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By John Chu, D.M.D.
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

How cosmetic dentistry from your dentists in South Pasadena, CA, can renew your smilecosmetic dentistry

Your smile is your trademark, and it is often the first feature people notice about you. So, what does your smile say about you? Are you showing off your best possible smile? If your smile needs some work, it’s time to think about cosmetic dentistry. Drs. John Chu and Mary Lin in South Pasadena, CA, want to introduce you to just a few of the cosmetic dental services that can renew your smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry Services

Teeth Whitening If your smile is dull and uninteresting, did you know you can whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter with a professional teeth whitening treatment? You need to discover the amazing state-of-the-art teeth whitening technology that can help you achieve your dazzling white smile in as little as one hour. It’s the perfect choice if you have a special event coming up.

Bonding If you want to change the shape or the color of your teeth, you should consider cosmetic bonding. Bonding can repair small chips, tooth wear, fracture lines, cracks, and other issues. You can also create a more harmonious look to your smile by contouring and reshaping using composite.

Veneers For a celebrity-perfect smile, consider porcelain veneers, which are thin sheaths of porcelain bonded to the front surfaces of teeth. They can change your smile from uninteresting to amazing in a simple procedure. Porcelain veneers are designed to hide both minor and major cosmetic problems. They can give you a smile that gets noticed!

If you want a new smile, it’s time to consider cosmetic dentistry. If you want to look great, cosmetic dentistry can help. You deserve to show off your best possible smile, so pick up the phone and call Dr. Chu and Dr. Lin in South Pasadena, CA. Call today and start enjoying your new smile!

By John Chu, D.M.D.
February 27, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Your dental health impacts how you feel and look. Your smile a personal asset that people notice, and as such, you want to keep it as oral hygienehealthy and vibrant as possible. Your South Pasadena, CA dentists, Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin, ask their patients, "Are you keeping good oral hygiene habits?" If you're not sure what makes for a daily tooth-friendly routine and overall healthy lifestyle, find out at your next dental appointment, and read more here.

Oral hygiene at home

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing twice a day for two minutes with a soft brush and ADA-approved toothpaste. Also, the ADA says children through senior adults should floss daily. Besides keeping tooth surfaces bright and eliminating bad breath, why should we be diligent about flossing and brushing?

Simply put, what you eat stays between your teeth and at the gum line. These food residues form soft, sticky plaque which quickly turns into hard tartar.

Left alone, these biofilms, and their associated bacteria, eat away at tooth enamel and cause gum disease, the number one cause of tooth loss among American adults, says the American Academy of Periodontology. Gum disease also affects overall health in the way of diabetes, heart disease, dementia and more.

The role of diet

Most of us know that too much sugar leads to tooth decay. So limit it, say dental and medical experts. If you do consume it, rinse your mouth with water right away and brush as soon as possible.

Of course, that's the negative side of oral hygiene. Besides downplaying sugar, what positive dietary changes can you make to your oral hygiene routine? Here are some recommendations from the ADA:

  • Drink several glasses of water daily to rinse teeth, hydrate soft oral tissues and increase beneficial saliva.
  • Eat high fiber foods, including several servings of fruits and vegetables. Fiber cleanses teeth.
  • Consume high-calcium dairy every day, and look for ways to add low-fat proteins to your diet.

In-office hygiene

See Dr. Chu or Dr. Lin every six months for a check-up and hygienic cleaning. Yes, professional cleaning by a skilled hygienist is one of your best defenses against harmful plaque and tartar.

Cleaning includes a gentle scraping (scaling) with handheld tools and ultrasonic instruments. Also, your hygienist partners with your South Pasadena dentist in spotting existing or potential problems associated with your teeth and gums. This skilled professional gives great advice on how to keep your mouth clean and on what floss, toothpaste and brushes may suit your unique needs.

Have a sparkling smile

You can when you're diligent about oral hygiene. If it's time for your six-month cleaning and exam, please call Dr. Chu and Dr. Lin's office team for a convenient appointment in South Pasadena, CA: (626) 799-0852.

By John Chu, D.M.D.
December 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Damaged teeth are particularly fragile. If you don't take steps to protect them, they may eventually crack or fracture. South Pasadena, CA, dental crownsdentists Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin explain how you can avoid these consequences with dental crowns.

The problem

Damage to teeth doesn't have to be extensive or noticeable to put your teeth at risk. Even a small crack at the back of a tooth can increase the risk that it will break. Cracks weaken the structural integrity of your teeth. When you continue to use the tooth to bite and chew, the crack will grow. Eventually, a piece of your tooth will break off, or the tooth may even split in half. Whether your tooth is at risk of fracturing due to a crack or has already fractured or chipped, it's important to stabilize and restore it.

