Byung Sun Yoo, DDS, is a highly skilled and accomplished dentist who specializes in biocompatible dentistry. He provides exceptional care to his patients at his practice, conveniently located in San Diego, California.
Dr. Yoo earned his dental degree from the University of Colorado School of Dentistry in 1999. Immediately after graduating, he relocated to San Diego, and in 1999, he purchased Dr. David C. Kennedy dental practice in historic Bankers Hill. Transforming Dr. Kennedy’s practice into his own taught him the power of alternative dental care, such as working with a mercury-free environment and using microscopic evaluation for nonsurgical periodontal therapy.
In March of 2000, Dr. Yoo attended a seminar hosted by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, where he learned about the superiority of the “whole body” approach to dentistry over traditional dental philosophies. He subsequently incorporated a wide range of specialties into his practice to better serve his patients, including orthodontics, sleep dentistry, and TMJ treatments.
Dr. Yoo stays current with the latest advancements in biological dentistry by attending seminars and continuing education courses. He’s a proud member of a number of professional organizations, including the Appliance Therapy Practitioners Association, Dental Amalgam Mercury Solutions, the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, the International Association of Orthodontics, and the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation.
Outside of work, Dr. Yoo is devoted to his family and his church. He attended a Billy Graham Crusade in 1987 that led him to accept Jesus Christ as his personal savior. His faith and desire to serve the Lord is what guided him into his career in dentistry. He looks forward to working with patients both new and old and giving them beautiful and healthy smiles.
What are dental implants
Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that are surgically implanted into your jawbone, where they function as artificial tooth roots. Your implant actually fuses to your jawbone as you heal, since your body doesn’t recognize titanium as a foreign substance. This provides a strong foundation on top of which Dr. Yoo can place a crown, bridge, or dentures.
Why should I replace my missing teeth?
Your mouth was meant to have all of its teeth working in harmony. Missing teeth can lead to issues like:
- Bone loss or resorption in your jaw
- Teeth shifting out of alignment
- TMJ syndrome
- Altered facial appearance
A smile with all of its teeth keeps the delicate machinery of your mouth functioning properly.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
By replacing your tooth roots, implants protect your smile from many of the complications associated with missing teeth. Your implant prevents bone loss by stimulating your jawbone, and it provides a sturdy foundation for a restoration that can make your smile whole again.
Dental implants also have a number of advantages over other restorations. Unlike crowns and bridges, they don’t require the removal of any enamel. And because they mimic the natural structure of your tooth, they feel natural and don’t require special maintenance, unlike removable dentures.
What’s the process of getting dental implants?
Dental implants require a few visits to Dr. Yoo and some minor surgery. If you’re worried about the procedure or have any dental anxiety, ask Dr. Yoo about sedation dentistry options to keep you relaxed during treatment.
First, Dr. Yoo numbs your mouth with a local anesthetic. Then, he makes a small incision in your gums, drills a hole in your jawbone, inserts your implant, and stitches up your surgery site. Over the next few months, your implant fuse with your jawbone as your gums heal.
After you’ve healed, you return to the office to get your abutment, a tiny post that sticks up out of your gums and connects your restoration to your implant.
The team then takes an impression of your smile that they use to design your restoration. If you’re getting a crown, they can fabricate your restoration on-site that day with a CEREC® machine. If you’re getting a bridge or dentures, Dr. Yoo sends the impression to a lab that finishes your restoration in a couple of weeks.
Once your restoration is ready, he seals it in place. Schedule an implant consultation with Dr. Yoo today by calling the office or booking online.