Dr. Stella Kim, DDS

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800 Santiago Street, Suite B, San Francisco, CA, 94116

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Dr. Stella Kim is a graduate of the UCSF School of Dentistry and has practiced in the Bay Area since the start of her professional dental career. Prior to entering dentistry, Dr. Kim spent over a decade as a biomedical researcher in Los Angeles and San Diego, where she worked primarily on drug discovery and translational medicine. Eventually, however, she felt the desire to help people directly through her work on a daily basis, and she decided to make the switch to dentistry. Dr. Kim is a member of the California Dental Association (CDA), the American Dental Association (ADA), the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), the San Francisco Dental Society (SFDS), the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI). She is an Invisalign preferred provider and has implantology certification from Hiossen’s Advanced Dental Implant Research and Education Institute (AIC). In addition, she was one of the first dentists in San Francisco to be certified in the Chao Pinhole® surgical technical, an alternative to traditional gum grafting that can reverse receding gums much faster and with significantly less discomfort. Outside of work, Dr. Kim loves hosting dinner parties with her husband serving organic food made from scratch. She also sings and plays musical instruments, and enjoys attending live concerts.

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Dr Stella Kim is an excellent dentist. She does very thorough and careful work. She recently did a crown for me and took a lot of time to make sure the fit was perfect and that it aligned properly with my bite.During the procedure she made sure I was as comfortable as possible. You'll never feel rushed with Dr Kim. She takes time to discuss any questions you might have. I trust her expertise completely. I live in Marin but I make the drive to her office because she is that good!

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Amazing dental experience with Dr. Kim! Professional, courteous, and warm. I would definitely recommend SF dental to a friend!

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Excellent, professional, well organized office and staff.

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Dr. Kim and her staff are super personable and professional. They're very detailed in their work, making you feel very well taken care of. I also enjoyed their office décor and music! Thanks, Dr. Kim!

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This visit, I had Dr. Chao. She was just as nice and threw out a lot of helpful information in her session, which clearly came from looking out for my health. (my teeth show I've been grinding my teeth flat). I really appreciate it!

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Always great to be in a dental practice that has such a zing of brightness and energy. The staff are super friendly and full of information. Don't forget to pick up the artisanal floss from Cocolab - very Californian :-)

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Fantastic work, as usual. Thanks!

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Dr. Kim is top notch! She spent extra time with me at my first appointment consulting on potential treatments and procedures without trying to push or sell anything. She just wants you to be informed and taken care of! No wait time, friendly staff, super nice office. I'd recommend her to anyone!

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Dr. Kim and staff continue to delight with their fun, easy-going, yet knowledgeable personalities. Services and tools that could help better the patient's dental hygiene are always helpfully suggested, but not in a pushy or unpleasant way. Highly recommended.

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I had an emergency, broke my front tooth, over the weekend. I left Dr. Kim a message and she got back to me immediately and was amazing. She has been my Dentist for over two years and is Awesome ??

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This dentist is terrific. She took my call st 9:30pm at night and made time for me the next day when I was in severe pain. She cares about her patients, gives young dental assistants a chance in the workplace and she is professional, honest and caring. I highly recommend Stella Kim. Awesome.

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This Office staff is just as amazing as Dr. Stella Kim! I am so glad my Roommate recommended me to her.. My worries and my teeth are feeling great!!! Highly Recommend this Office!!!

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I really appreciate the care and time Dr. Kim and her team provided me today. It's been a long time since I've had a dental check up/cleaning, and they did such an amazing job. I am a happy patient and look forward to future visits!

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Very professional and it was an all-around great experience!

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My initial visit with Dr. Kim was excellent. The Doctor diagnosed my toothache successfully and explained step by step the procedure to be performed. I was very satisfied with her professionalism and thoroughness of the care I received. You can tell the office staff is engaged in their work that contributes to a good work environment. Allen

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Dr Kim is efficient, effective, professional and friendly. She takes a lot of time with her patients, tailors treatment to her patients' particular needs, answers questions and solves problems. I am very happy to be her patient.

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Dr. Kim goes above and beyond with all of her patients. She's wonderful!

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Dr Kim and her staff are really friendly and made me feel at ease right away and throughout my appointment. All the staff were extremely helpful and informative. I need allot of treatment and was anxious about choosing the right Dentist but those anxieties have been erased by the personable and professional approach by Dr Kim and her staff.

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Dr. Kim was very thorough in reading my x-rays, and detailed and patient while explaining to me how my teeth have been doing. Her bedside manner is great. She remains focused on the task at hand, but still is able to hold a pleasant conversation. Dr. Kim genuinely cares about her patients' well being--I'd recommend to her everyone! Side note: her office music selection is great!

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Dr. Kim is extremely detailed oriented and offers the latest in materials and techniques. I have been a patient through the number of transitions and believe Dr. Kim has carried on the high level of dental work I have enjoyed in the past at this location.

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Always a warm and friendly greeting here. Dr. Kim talked about what she would be doing, and I sat back and relaxed. I have absolute trust in Dr. Kim's work.

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Pleasant and professional as always!

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After 25 years of dental misery, it was so wonderful to find Dr. Kim. She is kind, calm, professional and highly competent, and I did not go in for trivial things - I am talking about a tooth extraction! It was painless and my recovery is proving to be swift and free of complications. Dr. Kim was also able to refer me to an excellent endodontist to perform a root canal, which shows she does research to ensure her patients are well-cared for. Her staff is also great. I highly recommend her as a top dentist/dental surgeon in SF.

