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I am from Tokyo, Japan and have been living in Los Angeles since 1990.
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#135- About my perfect dentist

******** Around 3:00pm today

"Suzie! I finally got new teeth! Oh…I am so happy!!!" "Congratulations! I am so happy for you!!! Did you call your mom?" "Not yet. Right now, I am on the freeway on my way home, so when I get home, I will call her. Oh, Suzie, you don’t know how much I am happy with my new teeth! I was waiting for this moment for such a long time!"

This is our (Me and Suzie) telephone conversation in this afternoon.


******** In my mind

I don’t know how many times I smile in the mirror in my car and in my home… :) I am still doing it right now (I have a mirror next to my laptop computer right now. ha ha ha!)

YES, FINALLY, I got perfect front teeth back!!! (It’s a long story…Newport Beach dentist did terrible job on my front teeth four years ago. But, my family and friends didn’t think, my front teeth are bad. They think, “Yoko is such a perfectionist!”)

******** Around 4:00pm today

When I came home from my dentist, I went to pick up my mails at the apartment lobby and received a package at the apartment manager’s office.

Manager: How is everything, Yoko!

Me: Look!!! I got new teeth!!! These are $4,400!

Manager: Which ones? Upper teeth or lower teeth?

(Oh…good! She can’t tell my front teeth are fake!)

Me: These four front teeth!

Assistant manager: Wow, looks great!

Me: Wow, you have nice teeth too! Of course, you guys are Americans!

Manager: How much, did you say?

Me: $4,400! I spent so much money this month…please help me, please discount my rent.

Assistant manager: Aha ha ha!!!

(But, Manager is just small smiling, didn’t say anything…oh…I am afraid of negotiation time with her for my new lease agreement…)

Anyway, I told them about my perfect dentist and his new technology treatment which I had (please see below).

Me: If you want to go to see a dentist, you should go to see my dentist!


******** Dr. Seichiro Kita

In 2008, I paid around $10,000 for two tooth (lower) implants and Today, I paid $4,400 for
four tooth(front) crowns to my perfect dentist.

My perfect dentist is Dr. Seichiro Kita (http://www.kitadds.com/ Office: 3222 Sepulveda Blvd. Torrance, CA 90505 Phone: 310-326-3600).

During I wrote feature articles for Lighthouse (the Japanese local magazine) in 2004 and 2005, I did interview more than 20 dentists in L.A. and O.C. includes Dr.Kita for a dentist feature article. At the time, I thought Dr. Kita is the best, even though I just met and talked with him for one hour.

Dr. Kita grew up in U.S. since he was 6 years old and he has dentist credentials in U.S. and in Japan. So he does everything! (general and specialist)

He has such a wonderful energy and passion! He is not only a dentist, he is an artist! He designed his office and he loves car and mechanics & computer. He has skillful hands! I love his office as well. It’s very stylish and clean with nice music (music is very important! I always feel like being in the spa or hair salon at his office). It’s perfect office for me as a perfectionist and clean freak :)

I don’t have many Japanese friends in U.S., but I heard many times, “Dr. Kita is great” from some Japanese friends.

By the way (I hope I can explain it well…), he has a special machine / 3M LAVA C.O.S.( Chairside Oral Scanner). It’s a digital impression system for tooth.

If you want, take a look at 3M LAVA C.O.S. website at http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/LavaCOS/3MESPE-LavaCOS/ , and then you know what I am talking about.

He told me, there are only 500 these machines in the world, so his machine is one of 500. (He showed me his machine and explained how it works, he is so sweet!)

OMG…he is the only one Japanese dentist who has this machine in the world! Wow!!!

Could you imagine that this machine scanned my teeth by him and he sent the image to 3M, then 3M sent back the teeth model within two days by FedEx to his office.

Dr.Kita already made crowns for 300 patients (includes me) with his machine (he bought it in this March, it was $30,000. I am good at interview, right? ha ha ha!).

He told me that it takes two days to learn how to use this machine, but he learned how to use it within a half day. Yes, I know, he is really smart!

Compare to old fashion teeth model (impression) by dental impression material, the teeth model (impression) by digital impression (3M LAVA C.O.S.) could make great quality crowns. Fit well to gum and prevent gum trouble.

Oh…my front teeth are like jewelry! I can’t stop smiling and I can’t wait to take a picture of me with these beautiful teeth!

Dr.Kita made my life!

If you want to have a beautiful smile, call Dr. Kita. I guarantee you, he will make you smile :)

P.S. Dr.Kita gave me my teeth model (by 3M LAVA C.O.S.) as a souvenir, it will available at the Sotheby's or eBay in the future… :)

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
Dec 9, 2010

Copyright © 2010 Yoko Fujimoto

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日本にいらっしゃる皆様、どうかご無事で、早く、安心出来る暮らし、笑顔が戻ってきますように、心からお祈り申し上げます。


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