About Melvin A. Kum, DMD, MAGD, DICOI
Dr. Melvin Kum is a native of Los Angeles, and graduated from John Marshall High School in 1972. He attended college at Cal State L.A. for two years and finished his undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California (USC) with a B.A. in Psychology (1977) and a B.S. in Biology (1980). He attended Dental School at Oral Roberts University School of Dentistry in Tulsa, OK. and graduated in 1983 with a D.M.D. degree (Doctor of Dental Medicine). He had worked in various dental offices for a few years and then settled in his own private practice in Burbank in 1985. He is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the Academy of General Dentists (AGD), and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI). The AGD is the largest organization that is specific to the advancement of education for General Dentists. The goal of the AGD is to provide avenues of advanced education and training in all fields of dentistry: dental implants, cosmetic procedures, pediatric (children), endodontic (root canals), periodontal (gums), oral surgery, and orthodontics (braces). The ICOI is the largest international organization that brings together world-wide leaders of Implant Dentistry to a common forum of education and training. Implant Dentistry has provided many new techniques to strengthen and re-build the jaw and teeth to unprecedented levels of comfort, function, and esthetics. Dr. Kum has attained the level of Master in the Academy of General Dentists (MAGD), and is the only MAGD Dentist in the Burbank area. He has also attained the Fellowship (FICOI) and then Diplomate (DICOI) status with the ICOI (International Congress of Oral Implantologists), and an Implant Fellow with the prestigious Misch Implant Institute. To achieve the MAGD, DICOI, and Implant Fellow, a commitment to learning is paramount with hundreds of hours of advanced dental implant education and training. Dr. Kum was required to submit many cases of his personal work for evaluation and approval by a panel of independent dental specialists. These accomplishments require years to complete. He is currently on staff with the USC School of Dentistry as a Clinical Assistant Professor, supervising in the training of dental students, the up and coming new doctors of the future.