Dr. Lee is a board-certified implant dentist by the American Board of Oral Implantology (ABOI), which requires rigorous tests and case defenses. This board-certification symbolizes the highest level of competency in implant dentistry. There are only 7 board-certified dentists in Washington and 400 in U.S. as of 2016.
Dr. Kwan M. Lee is among of them. After attaining his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from UCLA, Dr. Lee went on to earn his dental degree from the University of Southern California. Since then, Dr. Lee has completed a year of implant training and general oral surgery training at the University of Washington, School of Dentistry.
What Are Dental Implants ?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that provide a permanent base for fixed, replacement teeth. Compared to dentures, bridges and crowns, dental implants are a popular and effective long-term solution for people who suffer from missing teeth, failing teeth or chronic dental problems. Because they fit, feel, and function like natural teeth, dental implants are quickly becoming the new standard in tooth replacement.What makes dental implants feel completely comfortable and secure?
Dr. Kwan M. Lee uses a medical-grade titanium implant fixture that, over time, actually fuses to the living bone cells of the jaw. This union forms a strong and durable anchor for your new teeth, meaning there’s no slippage or other movement (which can sometimes happen with dentures). There are also no problems eating with dental implants, no need to repair them regularly and no more worrying about smiling freely and openly.
Types of Dental Implants
Single Dental Implants
The most well-known type of implant, they are used to replace single missing teeth. They have a single titanium post and an artificial tooth that is created specifically to replace the one that you are missing. The bespoke design means that it is the right shape, size, and color to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile, ensuring that your restoration is completely discreet. Single dental implants can be placed virtually anywhere in the mouth.
A bridge is a popular dental device that contains a number of prosthetic teeth all attached together. A conventional bridge has an artificial tooth with crowns on either side that are attached to neighboring healthy teeth. However, an implant-supported bridge ensures that the whole device is placed onto several implant posts instead. This gives the restoration added strength and stability and means that there is no stress placed onto your healthy teeth.
If you are missing most or all of your teeth in one of your dental arches, you may be recommended to consider implant-supported dentures. These utilize the design of regular dentures design but place the device onto dental implants rather than securing it with adhesive. A partial denture can be attached to just two or three implants, whilst a full arch can be placed onto anywhere between four and eight implant posts. By placing dentures onto permanently secured posts rather than using adhesive, the restoration is much more stable and discreet. You can also clean your denture more easily and have less worries about its fragility.
As we know, the process to receive implants can be protracted and require several or more different appointments. However, if you want a smile restoration in a hurry, there is another option. All-on-4 dental implants enable patients to receive a full arch of artificial teeth in just one day. This is made possible using cutting edge Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) technology, which is able to turn images of your mouth and teeth into a complete, permanent dental restoration in a single day. This is because your bespoke device is created while you are having implant posts placed in strategic locations that make it possible to not have to wait for osseointegration for the treatment to be successful. The locations of the posts are specially selected for the density and health of the bone, and the posts are angled which immediately makes them stronger. The entire process can be carried out in a single day, meaning that you don’t need to wait to start enjoying your smile.
What Is Intravenous (IV) Sedation Dentistry?
Dr. Kwan M. Lee is licensed and certified for IV sedation since 2010. Since then, he has completed more than 500 hours of sedation cases without any single incident. He is one of a very limited number of general dentists who offer IV sedation and can complete most or all of your dentistry. IV sedation is offered to the anxious, fearful or very young patients. Sedative medications are slowly titrated through IV line and you will fall into the sleep and yet you will be able to breathe at your own and respond to the doctor’s voice. After recovery, you would not remember anything from the procedures such as pain or sounds.