Dr.Shin's Dental Office

Dr.Jon Shin DDS is a Loma Linda graduate serving the high desert area for 16 years. Dr. Shin is one of the most highly skilled dentist, but he's better known for treating patients with he's heart and passion.

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[12/03/15]   Our prayers and thoughts are with the victims and families of those affected by the Mass Shooting yesterday!


Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

theatlantic.com 10/06/2015

The Hell of Living Without Dental Care

theatlantic.com Dental care is excluded from most insurance plans for a bizarre and antiquated reason, and millions of people suffer as a result.

slate.com 09/09/2015

Way Too Many Americans Can't Afford to Take Care of Their Teeth

slate.com Even compared to the rest our shambolic health care system, American dentistry is a mess. As of 2012, about 130 million individuals lacked dental insurance—and while Obamacare may have improved that figure a bit by extending coverage to more children, even families with plans still find themselves u…


What Is a Bone Graft?

A bone graft is a surgical procedure used to fix problems associated with bones or joints. Bone grafting or transplanting of bone tissue is beneficial in fixing bones after trauma, problem joints, or growing bone around implanted devices, such as total knee replacement (TKR).

The bone used in a bone graft can come from your own body, from a donor, or could be entirely manmade. Once accepted by the patient, the bone graft provides a framework where new, living bone can grow.

The two most common types of bone grafts are:

1. allograft: this graft uses bone from a deceased donor or a cadaver that has been cleaned and stored in a tissue bank

2. autograft: graft made from a bone inside a patient’s body, such as the ribs or hips

The type of graft used depends on the type of injury your surgeon will be repairing. Allografts are commonly used in hip, knee, or long bone (arms or legs) reconstruction. The advantages are that (a) there’s no additional surgery needed to acquire the bone, and (b) it lowers the risk of infection since additional incisions or surgery on the recipient will not be required.

*Why Bone Grafting Is Performed

Bone grafting is done for numerous reasons, including injury and disease. There are four main reasons bone grafts are used:

fractures—a bone graft may be used in the case of multiple or complex fractures or those that do not heal well after an initial treatment

fusion—most often done in the spine, fusion helps two bones heal together across a diseased joint

regeneration—used for bone lost to disease, infection, or injury, this can involve using small amounts in bone cavities or large sections of bones

implanted devices—a graft can be used to help bone heal around surgically implanted devices, like joint replacements, plates, or screws

*The Risks of a Bone Graft

All surgical procedures involve risks of bleeding, infection, and reactions to anesthesia. Bone grafts carry these and other risks, including:

nerve injury
rejection of the bone graft

Ask your doctor about your risks and what you can do to minimize them to better understand them.

*How to Prepare for Bone Grafting

Prior to your surgery, your doctor will perform a complete medical history and physical examination. During this time, tell your doctor about any medications, over-the-counter drugs, or supplements you’re taking.

You will most likely be required to fast before surgery, assuming that this isn’t an emergency surgery. This is done to prevent complications while you’re under anesthesia.

Your doctor will give you complete instructions about what do to the days before and the day of your surgery. It’s important to follow those instructions.

*How a Bone Graft Is Performed

Prior to surgery, your doctor will decide which type of bone graft will be used. Shortly before the operation, you will be given general anesthesia, which will put you into a deep, peaceful sleep. An anesthesiologist will monitor the anesthesia and your recovery.

Your surgeon will make an incision in the skin above where the graft is needed. He or she will then shape the donated bone to fit the area. The graft will be held in place using various pins, plates, or screws.

Once the graft is securely in place, your surgeon will close the incision wound with stitches and bandage the wound. A cast or splint will be used to support the bone while it heals.

*After Bone Grafting

Recovery from bone grafts depends on the size of the graft and other variables. Typical recovery can take anywhere from two weeks to three months. You will probably need to avoid vigorous physical activity for up to six months.

Immediately after surgery, icing and elevating the area involved in the grafting can help prevent painful inflammation. Even if your injury is in a cast, putting ice bags over the cast can help.

During recovery, you should exercise those muscle groups that were not affected by the surgery to keep your body in good shape. You should also maintain a healthy diet, which will aid in the recovery process.

One of the best decisions you can make—to help your body after surgery and overall—is to quit smoking. Smoking slows down the healing and growth of bone. Research has shown that bone grafts fail at a higher rate with smokers.


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Denti-Cal Benefits Being Restored, but Might Be Inadequate, Too Late

Medi-Cal will partially restore dental benefits to three million low-income California residents on May 1, but it could be too late for some individuals whose oral health has deteriorated significantly since the benefit was cut, KPCC's "KPCC News" reports.


In 2009, state officials cut Medi-Cal services for individuals in rural and other underserved areas, including eliminating coverage for adult dental care.

The California Association of Rural Health Clinics and a community health center in Kings County sued the California Department of Health Care Services and state officials over the cuts, alleging that the Medi-Cal changes conflicted with federal law. A court order reinstated the coverage in October 2010.

