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Why I like Gold Crowns...

Gold Crowns in Glendale CA, Dr. Lucio H. Kim, DDS

"Gold? Really??"  is the response I usually get when patients ask me what they should do to restore their teeth.  If you need a crown and it's in the back teeth, I will always recommend gold for you. Why?  Because it is the "gold standard" by which be judge all other dental restorations. It has been ever since dental work has been around.  It lasts longer, you don't have to cut the tooth down so much like you need to do for white crowns, less chance of having problems with cavities, it won't fracture like white crowns.

Why Gold Crowns?

The ONLY negative is that it's a gold color.  But in ...

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Best Oral Care Techniques

Close up of woman brushing teeth | Dentist Glendale CA

Dr. Lucio Kim believes that prevention is the best medicine when it comes to your oral health, however, we also understand that optimum oral health begins at home. You and your dentist are partners, and together with regular cleanings and checkups, and an excellent home care routine, you can prevent a number of oral health issues such as periodontal disease and tooth decay. Your dentist in Glendale offers tips for the best oral care techniques.

Switch to an Electric Toothbrush

Proper brushing technique is just as important as how often you brush your teeth. An electric toothbrush is a great option because it does the brushing work for you and it also ...

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Dental Insurance: WTH?

Dental Insurance Simplification in Glendale CA, Dr. Lucio H. Kim, DDS

Any kind of insurance, medical or dental, is increasingly difficulty to navigate these days.  But we're here for you to help navigate the intentional maze that is called "dental insurance".

Interpreting Insurance

Basically there are 2 main types: HMO and PPO.  HMO or DMO assigns you a dentist that you HAVE to go to in order to use the dental insurance.  Some are OK, some are not so OK. The main reason is the business model with HMO insurances.  They are a volume and "upsell" game.  The more patients they have signed up with them, then the larger the check they get each month is.  Also, the more treatments that they "sell" ...

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No more shots for getting numb (potentially)!

New ways of Numbing | Lucio H. Kim, DDS

The FDA just approved a new nasal spray that will get the majority of the upper teeth numb WITHOUT giving shots!

What is It?

It's called "Kovanaze"  and it could be a game changer for dentists and the dreaded shots for getting numb.  Now in all humility, I haven't gotten any complaints about my shots and everyone is pleasantly surprised at how much my shots don't hurt...but this is another potential great option for us dentists.  But if you're anxious about dental work or dental offices at any level, you can call my office for a consultation and we can talk about how we can work around those anxieties so that you ...

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Canker Sores

Canker Sore Remedies, Dr. Lucio H. Kim,DDS, Glendale CA

So painful and so annoying.

How to Treat a Canker Sore

If you get a canker sore, here are a couple of things you can do:

  • 1) Warm salt water rinse: Helps keep the sore bacteria free so that it heals faster.
  • 2) Powdered alum: Get it at the store and place a pinch of it on a moist Q-Tip.  Apply it to the sore area for about 5 seconds, then rinse well.  *Warning* This hurts like a #$*! for that 5 seconds. It's a chemical cauterization of the sore.  But you get relief afterwards. 

Now how to prevent them in the first place. Use a "SLS" sodium laurel sulfate free toothpaste. Gets some rest! Lots of ...

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Dental Implants vs. Dentures - Options for Replacing Multiple Missing Teeth

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

Daily life is a challenge when you're missing multiple teeth. Chewing your food properly becomes difficult, and this means your nutrition and diet may suffer. Smiling and talking in front of others may feel embarrassing, and this can affect your confidence. The good news is that there are options for replacing multiple missing teeth, and Dr. Lucio Kim can help! Dentures or Dental implants in Glendale may be the solution you're looking for, and here are some of the differences between them.

What is a Denture?

A denture is a removable appliance, typically made of acrylic that is designed to replace an entire arch of teeth with custom designed prosthetic teeth. ...

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