James Lin DMD

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Among our primary goals in providing you with top-notch dental care is to educate you and answer each of your questions.

Here are some common questions our patients ask, so we thought to include the answers for easy review. If your question isn't answered here, please get in touch with our dental office. It's important to us that our patients understand their dental care.


We accept all PPOs and are in-network with Delta Dental. Please get in touch with our office for more information. 

Children's Dentistry

Yes! We are delighted to treat children with friendly care to make their dental visits fun. Our mission as a family dentist is to provide a comfortable and calm treatment environment, and this is especially true for kids. We intend to head off dental stress and anxiety before it even starts.

We recommend bringing your child in at age one or within six months of when their first tooth comes in. Our team has decades of skills and experience, and they recognize that your child's first dental appointments are critical to establishing a lifetime of positive experiences at the dentist.

Treatments We Offer for Children in Los Gatos

Cleanings and Exams

Even the best at-home tooth care routine cannot rid your child of all the accumulated plaque. So during your regular visits, Dr. Lin will perform a thorough examination and take the safest possible x-rays if necessary. This helps us catch any problems in their earliest stages and head them off before they grow.

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is an element that we may recommend for children over two as an extra layer of protection from tooth decay. This treatment is safe and proven to help children maintain dental health, especially because fluoride brushed on as a varnish by your dentist can reach areas difficult to access via a toothbrush.

Dental Sealants

As your child becomes a little older, Dr. Lin may recommend the application of dental sealants to coat the biting surfaces of their back teeth. Like fluoride, this protective coating prevents plaque build-up caused by bacteria.

To learn more about our family and children's dental care, we encourage you to explore our website and give our dental office a call.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Tooth discoloration may have several causes which will impact how Dr. Lin will recommend you address it. First, some stains are confined to the surface of your tooth enamel, usually a result of the foods and drinks you consume. Some color problems with your teeth live below the surface because they are caused by genetic factors, medications, or the presence of metallic fillings, which become more visible through thinning enamel over time.

Professional Teeth Whitening Is a Good, Non-Invasive Start

Dr. Lin may suggest our teeth whitening system for surface staining once one of his hygienists has performed a thorough clean and polishing. Your tooth surface is in its best condition to accept the whitening compounds in an even layer.

Our at-home system consists of custom trays and a professional-strength whitening gel which you apply at your convenience.

Porcelain Restorations Like Veneers and Crowns Cover Stains

In some cases, tooth discoloration may prove resistant to whitening, especially for those deeper causes. In that case, Dr. Lin will recommend other ways of improving your smile using our cosmetic dentistry procedures. These include dental bonding, porcelain veneers, or porcelain crowns.

We encourage you to reach out to our dental office to discover the many ways we can bring the sparkle back to your smile.

Dental Crowns and Bridges

Dental crowns are designed and built to be as durable and functional as the teeth they replace. However, Dr. James Lin can help you use common sense and establish good oral hygiene practices to avoid damaging them. With proper care, your dental crown may last ten years or longer.

The team at James Lin, DMD, offers multiple material combinations for your dental crown. But no matter your crown's construction, good oral hygiene practices help crowns as much as your nearby natural teeth. We recommend that you:

  • Brush teeth twice a day with non-abrasive toothpaste–avoid whitening pastes that may dull your crowns.
  • Floss teeth at least once a day, preferably before bed.
  • Rinse your mouth with water or a dental rinse, especially after consuming acidic foods and beverages, soda most notably.
  • Maintain your regular dental cleanings so Dr. Lin can monitor your crown for any potential problems.

Other things which endanger a dental crown are biting down hard on foods like nuts or hard candy. In addition, chewing ice can harm your crown, and excessively sticky foods like caramel may dislodge your crown. If you break a broken crown, it may be costly to replace, causing problems with the remaining tooth structure it was meant to protect.

Porcelain crowns are an attractive and effective dental restoration, and when supported by metal or zirconia, they may become even stronger and more luminescent. The team at James Lin, DMD, can help you make the best choice.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are among the newest forms of tooth replacements but are highly advanced when compared to related oral appliances like dental bridges or dentures. First, a dental implant is surgically placed in your jawbone, and because it's made from titanium, your bone grows around the implant to make it extraordinarily stable.

Dental implants are also versatile. For example, a single implant can replace any tooth, or multiple implants may be augmented to secure more extensive restorations, such as an implant-retained denture. 

How Are Dental Bridges and Dental Implants Different?

A dental bridge also fills the space left by a missing tooth but has certain limitations. In most cases, we place a bridge secured to adjoining teeth by two dental crowns with the replacement tooth, or pontic, in between. A dental bridge relies on the stability of the adjoining teeth instead of being secured itself.

Conventional dentures also rely on surfaces in your mouth for a secure hold. Whether attached by suction or denture adhesives, this type of tooth replacement is especially unstable. Conventional dentures tend to slip, making it harder to chew and causing abrasive sores on your gums.

