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By John Chu, D.M.D
December 16, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

Do you have dentures? Visiting your South Pasadena, CA, dentist, Dr. John Chu, regularly and following these tips will help you keep your dentures in good condition.

Make cleaning a priority

You'll need to clean your dentures every day, even if they look clean. After you rinse your dentures, brush them gently with a soft bristle brush or a denture brush. Be sure to use non-abrasive denture cleaners instead of toothpaste. Toothpaste is abrasive and could scratch your dentures, making it easier for bacteria to grow on them.

Brushing improves the appearance of dentures and removes plaque, a sticky biofilm that could increase your risk of gum disease. After brushing, place your denture in a container filled with denture cleaning solution. Although you can clean your dentures any time you want, most people prefer to soak their dentures overnight.

Rinse your dentures before you put them back in your mouth after cleaning and following every meal.

Handle your dentures carefully

Dentures can break if they fall. Reduce the risk of damage by placing a folded washcloth in the sink or counter when you clean your dentures. Keep your dentures in a safe, secure place when you're not wearing them. Look for a spot that's out of the reach of curious pets and children

Keep your dentures moist

Dentures should either be in your mouth or covered by a denture cleaning solution. Your dentures could change shape if they dry out, which could affect their fit and comfort. Dried-out dentures may become brittle and more likely to break if you drop them.

Visit your dentist

Even though you may not have any natural teeth left, you'll still need to schedule regular checkups at the South Pasadena dental office if you wear dentures. Your dentist will examine your dentures carefully and check for wear and damage. He'll also examine your gums and make sure the tissue is healthy and free from infection. As your mouth heals, denture fit can change. If this happens, your dentist may recommend relining or rebasing your dentures.

Have you noticed a change in the fit of your dentures or another issue? Call (626) 799-0852 to schedule an appointment with your dentist in South Pasadena, CA, Dr. Chu.

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
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!

By By John Chu, D.M.D.
February 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), more people are keeping more of their natural teeth longer than at any point since the 1970s, but gum disease-related tooth loss still affects millions of adults every year. Data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that as many as half of American adults are suffering from some form of gum disease, ranging from mild gingivitis to full-blown periodontitis, the leading cause of tooth loss in adults over the age of 35. Adults over the age of 65 may be at higher risk, but younger people are not immune. Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin, dentists in South Pasadena, CA, offer several tooth replacement and dental restoration options like dentures and dental implants.

Restore Your Smile and Oral Health with Dentures in South Pasadena, CA

Whether tooth loss happens as a result of gum disease, severe tooth decay, or an injury, there is no "one size fits all" when it comes to dental restorations. There are several types of dentures that allow a dentist to design the perfect model for each patient's unique dental needs and lifestyle. For some, dentures may conjure an image of an older person missing all of their natural teeth, but in reality, there are options for every degree of tooth loss, which can happen at any age.

Dr. Chu and Dr. Lin offer three main types of dentures:

  • Full (complete) dentures
  • Partial removable dentures
  • Implant-supported overdentures

Immediate dentures are a temporary pair that can be custom fit for immediate use until the permanent set is ready.

Find a Dentist in South Pasadena, CA

Tooth loss is still a fairly common problem for many Americans. Dentures remain one of the most effective and affordable tooth replacement options for people of all ages. For more information on the option that is best for you, call (626) 799-0852 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chu or Dr. Lin in South Pasadena today.



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