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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.

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.



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