Lucio H. Kim DDS
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How we Prioritize Comfort in Our Office

Patient Comfort in Glendale CA, Dr. Lucio H. Kim, DDS

Going to the dentist probably isn't something you look forward to. We meet with a lot of patients who have anxieties related to the dentist, and we work hard to make our dental office a place where you can feel comfortable getting the care that you need. Keeping up with your dental care is so important, not just for your oral health, but for your whole-body health, so don't put it off because of a bad experience in an uncomfortable office. 

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We take pride in not only providing excellent care for every patient, but also in creating an office that makes you feel more comfortable and relaxed. Here's ...

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Bruxism

Teeth Grinding in Glendale CA, Dr. Lucio H. Kim, DDS

I get this all the time.  Patients don't think that they grind/clench their teeth.  And then I show them pictures where their teeth look like they were used to stop Fred Flinstone's car or multiple fracture lines across the teeth or fillings or crowns have made the tooth look like they are ready to explode in slow motion.  Then I hear "those are MY teeth"?!?!  But this is understandable. The damage happens over a long period of time very slowly and when people clench/grind, they are usually sleeping.  So I get being incredulous about this condition.  But more and more the damage from "bruxism" is keeping me busy..fractured teeth and ...

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Hidden Sugar

Sugar and Oral Health in Glendale CA, Dr. Lucio H. Kim DDS

As dentists we are fighting a losing battle with the sugar industry.  The amount of money companies like CocaCola put out for advertising is no match for the PSA blurbs by dental associations.  Sodas, energy drinks, energy bars, granola bars, cereals, "health - organic" products are pumped full of a sugar.  And this puts us a health care practitioners at a severe disadvantage b/c how can we compete?  The FDA helps a bit with the labeling.  But then you have to do some serious math in order to find out how much the sugar content impacts you.  Some health cereals are as much as 55% sugar!  So the advice I ...

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What's new with dental implants?

Dental Implants in Glendale CA, Dr. Lucio H. Kim, DDS

So what is new with dental implants nowadays?  Since they were first utilized in the 1950's, the materials and techniques have come such a long way to give patients a better and more predictable way to replace missing teeth.  The materials have gotten better. Instead of commercially pure titanium, now the dental implants are made of titanium alloy.  Instead of general anesthesia to place them in patients, we can now just use the same numbing that we do for crowns and fillings (most of the time). We now use gloves! (We never used to).  We can use your own stem cells to accelerate healing and improve outcomes and decrease post ...

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I have to lose a tooth...should I get an implant or a bridge?

Dental Implant v Bridge | Lucio H. Kim, DDS

This is a question I answer almost on a daily basis.  I would make sure you NEED to lose the tooth.  Although it may be for just a little bit longer, I would still want to retain my own, natural teeth.  But the implant is definitely choice rather than the bridge.  The bridge needs to essentially destroy the teeth in front of and behind the space in order to anchor something there.  And the long term longevity of the bridge is not a good as the implant.  The implant is the closest thing to "lifetime" that I will allow myself to say in this profession.  It is a one tooth ...

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