Alvin G. Wee, DDS, PhD, MPH

Professor, Department of Restorative Sciences

Alvin G. Wee

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-301-6668

Fax 612-626-1496

Office Address:
9-470 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Professor, Department of Restorative Sciences

Director, Division of Prosthodontics

PhD, University of Nebraska, 2014

DDS, Creighton University, 2013

MPH, The Ohio State University, 2005

MS, University of Iowa, 1997

BDS, National University of Singapore, 1992

Certificate in Clinical Research, The Ohio State University, 2002

Certificate in Maxillofacial Prosthetics, University of Pittsburgh, 1998

Certificate in Prosthodontics, University of Iowa, 1996


Dr. Wee’s professional career started at The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Dentistry in 1998, where he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2004. His academic career continued at the University of Nebraska Medical Center as Director of the Division of Oral Facial Prosthetics, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and then at Creighton University as Director of Maxillofacial Prosthodontics. In 2014, he accepted a position at the Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System in Omaha, Nebraska. He was Assistant Dental Service Chief and Dental Laboratory supervisor. He joined the University of Minnesota in 2019 as a tenured Full Professor.

Dr. Wee has received research funding as principal investigator (NIH R15 and NIH K23) and co-investigator (NIH R01 and VA RR&D) from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Veteran’s Affairs, as well as several other agencies. Dr. Wee has authored more than 90 peer-reviewed publications and several textbook chapters.

His service responsibilities include holding the following offices: (1) Honorary Treasurer for the International Academy of Oral and Facial Rehabilitation, and (2) Vice President Elect of the American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the American College of Prosthodontists (Director of the Division of Education and Research), American College of Prosthodontists Education Foundation and the International Society of Maxillofacial Rehabilitation. Dr. Wee is currently an Assistant Editor of the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, Associate Editor for the Journal of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery. He has been invited to present more than 100 presentations both nationally and internationally on various aspects of dentistry. As part of his faculty practice, he currently treats patients with complex oral rehabilitation needs, one day a week, at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System.

Awards & Recognition

  • Department of Veterans Affairs, National Recipient of the Clinical Excellence in Dentistry Award winner, 2017
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon, National Dental Honor Society, 2017
  • Fellow, International College of Dentists, 2013
  • Fellow, ADEA Leadership Institute, 2006
  • Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (NIH K23), 2006-2012
  • Ruth L. Kirschetein National Research Service Award (NIH T32), 2002 to 2003
  • Claude R. Baker Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching Predoctoral Fixed Prosthodontics, American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, 2003
  • Third Place, OSU Fisher College/Deloitte Touche Business Plan Competition, 2002
  • Clinical Instructor of the Year, The Alpha Omega Professional Dental Fraternity, 2000
  • Student Government Teaching Award, OSU College of Dentistry, 2000
  • Honored Hooder, OSU Graduating Dental Class, 1999
  • Rotary International Foundation Multi-Year Ambassadorial Scholarship, 1994 to 1996
  • National University of Singapore Dental Society, Silver Jubilee Award, 1991


Research Summary/Interests

  • Clinical translational aspects of color science with regard to teeth/skin and their respective restorative materials
  • Early detection of oral and oropharyngeal cancer
  • Educational research in the area of restorative dentistry and prosthodontics