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Dr Kim was excellent. Very kind and more educational during my visit than my last dentist has been. She and her staff made sure to check with me during points they expected to have slight twinges of pain as well. Much appreciated!

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I'm not one to write reviews but feel that I should in regards to Stella and her practice. I've been with the "practice" since the age of 2 (1978) when it was originally Dr. Heffelfinger's and located on Noriega Street. Dr. Heffelfinger eventually sold it to an intermediary dentist for a short period of time who eventually sold it to Stella Kim. I lived on the Peninsula for the last 25 years and have been asked numerous times by friends and family as to why I continue to make the trip to SF for my dentist? That being said, there was no better time to finally make the switch than when Dr. Kim took over SF Dental. I figured I would do my final cleaning with her and then make the transition. However, she told me a bit about her story, switching careers, buying a practice, etc. I saw her a bit overwhelmed, a bit unsure of how it was all going to work out. As a young professional myself, the more we talked the more I understood her concerns. At the same time, Dr. Kim really seemed to listen to my reservations for staying with her and my expectations regarding the service I was accustomed to receiving under Dr. Heffelfinger. After our initial appointment, I saw that her practice was more than just a turn and burn shop that you see popping on every corner or a dentist that is constantly trying to up-charge you for additional services. I respected her commitment to client satisfaction and wanted to support and recommend her as she's gone above and beyond when it comes to my dental needs. Whether it is a lost bleaching tray that she remolded for me or a chipped tooth that she fixed twice (second time for no charge, I completely trust her as a professional to do what’s best for me and I'm pleased that I made the decision to stay with Dr. Kim.

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I had not been to the dentist in several years, so I was nervous, but they made it painless & stress free

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The staff and Dr. Kim are very nice and welcoming. I loved the friendly environment. The doctor explained all my options and even entertained my chatter. Once my procedure was over, she was thoughtful enough to call me personally the same night to make sure I was feeling okay. Great costumer service!

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Quick service, clean office. Laurie and the lady at the front desk (forgot her name) were very nice as was Dr. Kim. They explained everything very much in detail and answered all my questions.

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Dr. Kim is kind, personable, thorough and skilled. She listens carefully and tries hard to satisfy. I recommend her highly. I am always satisfied with my appointments.

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Stella is a wonderful dentist. Professional, friendly, very clean office. She has been my dentist for two years and I am extremely happy with her.

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Dr. Kim was friendly, kind, gentle, and accommodating. She listened to me, asked good questions, and made me feel completely at ease. The cleaning and examination was gentle, but thorough and I learned a lot about my own mouth in the process. I definitely recommend her to anyone who's looking for a new dentist in San Francisco.

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Dr. Kim is prompt, professional, and a pleasure to have as my dentist! Highly recommended!

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Don't be fooled by her 5 star yelp reviews. I went to see her without insurance and she was pricey. For that price, she did not give me a thorough exam like most good dentist would for each tooth. Her main focus was for me to replace a crown. In addition, her office manager Marilyn did not tell me how much my procedure would cost upfront and then she did not have anything ready for me as promised. When I called to ask to have my X-rays sent to another office, she's taking her sweet time and gave me an attitude saying I have to wait 5 days and it's been 5 days but the other office still have not received my X-rays yet.

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I love Dr. Kim! She is the best, most thorough, most knowledgeable dentist I know. She makes time for her patients and always explains everything in detail. I feel well cared for after each of my visits.

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Great visit as usual!

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Dr. Kim is wonderful! I really appreciate that she takes preventative measures instead of just diving in with dental work. She is engaging and up to date with all of her patients. Always a pleasure going to the dentist!

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Stella is a true professional and cares about each of her patients. She does the first part of every cleaning so she can have a good look at your teeth every time you come in, and she's diligent on checking on notes and photos she took from the previous visit to make sure all issues and monitored and only addressed if needed.

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It was long, but necessary!! Two teeth had to have fillings redone, and an additional cavity was discovered in one of the teeth. She took the time to make sure my bite is on target. Throughout the process she made sure I was comfortable. I have absolute confidence in Dr. Kim, and I have a great smile to show for it.

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Dr. Kim is a very lucky find! Having recently moved to SF, I was dreading the search for a dentist. I had an attentive and caring childhood dentist and knew how difficult it would be to find someone similar. Dr. Kim was referred to me by a co-worker and is more than what I was hoping for. My initial exam consisted of digital x-rays, a cleaning, and image documentation of my teeth. Dr. Kim then immediately used the data she had captured to show me a potential trouble area and inform her next steps. Impressively, her recommendation was not to push for expensive work, however to simply continue and monitor. I feel that Dr. Kim is a true expert on what is important for the health of my teeth and gums. Additionally, Dr. Kim's staff is attentive and well informed. Unprompted, I was asked on my second visit (part one of a deep clean) if I wanted to review again the scheduled work and breakdown of what portion would and would not be covered via insurance. It is clear both Dr. Kim and the staffing want me to be well informed. This is something that is hard to find in healthcare and I truly appreciate the transparency. Finally, my teeth now look and feel great! Dr. Kim made a strong case for having a "deep" cleaning of my teeth, and, after the fact, it is very clear she was right and did a fantastic job. She is highly skilled at her craft! I will continue to visit SF Dental am lucky to have found my new family dentist!

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Warm, compassionate,capable, thorough, gentle dentist. She is the best!

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