The state resumed payments for such services until May 2011, when it received CMS approval to eliminate coverage of benefits considered optional under Medi-Cal.

In July 2013, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that cuts made by state officials "impermissibly eliminate[d] mandatory services from coverage" (California Healthline, 7/8/13).

Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) FY 2013-2014 spending plan included a total of $93.9 million over two years to help partially restore Denti-Cal benefits for adults. Denti-Cal is the Medi-Cal dental program (California Healthline, 8/7/13).
Details of Restored Benefits

The restored benefits will include coverage for:

Full sets of dentures; and
Root canals.

California Dental Association President James Stephens said the organization is "delighted" with the decision to restore Denti-Cal benefits but expressed concern over the state's decision not to cover:

Gum treatment; and
Partial sets of dentures.

According to advocates, failing to cover gum treatment could have significant effects on patients with diabetes who often have chronically enflamed gums. In addition, not offering coverage for partial dentures could encourage patients with a few missing teeth to have more teeth pulled in order to qualify for a full set of dentures.

A spokesperson for state Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Los Angeles) said it is too early in the budget process to decide whether to advocate for restoring additional dental coverage.
Benefits Too Late for Some

Meanwhile, Frazier Moore, the dental director at Watts Health Center in Los Angeles, said some patients had to forego proper dental care when the benefits were cut and instead chose to have problem teeth pulled. Moore added, "[T]his puts us in a downhill slide for these patients to become what is commonly referred to as a dental cripple."

In addition, Irving Lebovics, dental director at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said dentists completing their residencies have missed out on training experience they normally gain treating Denti-Cal patients


>>Back Teeth Can Be Plaque Teeth

Proper Brushing For Plaque Removal

As everyone who brushes and flosses their teeth knows, your back teeth are harder to reach and to keep clean than your front teeth. The back teeth are designed with grooves and ridges that help you to chew food, but the down side is that these grooves and ridges can also collect tiny food particles, which can increase the risk of cavities and bacteria in plaque, which in turn can lead to gum disease.

To remove bacteria and plaque, it's important to floss around the back teeth. If it is hard for you to reach this area, consider using a flosser or an electric flosser such as the Oral-B® Hummingbird®.

Tooth decay doesn't happen overnight. But if you allow plaque to build up on teeth by not flossing properly over many years, the bacteria and acids that they produce will break down the tooth enamel. If plaque goes unremoved, tooth decay can progress inward and affect the nerves in the pulp of the tooth. This progressive decay can cause symptoms including pain and swelling, and may result in tooth loss in extreme cases.

Bacteria can convert fermenting carbohydrates (which are sugars and are found in cooked starchy foods) into plaque within 20 minutes. Be sure to clean around the back teeth with your toothbrush and dental floss every day.


Choosing The Right Dentist

It's important that you and your family members feel comfortable with your dentist, since you're more likely to keep your appointments and follow oral care advice from a dentist you like and respect.

>> A Thing To Keep In Mind

When you're looking to find the right dentist, keep in mind dental care is very personal. So your neighbor's or colleague's dentist might not be the dentist for you.
Things To Consider

>>Here are a few things worth considering as you search:

>Convenience. Is the dentist's office conveniently located near your home or office? Do the office hours accommodate your schedule?

>Insurance. Does the dentist take your dental insurance? Can you get information about payment plans and costs before procedures are scheduled?

>Attitude. Is the office friendly and welcoming? Does the dentist explain procedures and treatments in a way that you can understand?

>Professionalism. A dentist who is a member of the American Dental Association has graduated from an accredited dental school in the United States and committed to uphold high standards of ethics.

>>What You Must Know

A dentist may have a degree that says DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) or DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery). They mean the same thing-different schools use different terminology. These degrees apply to general dentists. A specialized dentist will have an additional certification in an area such as oral surgery or pediatric dentistry.


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Christmas is just right around the corner! Our team here at Dr. Shin's Dental Office would like to wish everyone a very Blessed and Merry Christmas.
Our office will be open on Dec. 23rd, 26th and 30th for the patients in need. On the closed days, please leave a message on our recorder at 760-244-5047 for any concerns or dental emergencies.

Happy Holidays


Happy Thanksgiving!


Dental Crown Types And Differences:

What Are the Differences between Dental Crowns?

About Dental crowns

A dental crown is a tooth shaped restoration that covers the tooth thus improving the size, shape, strength, and appearance of the tooth. A crown is a cap that completely encases the visible tooth surface including the gum line when cemented over the tooth structure. In general, crown is an artificial, synthetic tooth that is designed from wide range of materials in order to improve an esthetic appearance as that of a natural tooth.

Crowns are usually designed from ceramic, porcelain or metals like gold and also various material combinations which are basically fused between porcelain casing and various metals. Permanent crowns are usually made of porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM), metal, resin, or a complete ceramic. In general, crowns can vary based on the used type of material.

