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Dr. John Yu

Endodontics
San Gabriel, CA
17 years experience male

Locations

EndoCare Center

San Gabriel, CA

Address

416 W Las Tunas Dr. #203, San Gabriel, CA, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 6:00am
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Practice website

Fax

6262938599

Insurances accepted

Cigna

Aetna

Dental Benefit Providers, Inc

Blue Cross of California

Humana Insurance Company

UnitedHealthcare

Metlife Insurance Company of Connecticut

Lincoln National Life Insurance Company

Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

EndoCare Center

Irvine, CA

About

Bio

Dr. Yu graduated from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in 2005. He then completed a General Practice Residency program at the Veterans Administrations Sepulveda Hospital in Northridge where he cared for medically complex dental patients and performed dental surgery under general anesthesia. Having discovered a passion for endodontics, Dr. Yu returned to Columbia University to complete his specialty training and certificate in Endodontics. Dr. Yu has been practicing dentistry for 15 years. He is board-eligible by the American Board of Endodontics. After his specialty training, Dr. Yu moved back to southern California and founded EndoCare Center in San Gabriel since 2013 and in Irvine since 2014. &nbsp

Specialties
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Endodontics

Licenses

United States: California

Doctor Q&A

92 Answers
256 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 45-year-old member asked:
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Endodontics 17 years experience
Depends: That depends on the extend of the crack. As long as we can cover the crack with a crown and still have favorable crown-root ratio then the tooth can ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
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No: It shouldn't. If you are concerned talk to your dentist. If needed he or she may refer you to a root canal specialist.
A 36-year-old member asked:
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Check meds: Some medication will affect your saliva output. Review your medication list if any with your physician. Do you teeth only hurt when you are running ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
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Referred pain: It is not uncommon to have tooth pain radiate to the head, neck, shoulder, even arms. You know it is tooth related if all these symptoms disappeared ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
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Go see a dentist: Toothache can be extremely painful. Your husband is not alone in imagining what could be happening. It could be a wisdom tooth impaction or a decaye... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
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RCT done right?: I am assuming that your root canal treatment was completed. In that case, the abscess will usually revolve itself in 7-10 days. If you haven't had t... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Drainage is a quick way for your body to get rid of any bacteria (pus) and fluid it doesn't want. It will only last for a few days and should not com... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
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Maybe: Each excedrin contains 250 mg acetaminophen, 250 mg Aspirin and 65 mg caffeine. If you are trying to rest maybe caffeine isn't such a good idea.
A 33-year-old member asked:
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Yes, generally but..: Unless you have the permanent restoration (like composite or crown) placed over the root canal treated tooth you should exercise caution. Follow your... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
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Depends: Is it a front or back tooth? Usually a front tooth is faster than a back tooth. Is it done by a specialist? Is it a straight root canal or retreatm... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
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Periodic checkup: Depending on the extend of the bone destruction, it may take more than two years for the bone to heal. However, there shouldn't be any active infecti... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
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No and Yes: Not all teeth that have been crowned need root canal treatments, but most root canal treated teeth have crowns. And yes, it definitely help to have t... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
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AKA acetaminophen: Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a mild analgesic. Mostly used as a fever reducer. It will reduce your pain, but not quite as effective as Ibuprofen (my p... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
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Perio or endo: If the abscess is draining, usually you will have slightly raised gum and very little pain. However, if the abscess is not draining or if the fistula... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
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Yes, but depends: It depends on how you feel afterward. Most of my patient (>90%) go to work the next day without any issue. Only about 1-2% are what we called fla... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
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Too many!: It can be tooth-related or not. Assuming it's tooth related, then the most common reason is tooth decay. However, if it is not tooth related, it cou... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
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Need more info: You can have no tooth and have tooth pain (phantom tooth pain, atypical facial pain). Pain can also be referred, meaning its coming from somewhere el... Read More
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Too many reason: Swollen glands usually mean your body is trying to make white blood cell to flight infection. Sore gums can mean many things. If you have deep pocke... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
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Depends: The key in grafting is removal of existing infection and granulation tissue. As long as all the infected tissue is cleaned out, your dentist may be a... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
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Root formation: I see many children ranging from 8 year-old to 18 year-old. Most common reason is that the tooth has immature root formation which make it a challeng... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
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Licensed dentist: Any licensed dentist can perform endodontic procedures.
A 46-year-old member asked:
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Restore or extract: You can try to save the tooth, in which case you will probably need root canal treatment, post and core, crown. Or you can pull the tooth out and rep... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
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Yes: There is a big difference between an experienced endo assistant and a novice. Employer will always like someone with experience. If you like endo th... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
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Many poss. reasons: Most likely reason is crack tooth syndrome. You dentist will need to do a thorough exam to rule out decay, periodontitis, tooth abscess, pulpitis, oc... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
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Steps: After anesthesia, we use different kinds of elevators to loosen the tooth and then forcepts to extract the tooth. Sometimes, periosteal separator, su... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
