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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.

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.



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