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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.
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
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!

By John Chu, D.M.D.
June 11, 2018
Category: Dental Care

Dental VisitsMany people find it difficult to pencil their dentist into their busy schedule. However, visiting the dentist for regular examinations and cleanings is crucial to your oral health and help you keep teeth decay and gum disease at bay. Do you visit your dentist enough? Is your oral care routine enough to keep your teeth healthy? Find out the answers to these questions and more with Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin in South Pasadena, CA.

How often should I see my dentist? 
According to the American Dental Association’s recommendation, you should have a dental examination and cleaning every six months. This is a blanket recommendation, meant for every dental patient regardless of their dental needs or history. Some patients, such as those who are more susceptible to gum disease or teeth decay or have a history of severe dental problems, may need to see their dentist even more frequently. Some people, who have a very strong at-home oral care routine and history of good dental health may be able to get away with only one visit a year. Work with your dentist to determine the best examination schedule for your particular needs.

How should I care for my teeth? 
Caring for your teeth is a daily two-step process. Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a soft toothbrush and ensuring that each brushing session lasts at least two minutes. Use good technique, including brushing the fronts and backs of every tooth, including the backside of the back molars, and using short, back-and-forth motions to clean each tooth. Floss between each tooth at least once a day. Use a long strand of floss wrapped tautly around your two forefingers to floss between each tooth and extend the floss all the way up and under the gums to help remove bacteria build up in those areas. If you have special circumstances like very crowded or overlapping teeth or a dental restoration like a bridge, you may need to use specialized tools like threading floss or a water pick to ensure your teeth are thoroughly clean.

Preventative Dental Care in South Pasadena, CA
Preventing teeth decay and gum disease is an ongoing fight which requires daily attention. Your dentist simply picks up your slack and ensures you have a clean slate to work with between visits. Work together with your dentist to ensure that you have the best oral care routine and dental examination schedule for you and your smile.

For more information on visiting your dentist, please contact Dr. Chu and Dr. Lin in South Pasadena, CA. Call (626) 799-0852 to schedule your appointment for a 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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