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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Do you have questions about your oral health or dental services that we offer in Lake Forest? 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!

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Healthy Living Dentistry, the dental office of Dr. Roy Kim, DDS, is conveniently located at the following address:

26720 Towne Centre Dr. Suite B
Foothill Ranch, CA 92610

You will find our dental office in the Kaiser Permanente Foothill Ranch Medical Offices Plaza at the intersection of Towne Centre Drive and Auto Center Drive. 

Many patients visit our dentist office from local residential developments including The Meadows, Serrano Summit, Teresena and others in the Foothill Ranch area. If you are driving from nearby communities like Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Laguna Woods, and Woodbury, our dentist office is just a short drive away! 

Our Location in Foothill Ranch

Traveling via CA-241 N and Towne Centre Drive, you will take CA-241 N and Exit 23 to Towne Centre Drive and follow the street until you reach the medical plaza where we are located. We have a large parking lot with spaces for our patients, including accessible parking spots for your convenience.

We are across the street from Mustard Cafe and Grill and Camden Square. Nearby sits the cavernous Etnies Skatepark, where pros and amateurs practice skateboarding, rollerblading, and more. The winding Serrano Creek Trail runs right by Etnies Skatepark down the street from our dental office, where families can enjoy a pleasant, leisurely stroll outdoors. 

Book Your Visit to Healthy Living Dentistry

If you need assistance with directions to Healthy Living Dentistry in Foothill Ranch, please call our dental office at (949) 830-2003. One of our friendly staff members will be happy to help you or answer any questions you may have.

We are always available to help you with whatever you need, and we look forward to seeing you at your next visit to Healthy Living Dentistry. 

All-on-Four Implant Dentures

At Healthy Living Dentistry, Dr. Roy Kim, DDS provides more than just single dental implants. With today’s technology, our dentist can use implants to restore entire arches of teeth. One of the ways we do this is through All-on-4 denture implants.

A single dental implant is a thin but durable screw surgically placed in your jawbone. It bonds with your bone over many months, and then it is time for your replacement tooth.

All-on-4 is similar, but our dentist relies on four dental implants to restore your entire smile. This approach makes implant dentistry accessible to more people, even those with complete tooth loss.

Benefits of All-on-4 Denture Implants

The advantages of All-on-4 include:

  • Access to implant dentistry despite complete tooth loss—typically cheaper than multiple single implants
  • A stable prosthetic that does not require adhesives or trips to the dentist for relines
  • Jawbone implants can help stimulate your jawbone against deterioration.

Book a Consultation with Your Dentist for Implants in Foothill Ranch

Your initial visit answers this question. Dr. Roy Kim, DDS, will examine your mouth, check the integrity of your jawbone, and talk to you about all findings. We will also let you know about the price and your treatment schedule. Your dentist always encourages your questions.

To schedule a consultation for All-on-4 implant dentures, give Healthy Living Dentistry a call today at (949) 830-2003.

Dental Crowns and Bridges

When you've suffered some form of tooth damage, you and your dentist can choose from several restorations depending on your tooth needs. For example, we can fix a chip or crack in the front of a tooth with an inlay or veneer. In the case of severe damage, your tooth might need a dental crown, which is a porcelain cap that completely covers your old tooth on all sides.

Your dentist will have measured your crown to fit, cementing it in place with special adhesives. However, these adhesives may break down over time, and with heavy use, your crown may begin to feel loose.

How to Address a Loose Dental Crown

In most cases, your dental crown is a precision-crafted, high-quality ceramic restoration with a replacement cost of potentially hundreds of dollars. Therefore, it represents a significant investment that you want to preserve.

So if your crown feels loose, you should contact your Foothill Ranch dentist right away to get it reattached. In the meantime, you'll want to chew very carefully, and if you completely dislodge your crown, you'll want to make sure you don't swallow it and put it in a safe place until your appointment.

Contact Our Foothill Ranch Dental Office for Crown Repair!

At Healthy Living Dentistry, Dr. Roy Kim, DDS is happy to help treat your loose dental crown. Give our Foothill Ranch dentist office a call at (949) 830-2003 and we can schedule an appointment take care to preserve your crown and ensure you don't lose your investment.

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 restorative dental services to regain your appearance, self-esteem, and quality of life.

Restorative Dentistry in Foothill Ranch, CA

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

Full and partial dentures are a popular tooth restoration option for many patients near 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 near Lake Forest, CA 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.

Contact Healthy Living Dentistry to Get Started!

If you are missing teeth, there are options! Call Healthy Living Dentistry in Orange County at (949) 830-2003 to schedule a consultation with our restorative dentist in Foothill Ranch, CA. 

