Dental Implant Information

Dental implants are the premier replacement of teeth and are indicated for teeth that are missing or for teeth that have been broken down due to decay, gum disease, or trauma. Dental implants have been proven to be a predictable method for the replacement of missing teeth and have been shown to have a high success rate when placed properly and with proper planning.

Dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth with the added benefit of preserving bone in the area they were placed and reducing the chance of bone loss.

If you have one or more missing teeth, Dental implants have many advantages over a bridge or removable partial and denture:

  • Conservation – When replacing single teeth, dental implants function like an individual unit. So neighboring teeth next to a missing area do not have to be altered or drilled down in order to make room for a bridge. More of your teeth are left untouched, which is a long term benefit to your oral health.
  • Gain In Confidence – Since dental implants function like natural teeth and are not removable, they will allow you to speak and eat with comfort and confidence again! No more worrying about uncomfortable partials, loose dentures, or denture adhesive.

Implant Before Photo

A woman missing a front tooth

Implant After Photo

A woman with a full set of natural teeth with a dental implant in placeActual case completed by Dr. Kim

Implant Before Photo

A man with a missing front tooth

Implant After Photo

A man with a dental implant in place next to his natural teethActual case completed by Dr. Kim

Dental implants look, feel and function just like real teeth because they replace the missing root which had been previously removed. After the implant has had time to integrate, a connection piece, or abutment, is placed onto the dental implant and then a crown is placed onto the connection piece (abutment). They can be used to replace single, multiple, and even a full arch of teeth.

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Dr. Kim will evaluate your Complimentary 3-D CT scan findings with you and give you an honest assessment. Based upon your needs, expectations, and budget, he will review your options – from the very simple to the most complex – in a hassle-free, no pressure manner.

How does the dental implant process work?

The process begins with a simple consultation and a 3D-CT scan. During the consultation, Dr. Kim will evaluate your scan with you, then “virtually” plan the ideal position of the dental implant in relation to the other teeth while most importantly making sure all vital structures are avoided, such as nerves and the sinus.

Through this technology, since the implants are “virtually” placed before the actual procedure has taken place, the planned position can be duplicated with a computer generated surgical guide. This surgical guide will then guide the implant safely into place, significantly reducing surgical time while often excluding the need for any incisions or even sutures. The overall benefit is a very safe, well-planned and executed implant with minimal post-operative discomfort.

Actual case completed by Dr. Kim

Is there a difference between dental implant in the front or the back of the mouth?

There is a huge difference between dental implants placed in the front and for them to be placed in the back. When placed in the back, dental implants must be functional but it’s not as important for them to be perfectly aesthetic-looking, since they are not really seen by other people. However, when replacing teeth in the front with dental implants, especially the teeth in the center, having dental implants placed in the right position and having a crown placed in that looks like a natural tooth and not a fake “white” tooth is absolutely crucial to the look of your overall smile. Because of Dr. Kim’s advanced knowledge of Cosmetic Dentistry and Dental Implant Surgery, he is able to provide World Class Dental Implant Esthetics under one roof.


A man with a few missing front teeth


A man with dental implants naturally in place with the rest of his teeth Actual case completed by Dr. Kim


A man with a missing front tooth


A man with a dental implant naturally in place with the rest of his teethActual case completed by Dr. Kim

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Pacific Smiles Before and After cases for Dental Implants

Dental Implant Gallery

View more before and after Dental Implant cases Dr. Kim at Pacific Smiles Dental Implant Center has performed.

Full Set of Missing Teeth?

An all-on-four illustration showing four screws going into the bottom jaw of a set of teeth into four abutments

All-On-4® Dental Implants

If you have a full set of missing teeth or loose dentures that need replacing, view a modern alternative to dentures, the All-On-4® Dental Implant treatment concept, that provides an innovative and non-removable solution to missing all of your teeth.