baron for treatment,

  • You are experiencing a sharp, intense or throbbing pain in your tooth
  • Your pain gets worse when chewing or biting down
  • You notice a visible hole or discoloration in a tooth (a sign of deep decay)
  • Your tooth is suddenly sensitive to hot or cold temperature, or sugar
  • You notice a tooth is turning grey or getting darker
  • You notice a pimple-like growth develop on the gums (a sign of an infection)
  • You see that the gums around the tooth are red and swollen

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it’s imperative that you see our Santa Cruz, CA, family dentist right away for care. A toothache is considered a dental emergency, so the sooner you can get into our office the better. After all, everything from decay to an infection will only get worse unless it’s treated properly.

What is the purpose of a root canal?

The enamel and dentin layers protect the nerve inside the tooth; however, when a tooth has sustained an injury or has decay, the hard, outer layers can become damaged, making it possible for bacteria to enter the inside of the tooth and infect the nerve. Once the nerve or dental pulp of the tooth is inflamed or infected, the only option is to remove it. A root canal can remove the diseased tissue in order to save what’s left of the tooth.

Our goal as your Santa Cruz, CA, dentist is to provide you with the ultimate dental care you’re looking for in a welcoming, compassionate setting. No matter whether you need a root canal or a routine checkup, call us today at (831) 426-9200 to schedule your next visit.

By John Baron DDS
October 09, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Implants  

Lost teeth could result in premature aging because of facial sagging. Without the tooth root’s support, the jawbone will eventually break down. As this happens, your facial structure could be compromised and cause that sunken hollow look to your cheeks.

Replacing lost teeth with dental implants, however, will prevent the jawbone’s deterioration and stimulate natural growth and regeneration. No other tooth replacement solution can do this. This is why aside from feeling and working like real teeth, dental implants are considered the best answer to missing teeth.

Here at E. John Baron DDS, INC. in Santa Cruz, CA, your dentist Dr. John Baron uses implants for replacing one or more missing teeth and securing a denture or bridge to replace multiple lost teeth.

Understanding How Dental Implants Work

One crucial benefit of implants over other teeth replacement options is that they directly connect and grow into the jawbone. Once you lose a tooth, bone loss is inevitable since the jawbone will no longer receive stimulation from the lost tooth root.

By utilizing a dental implant, which is constructed from titanium, to replace the lost tooth root, it will fuse with the jawbone and form a stable bond to support the restoration that will be placed on top of it. Keep in mind that the dental implant site will require several months to bond properly to ensure a healthy and sturdy fusion with the jawbone before the placement of the tooth restoration.

What’s in a Dental Implant?

In general, a dental implant comprises three parts, the implant post itself, the abutment, and the tooth restoration. The implant is a tiny threaded screw that will be implanted surgically into your jawbone. It functions as a synthetic tooth root and replaces the tooth root you lost along with you lost your tooth. The abutment is the part that connects the restoration to the dental implant.

The tooth restoration, which could be a crown, denture, or bridge, connects to the abutment, topping off the dental implants. The specific kind of restoration that will be used will depend on the number of lost teeth that need to be replaced. Regardless of which type of restoration, however, you can rest assured that your dentist in Santa Cruz, CA, will ensure that your custom restoration will match your other teeth.

Reach Out to Us For More Questions or Information on Dental Implants

Dial (831) 426-9200 to arrange a consultation with your Santa Cruz, CA, dentist Dr. John Baron today.

By John Baron DDS
October 07, 2020
Tags: Invisalign  

If you’re looking to finally take the plunge and get your misaligned teeth straightened out, Invisalign might be the solution for you. To find out if you’re eligible for this innovative orthodontic treatment, you will need to undergo an evaluation here at E. John Baron DDS, INC. in Santa Cruz, CA, by your dentist Dr. John Baron. Meanwhile, you need to understand how Invisalign works to give you a straighter smile on your terms.

Creating Your Invisalign Treatment Plan

Once your dentist has determined that you’re a great fit for Invisalign aligners, photos of your face and teeth, digital x-rays, and digital scans of your teeth will be taken. A 3D computer imaging tool will then be used for generating a comprehensive treatment plan starting from your teeth’s initial position to their supposed positions after completion of the treatment. You then wait for a month or so for your Invisalign aligners to be fabricated.

How Invisalign Will Straighten Your Teeth

You will have to wear each Invisalign aligner or tray for one or two weeks and then move on to the succeeding aligner. Invisalign moves your teeth in position in tiny increments so expect each aligner to be more fitted than the last. This tightness places pressure on the teeth so your teeth will eventually match your aligner.

As you switch out each tray with the succeeding aligner, the teeth will continue moving into position until they reach their final positions. You will need to go to follow-up appointments with your dentist in Santa Cruz, CA, every six to 10 weeks to make certain that the treatment is coming along as expected.

Ensuring The Success of Invisalign Treatment

You’ll need to wear your Invisalign trays for at least 22 hours daily to ensure that your teeth will go to their proper positions and match the tray you’re wearing. If you follow all your dentist’s instructions, you can expect to get straighter teeth in one year to 18 months. Depending on your specific circumstances, your dentist may recommend extra treatment time. Your dentist may also suggest retainers to ensure lasting results since our teeth could move and shift as we age.

To Find Out More About Invisalign, Contact Us

Dial (831) 426-9200 to book an assessment with your dentist Dr. John Baron in Santa Cruz, CA.

By John Baron DDS
May 13, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Same Day Crowns   Crowns  

How same day dental crowns from your dentist in Santa Cruz, California can enhance your smile

Everyone knows a dental crown can protect your tooth, but did you know that a dental crown can actually enhance the appearance of your smile? Modern dental crown materials closely resemble tooth enamel. Thanks to revolutionary new technology, you can have a crown made just for you, right in the office while you wait.

Dr. E. John Baron in Santa Cruz, California offers Same Day Crowns, brought to you by CEREC, one of the leading manufacturers of Same Day Crown technology. CEREC uses a precise measuring system known as CAD/CAM (computer-assisted design/computer assisted manufacturing).

Beyond Timeliness, consider these important benefits:

  • Immediate results; you can have your tooth prepared, a crown created, and the crown placed, all in one day! This means there is no more waiting for your dental crown to come back from the dental laboratory. Same Day Crowns are created right in front of you, while you wait!
  • Precise fit; Same Day Crowns use precise 3D imaging and computer-assisted measurement to provide you with a crown that fits perfectly every time. The Same Day Crown is made uniquely, just for you.
  • Beautifully natural; Same Day Crowns are made using the highest grade dental ceramic. This material reflects light, just like natural tooth enamel. You can be sure your Same Day Crown is virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

The Same Day Crown process uses a combination of digital impressions, computer-assisted measurement, and 3D imaging to provide you with a perfect dental crown, made just for you. Imagine having a beautiful dental crown made while you watch. Imagine knowing that you don’t have to wait weeks for your crown and you don’t have to wear an uncomfortable temporary crown while you wait.

CEREC Same Day Crowns can give you a new smile, quickly and easily. To find out more about Same Day Crowns and what they can do for you and your smile, call Dr. E. John Baron in Santa Cruz, California at (831) 426-9200. Call today, and get started on a beautiful new smile.

By John Baron DDS
April 14, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Are you 100% certain that you have good oral hygiene? Essentially, your mouth smells, works, and looks healthy if you practice good oral hygiene habits. This means that you have pink gums that don’t bleed or hurt when you brush and floss your teeth, your teeth look healthy and work properly, and your breath smells clean and fresh.

If you experience bleeding gums, aching teeth, or chronic bad breath, visit your dentist at E.John Baron, DDS Inc. in Santa Cruz, CA, as any of these problems might indicate an oral health issue. Dr. John Baron will recommend the most suitable oral hygiene practices for your case and pinpoint areas in your mouth that need additional attention when performing your oral care routine.

What Does a Good Oral Care Routine Look Like?

Maintaining proper oral hygiene is among the most vital things you could do, not only for your gums and teeth but your overall health as well. Aside from helping you feel and look good, healthy gums and teeth can likewise make it easier for you to talk and chew properly. Daily and proper preventive care techniques will help you halt all sorts of oral health problems in their tracks before they even have a chance to develop.

In between routine visits to your Santa Cruz, CA, dentist for cleanings and oral health exams, here are some very simple guidelines that you can follow to significantly lower the risk of developing gum disease, decay, and other conditions:

  • Brush thoroughly at least two times daily and floss every single day
  • Eat a healthy diet and limit your intake of starchy and sugary items.
  • Use a mouthwash with fluoride and/or antibacterial ingredients to help keep gum disease and tooth decay at bay. It’s fine if you use mouthwash immediately after brushing your teeth, but you can also use mouthwash after meals if you can’t brush your teeth.

Want More Information on How to Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy? Give Us a Call

Schedule a consultation with your dentist, Dr. John Baron, here at E.John Baron, DDS Inc. at Santa Cruz, CA, by dialing (831) 426-9200.

By John Baron DDS
February 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Sedation  

Regular dental checkups are a crucial part of maintaining optimal oral health, but fear and anxiety can prevent some people from visiting the dentist when needed. Sedation dentistry helps patients relax and overcome their worries so they can receive the dental care they need. At our office in Santa Cruz, our dentist, Dr. John Baron offers sedation dentistry for patients who need help relaxing during dental appointments.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry involves the use of mild sedatives to help the patient relax and feel less anxious during routine dental checkups and more complicated procedures. Although under sedation, patients are able to remain awake and alert but experience less anxiety because they are in a relaxed state. Depending on what is used to induce sedation, some patients might even experience slight amnesia regarding what happened during a dental procedure.

A major benefit of sedation dentistry is that patients with dental phobia or high anxiety levels can endure lengthy dental procedures they would normally be unable to tolerate in a single sitting. Instead of having to return for multiple visits to complete complicated dental work, sedation dentistry helps patients relax so everything can be completed in one visit. For example, sedation dentistry can help a patient undergoing several tooth extractions or root canals relax enough to have all the work completed in a single appointment.

Our Santa Cruz dentist utilizes several methods for helping anxious patients relax. Some commonly used methods include local anesthesia and oral conscious sedation. Local anesthesia is administered by injection directly in the area to be treated. This helps numb the area so patients feel little to no pain or discomfort. Oral conscious sedation involves the use of oral sedatives or nitrous oxide, sometimes known as laughing gas, to help patients relax.

If you experience extreme anxiety during dental appointments or have dental phobia, sedation dentistry can help. To learn more about how sedation dentistry can help you relax at the dentist, call our office in Santa Cruz at (831) 426-9200 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Baron.

By John Baron DDS
January 28, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Invisalign  

For patients who live near the surrounding Santa Cruz, CA, area, if you want straighter teeth but don't want to put your life on hold, consider Invisalign for a discreet solution. Clear aligners transform their shape and appearance, and the best part is, you'll be the only one who knows you're wearing them. Invisalign is also removable, so you can continue to eat your favorite foods, brush, and floss as usual, and stay active without worrying about a dental injury. Your local dentist, Dr. John Baron, utilizes this orthodontic method to treat a wide variety of cases.

What Invisalign Can Do For Your Smile

Invisalign treats many misalignment issues. These include overbite, underbite, cross-bite, gaps, overcrowding, and protruding front teeth. If any of these tooth imperfections are diminishing your self-esteem, confidence, or putting a damper on your social life, Invisalign gives you a boost by offering a virtually invisible alternative to metal braces. For patients who lead a busy lifestyle, these acrylic trays improve your aesthetic appearance while providing comfort, convenience, and flexibility. When worn for 20-22 hours a day, and with routine checkups, you can achieve results in one year.

Benefits of Invisalign

When you decide on Invisalign to straighten your teeth, you'll benefit from improved oral health. Orthodontics help protect the teeth and gums from periodontal disease by reducing your risk of developing decay. Other advantages of Invisalign include:

  • Aesthetically-pleasing
  • BPA-free plastic
  • Smooth and comfortable mouthfeel
  • Fewer food restrictions
  • Easy to maintain

What to Expect From Invisalign Treatment

When you visit our dental office, Dr. Baron, for a consultation, he will take a precise 3D digital scan of your bite and teeth. After this is complete, he'll design a customized treatment plan suitable for your needs. During your appointment, your dentist can show you a preview of what your final result will look like when treatment is over. Your aligners are then created using a state-of-the-art printing process. Once you receive them, you'll wear them for 22 hours a day, swapping them out every two weeks to move a step closer toward your smile goals.

If you are searching for an orthodontic solution in Santa, Cruz, CA, consult with local dentist Dr. John Baron, to discuss what Invisalign can do for your smile. He puts a primary focus on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for conditions associated with the teeth and gums. For more information about Invisalign and other services provided, visit our website. Please call (831) 426-9200 to schedule an appointment.

By John Baron DDS
November 14, 2019
Category: Root Canal
Tags: Root Canal  

Save your smile with the help of a root canal.

Root canals have certainly been the brunt of many jokes; however, not so much anymore. That’s because more and more people are Root_Canalrealizing that this procedure is actually nothing to fear, and that is instead incredibly beneficial to maintaining a healthy smile. Here at the Santa Cruz, CA, office of dentist Dr. John Baron, we want you to know exactly what is entailed with root canal treatment—read on to learn more!


