Cosmetic Dentistry & Implant Dentistry
Dr. Kim D.D.S., F.I.C.O.I., F.M.I.I.I.
1st Smile Dental Care
Excellence in Cosmetic Dentistry
A flattering smile can enhance appearance and
confidence! Using advanced skills, today's materials and
state-of-the-art technology, Dr. Kim creates flattering smiles with
natural appeal. Teeth that are discolored, chipped, cracked, or
misaligned can often be repaired in only two appointments. For a smile
you love to share, his recommendation may include one or a
combination of techniques.
Speak, chew, smile and laugh with total
confidence. For exceptional appeal and function, Dr. Kim provides
comprehensive dental care so you can enjoy a confident, beautiful,
healthy smile. Treatment recommendations will be based upon your
individual needs and desires.
oral health is important for smiles that last a lifetime. The best way
to protect your smile and avoid costly treatment is through prevention.
To help maintain your oral health and appearance, a regimen of careful
cleaning and examination is incorporated into preventive appointments.
If risk factors are present, Dr. Kim will develop a treatment program to
restore your mouth to a healthy state.
A full range of services are available to help you enjoy the confidence
and comfort of a healthy smile.
Full-mouth dental and periodontal (gum) exam
- Examinations are conducted in a private setting, with detail and a
thorough manner. We employ the latest in technology and techniques
to help determine your personalized dental needs. At the same time,
we use digital radiography (low radiation), Computer Cosmetic
Imaging, Microscopic intra-oral-dentistry cameras to evaluate and
display your dental needs. You will participate in your evaluation.
Cleaning, Periodontal Scaling, Polishing and Flossing
Dental Cleaning - Dental cleaning
is the professional cleaning you can only receive from a
qualified dentist or dental hygienist. Routine dental
cleaning includes scaling and polishing. These important
steps are outlined in detail below.
Scaling - This is the removal of plaque and
tartar from all tooth surfaces with different types of
scaling being used in relation to the amount of plaque and
tartar. Dentist and Dental hygienist perform traditional
scaling by hand. Advances in technology have led to more
modern methods such as electric scalers, which allow dental
cleaning to be done in much shorter period of time. However,
to achieve best results, electric and manual scaling should
be combined in dental cleaning. Ultrasonic scaling uses a
machine called a cavitron, which uses sound waves to remove
tartar. Ultrasonic scalers can only remove 50% of total
tartar buildup so hand scaling must follow cavitron scaling.
People who wear pacemaker cannot get ultrasonic scaling
because the ultrasonic sound can interfere with the function
of the pacemaker.
Polishing - This is the
finishing touch of rubbing on the surface of the teeth. There are two
kinds of polisher, the prophy jet polishing and rubber tip
polishing with prophy paste. Prophy jet polishing works by
spraying high pressured water mixed with baking soda paste
onto the surface of your teeth. This powered water can wash
away the residue and plaque, while the baking soda removes
the brown and yellow stains and neutralizes the acidic
conditions in your mouth. Rubber cup polishing employs a
low-speed hand piece with a rubber cup tip mounted on the
top that contains a polishing paste that is made of abrasive
ingredients ideal for removing stains. The amount of time needed
for dental cleaning depends on factors from plaque deposits,
complication of dental restorations and your gingival
health. People with more tartar and plaque buildup need
longer appointments than those who have relatively cleaner
teeth. In a moderate case dental cleaning should take about
25 to 30 minutes. Cleaning should be performed every six
months to prevent excessive plaque build up. Lack of
cleaning allows the growth of plaque, which if left
unchecked can lead to the various types of conditions
involved in tooth decay.
Oral cancer screening
Periodic radiographs (X-Rays) to detect decay, bone loss or tumors
Consultation and recommendations
Nonmetallic Fillings (Composite Fillings)
Sealants, , and
Dr. Kim and every member of our staff make your comfort a priority at
all times. Your visits can include a variety of comfort options,
including audio headsets, video goggles, and oral sedation.
Oral sedation allows you to be totally relaxed throughout
your procedure with no memory of it afterwards. Recovery time is fast
and leaves you feeling refreshed.
If you have concerns regarding your comfort, do not hesitate to
express these to Dr. Kim or any staff member prior to your visit.
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