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Gag Reflex Dentist San Jose

The gag reflex, located on the back wall of the throat, helps keep objects from going down your windpipe. If you have ever put your fingers too far back in your mouth and felt like gagging or throwing up, you’ve discovered the gag reflex. Some people have a very sensitive gag reflex, which makes going to the dentist very difficult.

If you are one of these people, talk to one of our dentist at Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc.-Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers about your concerns. Sometimes, a new dentist or hygienist may place instruments in a sensitive spot, touching the soft palate (the entrance to your throat). By warning the dentist or hygienist ahead of time, they should be able to avoid certain sensitive areas. Also, there may be things you are doing to aggravate the problem. For example, some patients draw their tongue back to give the dentist room to work, but they end up gagging themselves. You and your dentist or hygienist can work together to find ways to avoid gagging movements.

Distraction may also work. Patients who are highly concerned about gagging become tense in the chair, and tension can heighten the sensitivity. Bring a portable music device and listen to music, practice meditation or focus on trying to keep your feet elevated one inch off the chair. These kinds of distractions can help you keep your mind off your throat.

Visit our website, www.drjkim.com for more information and you may find very interesting topics of dentistry.  Call today to schedule your appointment for checkup and teeth cleaning.

Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc.-Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers

1725 Berryessa Road Suite B, San Jose, CA 95133

408-259-2900 / 408-TOP-BEST

www.DrJKim.com

Best Dental Checkup San Jose

During a checkup visit, your dentist may do a clinical examination, diagnose problems and make treatment recommendations. Here’s what to expect from your checkup visit at Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc.-Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centeres:

Cleaning — The purpose of a professional dental cleaning is to remove the hard calculus (also called tartar) from above and just below the gum line. Brushing and flossing at home removes plaque, but only dental instruments can remove calculus. Some dental hygienists use ultrasonic instruments to blast away the larger chunks of tartar and follow up with hand instruments to thoroughly clean the teeth. Other hygienists use only hand instruments.

Polishing — After the calculus is removed, the crowns of your teeth (the parts that show) may be polished to remove plaque and surface stains. Typically, but not always, an abrasive substance is applied to the teeth with a small rotating rubber cup or brush to scrub away the stains. The polishing substance will feel gritty in your mouth. You will be given a chance to rinse periodically.

Prevention — The hygienist may offer additional instructions for oral care at home based on the results of the exam. He or she may demonstrate how to brush and floss properly. Sometimes, the hygienist will instruct you to use a disclosing agent to test your brushing ability. A disclosing agent is a red solution or tablet that, when applied to the teeth or chewed, attaches to plaque and colors it to make it visible. Then you brush your teeth. Any remaining plaque will be clearly visible, highlighting the areas the brush missed. Not all dentists and hygienists recommend disclosing agents because they can be tricky to use. That’s because the disclosing agents will highlight areas of plaque that can be removed only by professional polishing, and they can stain tooth-colored fillings. Some experts recommend using a disclosing agent only at the dentist’s office and only if the hygienist is prepared to polish any remaining red color off the teeth afterward.

X-rays — X-rays, also called radiographs, may or may not be taken during your checkup. In the past, many dentists took X-rays at every checkup. But current recommendations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) state that X-rays do not always need to be taken at every visit. Although dental X-rays are safe, the FDA says unnecessary exposure should be limited because the effects of radiation are cumulative, and people are exposed to radiation from numerous other sources as well. Some people may be able to go as long as two years between X-rays, whereas others may need them every few months. You dentist should take into consideration the results of your clinical examination, your dental history and your individual risk for developing cavities. If you are seeing a dentist for the first time, ask for a copy of your X-rays from your former dentist to avoid repeating X-rays unnecessarily.

Treatment recommendations — If your dentist finds any problems during the examination, he or she will make recommendations for the next steps to fix them. These may include a referral to a specialist (such as a periodontist or orthodontist), further tests for diagnosis, or a suggestion that you return for restoration work or more intensive periodontal cleanings.

