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

Diagram of dental implant | 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 a 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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Improving Healing by using your own blood....

Illustration of vial with blood in it | Stem Cells and Dentistry | Lucio H. Kim, DDS

Stem cells and your own blood for healing 

There is a way to use your own blood to augment healing in surgical procedures. What we do is simply draw from your own body and spin it down in a high-speed medical centrifuge. What this does is isolates all your healing factors, growth factors, and stem cells. We then implant these items into the surgical area to improve the speed and quality and healing in dental implant and gum recession surgeries. 

Is this procedure new to dentistry?

Dr. Kim has been using stem cells in the practice for over 8 years at a great benefit to our patients. The procedure is widely used ...

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How To Prepare For Dental Implants

Dental Implant Preparation in Glendale CA, Dr Lucio H. Kim, DDS

It's exciting to consider dental implants as an option for restoring your missing tooth! Dental implants are by far the best investment you can make in restoring your smile and your oral health. This is because they replace both your root and your tooth, which restores and protects the integrity of your teeth and jawbone. If you're considering 91207 dental implants, Dr. Lucio Kim is your premiere dental provider, and he can guide you through the entire process from start to finish. Here are some things you can do to prepare for your dental implant treatment.

An Initial Consultation

Meeting with Dr. Kim is the first place to start to determine if ...

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Please Floss

Please Floss | Lucio H. Kim, DDS

Your tooth is like an iceberg.

 A lot of important surfaces are underneath the gums and in between the teeth where the toothbrush simply cannot reach.

Why Should I Floss?

 Brushing is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to keeping your teeth for the rest of your life.  Once a cavity takes hold, it is very very difficult to stop. Preventing it in the first place really is the best thing. The picture is of an actual tooth sectioned in half to show you how the decay creeps through the tooth and eventually invades the heart of the tooth, or the nerve.  Then we're in the realm of root ...

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Smoking and Dental Implants

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

Smoking cigarettes or other tobacco-based products brings a multitude of foreign chemicals into your mouth and in turn allows for a lot of negative side. And it is these side effects of smoking can have major consequences when getting dental implant surgery. 

 

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Which Adult Orthodontic Options Are Right for You?

Man with braces | Adult Orthodontics in Glendale CA, Dr Lucio H. Kim

More adults than ever are choosing to straighten their teeth. It’s no surprise, either, considering the innovative new orthodontic technologies that are available! People often associate braces with the awkward teenage years, and as a mature professional, the last thing you want is a flashback to middle school. Fortunately, today’s orthodontics for adults are both subtle and effective, allowing you to maintain your self-image and avoid uncomfortable or embarrassing situations. If you live in Glendale, an orthodontics consultation with Dr. Lucio Kim can help you determine which options are going to be the most effective for you.

Determining Your Orthodontic Goals

When it comes to choosing the best option for your orthodontic ...

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Why do I get cavities??

Cavities in Glendale CA, Dr. Lucio H. Kim, DDS

When teeth erupt through the gums and you can start to see them, they are vulnerable to cavities. The plaque (bacteria) has something to cling on to. And if left there for a period of time, will start to cause decay.  The back teeth are more prone due to the fact that they are harder to clean and have grooves and pits that hide the plaque better.

Causes for Cavities

Certain foods and drinks.  We’ve been told this ever since we were little, but refined sugars increase the food source for the bacteria and make them more virulent to cause cavities easier.  Soft drinks keep dentists in business.

Frequent snacking or sipping. Nibbling ...

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