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By John Chu, D.M.D
September 04, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

When infection or decay affects the innermost layers of a tooth, extraction is sometimes necessary. However, it is possible to preserve the affected tooth with root canal treatment. Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin, the experienced dentists at our office in South Pasadena, CA, can determine if a root canal is needed and explain how to care for your tooth following treatment.

Signs a Root Canal is Needed

Certain symptoms can be an indication that a tooth is severely infected or decayed and could possibly benefit from root canal treatment. The best way to determine if a root canal is needed is to undergo a thorough oral exam that includes taking x-ray images. See a dentist promptly if you develop any of the following signs that a root canal might be needed:

  • A severe or persistent toothache
  • Darkening or discoloration of the affected tooth
  • Tenderness or swelling of the gums near the affected tooth
  • Ongoing sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages
  • Sensitivity or pain when biting and chewing food
  • Formation of an abscess in the gums

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is a bit like having a cavity filled. A primary difference between the two procedures is that only the outer layers of a tooth require attention when treating cavities. Root canal treatment is needed when the innermost layer of a tooth is infected or plagued by decay. A soft material called pulp can be found at the center of a tooth and also extends down into the canals of the root. Root canal treatment involves the removal of the infected or decaying pulp.

Once the pulp has been removed from the center of the tooth and the canals of the root, the interior of the tooth and root are thoroughly cleaned. Afterward, the tooth is filled in and sealed. After the area has completely healed, a dental crown can be placed over the restored tooth to strengthen and protect it. The skilled dentists at our office in South Pasadena can determine if root canal treatment can restore your damaged or infected tooth.

Post-Operative Care

Following root canal treatment, the restored tooth and surrounding gums will need time to heal. Prescription or over-the-counter medication can be taken to reduce swelling and alleviate any pain or discomfort. It is also beneficial to rinse the mouth with warm salt water several times a day for a few days to promote circulation and speed up the healing process.

It is normal to feel some pain or discomfort for a few days following root canal treatment. Some steps you can take to avoid aggravating the affected area as it heals include chewing food on the opposite side of the mouth for a few days. It is also best to avoid chewing gum or other sticky foods, as well as biting into hard foods or substances, such as ice cubes. Finally, be sure to continue your normal brushing and flossing routine to keep the mouth clean.

Root canal treatment can save an infected or decaying tooth. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Chu or Dr. Lin to learn more about root canals by calling our office in South Pasadena at (626) 799-0852.

By John Chu, D.M.D
June 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health

For your best smile, you need cosmetic dentistry services from Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin in South Pasadena, CA. Whether your smile is yellowed and dull or you have noticeable flaws like gaps or cracks, you will look dramatically different and experience an amazing boost in self-confidence.

The Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) says the in-office consultation with your cosmetic dentist in South Pasadena is the first step toward a renewed smile. Together, you and Dr. Chu or Dr. Lin will discuss how you wish your teeth and gums to change. Your input may include:

  • What you think about your tooth color
  • The defects you notice when you look in a mirror
  • How much time and money you wish to invest

For their part, Dr. Chu or Dr. Lin will perform a comprehensive oral exam to detect any health issues. If all is well, you'll be advised as to how to realistically achieve your smile goals. As your treatments move forward, you can fine-tune your plans, adding or subtracting services as you wish.

Frankly, we know you'll be happy with your results. Dr. Chu and Dr. Lin are very attentive to their patients' needs, and they use uses the latest techniques and materials for flawless results.

Cosmetic Dentistry Services Available from our South Pasadena Office

  1. Composite resin bonding uses a tooth-colored, shapeable putty to repair craze lines, cracks, chips, pitting, and other flaws. Your dentist hardens the material with a special light and polishes it to a natural sheen. Composite resin also restores dental decay.
     
  2. Enamel contouring involves sanding and shaping mild flaws, poor shape, and uneven length.
     
  3. Porcelain veneers are customized shells of superior grade porcelain. They are bonded to the front of selected teeth to camouflage cracks, narrow gaps, mild overlapping, fracture, and odd shape/size.
     
  4. BriteSmile whitening uses a chemical gel and gas plasma light technology to remove deeply embedded dental stains. It takes just about an hour and happens right at Dr. Chu's office. Teeth brighten by up to eight shades.

Learn More about Cosmetic Dentistry

Really, these services are nothing short of amazing. Your smile can look totally renewed. Why not contact the South Pasadena office of Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin to learn more? Phone (626) 799-0852 today.