Call Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc.-Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers to have the most thorough checkup with our highly qualified and skill dentist.  The office is located in the heart of San Jose, Close by Santa Clara University and  San Jose Downtown.  Call Today!

1725 Berryessa Road Suite B, San Jose, CA 95133

408-259-2900 / 408-TOP-BEST

www.DrJKim.com

Comprehensive Oral Exam San Jose

During a comprehensive examination, your dentist from Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S, Inc-Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers will look at much more than just your teeth. He or she will check other areas inside and outside your mouth for signs of disease or other problems. The comprehensive exam likely will include these evaluations:

Head and neck — Your dentist will check your head and neck, your temporomandibular joint, your salivary glands and lymph nodes in your neck area.

He or she will look at your face, neck and lips to make sure there are no unusual swellings, lip dryness, bleeding or other abnormalities that need to be checked further.

Your temporomandibular joint, often called the TMJ, is the joint that guides your lower jaw when you open your mouth. To see if your temporomandibular joint is working properly, your highly trained dentist from Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S, Inc-Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers will ask you to open and close your mouth and to move your lower jaw from side to side. You will be asked if you have had any pain or soreness in the joint. Your dentist may touch the joint while you open and close your mouth to feel for hitches or catches in movement that may indicate problems.

Your dentist will touch salivary glands and lymph nodes in your neck area to feel for swelling or tenderness that may indicate infection or disease.

Soft tissue — The soft tissues of the mouth include the tongue, the inside of the lips and cheeks and the floor and roof of the mouth. Your dentist will look at these areas to check for spots, lesions, cuts, swellings or growths that may indicate problems with oral health.

Periodontal — A periodontal examination involves checking the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. First, your dentist will look at the gums for signs of redness or puffiness and may poke them gently to see how easily they bleed. These symptoms may indicate gum disease. Your dentist may use a special probe to measure the depth of the pockets between your teeth and your gums. Pockets deeper than 3 millimeters often indicate periodontal disease. If your dentist determines that you have periodontal disease, he or she may refer you to a periodontist, a specialist who treats diseases of the gums.

Occlusion — Your dentist may check how well your teeth fit together by examining your bite. First, you will be asked to bite naturally. If the teeth don’t seem to fit together properly, your dentist may do further checks by having you bite down on special wax or paper. Your teeth make an impression in the wax that can help show how your teeth meet. The paper makes temporary marks on your teeth that show where your teeth come together.

Clinical examination of teeth — Your dentist will check for decay by examining every tooth surface visually (using a mirror to see the back sides of teeth). He or she also will poke your teeth with a tool called an explorer to detect cavities. Decayed enamel is softer than healthy enamel. If you have fillings, permanent bridges, crowns or other restorations, your dentist will check to make certain that they remain whole and sound and that the teeth around them have no sign of decay.

X-rays — X-rays, also called radiographs, will be taken to help your dentist look for decay or other oral health problems

To receive a Comprehensive Oral Exam by one of our highly skilled dentist at Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S, Inc-Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers, call or visit our office today.  The office is equipped with the latest state-of-the art technology equipments including digital x-rays, intra-oral cameras and Laser.  Call today for an appointment.

Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S, Inc-Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers

1725 Berryessa Road Suite B, San Jose, CA 95133

408-259-2900 / 408-TOP-BEST

www.DrJKim.com

Dental Visits to San Jose Dentist

The typical dental checkup visit comprised of exam and x-rays to check for signs of decay, gums for changes and for signs of cancer or other diseases.

Periodically, however, Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc.- Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers should do a more thorough examination which is called a comprehensive examination. This examination not only checks for tooth decay but includes a thorough examination of your entire mouth, head and neck area.  This examination is usually done in the first time you visit a dental office.  Even if you have had regular check up by another dentist, your new dentist at Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc.- Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers wants to become familiar with your health so that he or she can notice the changes or problems in the future visits.