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a popular restorative treatment at Healthy Living Dentistry.

Patients near Foothill Ranch, CA who are missing one or multiple teeth 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, DDS 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 our dentist in Foothill Ranch, we will go over all relevant alternatives to restoring your smile. We help our patients make thoughtful, informed decisions about their oral health. 

Schedule a Consultation for Dental Implants in Lake Forest, CA

Patients who are missing one or more teeth can contact our dental office to set up a dental implant evaluation to determine your candidacy. Call our Foothill Ranch, CA dental office at (949) 830-2003 so we can schedule your consultation 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 restorative dental services to regain your appearance, self-esteem, and quality of life.

Restorative Dentistry in Foothill Ranch, CA

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

Full and partial dentures are a popular tooth restoration option for many patients near 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 near Lake Forest, CA 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.

Contact Healthy Living Dentistry to Get Started!

If you are missing teeth, there are options! Call Healthy Living Dentistry in Orange County at (949) 830-2003 to schedule a consultation with our restorative dentist in Foothill Ranch, CA. 

Cosmetic Dentistry

The safest and most effective way to whiten your teeth without damaging them is to seek professional treatment from a dentist.

At Healthy Living Dentistry, we offer take-home teeth whitening in Foothill Ranch, CA. Teeth whitening is one of the most immediate and accessible cosmetic dental treatments available today. 

Professional Teeth Whitening in Foothill Ranch

Store-bought teeth whiteners are often too abrasive on enamel, and they can sting or burn soft oral tissues.

Our professional take-home whitening kits allow patients to erase stains and whiten yellow, dark, or dull teeth in the comfort of their own home, on their own schedule. 

Dr. Roy Kim, DDS starts by assessing your oral health and whitening goals. He then fabricates custom bleaching trays to comfortably fit over your teeth so the whitening solution doesn’t unevenly spread or irritate your gums. 

During your initial consultation, Dr. Kim will give you special instructions on applying the prescription-grade bleaching gel so you can attain smooth, bright teeth. 

Eliminate Years of Unsightly Dental Stains 

Over time, our teeth naturally discolor due to aging, diet, medication, injury, genetics, and more. But this doesn’t mean you have to tolerate a less-than-lustrous smile.

Our team at Healthy Living Dentistry wants to help you manifest the pearly whites you have always dreamed of having. 

Contact us today at (949) 830-2003 to learn more about our teeth whitening options or schedule your consultation with Dr. Kim

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, DDS 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 in Foothill Ranch 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 at (949) 830-2003 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kim.

Invisalign Clear Braces

Invisalign in Foothill Ranch, CA, works through a series of clear aligners. You wear aligners over your teeth, changing to new ones every few weeks throughout treatment. Across these weeks, you’ll notice your teeth lining up slowly.

If you’re considering Invisalign, we schedule an appointment for you with the dentist. This first visit is a consultation that determines whether the orthodontic system will meet your needs. Then, if it is suitable, we cover the treatment timeline—somewhere between several months to two years, depending on the complexity of your alignment issues. We also talk about costs.

If you proceed with treatment, we take impressions of your teeth, forward our findings to the Invisalign lab, and wait for your aligners to arrive in our dental office. When you pick them up, we’ll show you how to clean and change them every few weeks. After that, you’ll visit the dental office only periodically so the dentist can check your progress.

At the end of treatment, we fit you with a retainer. This is also worn over the teeth but only at night. It prevents orthodontic relapse, protecting your new smile alignment.

Contact Your Invisalign Dentist in Foothill Ranch, CA

If you’re ready to schedule your consultation with the dentist or if you have questions for our dental team, we are standing by to chat with you today.

Every patient is different and has unique needs. There’s no one-size-fits-all option with Invisalign in Lake Forest, CA, and each patient’s treatment time varies based on their specific smile concerns. Invisalign gradually aligns the teeth without sacrificing comfort or aesthetics.

Dr. Roy Kim, DDS recommends wearing Invisalign aligner trays between 20 and 22 hours every day for optimal results and a healthy, precise smile. Though they are removable, we suggest only removing them while brushing, flossing, eating, or consuming hot liquids. 

Many patients often wonder how long it takes to notice results from wearing Invisalign, but we can’t answer this question unless you come in for an appointment so we can review your individual treatment progress. While result speeds vary from patient to patient, some have reported a subtle difference around the 12-week mark. Some may see results sooner, while others see them later. 

Schedule an Exam with Our Invisalign Dentist in Lake Forest

Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic system suitable for teens and adults with mild malocclusion concerns. If you have a slight underbite, overbite, crossbite, or crooked teeth, Invisalign might be the solution for you. 