Save your smile

If our Santa Cruz, CA, dentist has discovered that you have infected or inflamed dental pulp, then a root canal is the only procedure that can address this problem. The sooner that you receive this care and remove the damaged pulp, the sooner that you can eliminate the trademark toothache associated with damaged pulp.


Say goodbye to pain

As alluded to above, one reason people come into our office between cleanings is to address toothaches. A toothache is a dental emergency that needs to be treated right away. While a toothache could mean lots of things including a cavity, a severe toothache that gets worse when biting down or is accompanied by random tooth sensitivity could be a sign that you need a root canal.

A root canal is performed under local anesthesia, which will numb the area around the tooth. Not only should you not feel any discomfort during your procedure, but this treatment also eliminates the pain caused by the infected tissue inside the tooth. During treatment, we will remove the diseased tissue, disinfect the tooth, and apply a sealant inside of the structure before placing a dental crown. After that, your smile will be healthy once again!

By E. John Baron DDS
July 19, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

If you have dull, uninteresting teeth, it’s time to take action! With the help of veneers, you can have an outstanding smile that is guaranteed to get noticed. Read on to learn how Dr. John Baron, your dentist in Santa Cruz, CA, offers a wide range of dental services, including veneers, to rejuvenate your look!

More about veneers

Dental veneers are thin laminates of sparkling, light-reflective porcelain that are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth to hide a wide variety of unsightly issues with your smile, giving you a perfect smile that is still uniquely yours. Porcelain veneers are an excellent choice to cover up problems, such as:

  • Fracture lines and cracks caused by trauma
  • Erosion and abrasion caused by acidic foods or a bad bite
  • Chips and tooth wear caused by aging or bad habits
  • Stains and discolorations caused by medications or lifestyle issues

Veneers can also help with alignment issues, commonly treated with orthodontics. You can choose porcelain veneers to minimize the look of tooth overlap and to cosmetically close gaps between your teeth.

There are many reasons why porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dental services available. Consider that treatment is:

  • Naturally beautiful, because porcelain looks just like natural tooth enamel
  • Conservative, because little to no tooth surface is removed
  • Easy to maintain, because porcelain resists stains

You can have a new, beautiful smile in as little as two to three appointments.

  1. Veneer treatment begins with a consultation appointment, during which you can get a first look at what your new smile will look like.
  2. Next, your teeth are prepared to receive the veneers and molds are made of your prepared teeth. The molds are sent off to a dental laboratory where skilled dental artisans create your veneers.
  3. After Dr. Baron receives the veneers from the dental laboratory, he will permanently cement them on to your teeth and you are finished!

Interested? Give us a call

You deserve the magic of dental veneers—find out how veneers can rejuvenate your smile by calling Dr. John Baron, your dentist in Santa Cruz, CA, today at (831) 426-9200.

By E. John Baron DDS
May 28, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

CEREC Same Day Crowns at E. John Baron DDS in Santa Cruz, CA, are an advanced technology that save time and provide optimal dental repair. They're more durable than other restorations and provide the reinforcement teeth need.

More About CEREC Same Day Crowns

Same Day Crowns are a cutting-edge innovation that quickly restores damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic fillings. The high-qualitydental crowns ceramic material used to make CEREC same day crowns reinforces teeth, repairs bite and chewing function, and adds aesthetic appeal.

How does CEREC work?

Your Santa Cruz, CA, dentist uses CAD/CAM technology, Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing, to custom design your tooth. The computer reads the image through a camera, feeds the image of the damaged tooth impression into a computer and, using a diamond-burr milling machine, an accurate restoration is manufactured and bonded or cemented on your teeth.

The whole process takes about an hour and you'll be able to walk out with a restored smile, instead of waiting several weeks.

What are the advantages of CEREC Same Day Crowns?

  • It's a tooth-colored restoration that restores your smile
  • You no longer have to rely on silver fillings
  • The natural-looking filling is compatible with soft oral tissue
  • CEREC crowns are anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant
  • They are made of porcelain which means they're stain resistant
  • Dentists don't need to use temporary crowns, take impressions and make a mold of your teeth, then send them to a lab
  • They are time saving and proven to be precise, safe and effective
  • They restore bite and chewing function
  • The reinforce teeth and are more durable than typical fillings

Are you interested in CEREC Same Day Crowns?

Call Dr. Baron for any questions or concerns you may have. He will be more than happy to tell you more about CEREC Same Day Crowns, so just give him a call at his Santa Cruz, CA, office at (831) 426-9200 today!

By E. John Baron DDS
March 13, 2019
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: Invisalign   braces   Clear Braces  

Do you want to improve your smile? Do you feel like you're too old to be wearing braces? Well, your Santa Cruz, CA, dentist Dr. John Invisalign Clear BracesBaron has just the solution: Invisalign!

More About Invisalign

Invisalign is composed of custom-made clear aligners that are made to fit your upper and lower teeth. The aligners function the same way traditional braces work, by applying pressure on each tooth so that it moves into its proper position. Your Santa Cruz dentist creates your custom aligners using a specialized computer software.

The clear plastic aligners are flexible and are great for if you need to straighten your teeth and don't want anyone to know you're wearing braces, unlike with traditional metal braces. You do, however, need to keep them on for a minimum of 20 hours a day. You can take them off if you want to eat, brush your teeth or floss. Some people like to take their clear aligners off for special events, but that's unnecessary if they're transparent.

Benefits of Invisalign:

  • Oral Hygiene: Because Invisalign is a removable appliance, you will be able to clean your teeth more thoroughly than if you have traditional metal braces. Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once.
  • Comfortable: Invisalign aligners are thin, flexible aligners that don't irritate the soft tissue in your mouth, unlike metal braces.
  • Teeth-Grinding Protection: If you have a teeth-grinding or clenching habit, Invisalign is used as a nightguard to protect your teeth.
  • Discreet Look: Traditional metal braces can be embarrassing, especially if you're a teenager or an adult. Invisalign is transparent, so no one will notice if you have braces.
  • No Dietary Deprivations: Traditional braces prevent you from eating your favorite foods, like taffy apples or corn, but that's not an issue with Invisalign. You can eat whatever you want because the aligners you wear are removable.


If you would like to schedule an appointment with your Santa Cruz, CA, dentist Dr. John Baron, then call the office today at (831) 426-9200!

By John Baron DDS
February 01, 2019
Category: Root Canal
Tags: Root Canal  

Your natural teeth help you bite, chew, speak and look like you. If one is compromised by decay, accident or infection, should you extract it? Dr. John Baron, your Santa Cruz dentist, believes in saving as many natural teeth as possible. So, he offers a wide range of restorative treatments, including comfortable and precise root canal therapy. Also called endodontic therapy, a root canal can bring your tooth back to full health and functionality.

What is a root canal?

It's actually a part of your tooth. A root canal, or narrow chamber, runs down each and every tooth root--up to four in all for large teeth, such as molars. Filled with blood vessels, connective tissue and nerves, a root canal is subject to injury, decay and infection, jeopardizing the overall health of the tooth.

A root canal treatment, or endodontic therapy, performed in your Santa Cruz dentist's office, removes this diseased or injured pulp, disinfects the canal and seals the area with biocompatible gutta-percha. A temporary filling or crown protects the treated tooth while a trusted dental lab fashions a permanent porcelain crown. Dr. Baron places the crown when your tooth is fully healed--about a week or so after treatment.

When is a root canal needed?

Dental fracture, abscess or multiple restorations may endanger the health of a tooth. Sometimes, a patient cannot tell a tooth is infected or cracked. He or she truly exhibits no symptoms, says the American Association of Endodontists. That's why semi-annual visits to the dentist are so important.

Other sickly teeth, however, may show many symptoms they need root canal therapy. Symptoms include:

  • Enamel discoloration
  • A raised, red pimple on the gums
  • Foul-tasting drainage
  • Extreme and recurring dental sensitivity to heat, cold, pressure or sugary drinks or foods
  • An obvious crack or chip
  • Toothache

If you have some or all of these symptoms, please call Dr. Baron right away for an evaluation.

Caring for your restored tooth

After a root canal treatment and crown placement, your tooth may be a bit tender for a few days. Treat it gently with soft foods and careful brushing and flossing.

For the long-term, be diligent about your at-home oral hygiene, and see Dr. Baron twice a year for exams and cleanings. Your renewed tooth can last for many years.

Call us

If you suspect you have an oral health issue, such as an infected tooth, or if it's simply time for your routine check-up, please contact Dr. Baron's office at (831) 426-9200. Your smile can look great and feel really good, too.

By E. John Baron DDS
October 30, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental ImplantCould this dental restoration be the solution to your tooth loss problems?

There are many options available when it comes to treating tooth loss. Here in Santa Cruz, CA, our implant dentist Dr. John Baron wants to give you a reason to smile again without those embarrassing gaps between teeth.

Dental Implant Background Info

Before we decide whether or not you are a good candidate for implants, you may want to know the basics about them first. A dental implant is an oral prosthetic that is made up of three different parts:

  • A metal post (the implant)
  • An abutment (sometimes built-in to the implant; it connects the implant to the crown)
  • A false tooth or teeth (dental crown; dentures)

The skinny metal post is surgically placed within the socket of the missing tooth where it will lie within the jawbone. Over the course of several months, the jawbone and gum tissue will heal around and fuse together with the metal implant to form a permanent structure. From there, the false tooth is placed on top of the implant to complete the restoration.

Who Should Get Dental Implants?

Most healthy adults who are missing one or more teeth can benefit from getting dental implants here in Santa Cruz, CA. Of course, you will have to visit our aesthetic dentist for a consultation so you can find out. During the consultation, we will,

  • Go through your medical history
  • Discuss your treatment goals
  • Perform an oral exam
  • Take x-rays of your mouth

All of these steps will help us determine whether or not you are right for dental implants. It is also imperative that you maintain good general and oral health. The oral exam and x-rays we take will help us spot problems such as decay, gum disease, infection, and bone loss, all of which will need to be addressed beforehand. Patients with chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure should have these conditions properly managed before they get dental implants.

Women who are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant are not ideal candidates for dental implants. Children and teens are also not right for dental implants because their jawbones haven’t fully developed yet.

If you think you meet the criteria above and you are ready to start your journey to get dental implants in Santa Cruz, CA, then it’s time to schedule a consultation with us. A complete smile could be yours again, just call (831) 426-9200 today!

By E. John Baron DDS
August 28, 2018
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: Invisalign   braces   Clear Braces  

Invisalign BracesIf you've had enough of your crooked teeth and want a healthier, more attractive smile, explore the innovative Invisalign system. Clear and discreet, these customized acrylic appliances shift teeth into better positions in about a year. Dr. John Baron in Santa Cruz, CA offers Invisalign to teens and adults who want great oral health and smile aesthetics without the hassles and discomforts of conventional braces.

Your crooked smile

You may be one of a large number of adults in the US who wish to straighten their teeth. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists states that one in five orthodontic patients are neither children nor teens, but adults. If your teeth are healthy, there is no real barrier to wearing braces.

However, many "older" patients hesitate to get their teeth fixed. Maybe they had braces as a child, and their teeth shifted back to their previous positions. Or, perhaps they dislike the obvious appearance of metal and even ceramic braces. Maybe complex oral hygiene and restricted food choices dampen their enthusiasm, or they don't want treatment to last a long time.

These reasons and more make Invisalign clear aligner a super-attractive alternative. Smooth, thin and removable, the biocompatible aligner pairs move teeth into healthier positions quickly. Plus, there are no hard hygiene routines, dietary restrictions or torturous adjustments at the dental office.

How Invisalign works

Your dentist in Santa Cruz will help you determine if correction with Invisalign is right for you. Dr. Baron will do a comprehensive oral examination and special three-dimensional scan to create a detailed treatment plan. The Invisalign lab makes the 18 to 30 aligner pairs which you'll wear 20 to 22 hours a day.

Progress checks happen every four weeks, and you change the aligners every two weeks. After you complete your treatment plan, you'll wear a special retainer to keep your smile perfectly aligned.

Throughout your treatment, you'll enjoy the discreet appearance, removability, and smooth feel of your comfortable appliances. Really, no one but your dentist and you will know you're getting your teeth straightened!

What problems can Invisalign treat? Well, there are many including:

  • Orthodontic recession
  • Tooth tipping
  • Tooth rotation
  • Protruding front teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Openbite
  • Crossbite
  • Gaps
  • Overcrowding

A consultation

To find out if Invisalign could help you and your smile, contact Dr. John Baron's office in Santa Cruz, CA, at (831) 426-9200. You can trust Dr. Baron's experience, skill and patient-centered philosophy to guide you on your path to better oral health.

By E. John Baron DDS
June 12, 2018
Category: Dentistry

Periodontal servicesNo one likes to think about tooth loss, and yet if we do, we likely imagine getting a tooth knocked out or having deep cavities. Gum disease rarely comes to the forefront of oral health, but it's so important as it's the leading cause of tooth loss in the US, says the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Your dentist in Santa Cruz, CA, Dr. John Baron, carefully tracks periodontal health and offers the latest in gum disease therapy if problems occur.