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Depends: You need to know why the root canal failed. Perhaps re-retreatment is another possible alternative to the two you listed. Has the possibility of toot... Read More
A male asked:
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Endodontics 17 years experience
Ibuprofen 600mg: Pain med only masks the symptoms. Do have the tooth checked out asap. Assuming you don't have any kidney problem 600mg every 6 hours.
A 36-year-old member asked:
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Endodontics 17 years experience
Depends: Not all the decayed tooth need root canal therapy. However, your dentist can tell based on the radiograph and/or pending excavation.
A 53-year-old female asked:
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Biopsy: You can do a biopsy by itself. Usually non-surgical root canal treatment does not involve cutting the gum. You can do both procedure in one setting.
A 41-year-old member asked:
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Yes, bone resorption: When a tooth is extracted, the bone that surround the tooth (alveolar bone) slowly disappears because there is no reason for the bone to be there. An... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
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Be more specific: What do you mean by horrible? Are they misaligned? Or, discolored? Have missing teeth? Too many cavities? It's hurting? It's sensitive? I bring t... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
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Yes to tooth: Canker sore can cause a tooth to hurt, but probably not both the tooth and the ear. If your canker sore healed and both the tooth pain and ear pain a... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
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Yes: For pain take some Ibuprofen 600mg every 4-6 hours. This will only treat the symptoms but not the source of the problem. You need to go see a dentis... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
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K-file vs H-file: The most common endodontic file is the k-file. It has a square or triangle cross section and is twisted from a stainless steel blank. H-file on the ... Read More
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Titanium rejection: Whether your body will reject a dental implant is not related to how deep the implant is placed. If you truly have titanium allergy, your implant will... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
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Ibuprofen: You probably had you mouth open for quite a while and your muscle is sore. Your gum may be irritated from the clamp. The disinfectant used to clean ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
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Teaching hospitals: Teaching hospitals with dental programs usually charge less. There are local community hospitals that work under subsidy. Look for free dental clini... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
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Yes and No: If you had your mouth open for quite a while your jaw muscle could be sore. Your gum may be irritated from the clamp. The disinfectant used to clean... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
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No problem: I usually have a bite block and always a rubber dam in place so that patients cannot bite down. If my patients just let me know that they need to sne... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
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Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain: If it is a baby tooth, sometime a simple extraction will suffice. Other times, it needs a "baby root canal" and to be capped. Don't wait because the d... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
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No: Root canal is a space inside the tooth that houses the pulp tissue (blood vessels, nerve tissue, etc). If the nerve tissue becomes infected a dentist... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
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Endodontics 17 years experience
Ibuprofen: For pain, Ibuprofen 600mg every 4-6 hours. However, this will only mask the symptoms. Visit your dentist to get evaluated. You don't want it to get... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
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Not much: Don't believe what other people tell you. I have so many patients that tell me after i had performed the procedures that they have absolutely no pain... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
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Depends: If a pulpectomy had been performed you should not wait more than 1-2 months. Even after root canal treatment is completed you still need to have the ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
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Antibiotic, I ; D: Your need to have the abscess drained and be placed on antibiotic. You don't want the abscess to spread any further. You brain is not too far away f... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
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Endodontics 17 years experience
Scope: Scope of endodontic procedures: incision and drainage assist in diagnosis of facial pain root canal treatment root canal revision (retreatment) p... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
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Yes but short acting: For patient that cannot have epi (for example, pregnant or with history of heart disease), carbo is a great alternative.
A 32-year-old member asked:
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Yes, usually: As long as you don't not get in the way of the dentist or the assistant i don't see why not. It is really up to the patient and the dentist. There a... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
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Endodontics 17 years experience
Wait or do something: It is hard to help without specifics. Get a second opinion if you don't believe what your dentist is telling you. However, if the dentist advised you... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
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Endodontics 17 years experience
Get it checked out: Sometime a small chip can propagate and lead to a vertical crack. A lot of it depends on the location of the chip and whether there is enough occlusal... Read More

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Oct 27, 2013
Great knowledgable dentist. Dr. Yu gives insightful answers.
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Sep 21, 2013
Thank you Dr. Yu! Your advice was SO helpful & you answered so quickly! I'm SO impressed! I wish you had an office in my neck of the woods. My case (root canal upper front tooth/pierced sinus/flushed ...Read More
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Yu is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I REALLY appreciate your advice & speedy answer! THANK U SO MUCH! : )
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Thanks for your quick reply! Abscess is being treated with antibiotic. Would warm compress help?
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Thanks for your quick reply! Cd better since such a large file. I now agree. bye!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, NY
Graduated 2005MD

Residency

Veterans Administration Sepulveda

Awards

TopDENTISTS 2013
Hippocrates Award, Second Place, National - Winter
2013
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

ADA, AAE, OCDS

Publications

Interleukin Profiles of Gingival Crevicular Fluid and Gingival Tissue from Periodontally Diseased and Healthy Subjects
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