do you have missing teeth?

Do you have missing teeth?
Have difficulty chewing because of missing teeth?
Do missing teeth affect your appearance?

Dental Implants in Tukwila, WA

Dental Implants

Doctor Whitfield believes in using the most modern and technologically advanced methods available to restore teeth with dental implants. We utilized the most successful techniques and technologies. We also take a very comprehensive approach. A majority of all implant techniques are utilized by us. Techniques include the following.

There are many ways missing teeth affect the way you live. It can lessen your self-confidence & lead to further dental problems. Let us bring a smile to your face with the latest in dental implant technology.

A dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium that is inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of a missing tooth. The implant acts as an anchor for a replacement tooth that is attached to the implant to function & look like a natural tooth.

Implants may also be used to anchor dentures, especially lower dentures that tend to shift when you talk or chew. For those patients needing implant supported dentures, we work with our in-house denturist to ensure a comfortable, great-looking result.

For patients with removable partial dentures, implants can replace missing teeth so that you have a more natural-looking smile.

Implant Solutions

Doctor Whitfield takes a very comprehensive approach to implant dentistry. The majority of all implant techniques are used to help our patients, including the following implant techniques .

Implants for Replacement of Teeth

Single teeth, or multiple teeth can be replaced with dental implants. Sometimes implants can be used not just for a single tooth, but for implant supported bridges.

Immediate Implants

Sometimes a tooth is in a cosmetic area of the smile, and needs to be replaced in just one day. No one will ever know the tooth has been replaced.

Implant Supported Full-Mouth Solutions

The technique goes by many names, including All-on-4, dental hybrids, teeth in a day or snap in teeth. Restoring a compromised mouth all in one implant supported solution has allowed patients to repair years of dental problems.

Bone Grafting

Many times the dental solution requires rebuilding lost bone structure. Multiple techniques can be employed including atraumatic extraction of teeth and modern biotechnology, bone morphogenic proteins. Doctor Whitfield has experience in multiple techniques and can guide the patient in making good choices. Reliable outcomes is paramount, and that comes from clinical experience.

These techniques and technologies in the experienced hands of Doctor Whitfield helps create successful implant dental solutions for our patients.

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Implant Maintenance

This is an area that our practice proudly excels. With 14 years of experience placing dental implants, we have learned how to properly maintain implants.

We have developed & employ many exclusive implant maintenance techniques that have proven to keep our patient's implants in top shape.

High quality dental hygienist cleanings are the corner stone. We are blessed with extremely talented hygienists employing the newest techniques: Emdogain technology to repair bone loss around teeth and implants, Air polishing to remove plaque and biofilm off teeth and implants, and Perioprotect trays that deliver gentle peroxide to the gingiva for maintenance between cleanings.

Why Replace Missing Teeth?

Without all your teeth, chewing and eating can destabilize your bite and cause you discomfort. The remaining teeth drift out of alignment and can cause periodontal problems such as gum disease.

With fewer teeth to distribute the chewing load, you accelerate the wear and breakdown of your remaining teeth.

Additionally, when teeth are missing, your facial structures such as your jaw can shift and cause your face to look older.

Implants can solve many of these problems.

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Type of Dental Implant We Place

We use dental implants made of a titanium alloy. Titanium was discovered in the 1960s to promote bone growth.

A titanium implant promotes osteointegration & bone growth around the implant. This strengthens your mouth's bone structure & prevents movement of other teeth due to a missing tooth.

Once the implant is fully integrated, it will typically last for the rest of your life.

Parts of a Dental Implant

Implant Body - Screw

The implant body replaces the tooth root, supporting the new crown & strengthening the bone structure.

Post - Abutment

The post or abutment is attached to the implant body & is what the crown attaches to.

Crown

The crown is the part you see, replacing the chewing surface of a tooth.

Dr. Douglas Whitfield & Implants

Doctor Whitfield has been practicing dentistry for over 14 years.

Originally trained in Microbiology and cell science. He started his career as an oral research scientist working for the Sonicare Company in Bellevue Washington. He has been published in several research journals and received a US Patent on antimicrobial mouthwashes.

He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2005 from the University of Washington. He went on to further study Dental Implantology from the Misch International Implant Institute. He also trained with Doctor Arun Garg and the Implant Seminars program. He has currently placed over 2000 dental implants. He is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

Over time he has continued to push the implant technology and has found the connection to patient health status very important to implant success. In an effort to improve his patients long term success, he has focused on bacterial genomics to identify oral pathogens. He has taken a Bale-Doneen Preceptorship Course and become a member of the network of providers in the Bale-Doneen method. The Bale-Doneen method focuses on finding the root cause of disease for patients. Many times dental problems arise from overall health conditions such as diabetes. Periodontal disease also contributes to implant problems and dental caries. Having a more comprehensive approach leads to a much higher level of success.

Doctor Whitfield is also an Invisalign provider. A healthy bite and properly fitting teeth help create a healthy oral environment for teeth and implants. Doctor Whitfield has completed many Invisalign cases as part of a comprehensive solution to dental problems.

Comprehensive full mouth solutions will continue to be Doctor Whitfield's focus as continuing education never ends.

Dr. Douglas Whitfield
Where Beautiful Smiles Begin       (206) 575-1000