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By John Chu, D.M.D.
September 23, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Root Canals  

Your tooth throbs, and your jaw feels puffy. Could you have a dental abscess? Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin perform root canal procedures (endodontic therapy) in their South Pasadena office. Clearing infection and preserving the tooth, this dependable procedure could be just what you need.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a narrow chamber inside each tooth root. It contains highly innervated and vascularized soft tissue, or pulp. When damaged through injury, decay or other circumstance, a root canal can become infected, causing symptoms such as:

  • Toothache pain which may refer to other parts of the face
  • Pimples (fistulas) on the gums
  • Persistent dental sensitivity to pressure, cold, heat and sugary foods
  • Discolored and/or cracked tooth enamel
  • Foul-smelling drainage and bad breath

Additionally, bone loss around an infected tooth shows up on X-ray. If this is your situation, your South Pasadena dentist will want to perform a root canal treatment to extract the dead pulp, clean the canals, and seal each with a rubbery paste. Dr. Lin or Dr. Chu will cover and safeguard your tooth with a true to life porcelain crown.

Contrary to what you may have heard, root canal procedures are painless. Your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb your tooth, and afterwards, any residual soreness resolves with over the counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

Life with a fully restored tooth

Undergoing root canal therapy offers several advantages:

  1. You can keep your tooth instead of extracting it. Failing teeth challenge both your oral and your systemic health. Root canal therapy, however, usually involves some antibiotic therapy to resolve any harmful infection.
  2. It relieves pain. Patients remark that they feel much better after endodontic treatment.
  3. The restored tooth is strong and lifelike in appearance.
  4. You brush and floss your restored tooth every day and see Dr. Chu or Dr. Lin for your usual cleaning and check-up twice a year.

Don't wait on those symptoms

Please call Dr. John Chu or Dr. Mary Lin at the first sign of dental trouble. Contact us at (626) 799-0852.

By John Chu, D.M.D
July 16, 2019
Category: Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants are now considered the most preferable way to replace missing teeth, even over removable dentures. Today’s dental implants have been in development since the 1960s, when a scientist discovered that metal readily fuses to human bone. If you have one or more missing teeth and would like to replace them, this treatment should be an option on your list as a solution. These are some of the most frequently asked questions for patients who want a better smile with the help of dental implants. You can seek even more answers when you visit your dentist in South Pasadena, CA.

Does It Hurt to Get Dental Implants?
Dental implantation is a surgical procedure, and you will be properly numbed or relax beforehand. A small amount of bone tissue will be removed to make room for the implant, so that it can be placed inside the indentation. Expect that you’ll experience minimal discomfort during the procedure—the appointment should only take about an hour or two of your time.

Are Dental Implants Removable?
One of the great things about dental implants is that they are not removable. With standard dentures, you’re required to take them out each night so that they can be cleaned, soaked, and maintained. All you have to do is brush your teeth regularly when you have a dental implant. It is permanently attached to your jaw and will remain healthy as long as you put oral hygiene high on your list of daily priorities.

How Long Can You Expect Dental Implants to Last?
There’s no actual time limit for how long a dental implant can or will last. It performs the same function as your other rooted teeth. It will remain in place for as long as you desire it to stay there—as long as you brush, floss, and see your South Pasadena, CA dentist regularly for check-ups. You will just need to have the crown (the whole, white tooth restoration that shows above the gum line) checked and possibly replaced every 10 years or so.

More FAQs Will Be Answered at Your Appointment
Dental implants help patients fill in major smile gaps and restore their smiles. Call (626) 799-0852 today to schedule a visit with Dr. John Chu or Dr. Mary Lin at their office in South Pasadena, CA.

By John Chu, D.M.D
May 10, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

We know that losing teeth is a difficult and unhealthy situation. Luckily, dentures can replace your lost teeth, improve your speaking and dentureseating abilities, and allow you to smile freely without being embarrassed! That's why Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin offer state-of-the-art dentures from their South Pasadena practice. Read on to learn the 5 signs that you may need dentures.



1. You are missing teeth.

The absence of teeth can ruin a great smile—dentures can fix that. A partial denture is used when one or more teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw, whereas a complete denture (aka a full denture) is used when all the teeth are missing.

 

2. You have chewing difficulties.

Our teeth help us break down food for proper digestion. When teeth are missing, it makes it difficult to chew properly. Chewing can also cause discomfort for the person, causing them to eat different foods or eat less, sometimes resulting in poor nutrition. Dentures help people avoid this health pitfall by improving their ability to chew. With dentures in place, you will be able to eat whatever you want, whenever you want.

 

3. You have speech problems.

Our teeth play an important role in speech, with slurred and mumbled speech becoming big problems for individuals with missing teeth. With dentures, however, your speech will improve and allow you to feel confident when you speak with others.