  • Sheets JL, Wee AG, Simetich B, Beatty MW: Effect of Water Dilution on Full Arch Gypsum Implant Master Casts. Prosthesis 2020, 2, 266-276.
  • Lee DJ, Yuan JC, Zheng F, Wee AG, Caradine-Poinsett, Tuminelli FJ, Sukotjo C: Prosthodontic resident selection by Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program: A national survey by participating program director. J Prosthodontics 2020; 29: 374-377. PMID: 32133716 
  • Manzotti A, Roenitz C, Yuan JC, Sukotjo C, Vieira Marques IS, Alfaro M, Wee AG: Status of sleep apnea and snoring disorder curriculum in US advanced education prosthodontic programs. J Prosthodontics 2020; 29: 656-659. PMID: 32406074
  • Bitencourt SB, Kanda RY, de Freitas Jorge C, Barao VAR, Sukotjo C, Wee AG, Goiato MC, Pesqueira AA: Long-term stainability of interim prosthetic materials in acidic/staining solutions. J of Esthetics Restor Dent 2020 Jan; 32(1): 73-80. PMID: 3170972
  • Kim A, Candamo F, Wee AG, Yuan JC, Garcia LT: Predoctoral dental education in tooth prognosis and treatment complexity: A survey of US dental schools. J Dental Education 2019 Oct; 83(10): 1151-7. PMID:31235502
  • Touloumi F, Yuan JC, Reshan A, Wee AG, Sukotjo C: Retrospective evaluation of the status of advanced dental education in prosthodontics from 2006 to 2016. J Dental Educ 2019 Aug; 83(8):887-94. PMID: 31085685
    Khan SM, Baccaglini L, Inagaki AA, Reinhardt JW, Turner SP, Wee AG: Qualifications and characteristics North American dental deans seek in department chairpersons. J Dental Education 2019;83(5):560-6. PMID: 30804168
  • Bishal A, Wee AG, Barao VAR, Yuan JC, Landers R, Sukotjo C: Color stability of maxillofacial prosthetics silicone functionalized with oxide nano coating. J Prosthetic Dent 2019; 121:538-43. PMID: 30503151
  • Zurek A, Alfaro Coto, Wee AG, Yuan JC, Barao VA, Mathew M, Sukotjo C: Wear characteristics and volume loss of CAD/CAM ceramic materials. J Prosthodontics. 2019; 28:e510-e518. PMID: 29508487
  • Ito M, Tanimoto Y, Wee AG, Miyamoto T, Iijima M, Kawai Y: Surface evaluation of the combination of a nylon and traditional partial removable dental prosthesis: 3.5-year follow up clinical report. Int J Oral-Med Sci 2018: 17(3): 133-136.
  • Papazoglou E, Wee AG, Carr AB, Urban I, Margaritis V: Accuracy of complete-arch implant impression with occlusal registration material. J Prosthetic Dent 2020;123: 143-8. PMID: 31079882
    Sheets JL, Pinkston DJ, Yuan JC, Sukotjo C, Wee AG: U.S. maxillofaical prosthetics programs: Fellows' and directors' perspectives. J Dental Education 2018; 82: 1335-1342. PMID: 30504472
  • Sukotjo C, Khan A, Yuan JC, Afshari FS, Weatherspoon D, Wee AG: Research productivity of directors of U.S. advanced education in prosthodontics programs. J Dental Education 2018; 82: 1320-1326. PMID: 30504470
  • Beline T, Filho AV, Wee AG, Sukotjo C, Santos DM, Brandao TB, Barao VA: Initial investigation of the corrosion stability of craniofacial implants. J Prosthetic Dent 2018; 119:185-192. PMID: 28533010
  • Yuan JC, Barao VA, Wee AG, Alafro MF, Afshari FS, Sukotjo C: Effect of brushing and thermocycling on shade and surface roughness of CAD-CAM cercamic restorations. J Prosthetic Dent 2018; 119: 1000-1006. PMID: 28965682
  • Sheet JL, Yuan JC, Sukotjo C, Davis BK, Wee AG: Maxillofacial prosthetics training and practice profile in the United States. J Prosthetic Dent 2017; 118-540-545. PMID: 28343678
