Keep Your Gums Healthy – Dr. Chao

Posted October 17th, 2014 by Dr. Chao and filed in Healthy Gums

Keeping your gums in a healthy state is a lot more important than you may think. In addition to brushing and flossing, a healthy diet can also help you  maintain healthy gums.

By eating properly, you are providing vitamins, minerals, and nutrients for your gums and teeth, which can help keep your gums and teeth healthy. Not everyone knows this, but Fluoride is found naturally in some foods, so by consuming them, you are effortlessly helping contribute to tooth decay prevention. Fluoride, also found in your water supply (in most areas), can help reduce cavities by up 60%.

While we are on the topic of food, it is important to point out that certain foods can be very detrimental to the health of your gums and teeth. Particularly, foods high in sucrose (also known as granulated sugar). Although very tasty, it is the leading cause of tooth decay.

“But Dr. Chao, I avoid junk food and eat lots of fruit. Is that good?” Yes, that is great! Although fresh fruit can be relatively sweet and acidic, the saliva produced when chewing the fruit help rinse away anything left in the mouth and reduces the acidity in the mouth. Apples are especially great because they promote gum stimulation, increase saliva flow, and help reduce the build up of cavity-causing bacteria. Hence the phrase “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. But be aware of dried fruits. Eating them can actually negatively affect the health of your gums and teeth. This is because they are not only high in sugar, but stick to your teeth.

For more information, please call or visit us. For contact information, please visit our Contact Page.

Nonsurgical Treatment of Gum Disease – Alhambra

Posted August 27th, 2013 by Dr. Chao and filed in Gum Disease

We use procedures like laser-assisted scaling and root planing in cases of gum disease and our technique has been quite effective. The scaling will help remove the tartar which has built up between the gum and the teeth and thus will remove the destructive bacteria that accompanies this.

In addition to this, we also use anti-bacterial home therapy coordinated with an intense, in-office program of infection control to address severe or hopeless cases. Most importantly, our success has been built upon our relationship with our patients. Our patients with severe, hopeless gum disease are informed of their critical role in infection control. We consistently teach our patients on various new ways to clean and remove infection from their teeth and gums with special FDA devices. We especially emphasize the need for regular follow-up treatment that is indispensable to a successful outcome. We are grateful for so many diligent, compliant patients with severe, hopeless gum diseases who have been able to save their teeth for the long-term without surgical intervention.

Keep Your Gums Healthy – Alhambra CA – Dr. Chao

Posted May 29th, 2013 by Dr. Chao and filed in Healthy Gums

Keeping your gums in a healthy state is a lot more important than you may think. In addition to brushing and flossing, a healthy diet can also help you  maintain healthy gums.

By eating properly, you are providing vitamins, minerals, and nutrients for your gums and teeth, which can help keep your gums and teeth healthy. Not everyone knows this, but Fluoride is found naturally in some foods, so by consuming them, you are effortlessly helping contribute to tooth decay prevention. Fluoride, also found in your water supply (in most areas), can help reduce cavities by up 60%.

While we are on the topic of food, it is important to point out that certain foods can be very detrimental to the health of your gums and teeth. Particularly, foods high in sucrose (also known as granulated sugar). Although very tasty, it is the leading cause of tooth decay.

“But Dr. Chao, I avoid junk food and eat lots of fruit. Is that good?” Yes, that is great! Although fresh fruit can be relatively sweet and acidic, the saliva produced when chewing the fruit help rinse away anything left in the mouth and reduces the acidity in the mouth. Apples are especially great because they promote gum stimulation, increase saliva flow, and help reduce the build up of cavity-causing bacteria. Hence the phrase “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. But be aware of dried fruits. Eating them can actually negatively affect the health of your gums and teeth. This is because they are not only high in sugar, but stick to your teeth.

For more information, please call or visit us. For contact information, please visit our Contact Page.

Keep Your Gums Healthy – Alhambra CA

Posted March 3rd, 2013 by Dr. Chao and filed in Healthy Gums

Keeping your gums in a healthy state is a lot more important than you may think. In addition to brushing and flossing, a healthy diet can also help you  maintain healthy gums.

By eating properly, you are providing vitamins, minerals, and nutrients for your gums and teeth, which can help keep your gums and teeth healthy. Not everyone knows this, but Fluoride is found naturally in some foods, so by consuming them, you are effortlessly helping contribute to tooth decay prevention. Fluoride, also found in your water supply (in most areas), can help reduce cavities by up 60%.

While we are on the topic of food, it is important to point out that certain foods can be very detrimental to the health of your gums and teeth. Particularly, foods high in sucrose (also known as granulated sugar). Although very tasty, it is the leading cause of tooth decay.

“But Dr. Chao, I avoid junk food and eat lots of fruit. Is that good?” Yes, that is great! Although fresh fruit can be relatively sweet and acidic, the saliva produced when chewing the fruit help rinse away anything left in the mouth and reduces the acidity in the mouth. Apples are especially great because they promote gum stimulation, increase saliva flow, and help reduce the build up of cavity-causing bacteria. Hence the phrase “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. But be aware of dried fruits. Eating them can actually negatively affect the health of your gums and teeth. This is because they are not only high in sugar, but stick to your teeth.

For more information, please call or visit us. For contact information, please visit our Contact Page.

Special Care Dentistry – Alhambra, CA

Posted February 14th, 2013 by Dr. Chao and filed in Special Care Dentistry

Patients who have autism or experience some other behavioral disorder like ADD or special needs patients that require dental care be delivered in ways that suit their unique circumstances.  On the other hand faithful long-standing patients are aging, taking more medications and faced with uncertain medical futures. People with disabilities are living longer lives and expect access to the same quality of care that their able bodied friends enjoy.  To continue to enjoy their trust and faith it is necessary that a dental practice have the knowledge, skill, and equipment to accommodate treatment of special needs patients.