Contact us today to learn more about Invisalign in Lake Forest, CA, and schedule your consultation with Invisalign dentist Dr. Roy Kim at Healthy Living Dentistry.

One of the significant drawbacks to conventional wire and bracket braces is the high level of discomfort many patients experience. Aside from their actual installation, the structures are rough on the gums and the inside of the person's cheeks under normal conditions, much less when something impacts that person's mouth. This is among the major benefits of Invisalign. When done by a qualified dentist in Lake Forest, CA, they're at the forefront of comfort.

How Invisalign Keeps the Pain Away

The Invisalign system is a series of clear trays custom-made to fit a patient's unique teeth. Though you wear them 20-22 hours per day, you remove them to eat and when you brush and floss. You also will change trays every two weeks or so as they gently and progressively align your teeth.

The materials will not irritate your gums or cheeks, and because they are made based on a highly accurate digital scan, they will fit snugly without binding or chafing. In short, the makers of Invisalign have taken every measure to ensure your experience will be virtually pain-free.

Contact Our Lake Forest Dentist Office to Schedule!

If you live near Lake Forest, CA and want to learn more about Invisalign aligners, contact our dental office at (949) 830-2003 to schedule an appointment.

General Dentistry

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 general dentistry appointments, 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, DDS may just brush their teeth and examine their smile for cavities or abnormalities. 

Schedule a Visit with Our Children's Dentist in Foothill Ranch!

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 at (949) 830-2003 to schedule your child's dental appointment 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 general 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. Roy Kim, DDS for a dental cleaning every six to twelve months, depending on your needs. 

Patient smiling at general dentist near me in Lake Forest CADuring a dental cleaning in Foothill Ranch, 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 restorative dental services to regain your appearance, self-esteem, and quality of life.

Restorative Dentistry in Foothill Ranch, CA

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

Full and partial dentures are a popular tooth restoration option for many patients near 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 near Lake Forest, CA 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.

Contact Healthy Living Dentistry to Get Started!

If you are missing teeth, there are options! Call Healthy Living Dentistry in Orange County at (949) 830-2003 to schedule a consultation with our restorative dentist in Foothill Ranch, CA. 

Dentures are dental prosthetic devices that replace missing teeth and are available in various forms. Complete dentures consist of a larger structure to replace an entire row of teeth. In the past, complete dentures were the most conventional, and because they replaced all teeth on a jaw, they could be attached to a plate for a greater surface area for adhesive.

Partial dentures restore between one and several teeth, where you have adjacent natural teeth that may serve as an attaching point for the restoration. You may have heard some partial dentures referred to as dental bridges.

Implant Supported Dentures in Lake Forest

Implant supported dentures at dentist in Lake Forest CAImplant-supported dentures are a modern marvel. With this option, your Lake Forest dentist surgically implants a structure best described as an artificial tooth root. Then, your dentures are attached to special connectors on the artificial root, creating a solid connection between your mouth and your denture, with no slippage or movement of any kind.

Depending on the size of your restoration, your dentist will decide how many implants you’ll need. For a complete denture, you may choose an All-on-4 restoration, which uses four implants as the connection points for a full-mouth bridge that can be used and cared for easily.

Contact Healthy Living Dentistry to Get Started!

Contemporary dentures come in many types. If you want to learn more, don’t hesitate to call our dental office in Lake Forest at (949) 830-2003 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Roy Kim, DDS

Emergency Dental Care

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 Lake Forest patients to know that we create time in our schedule for last-minute emergency dental care 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

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

Woman smiling at emergency dentist near me in Lake Forest CATooth 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, DDS 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 for Emergency Dental Care in Lake Forest

Do you have a dental emergency near Lake Forest, CA? Give Healthy Living Dentistry a call right away at (949) 830-2003 so we can provide the healing you need. 

Digital X-Rays

Dental x-rays are essential to Dr. Kim’s diagnosis and evaluation of your teeth as they allow us to see what’s happening on the inside. Traditional x-rays used film to record tooth images. While this technology creates accurate views of your teeth, any x-ray technology uses radiation, which has certain risks.

The American Dental Association reports that even traditional dental radiography exposes you to low radiation levels. But digital x-rays use much less radiation to create images. For example, studies report that digital dental x-rays in Foothill Ranch expose you to 80 percent less radiation than film x-rays.

Benefits of Digital Dental X-Rays

Digital x-rays have numerous other advantages over film. First, they make it easier to share images because they are not stored on film. The imagery can be reviewed conveniently and stored indefinitely. Finally, because we don’t process film, your digital x-ray is better for the environment – no processing chemicals or single-use images.

