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By Greg Schinnerer, DDS
January 22, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Family Dentistry  

Find out why you might want to schedule your family’s next dental appointments with dentist

Whether your child is dealing with a knocked-out tooth from playing soccer or you need to schedule your six-month dental cleaning, it’s important that you have an Irvine, CA, family dentist like our very own Dr. Greg Schinnerer, who you can turn to when every member of your family needs dental care. So, why choose our family dentist?

Care the Whole Family Can Enjoy

Dr. Schinnerer is able to provide quality, comprehensive and individualized care for every member of your family. Now you can easily get dental care for the toddler, teenager, adult, or older adult in your life by coming in to visit our Irvine, CA, dentist. You will save yourself a lot of time and stress in the long run by only going to one dentist instead of multiple. Plus, we can work with your schedule to get every member of your family in for routine cleanings on the same day.

Consistency is Key

When you don’t have a regular dentist you can turn to, you may find that you or your family’s dental care falls by the wayside. This is the last thing you want to have happen. Maintaining good oral health is important and it’s important that you find a family dentist that you not only like but also trust to provide your whole family with the care they need. Why go from one dentist to another when one dentist is all you require to get routine, cosmetic, restorative and even emergency care?

Familiarity = Comfort

Just as having our routines gives us comfort so too does having a steady dentist in which to turn time and time again. Here in Irvine, CA, our dental team knows just how important it is to find a dentist you know and trust. Here in our office, we take ample time to provide not only the care you need but also to really get to know your whole family. This means tailored, individualized treatments that always cater to your own personal concerns and needs.

Don’t let your family go without the proper dental care they deserve. Call our Irvine, CA, family dental office today to schedule you or your children’s next appointment with us. We work with your hectic schedule to get you dental care whenever you may need it.

By Greg Schinnerer, DDS
November 14, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: TMJ   TMD  

Your jaw feels super stiff as you try to open and close your mouth, and more often than not, your face hurts. Your spouse says that your tmj, tmdjaw seems to make odd clicking noises when you chew your food. Thankfully, your Irvine, CA dentist, Dr. Greg Schinnerer, will get to the bottom of your discomforts and help you regain normal jaw function.

What is TMJ/TMD?

TMJ/TMD refers to a collection of symptoms related to the joints which operate the jaw. Located on the right and left sides of the face, the temporomandibular joints are made up of the upper and lower jaw bones, muscles, connective tissue and two disc-like pads. When this complex mechanism becomes unbalanced due to wear and tear, oral injury or an inflammatory condition such as arthritis, TMJ/TMD, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction, results.

Research from the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial shows that more women than men seek treatment for temporomandibular joint dysfunction; however, people of all ages and lifestyles seem to suffer from it. The symptoms of jaw joint dysfunction may include:

  • Odd popping or clicking noises emanating from the joint when eating or opening/closing the mouth
  • Ear pain
  • Headaches
  • Light sensitivity
  • Jaw stiffness and swelling
  • Neck and shoulder pain

In his experience, your Irvine dentist finds that symptoms are wide-ranging and fluctuate, making diagnosis difficult.

How to diagnose and treat TMJ/TMD

When you come to Dr. Schinnerer's office for evaluation of your jaw joints, he'll listen carefully to the description of your symptoms. He'll gently feel the sides of your face and ask you to open and close your mouth. He also will take digital X-rays to see if your discomfort is related to a dental abscess or decay or to tooth misalignment.

Depending on his findings, he may recommend:

  • Ice to reduce swelling
  • Over the counter analgesics to relieve pain and inflammation
  • Stretching exercises or other physical therapy
  • Orthodontic correction (braces or clear aligners)
  • Crowns to even bite
  • Oral appliance therapy

The last intervention helps cushion teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism) which are often unconscious but can cause considerable wear and tear on teeth, gums and the jaw joints. Worn at night, these acrylic appliances are customized according to oral impressions and Dr. Schinnerer's specifications. Oral appliance therapy helps avoid more invasive interventions.

Find out more

Don't continue in your pain. Contact Dr. Schinnerer for a TMJ/TMD evaluation in Irvine, CA. He's been named a Top Dentist for five consecutive years by the Consumer Research Council of America; so rest assured you'll receive the best of care. Call today: (949) 552-1701.

By Greg Schinnerer, DDS
September 08, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: fillings  

Are you suffering from tooth decay? Do you need your cavities filled, but want to avoid metal fillings? Well, with tooth-colored fillings, that's fillingsno problem. Here in Irvine CA, Dr. Greg Schinnerer can help you get the healthier and whiter smile you want.

Tooth-colored fillings, also known as composite resin, are used during dental bonding procedures. The composite is made of plastic resin and a filler of finely ground glass-like particles and is used to fix issues, such as:

  • Chips and cracks
  • Fractures
  • Decays
  • Discolored and stained teeth
  • Short teeth

Fillings and Dental Bonding in Irvine

In order to prepare your teeth for the composite, your dentist will apply an etching solution to the surface of your tooth, then the composite resin that matches the color of your teeth is applied and molded to the right shape. The last step consists of the composite being hardened in place with a curing light.