 

4. You look older than you are.

The absence of teeth makes people appear older than they are. Accordingly, dentures are a simple solution for achieving a more youthful appearance. They rejuvenate your smile with a youthful, natural appearance. Dentures also support the lips and cheeks so the face muscles don't sag and make you look older.

 

5. You have low self-esteem.

The absence of teeth can contribute to low self-esteem. If you have low self-esteem, you may avoid things you find challenging and hide away from social situations. Knowing your smile is complete and healthy restores your confidence to speak whenever you want without embarrassment!

 

Call our South Pasadena Office a Call!

Dentures will allow you to live the way you want to: speaking, eating, and enjoying activities without worrying about your missing teeth. Don't wait another minute—call the Dr. John Chu D.M.D. dental office at (626) 799-0852 now to schedule a consultation in South Pasadena, CA!

By John Chu, D.M.D
March 20, 2019
Category: Dental Care
Tags: Dental Implant  

No matter whether you are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth, you can rebuild your smile with dental implants! Read below to learn all Dental Implantabout the amazing benefits of this restoration method, and contact Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin in South Pasadena, CA, for personal treatment!

 

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are metal posts made from a hypoallergenic material, such as titanium. The posts are placed in the jawbone through a minor surgical procedure. There must be an adequate amount of bone to support the implant. Over time, the bone naturally begins fusing with the metal posts through a process known as osseointegration. This natural fusion process helps the dental implants remain securely in place, which is why they serve as such strong anchors for artificial teeth.

Once the bone and dental implants have completely fused together, the dental implants are ready to anchor artificial teeth in place. When just one tooth is being replaced with a single dental implant, that implant is capped with a dental crown. When multiple teeth are being replaced, bridgework or an implant-supported overdenture is placed over several dental implants.

 

Rebuilding Your Smile and More

The gaps in your smile that result when teeth are missing can lead to several different problems. One consequence of missing teeth is that speech can change. The teeth help control the placement of the tongue when speaking, so when there are gaps, the tongue can slip and distort the way a person sounds. Filling in the gaps with dental implants and artificial teeth can alleviate this problem.

Another problem that can occur when teeth are missing is that the shape of the face can change. Teeth provide support for the muscles in the face, so fewer teeth means less support. When there is less support, the cheeks can begin to droop and sag, causing a person to appear older. Filling in these gaps provides the much-needed facial support, and can thus restore the natural shape of the face.

Fixing these gaps also alleviates the strain on teeth that were compensating for the missing ones. Taking on the work of missing teeth can cause remaining teeth to become worn down more quickly. Luckily, dental implants help redistribute the work of biting and chewing across a full set of teeth, allowing for a long-lasting, healthy smile!

 

Need Treatment? Give our South Pasadena Office a Call!

Dental implants can help you rebuild your smile, restore the natural shape of your face, and much more. To schedule your implant consultation with Dr. Chu or Dr. Lin, call our South Pasadena office today at (626) 799-0852!

Very few people have a celebrity-like smile—normal wear and tear changes tooth shape and color over time and your genes also play a role in how your teeth line up and bite together. If you'd like your smile aesthetics to improve, the cosmetic dentistry services from Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin in South Pasadena could be for you! Their customized treatment plans make their patients smile!

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is a subspecialty of general dentistry. A cosmetic dentist's artistic services build on the foundation of a healthy smile and remake flaws such as surface pitting, odd shape and size, deep discoloration, cracks, gaps and more. Furthermore, cosmetic dentistry has gained tremendous popularity over the past three decades, which has lead to the treatments themselves becoming more and more predictable, realistic, and long-lasting.

When you see Dr. Chu or Dr. Lin, you'll discuss the simple or not so simple defects you'd like to makeover. Then, you'll agree on a plan which fits your goals. You can work through the entire plan all at once or spread out across multiple treatments over time as you wish.

Goals and treatments

If you wish to improve tooth color, Dr. Chu's Brite White in-office whitening treatments may be right for you. The one-hour service removes organic material embedded in tooth enamel. The proprietary whitening gel is activated by gas plasma light technology, and your teeth will become up to eight shades brighter.

If you wish to change tooth shape without a lot of fuss and muss, ask Dr. Chu or Dr. Lin about cosmetic contouring and composite resin bonding. The two services are often used together and are performed quickly right in the treatment room. Contouring uses small tools and fine grit sandpaper to smooth small surface and corner defects. Composite resin bonding, on the other hand, uses a tooth-colored putty to add proper shape and size to cracked or oddly shaped teeth or to fill in gaps. It's hardened with a special blue light and is the same material used in tooth-colored fillings.

Finally, porcelain veneers are thin, translucent shells of premium ceramic. Customized to cover the front of teeth that are marred by a wide range of flaws, veneers permanently improve the shape, color, and size of healthy teeth. Veneers do require enamel resurfacing but far less than porcelain crowns do.

Call our South Pasadena Office Today!

Come see Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin's professional, caring team and learn how your smile can change. Call today for an appointment in our South Pasadena office: (626) 799-0852





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