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By John Chu, D.M.D
September 04, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

When infection or decay affects the innermost layers of a tooth, extraction is sometimes necessary. However, it is possible to preserve the affected tooth with root canal treatment. Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin, the experienced dentists at our office in South Pasadena, CA, can determine if a root canal is needed and explain how to care for your tooth following treatment.

Signs a Root Canal is Needed

Certain symptoms can be an indication that a tooth is severely infected or decayed and could possibly benefit from root canal treatment. The best way to determine if a root canal is needed is to undergo a thorough oral exam that includes taking x-ray images. See a dentist promptly if you develop any of the following signs that a root canal might be needed:

  • A severe or persistent toothache
  • Darkening or discoloration of the affected tooth
  • Tenderness or swelling of the gums near the affected tooth
  • Ongoing sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages
  • Sensitivity or pain when biting and chewing food
  • Formation of an abscess in the gums

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is a bit like having a cavity filled. A primary difference between the two procedures is that only the outer layers of a tooth require attention when treating cavities. Root canal treatment is needed when the innermost layer of a tooth is infected or plagued by decay. A soft material called pulp can be found at the center of a tooth and also extends down into the canals of the root. Root canal treatment involves the removal of the infected or decaying pulp.

Once the pulp has been removed from the center of the tooth and the canals of the root, the interior of the tooth and root are thoroughly cleaned. Afterward, the tooth is filled in and sealed. After the area has completely healed, a dental crown can be placed over the restored tooth to strengthen and protect it. The skilled dentists at our office in South Pasadena can determine if root canal treatment can restore your damaged or infected tooth.

Post-Operative Care

Following root canal treatment, the restored tooth and surrounding gums will need time to heal. Prescription or over-the-counter medication can be taken to reduce swelling and alleviate any pain or discomfort. It is also beneficial to rinse the mouth with warm salt water several times a day for a few days to promote circulation and speed up the healing process.

It is normal to feel some pain or discomfort for a few days following root canal treatment. Some steps you can take to avoid aggravating the affected area as it heals include chewing food on the opposite side of the mouth for a few days. It is also best to avoid chewing gum or other sticky foods, as well as biting into hard foods or substances, such as ice cubes. Finally, be sure to continue your normal brushing and flossing routine to keep the mouth clean.

Root canal treatment can save an infected or decaying tooth. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Chu or Dr. Lin to learn more about root canals by calling our office in South Pasadena at (626) 799-0852.

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!

Very few people have a celebrity-like smile—normal wear and tear changes tooth shape and color over time and your genes also play a role in how your teeth line up and bite together. If you'd like your smile aesthetics to improve, the cosmetic dentistry services from Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin in South Pasadena could be for you! Their customized treatment plans make their patients smile!

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is a subspecialty of general dentistry. A cosmetic dentist's artistic services build on the foundation of a healthy smile and remake flaws such as surface pitting, odd shape and size, deep discoloration, cracks, gaps and more. Furthermore, cosmetic dentistry has gained tremendous popularity over the past three decades, which has lead to the treatments themselves becoming more and more predictable, realistic, and long-lasting.

When you see Dr. Chu or Dr. Lin, you'll discuss the simple or not so simple defects you'd like to makeover. Then, you'll agree on a plan which fits your goals. You can work through the entire plan all at once or spread out across multiple treatments over time as you wish.

Goals and treatments

If you wish to improve tooth color, Dr. Chu's Brite White in-office whitening treatments may be right for you. The one-hour service removes organic material embedded in tooth enamel. The proprietary whitening gel is activated by gas plasma light technology, and your teeth will become up to eight shades brighter.

If you wish to change tooth shape without a lot of fuss and muss, ask Dr. Chu or Dr. Lin about cosmetic contouring and composite resin bonding. The two services are often used together and are performed quickly right in the treatment room. Contouring uses small tools and fine grit sandpaper to smooth small surface and corner defects. Composite resin bonding, on the other hand, uses a tooth-colored putty to add proper shape and size to cracked or oddly shaped teeth or to fill in gaps. It's hardened with a special blue light and is the same material used in tooth-colored fillings.

Finally, porcelain veneers are thin, translucent shells of premium ceramic. Customized to cover the front of teeth that are marred by a wide range of flaws, veneers permanently improve the shape, color, and size of healthy teeth. Veneers do require enamel resurfacing but far less than porcelain crowns do.

Call our South Pasadena Office Today!