How gums get sick

While heredity and diet do play roles in gum health, poor oral hygiene and tobacco use are leading causes of periodontitis. Unfortunately, many people are unaware they are developing gum problems when they miss or discount signs such as:

  • Puffy, red gums
  • Streaks of blood in the sink after brushing
  • Chronic bad breath
  • A "long tooth" appearance
  • Gum tenderness
  • Loose teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Exposed tooth roots
  • A change in dental bite or in how a denture fits

How do all these symptoms start? The real culprit is plaque--that sticky substance left over from our carb-loaded American diets. Plaque collects on and between teeth. Quickly, it hardens into calculus, or tartar, a troublesome residue which only a dental hygienist can remove. Also, both plaque and tartar are infiltrated with harmful bacteria. These microbes cause both cavities and gum disease.

Periodontal therapy procedures

They're a priority at Dr. Baron's dental practice. With every six-month check-up, Dr. Baron's skilled hygienist scales teeth and the gum line, removing plaque and tartar. Combined with your careful brushing (twice a day) and flossing (once a day) at home, you can have healthy gums.

However, if gum disease has begun, here's what your Santa Cruz dentist and his team can do:

1. Perform a deep scaling and root planing, removing embedded tartar and plaque from below the gum line and instilling antimicrobial medication

2. Use laser technology to debride gums, sealing them to tooth roots to promote quick healing without cutting or suturing

3. Gum grafting or recontouring--taking gum tissue from other areas of the mouth to cover exposed tooth roots or removing excess gum tissue as needed to install a crown or expose more tooth structure (in the case of a gummy smile)

Healthy gums for a healthy you

The CDC says that about 47 percent of adults over the age of 30 have gum disease to one degree or other. That means their systemic health is at risk, too. So your at-home and in-office preventive care remains your best bet for great oral health.

Contact us

To learn more about gum disease and its impact, or to schedule your semi-annual check-up and hygienic cleaning, please contact Dr. Baron's Santa Cruz, CA, office at (831) 426-9200.

By E. John Baron DDS
March 06, 2018
Category: Dentistry

You could now get a brand new dental restoration in just one trip to the crowns

We know that our patients lead busy lives and that trying to schedule dental visits can be a royal pain. Of course, it’s also important that you get the dental care you need to keep your oral health on track. If you require a dental crown you may worry that you’ll need to come back for multiple appointments but our Santa Cruz, CA, dentist, Dr. E. John Baron, has some good news: Now you can get a dental crown created and placed in just one visit.

If you are dealing with a tooth that is severely damaged or decaying you want a restoration that will be able to protect the tooth and restore it so that it is as strong as it can possibly be. In most cases, the best option is to place a dental crown over the tooth. Of course, in the past, getting a dental crown often took multiple trips to the office to prep the tooth, take impressions and measurements, wait for the crown to be made and then to come back in once the crown is made so that it can be fitted.

Now, CEREC technology makes it possible to prep your tooth, create and make your crown right here in our office, and then cement the crown into place in just one visit. Here are some of the benefits to getting CEREC crowns from our Santa Cruz general dentist:

An Improved Appearance

Having a cracked, damaged, or even a cosmetically imperfect smile can certainly put a damper on your appearance. You may feel less confident whenever you open your mouth to speak or even to smile at a colleague or friend. Luckily, by getting a CEREC crown you’ll feel confident again in your smile in no time.

A Natural Restoration

We pride ourselves on creating restorations that look as natural and real as possible, and CEREC crowns are no different. We take digital images of your tooth, which provide a far more precise measurement of the damaged tooth. This means a dental crown that fits perfectly. Plus, we choose the color of the porcelain before the milling machine chisels out your crown, so we can offer you a restoration that most closely matches the shade of your tooth.

We Save You Time

Since CEREC crowns can be made and placed in just one visit this completely does away with needing to come in multiple times to our office. Plus, you won’t need to get a temporary crown placed over your tooth, which can be annoying and often crack or fall off before getting your permanent crown. Now, you can sit in our dental chair and get a new restoration in about one hour. This saves our patients a lot of time and hassle.

Do you have questions about getting CEREC crowns in Santa Cruz, CA? Want to find out if this is the best approach for improving your oral health? Then call our office today to learn more about CEREC crowns and to schedule a consultation with us.

By E. John Baron DDS
January 05, 2018
Category: Dentistry
Tags: Root Canal  

If your dentist recommends a root canal, you may feel anxiety leading up to this simple and common procedure. However, there is no root canalreason to fear a root canal. Proven by many years of use to be effective and safe, a root canal can repair your decayed or damaged tooth and even save the tooth’s structure, avoiding extraction. Find out more about root canal therapy and how it can benefit you with Dr. John Baron in Santa Cruz, CA.

What does root canal therapy do? 
Root canals repair damaged or decayed teeth which would often otherwise require extraction. The tooth’s inner pulp chamber, which houses the nerves which allow the tooth to feel pain, becomes infected and, in turn, causes a toothache. The root canal clears the inner tooth of the damaged tissue and removes the root, eliminating the toothache. Removing the damaged tissue from inside the tooth preserves the tooth’s outer structure below the gumline, allowing the tooth to continue to stimulate the bone in which it lies and preventing extraction-related issues like shifting teeth or bone atrophy.

Do I need a root canal? 
If you have a toothache, there is a good chance your dentist will suggest a root canal. However, your dentist may also recommend a root canal to avoid a toothache or other complications in the future. If your dentist catches a problem early, a root canal may be necessary to correct the issue and avoid complications down the road. Root canal therapy can also help save a tooth which has been damaged by trauma or injury.

Root Canal Therapy in Santa Cruz, CA
Lowering your chances of requiring a root canal is as easy as keeping your teeth decay-free and healthy. This means a strong at-home oral care routine and regular trips to see your dentist for preventative routine dental examinations and cleanings. Brush twice daily and floss at least once to ensure that you remove decay-causing plaque from the teeth before it can harden into tartar and cause decay. See your dentist at least twice a year to catch dental problems early and keep your teeth in the best condition possible.

For more information on root canals, please contact Dr. John Baron in Santa Cruz, CA. Call (831) 426-9200 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Baron today!

By E. John Baron DDS
November 02, 2017
Category: Dentistry
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

There are plenty of things you'd like to share with the world, but your orthodontic treatment probably isn't one of them. Until recently, invisaligneveryone knew you were straightening your teeth the moment you opened your mouth and flashed your metal braces. Luckily, there's a more subtle option available today. Our Santa Cruz, CA, dentist, Dr. John Baron, explains how you improve your smile without wires and brackets, thanks to Invisalign.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a completely wire-free orthodontic system. Gentle pressure exerted by removable aligner trays improve the position of your teeth. The trays are designed in our Santa Cruz office using CAD/CAM technology and digital images, impressions and X-rays. Each set of trays in the series is worn for two weeks before it's replaced with another set. Because the trays are made of clear plastic molded to fit your teeth, they're virtually invisible.

Can Invisalign handle an overbite?

Invisalign corrects the same orthodontic problems that ceramic or metal braces do, including overbites, underbites, open bites and crossbites. It also addresses crowding and spacing issues. Most people who need braces and have mild to moderate orthodontic issues can benefit from Invisalign.

How long must I wear the aligner trays?

You'll wear the trays 20 to 22 hours every day, although you can remove them for a few hours if you're attending a special event or participating in a sport. The trays are also removed when you brush and floss your teeth. If you're an adult, you may only need to wear your aligner trays for about a year to accomplish your treatment goals. Teenagers usually need to use the trays for about the same amount of time that they would wear metal braces.

Do I have to stop eating certain foods?

Food restrictions are a fact of life when you wear ceramic or metal braces. Gum and other sticky foods become hopelessly tangled in the wires, while hard foods can break the wires. Because you'll take out your trays before you eat, no food restrictions are necessary with Invisalign.

Are you ready to improve your smile with Invisalign? Call our Santa Cruz, CA, dentist, Dr. Baron, at (831) 426-9200 to schedule an appointment.

By E. John Baron DDS
August 22, 2017
Category: Dentistry

Dental implants literally have changed the face of dentistry over the past 30 years. How? Well, dental implants in replace missing teeth dental implantsfrom root to crown, and they support multiple prosthetic (artificial) teeth by way of fixed bridges and full and partial dentures. Could you qualify for dental implants from Dr. John Baron in Santa Cruz, CA? Read more here about these restorative dentistry wonders.

The basic dental implant

It has three parts: a titanium metal screw, a post and a lifelike porcelain crown. Dr. Baron inserts the titanium screw directly into the patient's jaw during a simple, in-office surgery. After many weeks of healing, he attaches the post and crown.

What makes the dental implant so special? Traditional tooth replacements just rest on top of the gums. As time goes on, the gums and jaw bone underneath deteriorate. Remaining teeth that adjoin the empty tooth socket actually weaken and drift toward the open space.

However, in the case of a dental implant, the bone adheres to the device via osseointegration. The National Center for Biotechnology Information says osseointegration provides both a structural and a functional connection. In other words, the fully integrated dental implant looks like a real tooth and acts like a real tooth, too. In fact, the more an implant is used for biting and chewing, the stronger the bond between the jaw and the device becomes.

Qualifying for dental implants in Santa Cruz

Implant dentists such as Dr. Baron use dental implants to replace single teeth, multiple teeth in a row or even an entire set of teeth. So if you need fixed bridgework or dentures, you may qualify to receive dental implants.

Dr. Baron carefully evaluates his prospective dental implant patients. He looks for strong systemic and oral health and sufficient jaw bone to support the devices. If the jaw bone is weak, he may use augmentation procedures to build it up.

Living long-term with implants

Expect your dental implants to last for the rest of your life, says the American Dental Association (ADA). They simply need regular flossing (once a day) and twice daily brushing just as your natural teeth do.

See Dr. Baron semi-annually for cleanings and check-ups. Disciplined oral hygiene keeps implant sites free of harmful tartar and plaque which can cause peri-implantitis, an infection that can threaten implant retention. Dr. Baron likes to see his patients quit smoking as well.

Support your smile

If you're missing teeth or anticipate an extraction, consider the benefits of dental implants. Contact E. John Baron DDS in Santa Cruz, CA for a personal consultation today. Call (831) 426-9200.

By E. John Baron DDS
June 26, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: flossing  

The American Dental Association says that everyone--children through senior adults--should brush their teeth twice a day. However, flossingbrushing is only part of a consistently good oral hygiene routine. The other part is flossing daily. While both practices aim to remove plaque and prevent decay and gum disease, only flossing removes sticky residues from between your teeth and at the gum line. So don't neglect flossing, says Santa Cruz, CA, dentist, Dr. John Baron. It's foundational to your oral health.

What's so bad about plaque?

Yes, flossing removes sticky plaque, that biofilm left over from the foods we eat. Left alone, plaque hardens quickly into a rock-like substance called tartar which pushes gums away from tooth surfaces, causing recession. While only your dental hygienist can remove tartar with manual scaling techniques, you can stay ahead of plaque with routine brushing and flossing at home.

Frankly, the problem with plaque is two-fold. It detracts from the appearance of your teeth and gums, and it contains bacteria that causes bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. The particular microorganism is called Streptococcus mutans, and it secretes corrosive acids that eat away at tooth enamel, leading to tooth decay.

Additionally, the Strep germ causes inflammation, making your gums bleed, swell and recede. Diseased gums provide little support for your teeth, and the germs also degrade the integrity of your jaw bone. The eventual results of gum disease, or periodontitis, are tooth mobility, tooth loss and systemic health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and arthritis.

Just a little prevention helps

What's the lesson? Be sure to brush with a soft brush and fluoride toothpaste. Stay at it for two minutes twice a day as recommended by the American Dental Association. Also, floss every single day, and it's not as hard as you might think.

Your Santa Cruz dentists say you should use whatever flossing product you are comfortable with:

  • Plain or waxed floss
  • Flavored floss
  • Y-shaped flossers
  • Interdental picks or brushes

Use a clean piece of floss, new brush or new flosser every time. Apply them gently. In other words, don't snap the floss against your gums or scrub too vigorously with the tiny brushes. You want to clean your gums, not abrade and damage them.

If you are new to flossing, expect some bleeding. This will resolve after a day or two.

Flossing Tips

  • Use an 18-inch length of floss. Wind the ends around the middle or index fingers of both hands. Pull it taut, and leave a three to four-inch section free.
  • Gently insert the taut floss between your teeth. Form a C-shape with the floss, and move it up and down, cleaning the tooth surfaces.
  • Proceed systematically around your mouth, and don't forget those back molars.

Learn more

Dr. Baron and his team emphasize preventive dentistry. They'll happily show you the best way to floss to keep your smile bright and healthy. If it's time for your six-month check-up and cleaning, call (831) 426-9200 for an appointment in Santa Cruz, CA.

By E. John Baron DDS
April 27, 2017
Category: Dentistry

Sedation dentistry in Santa Cruz, California helps create a relaxed and calm experience for those that are fearful of dental work. With the sedation dentistryuse of sedatives, fearful patients can have a series of dental treatments in just one visit that would otherwise take them several visits. Different sedatives are used by Dr. E. John Baron fitting the needs of each particular patient.

Sedation Dentistry Options

Conscious sedation is one option that administers a sedative such as nitrous oxide to a patient. During the dental work, the patient is alert and awake but is slightly relaxed. Local anesthesia is another option that injects medication into tissue or is applied topically to eliminate any sense of feeling during procedures. Both are these are recommended for more minor procedures.

