Prevention is the best defense against tooth and gum disease and associated problems. Brushing twice a day, routine flossing, regular dental exams and professional cleanings are the best steps toward prevention. We invite you to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive examination. Even if you think your mouth is in perfect health, we suggest you come in for regular exams. Maintenance and prevention are the best ways to keep your attractive smile healthy and help prevent more costly treatments in the future! During regular check-ups and recall visits, we take care to ensure the ongoing health of your teeth. In particular, we strive to prevent cavities and disease by using: Digital x-rays, fluoride treatments, sealants, routine periodontal (gum) examinations, oral cancer screenings, ans laser soft tissue management.
Over 75% of Americans age 35 and over have some form of gum disease, a result of poor dental hygiene and the subsequent build-up of plaque. In its earliest stage, your gums might swell and bleed easily. At its worst, you might lose your teeth. So, if you want to keep your teeth, you must take care of your gums. The good news is that gum disease is preventable in most cases. Attention to everyday oral hygiene (brushing and flossing), coupled with professional cleanings twice a year, could be all that’s needed to prevent and actually reverse the early stage of gum disease. If you have gum disease, Dr. Kim will identify it during your exam and recommend the best treatment for the level of severity
We provide a wide range of services from preventive to cosmetic dental services.
We are dedicated to walk our patients very thoroughly so they are able to make the most informed decision about their dental care. Dr. Kim provides the most advanced dental treatments with an extremely gentle touch. Call today to experience the Caring Smile Family Dentistry difference.
Crowns and Bridges
A crown is a prosthetic tooth that is used to restore teeth where the structure is too weakened or damaged to accept amalgam or dental composite fillings. Dental technology has come a long way to improve the look of crowns. Compared to the old style bridges, these works of art are exceptionally well fitting and very natural looking. Using a bridge or crown with a metal base covered with porcelain or using all porcelain material eliminates the dark edges at the gum line that were visible with the old style bridges and crowns.
Full and Partial Dentures
Dentures can take the place of missing natural teeth. Dentures allow patients to chew and speak more easily while improving their appearance and boosting self-confidence. Full dentures are used when all of a patient’s teeth need to be replaced. Partial dentures are used when only a few teeth are missing. In either case, dentures can help you look and feel your best.
A less expensive and less invasive remedy than crowns or veneers, composite bonding is an effective technique used to improve the appearance of your teeth. Bonding is ideal for masking teeth that are chipped, cracked, stained or injured teeth or reducing gaps between teeth. During the procedure, a delicate layer of plastic is painted onto the damaged teeth, adding strength and making them virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. Composite bonding is a quick process, typically lasting less than an hour. Compared to veneers or crowns, it is a popular choice because it does not reduce the tooth’s original structure. Composite bonding is also relatively inexpensive. And finally, composite resins are available in many different shades. The shade can be chosen to match the natural color of the original tooth. This type of bonding however will need to be redone after a while due to staining.
Over time, teeth can lose their brightness and become discolored from drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes and from the inevitable process of aging. No matter what age you are, dazzling, bright white teeth will transform your appearance and makes you look more attractive and feel more confident. Caring Smile provides convenient “at-home Tray Whitening” systems for their patients. Developed from custom-fitted models of your teeth, the whitening trays are then placed in your mouth to give brighter, whiter teeth.
Thanks to fluoride, dental sealants and better dental habits, fifty percent of school-age children now have no cavities. Bristow Dental Care provides quality, effective dental sealants for your children’s teeth that will protect them from the normal causes of cavities.
Mouth guards are often used to protect your child’s teeth from injury due to teeth grinding and during sports. The guard usually covers the upper teeth; however, if your child wears braces or another fixed dental appliance on his lower jaw, Dr. Kim may suggest a mouth protector for these teeth, too.