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C. Michael Tsai, B.Sc., D.M.D., is a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. He works full time at Light Dental Studios, covering the University Place and Bonney Lake offices.
Dr. Michael TsaiBoard Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
Dr. Tsai was born in Taipei, Taiwan and grew up in Vancouver, BC, Canada. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology (B.Sc.) from the University of Waterloo. Following graduation, he worked in a lab conducting research in the biology of wound healing at the University of Toronto for a year. Dr. Tsai returned to Vancouver, Canada, and earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) at the University of British Columbia.
After seeing his own family’s struggle with dental disease and dental anxiety, Dr. Tsai was motivated to pursue advanced training in oral surgery and anesthesia, which compelled him to move to Fort Worth, Texas to complete an internship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He was then offered a position in the University of Washington Oral and Maxillofacial Residency Training Program, which allowed him to further advance his skills in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Anesthesia. During residency, Dr. Tsai published several articles in peer-reviewed journals, including papers on topics such as platelet biology, management of bleeding, sedation, temporomandibular joint surgery, and oral cancer. He was also offered scholarships to attend academic conferences, including the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Dental Implant Conference in 2019.
Following his residency training, Dr. Tsai passed a series of rigorous exams to become dual Board Certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, by both the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the National Dental Examining Board of Canada.
As an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Dr. Tsai strives to do his best to give his patients a comfortable experience for wisdom teeth surgery and dental implant surgery. He is also skilled in complicated dental extractions, bone grafting surgery to the upper and lower jaws, oral pathology, management of oral and facial infections, as well as providing sedation and anesthesia for procedures. He is fluent in both English and Mandarin, as well as conversant in Taiwanese.
Outside of clinic, Dr. Tsai’s interests include spending time with his wife and family, working out, cooking, watching movies, and traveling.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Light Dental Studios?
Light Dental Studios is a comprehensive dental care provider that has been serving the Puget Sound area since 1971.
How many locations does Light Dental Studios have?
We have 21 convenient locations throughout the Puget Sound area to serve you better.
What areas do you serve?
Our 21 locations are spread across the Puget Sound area including Auburn, Bellevue, Bonney Lake, Burien, Covington, Fircrest, Kent, Lacey, Lakewood, Lynnwood, Maple Valley, Lilly Road in Olympia, Olympia, Pacific Avenue in Parkland, Puyallup, Orthodontics in Puyallup, Renton, Ruddell Road in Lacey, 6th Avenue in Tacoma, Tacoma Mall Boulevard in Tacoma, and University Place to provide easy access to quality dental care.
What services do you offer?
Light Dental Studios offers a range of services including general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, in-house denture lab, orthodontics, oral surgery, and periodontics.
Do you provide pediatric dentistry?
Yes, we offer specialized care for our younger patients to ensure they have a smile worth showing off at every age.
What cosmetic dentistry options are available?
We offer a range of cosmetic treatments including cosmetic bonding, Invisalign®, dental BOTOX®, teeth whitening, veneers, and more to help your smile shine brighter than a polished molar!
Appointments & Operations
How do I schedule an appointment?
You can schedule an appointment by calling any of our 21 locations or by visiting our appointment page on our website.
What are your operating hours?
Operating hours may vary by location. Please check the specific location page for details.
Do you offer emergency dental care?
Yes, we do provide emergency dental services. Please call our emergency after-hours number at (253) 719-3070
What is orthodontics, and when should I consider seeing an orthodontist?
Orthodontics specializes in correcting misaligned teeth and bites. If you have concerns about your smile or bite, an orthodontic consultation can help.
What types of orthodontic treatments are available at Light Dental Studios?
We offer a variety of options, including traditional braces and clear aligners, to straighten your teeth effectively.
What conditions do periodontists treat?
Periodontists specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum diseases. They can help with issues like gingivitis and periodontitis.
When should I see a periodontist?
If you experience symptoms like bleeding gums, gum recession, or persistent bad breath, it's advisable to schedule a consultation with a periodontist.
What is pediatric dentistry, and why is it important for children?
Pediatric dentistry focuses on the oral health of children and adolescents. Early dental care helps establish good oral hygiene habits for life.
At what age should my child first visit a pediatric dentist?
It's recommended to schedule your child's first dental visit around their first birthday or when their first tooth appears.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
What procedures do oral and maxillofacial surgeons perform?
These specialists handle a wide range of surgical procedures, including tooth extractions, dental implants, and corrective jaw surgeries.
Is sedation available for oral surgery procedures?
Yes, we offer various sedation options to ensure your comfort during oral and maxillofacial surgery. Your surgeon will discuss the best choice for your procedure.
Disclaimer: These FAQs should help provide valuable information about the different dental specialists available at Light Dental Studios, addressing common questions and concerns that patients may have. Please note that the provided information above is based on general knowledge, and it's always recommended to consult with our doctors for personalized advice and recommendations regarding your or your child's specific dental needs and conditions. For any questions or concerns, please call our office.