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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.
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.

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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.
December 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Damaged teeth are particularly fragile. If you don't take steps to protect them, they may eventually crack or fracture. South Pasadena, CA, dental crownsdentists Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin explain how you can avoid these consequences with dental crowns.

The problem

Damage to teeth doesn't have to be extensive or noticeable to put your teeth at risk. Even a small crack at the back of a tooth can increase the risk that it will break. Cracks weaken the structural integrity of your teeth. When you continue to use the tooth to bite and chew, the crack will grow. Eventually, a piece of your tooth will break off, or the tooth may even split in half. Whether your tooth is at risk of fracturing due to a crack or has already fractured or chipped, it's important to stabilize and restore it.

Crowns offer an excellent solution

Crowns not only improve the appearance of damaged teeth but also strengthen and support them. The tooth-shaped restorations are hollow inside and designed to slip over your damaged teeth. Before you can receive a crown, your tooth must be prepared to ensure that the crown can slide over it easily. Once your crown is cemented in place, it will protect your tooth by absorbing the strong forces you generate when you chew.

Porcelain, ceramic and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are very durable and tough enough to withstand years of wear and tear. In most cases, your new crown will last 10 years or longer before it must be replaced.

After your tooth has been prepared, we'll make an impression of your teeth in our South Pasadena office. The impression will be used to create a new crown that looks and feels perfectly natural. You'll probably leave the office with a temporary crown, then return in about two weeks to receive your permanent crown.

Crowns offer an excellent way to restore damaged teeth and improve their appearance. If you can benefit from a crown, call South Pasadena, CA, dentists Drs. John Chu and Mary Lin at (626) 799-0852 to schedule an appointment.

By John Chu, D.M.D.
July 01, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Are you wondering if you need a dental crown?

A dental crown is a prosthetic device used to cover a damaged or discolored tooth. Crowns are also placed over dental implants. There dental crownsare a number of reasons why you might need a dental crown, but it is a good idea to consult with a qualified dentist such as Dr. Chu  in South Pasadena, CA to see what is best for your situation.

A dental crown is a great option for protecting a tooth from further damage or decay. A tooth that has undergone a root canal, or a tooth that has a large cavity, compromised filling or even a chipped or cracked tooth can benefit from a dental crown.

In addition to the protection and preservation it provides for a tooth, a dental crown can also provide a natural looking cosmetic option for a damaged or discolored tooth. Because the crown is designed to your particular needs and specifications, your South Pasadena dentist Dr. Chu will be able to provide you a crown that closely mimics your natural tooth in shape, color, and function.

Crown procedures are usually done in two visits. During the first appointment, your South Pasadena dentist will examine your mouth, make an impression of the tooth, and prepare that tooth for the crown. That preparation usually involves some filing down or shaving and shaping of the tooth. He will then likely install a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready. When your permanent crown is done – either in-house or at an outside specialty laboratory – your South Pasadena dentist will remove the temporary crown and replace it with the permanent crown.

Crowns last for a long time – five years or more – depending on the stresses you put on it. For example, if you grind or clench your teeth a lot, or practice poor dental hygiene, you might have failure issues sooner rather than later.

To keep your crown in optimum shape, practice good brushing and flossing habits, giving special attention where the crown meets your gum line. You should also avoid biting or chewing hard objects – ice cubes, popcorn kernels, for example.

 For more information about dental crowns contact John Chu, DMD, your South Pasadena dentist at (626) 799-0852.

By John Chu, D.M.D.
January 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental crowns provide stability and strength to your natural teeth.

Keeping your teeth healthy is the number one priority for Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin, your South Pasadena, California dentists. A dental crownlapse in regular dental checkups, poor eating habits or accidents can all affect the health of your teeth, leaving them vulnerable to further damage or total loss. However, dental crowns from your South Pasadena dentist can help restore the strength and function of your natural teeth. Here's how:

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns have been a part of restorative dentistry since the late 1800s when they were referred to as "jackets." Both their names describe their basic function: to top off or cover a damaged natural tooth that cannot sustain any further dental work. They can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, ceramic or gold. Once they are designed and cemented into place over a tooth, they restore the aesthetic and practical properties of a tooth that were lost to trauma or decay. They can also be used as "abutments" for a bridge; the crowned teeth hold a false tooth, or pontic, in place where a tooth has been lost.

Why do I need a crown?

While you might easily adapt to losing one tooth, the loss will affect the rest of your oral health. Teeth need to be in a full set in order to function properly; otherwise, they tend to "drift" in an attempt to find a tooth with which to adjoin. Your jawbone needs the root system of each tooth to keep it stable. But with crowns from your South Pasadena dentist, even if the visible part of your tooth is damaged, the rest of your tooth is preserved. This translates into good long-term dental health.

If you think one or more of your teeth might benefit from crowns, don't delay in calling the dental offices of Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin in South Pasadena, California to schedule a consultation.



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