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Dr. Michael (Hyeonju) Choi, DMD

Prosthodontist, Dentist, Cosmetic Dentist, Dental Pain Specialist

Professional statement

Dr. Michael Choi is a general dentist, cosmetic dentist, prosthodontist, and implant specialist serving patients in Irvine, CA, and the surrounding communities. He has trained with some of the world’s most prominent implant dentists, and he has completed more than 10,000 dental implant surgeries and restorations. Dr. Choi earned his doctoral degree in Seoul, South Korea in 1986. He served as a military doctor and then entered the advanced implant preceptorship program at UCLA. He researched dental implant interfaces and mechanics, and his findings were published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants (JOMI). In 1994, Dr. Choi began the advanced prosthodontic program at Loma Linda University, where he earned a certificate in prosthodontics. He then entered the advanced implant dentistry program and graduated with a certificate in implant dentistry in 1996. Dr. Choi was an assistant professor at Loma Linda for a year, after which he was an implant specialist at the Arizona Implant Institute, focusing on full-mouth reconstruction and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Choi continues to give many lectures and teach numerous courses about dental implants and cosmetic dentistry, as he maintains his private practice. Dr. Choi and his wife, Leslie, have been married for 19 years. They have two children: John, 19, is a full-time college student, and Isis, 14, who is a superb swimmer set to qualify for the Junior Olympics. When out of the office, Dr. Choi enjoys golf and hot yoga. He is also a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

In-network insurances

  • Aetna
  • Ameritas
  • Anthem Blue Cross

Specialties

  • Dentist
  • Prosthodontist
  • Cosmetic Dentist
  • Dental Pain Specialist

Practice names

Education and training

  • Dental School - Seoul National University
  • University of California, Los Angeles (Implant Dentistry)
  • Loma Linda University, Residency in Implant Dentistry
  • Loma Linda University, Residency in Prosthodontics

Professional memberships

  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • Orange County Dental Association

Awards and publications

  • Published in the "Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants" (JOMI)

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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Russian
  • Korean

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1396953949

Office locations

Smile By Design

113 Waterworks Way, Suite #120

Irvine, CA 92618

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I'm so glad I found this dentist office! There's a ton of dentists out here but it's hard to find someone you can really trust. Everyone's friendly here and Dr. Choi and the hygienist are really good at what they do.
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Great dr and amazing stuff
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Dr. Choi is wonderful! He's super knowledgeable, his equipment is high tech and his staff is very friendly.
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The visit was great as always! I have been coming to see Dr. Choi for some time now and my treatment (implants & reconstruction) was interrupted due to a serious family issue out of state for the better part of 2years and was limited in my visits. He picked up right where he left off. Very professional and would recommend him to anyone who needs major work down to the minor stuff. The staff is very friendly and helpful as well. I am looking forward to getting back on track with Dr. Choi and staff. ;-)
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I've been look for another dental hygienist in my area as my primary dentist for over 15 years was transitioning into retirement. I visited Dr. Choi's office and was pleasantly surprised by the welcoming receptionist and and staff in the office.The hygienist I saw for cleaning was very nice, polite, professional and informative. I received up to date information regarding hygiene and gum and teeth care. I like this place!
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The doctor and the entire staffs were knowledgeable and kind. Surprisingly, there is no waiting time and the procedure flew smoothly without downtime. Especially I was able to get my teeth replacement within a day, it was so valuable.
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Honestly the best dentist experience that I can recall. It's comforting to know I am in the hands of gentle, experienced, caring professionals.
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Staffs are very kind and i just had my implant done today, Doc choi did great job. Thanks.
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Excellent
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My favorite Dentist, I've been with you over 15 yrs. you are the best. I do appreciate for your perfect treatment on all my implants. THX.
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I needed critical immediate help. My previous dentists addressed my many dental issues with what i can only describe as mediocre and substandard care. Not taking care of the original problems correctly, ultimately caused other dental issuesto accelerate and bringing me to where i couldnt work or speak properly even. I went to Dr. Choi s office in such a state ...i received extraordinary care from the moment i walked in. Dr. Choi has serious skills with his team working all together much like a symphony, I knew I was exactly where I needed to be getting the best care. Bottom line a remarkable office.
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Office staff was very friendl, helpful and professional. Dr. Choi has excellent bedside manner and knows how to give shots with the least amount of pain I've ever had - I didn't even feel the needle. I highly recommend Dr. Choi at the Smile Center.
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Happy with the doctor, his staff and their work. Will happier when I can get past the next couple procedures.
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I felt that Dr. Choi was honest and helpful in his advisement to me. I am a challenging case and he gave me a hopeful solution. I highly recommend him.
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