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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.
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!

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