For more severe treatments or for severe cases of dental phobia, Dr. Baron may suggest the help of an anesthesiologist that puts a patient under for procedures. Oral conscious sedation is another option where patients take something orally. All of their bodily functions remain the same and they are able to breathe on their own. The patient may experience some amnesia on what happened.

Patients that are scared of the dentist oftentimes are hesitant to undergo any type of dental procedure, even an exam or cleaning. This puts them at risk of tooth decay and other future dental issues that could have been avoided with preventative dental care. However, with sedation dentistry in Santa Cruz, California, patients can get the check-ups and procedures they need in order to maintain their oral health. These sedatives make procedures seem fast, anxiety-free and relaxed.

To learn more about what sedation dentistry can do for you, call Dr. Baron’s office at 831-426-9200 today to schedule an appointment.

By E. John Baron DDS
February 17, 2017
Category: Dentistry

Tooth loss can really bring your smile down, but our Santa Cruz, CA dentist can change all implants

I’m sure we can all agree that no one wants to deal with tooth loss, but for millions of Americans, this situation is all too real. If you hate what tooth loss has done to your smile and you wish you could get your smile back, then find out how our Santa Cruz, CA, dentist Dr. John Baron could help provide you with the next best thing to natural teeth.

What are dental implants?

These titanium posts may not seem like much to look at but they are actually going to replace your missing tooth’s roots. That’s right! When we position the implant into the jawbone the implant will naturally combine with the bone and tissue over the course of several weeks to become one resilient structure from which to support an artificial tooth or teeth.

Implants can be a great way to replace a single missing tooth or even all of your teeth. If you are a denture wearer who hates how your dentures fit and wants a more reliable option, then it’s time you considered getting dental implants, which can better support your dentures and prevent them from moving and shifting around.

Who is a good candidate for implants?

Many adults looking to replace one or more missing teeth will be thrilled to hear that most people end up being ideal candidates for this restorative dentistry. Here are some of the factors we will need to consider to make sure that dental implants are right for you:

Your oral health: Teeth and gums must be healthy and free of decay or gum disease. We will need to make sure that those with gum disease have their condition under control first.

Your general health: While those with long-term health conditions like heart disease and diabetes can still get implants we will want to make sure that you have any chronic health problems properly under control with medications and other treatment options. Having a healthy immune system is imperative for this treatment to be successful.

Your age: Adults are the best candidates for implants, but teens and children aren’t. The jawbone will need to fully develop before we can place an implant.

Habits: Smoking and bad oral hygiene are two issues that can have detrimental effects on both your oral health and the health of your implant. Smokers are more likely to suffer from implant failure than non-smokers. Those who don’t properly care for their teeth and gums may also find themselves dealing with implant complications.

No one should have to deal with an incomplete smile and, with amazing options like dental implants, you don’t have to. If you want to learn more about getting dental implants in Santa Cruz, CA, then give us a call today.

By E. John Baron DDS
January 16, 2017
Category: Dentistry
Tags: bad bite   braces   orthodontics  

It’s important that you correct a bad bite to prevent future oral health issues.corrected bite

In an ideal world, you would have a perfectly aligned bite in which your upper teeth just fit slightly over the lower teeth. Unfortunately, this isn’t often the case. While you may not even notice whether or not you have a bad bite it’s still something that our Santa Cruz dentist Dr. John Baron should correct. A well-aligned mouth makes it easier to clean, prevents wear and tear on teeth and reduces your risk of a TMJ disorder. Find out what we can do to improve your bite.

A bad bite, also referred to by our Santa Cruz general dentist as a malocclusion, can easily be detected during your routine dental exam (this is why it’s so important that you come in every six months for cleanings and exams). For those with mild to moderate bite issues we can often correct them with these treatment options:

Tooth reshaping: If teeth are pretty close to being properly aligned but still not ideal then tooth reshaping may work for you. Irregularly shaped teeth can be reshaped to help redistribute the pressure placed on certain teeth. You will bite down on a special paper and move your teeth back and forth over the paper. The paper will leave behind markings on your teeth where they touch. From there we will then smooth these areas to reshape the tooth.

Orthodontics: This is one of the most common ways to treat a malocclusion. Through traditional braces and retainers, we can help reposition the teeth and jaws to improve your bite. This can take anywhere from one to two years to complete. While this treatment is more common for children and teens, adults can also get orthodontics to correct a bad bite.

Night Guard: If you grind your teeth at night then you could certainly benefit from wearing a custom night guard while you sleep. Even though it won’t actually realign the jaws, this special appliance can   provide additional protection to prevent wear and tear on teeth.

Do you have questions about braces and want to know whether they are right for you? If so, then it’s time to call our Santa Cruz dental office and schedule a no-risk consultation. You have nothing to lose but so much to gain!

By E. John Baron DDS
November 02, 2016
Category: Dentistry
Tags: Root Canal   dental decay  

Find out how this simple treatment can go a long way to saving a tooth from irreparable damage.

No one wants to hear that they need a root canal. While a root canal may sound like a bad word, it is truly a great dental treatment thatroot canal can prevent a tooth from needing to be extracted (and I think everyone can agree that they don’t want to have to deal with having a permanent tooth removed). Find out more about getting a root canal in Santa Cruz, CA, from our very own dentist Dr. John Baron.

A little background about your upcoming root canal procedure in Santa Cruz, CA, is always helpful. Inside the tooth is a structure known as the dental pulp. The pulp contains nerves, tissue and blood vessels. You could say that the dental pulp is the feeling part of the tooth. When something is wrong, whether it’s severe decay or trauma, the pulp is the area of the tooth that sounds the alarm and causes you pain. Pain is a warning sign that something isn’t right with your tooth and that you need to seek immediate care.

But why do I need a root canal?

A root canal is necessary if the pulp has become infected or inflamed. While a toothache doesn’t always signify that you need a root canal, it can often be a telltale sign that you will need one. The purpose of a root canal is to remove the diseased tissue inside the tooth and protect the tooth from further damage (all while eliminating the source of your pain). A root canal is an important procedure because it can actually save the tooth.

Once the dental pulp has been removed and the inside of the tooth has been thoroughly disinfected, we will refill the inside of the tooth and seal up the root canal to prevent bacteria from reentering. Most of the time a tooth that has had root canal treatment will also require a dental crown to protect it from further damage and to make it 100 percent strong again.

Whether you have questions about a root canal or you just need to schedule your next routine visit, turn to our Santa Cruz, CA, dental office for all of your dental needs. We are here to give you a smile that you will always be proud of.

By E. John Baron DDS
August 29, 2016
Category: Dentistry

In a normal case, getting a permanent crown will take about two or three appointments. Patients are happy to learn that Dr. John Baron dental crownsoffers CEREC Same Day Crowns at his Santa Cruz office. It is a convenient service that allows patients to walk out of the dentist’s office with a new smile with a relatively short wait compared to traditional crowns. Learn more about CEREC and find out if you’re a candidate for this treatment. 

What Is CEREC?
CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) is a dental technology that allows your dentist to create and install a permanent custom crown in just one appointment—thus the nickname of “Same Day Crowns.” Using CAD/CAM technology, a machine can take an impression of the tooth and create a crown out of ceramic or porcelain material while you wait.

The Convenience of CEREC
Some patients don’t have the time in their schedules to come to the dentist’s office two or three times for a permanent crown. Since CEREC crowns can be designed and made in one appointment by your Santa Cruz dentist, there’s no need to take multiple days off of work or to wait while wearing a potentially uncomfortable temporary crown. This is the ideal solution for business professionals and patients who need their smiles to be perfect at all times for their jobs.

The CEREC Appointment
After your dentist confirms that your tooth is healthy enough to support a crown, the necessary tooth enamel will be removed so that the crown can fit. Next, an impression will be made with the CAD/CAM camera so that a custom crown can be crafted. After about an hour, you’ll walk out of the office with a brand new bonded crown that will last for up to 15 years (longer with good care).

Ask Your Dentist About CEREC
Same Day Crowns will help you if you need a convenient option for restoring your smile. Call Dr. John Baron at (831) 426-9200 today to schedule a CEREC consultation at his Santa Cruz, CA office.

By E. John Baron DDS
July 05, 2016
Category: Dentistry
Tags: dental anxiety  

Dealing with dental anxiety? Our Santa Cruz dentist, Dr. E. John Baron, can help!

Does the idea of seeing the dentist have your stomach in knots? Not sure the last time you visited our office because of anxiety or fear? dental anxietyEveryone should be visiting their dentist for regular checkups to make sure their mouths stay healthy and free of problems. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while due to a dental phobia, then find out if sedation dentistry could make your next visit a breeze.

What is sedation dentistry?

This technique uses sedative medications to help patients stay relaxed and calm during their dental treatment. Whether you are having multiple procedures performed at once or you just hate the idea of a regular dental cleaning, there are many sedation dentistry options to quell your fears. Sedation dentistry can be administered in either of these two common forms: Oral medication (anti-anxiety medications) and inhalation sedation (sometimes referred to as simply “laughing gas”)

If you aren’t sure which sedation dentistry is right for you then it’s a great time to chat with your Santa Cruz sedation dentist to see what might work best for your needs.

What are the advantages of sedation dentistry?

There are numerous benefits attached to sedation dentistry, including:

  • A painless experience: With sedation dentistry calming your nerves it’s easier to apply anesthesia to give you an easy, pain-free dental treatment. With sedative drugs you can enjoy getting the care your smile requires without fearing pain.
  • Feeling relaxed: There are patients who can’t sit in one position for long periods of time. There are patients with conditions like chronic pain or neck problems that make sitting in the dental chair a real issue. But sedation dentistry can ease them into the procedure and help them relax.
  • Time-saver: Maybe you need to have multiple procedures performed. You could keep coming back for multiple visits or you could tackle them in one fell swoop. That will most likely mean a longer time at our office. To make the long process easier, we recommend sedation so we can fix all your issues without needing you to come back several times.

If sedation dentistry has piqued your interest and you think that it might be able to tackle your dental stress then call Dr. Baron in Santa Cruz, CA today to find out more. Our goal is to give you a stress-free and pleasant dental experience.

By E. John Baron DDS
April 21, 2016
Category: Dentistry
Tags: Invisalign  

How Invisalign orthodontic treatment can help your smile

You want a straighter smile, but you don’t want anyone to know. You don’t like the look of metal brackets and wires. You want another invisalignoption to achieve a straight smile. Well, now it’s here; it’s called Invisalign, and it is the modern, virtually invisible way to a straighter smile. Dr. John Baron, in Santa Cruz, California wants you to know how Invisalign can improve your smile discreetly.

Dr. Baron wants you to know Invisalign is a truly state-of-the-art method of orthodontic treatment. Besides being discreet, Invisalign has many other advantages when compared to conventional orthodontic treatments. According to the makers of Invisalign, you will experience:

  • Increased comfort, because Invisalign is smooth plastic, not metal
  • Increased confidence, because Invisalign is virtually invisible
  • Increased satisfaction, because you can eat the foods you love
  • Increased convenience, because you can remove the appliance if you want
  • Increased oral health, because you can brush and floss normally

Your Invisalign treatment begins with Dr. Baron creating your first set of appliances, called aligners. You wear these for two weeks and then move on to another set of aligners. Every two weeks you change to a new set of aligners, as your teeth gradually move into correct position. The entire process takes between nine and fifteen months. That’s all there is to it! There are no metal wires or brackets to injure your cheeks or gums. The best part is only you and Dr. Baron will know you are straightening your teeth!

Just like conventional orthodontic treatment, Invisalign can correct major functional and cosmetic issues with your smile including closing gaps, crowding, and overlapped teeth. Major bite issues such as overbite, underbite, crossbite and open bite can also be remedied with Invisalign treatment.

Invisalign offers the most discreet, comfortable teeth straightening available. When it comes to your smile, why wait? A straight smile is just a phone call away. Dr. John Baron, in Santa Cruz, California can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. It’s time to try Invisalign and improve your smile discreetly. Call today!

By E. John Baron DDS
February 25, 2016
Category: Dental Implants

Let's face it - there is never really a good time to lose one or several natural teeth. But whether through an accident like a sports collision,restorative dentistry a fall, a car accident, or as a result of severe tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease, tooth loss can happen to anyone. The good news is that there are now more options available than ever before to replace missing teeth in a natural looking and in many cases non-invasive way.

While dentures have come a long way since the days of our great-grandparents and now offer several modern, sophisticated options to replace full or partial tooth loss, they are no longer the only option for people in need of new teeth.

Tooth Replacement Options in Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz, CA based dentist Dr. John Baron offers both traditional and modern options for replacing everything from one missing tooth to all teeth in the upper or lower jaw or both. Some of the dental replacement options available at Dr. Baron's Santa Cruz office include:

  • Crowns and Bridges
  • CEREC Same Day Crowns
  • Implant Prosthetics
  • Dentures
  • Small Diameter Implants

Dental Implants or Dentures - Which Option is Right for You?

The first step in determining how to replace missing teeth is to schedule a comprehensive oral examination with a dentist. While many people are candidates for dental implants, which are unique in that they replace the root of the missing tooth as well as the tooth itself, they do require enough surrounding healthy bone tissue in the jaw in order to be successful. Crowns, bridges and dentures can provide natural looking and attractive results. The best option typically comes down to individual choice and preferences for each patient.

