Archive for February, 2011

Are you the sensitive type?

February 26, 2011

Many patients we see have sensitive teeth.  They cannot enjoy cold ice cream, hot coffee, sugary sweets or acidic fruits.  Imagine life without pineapples and doughnuts!  The causes of sensitivity are many, including gum recession, cracked teeth, acidic erosion, clenching and grinding,  missing tooth structure, aggressive brushing, and existing dental work.  Fear not!  There are now many ways to bring the  joy back into eating.

Adult fluoride treatments following dental cleanings are easy and inexpensive.  A varnish  brushed over the teeth can provide relief and protection from decay for up to six months.  Replacing leaking fillings, covering cracked teeth or placing new bonded fillings can also help.

A new exciting way to eliminate sensitivity from gum recession or erosion is by zapping the area with a laser for thirty seconds.  The light increases the viscosity of the fluids in the little microscopic tubules present in tooth structure and prevents the transmission of the pain stimuli.  Imagine , no shot, no pain and in thirty seconds all sensitivity eliminated.

Additional treatments  involve the use of special toothpastes  (i.e. Sensodyne) to block the pain impulses and  other agents to neutralize the acidic environment and remineralize the lost tooth structure (MI paste).

Any of the above treatments can help with your sensitive side and allow you to enjoy all the goodies that you have been avoiding.  Give us a call at (562)435-8339 or visit us at  We can help.

Going Paperless

February 2, 2011

     Our office is continuing on our five-year journey to eliminate patient paper charts.  We started by bringing computers into the operatories and have progressed with digital radiographs and images.  Our recent acquisition of a digital panoramic  x-ray machine has allowed us to eliminate our dark room and all the  messy toxic chemicals.  Digital images are quick, safe and can be enhanced and enlarged for easy viewing. 

   This year we have set our sights on all those cumbersome forms that are required for diagnostic, safety, financial and legal reasons.  As of now, our patients can go to our web site: and fill out or update their personal information and their medical and dental histories. The process is completed in the office by a simple digital signature. As an aside, patients can also set up  passwords and view their accounts on-line.   We are also progressing with putting our clinical data on the computer.   All patient information is encrypted for safety and backed up on site and online with sufficient redundancy. 

     Check out our progress when you come in for your next appointment which incidentally will be confirmed by e-mail!

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