Dr. Kim and Shelby pose in the operatory at Mortenson Family Dental in Independence, KY

Shelby’s Smile Makeover – Independence, KY

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. Unfortunately, many of us are self-conscious about sharing our happiness with the world! 1 in 4 adults report they avoid smiling altogether due to the condition of their teeth. And with general anxiety on the rise, many of us aren’t keeping up with oral health due to financial concerns and daily stress.

At Mortenson Family Dental, we want you smile confidently. That’s why we’re proud to use the latest in dental technology and offer plenty of payment options that’ll help you achieve your smile goals.


Laser Gingivectomy

Shelby is a dental hygienist and patient at our newest office in Independence, Kentucky. She was always unhappy with her smile because of how “gummy” it was, but had never met a dentist who could help. Then she met Dr. Jinyoung Kim, who recommended a laser gingivectomy to reshape Shelby’s gum and create a nice smile line.

“I suggested laser treatment to shape Shelby’s gum because traditional surgery will produce a lot of bleeding and pain,” says Dr. Kim. “Using a laser instead of a surgical knife reduces bleeding and heals very quickly.”

Laser dentistry is a minimally invasive alternative to surgical procedures. It is used to treat gum disease because it decontaminates bacteria in periodontal pockets and delays the progression of gingivitis and periodontitis. Laser therapy is generally quick, often painless and requires only a single session to complete.


How was the procedure?

“The procedure was very easy honestly,” says Shelby. After X-Rays and an evaluation of her gum health, Dr. Kim had to numb Shelby’s gums. If you’ve had a filling before, you know this involves small injections of local anesthesia. Next it was time for Dr. Kim to get to work. Shelby says:

“To actually remove the tissue, she used the laser. From start to finish, it took about an hour. The ONLY uncomfortable part was when the anesthetic wore off and I was sore for about 30 minutes. Then it was as if nothing ever happened!”

Shelby's Smile - Before and After: Shelby underwent laser treatment to fix her "gummy" smile

Shelby’s Smile – Before and After

What about Aftercare?

The two greatest benefits of laser treatment are that it’s mostly pain-free and that patients’ gums heal much faster than traditional surgery. So Dr. Kim recommends patients take a break from brushing the area for about a week, stay away from alcohol and food that’s difficult to chew, and use a non-alcoholic mouthwash to keep the area moist and clean. Shelby’s gums healed completely in just a week!

I am so thankful that Dr. Kim did this for me because since then I have not been self-conscientious to smile at all!


If you’re interested in a smile makeover or even just a discussion about laser dentistry, we’d love to talk! Our doctors and teams stay current with advancements in laser dentistry by regularly attending continuing education courses, and are always happy to sit with you and talk about your smile goals.


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Tyiana Thompson - Mrs. Kentucky

Who does Mrs. Kentucky trust to take care of her winning smile? Mortenson Family Dental!

When Henderson native Tyiana Thompson was crowned Mrs. Kentucky 2017, she took home even more than the top title. She also won Mrs. Photogenic, Best Interview, the Career Achievement Award and Contestants’ Choice. Her chosen platform is education, specifically accessibility and diversity in education. And she is excited about the opportunity to positively impact lives and be a role model.


The state competition is a qualifier for the national competition for Mrs. America, and Mortenson Family Dental is proud to be her sponsor. Tyiana has been a patient since 2013 and we recently talked with her about Mortenson and her winning smile.


Why did you choose Mortenson Family Dental?


When I moved to Louisville from the Cincinnati area, I found a dentist in my neighborhood. My first visit was more like a terrible car buying experience. I actually left in tears. A co-worker told me about Mortenson so I made an appointment there for my next cleaning. It was the best experience!


I have the world’s worst teeth and constantly have issues with them. The staff at Mortenson makes you feel welcome from the moment you walk in the door. They are so friendly and helpful. They really want you to have a good experience. It can be embarrassing to have a cavity or be to the point that you need a root canal. But Dr. Dick and his team always make me feel at ease.


Why do you stay with Mortenson?


I love how the people who work there are so positive and caring. You truly feel cared for and like you are part of a family. Many people are fearful of the dentist because they have had bad experiences in the past. I don’t think anyone could have a bad experience at Mortenson!


I also love how they educate you on how to care for your teeth. They explain everything they do and review your plan with you so you understand their recommendations and treatment options.


As Mrs. Kentucky, how important is a healthy smile?


In this role, I am often in the spotlight doing events and appearances. It is very important for me to represent the state and myself professionally. I think having a healthy smile and good oral health overall is very important when you want to make a good impression.


How does Mortenson help you keep your winning smile?