Contact a Dentist in Santa Cruz, CA

To learn more about the right tooth replacement option for you, and whether you are a candidate for dental implants, contact Dr. John Baron at 831-426-9200 to schedule a dental exam and consultation today!

By E. John Baron DDS
January 26, 2016
Category: Dentistry
Tags: scaling   root planing  

What is Scaling and Root Planing? The truth about scaling and root planing.

You realize you haven’t been to visit the dentist in a long time. You think you might need a cleaning but just aren't sure what kind of scaling and root planingcleaning. Dr. John Baron, your family and cosmetic dentist in Santa Cruz, California, has the answers you are looking for.

Over time, if plaque and toxins are allowed to accumulate, your gums become inflamed causing gingivitis or gum inflammation. If you don’t have your teeth cleaned regularly, a hard substance called calculus or tartar will form on your teeth, above and below the gumline. This hard substance is a perfect surface for plaque to cling to.

This process, in turn, begins to cause periodontal or gum disease. If untreated, you begin to lose the soft tissue and bone around your teeth. The damage is going unnoticed because to you, your gums just bleed a little, and you don’t worry about it. You might not even know this is happening and then suddenly, you start to lose teeth.

The secretive nature of periodontal disease is exactly why you need to visit Dr. Baron regularly, so he can monitor the state of your gums and teeth, and his highly skilled hygienists can provide you with excellent dental cleanings.

Scaling is performed using hand instruments and ultrasonic cleaning devices to remove the hard deposits attached to your teeth, both above and below the gumline.

If you are beginning to have periodontal disease, you will most likely have a pocket, a crevice around your teeth where you have lost bone and soft tissue support. After removal of hard calculus, you may need root planing.

Root planing typically utilizes different instruments than scaling, with blades that are a bit longer, to get to the bottom of periodontal pockets and literally “plane” the root surfaces smooth. A smooth root surface is better able to remain clean and free of plaque.

At the office of Dr. John Baron, in Santa Cruz, California, the goal of scaling is to stop inflammation in your gums and eliminate bleeding. The goal of root planing is to hopefully reduce the depth of the pockets around your teeth by giving you back a healthy tissue-to-tooth attachment. He wants you to have a healthy mouth that you can easily clean yourself by daily brushing and flossing.

So if you regularly go to see Dr. Baron, you are doing a lot to protect your oral and general health. On the other hand, if you haven’t been to the dentist in a long time, give Dr. John Baron, your family and cosmetic dentist in Santa Cruz, California a call today. Find out what regularly cleanings and periodontal therapy can do to protect your mouth. Don’t give bacteria another day to hide!

By E. John Baron DDS
November 18, 2015
Category: Dentistry
Tags: extractions  

No one looks forward to a tooth extraction, but sometimes a tooth removal is necessary to protect your oral and overall health. E. John Baron DDS INC., your Santa Cruz dentist, explains why a tooth extraction is performed. extractions

Space issues

Teeth may need to be removed if you have an overcrowding problem and are getting braces. Removing a few teeth will provide enough room for the remaining teeth to move into place. Some people are born with extra teeth. Because these extra teeth can prevent other teeth from descending, they must be extracted.


Dental abscesses can often be treated with antibiotics, but in some cases, extraction may be the best option to protect your health. Infections can occur if you have severe tooth decay or gum disease, if bacteria enters your tooth through a chip or crack, or if prescription medications, such as cancer drugs, weaken your immune system. If you do have an infection, you may need to take antibiotics for a few days before the tooth can be removed because infections can interfere with pain medication.

Wisdom teeth

Many people don't have room in their mouths for wisdom teeth, the third set of molars. If you have pain or develop a cyst or infection, your dentist will recommend removal. Removal is no different than extracting any other tooth when your wisdom teeth have broken through your gums. If your teeth remain below your gums, they are impacted and will require surgical removal.

Broken teeth

Injuries can fracture and break teeth. Although your dentist will do his best to save the damaged tooth, removal might be the best option. Missing teeth can be replaced with a bridge, dentures or dental implants. Failing to replace teeth can affect your bite and can even lead to further tooth loss in the future.

Got a tooth that concerns you? Call Santa Cruz Dentist E. John Baron DDS INC. at (831) 426-9200 for an appointment.

By E. John Baron DDS
August 25, 2015
Category: Dentistry
Tags: Brushing  

ToothbrushBrushing your teeth is a great way to remove food particles and bacteria, avoid cavities, limit unnecessary trips to your Santa Cruz dentist Dr. John Baron, and keep your mouth feeling clean and healthy. It is easy to do, and it takes very little time. One question you may have about brushing, however, is "How often should I brush my teeth?"

Brush Your Teeth Two Times a Day

Both the American Dental Association and your local dentist at E. John Baron DDS, INC. in Santa Cruz recommend that you brush your teeth at least two times each day. While you could brush your teeth at any time of day, most people choose to brush once in the morning and once at night to space out their brushing for maximum effectiveness. Plus, by making brushing an important part of your morning and evening routines, you are less likely to forget.

Brush Your Teeth After Every Meal

While twice a day is the general standard for brushing your teeth, if you are able to brush after every meal, that is even better. Every time you eat or drink, you expose your teeth to sugars, acids and other food particles. The longer these particles stay on your teeth, the more time they have to wear away at your enamel, causing cavities and other dental problems. By brushing your teeth after every meal, you help prevent this from happening.

Of course, brushing after every meal is often not very practical for most people. If you are unable to brush after every meal, brushing twice a day should be enough.

Special Circumstances

Unfortunately, there are special circumstances in which more frequent brushing will be necessary. For example, people who have braces  will need to brush after every meal to keep food particles from getting stuck in their dental appliances. People who want or need a bright, white smile should brush after every meal as well, especially if they ate foods which are known to stain the teeth.

For most people, brushing twice a day every day is sufficient. If you are worried that your dental needs may be different, however, speak to your Santa Cruz dentist to know for sure. Dr. Baron would be happy to help you find a brushing routine that is just right for you.

If you've been searching for a new dentist in the Santa Cruz area, look no further than E. John Baron, DDS.

Choosing a dentist can be overwhelming, especially with all the choices in the Santa Cruz area. However, Dr. E. John Baron, who operates a general and cosmetic dentistry practice in Santa Cruz, consistently receives glowing reviews and ratings online from Perfect Reviewssatisfied patients. Here's what sets Dr. Baron apart:

He has a long history of success.

For over four decades, Dr. John Baron has been providing top-notch dental care. He served as a captain in the United States Air Force Dental Corps and has operated private practices since 1974. In that time, he has earned a number of accreditations and memberships in elite organizations such as the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the Monterey Bay Dental Society.

He continues to strive for improvement.

Even though Dr. John Baron is one of the most well-established dentists in Santa Cruz today, he continues to attend continuing education seminars to keep himself informed of the latest technologies, products and procedures in the ever-changing dental industry. His practice includes up-to-date services with the patient's convenience, safety and comfort in mind, including same-day crowns, laser therapy for periodontal disease, and digital X-rays.

He has a top-notch staff.

From the front desk to the dental chair, Dr. Baron's team of professionals has the competence and friendly attitude to keep patients coming back for any and all of their dental needs. They, along with Dr. Baron, help to make their Santa Cruz dental patients feel welcome and calm any fears they might have about procedures.

It's time to learn for yourself why Dr. E. John Baron's patients continue to give him 5-star ratings. Contact our Santa Cruz office today for an appointment!

By E. John Baron DDS, INC.
April 22, 2015
Category: Dentistry

Periodontal TherapyGum disease is a very serious oral health issue affecting many millions of Americans each year. When gums become diseased, a condition known as periodontitis, your dentist will need to treat this disease before it leads to tooth loss.

Depending on what your dentist offers, there are different surgical techniques to treating gum disease including traditional scalpel procedures and now treatment using lasers. Santa Cruz dental patients have the option of laser surgery.

What is the Goal of Periodontal Therapy?

When your gums are inflamed or diseased, periodontal therapy will be necessary to restore healthy gum tissue. The lack of healthy gum tissue can cause tooth loss. Laser periodontal therapy is an FDA-cleared procedure that may make periodontal therapy more comfortable for the patient.

What is Laser Periodontal Therapy?

This type of laser procedure performed by your dentist can remove diseased gum tissue to help restore healthy gums. Lasers can also remove decay, bacteria, and plaque buildup. Laser therapy treats both gingivitis, which is often the precursor to gum disease, as well as the periodontitis itself.

What are the Advantages of Laser Therapy?

The reported advantages of laser therapy over traditional scalpel methods include less bleeding, less swelling, less tissue damage, and shorter recovery time. Santa Cruz patients choosing laser therapy may experience a less painful procedure overall with less need for anesthesia. Laser therapy may also reduce anxiety because patients won’t hear the sound of that dreaded dentist drill.

Who is a Candidate for Laser Periodontal Therapy?

If you’re interested in the use of laser therapy versus traditional scalpel methods of periodontal surgery, ask your dentist which method may be right for you. Your dentist may have a preferred method of treatment, or your unique oral history may make you a better candidate for one technique over another. Dr. E. John Baron of Santa Cruz, CA offers laser periodontal therapy to combat a variety of gum issues. Schedule your appointment today to find out if laser therapy is right for you.

By E. John Baron DDS, INC.
February 26, 2015
Category: Dentistry
Tags: CEREC Crowns  

Find out how CEREC crowns are a step up from traditional dental crowns.

Whether you’ve suffered severe dental damage due to an accident or if severe decay has weakened your tooth, your Santa Cruz dentist has probably recommended that you wear a dental crown to preserve it. However, getting your dental crown is now even Dental Crownseasier when you opt for CEREC crowns.

About CEREC Crowns

CEREC crowns are a fast and easy way to restore a damaged or weak tooth with a dental crown. In the past, you would have to see your Santa Cruz dentist two times in order to fully restore your tooth. The first visit would typically require us to take impressions and then shave down the tooth to make room for the crown. While the permanent crown was being fabricated we would have you wear a temporary crown in the meantime. Then during the second visit, usually about a week later, we would bond the permanent crown to your tooth. However, now we restore a damaged tooth in only a single, one-hour visit thanks to CEREC technology.

The CEREC Crown Procedure

When you come in for your CEREC crown you won’t deal with the same messy, putty-like impressions that you may have had in the past. With our CEREC technology we now use a camera to take the exact images we need of the tooth. These photos are then uploaded into a 3D image on our computer where we then use our CAD software to design a dental crown that will look and feel just like your original tooth.

Once the design phase is complete, we will use the CAD technology to actually fabricate the crown while you wait. Once the crown is made, we will permanently cement it over the top of your tooth. The whole process takes no more than one hour to complete.

The Benefits of CEREC Crowns

The major advantage to getting CEREC crowns is that you can completely fix a weakened tooth in only one hour. Furthermore, you don’t have to waste time and money with multiple visits just to replace your tooth. Also, the camera allows us to take exact measurements of your tooth to create a dental crown that’s as realistic as possible.

If you want to find out more about CEREC crowns and whether they could protect your smile then contact your Santa Cruz dentist, Dr. E. John Baron, DDS.

By E. John Baron DDS, INC.
January 29, 2015
Category: Root Canal

Find out what the entire root canal therapy process entails in Santa Cruz.

If you are preparing for an upcoming root canal therapy, then you are probably looking for information to demystify your upcoming procedure. No one likes to go into a medical procedure without a little information about what’s to come. Your Santa Cruz dentist, John Baron, D.D.S., is here to give you some details about what you can expect from your next dental procedure and subsequent visits.

First Visit

Root Canal TherapyDuring your first visit we will run X-rays to examine the inside of the tooth and see whether the pulp is inflamed or if there is an infection. Through these images we can determine whether a root canal is the best course of action or whether we will need to perform a tooth extraction instead. Then we will schedule your next appointment, which will include treating your infected tooth.

Second Visit

During your second visit, we will administer a local anesthesia and then go into the tooth and take out the pulp and any diseased tissue. We will also thoroughly clean the inside of the tooth to remove any debris, pus and bacteria to prevent another infection from occurring in the future.

Once we have thoroughly removed all dental irritants from the inside of your tooth we will perform shaping, in which we will enlarge the canal of the tooth to prepare it for the last visit where we will fill and seal your tooth. Between your second and third visit, your Santa Cruz dentist will place a temporary filling on the treated tooth to protect it.

Third Visit

After your tooth has been cleaned out properly and shaped, it’s ready to be sealed. We will use a rubber-like material called gutta percha, which is shaped like a cone. We will apply a sealer to each cone that we use to help seal up the spaces between the cones. Each cone of gutta percha will then be placed into the canal of the tooth.

If there hasn’t been a significant amount of damage to the tooth we may only need to fill the top part of the tooth with a resin; however, many people will need to have a dental crown placed over their tooth to prevent further damage and restore function. Your Santa Cruz dentist, Dr. Baron, will tell you what will best for your smile.

Call E. John Baron DDS, INC. Today!

If you have any questions about your upcoming root canal, your Santa Cruz dentist, Dr. Baron, is always here to answer any of your questions and make this process a little easier for you. There is no need to stress yourself out. Call us today at 831-426-9200 and let us ease your concerns.

