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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.

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.





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