Although some activities are standard for typical checkups and comprehensive examinations, dentists have their own style and skills. If your dentist doesn’t do everything listed, that doesn’t necessarily mean he or she isn’t doing a good job. If you are concerned, ask why certain things are left out or why others are included.

The order in which things are done may vary as well. And not everything necessarily will be done at every visit.

An important part of every visit is updating your medical history. Your dentist will want to know if you’ve had any health changes since your last visit and if you’ve started, stopped, reduced, increased or changed medications.

Mention everything about your health, even if you don’t think it relates to your mouth. Many diseases can have significant effects on your mouth and teeth, and researchers continue to discover ways in which oral health is related to overall health. For example, researchers who examined the effects of diabetes on the mouth and teeth found that people with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing periodontal disease. Research also suggests that periodontal infection can have an effect on your blood sugar levels and make your diabetes harder to control. Other health conditions may require your dentist to change the type of anesthesia given.

Bring a list of all medications you are taking, with dosages. Some medications cause dry mouth, which can increase the risk of cavities. Your dentist also will want to check that any medication he or she prescribes doesn’t interact with medications you already are taking.

Call Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc.-Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers to have a comprehensive examination with our highly qualified and skill dentist.  The office is located in the heart of San Jose, Close by San Jose State University and  San Jose Airport.  Call Today!

1725 Berryessa Road Suite B, San Jose, CA 95133

408-259-2900 / 408-TOP-BEST

www.DrJKim.com

Beautiful Cosmetic Dentistry San Jose Dentist

Smiling is a great way to make yourself stand out and it is the most eye-catching feature of a face.   With today’s advance dentistry, you no longer have to settle for stained, chipped, or misaligned teeth.

Even the most subtle change in your smile can make a dramatic difference in the way you look and feel about yourself.  Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc.- Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers can help you achieve this beautiful smile by providing you with the options most suitable for you. Some options are:

Teeth whitening (bleaching) whitens the teeth that are discolored or stained. Bleaching may be done completely in the dental office or may be delivered to you for use at home.

Bonding can improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, broken, cracked, stained, or have spaces between them. With bonding, tooth-colored materials are applied, or bonded, to the tooth surface.

Enamel shaping can improve the appearance of teeth by removing or contouring of teeth enamel.  This procedure is often combined with bonding and usually is quick and comfortable and immediate results can be seen.

Braces are not just for kids. Orthodontics may be needed if teeth are crooked, crowded, misaligned or do not meet properly.  Ask for free consultation at Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc.- Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers

Veneers are thin custom-made shells designed to cover the front side of teeth. Made of tooth-colored materials, veneers are used to treat spaces between teeth and teeth that are chipped or worn, permanently stained, poorly shaped or slightly crooked.

Additional Information

Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S.,Inc. – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers                

1725 Berryessa Road Ste. B San Jose, CA 95133                                                                                                                

Phone: (408) 259- TOP-BEST / (408) 259-2900                                                                          

http://www.DrJKim.com

The Best Invisalign Specialist Dentist in San Jose

Invisalign by Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc. – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers.

A teeth straightening system designed to straighten your teeth by using a series of clear, removable aligners and is suitable for all age group of people.

Invisalign, straightens your teeth without using metal wires, bands or metal brackets making it more appealing than traditional braces.

Because the Invisalign is removable, you can brush and floss your teeth as normal and continue to eat your favorite foods. 

With breakthrough technology that lets you have the smile you’ve always wanted — without the hassle of braces.

The clear alternative to metal braces.
By using a series of clear, removable aligners, Invisalign straightens your teeth with results you’ll notice sooner than you think. The course of treatment involves changing aligners approximately every two weeks, moving your teeth into straighter position step by step, until you have a more beautiful smile.

