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Healthy Living Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Do you have questions about your oral health or dental services that we offer? We are more than happy to help! At Healthy Living Dentistry, we collaborate with patients to help you maintain a happy, healthy smile. Patient education is crucial for us, and we want you to be well informed. 

We've put together some frequently asked questions about dental services and procedures, and our dentist in Foothill Ranch can provide answers! However, if you need additional information or have other questions, we encourage you to contact our dental office at (949) 830-2003!

Crowns and Bridges

Having a gap in your smile not only alters your appearance, but can also change the contours of your jawline. Missing a tooth can also create a shift in your smile as the surrounding teeth move toward the empty space, leading to bone recession and facial sagging that ages you prematurely.

By restoring your tooth, you can continue enjoying your favorite meals and speak clearly. Are you hiding your smile because you feel uncomfortable? We offer multiple dental services to restore your appearance, self-esteem, and quality of life.

We Restore Missing Teeth

At Healthy Living Dentistry, patients may enjoy tooth replacement options like:

Full and partial dentures are a popular tooth restoration option for many patients in Foothill Ranch. Modern advancements in dental material and technology mean that modern-day dentures are more comfortable and look more natural than dentures from decades ago.  

Dental implants are the only permanent option to restore missing teeth, down to the root. This stimulates healthy bone growth and stops adjacent teeth from shifting. With proper care and maintenance, patients can expect to enjoy their dental implants for a lifetime. 

All-on-4 dental implants are a wonderful option for patients with multiple missing teeth on either arch. Instead of replacing each individual tooth, we can restore all the teeth on the top or bottom of your smile.

Patients who are missing one or multiple teeth may be interested in a non-surgical alternative. Your dentist will use neighboring teeth to "bridge" an artificial tooth in the empty space. This comfortable and natural-looking prosthetic is a popular option.

Replace Missing Teeth in Foothill Ranch

If you are missing teeth, there are options! Call Healthy Living Dentistry in Orange County so that Dr. Kim can bring back your beautiful smile. 

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a great option for almost all patients. 

Patients missing one or multiple teeth in Foothill Ranch, CA may be interested in this permanent tooth restoration service.

How Dental Implants Work

When a tooth is missing, the root stops keeping the jaw bone anchored and healthy. Dental implants are bonded to the bone and help stimulate new bone growth and keep your surrounding teeth from shifting. 

Dental implants are thin, biocompatible titanium posts that integrate fully with your smile and completely restore your tooth.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants? 

Almost anyone is a good candidate for dental implants, but Dr. Roy Kim can determine if your jaw bone density can support a dental implant through digital x-rays. 

If we find prevalent bone loss, we may recommend further procedures like bone grafting therapy to support the dental implant. 

We consider your oral health and medical history, smile needs, and smile goals while making recommendations.

During your visit with us, we will go over all relevant alternatives to restoring your smile. We help our patients make thoughtful, informed decisions about their oral health. 

Schedule Your Dental Implant Evaluation

Patients who are missing one or more teeth can give our dental office a call today to schedule a dental implant evaluation to determine your candidacy. Call our Foothill Ranch, CA dental office so we can schedule you with Dr. Kim. 

If you are unhappy with your smile, it can affect your diet, self-esteem, and appearance. We are here to improve your quality of life. 

Having a gap in your smile not only alters your appearance, but can also change the contours of your jawline. Missing a tooth can also create a shift in your smile as the surrounding teeth move toward the empty space, leading to bone recession and facial sagging that ages you prematurely.

By restoring your tooth, you can continue enjoying your favorite meals and speak clearly. Are you hiding your smile because you feel uncomfortable? We offer multiple dental services to restore your appearance, self-esteem, and quality of life.

We Restore Missing Teeth

At Healthy Living Dentistry, patients may enjoy tooth replacement options like:

Full and partial dentures are a popular tooth restoration option for many patients in Foothill Ranch. Modern advancements in dental material and technology mean that modern-day dentures are more comfortable and look more natural than dentures from decades ago.  

Dental implants are the only permanent option to restore missing teeth, down to the root. This stimulates healthy bone growth and stops adjacent teeth from shifting. With proper care and maintenance, patients can expect to enjoy their dental implants for a lifetime. 

All-on-4 dental implants are a wonderful option for patients with multiple missing teeth on either arch. Instead of replacing each individual tooth, we can restore all the teeth on the top or bottom of your smile.

