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By John Chu, D.M.D.
December 31, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Your dentist in South Pasadena, California can help when you have dental crowns.

Dental crowns are one of the best restorative treatments available today. They provide outstanding protection for damaged teeth, and they also look wonderfully natural. You will get the most out of your crowns when you take care of them.

Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin in South Pasadena, CA offer a wide range of restorative, cosmetic, and preventive dental services, including dental crowns.

These are just a few of the simple tips you can follow to take care of your dental crowns:

Don’t ever use your teeth as tools to tear off price tags or open packages; doing this can make the porcelain on your crowns chip and break off.

When you brush and floss, pay special attention to the crown margins, which is the area where your crown meets your tooth; crown margins are prone to developing decay, so it’s critical to keep the margins clean and plaque free. Remember to:

Brush after meals and before bed; an electric or sonic toothbrush is a great tool to keep crown margins clean, because of its pulsating action.

Floss at least once each day; make sure you wrap the floss around the widest part of the tooth as you go down in between your teeth. The wrapping technique ensures that the floss stays firmly against the tooth surface, to clean better.

Use a fluoride rinse after brushing and flossing, and make sure to not eat, drink, or rinse for at least one hour afterward. This gives the fluoride time to seep into your tooth enamel, and your crown margins.

Even with the best care, you may have an issue with a crown. The most common problem is porcelain chipping off of the crown. If this happens to you, keep the piece of porcelain and bring it with you to the dentist. It may be able to be repaired.

If you have a loose crown, visit your dentist as soon as possible to find out if your crown can be re-cemented.

Dental crowns are a smart investment in your smile. To find out more about dental crowns, call Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin in South Pasadena, CA at (626) 799-0852. Call today.

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
September 04, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

When infection or decay affects the innermost layers of a tooth, extraction is sometimes necessary. However, it is possible to preserve the affected tooth with root canal treatment. Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin, the experienced dentists at our office in South Pasadena, CA, can determine if a root canal is needed and explain how to care for your tooth following treatment.

Signs a Root Canal is Needed

Certain symptoms can be an indication that a tooth is severely infected or decayed and could possibly benefit from root canal treatment. The best way to determine if a root canal is needed is to undergo a thorough oral exam that includes taking x-ray images. See a dentist promptly if you develop any of the following signs that a root canal might be needed:

  • A severe or persistent toothache
  • Darkening or discoloration of the affected tooth
  • Tenderness or swelling of the gums near the affected tooth
  • Ongoing sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages
  • Sensitivity or pain when biting and chewing food
  • Formation of an abscess in the gums

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is a bit like having a cavity filled. A primary difference between the two procedures is that only the outer layers of a tooth require attention when treating cavities. Root canal treatment is needed when the innermost layer of a tooth is infected or plagued by decay. A soft material called pulp can be found at the center of a tooth and also extends down into the canals of the root. Root canal treatment involves the removal of the infected or decaying pulp.

Once the pulp has been removed from the center of the tooth and the canals of the root, the interior of the tooth and root are thoroughly cleaned. Afterward, the tooth is filled in and sealed. After the area has completely healed, a dental crown can be placed over the restored tooth to strengthen and protect it. The skilled dentists at our office in South Pasadena can determine if root canal treatment can restore your damaged or infected tooth.

Post-Operative Care

Following root canal treatment, the restored tooth and surrounding gums will need time to heal. Prescription or over-the-counter medication can be taken to reduce swelling and alleviate any pain or discomfort. It is also beneficial to rinse the mouth with warm salt water several times a day for a few days to promote circulation and speed up the healing process.

It is normal to feel some pain or discomfort for a few days following root canal treatment. Some steps you can take to avoid aggravating the affected area as it heals include chewing food on the opposite side of the mouth for a few days. It is also best to avoid chewing gum or other sticky foods, as well as biting into hard foods or substances, such as ice cubes. Finally, be sure to continue your normal brushing and flossing routine to keep the mouth clean.

Root canal treatment can save an infected or decaying tooth. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Chu or Dr. Lin to learn more about root canals by calling our office in South Pasadena at (626) 799-0852.

By John Chu, D.M.D
June 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health

For your best smile, you need cosmetic dentistry services from Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin in South Pasadena, CA. Whether your smile is yellowed and dull or you have noticeable flaws like gaps or cracks, you will look dramatically different and experience an amazing boost in self-confidence.

The Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) says the in-office consultation with your cosmetic dentist in South Pasadena is the first step toward a renewed smile. Together, you and Dr. Chu or Dr. Lin will discuss how you wish your teeth and gums to change. Your input may include:

  • What you think about your tooth color
  • The defects you notice when you look in a mirror
  • How much time and money you wish to invest

For their part, Dr. Chu or Dr. Lin will perform a comprehensive oral exam to detect any health issues. If all is well, you'll be advised as to how to realistically achieve your smile goals. As your treatments move forward, you can fine-tune your plans, adding or subtracting services as you wish.

Frankly, we know you'll be happy with your results. Dr. Chu and Dr. Lin are very attentive to their patients' needs, and they use uses the latest techniques and materials for flawless results.

Cosmetic Dentistry Services Available from our South Pasadena Office

  1. Composite resin bonding uses a tooth-colored, shapeable putty to repair craze lines, cracks, chips, pitting, and other flaws. Your dentist hardens the material with a special light and polishes it to a natural sheen. Composite resin also restores dental decay.
     
  2. Enamel contouring involves sanding and shaping mild flaws, poor shape, and uneven length.
     
  3. Porcelain veneers are customized shells of superior grade porcelain. They are bonded to the front of selected teeth to camouflage cracks, narrow gaps, mild overlapping, fracture, and odd shape/size.
     
  4. BriteSmile whitening uses a chemical gel and gas plasma light technology to remove deeply embedded dental stains. It takes just about an hour and happens right at Dr. Chu's office. Teeth brighten by up to eight shades.

Learn More about Cosmetic Dentistry

Really, these services are nothing short of amazing. Your smile can look totally renewed. Why not contact the South Pasadena office of Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin to learn more? Phone (626) 799-0852 today.

By John Chu, D.M.D
April 23, 2020
Category: Dental Care
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Maintaining a White Smile

Cosmetic dentistry is the art and science of making positive changes to enhance your smile. If your teeth are looking a little dull, cosmetic dentistry can help to brighten them using professional teeth whitening. Dr. John Chu are your dental specialists in South Pasadena. They offer full dental services, including teeth whitening.

Say Goodbye to Stained Teeth

If your teeth are looking less than pearly white, in-office dental whitening will give you good results in a short amount of time. It’s more convenient than using an over-the-counter whitening kit and tends to produce better results.

Preparation: Professional teeth whitening is a relatively straight forward procedure that generally takes around an hour to complete. Before the procedure, your dentist will use a chart to record the shade of your teeth at the outset. He will then clean your teeth to remove surface plaque. Your teeth will be dried with gauze and your dentist may use retractors to prevent your cheeks and tongue from touching the whitening solution. He will also surround your gum line with a protective barrier.

Whitening: Your dentist will coat the outer surface of your teeth with a whitening solution. This will remain in place for 30-60 minutes. Your dentist may also use a laser to activate the bleaching compound in the whitening solution. After the required time, your dentist will rinse your teeth and remove the retractors.

If your desired shade of whiteness has not been reached, you may need to make additional visits to our South Pasadena office. To keep your teeth stain-free, avoid excessive amounts of red wine, tea, and coffee, as well as tobacco in any form.

If you live in or around South Pasadena, CA, call Dr. Chu at (626) 799-0852 to make an appointment.





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