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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dental Implants

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There’s a lot to consider when it comes to your oral health care. Fortunately, our Glendale dental office is 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.

Dental Implants

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 insurance in glendale caWe accept any PPO insurance, including Delta, Aetna, and Guardian Premiere. If you have questions about your specific insurance, please don’t hesitate to call our office. We know that figuring out your coverage can often be confusing, and we’re happy to help guide you through the process.

Dental implant diagram | dental implants in glendale caThat's a common question I get about dental implants all the time when we have consultations.  Dental implants cannot get cavities or decay. So that's good.  But dental implants are vulnerable to gum issues.  You need to keep them they are the only teeth in your mouth kind of clean. Also, the dental implants themselves (the titanium placed into the actual bone as support) need to be placed in a good place.  AND the implant crowns need to be designed correctly as to allow for cleaning and to make sure they are biting down the wrong way.  

Dental Implants in Glendale

So it's not just one thing that determines the longevity of dental implants.  Let's talk numbers. Traditional dental "bridges" have a success rate of about 50-65% over a 10-year span. Dental implants have a better success rate over 10 years, about 85-95%. The odds are in your favor.  But like most things, the better you take care of it, the better chance it has for lasting in the long term.  

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