Less treatment time
An average Invisalign course of treatment takes about a year. You’ll see your Invisalign Certified Orthodontist at Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc. – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers every 6 to 8 weeks for adjustments and to check progress. At regular intervals, you’ll receive a new set of custom-molded clear aligners to continue the straightening process. The total number of clear aligners is specific to you, determined by your dentist for your course of treatment.

Clear and comfortable
Since Invisalign is practically invisible, very few people will notice that you are wearing Invisalign- unless you tell them. They’re comfortable to wear and remove easily when you eat, brush, and floss.

Thanks to Invisalign, there are many people like you now have great smile and straighter teeth. Why not join them Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc. – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers?

 

Additional Information

Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S.,Inc. – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers                

1725 Berryessa Road Suite B   San Jose, CA 95133                                                                                                                      

Phone: (408) 259- TOP-BEST / (408) 259-2900                                                                          

http://www.DrJKim.com

Find the Best Cosmetic Dentist in San Jose

Sapphire Teeth Whitening


What is Sapphire teeth whitening offered by Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc. – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers?
Sapphire is a teeth whitening system that lightens and brightens the discoloration of enamel and dentin of teeth.

What causes discoloration of teeth?
The most common include aging and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea, colas, tobacco, red wine, etc. Consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride can cause discoloration during the formation of teeth in fetus.

 Who may benefit from Sapphire Teeth Whitening?
Almost anyone can benefit from this system. However, this procedure may not be as effective for others. During an oral examination from Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc. – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers, you will be informed whether you are a viable candidate for Sapphire Teeth whitening.

Do many people whiten their teeth?
More people whiten their teeth than you might imagine. A bright, sparkling smile can make a big difference in everyone’s life. The Sapphire Teeth Whitening System makes it easier and faster than ever before.

Is Sapphire Teeth Whitening safe?
Yes, extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider teeth whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. As with any teeth whitening product, Sapphire Teeth Whitening is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.

How long do the results last?
Your teeth will always be lighter than they were before as long as you follow the post care instructions.  To keep your teeth looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing at least twice a day, and occasional touch-ups with Sapphire take-home gel.

These are professional formula products designed specifically to keep your teeth their brightest. They are available through our office of Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc. – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers.
Is there any difference between over-the-counter teeth whiteners and Sapphire Teeth Whitening?
Yes! Consulting your dental professional is always the first step to whiten your teeth safely. Plus, over-the-counter teeth whitening strips, brush-on gels and toothpastes take weeks or months to show results. Sapphire is clinically proven to whiten your teeth nine to twelve shades in very short time.

Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc. – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers offer FREE Sapphire Teeth Whitening for ALL patients who have completed their orthodontic treatment.  Call our office for detailed information at 408-TOP-BEST or email to us at info@drjkim.com

San Jose Cosmetic Dentist California

Cosmetics


Smiling is a great way to make yourself stand out and it is the most eye-catching feature of a face.   With today’s advance dentistry, you no longer have to settle for stained, chipped, or misaligned teeth.

Even the most subtle change in your smile can make a dramatic difference in the way you look and feel about yourself.  Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc.- Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers can help you achieve this beautiful smile by providing you with the options most suitable for you. Some options are:

Teeth whitening (bleaching) whitens the teeth that are discolored or stained. Bleaching may be done completely in the dental office or may be delivered to you for use at home.

Bonding can improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, broken, cracked, stained, or have spaces between them. With bonding, tooth-colored materials are applied, or bonded, to the tooth surface.

Enamel shaping can improve the appearance of teeth by removing or contouring of teeth enamel.  This procedure is often combined with bonding and usually is quick and comfortable and immediate results can be seen.

Braces are not just for kids. Orthodontics may be needed if teeth are crooked, crowded, misaligned or do not meet properly.  Ask for free consultation at Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc.- Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers

Veneers are thin custom-made shells designed to cover the front side of teeth. Made of tooth-colored materials, veneers are used to treat spaces between teeth and teeth that are chipped or worn, permanently stained, poorly shaped or slightly crooked.