Digital x-rays are also more accurate; Dr. Kim can rotate the image, zoom in, and allow you to view what we see and understand what it means. Finally, taking a digital x-ray eliminates the bulky and uncomfortable bite wings that film x-rays require. The smaller sensors we use are comfortable and result in excellent imagery, meaning less repeat exposure to radiation. Digital x-rays are safe and convenient.

Book a Dental Appointment in Foothill Ranch

If you would like to learn more about the technology at Healthy Living Dentistry, or are ready to schedule an appointment with Dr. Roy Kim, DDS, contact our Foothill Ranch dentist office today! 

Our dentist office serves patients near Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Rancho Santo Margarita, Laguna Woods, and surrounding Irving communities. 

Root Canals

Treatment of gum disease in Foothill Ranch, CA, varies based on your level of periodontitis. If you have gum disease, you can count on a customized treatment schedule that addresses your needs specifically. There is no one-size-fits-all approach.

However, your dentist will explain the various treatments and goals, ensuring that you understand our approach and objectives. Our focus is always restoring you to better oral health, avoiding complications, and preserving your smile.

Gum Disease Treatments in Foothill Ranch, CA

Gum disease is advanced gingivitis. While we can eradicate gingivitis, gum disease is merely treatable. However, with diligence, we can lower your risks of complications.

Treatments for gum disease may include:

  • A prescribed at-home routine
  • Antibiotic therapy
  • Deep teeth cleaning schedule
  • Periodontal cleaning follow-ups

Studies link untreated gum disease to systemic health complications and specific types of dementia. Because of the potentially severe consequences, we encourage you to seek treatment and follow your dentist’s protocols.

If you do not have gum disease, we want to keep it that way through prevention; this means excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits for checkups and teeth cleanings.

Gum Disease Treatment Near Me

Contact our dental team today to schedule a checkup or consultation with the dentist. And we are always here if you have questions.

Tooth decay is a prevalent health disorder worldwide and primarily leads to cavities that we fix with tooth-colored dental fillings. But in more advanced cases, the bacteria which cause cavities may penetrate your inner tooth. Inside is a cavity that houses your living pulp, enriched with blood vessels and nerves that keep your tooth alive.

If a bacterial infection inflames your inner tooth, you may experience sensitivity, toothaches, and eventual tooth loss. A root canal procedure solves this problem. Dr. Roy Kim, DDS will take digital dental x-rays at our Foothill Ranch dentist office and do additional testing to determine if a root canal is necessary.

The Process for Root Canals in Foothill Ranch

Dr. Kim’s dental team will prepare you for treatment by answering all questions and ensuring your comfort. We can usually complete this process in two visits. During the first visit, we numb your tooth to relieve any existing pain and keep you comfortable. Then, Dr. Kim uses advanced tools to remove any infected tooth pulp and seals your inner tooth to prevent future infections.

We also will take impressions of your original tooth so an outside lab can create a dental crown that blends into your smile.

After a week or two, your dental crown will be ready, and Dr. Kim can place it over your sealed tooth to protect it for the long run. Though a root canal requires your damaged tooth to be altered, your dental crown restores its look and function.

Contact Healthy Living Dentistry Today

If you have additional questions about the root canal procedure, or are ready to book a dental appointment in Foothill Ranch, Healthy Living Dentistry welcomes your call at (949) 830-2003.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

A tooth filling is a way to reseal a cavity-treated tooth. In the past, these fillings were made of silver amalgam, but today we use tooth-colored fillings in Foothill Ranch, CA.

Patients prefer tooth-colored fillings because they are aesthetically pleasing and don’t draw attention to treatment. Additionally, they are mercury-free and strong. Of course, the mercury in amalgam fillings has been deemed safe, but patients often feel better when it’s not part of their restorations.

After you’ve been diagnosed with a tooth cavity, the process starts with anesthesia to numb the area where your dentist will be working. When the anesthesia takes hold, your dentist clears away the decayed section of your tooth. Then we clean the area and close with a tooth-colored filling.

The tooth-colored filling is made from malleable composite resin, which can be applied in layers, sculpted, and set with a special light. In addition, this same material can cover tooth flaws affordably in a cosmetic treatment called dental bonding.

The only thing better than tooth-colored fillings to treat cavities is no cavities at all! Routine dental care, coupled with brushing and flossing, is your best defense.

Contact Your Foothill Ranch Dentist to Schedule a Checkup

If it’s time for you to visit your dentist in Foothill Ranch, give Healthy Living Dentistry a call today at (949) 830-2003 to schedule your next visit with Dr. Roy Kim, DDS.

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