  • Brandão TB, Vechiato Filhq AJ, de Souza Batista VS, Prado Ribeiro AC, Filho HN, Chilvarquer I, Nunn M, Santos-Silva AR, Barão VA, Wee AG: Assessment of treatment outcomes of facial prostheses in patients with craniofacial defects: A pilot retrospective study. J Prosthetic Dent 2017; 118: 235-241. PMID: 28159348
  • Ariani N, Reintsema H, Ward K, Sukotjo C, Wee AG: Maxillofacial prosthodontics practice profile: a survey of non-United States prosthodontists. J Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery 2017; 46:35 DOI 10.1186/s40463-017-0211-5. PMID: 28449725
  • Hamza TA, Alameldin AA, Elkouedi AY, Wee AG: Effect of artificial accelerated aging on surface roughness and color stability of different ceramic restorations. Stomatological Disease and Science 2017; 1:8-13.
  • Sheets JL, Yuan JC, Sukotjo C, Wee AG: Survey of advanced education in prosthodontics directors and residents on practices in esthetic dentistry. J Dental Education 2016; 80:1205-1211. PMID:27694294
  • Wee AG, Zimmerman LM, Anderson JR, Nunn ME, Loberiza FR, Sitorius MA, Pullen CH: Promoting oral cancer examinations to primary care providers: A cluster randomised trial. J Public Health Dent 2016; 76: 340-349. PMID: 27118042
  • Wee AG, Meyer A, Wu W, Wichman CS: Lighting conditions used during visual shade matching in private dental offices. J Prosthet Dent 2016; 115: 469-474. PMID: 26723088
  • Wee AG, Weiss RO, Wichman CS, Sukotjo C, Brundo GC: Characteristics identified for success by restorative dental science department chairpersons. J Dental Education 2016; 80:275-280. PMID: 26933102
  • Hamza TA, Atia MA, El-Hossary MMK, Mosleh I, Shokry TE, Wee AG: Flexural strength of small connector designs zirconia-based fixed partial dentures. J Prosthet Dent 2016;115:224-229. PMID: 26547519
  • Wee AG, Zimmerman LM, Pullen CH, Allen CM, Lambert PM, Paskett ED: Evaluating a web-based educational module on oral cancer examination based on a behavioral framework. J Cancer Education 2016: 31:158-65. PMID: 25572460
  • Wee AG, Zimmerman LM, Pullen CH, Sitorius MA, Paskett ED: Need for primary care providers to carry out annual oral cancer examination. J of Dental Health, Oral Disorder & Therapy 2015; 2: 00041. DOI: 10.15406/jdhodt. 2015.02.00041.
  • Barao VA, Ogawa ES, Moreno A, Mesquita MF, Wee AG, Assuncao WG: Long-term clinical evaluation of the stability and stainability of acrylic resin denture teeth. J Prosthet Dent 2015;113:628-635. PMID: 25572460
  • Ward KA, Brundo GC, Nunn ME, Wee AG: Current Practices of the 2012 antibiotic prophylaxis recommendations for orthopedic implants in a Mid-West City. International Journal of Health Sciences 2015; 3: 199-210. DOI: 10.15640/ijhs.v3n1a12
  • Ito M, Marx DB, Cheng AC, Wee AG: Proposed shade guide for attached gingiva – a pilot study. J Prosthodontics 2015; 24: 182-187. PMID: 25081432
  • Hungerford E, Beatty MW,Marx DB, Simetich B, Wee AG: Coverage error of commercial skin pigments as compared to human facial skin tones. J Dent 2013; 41: 986-991. PMID: 23907084
  • Wee AG, Beatty MW, Gozalo-Diaz D, Kim-Pusateri S, Marx DB: Proposed shade guide for human facial skin: A pilot study. J Prosthet Dent 2013; 110: 82-9. PMID: 23929369
