Lake Dental Center Kim Hak Won DDS

Dental Cleaning

It is very important to receive a bi-annual dental check up in order to monitor your oral health. During those visits, a dental cleaning, or dental prophylaxis will be performed in order to clean out all of the plaque and calcium deposits that you have missed. Even with thorough home care, bacteria can build up in between and in the periodontal pockets surrounding your dentition. This can lead to bleeding, pain, swelling, and even loss of bone and eventual loss of teeth. With regular check ups and dental prophylaxis, we can help maintain and improve your gum health, while detecting dental and periodontal problems before they become too serious.

Dental prophylaxis is recommended twice a year, but those with gum disease should be seen every 3 to 4 months. The cleaning is done with a gentle yet effective touch by the doctors of Irvine Lake Dental.

Root Canal Therapy

Severe tooth pain can be caused by many factors such as a deep cavity, traumatic injury, or tooth fracture. A compromised tooth can become susceptible to bacterial infection, which can degenerate the pulp, increase blood flow and thereby create pressure within the tooth. This can cause severe pain, bone degeneration, and eventual tooth loss. Root canal therapy can save your tooth from extraction and prevent systemic infection. In addition, by keeping your own natural tooth intact, you won’t have to invest time and money on replacement teeth.

Will root canal therapy hurt? Not with today’s advanced analgesics and technology. Dr. David Kim uses a surgical microscope to achieve the best result possible for your tooth. The entire process can be so comfortable that many patients doze off. The procedure consists of cleaning out the diseased canal or canals, filling the canals with a biologically-inert substance, thereby sealing it from further infection. After the root canal, the tooth will need a post, a core, and a crown in order to restore the lost tooth structure.

While some patients experience post-procedural soreness or slight tissue inflammation, these are controllable with over-the-counter analgesics. Follow-up care involves thorough home hygiene and regular dental visits for cleanings and check ups. Root canals are highly successful, and with the skills and expertise of the doctors at Irvine Lake Dental, you can enjoy life without the pain of an aching tooth.

Home Dental Implants
Dental Implants

Dental implants provide the perfect solution for missing teeth. A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed into the jaw and replacing a missing tooth. Once the biocompatible dental implant integrates with your jawbone, an abutment and a crown is attached to complete the procedure.

The placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. During the first procedure, the implants are placed in the jawbone. Then the patient must wait four to six months in order for the implants to bond with the jawbone. Temporary dentures can be provided for function and aesthetics. The second phase takes place after the integration is complete. The doctors of Irvine Lake Dental will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar, and soon after your new teeth will be fabricated.

Dental implant patients enjoy renewed freedom and self-assurance when eating, speaking, or smiling in public. In addition, replacing missing teeth will stop natural bone deterioration and the shifting of your bite. You’ll feel better because you can eat the healthy foods you need, as well as the chewy foods you love. Implants look so natural that only you and the doctor will know that your smile isn’t all your own.

The entire procedure typically takes four to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.

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