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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!

By John Chu, D.M.D.
October 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

How dental implants from South Pasadena can help your smile

If you are missing teeth, you’ve probably worn a partial or a denture and discovered these are less-than-perfect substitutes for your dental implantsnatural teeth. There are many issues with removable dental appliances, including the fact that they don’t keep your smile as healthy. If appliances are not cleaned regularly or removed during sleep, they are breeding grounds for harmful bacteria which can infect your soft tissue. Now, there is another solution to removable appliances; a way to create a smile that’s full and healthy. The answer is dental implants! Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin in South Pasadena, CA want to help you discover how dental implants can keep your smile healthy.

People prefer dental implants over partials or dentures for many reasons. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider dental implants:

  • Dental implants are beautiful and look just like your natural teeth.
  • Dental implants are convenient because you don’t have to remove them for cleaning or during sleep; they are a permanent part of your smile.
  • Dental implants are stable and permanent because they are fused in bone; they don’t move around when you speak or eat.
  • Dental implants are very successful, with a success rate over 95 percent, higher than any other surgical implant.

Dental implants from your dentists in South Pasadena keep your smile healthy because they are much easier to clean. You can brush and floss them just like your natural teeth, making it much easier to keep your smile free of damaging bacteria. They also help your overall health by improving your chewing ability and digestion.

When you choose dental implants they can also help you look younger! That’s because dental implants help preserve the bone in your jaw, maintaining your firm jawline and youthful contours of your face. In contrast, dentures and other dental appliances can put pressure on bone, causing the bone to diminish over time, a process called resorption.

You need to discover why dental implants are the perfect choice to keep your smile healthy and improve your life. It’s time to call Dr. Chu and Dr. Lin in South Pasadena, CA. Find out more about dental implants by calling today!

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!


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