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Lucio H. Kim DDS
Providing the best dental care for Glendale, CA

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Second Opinions

How can we help you?

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to your oral health care. Fortunately, we're here to help! We pride ourselves on helping our patients stay informed and educated about the benefits of good oral health care.

We’ll spend all the time you need and answer all your questions until we know you have the information you’re looking for. Before we begin any treatment, we’ll explain everything in detail so you know exactly what you can expect.

Here are a few of the questions we’re asked most often, but we know you probably have others. Please don’t hesitate to call our dental office or fill out our handy online contact form, and we’ll be happy to help.

Second Opinions

If you've recently been presented with an aggressive treatment plan for complex or involved dental care like a root canal, dental implant, or braces, it’s a good idea to seek out a second opinion dentist in Glendale, CA.

You’ll either confirm your dentist’s original diagnosis that this is the best treatment for you, or you may learn about an alternative approach that might be a better fit for your needs.

You shouldn’t feel uncomfortable about seeking a second opinion dentist, either. Often, you have to be your own advocate for your oral health care, and you don’t need to blindly accept a diagnosis if you’re not 100 percent comfortable with it.

Be aware that there are differences in dentists and dental offices too. Some have advanced education and training in certain areas or use leading-edge technology that allows them to offer more comprehensive treatment options.

Dr. Lucio Kim is happy to offer second opinions for Glendale, CA patients who would like confirmation about procedures like dental implants, root canals, or full mouth restoration. You may also worry that a procedure was not done correctly by your current dentist, and a second opinion can help put your mind at ease.

If you need a second opinion, call us at (818) 242-3739, and we’ll be happy to schedule a convenient appointment for you with Dr. Kim.

dental xray | Dentist Glendale Ca YES. When needed though.

Not every single time you come in or just because the insurance pays for it. But generally as a first-time patient, we need a reference of where your oral condition is. There is so much that we as dentists cannot see under the gums, under the bone, underneath old fillings or crowns or restorations. It's irresponsible to do any kind of exam without relevant X-rays. Dosage is an issue...we don't want to zap you unnecessarily or too heavily.

Our X-Ray Technology

Our machines are new and calibrated so that the dosage is kept to the minimal amount needed to get good resolution on the images. But we never do them unless we need to. You can't have a physical at the doctor's office without a blood test, right? They can't just look at you and give you an accurate assessment or diagnosis. Neither can dentists. The x-rays serve to let us know what's "under the hood" and gives me the information to give you the best treatment options and the best treatment with minimal surprises.

Professional Dental Exams in Glendale

If you have any concerns or questions regarding X-rays, please call Dr Kim at the office.  

 

two dentists | glendale ca dentistContinuing pain is obviously a sign that there’s a problem that should be addressed as quickly as possible. There are any one of a number of reasons why you’re still experiencing discomfort, so it’s best to find out what’s happening before too much time goes by. Otherwise, the problem will continue and potentially cause severe damage to your oral health.

Second Opinions are Important

Dr. Lucio H. Kim, DDS, is always happy to provide you with a second opinion. You should never hesitate to ask questions because it’s important for you to understand what’s affecting your oral health. Our second opinion consultations are always complimentary, and you are under no obligation whatsoever.

Dr. Kim will talk to you about your concerns, then examine the affected tooth to determine what the problem is and why you’re still experiencing discomfort. He will discuss his findings with you and make appropriate recommendations.

Second Opinion Diagnostic Services in Glendale

We’ll be completely honest with you and suggest a customized treatment approach that will resolve your problem. At that point, it’s completely up to you as to how you’d like to proceed, and we’ll support you in whatever decision you make.

Please give us a call if you would like to schedule an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Kim.

If you've had a root canal, chances are it will get another infection in it and cause it to fail. So now you are faced with the choice of re-doing the root canal and the restoration on top of it or to get an implant.

Choosing a Procedure

Well, just on pure numbers, getting the implant is in your favor. The survival rates of a root canal done the first time is about 90-95% over 10 years.  Meaning 5-10% will fail over a 10 year period.  The survival rates of a root canal done a SECOND time over a 5 year period drops down to about 75-85%.  The survival rates of an implant in a sufficient amount of bone over a 10 year period go back up to around 90-95%.  So in a pure numbers game, the implant works in your favor.  BUT the big downside is that you need to remove the tooth and replace it with the implant.  Some people have a psychological barrier to that.

Dental Implants in Glendale CA

Financially, the root canal re-do and the implant are similar in cost...at least in my office they are.  If you have a situation where you don't know what to do or if you want me to take a look and let you know more about how things will work in your specific situation, then call the office for a consult and I'll gladly go over things with you.

woman covering mouth | Glendale DentistWell, for one, you aren't the only one.

We Get to Know You First!

The majority of patients either don't like going to the dentist or really really don't like going to the dentist. What makes a difference is Dr. Kim talking with you and finding out more about you and what he can do to make you feel more comfortable. Nothing should hurt with dentistry nowadays. By taking any dental treatment slowly, Dr. Kim is usually successful at "rehabbing" patients back into regular maintenance care.

We Help Quell Anxiety with Sedation Dentistry in Glendale

Now if that doesn't do it for you, then Dr. Kim does offer sedation options in order to get the work done properly and comfortable for you while taking your mind and fears out of the equation. Either "oral" sedation or "IV" sedation with a licensed anesthesiologist. Call the office for a meet and greet consult to chat with Dr. Kim about the options.

Dental office | Second opinions in glendale caShould I get a second opinion?

If you asking yourself this question, then “yes” you should get a second opinion.  It is your right as a patient to be comfortable with the treatment being diagnosed or to find out why something is still bothering you or if you have any other question in general.

If you go to 5 different dentists, they will give you 8 different options or opinions.

Second Opinions at our Glendale Office

Dr Kim will go over your questions patiently, ask questions of his own and accurately let you know what the problem is and what your options are.  Simple.  He is always open to questions, does not get defensive and strives to communicate with you.  Dr Kim encourages second opinions even from his own patients!  Being clear in the patient’s mind is what is the most important.

Second opinion consults are always at no charge and patients leave with a lot more information than questions. Call today!

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