Are you a patient of E. John Baron DDS, INC.? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences below!

By E.John Baron DDS INC.
December 22, 2014
Category: Dentistry
Tags: Sedation Dentistry  

Your Santa Cruz dentist offers sedation dentistry to calm your dental fears.

Does the idea of going to the dentist make you bite your nails? Maybe it’s a bad experience with another dentist or just the sound of the drill that has you cancelling your dental appointments time and time again; however, routine dental checkups are vital to a healthy sedation dentistrysmile. During these visits we can clean your teeth and make sure that there are no signs of gum disease or decay. The more often you see your dentist the quicker we can pinpoint problems and treat them quickly and effectively. However, dental anxiety is real and afflicts millions of Americans. If you are crippled by dental anxiety in Santa Cruz, find out how sedation dentistry could help you.

What is sedation dentistry?

Your Santa Cruz dentist uses medication to help you feel calm and relaxed during your dental visit. While some people may call it “sleep dentistry”, this term isn’t technically correct. After all, you will generally still be awake while under the effects of sedation dentistry; however, you will feel anxiety-free.

There are different levels of sedation from minimal sedation, in which you are fully awake but just relaxed, to deeper forms of sedation in which you may not remember parts of the procedure and you may be only slightly conscious but easily awakened.

What are the different forms of sedation dentistry?

Oral sedation is often the most common way to provide patients with minimal to moderate forms of sedation. Oral sedation is often used as an anti-anxiety medication, and is a member of the Valium family. The pill will be taken about an hour before your dental procedure and you may feel drowsy or sleepy after taking it.

Another common form of sedation dentistry is nitrous oxide, better known as “laughing gas”. Nitrous oxide is combined with oxygen and delivered to the patient through a mask placed over the nose. Your dentist controls the level of nitrous oxide you receive during your treatment to help you stay relaxed throughout the procedure. An added benefit to this treatment is that the effects wear off quickly so you may be able to drive yourself home afterwards.

Who can get sedation dentistry in Santa Cruz?

Sedation dentistry can be offered for any dental procedure, no matter how small. Even if the idea of a routine dental cleaning has you nervous, we can offer you sedation dentistry. It doesn’t just have to be for major dental procedures.

While sedation dentistry is also great for those with dental anxieties, it can also be used for those who have trouble sitting for long periods of time, those with sensitive gag reflexes and those with special needs.

Let sedation dentistry in Santa Cruz make your next visit to the dentist a breeze. Call us today to schedule your much-needed appointment and let us know that you’re interested in getting sedation dentistry.

Sedation DentistryThe Dental Fears Research Clinic reports that about 5 percent to 8 percent of Americans will avoid seeing their dentist due to fear. A whopping 20 percent have enough anxiety surrounding the dentist that they only go when it’s imperative. There are a variety of reasons why someone may not see their dentist; however, whether getting a dental cleaning or having root canal therapy, sedation dentistry can make any trip to the dentist a breeze. Before you start doing online research on sedation dentistry, here are some of the top five myths you need to know about.

Myth #1: Sedation dentistry can’t be offered for all dental services.

There is no reason why sedation therapy can’t be offered for any dental procedure, including your standard cleaning. Some people think that sedation is only used during surgery; however, you can opt to have it whenever you need it. If even the thought of having someone clean your teeth makes you nervous, then sedation dentistry can help.

Myth #2: Sedation dentistry is only for those with dental anxieties.

While sedation is most certainly a comfort to those with dental fears and phobias, it can also be helpful for other patients as well. Those will serious gag reflexes, those who have trouble staying in one position and even patients with special needs will find that sedation dentistry can make the next visit significantly easier.

Myth #3: Sedation dentistry will put you to sleep.

While there are some forms of sedation that can put you to sleep, the most common forms such as oral medication and nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) will not. You will feel tired and sleepy, but you will not actually be asleep. Patients that opt for nitrous oxide can even drive themselves home after their visit.

Myth #4: Sedation dentistry is dangerous.

General anesthesia does have its risks; however, that’s what makes sedation dentistry a wonderful option. The oral medication offered is considered an antianxiolytic, which is safe for most patients. Plus, unlike general anesthesia, sedation dentistry promises fewer side effects; however, patients who have recently undergone surgery and those who are allergic to certain medications should talk to their dentist before opting for sedation.

Myth #5: Sedation dentistry is still experimental.

Our dental office has safely used both nitrous oxide and anti-anxiety medications for years. We also follow all the necessary requirements put forward by the American Dental Association, so you know you are in capable, safe hands when you choose sedation dentistry in Santa Cruz.

Visit E. John Baron DDS, INC. Today!

To find out whether sedation dentistry is right for you, call our office today. We would be happy to discuss your options for making your next visit more relaxed. Are you a patient of E. John Baron DDS, INC.? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences below!
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September 09, 2014
Category: Dentistry

Keep decay away with these healthy tips.

When it comes to taking care of our smiles, prevention is key. Luckily, we have a host of different ways to protect our teeth from decay and infection. Whether you’re teaching your child to adopt hygienic habits or you’re looking to find the best ways to keep your smile cavity-free, you’ve come to the right place. Here are the tried and true ways to maintain a healthy smile.Local Dental Treatment

Your Diet Effects Your Teeth Too

Diet isn’t just important for maintaining healthy body weight. Obviously, what you put in your mouth affects your smile, too. Teeth can take quite a beating from sugar, starchy products and stain-producing drinks like dark sodas and tea. Limit these and load up on crunchy fruits and vegetables instead. Also, be sure to add fluoridated water, cheese, lean meats, nuts and milk to your diet. The calcium in milk helps to remineralize teeth.

Oral Care Instructions

While I’m sure you are an avid teeth brusher and flosser, you must keep up the hard work to maintain good oral health. This means brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day. When you floss, make sure to gently guide the floss between your teeth. When the floss is at the gum line, make sure to curve it around one tooth and carefully slide it in the space between your gums and your tooth. This will guarantee that you get the most out of each daily flossing.
One rule patients tend to forget is that they should be brushing for at least 2 minutes. The best option is to divide your mouth into four different parts and spend about 30 seconds brushing each section.
Gentle reminder: When your bristles begin to fray, it’s time to throw your toothbrush away.

Protect Your Smile

Did you know that over 5 million teeth are partially dislodged each year? About 13 to 39 percent of those injuries are sports-related. If you play on a sports team it’s important to wear the proper gear. This means wearing helmets, facemasks and even mouthguards whenever you are on the field. If you’re having problems finding a guard that fits your teeth properly, talk to us about custom mouthguards.

Schedule Routine Checkups

You should be coming into the dentist’s office every six months for a cleaning and exam. If you already do, that’s great! If you haven’t been as good about keeping up with that, it’s OK. It’s never too late to start.
However, there are times that no matter how much effort we put into our smiles, decay still finds its way in. We understand that it can be defeating, but know that some of your dental problems could be genetic. If you’re dealing with an infection or widespread decay, we’ll most likely recommend getting root canal therapy in Santa Cruz. The name might sound intense, but it’s really not more invasive then getting a tooth filled.
Don’t shy away! If you need to setup your next dental visit or your root canal therapy in Santa Cruz, call our dental office today and take charge of your oral health!
By John Baron, D.D.S.
July 01, 2014
Category: Dentistry
June is National Smile Month, so start flashing that smile to the world! The nationwide campaign intends to spread three important messages: 
  • Brush teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Schedule regular dental visits
  • Be smart with food choices
The healthier your teeth and gums, the happier you will be with your smile. It’s time to take action this month and set out for better oral health now and into the future.

Care About Your Oral Care

What’s the first thing you need for pursuing better oral health? It’s the right attitude. You need to understand why oral hygiene is important, and you need to have the dedication to follow-up with dentist appointments and morning/nightly oral hygiene routines. Remember these tips:
  • Brush twice a day/two minutes each
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Use fluoride toothpaste
We can’t monitor your daily oral care or dietary habits, but your teeth will reveal if oral care has been a top priority. If your diet consists of highly processed and sugary food and beverages and you have been neglecting your teeth, tooth decay may be present.

Communicate With Our Santa Cruz Dentist Office 

Notify us any time you believe something is wrong with your teeth and/or gum tissue. If you notice abnormal signs, such as a toothache, sensitivity to temperature change and bleeding, sore gums, you need to contact our dental practice as soon as possible.
These could be symptoms related to tooth decay, gingivitis or possibly gum disease. A tooth can only take so much before it gives out. That’s why we stress the importance of at-home maintenance and regular visits for cleanings and exams.
It’s a breath of fresh air, literally (bad breath is a direct result of bad oral hygiene), when your teeth are well cleaned and healthy.
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If you have more questions about preventative care for your teeth, call our Santa Cruz dental practice—(831) 426-9200. 

Do You Want Something to Really Smile About?

It’s not farfetched to say that everyone in Santa Cruz wants a nice smile? It’s because a smile is a wordless expression used to connect to people, display emotion and improve facial esthetics.Dentistry
In all honesty, it’s nice to look nice.  
To help turn a smile into a nice smile, enter leading dentistry in Santa Cruz. In our book (and most other books, too) your smile is the hands-down most important part of your appearance to invest in and one people notice first. 
A bright, well-aligned smile is powerful. It exudes confidence. And most importantly, an uninhibited, beautiful smile truly showcases your demeanor.  
At our Santa Cruz dental office, we have extensive experience with: 
Of course, a list of dental jargon doesn’t sound appealing to the average patient. You want to know what cosmetic dentistry can do about creating an above-average smile. We can help you determine which cosmetic treatments is the best choice for your unique situation. 

You’re In Luck: Dentistry in Santa Cruz for Multiple Dental Imperfections

In a few short weeks, veneers can change your smile, significantly. During the process, your dentist will create porcelain veneers to be custom fitted to your real teeth. The porcelain material boosts the color, shape and length of your teeth. You will notice a complete turnaround.  
Dental Implants: 
If you’ve lost teeth due to dental trauma, illness, or if certain teeth are simply beyond being restored, dental implants are a good restorative choice. They look, feel and function just like your own teeth; plus, an implant is permanently placed in the jawbone. 
Porcelain Crowns:
Are your teeth fractured, over filled or damaged? Compared to traditional metal crowns, porcelain crowns are a natural-looking choice. A crown acts as a shield for a damaged tooth, protecting it from outside forces. 
Teeth Whitening: 
Do you sip on a lot of coffee or tea? Or maybe your teeth are just naturally a darker shade. To brighten your smile, Dr. Baron can help you find a custom, natural shade. 
What are some techniques you've used to enhance your smile? If you're interested in more information to improve your smile call us at (831) 426-9200 or, make an appointment online today! 

Dr. John Baron Gets to the Root of Root Canal Myths

You probably get a little anxious when thinking about dental procedures because you fear the thought of actually having a cavity.
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If you missed a couple dental appointments and opted out of flossing and two-minute brushing, your oral hygiene habits and health probably aren’t up to par. Bad oral health is like a domino effect. If food particles and plaque bacteria aren’t properly removed, your enamel can start to break down, causing cavities. As bacteria continue to run its course, you can develop a dental infection. 
If an abscessed tooth (tooth infection) occurs, you need to remove it. To do this, we suggest root canal therapy. Santa Cruz residents, we know what you are thinking. A root canal is painful! Wouldn’t it be better to just pull the tooth? 
When it comes to root canal therapy, there are two common myths that many still believe in and Dr. John Baron can debunk.

Myth 1:  A root canal is painful

In a sense, this myth is correct. Pain can radiate through the root canals, but this doesn’t mean root canal therapy caused it. An abscessed tooth can be painful because the tooth’s pulp (nerve) becomes infected. This nerve branches out and continues down the tooth’s root through the canals. If you are experiencing pain, it’s truly before the root canal therapy—the procedure works to eliminate any pain the infection is causing you.

Myth 2: Extraction is better

Again, that is not entirely true. You want to preserve your natural tooth. Root canal therapy allows you to do just that. After removing the pulp, bacteria and debris, your dentist can prescribe antibiotics to fight infection. Afterwards, you will come in to have the tooth officially sealed. Thus, you don’t need to fret about finding a tooth replacement. However, if the infection is too severe, an extraction will be the better choice. It truly depends on what your dentist recommends for you.
To fight infection and save your tooth, root canal therapy gets to the root of the problem. And Dr. Baron gets to the root of root canal myths!
In Santa Cruz, root anal therapy is available at Dr. Baron’s dental practice. Call (831) 426-9200 for more information.

