UW News

February 4, 1998

Dental Implant Program established at the University of Washington School of Dentistry

The School of Dentistry, in partnership with the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias, has established a new program to provide dental care for patients affected by ectodermal dysplasias.

Through the Dental Implant Program, up to 10 patient s each year will receive reduced-cost implant procedures provided by the departments of periodontics, prosthodontics and oral surgery.

Ectodermal dysplasias are a a group of hereditary diseases that can be linked to a number of dental problems, inclu ding missing teeth, widely spaced teeth and poorly spaced teeth. In some cases, dental implants are the best method to improve chewing ability, speech, appearance and self-confidence.

Dr. Keith Phillips, director of graduate prosthodontics, and Dr . Robert O’Neal, director of graduate periodontics, will lead the new program.

The program has received support from the Washington Dental Service Foundation, Seattle-King County Dental Foundation and Nobel BioCare, a dental implant manufacturer.

For more information about the Dental Implant Program, call (206) 685-7522.