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Chun-I Lee

Dentist

Dr. Chun-I Lee is a Dentist practicing in Cape Town, Western Cape. Dr. Lee specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and conditions associated with the mouth and overall dental health. Dentists are trained to carry out such treatment as professional cleaning, restorative, prosthodontic, and endodontic procedures, and performing examinations, among many others.
Chun-I Lee
  • Cape Town, Western Cape
  • University of Cape Town
  • Accepting new patients

What's a root canal for the front teeth like?

Good day, The procedure for the front teeth is similar to the back teeth, even earlier, because of easy access and visibility and only a single canal. Compared to the back with READ MORE
Good day,

The procedure for the front teeth is similar to the back teeth, even earlier, because of easy access and visibility and only a single canal. Compared to the back with multiple canals, front teeth should be easier and less time required. However, it depends on the condition of the tooth itself (e.g., the severity of infection, etc.), so only your dentist has the best knowledge of the difficulty level for the treatment.

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Dr. Chun-I Lee

My son is sucking his thumb with adult teeth. What can happen?

Good day

It will be better to correct this habit because it can interfere with teeth growth, which may result in open bite.

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Dr. Chun-I Lee

A huge gap in dental treatment. What should I expect?

Good day, I advise you to go for a dental check-up. The dentist might advise you to do scaling and polishing (routine dental cleaning, advisable to do every 6 months). During READ MORE
Good day,

I advise you to go for a dental check-up. The dentist might advise you to do scaling and polishing (routine dental cleaning, advisable to do every 6 months). During the examination, the dentist might take small (localized section) and/or big (full mouth) X-rays to see if you have any tooth decay in between the teeth or other problems such as tooth impaction, etc.

Dental cleaning usually is painless, however, you might feel sensitivity in certain areas due to cold water.

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Dr. Chun-I Lee

Is dry mouth possible because of my inhaler?

Good day,

Yes, it is possible.

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Dr. Chun-I Lee

How can I stop my child from thumbsucking?

Good day, Thumb sucking will eventually cause her front teeth to have an open bite, which can affect her appearance and function (rating and speaking). What you can do is maybe READ MORE
Good day,

Thumb sucking will eventually cause her front teeth to have an open bite, which can affect her appearance and function (rating and speaking). What you can do is maybe try putting some spicy paste or sauce on her thumb and she might stop. If it doesn't work, then you will need to take her to a dentist to make an appliance to wear.

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Dr. Chun-I Lee

Can dentists treat sleep apnea?

Good day, Yes, it's true, however, every individual is different, so it also depends on how severe the condition is. So, my advice is visit your dentist and have a proper consultation READ MORE
Good day,

Yes, it's true, however, every individual is different, so it also depends on how severe the condition is. So, my advice is visit your dentist and have a proper consultation in order to get a more accurate treatment plan.

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Dr. Chun-I Lee

I grind my teeth while I sleep. Should I get a mouth guard?

Good day,

Yes, it is advisable to get a mouth guard.

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Dr. Chun-I Lee

Will asprin help my tooth pain?

Good day, I don't recommend aspirin for toothaches; it thins your blood. If it ended up having to be pulled, it will cause lots of bleeding. You can take some Panado with Ibuprofen READ MORE
Good day,

I don't recommend aspirin for toothaches; it thins your blood. If it ended up having to be pulled, it will cause lots of bleeding. You can take some Panado with Ibuprofen (anti-inflammatory) and make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible.

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Dr. Chun-I Lee

One of my molars is severely worn down. Can this be repaired?

Good day, Yes, there's ways to fix it, however, it's not simple just to fill it up; there are lots of facts that we need to consider, e.g., your bite relation, opposing tooth, READ MORE
Good day,

Yes, there's ways to fix it, however, it's not simple just to fill it up; there are lots of facts that we need to consider, e.g., your bite relation, opposing tooth, and cause of wear. My advice is to go visit your dentist and have a proper consultation and treatment plan.

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Dr. Chun-I Lee

What is the earliest age someone can get braces?

Good day, It depends, every case is different. Children at a young age may have removable appliance if necessary, whereas for fixed (braces), usually around age 11~13. My advice READ MORE
Good day,

It depends, every case is different. Children at a young age may have removable appliance if necessary, whereas for fixed (braces), usually around age 11~13. My advice is visit your dentist for a proper consultation.

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Dr. Chun-I Lee

Are there any natural treatments for oral thrush?

Good day Oral thrush usually is due to fungus infection. You will have to identify the cause and then manage it. It can be a minor infection, but it can also be a sign of systemic READ MORE
Good day

Oral thrush usually is due to fungus infection. You will have to identify the cause and then manage it. It can be a minor infection, but it can also be a sign of systemic problem. My advice is visit your dentist for a proper consultation.

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Dr. Chun-I Lee

Can my abscess go away on its own?