Patients who are missing one or multiple teeth may be interested in a non-surgical alternative. Your dentist will use neighboring teeth to "bridge" an artificial tooth in the empty space. This comfortable and natural-looking prosthetic is a popular option.

Replace Missing Teeth in Foothill Ranch

If you are missing teeth, there are options! Call Healthy Living Dentistry in Orange County so that Dr. Kim can bring back your beautiful smile. 

Cosmetic Dentistry

At Healthy Living Dentistry, we offer a comprehensive array of cosmetic dentistry treatments in Foothill Ranch, CA that can be combined to design your perfect smile.  

Your Options for Cosmetic Dental Treatments 

For some patients, a simple professional teeth whitening treatment can be all that is needed to restore your smile to a more beautiful, youthful appearance. Dr. Roy Kim makes this treatment easy and reliable, and many patients see results in just one dental visit. 

Other smile flaws like chipped teeth or dark-colored dental fillings can be remedied through tooth-colored dental bonding. This composite resin is shaded to blend with your smile, and we shape it to fill in gaps, chips, cracks, and cover stains and discolorations. This conservative approach can be made in one dental visit. 

Is your smile crooked and misaligned? If so, you might be interested in Invisalign invisible braces. Unlike traditional braces that use metal brackets and wires, invisible braces incorporate smooth plastic aligners to gently shift your teeth into a more desired position.

You may not immediately consider dental treatments like Invisalign, dental crowns, dental bonding, or even tooth replacement as cosmetic, but all of them improve your appearance and oral health. 

Call Healthy Living Dentistry Today!

As you can see, we offer many different possibilities to revamp your smile, and often in less time than you might think. Call our Orange County dental office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kim.

General Dentist

We love seeing our youngest patients when their first baby tooth emerges, or around one year of age. We find that when parents bring their children with them to their own dental checkups, they become used to the sights and sounds of our Foothill Ranch, CA dental office. 

Together, we can show them that dental care isn't a scary process. If you have any questions or concerns about your son's or daughter's teeth or oral health, please call us at any time.

We Work With Patients of All Ages

Although we recommend a certain age to see your child, we are always happy to see them at any age. During your child's first dental visit, we'll take the time to let them familiarize themselves with our dental tools and equipment so the noise doesn't startle them.

If your little one is very young, Dr. Roy Kim may just brush their teeth and examine their smile for cavities or abnormalities. 

Call Us Today to Schedule Your Child's First Dental Visit

We work hard to make sure every visit with us is pleasant and comfortable. We appreciate that your child's first experiences can set the tone for the rest of their oral health life, so we go to great lengths to make it an exceptional appointment. 

Call Healthy Living Dentistry to put your child on our schedule today!

Absolutely!

In fact, preventive dentistry is the best way to avoid complicated dental emergencies, root canals, and tooth extractions. Our Foothill Ranch general dentist provides regular exams and teeth cleanings using digital x-rays and advanced dental technology.

Dr. Roy Kim is trained to find dental health issues during your visit with us, and we offer a full array of dental services to treat any abnormalities. 

Our Dental Services 

We help keep your smile bright and strong by offering many different alternatives that suit your lifestyle, smile needs, and budget, including:

  • Full and partial dentures
  • Dental implants
  • Dental crowns and bridges
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Invisible braces

By offering multiple treatment options, our patients can skip over having to find different dental specialists to fix their smiles. We want to make keeping up with your oral health easy and reliable. 

We keep our dental treatments efficient, gentle, and comprehensive. We take pride in our work, and we hope it shows. Through our collaborative approach, we help guide patients in taking action when necessary. We never recommend unnecessary treatments or upsell fads. 

We work hard to preserve strong doctor-patient bonds built on a strong foundation of integrity, mutual respect, and trust. 

We Always Accept New Patients Near Foothill Ranch! 

Call our family dental practice today to schedule an appointment! You can fill out our online form or contact our dental office at (949) 830-2003.

Healthy Living Dentistry is located at 26720 Towne Centre Drive, in Suite B. We happily serve patients from Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Irvine, and surrounding communities. 

 

It’s important you visit your Foothill Ranch dentist regularly so he can make sure your teeth and gums stay healthy and functional. 

What to Expect at Your Dental Cleaning

At Healthy Living Dentistry, we suggest patients visit Dr. Kim for a dental cleaning every six to twelve months, depending on your needs. 

