Effective Tooth Implant Dentistry for Edmonds
Implant dentistry is an ideal solution for our Seattle – Edmonds area patients who are looking for a natural and durable solution to replace missing teeth due to injury or disease. If you are in good oral health, with sufficient jawbone mass, a tooth implant procedure is among the most successful options available.
When considering implant dentistry, there are several factors to take into account:
- Age – Receiving a tooth implant is an excellent solution for replacing missing teeth, whether you are young, middle-aged or a senior. We usually recommend that children wait to receive a tooth implant until the jawbone is mature. However, there are instances when implant dentistry might be part of a child’s orthodontic treatment.
- Adequate Bone – In order to place a tooth implant, adequate bone mass is necessary*. Often, when teeth have been missing, bone mass has been lost. Bone can often be grown with a process called bone grafting and Seattle tooth implant dentist Dr. Michael Hrankowski can provide options if there is not sufficient bone mass to support the tooth implant.
- Oral Health – If your health allows for routine dental treatment and there is adequate jawbone structure, you can probably have a tooth implant placed.
- Dental Hygiene – Implant dentistry has a high success rate when the patient is committed to regular dental care, including brushing, flossing, and routine dental exams.
- Periodontal Disease – Patients who have lost their teeth due to periodontal disease or decay are most often excellent candidates for successful implant dentistry.
- Dentures – Implant dentistry can be used to secure and stabilize your removable denture, improving comfort and function.
- Smoking – Although smoking lowers the success rate for implant dentistry, it doesn’t eliminate the possibility of being a candidate for a tooth implant procedure.
* In order to assess whether you are a candidate for a dental implant, current standard of care dictates that a 3D image of your jaw be taken. Because dental implants are most often placed near vital anatomic structures (nerves, blood vessels and sinuses) a 3D image allows Dr. Hrankowski to properly plan and safely place your implant.
Additionally, new, sophisticated software allows Dr. Hrankowski to plan your care virtually and create a surgical guide for precise placement and shortened procedure time. For your comfort and convenience, Dr. Hrankowski is one of the few dentists who offers 3D imaging in his Mountlake Terrace office.
Our new, state-of-the-art i-CAT Precise dental cone beam CT machine will get the job done quickly, comfortably and with the lowest possible radiation dose.
How Do I Get Started With Implant Dentistry?
For even more information on how dental implants can improve your life, please visit the American Academy of Implant Dentistry
Getting started with implant dentistry is as simple as picking up the phone.
Isn’t it time for the smile of your dreams? Give us a call today if you are in Mountlake Terrace, Edmonds, or Shoreline.