Reasons to Choose Dental Implants in Los Gatos, CA

Dental implants have several advantages over other tooth replacement options:

  • Dental implants appear the most life-like and natural.
  • Dental implants have superior longevity.
  • Dental implants prevent bone loss.

With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.

Family Dentistry

Your first visit will include a complete set of dental x-rays, an exam of your teeth, an exam and measurements of your gums, oral cancer screening, and a head and neck exam to establish a baseline of your current oral health. Our hygienist will also provide a dental cleaning at this appointment.

With this information, we can discuss the goals you have for your oral health. Then, we will tailor your visit and treatment plan to meet your dental needs. For example, we will evaluate your oral hygiene to determine the type and frequency of dental cleaning appropriate for you.

Let Us Help You with Dental Anxiety

Many people experience anxiety before and during their dental appointments–our goal is to make your visit as easy and pain-free as possible. As a family dentist, first and foremost–Dr. Lin takes great pride in creating a pleasant dental experience for patients of all ages and backgrounds.

Patients have shared their appreciation of his cheerful staff and his calm personality, whether that means using his well-received countdown technique, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), or just being mindful of non-verbal cues.

Our Mission Is to Empower and Educate

As your partner in oral health, we are here to address all questions that you may have and make recommendations as needed. Our team members are proud of their ability to simplify dental insurance's complex nature and prioritize your individual needs. In addition, we will discuss any potential treatments with you in detail and provide an estimate for treatment.

Porcelain Veneers and Dental Bonding

The lifespan of dental veneers depends on the material. At the dental office of James Lin DMD, we use porcelain veneers because they’re long-lasting, durable, and closely mimic natural teeth. Porcelain veneers are also stain-resistant, so you never have to worry about your teeth looking discolored again. 

Porcelain veneers, also known as porcelain laminate veneers, can immediately update or transform your smile by correcting:

  • Cracks, chips, fractures, and breaks
  • Gaps or even spacing between teeth 
  • Size or shape discrepancies
  • Tooth discoloration and stains 
  • Crooked or overlapping teeth 

Unlike composite veneers that only last 4–8 years, porcelain veneers can last well over 10 years. If you take excellent care of your smile and practice great oral hygiene, your veneers can last even longer. 

Call Us About Porcelain Veneers in Los Gatos 

Many celebrities can attribute their stunning smiles to veneers, but having a perfect smile isn’t just for the rich and famous. If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, Dr. Lin is a highly skilled cosmetic dentist in Los Gatos who can make your dream smile a beautiful reality. We invite you to contact us today to schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Lin. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the dental office of James Lin, DMD! 

Preventative Dental Care

Gum disease is a progressive disease caused by chronic gum infection. If it goes untreated, this condition is not only a common cause of tooth loss but a threat to your overall health.

Periodontal Disease Prevention

Most people have heard of gingivitis, the earliest form of gum disease. The most effective way to battle gingivitis is to visit the team at James Lin, DMD, for regular cleanings. But what you do at home between visits is also essential. Brush twice daily and floss at least once before bed. Floss first, then brush to remove leftover food particles. 

Other factors may impact your susceptibility to periodontal disease. We suggest these steps to help in the fight:

  • Minimize smoking or chewing of tobacco
  • Eat healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Use an antiseptic mouthwash after brushing or eating sweets

If you have a health condition impacting your dental health, such as diabetes, heart disease, or cancer, please share that with our team. We will always personalize your treatment plan so that we can take all necessary steps to preserve gum health.

Remember: early gum disease is completely reversible. Dr. Lin is ready to treat gingivitis and periodontal disease in Los Gatos, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, West San Jose, Campbell, Cambrian Park, Willow Glen, Fruitdale, Robertsville, and Alamitos.

Oral Cancer Screenings

As with any cancer, oral cancer can be treated if diagnosed in its earliest stages. Signs that may point to this condition include:

  • A reddish-white mouth lesion that persists for more than two weeks
  • Soreness in the back of your throat and pain when swallowing
  • Lumps in your mouth that seem to grow and change in size and color
  • Issues with swallowing, chewing, or tongue movement.

As part of every exam, Dr. Lin or one of our hygienists will perform a screening for these tell-tale signs of oral cancer.

Even with excellent hygiene habits, it's easy to miss small areas of your teeth. Over time, the missed plaque will harden into tartar, which we can only remove with a dental hygienist's tools. When tartar accumulates beneath the gum line, the result is red, puffy, inflamed gums – the beginnings of gum disease.

How We Treat Gum Disease in Los Gatos, CA

The appropriate treatment for your gum disease will vary depending on how far your disease has progressed and any contributing factors such as hygiene and other health conditions. But the most effective treatment is a deep cleaning procedure.

To perform this, we first numb your mouth to ensure your comfort. Then with special tools and techniques, we carefully and gently remove all tartar on and beneath the gum line, often called scaling. Next, we smooth your gums to eliminate areas where new accumulations may gather, especially in hard-to-reach places.

We will discuss your situation with you and recommend the treatment we believe will be the most appropriate for your unique needs.

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