 

Additional Information

Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S.,Inc. – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers                

 1725 Berryessa Road Suite B  San Jose, CA 95133                                                                                                                     

Phone: (408) 259- TOP-BEST / (408) 259-2900                                                                          

http://www.DrJKim.com

Best Oral Care Dentist San Jose California

Brushing and Flossing

Tips on how to brush and floss teeth from

Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S, Inc. – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers

Brushing


The Right Angle
Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle against your teeth so that the bristles of the brush can reach into the space between your teeth and gums.


Gently, Gently

Use a small circular motion or very short back-and-forth motion or a small circular motion to brush.  Do not scrub too hard as this can wear away your gums.  Brush outside, inside, top and bottom.

The Front Teeth
Hold the brush vertically and use the bristle toward the end of the brush to reach behind the upper and lower front teeth.

Chewing Surfaces
It’s important to clean the spaces in the chewing surfaces of your teeth where food can get stuck. Use a gentle back and forth motion.

Flossing


  1. Start with about 18 inches of floss, wind most of the floss around each middle finger, leaving about 2 inches to work with.
  2. Hold the floss firmly between your thumbs and index fingers, slide it gently and make a “C” shape around the tooth.
  3. With the gentle curve of floss around the base of each tooth, go beneath the gum line and move it gently up and down the side of the tooth.
  4. Do both sides of every tooth, advancing to a clean section of floss for each side.

 

There are two types of floss; Nylon (multifilament) floss or PTFE (monofilament) floss

Nylon floss is available waxed and unwaxed and is composed of many strands of nylon that sometimes tear or shred, especially between teeth with tight contact point.  The PTFE, single filament floss is more expensive but slides easily between teeth, even those with tight spaces between teeth and is virtually shred-resistant.

 

Additional Information

Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S.,Inc. – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers                

1725 Berryessa Road Suite B    San Jose, CA 95133                                                                                                                      

Phone: (408) 259- TOP-BEST / (408) 259-2900                                                                          

http://www.DrJKim.com

Excellent San Jose Implants Dentist

Types of Dental Implant procedures

Dental implants rely on titanium fixtures and most dental implants are made of titanium since this material is very effective at fusing with living bone which is also known as osseointegration.  There are two types of dental implants which your dentist may discuss with you.

Root Form Implant

This is a type of dental implant which is most often performed in Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc. – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers.  This screw type implant is the most commonly used and is used where there is plenty of depth and width to your jawbone.  If you have too narrow or too short jawbone, bone grafting may be needed to allow for their placement.   The procedure starts once you have received anesthesia and the doctor will expose an area of your jawbone to prepare for the implant. After the initial pilot hole has been drilled into the appropriate jaw site, it is slowly widened to allow for placement of the implant screw. Once in place, surrounding gum tissue is secured over the implant and a protective cover screw is placed on top to allow the site to heal and osseointegration to occur. After up to six months of healing, your specialist from Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc. – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers will uncover the implant and attach an abutment (which holds the crown or tooth-like replacement) to the implant. 

Plate From implant

If your jawbone is too narrow for bone grafting, a Plate From implant is placed into your jawbone.  This type of implant is relatively long and flat.  Plate form implants are used on patients with narrow jaws that may not properly support the wider root form implants. Once the anesthetic is administered, your dentist at Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc. – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers uncovers the gum that’s covering the area and gently folds back and the underlying bone is prepared to receive the dental implant.  The extent of the bone preparation is dependent on the number of implants required. The jaw is treated with a cooling material to maintain its stability during the implant placement. The implant(s) are then installed, and the gum is sutured.  The implant should fully integrate into the bone after 3 to 6 months.

Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc. – Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers offer free dental implant consultation.  Just look for a coupon in our website and call us to schedule an appointment at 408-259-2900 / 408-TOP-BEST or email to us at info@drjkim.com or visit our office located in 1725 Berryessa Rd. Ste. B,San Jose,CA95133