  • Ito M, Wee AG, Miyamoto T, Kawai Y: Combination of a nylon and traditional removable partial denture for improved esthetics: A clinical report. J Prosthet Dent 2013; 109: 5-8.PMID: 23328191
  • Reiter PL, Wee AG, Lehman A, Paskett ED: Oral cancer screening and dental care use among women in Ohio Appalachia. Rural and Remote Health 2012; 12: 2184. PMID: 23240899
  • Bayindir F, Gozalo-Diaz D, Kim-Pusateri K, Wee AG: Incisal translucency of vital natural unrestored teeth. J Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry 2012; 24: 335-343. PMID: 23025317
  • Kaylor MB, Polivka BJ, Chaudry RV, Salsberry P, Wee AG: Dental insurance and dental service use by US women of childbearing age. Public Health Nurse 2011; 28:213-222. PMID: 21535106
  • Yilmaz B, Ozcelik B, Company AM, Wee AG: Color change during the surface preparation stages of metal ceramic alloys. J Prosthet Dent 2011; 106:38-47. PMID: 21723992
  • Cheng AC, Wee AG, Gan S: Prosthodontic management of edentulous patients with an acquired maxillary defect reconstructed with an abdominus free flap: a clinical report. Singapore Dental J 2011; 32: 24-28.
  • Lindsey DT and Wee AG: Assessing tooth color differences in digital facial portraits. J Dent Res 2010; 89: 1254-8. PMID: 20739690
  • Mohammad S, Wee AG, Rumsey DJ, Schricker SR: Maxillofacial materials reinforced with various concentrations of polyhedral silsesquioxanes. J of Dental Biomechanics 2010; 20: Article ID 701845, 6 pages. PMID: 20981354
  • Chu YH, Tatakis DN, Wee AG: Smokeless tobacco use and periodontal health in rural male population. J Periodontol 2010; 81: 848-54. PMID: 20350155
  • Bayindir F, Bayindir YZ, Wee AG: Gingival color match and gingival shade guides in restorative dentistry. J Dent Fac Ataturk Uni 2010; Supplement 3: 38-43.
  • Kaylor MB, Polivka BJ, Chaudry R, Salsberry P, Wee AG: Dental services utilization by women of childbearing age by socioeconomic status. Journal of Community Health 2010; 35:190-7. PMID: 20013059
  • Neo TK, AC Cheng, Lee H, Wee AG: The management of an edentulous maxilla using a CAD/CAM-guided immediately loaded provisional implant prosthesis with screw retained and cement retained abutments: A Clinical Report. J Prosthet Dent, 102: 340-4, 2009. PMID: 19961990
  • Yilmaz B, Ozecelik TB, Wee AG: Effect of repeated firing on the color of opaque porcelain applied on different dental alloys. J Prosthet Dent, 101:395-404, 2009. PMID: 19463667
  • Kim-Pusateri S, Brewer JD, Davis EL, Wee AG: Reliability and accuracy of four dental shade-matching devices. J Prosthet Dent, 101:193-99, 2009. PMID: 19231572
  • Bayindir F, Bayindir Y, Gozalo-Diaz D, Wee AG: Coverage error of gingival shade guides system in measuring color of attached anterior gingival. J Prosthet Dent, 101:46-53, 2009. PMID: 19105991
  • Gozalo-Diaz DJ, Johnston WM, Wee AG: Estimating the color of maxillary central incisors based on age and gender. J Prosthet Dent, 100:93-98, 2008. PMID: 18672125
  • Neo TK, Cheng AC, Lee H, Wee AG, Leong EWJ: The management of an edentulous patient using simultaneous maxillary and mandibular CAD-CAM-guided immediately loaded definitive implant prostheses: A Clinical Report. J Prosthet Dent, 99:416-420, 2008. PMID: 18514662
  • Cheng AC, Koticha T, Neo TK, Wee AG: Prosthodontic management of an irradiated maxillectomy patient with severe trismus using implant-supported prostheses: A clinical report J Prosthet Dent, 99:344-350, 2008. PMID: 18456045