Good day, It might go away if you take antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. However, medication will just remove the symptoms (swollen and pain) but it doesn't remove the cause. READ MORE
Good day,

It might go away if you take antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. However, medication will just remove the symptoms (swollen and pain) but it doesn't remove the cause. Therefore, even though the swelling has subsided after taking medication, it can come back. My advice is go visit your dentist and have a proper consultation and treatment for the abscess.

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Dr. Chun-I Lee

Does a wisdom tooth need to be removed?

Good day, It depends on the position of the tooth, if it erupt upward in a correct position, then it is fine to leave it. However, if it erupts at an angle (causing the impaction READ MORE
Good day,

It depends on the position of the tooth, if it erupt upward in a correct position, then it is fine to leave it. However, if it erupts at an angle (causing the impaction with front tooth), then my advice is to remove it. So, the best thing to do is to visit your dentist and have a proper check-up and consultation, then decide the treatment.

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Dr. Chun-I Lee

What causes erosion of teeth?

Good day

Acidic food intake is the most common cause for erosion.

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Dr. Chun-I Lee

Does a charcoal toothpaste really work?

Good day, It will help in removing external stain, but not change the teeth’s own color. It will be better to do the teeth whitening treatment by the dentist if you want to READ MORE
Good day,

It will help in removing external stain, but not change the teeth’s own color. It will be better to do the teeth whitening treatment by the dentist if you want to get your teeth whiten.

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Dr. Chun-I Lee

How long will a teeth whitening treatment last?

Good day, It has various factors that can affect the result (e.g., smoking), but from my personal experience: I have done the treatment on myself, in 2007; my teeth have still READ MORE
Good day,

It has various factors that can affect the result (e.g., smoking), but from my personal experience: I have done the treatment on myself, in 2007; my teeth have still kept the same color ever since the day of treatment completion till now.

The result may vary from person to person. I advise you to go visit your dentist and have a chat with him/her so that you can have a better understanding of teeth whitening.

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Dr. Chun-I Lee

I have halitosis. Is there a permanent solution to help with this?

Good day, There are many possible causes for halitosis, therefore the first step should be find out what is the cause (e.g., periodontal problem, food impaction, decayed teeth, READ MORE
Good day,

There are many possible causes for halitosis, therefore the first step should be find out what is the cause (e.g., periodontal problem, food impaction, decayed teeth, bacterial/fungal infection).

I advise you to visit a dentist to have a proper consultation, and then treat it accordingly.

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Dr. Chun-I Lee

How can I get rid of teeth stains caused due to smoking?

Good day,

I advise you to visit a dentist or oral hygienist to have scaling and polishing done.

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Dr. Chun-I Lee

How long will I have to wait for my next session after first round of root canal?

Good day, Ideally, the second visit should be within two weeks, however as long as you don't have any pain or discomfort, it should be fine. After the root canal treatment, READ MORE
Good day,

Ideally, the second visit should be within two weeks, however as long as you don't have any pain or discomfort, it should be fine. After the root canal treatment, you might feel a bit discomforts for a day or two, that's normal, but if the discomfort last for a week, you should contact your dentist to let him/her know.

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Dr. Chun-I Lee

My son's teeth are discoloured. Why?

Good day Discoloration you mean decay? Discoloration can be many things, it can be decayed, can be stain, can be own teeth color, can be non-vital tooth, can be fluorosis, etc. 1. READ MORE
Good day

Discoloration you mean decay? Discoloration can be many things, it can be decayed, can be stain, can be own teeth color, can be non-vital tooth, can be fluorosis, etc.

1. Tooth decay:
Tooth become brownish/black color due to surface/acid intake. Yes, juice can cause tooth decay, but the main reason for that to happen is long-term exposed to acidic environment.

After a sip of juice, our pH value of our mouth will drop, study shows that tooth decay process begin when pH value is below 5.5. However, our saliva will neutralize the acidity within time, so after 45min, pH value will come up again. Therefore the frequency of food intake is the key.

For example: if you drink a 2L coke now and finished it within 5 min, your mouth is only be acidic for a short while, then the chance of getting tooth decay is low. But if you have a sip now, 5min later another sip, 10min later another sip, and you finished the coke in 1 hour, your mouth is constantly in an acidic situation, the chance of getting tooth decay is very high.

2. Stain
Stain is something externally attached to the teeth, can be removed by going to a dentist or hygienist to do a dental cleaning

3. Own tooth color
Some people has more yellowish color than others, it’s genetic

4. Non-vital tooth
If the child had injury before (knocked/fall on the floor), the tooth might be injured, and the nerve of the tooth become non-vital, then the tooth will get darker and darker within time. Need to go to a dentist for treatment (it can cause infection and may affect the permanent tooth)

5. Fluorosis
Excess intake of fluoride can cause fluorosis. Tooth become either whitish spots or brownish color.

My advice to you is take your child to a dentist for a check up, get a proper diagnosis, and then have treatment if necessary.

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Dr. Chun-I Lee