General & Preventive Dentistry

FRIENDLY CARE THAT’S ANYTHING BUT ROUTINE IN ANAHEIM HILLS

 

Preventive dental care is a proactive approach to keeping your smile healthy. At Darren Chu DDS, we provide general and preventive dental care services to patients in our state-of-the-art Anaheim Hills office. While general dentistry is often thought of as “routine” care, there’s nothing routine about the way we do it.

Our focus on preventive care stops potential problems from developing into larger complications. We monitor your progress and teach you the correct ways to care for your smile. We offer total family dentistry that’s gentle, effective, and comprehensive.

 
Comprehensive Exams

Comprehensive Exams

The first step in great dental care is an in-depth comprehensive exam. Because we treat each patient as an individual, our comprehensive exams allow us to pinpoint the specific needs of your smile and formulate a treatment plan that’s unique to you. We’ll take a full set of x-rays, check for gum disease, screen for oral cancer, and address any areas of concern. We’ll take the time to talk with you, learn your wants and needs, and listen to your concerns. Our comprehensive exams get you on the right path toward great oral health.

Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral cancer is a very serious disease. The earlier it’s detected, the better your chance for a positive outcome. We screen every new patient for oral cancer, using visual and manual screening methods. We’ll check your gums, tongue, cheeks, and other soft tissues of your mouth for abnormalities. Certain lifestyle factors, such as alcohol or tobacco use, may increase your risks, though anyone can develop oral cancer. If you’ve never received an oral cancer screening, contact us today.

X-rays

X-rays

One of our most important diagnostic tools are x-rays, which let us see exactly how your teeth are under the gum line. We use a combination of standard and digital x-rays to get the best view of your individual smile. Our digital x-rays offer high resolution, crystal-clear images that show your smile with detail. We’ll review your pictures with you and show you exactly where the problem lies, helping you to make a more educated decision about your dental care.

Hygiene

Hygiene

Keeping your teeth clean and free of debris is essential to having a healthy smile. Our hygienists are skilled at removing plaque and tartar from hard-to-reach areas, and we use diode lasers to break up stubborn debris and keep your gums healthy. We’ll also evaluate your current hygiene routine and help you develop great habits for at-home care to maintain your sparkling smile between visits. When was your last professional cleaning? Visit us today.

Periodontal Therapy

Periodontal Therapy

Have you noticed your gums becoming swollen, red, or receding? Do they bleed when you brush? If so, you may be suffering from gum disease, which is a major factor in adult tooth loss. Healthy gums are an important part of great oral health, and a periodontal screening is vital to assessing your current gum health. If you have moderate gum disease, we may prescribe ARESTIN, a local anti-microbial medicine which will kill harmful plaque bacteria. A beautiful smile begins with health gums!

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride is important for healthy teeth, as it restores essential minerals to your enamel. It also provides an amazing benefit for children by strengthening their developing teeth and helping them grow into healthy adult smiles. If you’re experiencing sensitivity when you eat or drink different temperatures, fluoride can help, because it strengthens tooth enamel and wards off decay. We use a fluoride rinse for most patients, but those with an elevated risk of decay will receive a brush-on fluoride gel treatment. This extra step provides a concentrated dose of fluoride and helps keep your teeth healthy and strong.

Mouthguards

Mouthguards

Protect your smile with mouthguards and nightguards from Darren Chu DDS. If your children are participating in athletics regularly, we recommend a sports mouthguard, which helps keep their smile safe during activity. Comfortable and easy to wear, a mouthguard ensures your child’s smile and oral health is protected. We also offer adult nightguards for those who suffer from bruxism, more commonly known as nighttime grinding. Unconscious grinding can lead to excess wear and damage on your teeth, and our custom-fit nightguards protect your teeth while you sleep.

Anesthesia

Anesthesia

Worrying about discomfort shouldn’t keep you from getting the dental care you need. We make your comfort a top priority in every treatment we administer. We offer oral sedation, a simple medication you take prior to your appointment. You’ll remain completely awake and coherent but will feel a sense of calm and relaxation. If you require local anesthesia to numb a specific area of the tooth, we take it one step farther to ensure your comfort. We’ll apply a very strong topical gel to the area, reducing the needle’s pinch when we administer the anesthetic.

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Are you getting a restful night sleep, or do you wake up feeling like you barely slept at all? If your partner complains about your snoring, or you’re still feeling tired after a night’s sleep, you may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. When your muscles relax, your airway may become blocked and cause disruptions in your breathing. We’ll evaluate your situation and formulate a treatment plan using a splint appliance or other device to keep your airway open during sleep. You deserve a good night’s sleep, and Darren Chu DDS is here to help you get it!

Emergency Care

Emergency Care

Dental emergencies are inconvenient, sometimes painful, and completely disruptive to your daily routine. Thankfully, Darren Chu DDS is here to help. When a dental emergency occurs, we’ll see you as soon as possible so you can get back to your day. We strive to eliminate as much interruption as possible, because our patients are our number one priority. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call us today!