About Dr. Kim


Joseph S. Kim, DDS, is a general dentist with three convenient private practice offices in Santa Cruz, Mission District in San Francisco, and Fremont, California. Dr. Kim provides comprehensive dental procedures for patients starting at the age of three and into adulthood, with a personal touch.

Experienced in a wide range of dental areas and procedures, Dr. Kim offers holistic dental care to give patients the convenience of a one-stop-shop, including routine cleanings and exams using the Diagnodent Laser™ to detect cavities, a diode soft-tissue laser to treat gum disease, digital X-rays, wisdom teeth extraction, root canals, and periodontal surgery. Dr. Kim also offers braces and Invisalign®, CEREC® same-day dental crowns, and dentures.

Dr. Kim earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in New York City. He then completed his general practice residency at New York Methodist Hospital before starting his dental career at the Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Center in San Francisco. While there, he shared his knowledge and expertise with dental students as a clinical instructor at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry. He served as an attending doctor on the staff of the GPR program at the Native American Health Center in Oakland. Dr. Kim was affiliated with Bloss Memorial Healthcare District in Atwater, California. At this ambulatory surgery center, he provided dentistry for children under general anesthesia. 

Dr. Kim finished a two-year Orthodontics program at McGann Postgraduate School of Dentistry to provide comprehensive orthodontics expertly and efficiently to all his patients. 

Joseph S. Kim, DDS, welcomes new and existing patients to his private practice locations. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online today for expert, comprehensive oral health care.


Professional teeth cleaning by a certified dental hygienist aims to remove plaque, tartar and stains that have accumulated on the teeth.


Dental implants are surgical-grade root devices that support permanent tooth prosthetics that are manufactured to last a lifetime.


Dental crowns are a secure way to fill gaps and help restore your smile if you have missing or damaged teeth.


We are very experienced in these removable custom-fit aligners that straighten teeth without traditional braces.

Root Canals

Root canals are valuable dental procedures used to treat and preserve teeth with badly infected roots.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth that have become impacted or haven't fully broken through the surface of the gum can cause dental problems.




Office Manager

Mara has been in Santa Cruz for over 30+ years. She is our insurance "wizard" and does everything upfront. She loves helping patients and making them feel welcomed and relaxed. She has a daughter and rescued chihuahua named Wil whom she adores very much.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Debbie has lived in Santa Cruz for 20 years. She is energized by the natural beauty of Santa Cruz and the enriching experience of travel. She loves what she does and has a passion for dental hygiene.


Words from our patients

  • 5 star

    First visit: nice office, no waiting, great front desk support, great check up, terrific cleaning. Highly recommended!

    Thom S.
  • 5 star

    Dr. Kim was really thorough and made some recommendations without undue pressure to get me back into the office. I'd highly recommend their practice!

    Dave R.
  • 5 star

    Dr. Kim was fast, professional and walked me through my cleaning. I will return for further checkups, cleanings and a small filling.

    Varinka M.
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