Every time I am in the office, the staff educates me on how to properly care for my teeth. I have been told that I may need to cut back on the coffee and red wine, but I think the honesty from the dentists and hygienists is a good thing. Their main priority is my health.


What extra steps, if any, do you take to make your smile bright?


I do teeth whitening every few months.


Do you have any advice for girls on how to have a winning smile?


Your smile is the first thing people notice and is extremely important in making a great first impression. Therefore, you want to make sure you are at least doing the basics at an early age – brushing after meals, restricting sugar-laden food and drinks, and FLOSSING. Honestly, I struggled with flossing regularly when I was younger, and I have paid the price. Now, I floss! Also, make sure you go to the dentist regularly. Don’t put it off. Bad oral health can lead to issues with your overall health.


Is there anything you’d like to add?


Mortenson Family Dental takes the family in their name seriously. The dentists and hygienists are patient and kind with every interaction you have with them. They will work with you on payment options and treatment plans because their top priority is your health, not financial gain.


It is extremely refreshing to walk into a doctor’s office and have them know you by name, and remember what is going on in your life. I think that is less common in our society today. I truly appreciate all of the Dupont team. They are an amazing group of professionals!



We think Tyiana is pretty amazing herself. We wish her the best in her future endeavors!

The team at Mortenson Family Dental in Independence, KY

Now Open in Independence, Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, KY (June 26, 2017) – Mortenson Family Dental is pleased to announce our newest office in Independence, KY. The new practice is located at 2052 Harris Pike Independence, KY, in a brand new upscale Toebben retail development. The new team arrived on June 12th and immediately began preparing the clinic to see patients. Team building, training on new equipment and systems wrapped up on June 20th, but they didn’t stop there. On June 21st the team performed $1,800 of free dentistry as community outreach, and there are plans to have another free day of dentistry in 8 – 12 weeks. The new practice features 6 state-of-the-art operatories, with another 6 built out and ready to be equipped for future growth. The Independence, KY, team is led by COO & interim Regional Leader Jane Logsdon, RDO Tabby Riggs, Dr. Jinyoung Kim, and Team Leader Celeste Neu. Welcome to the Mortenson Family Dental team!


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Looking for a New Dentist? We Can Help.


Whether you’re new to the area or looking to change dentists, your comfort and overall experience is most important. At Mortenson Family Dental, we specialize in creating comfortable and friendly dental experiences for patients of all ages.

Meet One of Our Many Trusted Dentists

Dr. Branham Hill, DMD, in his operatory in St. Matthews - Louisville, KY

Dr. Branham Hill, DMD, has been serving Louisville as a general dentist at Mortenson Family Dental since his graduation from the University of Louisville Dental School. He completed a General Practice Residency at UofL Hospital where he received training in advanced general dentistry, oral surgery and dental implants. And now, he’s here to discuss the most important criteria in choosing a new dentist.

Your Questions Answered

Question: Most people choose a dentist based on price or location. As a dentist, what do you believe is the most important criteria in choosing a new dentist, and why?

Answer: Choosing a new family dentist can be as simple as accepting a recommendation from a friend, or it can be a perplexing decision based on an Internet search for a particular need. In either circumstance, there is a set of standards I follow.

  • I always present to every new patient a treatment plan based on the golden rule – treat everyone just as you would like to be treated.
  • Each person is welcomed to my practice in that way and each person is presented with a treatment plan based on his or her individual circumstances.
  • At the same time, I present the most modern and up-to-date techniques available in modern dentistry.


Question: What are some red flags to look for when choosing a new dentist?

Answer: Here are the most common red flags I’ve seen.

  • They’re using old technology
  • They aren’t educated in ever-evolving dental practices
  • Their office is not clean
  • They skip oral cancer screenings
  • They didn’t request your old dental records
  • They always try to sell you “extra” services

Question: Are there certain questions to ask when calling to find a new dentist?

Answer: Yes. It is important to get answers before you go. Here are some important questions to ask:

  • In what areas do you specialize?
  • Do you provide payment options?
  • Do you take X-rays when needed?
  • Will you guarantee my satisfaction?
  • Do you have a method to determine how many visits I will need?
  • Will you show me ways of preventing what you’ll be treating?
  • Will you provide a treatment plan based on my unique needs?

What’s Next?

If a dentist makes you feel anxious, or does not properly take the time to address your individual needs, then he or she probably isn’t the right dentist for you.

At Mortenson Family Dental, we know the importance of a happy, healthy smile. We are proud to offer high quality dental care since 1979. We know your smile is important to you, and it is important to us too. That is why we use the latest dental technology, offer a full range of dental services and build personal relationships with our patients. You’ll be treated like family when you visit one of our convenient Kentucky, Southern Indiana or Southern Ohio locations. Click here to find a Mortenson Family Dental location near you.

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