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By John Chu, D.M.D.
August 09, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Determining if that toothache you're feeling will require a root canal or not can be hard to determine on your own. Injuries and unattended decay can be a sign that a root canal is a possibility. So is tooth sensitivity that lingers for a long time after you've come in contact with something hot or cold. But the absolute best way to find out if a root canal is necessary is to come into the office and speak with your South Pasadena, CA, dentist Dr. John Chu.

The Anatomy of Your Tooth

You've likely encountered the tooth diagrams in the office at some point in your life of coming in for consultations. You'll likely have noticed that beneath the gum line there is still more of your tooth, we call this the root and it serves a similar purpose to the roots of trees. The root helps to keep your tooth in place and stable in your mouth.

Nerves and other tissue located at the center of your tooth connect back to the rest of your body through canals in these roots. This soft center, referred to as the pulp of your tooth, is protected by two layers, dentin, and enamel.

The Role of a Root Canal

Decay or injury can cause infection to reach the pulp of your tooth. Which can travel along the canals and threaten the stability of your tooth and the health of the rest of your mouth. The most immediate symptom is often severe pain.

During a root canal procedure, your dentist removes the infected parts of your tooth and the soft tissue all the way through the roots. This will halt the infection, bring about pain relief, and save your tooth.

But since so much tooth structure is lost because of the infection and the procedure itself your tooth will typically require a crown for protection going forward.

Root Canal in South Pasadena, CA

Don't simply endure pain or ignore it, as it will not go away on its own. If you come into the office early enough you may be able to avoid a root canal. So schedule an appointment in South Pasadena, CA, with Dr. Chu by dialing (626) 799-0852.

Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry treatments which are bound to satisfy your needs. It can be difficult to navigate every option available, so below is a basic primer of what you can expect, for much more information reach out to your South Pasadena, CA, professionals.

Do You Want a Brighter Smile?

If your smile is otherwise a healthy one but you are looking to improve its appearance then teeth whitening in your dentist's office may be just the thing for you. A procedure is especially helpful to anyone with stubborn food stains that don't respond to regular brushing or in-office cleanings.

Are Your Teeth Chipped or Cracked?

Employing dental bonding your dentist can correct small cracks and chips on your teeth, and even gaps between them. The tooth-colored resin is bonded onto the tooth in layers and is then shaped into the desired appearance.

This same resin can be used to fill cavities as an alternative to traditional amalgam fillings.

Are You Missing Teeth?

If you are missing a tooth you know just how much it can affect the way you feel about your smile. But the impact of a gap in your smile goes beyond aesthetics as it can cause the remaining teeth to shift because of the empty space. This can lead to crowding and other spacing problems. Dental implants can restore your missing tooth without the need to impact those adjacent to it. The result is a permanent tooth loss solution that acts and looks just like a natural tooth, and that with proper care can last a lifetime.

Do You Want a Full Smile Makeover?

Maybe what you are looking for is a completely new smile and dental veneers can offer just that. A significantly less invasive treatment to those offering similar results, dental veneers are thin but durable caps that are bonded onto your teeth. They don't require as much of your tooth to be reshaped, as would be the case with crowns, which translates into a faster overall treatment. Veneers are an excellent option for correcting misshapen teeth and slight gaps but are also perfect for addressing stains that teeth whitening cannot overcome.

Cosmetic Dentistry in South Pasadena, CA

Cosmetic dentistry can address many of the most common dental concerns, and to find out just which treatment is the best option for you begin by making an appointment with Dr. Chu and Dr. Lin in South Pasadena, CA, by dialing (626) 799-0852

By John Chu, D.M.D.
January 29, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentures  

Tooth loss doesn't have to change your smile forever. Thanks to dentures provided by your South Pasadena, CA, dentists, Drs. John Chu and Mary Lin, you'll enjoy a full, natural-looking smile once again. One of these denture options is bound to be an excellent choice for you.

Full dentures

Full dentures have been in use for centuries, although they've undergone many design changes over the years to improve their appearance and comfort. One denture consists of a row of artificial teeth attached to a pink base that resembles gum tissue. The removable dentures are made from an impression of your mouth to ensure a secure, comfortable fit. Full dentures are used when your mouth has healed completely from any extractions.

Immediate dentures

Immediate dentures look just like full dentures but are placed in your mouth as soon as any remaining teeth are extracted. A few weeks before your extraction appointment, you pay a visit to the South Pasadena dental office. During your appointment, your dentist will make an impression of your mouth, which will be used to create your immediate dentures. Immediate dentures may make it easier to adjust to eating and speaking with dentures. Your immediate dentures may need to be relined or replaced with full dentures after your mouth heals.