  • Kauffman RM, Ferketich AK, Wee AG, Shultz JM, Kuun P, Wewers ME: Factors associated with smokeless tobacco cessation in an Appalachian population. Addictive Behaviors, 33: 821-830, 2008. PMID: 18261859
  • Cheng AC, Neo TK, Chan SL, Lee H, Wee AG: The management of severely resorbed maxilla using bone graft and a CAD-CAM guided immediately loaded definitive implant prosthesis: a clinical report. J Prosthet Dent, 99:85-90, 2008. PMID: 18262007
  • Cheng AC, Leong EWJ, Neo TK, Wee AG, Fung CKY, Lee CM: Osseointegrated implants in Craniofacial application - Current status. Singapore Dental Journal, 29:1-11, 2007. PMID: 18472524
  • Kim-Pusateri S, Brewer JA, Dunford RG, Wee AG: In-vitro model to evaluate reliability and accuracy of a dental shade matching instrument. J Prosthet Dent, 98:353-358, 2007. PMID: 18021823
  • Ferketich AK, Wee AG, Shultz J, Wewers ME: Smokeless tobacco use and salivary cotinine concentration. Addictive Behaviors, 32: 2953-62, 2007. PMID: 17604914
  • Ferketich AK, Wee AG, Shultz J, Wewers ME: A measure of nicotine dependence for smokeless tobacco users. Addictive Behaviors, 32: 1970-5, 2007. PMID: 17287090
  • Bayindir F, Kou S, Johnston WM, Wee AG: Coverage error of three conceptually different shade guides to vital unrestored dentition. J Prosthet Dent, 98:175-185, 2007. PMID: 17854618
  • Wee AG, Lindsey DL, Shroyer K, Johnston WM: Use of porcelain color discrimination test to evaluate color difference formulas. J Prosthet Dent, 98:101-109, 2007. PMID: 17692591
  • Davis EL, Stewart DCL, Guelmann M, Wee AG, Beach JL, Crews KM, Callen RS: Serving the public good: challenges of dental education in the 21st century. J Dent Edu, 71:1009-1019, 2007. PMID: 17687083
  • Lindsey DT, Wee AG: Perceptibility and acceptability of CIELAB color difference in computer simulated teeth. J Dent, 35:593-599, 2007.PMID:17517460
  • Douglas DR, Steinhauer TJ, Wee AG: Intraoral determination of the tolerance of dentists for perceptibility and acceptability of shade mismatch. J Prosthet Dent, 97:200-8, 2007. PMID: 17499089
  • Gozalo-Diaz DJ, Lindsey DT, Johnston WM, Wee AG: Measurement of color for craniofacial structures using a 45/0 degree optical configuration. J Prosthet Dent, 97:45-53, 2007. PMID: 17280891
  • Leong EWJ, Cheng AC, Neo TK, Wee AG: Management of acquired mandibular defects – prosthodontic considerations. Singapore Dental J, 28:22-33, 2006. PMID: 17378339
  • Cheng AC, Leong WEJ, Neo TK, Yao CS, Wee AG: Prosthodontic management of acquired partial mandibulectomy discontinuity defects: A clinical report. Singapore Dental J, 28:47-53, 2006. PMID: 17378342
  • Bayindir F, Wee AG: The use of computer aided systems in tooth shade-matching. TheJournal of Hacettepe Faculty of Dentistry, 30:40-46, 2006.
  • Cheng AC, Loh KS, Wee AG, Neo TK: Prosthodontic management of edentulous oral cavity with limited oral access using implant-supported prostheses: A clinical report.J Prosthet Dent, 96:1-6, 2006. PMID: 16872924
  • Wee AG, Lindsey DT, Kuo S, Johnston WM: Color accuracy of commercial digital cameras for use in dentistry. Dental Materials, 22: 553-559, 2006. PMID: 16198403
  • Wee AG, Kang EY, Jere D, Beck FM. Clinical color matching of porcelain visual shade matching systems. J Esthetic & Restorative Dent, 17:351-7, 2005. PMID: 16417829