Come see Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin's professional, caring team and learn how your smile can change. Call today for an appointment in our South Pasadena office: (626) 799-0852

By John Chu, D.M.D.
October 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental CrownsDo you have a broken, misshapen, or deeply discolored tooth? If you answered "yes," you may be interested in dental crowns! Crowns are caps, often made of porcelain, that dentists put on teeth in order to correct a number of dental issues as well as improve a smile's appearance. Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary L. Lin in South Pasadena, CA, offer a full range of dental services, including crown placement. Read on to find out how dental crowns can help your smile!

1. Fix Dental Issues

Crowns are used to repair badly decayed, worn-down, broken, or damaged teeth. Crowns are also used to protect root-canal-treated teeth and as parts of a dental bridge. If you need crowns, see your dentist as soon as possible. Putting off treatment could jeopardize the health of your teeth and cause them to be damaged beyond repair. 

2. Beautify Your Smile

Dental crowns can also improve your smile by enhancing the appearance, alignment, shape, and color of your teeth. Crowns are made from several types of materials, including porcelain, ceramics, composite resin, or a combination of these materials, making them an attractive correction to any teeth that may be unsightly. 

3. The Luster of Real Teeth

Porcelain dental crowns can be matched to the color of your existing teeth. Your dentist can choose from many shades and give you a crown that is best matched to you. Nothing gives the same depth, translucency, and luster like porcelain dental crowns.

4. Durability & Strength

A dental crown acts as a strong covering for a tooth that has been damaged or weakened. Dental crowns can strengthen your damaged teeth and protect your weak teeth from fracturing. Crowns are known for their exceptional durability. Generally, crowns last between 10 and 15 years, and some crowns can even last a lifetime.

5. Improve Oral Function

If you have damaged teeth, you know they can keep you from enjoying the foods you love. It's difficult to eat and chew properly when you have fractured teeth, and dental crowns will give you the ability to chew all of your favorite foods again. They will restore the structure of your teeth so that you can eat in comfort and with confidence once again.

Intrigued? Contact Our Pasadena Office Today!

If you are in need of dental crowns, why wait? We can help you today! Call Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary L. Lin at (626) 799-0852 to schedule an appointment in South Pasadena, CA.

By John Chu, D.M.D.
August 27, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Implants to Replace Missing TeethSmile gaps look unattractive, and they compromise remaining teeth and how you chew and speak. If you are missing one, two, or even more teeth or think extractions are in your future, consider dental implants from Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin, your South Pasadena, CA, dentists. Truly, these modern tooth replacements are amazingly close to real teeth.

What are dental implants?

They are artificial teeth having three components: a root (the titanium implant device itself), an extension post and a custom-fabricated porcelain crown. Your South Pasadena dentist inserts the dental implant screw into the jaw bone, anchoring it permanently in place.

Because titanium and human bone are highly compatible, they bond together through something called osseointegration. While osseointegration takes time, it practically guarantees the implant's success and longevity.

The Institute for Dental Implant Awareness states that 95 to 98 percent of single-tooth implants will last 40 to 50 years. Conventional tooth replacements, such as bridges and partial dentures, typically fail within 15 years because they lack adequate support. Dr. Chu and Dr. Lin place single-tooth implants and multi-tooth bridges and dentures supported by implants.

Placing a dental implant

Take, for instance, the single implant procedure. It's done in its entirety at our dentists' office following a complete oral examination and X-rays to determine if the jaw is sufficiently dense to support the implant.

An access hole in the jaw allows for implant placement and after healing, bonding of the extension post and crown. Healing and osseointegration takes many weeks, and some patients wear provisional crowns in the meantime to complete their smiles.

On the return visit, our dentists check for proper osseointegration. If all is well, they bond the permanent crown onto the metal alloy extension post.

Caring for an implant or implant-supported denture

Daily oral hygiene is critical to implant success. Just as with your natural teeth, good brushing and flossing habits decrease plaque and tartar accumulation and avoid gum and bone infections (implants do not get cavities). You should see your dentist twice a year as usual for examinations and professional cleanings, and if you grind your teeth, ask Dr. Chu or Dr. Lin about a bite guard. A bite guard reduces the stresses on your implant and the rest of your smile, too.

Don't delay

Dental implants from Dr. Chu or Dr. Lin and their caring team really do fill gaps, beautifying your smile and avoiding the bone and gum deterioration which happens after tooth loss. To find out more, please call their South Pasadena, CA, office to arrange your consultation. Phone (626) 799-0852.



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