During a dental cleaning at Healthy Living Dentistry, you can expect the following:

  • Review of any dental health concerns or goals
  • A full-mouth examination 
  • Digital dental x-rays, if needed
  • Oral cancer screening 
  • Comprehensive plaque and tartar removal 
  • Toothpaste cleaning 
  • Expert flossing 
  • Rinse and polish

During your dental cleaning and exam, Dr. Kim will also check for any changes since your last visit, as well as signs of decay, gum disease, and dental health risks. Doing so ensures that your oral health is on track, and he can quickly address any changes or potential health risks. 

Dr. Kim can also review your nutrition and oral hygiene habits so you understand the best practices for your one-of-a-kind smile. 

If you have any areas of concern, dental pain, or damaged or broken restorations, Dr. Kim can help relieve your pain and discomfort and make repairs or adjustments. 

Once your cleaning and exam are complete, you can enjoy a fresher, brighter smile! 

Are You Ready to Schedule Your Dental Cleaning?

Whether you are an avid brusher or you haven’t seen the dentist in a while, Dr. Kim is always welcoming, nonjudgmental, and honored to help you care for your smile. To schedule your next dental cleaning, please contact us by calling (949) 830-2003.

Dentures and Partial Dentures

Having a gap in your smile not only alters your appearance, but can also change the contours of your jawline. Missing a tooth can also create a shift in your smile as the surrounding teeth move toward the empty space, leading to bone recession and facial sagging that ages you prematurely.

By restoring your tooth, you can continue enjoying your favorite meals and speak clearly. Are you hiding your smile because you feel uncomfortable? We offer multiple dental services to restore your appearance, self-esteem, and quality of life.

We Restore Missing Teeth

At Healthy Living Dentistry, patients may enjoy tooth replacement options like:

Full and partial dentures are a popular tooth restoration option for many patients in Foothill Ranch. Modern advancements in dental material and technology mean that modern-day dentures are more comfortable and look more natural than dentures from decades ago.  

Dental implants are the only permanent option to restore missing teeth, down to the root. This stimulates healthy bone growth and stops adjacent teeth from shifting. With proper care and maintenance, patients can expect to enjoy their dental implants for a lifetime. 

All-on-4 dental implants are a wonderful option for patients with multiple missing teeth on either arch. Instead of replacing each individual tooth, we can restore all the teeth on the top or bottom of your smile.

Patients who are missing one or multiple teeth may be interested in a non-surgical alternative. Your dentist will use neighboring teeth to "bridge" an artificial tooth in the empty space. This comfortable and natural-looking prosthetic is a popular option.

Replace Missing Teeth in Foothill Ranch

If you are missing teeth, there are options! Call Healthy Living Dentistry in Orange County so that Dr. Kim can bring back your beautiful smile. 

Emergency Dentist

Accidents can happen at any time, and dental emergencies are no exception. Injuries, knocked-out teeth, severe tooth pain, and loose dental restorations are just a few situations that often require immediate professional care.

When instances like these happen, we'd like our patients to know that we create time in our schedule for last-minute emergency services to help treat your pain and manage any injury.

You must see us immediately to improve your outcome and to prevent future complications. We are honored to serve our Orange County community.

Common Dental Emergencies

We treat mild to complicated emergency cases, from toothaches to any abnormal oral health problems.

Tooth Pain

It can be stressful and distracting to experience relentless toothaches. They can make it challenging to eat, speak, talk, and do your daily tasks. It's never normal to experience pain in your smile, and it may indicate tooth decay, gum disease, infection, or an abscess. 

Knocked-Out Teeth

Some dental emergencies can wait until the next morning, but a broken or knocked-out tooth is time-sensitive. The sooner we can see you, the better our chances are of saving your tooth. It's vital that you come to see us within an hour. We advise that patients keep the roots of their tooth from drying out by keeping it safe in their mouth or a cup of water or milk.

Cracked Teeth

Similar to a knocked-out tooth, it's important that you visit Dr. Roy Kim immediately so we can reattach your broken tooth. 

Lost or Broken Tooth Filling or Dental Crown

While a damaged or lost dental restoration may not be a critical dental emergency, patients may want to see us immediately if it feels uncomfortable. 

Contact Us if You Have a Dental Emergency

Do you have a dental emergency in Foothill Ranch, CA? Give Healthy Living Dentistry a call right away so we can provide the healing you need. 

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