By John Chu, D.M.D
April 23, 2020
Category: Dental Care
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Maintaining a White Smile

Cosmetic dentistry is the art and science of making positive changes to enhance your smile. If your teeth are looking a little dull, cosmetic dentistry can help to brighten them using professional teeth whitening. Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary L. Lin are your dental specialists in South Pasadena. They offer full dental services, including teeth whitening.

Say Goodbye to Stained Teeth

If your teeth are looking less than pearly white, in-office dental whitening will give you good results in a short amount of time. It’s more convenient than using an over-the-counter whitening kit and tends to produce better results.

Preparation: Professional teeth whitening is a relatively straight forward procedure that generally takes around an hour to complete. Before the procedure, your dentist will use a chart to record the shade of your teeth at the outset. He will then clean your teeth to remove surface plaque. Your teeth will be dried with gauze and your dentist may use retractors to prevent your cheeks and tongue from touching the whitening solution. He will also surround your gum line with a protective barrier.

Whitening: Your dentist will coat the outer surface of your teeth with a whitening solution. This will remain in place for 30-60 minutes. Your dentist may also use a laser to activate the bleaching compound in the whitening solution. After the required time, your dentist will rinse your teeth and remove the retractors.

If your desired shade of whiteness has not been reached, you may need to make additional visits to our South Pasadena office. To keep your teeth stain-free, avoid excessive amounts of red wine, tea, and coffee, as well as tobacco in any form.

If you live in or around South Pasadena, CA, call Drs. Chu or Lin at (626) 799-0852 to make an appointment.

By John Chu, D.M.D
February 21, 2020
Category: Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Unhappy with the state of your smile? If so, Dr. John Chu of South Pasadena, CA, offers patients porcelain veneers to help improve their self-esteem and aesthetic appeal. Read on to learn more.

More about Veneers

Generally constructed from porcelain, veneers are thin covers that are placed over the front of teeth to cover a myriad of dental issues, including:

  • Uneven surfaces
  • Chipped, cracked or fractured teeth
  • Stained or discolored surfaces
  • Oddly shaped or crooked teeth
  • Unevenly spaced teeth

Veneers are advantageous in that they have a longer life expectancy and color stability than other dental procedures. Additionally, the translucent porcelain material veneers are made of is highly resistant to staining from coffee, tea, and other pigmented foods and beverages.

How are Veneers Made?

The whole procedure takes about three appointments to complete:

  • Diagnosis and treatment plan creation
  • Tooth Preparation
  • Bonding

During the first appointment at our South Pasadena office, your cosmetic dentist conducts an exam to eliminate any underlying issues like decay. Next, oral measurements are taken and sent to a lab where the custom veneers are constructed.

The second appointment involves your cosmetic dentist removing small amounts of enamel from your dental surface to accommodate the veneer's shell. This properly aligns teeth and prevents protrusion or discomfort. This visit lasts about one to two hours, and only local anesthetic is required.

During the final visit, veneers are placed bonded or cemented on the tooth surface. There is a two-week adjustment period that follows in case you feel certain changes to need to be made, such as the size or shape of the veneer.

Interested? Give Us a Call

If you'd like to speak with your South Pasadena, CA, cosmetic dentist, Dr. John Chu, don't hesitate to contact him at his office by calling (626) 799-0852 today.

By John Chu, D.M.D.
December 18, 2019
Category: Dental Care
Tags: Tooth Replacement  

If you need to replace missing teeth, you need to know the facts about your tooth replacement options. The fact is, there are several different ways that your dentist can give you a complete smile, and each has its own benefits. Here at our office in South Pasadena, CA, Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary L. Lin offer a wide range of dental services, including several different tooth replacement options.

Let’s explore a few of the ways you can achieve a full, beautiful, natural-looking smile:

Dental implants, which look/function just like natural teeth and allow you to replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. Dental implants have several advantages including total stability, because they are firmly embedded in bone. They also look natural because the dental implant crown material reflects light, just like natural tooth enamel. Dental implants are easy to maintain, as well, for you simply brush and floss them just like your natural teeth.

Dental appliances, which include partial and full dentures that replace multiple missing teeth or even an entire arch. These appliances are budget-friendly tooth replacement solutions that are durable and long-lasting. Maintenance is easy because you simply remove them for a soak in specially formulated solution. Dental appliances also offer the convenience of night-time removal. Dental appliances are one of the most popular ways to replace missing teeth.

Dental bridgework, which can replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth; dental bridgework is cemented in place, so that it doesn’t move around. Dental bridges contain prosthetic teeth called pontics, which fill in the space of your missing teeth. The adjacent teeth are prepared and crowned to support the bridge, which are cemented onto them.

To learn more about the benefits of tooth replacement, call Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary L. Lin in South Pasadena, CA, today by dialing (626) 799-0852.





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