Care is more than “treatment”
It’s having a doctor understand your needs beyond your oral health problems, providing you with the information you require, acting as a guide in your decisions, and ensuring you feel good about your choices.
At MK Periodontics and Implants, Dr. Karbakhsch and Dr. Katafuchi offer this definition of care to Tacoma-area patients. Beyond the exceptional support they provide, our doctors also specialize in replacing missing and damaged teeth with dental implants. Whether you need to restore one, several, or all of your teeth, they will prioritize your comfort and safety, and provide you with a durable, aesthetic outcome.
Understanding Dental Implants
During your visit to our practice, your doctor will spend time answering your questions and providing open and honest guidance about dental implants.
It helps to know the basics before exploring your options. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that Dr. Karbakhsch and Dr. Katafuchi can surgically place below the gum line. Each implant can anchor one or more crowns, and several implants can work together to support a new, entire arch of teeth.
Dental implants give Tacoma-area patients an alternative to crown caps and dental bridges. The treatment conserves neighboring teeth, is durable and natural-looking, and restores much of your original tooth’s function.
Visiting Our Practice for Dental Implants
While Dr. Karbakhsch and Dr. Katafuchi are experts who place dental implants on a daily basis, we know the experience isn’t as familiar to patients. That’s why we’ll take the time to explain the process, talk through your concerns, and make you a partner in your treatment. Our practice will care for you in the way that you want to be cared for.
Typically, Tacoma-area patients will receive a comprehensive examination during their visit. They’ll also have a 3D CBCT scan. This advanced imaging technology is completely non-invasive and gives us a way to view the supporting structures of teeth more fully.
Whether you are seeing Dr. Karbakhsch or Dr. Katafuchi, we will go over answers to any questions you may have about dental implants. Your doctor will also work in close cooperation with your restorative dentist to determine the best course of treatment. The care you receive will depend on a variety of factors:
- Whether you need one, several, or all of your teeth restored with dental implants.
- If the tooth is already missing. Your doctor may recommend bone grafting before placing the implant in this case to create a strong and durable foundation.
- If the tooth is damaged but still in place. Your doctor will need to remove the tooth and may need to graft bone to the area after the extraction.
What You Can Expect With Dental Implants
For One or Several Teeth
We know that you want your smile back as quickly as possible. Dr. Karbakhsch and Dr. Katafuchi may be able to perform the first procedure in the dental implant process on the same day as your initial appointment.
During the surgery:
- You’ll receive oral or IV sedation so you can rest through the procedure. Feel free to get comfortable under a blanket and to listen to music as the medication relaxes you.
- If there’s a damaged tooth in place, your doctor can remove it.
- Some Tacoma-area patients will have enough healthy bone to receive their dental implant the same day as their tooth extraction.
- Other patients will need time for bone grafts to heal and create a stable foundation for the dental implant. If you fall into this category, your doctor can still give you a temporary tooth so that you leave your appointment with a complete smile.
On average, patients need about three months after receiving dental implants before the next step in the process. At that point, they will visit their restorative dentist, who will finish their treatment by attaching permanent crowns to the implants. MK Periodontics and Implants will be there to coordinate every aspect of your care with you and your dentist.
For an Entire Arch of Teeth
Whether you receive dental implants to restore one or all of your teeth, you will benefit from the same level of expertise, support, and comfort in your treatment. We welcome the opportunity to provide you with exceptional care.
As few as four dental implants can anchor a full denture, restoring many missing or damaged teeth in a single surgery. Our Tacoma-area patients who choose this option never have to go without teeth throughout the process.
For full arch procedures, your doctor may create a surgical guide, which will promote a high degree of accuracy and stability for your new teeth. MK Periodontics and Implants can use in-office equipment and trusted laboratories to prepare the guide and to create a temporary denture that will replace your teeth.
On the same day that your doctor places your implants, we will work with a lab expert to refine and attach the temporary denture. You’ll leave our office with a complete set of teeth. You can expect to get your permanent denture in a follow-up procedure three months later.
Reach MK Periodontics and Implants online or by phone at (253) 752-6336 in the Tacoma area or at our Kirkland office (425) 820-2414 to schedule your appointment.