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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.

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!

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