Crowns offer an excellent solution

Crowns not only improve the appearance of damaged teeth but also strengthen and support them. The tooth-shaped restorations are hollow inside and designed to slip over your damaged teeth. Before you can receive a crown, your tooth must be prepared to ensure that the crown can slide over it easily. Once your crown is cemented in place, it will protect your tooth by absorbing the strong forces you generate when you chew.

Porcelain, ceramic and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are very durable and tough enough to withstand years of wear and tear. In most cases, your new crown will last 10 years or longer before it must be replaced.

After your tooth has been prepared, we'll make an impression of your teeth in our South Pasadena office. The impression will be used to create a new crown that looks and feels perfectly natural. You'll probably leave the office with a temporary crown, then return in about two weeks to receive your permanent crown.

Crowns offer an excellent way to restore damaged teeth and improve their appearance. If you can benefit from a crown, call South Pasadena, CA, dentists Drs. John Chu and Mary Lin at (626) 799-0852 to schedule an appointment.

By John Chu, D.M.D.
October 31, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Losing a tooth can be a traumatizing situation, not only because of the pain or discomfort but because of the gap it leaves behind. dental implants\However, you can fill in your gaps and get your smile back with dental implants. Find out more about dental implants with Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin in South Pasadena, CA.

Do I need dental implants? 
Do you have a gap in your smile? Are you missing more than one tooth? Are you missing all of your teeth? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might benefit from dental implants. Implants can replace a single tooth using one implant, several teeth in a row using a dental bridge with an implant on either side or even an entire arch of teeth using an implant-supported denture.

Are dental implants right for me? 
Since dental implants require a surgical procedure, you should be in good health and able to undergo the procedure and healing process without complications. Missing teeth cause bone atrophy. Implants require a good bone volume since the implant requires a sturdy foundation in which to sit. A good candidate for implants should have an adequate amount of bone left below their missing tooth. If there is not enough bone remaining, your dentist may suggest a bone graft procedure to rebuild the area of the implant. In this case, you will have a separate procedure for the bone graft prior to the implant’s procedure.

Dental Implants in South Pasadena, CA
Dental implants are a permanent and effective tooth replacement solution which, with the proper care, will last a lifetime. However, a strong at-home dental care routine including brushing twice daily and flossing at least once and regular dental examinations and cleanings are crucial in keeping the implants healthy. Don’t let a lost tooth haunt your smile. For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Chu and Dr. Lin in South Pasadena, CA. Call (626) 799-0852 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By John Chu, D.M.D.
August 23, 2017
Category: Dental Care
Tags: root canal  

Find out why you might need root canal therapy.Root Canal

 

Has one of our South Pasadena, CA, dentists Dr. John Chu or Dr. Mary Lin just told you that you need root canal treatment? If so, you may be scratching your head wondering what happened. Root canal treatment is actually a very common endodontic procedure, with around 15 million people undergoing this treatment each year. Find out why root canals are performed and why they might be necessary for the health of your teeth.

What is the purpose of a root canal?

The goal of this endodontic procedure is to treat problems that are occurring within the tooth. Below the hard enamel layers of a tooth lies a structure that is known as the dental pulp. The pulp is a tissue that contains the nerves of the tooth. While the pulp is important for the tooth while it is developing, once the tooth has fully matured, the root canal is no longer necessary for the tooth to survive.

Why do I need root canal therapy?

There are many situations in which the dental pulp can become inflamed or infected including decay, injury, an infection or a crack/chip in the tooth. If the problem is left untreated, not only will you most likely notice severe dental pain but also an abscess may form (a pus-filled growth) around the infected tooth. To prevent the tooth from needing to be extracted in the near future, our South Pasadena, CA, general dentist will recommend root canal treatment.

What are the steps involved in this endodontic procedure?

We will first need to run X-rays to determine whether the pulp is infected/inflamed. If this is the case, we will numb the tooth using a local anesthesia. This will ensure that you don’t feel any discomfort during your procedure.

Once the treatment area is completely numb, we will make a hole in the crown of the tooth so that we can enter the inside of the tooth. Once inside the tooth, we will remove the pulp and disinfect the tooth and root canals. Once the tooth has been cleaned out, we will fill the root canals with a special material to make sure that another infection doesn’t occur.

Once the tooth has been filled the last step will be to make a dental crown for the tooth and to cement the crown over the tooth to restore it.

Are you noticing a toothache that just won’t go away? If so, this could be a warning sign. Any changes to your oral health should be assessed by our South Pasadena, CA, general dentists right away. Call our office today.





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