Advantages of Tooth-colored Composite

After your doctor has finished the procedure, your teeth will look natural, especially if the tooth being filled is visible while you smile. Some other advantages include:

  • Unlike silver amalgam, the fillings won't cause your teeth to turn a gray tint over time and are safer.
  • As mentioned before, your teeth will look natural, so you won't feel self-conscious when you smile.
  • The composite strengthens your teeth, so you can enjoy your meals without having to worry about applying too much pressure on your tooth and breaking, or cracking, it again

Maintaining your New Bonding

Dental bondings require the same care as all your teeth. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day, after breakfast and before bed, and floss at least once a day. This will help keep your teeth healthy and avoid new cavities from flourishing in your new tooth-colored fillings, or any of your other teeth.


For more information about tooth colored fillings and how they can improve the appearance of your smile, call Dr. Greg Schinnerer at (949) 552-1701, his office is conveniently located in Irvine, CA, so don't hesitate to call!

By Greg Schinnerer, DDS
July 18, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Problems  

What services are offered by your dentist in Irvine, CA? Dr. Greg Schinnerer and his dedicated staff deliver a wide range of preventive,Dental problems restorative and cosmetic treatments to protect your oral health. With everything from professional cleanings and comprehensive check-ups to teeth whitening, dental implants and emergency care, you and your loved ones can achieve healthy, attractive smiles that last.

How can you prevent dental problems?

The American Dental Association recommends this standard for oral hygiene at home: brush your teeth for two minutes twice daily and floss at least once a day. If you're doing that, great! Dr. Schinnerer commends you, and he supports your efforts with semi-annual cleanings and oral examinations that include:

  • Checking for cavities and signs of gum disease
  • Assessing for oral cancer
  • Looking for problems with restorations such as dental crowns, bridgework or fillings
  • Checking dental bite and alignment

Your dentist in Irvine, CA Dr. Schinnerer, also places plastic sealants to protect teeth from cavities and advises fluoride treatments to defend against decay and dental sensitivity. And, these treatments are not just for children. Adult teeth benefit from them, too.

Finally, you and Dr. Schinnerer will discuss a treatment plan that addresses continuing preventive care and restorations, such as fillings or crowns, that you may need. Treatment plans address cosmetic concerns, too--things such as tooth color or that bothersome chipped tooth.

How can you restore dental problems?

Dental caries, or tooth decay, and gum disease are the leading reasons for tooth loss, says the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Dr. Schinnerer offers restorative procedures to bring your smile back to full health and function.

Restorative treatments include:

  • White fillings made from composite resin
  • Dental crowns
  • Fixed bridgework
  • Dentures
  • Dental implants
  • Scaling and root planing
  • Root canal therapy

Can you remake a less than perfect smile?

Bonding, cosmetic contouring, teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, Invisalign clear aligners...what do these procedures have in common? They're part of Dr. Schinnerer's cosmetic dentistry skill set. He understands that you may be dissatisfied, or even embarrassed, by how your teeth and gums look.

So he consults with patients on how they'd like to change their smile aesthetics. Then, he makes recommendations appropriate for the individual's age, facial appearance, smile width and other considerations. When patients see the results, they understand why Dr. Schinnerer has received America's Top Dentist Award from the Consumers' Research Council of America several years running!

Service with a smile

If you want the best dentistry has to offer, plus patient-centered care, contact Dr. Greg Schinnerer for an appointment. Call (949) 552-1701 today, and come in for your consultation.

By Greg Schinnerer, DDS
May 17, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Has it been awhile since you've seen a dentist? Although your teeth may look and feel fine, the early signs of tooth decay and gum preventative dentistrydisease aren't always obvious. Visiting the dentist every six months is the best way to keep your smile bright and healthy. Irvine, CA, dentist, Dr. Greg Schinnerer, explains why preventive care is so important.

Regular visits help prevent major issues

Have you ever noticed that emergencies tend to happen at the most inconvenient times? Dental emergencies are no exception. Your tooth breaks during your much-anticipated vacation, or you wake up in the middle of the night in severe pain. Although it's not possible to prevent every emergency, in many cases, small issues that can become big problems may be detected during regular dental visits.

For example, tooth fractures often occur as a result of cracks in teeth. If the crack is detected during a dental exam, you can schedule an appointment to receive a crown. Once the crown is in place, your tooth will no longer be in danger of breaking. Unfortunately, if you skip a regular appointment or two, you'll never know that you have a crack. Your first hint that there's something wrong just might be when a piece of your tooth breaks off. Scheduling visits every six months will help ensure that every dental issue, from cracks to cavities to gum disease, are treated promptly.

Dental cleanings play an important role in your oral health

Dental cleanings, part of every regular dental visit, reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. During your cleaning at our Irvine office, both plaque and tartar will be removed from your teeth. Plaque build up can lead to cavities. Brushing and flossing is a good way to get rid of the transparent film, but it can be a little challenging to remove plaque from overlapping teeth or hard-to-reach spots. If plaque lingers on your teeth long enough, it hardens and becomes tartar. Tartar causes gum disease and is so hard that brushing won't budge it. Twice-yearly cleanings are the best way to ensure that your teeth are tartar-free.

Protect your smile with regular dental visits. Call Irvine, CA, dentist, Dr. Schinnerer, at (949) 552-1701 to schedule your visit.

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Carol Schinnerer, office manager:  Carol has managed the office since we originally opened in 1985, and will generally be your first contact when calling the office.  With over 30 years experience, she is our go-to person when dealing with insurance companies, scheduling appointments and answering any questions you may have.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Virginia Snider, chairside assistant:  Virginia has been a registered dental assistant and licensed radiologist since 1999.  She has been at our office since 2012, and will be assisting on all dental procedures. 

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