Some of the different types of crowns include All-porcelain or All-ceramic crowns- which can naturally match with the tooth color, indicated for front teeth and metal allergic patients; Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns- which can match best with the adjacent teeth thus providing a natural look, indicated for both front and back teeth; Metal crowns that are made of palladium alloy, gold alloy, or a base-metal alloy like chromium or nickel- which can last longer but not esthetic, indicated for out-of-sight molars; All-resin crowns- are cost effective and prone to fractures; temporary crowns made of stainless steel or acrylic- are designed in dental practice; and permanent crowns- are designed by dental laboratory.
Differences between PFM versus all e-max and zirconia crowns

Porcelain fused to metal dental crown (PFM):

Porcelain fused to metal crown (PFM) is a full cast crown that is constructed by fusing the porcelain to all or most of the metal surfaces.

Indications of porcelain fused to metal crown

A PFM dental crown is indicated in case of minimal inter-occlusal clearance that requires a stronger restoration. It is also used on any tooth that requires a full crown for preventive and restorative purposes.

Contraindications of PFM dental crown

PFM dental crown is contraindicated when the size of the tooth pulp is negligibly smaller thus compromising the tooth preparation process. It is also contraindicated when the clinical tooth crown is very short and lacks the required stability including retention that is enough to provide the space for porcelain and metal.

Advantages of PFM dental crown

The major advantage of PFM crown is its metal substructure that provides adequate strength.

Disadvantages of PFM crown

PFM crown requires removal of 1.5 mm of buccal tooth substance to place the porcelain and metal layers. It lacks esthetic look due to its opaque metal layer. An e-max or a zirconium crown can be a best option when one is looking for an aesthetic appearing tooth crown.

E-Max Crown:

The E-Max dental crown is considered to be a best inclusion in dental crown technology. It is a form of all-ceramic crown which provides best aesthetic appearance by complimenting with the natural teeth and it lasts longer. It has an appealing translucent color and is highly durable with extra strength.
Emax crown is generally constructed by 4 techniques: Pressed, milled Yttrium Zirconia, pressed to Zirconia, and a milled esthetic glass.

Indications of E-Max crown

E-max crown is indicated for stained or damaged teeth with poor quality and to provide an aesthetic look.The E-max crown consists of a block of top grade material, lithium di-silicate ceramic which assures correct fitting, durability, toughness, and opaqueness thus it is priced more. The crown is also made of a glass ceramic crown that is endurable with a higher toughness but still providing a delicate look.

Advantages of E-max crown

The E-max crown has a lifelike shape and transparent color that provides an exact color match with the patient’s own natural teeth. It has no metal alloy base thus does not affect the aesthetics around the gum line. The crown is long lasting, strong, and less prone to fractures when compared to other traditional crown types. When compared to zirconia crowns, an E-Max crown is less likely to get chipped.

Disadvantages of E-max crown

The only disadvantage of E-max crown is its high cost especially during tooth preparation. It requires a premium crown placement without tooth preparation and hence it is more expensive when compared to its other crown counterparts. In addition, e-max crown is not suitable for all patients and one should discuss it with dentist about availability and whether it is the appropriate one.

Zirconia crown:

A zirconia crown is made of a strong, biocompatible material, zirconia which is also used in medical applications like artificial joints. It is a well-known, type of all-ceramic crown which significantly improves the tooth appearance that has been previously disfigured or stained for years.

Different types of zirconium dental crowns include:

glass-infiltrated zirconium toughened alumina (InCeram Zirconia)
yttrium cation-doped tetragonal zirconia polycrystals (Cercon Zirconia)
partially stabilized zirconium (Mg-PSZ)
shrinkage free ZrSiO4 ceramic
Cercon Base ZrO2 sintered crown

Advantages of zirconia crown

Zirconia is a crystal form that is indestructible and lasts longer. It has adequate strength and durability. In fact, its crown cannot be spotted amongst natural teeth. Patients are least likely to develop an allergic reaction to zirconia and thus considered a safe option when compared to porcelain fused to metal crowns.

Zirconia crown is long lasting, easy to wear and durable when compared to other crowns. The translucent appearance of zirconia crowns blends well with the natural teeth color and thus provides the most pleasing appearance. It requires minimal tooth preparation thus preserves most of the original tooth substance which is also favorable while removing the crown. Hence, zirconia crown is an ideal option to cover-up the damage including stains and to restore the tooth function.

Disadvantages of zirconia crown

The zirconia crown is tough, durable and possesses abrasive quality thus imposing the friction against the tooth root including neighboring teeth. Hence, an E-max crown could be a favorable option for cases that require preservation of the root structure.




17100 Bear Valley Rd, Ste N
Victorville, CA

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Monday 9am - 6pm
Tuesday 9am - 6pm
Wednesday 9am - 6pm
Thursday 9am - 6pm
Friday 9am - 1pm
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