Dental Implants Stand the Test of Time

If you take good care of them, a dental implant will last a lifetime. Christmas and New Year’s Eve is around the corner, and you definitely have a good reason to celebrate—you got dental implants from your dentist in Santa Cruz, CA, Dr. John Baron. You now have a set of natural, confident looking teeth. You are ready for all photo opportunities! Although implants are permanently placed into the jawbone, you still want to have good oral hygiene practices.
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Oral Hygiene Boosts Dental Implant’s “Life”

Your implant supports the surrounding teeth and stimulates the jawbone. But you still need to stimulate the gum tissue for improved oral health. Plus, you can’t let plaque bacteria break down the enamel of other teeth—your implant isn’t affected by tooth decay. Strong, healthy teeth compliment each other. What do you have to do to keep your dental implant for a long time, maybe even a lifetime?
  • Brush twice a day (wait 30 minutes after eating)
  • Floss daily
  • Eat healthy
  • Schedule regular dental visits
For patients in Santa Cruz, dental implants are more than just a permanent replacement for missing teeth. They offer other great benefits:
  • No slip-ups – enjoy your Christmas meal and New Year’s cheers without worrying about dental implants slipping in the mouth.
  • Comfortable – Just like that warm Christmas sweater, implants fit perfectly in that open space. Plus, you don’t have to remove much of the surrounding teeth to place an implant.
  • Natural looking – While you flash that beautiful smile, no one will notice the difference between your implant and the natural teeth.
Let your Dr. baron your local Santa Cruz dentist handle your dental needs and treatments. Dr. Baron offers great services and dental advice. Your smile can speak for his expertise. What plans do you have for Christmas and New Year’s Eve? Let us know in the comments! Your Santa Cruz dentist looks forward to counting down to 2014 with you!

Santa Cruz Dentist Answers Common Questions About Dental Implants

People all across Santa Cruz are undergoing a restorative dental procedure. And many of them are most likely thinking about choosing dental implants as their next restorative treatment. An implant receives high recommendation from dentists because of the implant’s durable and aesthetic nature. Dr. John Baron gives a quick Q&A regarding dental implants in Santa Cruz. Read on to curb your curiosity. Dental Implant Santa Cruz

Q.What’s the process for getting dental implants?

A.When you are missing a tooth or teeth, dental implants are a long-term replacement option. Before the procedure, we address your needs and plan an individualized treatment plan. Implants are inserted into the jawbone where the tooth is missing. Your jawbone and gums heal around the metal post. After anchoring the post, an abutment is attached to the post. The new implant is secured to the abutment for a safe and perfect fit.

Q. Can I replace removable bridges or dentures with dental implants?

A. Yes. Dental implants are a great alternative to replace dentures or bridges. Dentists can safely secure a dental implant without any problem. Also, implants can be used to stabilize dentures or bridges. 

Q. Can anyone get dental implants?

A. It depends on whether or not your dentist considers you a good candidate for implants. We look at existing medical conditions (chronic diseases), gum and tooth issues, the immune system and unhealthy addictions (smoking, chewing, drinking, etc.). Dental implants have a high-success rate, but these factors need to be evaluated before further discussing the procedure.

Q. What advantages come with dental implants?

A. Dental implants feel and look natural, so no one can tell the difference between the implant and your natural teeth. Implants are considered one of the most durable options to replace a tooth or teeth. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime. Plus, it’s easier to speak and eat with implants. You don’t need to worry about them slipping.

Is there any questions we didn't cover for you? What do YOU want to know about dental implants? 


Dr. John Baron—Your Dentist in Santa Cruz—Invites You to Review Us Online!

We always want to hear what you have to say about your dental visit, and what better way than to share your experience online? Whether you visited our office for a routine cleaning, sedation dentistry, we want to hear what you have to say about us. 
Dr. John Baron, your Santa Cruz dentist, strives to improve his dental practice and your comments help us do just that.  Whether it is something we need to change, or you simply want to tell us how amazing your experience was, we want you to share it online with us. 
With over 30 years of experience as a dentist in Santa Cruz, Dr. Baron looks forward to learning more about what you have to say about his office.  Take a look at some happy patients:
One patient rated us with a 5-star review stating, “While there is no question that Dr. Baron is one of the most (if not the most) talented practitioners in the area, his staff is the secret sauce for why this office is so efficient and why his patients are so pleased.  Kudos to whomever makes the hiring decisions there as this is one hell of a tight ship composed of people who truly do care.”
Another patient gave Dr. Baron a 5-star review and said, “Wonderful and attentive staff, from the desk to the hygienist to Dr. Baron.  A great exam by Dr. Baron and a gentle yet thorough cleaning by Nancy.  I left confident that my teeth were in good hands!”
From the moment you enter our office in Santa Cruz, CA, we want to make sure you have a comfortable, relaxing dental visit.  Share your experience directly online by visiting our reviews section, or simply leave a comment below!  Dr. John Baron, your Santa Cruz, CA dentist, looks forward to hearing what you have to say.
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Alleviate your pain with Root Canal Therapy in Santa Cruz! 

We want our Santa Cruz patients to know about the treatment provided at our dental office. Previously, teeth with diseased or injured pulps were removed, but today root canal treatment saves many teeth while relieving pain.  Root canal therapy has a reputation for being painful and often introduces terrible images into many people’s minds, but, in reality, root canal therapy is not the main source of pain.  The bad reputation associated with root canals is caused by the fact that people exhibit pain from the infected tooth rather than the actual procedure. 
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So, What is Root Canal Therapy?

Your tooth is made up of a hard protective shell called enamel, a softer middle layer called dentin and a soft tissue inner layer called dental pulp.  Composed of nerve tissue, lymph tissue and blood vessels, the dental pulp is considered a vital part of your tooth.  If your dental pulp is severely damaged, the tooth begins to die.  Root canal therapy is often the best treatment to prevent and eliminate infection, thus preventing tooth loss and relieving the pain.  
Root canal therapy allows Dr. Baron, your dentist in Santa Cruz, to save your teeth in the safest way possible and is used to find the cause and treat the problems of the dental pulp.  The narrow channels beneath the pulp chamber in the inner part of your tooth are hollowed out and cleaned through root canal therapy and the roots are filled with materials that are designed to prevent pain and infection from recurring.  

Signs That You May Have an Infection

There are specific signs that may indicate you have an infected nerve or diseased tooth that would require a root canal, and Dr. E. John Baron, our dentist in Santa Cruz, CA, shares them with you:
  • Minimal to severe pain
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Swelling and irritation in the surrounding gum tissue
  • Signs of infection visible on a radiograph
As a patient in Santa Cruz, root canal therapy may also be necessary because your tooth will not heal by itself and without treatment the infection will spread.  Pain usually worsens until you are forced to seek emergency dental attention.  The only alternative to a root canal is to have your tooth extracted, which is never an option you would want to take.  Early detection is the best way to prevent serious dental damage, stop the pain and save your tooth.
At the initial onset of any pain or discomfort with your teeth, consult Dr. John Baron, your Santa Cruz dentist, to discuss your treatment options.  As your dentist, Dr. Baron can advise you on whether root canal therapy in Santa Cruz can help stop your pain and treat the infection. 

Are you experiencing pain in your mouth?  Schedule and appointment with Dr. John Baron today to find out if you need a root canal.

Even though there are many advancements in dental care these days, many of our patients in Santa Cruz are still losing teeth whether it is from poor hygiene or from trauma. For many years, the only options for replacing teeth were dentures or crowns and bridges. Today, dental implants are available from Dr. E. John Baron, your Santa Cruz dentist. 
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. The dental implant procedure is a multi-step process that involves placing metal anchors into the bone of the jaw, allowing the anchor and bone to fuse, placing an extension in the anchor, and fixing a prosthetic tooth, or crown, on the extension. Dental Implants Santa Cruz CA
Dental implants are a popular restorative dental solution because of their durability, stability and natural looking appearance. And while there are numerous dental options available for restoring missing teeth, none have proven to be as effective, convenient and natural-looking as implants. Unlike traditional dentures that slip or move, implants improve patient confidence and convenience because implants are permanently affixed to the jawbone. Our Santa Cruz patients will never have to worry about embarrassing slips or messy adhesives ever again. 
Unlike other restorative dental solutions, dental implants: 
  • Preserve facial structure
  • Improve speech
  • Don’t compromise neighboring teeth
  • Prevent progressive bone loss
  • Allow for normal eating
  • Look and feel like natural teeth
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Durable and long-lasting
Whether your tooth loss is caused by decay, years of wear and tear or serious trauma, dental implants can help you get your smile back. You’ll gain the ability to eat normally, you will restore your confidence, and your quality of life will be greatly improved. No other restorative procedure replaces the entire missing tooth and preserves bone like dental implants. Don’t compromise your health and well-being any longer. Talk to Dr. Baron in Santa Cruz today and find out if dental implants are a good fit for you. Are you a patient in Santa with missing teeth? 
August 15, 2013
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What is a Crown and why a Crown instead of a Filling?

A crown is a replacement for the visible part of a tooth.  If a tooth has been compromised and has a lot of it missing, then a crown can be placed on the remaining tooth structure to prevent future damage and the tooth is restored to its original shape and appearance.  If there is a significant tooth crack, it may be suggested to do a crown so this crack cannot extend resulting in loss of the tooth. The crown will act like a plaster on a broken arm.

Crowns completely surround the remaining tooth, structurally bracing it, making the tooth crown combination stronger than the damaged tooth on its own.

Teeth may be broken due to being fractured, having dental decay or are just “worn” down. If large fillings are present then a tooth becomes more likely to fracture and a crown may be suggested.

A filling basically fills in a hole that has been made in a tooth after removing decay from it. If the hole is small enough, a filling will suffice to restore it to normal function and appearance.  Although a filling does have limitations, the filling does not really make a tooth stronger.  The tooth must be able to function under normal biting stresses with whatever structural parts of the tooth are left intact.  But, if the size of the filling becomes large, making the tooth more filling than tooth, then the tooth would have more strength and a better long-term prognosis being restored with a crown.  Filling it is like comparing trying to fill an eggshell with cement.     

The Effect of Soda on Your Teeth


Soda can do some remarkable damage to your teeth.  Pop or soda can be a refreshing drink, especially on a hot day.  It’s a staple of barbeques and pizza parties – kids love sodas and some people consume it with every meal.  However, much like anything, too much soda can damage your health.  This delicious drink can bring harm to your body – they add unnecessary calories to your diet and the large amounts of sugar can lead to diabetes.  Some studies even show that consuming as little as one can of soda per day can give you a 48 percent higher chance of a heart attack.

Soda is as corrosive to teeth as drinking battery fluid, and this can occur as soon as the first three minutes of consumption.  This is caused by a combination of mostly three factors, one is the sugar (which is really a minor factor compared to the others) then comes the phosphoric acid present in some sodas and finally the staining effect that they can have on your teeth.

The sugar problem is caused by acid creating bacteria on the surface of your teeth that feed on sugar and use it to create acid, which destroys your teeth.  The sugar in sodas is easily used by the teeth as opposed to the sugars in say, whole grain bread which does not break down in the mouth.

The phosphoric acid is worth avoiding in general.  This is the same substance that dentists use to scour enamel so you know it’s effective in removing it.  Of course it’s not present in the same concentrations as in a dental application but it could be worth avoiding all the same.  Erosion is far more harmful than decay, and can cause hypersensitivity.

Finally comes the cavities and the staining of the teeth.  Sodas add layers of sugars to your teeth that create plaque and offer food for hordes of bacteria that happen to be in your mouth.  Over time this layer can produce a yellowed effect on your teeth that is unsightly and will need to be treated by a dentist.

So what can you do to prevent this?  The most obvious answer is to reduce or altogether stop consuming sodas.  Substitute with fresh juices or just have milk or better yet, water.  Citrus juice should be consumed in moderation, and if possible, in one sitting as the highly acidic nature of these juices can cause harm to teeth.  Energy drinks and power drinks should also be avoided as they can have as much ore even more sugar than soda.

If you do have soda, use a straw to reduce contact with your teeth.  Also rinse out your mouth and teeth with water to wash out the sugars and stop them from wearing away the enamel in your teeth.  Reduce your cavities and stop the erosion of enamel by using toothpaste and mouth rinse with fluoride.

Managing you oral health is important – teeth is one of the few things in the body which cannot regenerate.  Take care of your teeth today. 

Examining the Causes of Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)


When people ask dental professionals about their dental care, many times they have questions about what causes them to have a dry mouth. Indeed, having a dry mouth is a problem that many Americans struggle with today.

It may not seem like such a big deal, but having a dry mouth can be very uncomfortable and unpleasant. Glands in our mouths produce saliva, which is our mouths’ natural lubricant.

Saliva keeps our mouths moist and feeling pleasant, and it is also our mouth’s natural cleaner. Saliva also helps eliminate harmful bacteria from our mouths.

You can see why it is so important for our mouths to be moist and our saliva production to be healthy. Having a dry mouth can also be referred to as xerostomia.

You may be wondering why xerostomia happens to some people and not to others. Xerostomia is often the side effect of a variety of medications.

People taking medications used to treat anxiety, depression, allergies, pain, colds, acne, obesity, epilepsy, diarrhea, nausea, asthma, and Parkinson’s disease often experience dry mouth. Dry mouth can even be a side effect of certain sedatives and muscle relaxants.

Dry mouth can also be a side effect of certain medical conditions or diseases. Conditions like AIDS, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, anemia, cystic fibrosis, arthritis, hypertension, mumps, and stroke often plague their victims with a dry mouth along with the other ailments that occur with the condition.

Certain medical treatments can also cause a person to have dry mouth. Special treatments like radiation or chemotherapy treatments are common treatments that often result in a dry mouth.

If you have nerve damage to your head or neck, you may experience a dry mouth as well. Whether your nerve damage comes from injury or surgery, it does not matter; you will still probably experience a dry mouth.

See your dental professional today to get more information and knowledge about what causes dry mouth.  

