Lucio H. Kim DDS
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Helping Your Implants Last a Lifetime

Helping Your Implants Last a Lifetime | Bonita Grande Dental

Dental implants, in one form or another, have been widely used for over 50 years. In that time, they have become one of the most predictable and successful of all procedures in dentistry. When cared for properly, the success rate for dental implants is about 95%.

One way to ensure the success of dental implants is to find a dentist who is skilled in the procedure. Dr. Lucio Kim has had extensive training and experience in placing implants at our Glendale, CA dental office and continues to learn everything he can to ensure the success of your implant.

Choosing a dental implant for tooth replacement is a big decision. You have to ...

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Who has an extra 1000$ for....anything???

Who Has Extra Money | Lucio H. Kim, DDS

So you just broke a tooth.  Something has started to ache in your teeth and you haven't been to the dentist in a few years. Your car has started to make funny noises.  You walk into a flooded laundry room.  Things in your mouth (and life) sometimes come up unexpectedly.  Hey, that's life right? You have to get it fixed, right? Oh, but that filling is how much? More questions than anything...but one of the main ones I get is "Do you have any payment plans?".  I used to say "I have CareCredit...or You can pay as you go..." But now I say "Yes! Yes I do".  Not many people ...

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Three Steps to Get the Most from Your Whitening

Get the Most From Your Whitening | Lucio H. Kim, DDS

You finally went ahead and had a professional teeth whitening treatment at our Glendale dental office, and you’re absolutely THRILLED with the results! You’ve gotten everything you expected from your treatment and then some! 

Now you want to maintain that beautifully bright smile for as long as possible. It’s not complicated, but it does require a little effort and thought on your part. If you want to enjoy your new smile for as long as possible, we offer these three easy steps you can take to extend the life of your whitening treatment:

  1. Brush and floss diligently – You knew we would say that, didn’t you? Of course, this is something ...

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The Mouth-Body Connection

The Mouth-Body Connection | Lucio H. Kim, DDS

One of reasons I got into dentistry was that it was rarely life or death.  And while I absolutely take my job seriously, on a bad day, the patient loses a tooth....which we can easily replace.  Not TOO horrible, right?  But over the past 18 years I've been practicing, there have been new developments on how your oral health can affect the rest of your body and your life.  No, this is any kind of earthy-crunchy, oil pulling holistic crap.  This stuff can kill you.  I used to just think that "it made sense" that the bacteria in your mouth could POSSIBLY affect the rest of your body.  There is ...

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My Teeth Got Crooked Again

My Teeth Got Crooked Again | Lucio H. Kim DDS

"Doc, I used to wear braces, but I lost my retainer a long time ago and now these front teeth are getting crooked again"

This is something patients tell me almost on a daily basis.  So here's a solution for you.  It doesn't involve braces with the train tracks and the wires. It's MUCH cheaper than Invisalign...about 1/3-1/2 the cost!  And can work as fast in a matter of weeks to a few months.  It's called the Inman Aligner.  It's like wearing a retainer that can align the front teeth quickly and without the pain of braces.  You need to come in every few weeks for adjustments and you need to ...

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3 Ways Dental Implants Function Like a Natural Tooth

3 Ways Dental Implants Function Like a Natural Tooth | Lucio H. Kim DDS

When it comes to tooth replacement, there’s little doubt that dental implants are the way to go. The process may seem involved, but it’s really as simple as this – a small titanium post is surgically placed in your jaw bone, allowed to heal, then finished with a functional restoration like a dental crown or denture.  

There are many benefits to using implants, but patients in Glendale really appreciate the fact that implants are permanently secured in your jaw. If you’re used to removable prosthetics like bridges or dentures, we think you will really appreciate that permanency and stability of implants.

That’s right – once the process is complete, your implant ...

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Happy New Year! and What's in a name?

Happy New Year! and What's in a name? | Dr. Lucio H. Kim, DDS

Happy 2017! I hope you're new year is starting off well and healthy!  Wanted to blog about "What's in a name".  Some patients have asked me why I didn't name my office "Glendale Dental" or "Glendale Elite Smiles" or something along those lines.  They said that it would possibly help me with my google rankings and with people searching for a dentist in the area.  When I opened the practice in 2001, I had though about that, but ultimately decided against it.  The reason was that the name of a practice is very important.  It tells the patient a little about the practice.  And for me, I wanted it to ...

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