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By John Chu, D.M.D
January 11, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

There are things that you must do many things to keep your smile looking great and your oral health vital. And it all starts with brushing your teeth daily and flossing. But there are times when your teeth have issues and need to be removed. But Dr. John Chu your South Pasadena, CA, dentist, you have options to fill that void once the tooth is removed. One of the popular choices people are making is dental implants in South Pasadena, CA.

Knowing the Facts About Dental Implants

If you think about having dental implants in South Pasadena, CA, put in your mouth, you probably have questions. You may even be thinking about how long the implants will last. Here are some things that you will want to know about dental implants.

  • Dental implants are a great way to fill the void once a tooth is removed. They are a permanent option to replace teeth that are no longer in your mouth. You will find that your smile will look the same, and it will help your jaw structure to remain strong.
  • The dentist will prepare the area and install an anchor into the jawbone area. Once in place, the new tooth will be placed on the anchor and held in place by the screw foundation.
  • The dental implant will remain in place as long as nothing comes along to dislodge it. It will act very much like the rest of your teeth. You will still need brush and floss to keep the harmful elements away from the area not to become infected. You may find the tooth staying in place for decades to come.
  • It may take some time for the area to heal completely, but once it does, it will be as strong as your existing teeth.

Dr. Chu, your South Pasadena, CA, dentist, is here to help with your dental needs. If you have any questions about dental implants in South Pasadena, CA, please call us today at (626) 799-0852.

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
July 16, 2019
Category: Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants are now considered the most preferable way to replace missing teeth, even over removable dentures. Today’s dental implants have been in development since the 1960s, when a scientist discovered that metal readily fuses to human bone. If you have one or more missing teeth and would like to replace them, this treatment should be an option on your list as a solution. These are some of the most frequently asked questions for patients who want a better smile with the help of dental implants. You can seek even more answers when you visit your dentist in South Pasadena, CA.

Does It Hurt to Get Dental Implants?
Dental implantation is a surgical procedure, and you will be properly numbed or relax beforehand. A small amount of bone tissue will be removed to make room for the implant, so that it can be placed inside the indentation. Expect that you’ll experience minimal discomfort during the procedure—the appointment should only take about an hour or two of your time.

Are Dental Implants Removable?
One of the great things about dental implants is that they are not removable. With standard dentures, you’re required to take them out each night so that they can be cleaned, soaked, and maintained. All you have to do is brush your teeth regularly when you have a dental implant. It is permanently attached to your jaw and will remain healthy as long as you put oral hygiene high on your list of daily priorities.

How Long Can You Expect Dental Implants to Last?
There’s no actual time limit for how long a dental implant can or will last. It performs the same function as your other rooted teeth. It will remain in place for as long as you desire it to stay there—as long as you brush, floss, and see your South Pasadena, CA dentist regularly for check-ups. You will just need to have the crown (the whole, white tooth restoration that shows above the gum line) checked and possibly replaced every 10 years or so.

More FAQs Will Be Answered at Your Appointment
Dental implants help patients fill in major smile gaps and restore their smiles. Call (626) 799-0852 today to schedule a visit with Dr. John Chu or Dr. Mary Lin at their office in South Pasadena, CA.

By John Chu, D.M.D.
August 27, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Implants to Replace Missing TeethSmile gaps look unattractive, and they compromise remaining teeth and how you chew and speak. If you are missing one, two, or even more teeth or think extractions are in your future, consider dental implants from Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin, your South Pasadena, CA, dentists. Truly, these modern tooth replacements are amazingly close to real teeth.

What are dental implants?

They are artificial teeth having three components: a root (the titanium implant device itself), an extension post and a custom-fabricated porcelain crown. Your South Pasadena dentist inserts the dental implant screw into the jaw bone, anchoring it permanently in place.

Because titanium and human bone are highly compatible, they bond together through something called osseointegration. While osseointegration takes time, it practically guarantees the implant's success and longevity.

The Institute for Dental Implant Awareness states that 95 to 98 percent of single-tooth implants will last 40 to 50 years. Conventional tooth replacements, such as bridges and partial dentures, typically fail within 15 years because they lack adequate support. Dr. Chu and Dr. Lin place single-tooth implants and multi-tooth bridges and dentures supported by implants.

Placing a dental implant

Take, for instance, the single implant procedure. It's done in its entirety at our dentists' office following a complete oral examination and X-rays to determine if the jaw is sufficiently dense to support the implant.

An access hole in the jaw allows for implant placement and after healing, bonding of the extension post and crown. Healing and osseointegration takes many weeks, and some patients wear provisional crowns in the meantime to complete their smiles.

On the return visit, our dentists check for proper osseointegration. If all is well, they bond the permanent crown onto the metal alloy extension post.

Caring for an implant or implant-supported denture

Daily oral hygiene is critical to implant success. Just as with your natural teeth, good brushing and flossing habits decrease plaque and tartar accumulation and avoid gum and bone infections (implants do not get cavities). You should see your dentist twice a year as usual for examinations and professional cleanings, and if you grind your teeth, ask Dr. Chu or Dr. Lin about a bite guard. A bite guard reduces the stresses on your implant and the rest of your smile, too.

Don't delay

Dental implants from Dr. Chu or Dr. Lin and their caring team really do fill gaps, beautifying your smile and avoiding the bone and gum deterioration which happens after tooth loss. To find out more, please call their South Pasadena, CA, office to arrange your consultation. Phone (626) 799-0852.

By John Chu, D.M.D.
October 31, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Losing a tooth can be a traumatizing situation, not only because of the pain or discomfort but because of the gap it leaves behind. dental implants\However, you can fill in your gaps and get your smile back with dental implants. Find out more about dental implants with Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin in South Pasadena, CA.

Do I need dental implants? 
Do you have a gap in your smile? Are you missing more than one tooth? Are you missing all of your teeth? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might benefit from dental implants. Implants can replace a single tooth using one implant, several teeth in a row using a dental bridge with an implant on either side or even an entire arch of teeth using an implant-supported denture.

Are dental implants right for me? 
Since dental implants require a surgical procedure, you should be in good health and able to undergo the procedure and healing process without complications. Missing teeth cause bone atrophy. Implants require a good bone volume since the implant requires a sturdy foundation in which to sit. A good candidate for implants should have an adequate amount of bone left below their missing tooth. If there is not enough bone remaining, your dentist may suggest a bone graft procedure to rebuild the area of the implant. In this case, you will have a separate procedure for the bone graft prior to the implant’s procedure.

Dental Implants in South Pasadena, CA
Dental implants are a permanent and effective tooth replacement solution which, with the proper care, will last a lifetime. However, a strong at-home dental care routine including brushing twice daily and flossing at least once and regular dental examinations and cleanings are crucial in keeping the implants healthy. Don’t let a lost tooth haunt your smile. For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Chu and Dr. Lin in South Pasadena, CA. Call (626) 799-0852 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

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