  • Schricker SR, Hamza T, Jere D, Dotrong M, Wee A. Effect of methacrylated hyperbranched polymers on the fracture properties of denture base materials. J Macro Mol Sci, 43: 205-212, 2006.
  • Wee AG, Chen W, Johnston WM. Color formulation and reproduction of opaque dental ceramics. Dental Materials, 21:665-670, 2005. PMID: 15978276
  • Brewer JD, Wee A, Seghi RR: Fixed prosthodontic advances - color matching. Dental Clinics of North America, 48:341-58, 2004.
  • Cheng AC, Somerville DA, Wee AG: Altered prosthodontic treatment approach for bilateral complete maxillectomy patients: A clinical report. J Prosthet Dent, 92:120-4, 2004. PMID: 15295318
  • Wee AG, Wee LA, Cheng AC, Cwynar RB. The use of an intraoral electrolarynx for an edentulous patient – A clinical report. J Prosthet Dent, 91:521-4, 2004. PMID: 15211292
  • Hamza T, Wee AG, Alapati S, Schricker SR. The fracture toughness of denture base material reinforced with different concentrations of POSS. J Macro Mol Sci, A41:1-10, 2004.
  • Wee AG, McGlumphy EA. Prosthodontic complications of spline dental implants. Implant Dent, 12:151-9, 2003. PMID: 12861883
  • Cheng AC, Wee AG, Li JT, Archibald D. A new prosthodontic approach for craniofacial implant-retained maxillofacial prostheses. J Prosthet Dent, 88:224-8, 2002. PMID: 12397253
  • Wee AG, Monaghan P, Johnston WM. Variation in color between intended matched shade and fabricated shade of dental porcelain.
  • oJ Prosthet Dent, 87: 657-66, 2002. PMID: 12131889
  • oJournal of the South African Dental Association 66:370-8, 2011. PMID: 23477269
  • Wee AG, Cheng AC, Eskridge RN. Accuracy of 3 conceptually different die systems used for implant casts. J Prosthet Dent, 87:23-9, 2002. PMID: 11807480
  • Wee AG, Monaghan P, Johnston WM. Accuracy and pourability of gypsum preweighed packages. J Prosthodont, 10:86-9, 2001. PMID: 11512113
  • Cheng AC, Wee AG: Vacuum-formed tooth position record as an index for the fabrication of endosseous implant-supported prosthesis. J Prosthet Dent, 86:546-8, 2001. PMID: 11725284
  • Cheng AC, Wee AG, Li TK: Maxillofacial prosthetic rehabilitation of a midfacial defect complicated by microstomia: A clinical report. J Prosthet Dent, 85:432-7, 2001. PMID: 11357067
  • Wee AG, Kang EY, Johnston WM, Seghi RR. Evaluating porcelain color match of different porcelain shade matching systems. J Esthet Dent, 12:271-80, 2000. PMID: 11338494
  • Wee AG. Comparison of impression materials for direct multi-implant impression. JProsthet Dent, 83:323-31, 2000. PMID: 10709042
  • Cheng AC, Wee AG, Cho SY, Li TK: Prosthodontic management of limited oral access after ablative tumor surgery: A clinical report. J Prosthet Dent, 84:269-73, 2000. PMID: 11005898
  • Golden WG, Wee AG, Danos TL, Cheng AC: Fabrication of a two-piece superstructure for a fixed detachable implant-supported mandibular complete denture. J Prosthet Dent, 84: 205-9, 2000. PMID: 10946339
  • Wee AG, Cwynar RB, Cheng AC: Utilization of the neutral zone technique for a maxillofacial patient. J Prosthodont, 9:2-7, 2000. PMID: 11074021
  • Cheng AC, Wee AG. Reconstruction of cranial bone defects using alloplastic implants produced from a stereolithographically-generated cranial model. Annals Acad Med, 29:692-6, 1999. PMID: 10597355