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By John Chu, DMD
September 25, 2014
Category: Dentistry
South Pasadena DentistIf you travel by air for your job, or for a vacation, you may notice tooth pain during or after the flight. Even divers experience the same pain. The reason: changes in pressure. Lower air pressure like in the cabin of a plane typically “squeezes” parts of the body that are filled with air and that are lined with firm walls such as the middle ear spaces, and sinus cavities of the skull (located around the tooth area). This pain happens often during ascension and descending of the airplane. A healthy tooth is not affected by changes in pressure, but if have you any tooth decay or had dental work done, problems can occur rather quickly.
When your ears “pop,” swallowing, yawning and moving the lower jaw from side to side are common ways to equalize the pressure and make it normal again. If these simple tactics don’t help, it may be time to see the dentist and have a checkup and learn more information.
There is not much you can do in flight to fix your toothache. Being ready for the episode by having ibuprofen or your choice of painkiller can help for some time. Be sure to ask a dentist which is best, so he/she can advise you on an effective way for treating a toothache

Knowing When to Contact John Chu, DMD

Dr. John Chu has seen cases like this many times, particularly for those who cannot find relief. Any defect in a filling or a tooth can trap air, and when the pressure changes it can squeeze and cause a toothache. A first sign of a cracked or fractured tooth may be a pain response to pressure change, as well.
It is well advised to see a dentist before flight travel, especially if you travel by plane often. Visiting our office can rule out gum disease, tooth decay, cracked fillings or teeth, as well as TMD. A custom mouthpiece can be made for relief if pain still persists.
Don’t fly in pain anymore, visit our South Pasadena office to get a checkup or to find out what we can do to help you with your discomfort.
Are you a patient of John Chu, DMD? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences below!
dental implantsThe negative impacts of tooth loss can be far-reaching. It affects your ability to chew properly, creates a gap in your smile and can even lead to bone loss. When you’re missing one or more teeth, you need a treatment option that restores your teeth as close as possible to your natural smile. What are your options?
Your South Pasadena dentists, Drs. John Chu and Mary Lin, offer many restorative procedures that help restore your smile, with one of today’s most effective options being dental implants. Implants are artificial teeth that are permanently attached to your jawbone—replacing one, several, or all of your teeth.
We’ve listed just three convincing reasons below why you should consider South Pasadena dental implants as your teeth replacement option.

1. Dental implants offer a permanent solution to tooth loss.

Unlike dentures that need replaced after so many years of wear, dental implants remain securely fixed in the jaw. They don’t need taken out at night, they won’t move around, and they don’t make it tricky to speak or eat—in fact they make it easier! With proper maintenance, your South Pasadena implants can last a lifetime!

2. Implants don’t compromise adjacent teeth.

Unlike dental bridges and dentures that weaken remaining teeth, implants don’t need to rely on neighboring, natural teeth for support. That’s because implants are surgically implanted into the jawbone, preserving remaining teeth in your mouth.

3. South Pasadena Dental implants renew self-confidence.

If you have missing teeth, then you know what a toll it can take on your self-esteem and quality of life. With dental implants, your smile will look and feel just like your natural teeth. You’ll gain confidence and comfort when speaking and eating—and that’s something to smile about!
Want to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants? Schedule a free consultation with Drs. Chu and Lin by contacting our office or requesting an appointment online today!
Cosmetic Dentist South Pasadena, CAEven though Christmas is just around the corner, it’s still a good idea to start planning your New Year’s resolutions. At John Chu’s, South Pasadena cosmetic dentist, practice, we give you three great dental ideas to think about for your New Year’s resolutions.

Whiten a dim smile

On New Year’s Eve, you will be probably be with friends and family counting down the seconds until the New Year’s Eve Ball finally drops to signify the start of 2014. The bright lights, glittery décor and sparkling glasses of Champagne brighten your mood. Can you say the same about your smile? Why not revamp your tooth color with a professional teeth-whitening procedure at our office. It’s important to feel and look your best.

Fix minor imperfections 

Typically, New Year’s resolutions focus on changing something: attitude, goals and image. When it comes to your teeth, there might be some minor imperfections you want to change. How about talking to your South Pasadena cosmetic dentists about veneers? They can correct minor spaces and misalignment, discoloration and odd shape of teeth. Fixing minor details can mean maximum boost in confidence, so you can start the New Year with a bang!
It’s not about what you will give up in 2014—it’s about what you will gain with an improved smile. Talk to your cosmetic dentists in South Pasadena regarding oral health tips and cosmetic services. A better smile awaits you in 2014!
Cosmetic Dentist South PasadenaWhy is it important to remain an active member of a dental association, such as California Dental Association (CDA)? Mainly, the CDA fosters a community of California dentists to champion for patients’ oral health care. As an active member of the CDA, Dr. John Chu, South Pasadena cosmetic dentist, understands the importance of remaining a member of dental associations such as the CDA.

The Ladder of Dental Associations

The CDA is one of the largest dental associations, besides the American Dental Association (ADA). In fact, all CDA members are also ADA members, and they make up the largest group in the ADA. According to the CDA, at least 25,000 dentists renew their membership each year, and that number is growing. The CDA encourages members to meet with other local dentists to create ways to improve services for dental patients. Dr. Chu’s local dental society is the San Gabriel Valley Dental Society.

Benefits of CDA Membership

The missions of the CDA is to help members improve oral health care in their communities, which is why the CDA is a recognized leader for excellence in member services and advocacy. Countless seminars, conventions and e-learning opportunities offer beneficial information regarding dental techniques, technology and upcoming research reports. Continuing education and practice support allows Drs. Chu and Mary Lin to reach out to new patients and provide the best care for all dental needs, especially services related to South Pasadena cosmetic dentistry.
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