Partial dentures

Partial dentures can be helpful if you've only lost a few teeth. The dentures usually hook over supporting teeth and can be easily removed for cleaning.

Overdentures

Overdentures may be an option if you have remnants of teeth with healthy roots. Roots help keep your jawbone strong and don't need to be removed if they're still healthy. Overdentures are designed to easily fit over the remnants.

Implant-supported dentures

There's no need for dental adhesive or denture cleaners when you choose implant-supported dentures. The dentures are attached to titanium posts implanted in your jawbone and are cleaned just like your natural teeth. The posts, called implants, bond to your jawbone, becoming a permanent part of your mouth. As few as four dental implants can secure an upper or lower denture. The implants provide a sturdy foundation for your dentures and may improve your biting power.

Restore your missing teeth with dentures! Call your dentists in South Pasadena, CA, Drs. John Chu and Mary Lin, at (626) 799-0852 to schedule your appointment.

By John Chu, D.M.D.
December 31, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Your dentist in South Pasadena, California can help when you have dental crowns.

Dental crowns are one of the best restorative treatments available today. They provide outstanding protection for damaged teeth, and they also look wonderfully natural. You will get the most out of your crowns when you take care of them.

Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin in South Pasadena, CA offer a wide range of restorative, cosmetic, and preventive dental services, including dental crowns.

These are just a few of the simple tips you can follow to take care of your dental crowns:

Don’t ever use your teeth as tools to tear off price tags or open packages; doing this can make the porcelain on your crowns chip and break off.

When you brush and floss, pay special attention to the crown margins, which is the area where your crown meets your tooth; crown margins are prone to developing decay, so it’s critical to keep the margins clean and plaque free. Remember to:

Brush after meals and before bed; an electric or sonic toothbrush is a great tool to keep crown margins clean, because of its pulsating action.

Floss at least once each day; make sure you wrap the floss around the widest part of the tooth as you go down in between your teeth. The wrapping technique ensures that the floss stays firmly against the tooth surface, to clean better.

Use a fluoride rinse after brushing and flossing, and make sure to not eat, drink, or rinse for at least one hour afterward. This gives the fluoride time to seep into your tooth enamel, and your crown margins.

Even with the best care, you may have an issue with a crown. The most common problem is porcelain chipping off of the crown. If this happens to you, keep the piece of porcelain and bring it with you to the dentist. It may be able to be repaired.

If you have a loose crown, visit your dentist as soon as possible to find out if your crown can be re-cemented.

Dental crowns are a smart investment in your smile. To find out more about dental crowns, call Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin in South Pasadena, CA at (626) 799-0852. Call today.

By John Chu, D.M.D
November 25, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

At their South Pasadena, CA, office, Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin provide dental implants, tooth replacements that transform smiles and lives, too. These capable dentists answer many questions about implants so patients fully understand their features, placement and aftercare. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions.

FAQs about dental implants
 

What is a dental implant?

Made of biocompatible titanium metal, a dental implant substitutes for the natural tooth root you lost through injury or extraction. Screw-like in shape, the implant inserts into the jaw and melds to it through osseointegration. Super stable and durable, the implant supports a post and crown, or in the case of extensive tooth loss, a bridge or denture.

Can dental implants work for me?

To qualify for dental implants, you need sufficient bone in the alveolar ridge of your jaw and good overall health. To determine these factors, your dentist will do a complete oral exam and X-ray your jaw to look at the bone quality and size.

Do I have to see a specialty dentist for my implant surgery?

No, you can have your entire evaluation, surgery and follow-up performed by Dr. Chu or Dr. Lin right in our South Pasadena, CA, office.

Will my procedure hurt?

Patients do very well with a local anesthetic. Afterward, you may need ibuprofen or acetaminophen to relieve any residual site soreness.

Will my implants last?

Yes. The vast majority of dental implant surgeries succeed, and the implants themselves last indefinitely, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness (IDIA). However, smoking endangers implant sites. So, to maximize your results, ask your primary care physician about a tobacco cessation program.

How do I take care of my new smile?

It's not difficult. Brush twice a day and floss to remove plaque. Your hygienist will show you any special hygiene care you may need if you have multiple implants. Also, ask about an acrylic night guard if you usually clench or grind your teeth as bruxism can threaten the stability of your implants. See Dr. Lin or Dr. Chu semi-annually for your routine cleaning and exam or any time you have a concern about your dental implants.

Contact our South Pasadena, CA, office

We'd love to tell you more about dental implants. Phone us for a consultation with your dentists, Dr. John Chu or Dr. Mary Lin: (626) 799-0852.





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