Posts for tag: restorative dentistry

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
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
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
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
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!

E. John Baron DDS, INC.
550 Water Street, Suite L-1
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 426-9200


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