Patients with special needs have always been welcome at Dr. Chao’s office and it is by no happenstance, treating special patients is part of our daily practice and life. These are patients with systemic diseases, issues of aging, multiple medications, behavioral issues and many other special needs related unusual circumstances. Treating patients with special needs continues to be a substantial part of our practice.

Wheelchair-bound patients are also another category of patients who need special consideration.  Up to now it has been nearly impossible to render treatment without moving the patient out of the wheelchair and into the dental chair. Dr. Chao has been vexed by the problem of having to transfer the patient from the wheelchair to the dental chair for dental treatment and again transfer the patient back to the wheelchair when work is completed.

Our facility has been able to dedicate one operatory to the treatment of special needs patients.  In this room we have installed a Versatilt. With the Versatilt, we can roll the wheelchair onto this special dental chair and then tilt the Versatilt back so that we can examine and treat the patient.  When we’re done, we tilt the chair upright and roll the wheelchair off.

For more information, please visit our Special Care Dentistry page.

Porcelain Fixed Bridges – Alhambra, CA

Posted December 31st, 2011 by Dr. Chao and filed in Porcelain Fixed Bridges

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.

There are several types of bridges. You and Dr. Chao will discuss the best options for your particular case. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain fixed bridges are most popular because they resemble your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists to two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years. However, they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.

Reasons for a fixed bridge:

  • Fill space of missing teeth.
  • Maintain facial shape.
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
  • Restore chewing and speaking ability.
  • Restore your smile.
  • Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.

What does getting a fixed bridge involve?

Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.

At the second visit, you permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally, your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.

You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.

Sleep Apnea Treatment – Alhambra, CA

Posted December 29th, 2011 by Dr. Chao and filed in Sleep Apnea

Your Dentist Can Treat Snoring and Sleep Apnea

While snoring is common and often harmless, at least to the snorer, it can be a warning sign of “obstructive sleep apnea” (OSA), a serious medical condition that affects an estimated 18 million people in the United States, according to  the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (ACSM). Dangers related to OSA include severe daytime sleepiness, loss of short term memory, an increased risk of high blood pressure and higher rates of stroke and heart attack.

How is sleep apnea diagnosed?
Diagnosis of sleep apnea is first established by the physician. This may involve a sleep test (polysomnograph) where the patient sleeps overnight in a sleep center.

Not every case of sleep apnea can be treated with OA’s. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that mild and moderate cases of sleep apnea be treated with oral appliances when other methods such as CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) or surgery is inappropriate or not preferred.

CPAP is a device that is attached to the mouth and/or nose that assists in unobstructed breathing through positive air pressure. For severe sleep apnea, the ACSM recommends that CPAP should be the treatment of choice.
In cooperation with the physician, Dr. Chao can prescribe and fit the most effective, safe and comfortable OA for you.

For more information on Sleep Apnea treatment and the steps we take to treat it, visit our Sleep Apnea page.

Treatment for TMJ Disorders – Alhambra, CA

Posted December 29th, 2011 by Dr. Chao and filed in TMJ Treatment

Many people suffer from problems related to the jaw muscles or jaw joints. Treatments for TM disorders may vary, based on your individual diagnosis.

Part of the clinical examination includes checking the jaw area for tenderness, clicking, popping or difficulty in jaw movement.

Dr. John Chao offers the latest in technology to help in the treatment and diagnosis of TMJ.

TM disorders have many signs and symptoms such as:

  • Pain in or around the ear, sometimes spreading to the face
  • Tenderness in the jaw muscles
  • Clicking or popping noise when one opens or closes the mouth
  • Difficulty in opening one’s mouth
  • Jaws that “get stuck”, “lock”, or “go out”
  • Pain brought on by yawning, chewing or opening the mouth widely
  • Certain types of headaches or neck-aches

For more information on how we can help treat you, please visit our Contact Page for ways to reach us.

Using Coronoplasty to Re-shape Teeth With Bonding & Immediate Reconstruction – Alhambra, CA

Posted November 14th, 2011 by Dr. Chao and filed in Uncategorized

Another relatively inexpensive smile makeover procedure that is very popular with our patients is a unique method that Dr. Chao has developed to treat crowded or “crooked” front teeth. Where the patient does not have the time or the ability to pay for orthodontic treatment, Dr. Chao may offer “enamel-plasty.” After carefully studying impressions of the teeth and in-depth pre-planning, Dr. Chao painlessly re-sculptures the enamel (outer hard layer) of the teeth such as shortening sharp edges, thinning out corners that stick out and leveling out parts of teeth that are too far out. In a short appointment our patients see a dramatic difference that is very pleasing. It is also very good for the function of the teeth, because the “high spots” are removed. Patients can smile better, and yet feel much better with a better bite.

Inlays/Onlays and Tooth Restoration – Alhambra, CA

Posted November 14th, 2011 by Dr. Chao and filed in Inlays/Onlays

Inlays/Onlays - Alhambra, CAInlays and onlays are indirect dental restorations that reinforce an existing tooth that is too damaged to support a filling, but not damaged enough to require a crown. Inlays and onlays are known as indirect fillings because unlike a standard filling, both are made in a laboratory and cemented or bonded to the surface of the tooth during a second visit. Unlike standard fillings, inlays and onlays do not weaken the tooth structure, but actually strengthen it. After the procedure the tooth can bear up to 50 – 75% more chewing force.

Because both are fabricated in a dental laboratory, it usually takes two or more appointments to restore a tooth with a porcelain inlay or onlay.