Santa Cruz Center for Dental Medicine


As a dentist for over thirty years, Dr. John Baron has long cared about the health and appearance of his patients’ mouths.  In recent years his interest has grown to include the relationship of oral health to the general health of the body.  New research strongly supports this connection.  Good oral health can help to prevent premature death and will promote total wellness.

Dr. Baron is part of a group of advanced practitioners that are connecting the dots in health care… and in the process have developed a protocol that integrates the health of the gums with other systemic testing to determine wellness-oriented dental care.  This protocol is almost 100% effective in restoring oral health, and is building a new bridge between the practice of dentistry and medicine. 

“We have always know that protecting the health of the gums will help patients to keep their teeth for life.  Now we understand that unhealthy gum tissue leads to chronic infection and inflammation...  and both are hazardous to our health, and can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and pre-mature and low birth-weight babies…  just to name a few.  This is an unnecessary risk because we now know how to better treat gum disease,” states Dr. Baron

“There is no question that health in the mouth can help extend life.   However, some people have been living with poor oral health for so long that it doesn’t seem as dire to them as it really is.  Three out of four people have some level of chronic gum disease with the bacteria and inflammation that go along with it.  This is an epidemic problem.”

Dr. Baron cares about you and wants to work with you and your physician to extend your life, help you feel better and live a healthier life. 

Santa Cruz Center for Dental Medicine

550 Water Street, Suite L-1

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 426-9200

June 04, 2013
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Tooth Sensitivity

Some people may have root surface sensitivity on their teeth.  The symptoms may feel like a nerve sensation at or near the gum line.  Some may have this nerve reaction that is triggered by tooth brushing, drinking something cold, eating or drinking something acidic or even breathing in cold air.  To ensure that it is root surface sensitivity and not decay, it is always recommended to check with your dentist or dental hygienist first.

The roots of teeth may have nerve tubules that are exposed on the surface.  These nerve tubules are invisible.  Most of the time the sensitive areas, or exposed nerve tubules, are on the surfaces of roots where the gum has receded.  When touched or triggered there is a pain reaction.

As a dental hygienist, I have learned about various products that are helpful.  Before the teeth are cleaned, I polish the patient’s sensitive teeth with Nupro prophylaxis paste with fluoride and NovaMin (a desensitizer).  It is also recommended that the patient use desensitizing tooth paste or cream at home.  We offer Dr. Collins Restore toothpaste and or MI Paste.  Different active ingredients work well for different people so I recommend that the patient try another product if one fails to provide relief. 

Bleaching Your Teeth

Your pearly whites not so pearly anymore? That can happen to any of us, for any number of reasons. The good news is that you don't have to live with a smile you're less than happy with. Tooth whitening can restore your teeth to their earlier brightness. But given the number of options and the cost and time involved with each one, how do you know which one is right for you?

As we age, the outer layer of enamel on our teeth is worn away, eventually revealing the darker tissue underneath. Our teeth may also become discolored from smoking, from drinking coffee, tea, and wine, and even from taking certain medications as a child such as tetracycline.

Almost everyone wants whiter teeth these days, says Dr. Baron. It's the number one aesthetic concern of my patients, he says.

Ways to Whiten

Tooth whitening can be achieved in two ways. A product can bleach the tooth. That means it actually changes the natural tooth color, usually anywhere from five to seven -- but even up to twelve -- shades brighter, which is how dentists assess tooth color. Bleaching products contain peroxides that help remove both deep and surface stains. The second whitening process uses non-bleaching products that work by physical or chemical action to help remove surface stains only.

Our office can provide you with a tooth-whitening system that you can use at home. At-home products come in a gel form that contains carbamide peroxide; the gel is placed in a custom-fitted mouthguard, created from a mold of your teeth. The bleach trays are usually worn for 2-4 hours per day usually for a couple of weeks. The length of time can range from one week to one month depending on how much whitening you need. This procedure costs around $400 and whitens the teeth four to seven shades.

Try This at Home?

Over-the-counter products are less expensive but will not brighten your teeth as much as professional products. Crest Whitestrips, for example, sell for about $40.  The American Dental Association says the products are safe; the range of whitening power they have, though, is usually just a shade or two.

Whitening toothpastes can help remove surface stains through the action of mild abrasives. Some whitening toothpastes have special chemical or polishing agents that provide additional stain removal, but unlike bleaches, don't change the color of your teeth.

How to Decide

•Have your teeth evaluated by your dentist. "It's important to determine whether you're a good candidate for bleaching," says Dr. Baron. "It's not for everyone." In some cases of serious discoloration and pitted teeth, for example, veneers may be more appropriate than bleaching.

•And crowns, bridges, and fillings do not bleach, so you may need to replace dental work to make it blend with the new color of your bleached teeth. Dr. Baron recommends not only a dental exam, but X-rays as well. "Many dental problems are not visible to the naked eye when they're just beginning. Even if a problem -- such as receding gum lines -- is not very far along, the whitening process could cause you a lot of pain."

•Choose a dentist who is qualified and experienced. Not all dentists do bleaching, says Dr. Baron. Cosmetic dentists specialize in "smile solutions," he says.

•There can be side effects. "Occasionally, people experience some sensitivity in their teeth and gums during the bleaching process," says Dr. Baron. A study in the Journal of the American Dental Association reported that 50% of people experience temporary tooth sensitivity as a result of home whitening treatment. People with receding gums appear most likely to experience such sensitivity. "The sensitivity usually goes away once the bleaching is stopped though," says Baron.

•Bleaching isn't permanent. "You may need a touch-up every several years. If you smoke and drink a lot of coffee, you may need the touch-up more often," says Baron.

Bleaching is an easy, inexpensive way to brighten your smile.  Call our office today to schedule an appointment to get started on your new, bright smile! 

(831) 426-9200 

March 05, 2013
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Cracked Teeth Can Become a Painful Emergency


Cracked teeth can become a painful emergency if not treated in time.  A cracked tooth is a common problem which frequently begins to appear with people in their 30’s or 40’s, but can occur even earlier.  The main factors that contribute to fractures in teeth are previous large dental restorations, chewing ice or hard foods, a habit of clenching or grinding, weak tooth formation, and normal progressive calcification of teeth with aging.

The important thing to remember is that a fracture usually starts in a tooth vertically from the chewing surface and progresses toward the gum line.  The fracture will keep extending by itself from the hot and cold temperature cycling of food and drinks… much like a cracked windshield continues to crack further from temperature changes.  These fractures may exist and extend without any sensitivity or pain at first.  That is because some people have teeth that are quite insensitive naturally, while other people have teeth that are extremely sensitive.  The fracture line may progress slowly over many months, or quickly over just a few weeks.

However, eventually the fracture, or fractures, will likely cause a large piece of tooth to break off completely, usually causing a significant amount of sensitivity, or even severe pain and pulp damage.

If the fracture is close to the pulp of the tooth a “root canal” may be necessary to save tooth, followed by a crown.  If the fracture extends deep enough below the gum, the tooth may not be savable, and may need to be extracted.  If an extraction is necessary, it is often possible to replace the tooth with either a bridge or an implant and crown.

However, the best option is to try to stop the progression of the fracture early with a crown.  A crown can often strengthen and protect the tooth before a painful emergency occurs.  A thorough dental exam will often reveal teeth that are developing fractures in time to plan appropriate treatment before they become a painful emergency. 

February 14, 2013
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Protecting Your Teeth with a Mouthguard


Mouthguards can get a bad rap.  Many people refuse to wear mouthguards while playing sports because they think that they are dorky or they think that they will get in the way while they are breathing hard. If you are playing a contact sport, it is important that you have a mouthgaurd that you know you will be able to trust.  Not only can your mouthgaurd save you from some serious pain, it can also save you a ton of money.  Getting your teeth fixed after a serious accident can be expensive, time consuming and painful.


So, after you know that you need a mouthguard, it is then important that you choose the right type of mouthguard.  There are three different types of mouthguards, they are…


  1. Custom-fitted mouthguards. We make these mouthguards for you so they fit your mouth like a glove. We will take impressions and ensure that your mouthguard is going to protect all of your teeth.
  2. Stock sizes. These are the mouthguards you can buy at sports stores that are already a specific size. These may not fit your mouth just right, but they will be better than nothing when you are playing.
  3. Boil and bite mouthguards. These are the mouthguards that you put into boiling water to soften them up and then bite down on them. Once you bite down on them, the impression of your teeth will be made in the mouthguard.


Before you head out to the court, the field or even to practice, make sure that your pearly whites are protected.  Find the mouthguard that works the best for you or consult with us to day to make sure that you have a mouthguard that is going to do a great job protecting you. 

Why You Need Your Teeth


Although brushing and flossing your teeth may get monotonous, have you ever taken time to think about how amazing your teeth are? Not many people take time to think about their teeth and what a blessing it is to have teeth. The next time that you are annoyed with brushing and flossing, just think…


  • Your teeth are the reason that you can chew. Just think about how sad it would be if you were not able to chew your favorite food! If you didn’t have teeth, you would not be able to chew your food.
  • Your teeth enable you to speak properly.  Just try to say anything with the “th” or “t” sound in it. Notice how your tongue touches up against your teeth? If you didn’t have teeth, you wouldn’t be able to make the noises that enable you to speak well.
  • Your teeth keep the shape of the lower part of your face. Your teeth affect the length and shape of your face and without teeth, others would be able to tell there was something wrong with your face.
  • Your teeth keep your jaw bones healthy and strong. If your jaw bones didn’t have teeth to support they would shrink and atrophy.


So, even though you may feel like your teeth require a lot of maintenance, just think of everything that they give back to you! When you go to bed tonight, you may have a different attitude about brushing and flossing.  

When Should I be Replacing My Toothbrush?


As dental professionals, we have heard questions about toothbrush brand, longevity, and functionality a lot. Since your toothbrush is your primary instrument of dental care in most cases, these questions are quite relevant and important.


When it comes to the need to replace your toothbrush, you are going to want to look at how weathered it is, as well as how long you have been using it. A lot of people will use the same toothbrush for years at a time, without realizing that they should be replacing it much more often. Ideally, people should be replacing their toothbrushes or toothbrush heads every 3 months.


Since your toothbrush is being used a few times a day throughout this period, it is going to see a lot of wear. The bristles are going to wear out and become less effective, and the possible amount of contaminants present may also increase. Your brush simply loses its edge in functionality after a few months.


Therefore, we encourage people to replace their brushes in accordance with this timetable. However, expectations should always be made for issues that speed up the need to replace a toothbrush. For example if your toothbrush has it bristles visibly damaged or worn, it is a good idea to replace it.


Likewise, if the bristles turn harder and begin drawing blood, you should also replace it. We also would like to remind everyone that if you should knock your toothbrush into the toilet, please replace it. It is a very small investment to make. Toothbrushes are meant to be used, and then disposed of. Anything which occurs to compromise their sanitation or effectiveness should be cause to replace them quickly.


Take the best care possible of your teeth by keeping your brushes fresh. You will be glad that you did! 

Clean Your Tongue for Fresher Breath

Patients frequently ask questions about bad breath, and this is not a simple subject.  There are a number of factors that can contribute to bad breath, such as periodontal (gum) disease, acid reflux, sulfur compounds from some foods, systemic disorders and dental plaque.

However, there is one quick thing that everyone can do in 15 seconds that can contribute to having fresher breath - just clean your tongue.  Dentists and hygienists forget to discuss this as often as we should because it is so simple.  Just as dirt gets down into your carpet and has to be vacuumed, bacteria and microscopic food particles constantly accumulate in the crevices of your tongue.  While millions of bacteria grow on your teeth within hours after brushing and flossing, they are also growing on your tongue and causing odor.

Though you can buy handy tongue scrapers designed just for cleaning your tongue, the reality is that most people are not going to keep one of these around with their tooth brush.

So I recommend that every time you brush your teeth, you spend just 15 seconds more to thoroughly and vigorously scrub the entire top of your tongue.  You will be amazed at how much cleaner your mouth feels, how much fresher your breath is, and how much better you can taste everything that you eat and drink. 

This will make such a difference, that it can quickly become such a habit that you will just do it automatically, and have fresher breath all the time.

November 12, 2012
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Keeping Your Teeth Healthy Through the Holidays


Throughout the last three months of the year it seems like there is ample opportunity to eat foods that can be detrimental to the health of your teeth.  Halloween kicks off the festivities of the end of the year and Halloween is often our biggest offender. Throughout fall and winter it is especially important that you are caring for your teeth and paying attention to their needs.

During this time you will want to start paying particular attention to your hygiene.  You should be brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day.  Brushing in the morning and at night will help get the sugar off of your teeth that you consumed throughout the day.  Being diligent about brushing properly and for a whole two minutes can save your teeth from decay.

Flossing between all of your teeth will also be beneficial for your oral hygiene.  If you have any dental appliances in your mouth, purchase floss that is going to help you get between the teeth that are hard to reach.

When you know that you are taking in more sugar than your teeth are used to, it can be very beneficial to rinse your mouth out after you eat sugars.  As you rinse your mouth out, you can be sure that sugar is not going to be sitting on your teeth throughout the day. Chewing sugarless gum between meals may also help you activate your saliva glands and ensure that sugar is being removed from your teeth.

Enjoy yourself this holiday season but make sure you don’t forget about your teeth! With just a little extra care and thought, you may be able to avoid decay and cavities that you would have otherwise.  

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