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By John Chu, D.M.D
June 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health

For your best smile, you need cosmetic dentistry services from Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin in South Pasadena, CA. Whether your smile is yellowed and dull or you have noticeable flaws like gaps or cracks, you will look dramatically different and experience an amazing boost in self-confidence.

The Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) says the in-office consultation with your cosmetic dentist in South Pasadena is the first step toward a renewed smile. Together, you and Dr. Chu or Dr. Lin will discuss how you wish your teeth and gums to change. Your input may include:

  • What you think about your tooth color
  • The defects you notice when you look in a mirror
  • How much time and money you wish to invest

For their part, Dr. Chu or Dr. Lin will perform a comprehensive oral exam to detect any health issues. If all is well, you'll be advised as to how to realistically achieve your smile goals. As your treatments move forward, you can fine-tune your plans, adding or subtracting services as you wish.

Frankly, we know you'll be happy with your results. Dr. Chu and Dr. Lin are very attentive to their patients' needs, and they use uses the latest techniques and materials for flawless results.

Cosmetic Dentistry Services Available from our South Pasadena Office

  1. Composite resin bonding uses a tooth-colored, shapeable putty to repair craze lines, cracks, chips, pitting, and other flaws. Your dentist hardens the material with a special light and polishes it to a natural sheen. Composite resin also restores dental decay.
  2. Enamel contouring involves sanding and shaping mild flaws, poor shape, and uneven length.
  3. Porcelain veneers are customized shells of superior grade porcelain. They are bonded to the front of selected teeth to camouflage cracks, narrow gaps, mild overlapping, fracture, and odd shape/size.
  4. BriteSmile whitening uses a chemical gel and gas plasma light technology to remove deeply embedded dental stains. It takes just about an hour and happens right at Dr. Chu's office. Teeth brighten by up to eight shades.

Learn More about Cosmetic Dentistry

Really, these services are nothing short of amazing. Your smile can look totally renewed. Why not contact the South Pasadena office of Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin to learn more? Phone (626) 799-0852 today.

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.
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.
August 26, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Latte  

For millions of Americans, stopping for a vanilla latte or frappuccino at Starbucks on the way to work has become as routine as brushing their teeth. And while a daily dose of caffeine may be a non-negotiable requirement for many people, a morning cup of flavored coffee could be packing more than a dose of caffeine.Latte

Like most of the food and drinks Americans consume, an innocent morning coffee drink may be packed with sugar levels that can increase the risk of tooth decay and other health problems in the future. But with regular visits to the dentist, the occasional trip to the barista does not necessarily have to ruin your smile.

Tooth Decay and Gum Disease Prevention and Treatment in South Pasadena, CA

Like the digestive system, the mouth contains bacteria that helps the body to break down and digest the food we eat. When the sugar in the food we eat (or the lattes we drink) interacts with oral bacteria, it produces acids that can solidify the plaque and tartar between the teeth and gums, increasing the risk of cavities and tooth decay.

Although avoiding all sugar would be incredibly difficult, being mindful of the amount of sugar we consume on a daily basis, and limiting overconsumption can help to decrease the risk of tooth decay and general health problems like obesity and diabetes.

Find a Dentist in South Pasadena, CA

Maintaining healthy teeth and gums does not have to mean completely cutting out our favorite food and drinks. Regular dental exams and professional cleanings, in addition to good oral hygiene practices at home, can help to significantly cut the risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease. For more information, contact the office of John Chu, D.M.D. by calling (626) 799-0852 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chu and Dr. Mary Lin in South Pasadena, CA today.

By John Chu, D.M.D.
October 29, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Discolored Teeth  

Today's options for cosmetic treatments seem to be unlimited. From hair extensions to skin renewals, there is a procedure to improve almost any part of the body. This is also true with cosmetic dentistry, a specialty branch of dentistry practiced by Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin in South Pasadena, California. This blog entry lists just a few of the imperfections that cosmetic dentistry can repair.Discolored

Crooked teeth

A beautiful, straight smile makes a fantastic first impression. However, those whose teeth have uneven spaces, overlaps and rotation tend to hide their smile. However, your South Pasadena cosmetic dentist is skilled in a variety of treatments designed to even out your teeth. Porcelain veneers can fill in small gaps, while orthodontic treatments like Invisalign make straightening teeth an easy, comfortable and practically invisible experience.

Discolored teeth

Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure in the United States today; it is inexpensive, quick and painless. Although there are over-the-counter kits available, the in-office treatments done at your South Pasadena cosmetic dentist's office produce immediate results in less than an hour. Some health conditions are resistant to whitening treatments; in these cases. Dr. Chu and Dr. Lin suggest veneers that are crafted to cover your existing teeth with sections of natural-looking and stain-resistant porcelain.

Missing teeth

Replacing missing teeth doesn't just improve your appearance; it also helps improve your dental health. Dental implants help to fill in gaps from lost teeth seamlessly by attaching a synthetic tooth to a titanium post that is surgically placed under your gum line. Filling in your smile with dental implants from your South Pasadena cosmetic dentist gives you a healthy, stable smile you will be proud to show off.

If you have further questions about cosmetic dentistry, the staff at Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin's cosmetic dentistry practice in South Pasadena, California can answer them for you. Give us a call today to set up an appointment!

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