Dental Implants in Auburn, WA
Replace Missing, Damaged, or Decayed Teeth
Dental implants have become the most appealing option for replacing one or more missing or failing teeth in Auburn, WA. You’ll find that your new replacement teeth look and feel just like natural teeth, allowing you to smile and eat with ease and confidence. They can also improve your overall oral health by preventing bone loss and protecting your remaining teeth from further damage. If you are missing one or more teeth and want a restorative solution, dental implants could be the right choice for you.
Our oral surgeons have years of experience with this restoration option and developing treatment plans to address a wide variety of oral health conditions. Whether you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at one of our offices in Auburn, Federal Way, Renton, Maple Valley, or Puyallup with Dr. Rick Edwards, Dr. Carl Johnson, and Dr. Ben Johnson.
Is it Necessary to Replace a Missing Tooth?
Leaving a missing tooth untreated can lead to bone loss in that area of the jaw. Tooth roots stimulate the jaw bone, and without a tooth in place, there is nothing to stimulate the bone. If you’ve been missing a tooth for many years, nearby teeth may have shifted into the empty spot and you may have noticed facial sagging as a result of a weakened jaw bone.
If you’re missing many or all of your teeth, we can extract the ones remaining and place a denture that is supported by dental implants. This option helps preserve your jaw bone and provides you with a fully functioning and complete smile.
Dental Implant Quality in Auburn, WA
Benefits of Dental Implants
The dental implant post fuses to your jaw bone, making it a part of your smile that can last a lifetime with proper care.
Missing teeth can damage your self-esteem, and dental implants are your ticket to a renewed confidence and a complete smile.
Preserve Jaw Bone Health
Dental implants are the only tooth restoration option that fuses with the jaw bone to prevent bone loss.
Simply brush and floss your implant just like a natural tooth, and it will serve you for many years.
Types of Dental Implants in Auburn, WA
There are many tooth restoration options that your surgeon will explore with you during the consultation. These options include:
- Single Tooth Implants. One dental implant can be placed in any area of the mouth where a tooth is missing.
- Implant-Supported Bridge. Traditional bridges require nearby teeth to be shaved down to support the bridge. An implant-supported bridge protects your natural teeth while benefiting your jaw bone health.
- Immediate Implants. Our surgeons can place a dental implant post the same day as an extraction, reducing the total number of procedures needed.
- Smile Complete™ Full-Arch Restoration. Remaining teeth are extracted, and a fixed prosthesis is placed using as few as four dental implant posts for support.
Dental Implant Procedure in Auburn, WA
Dental Implant Surgery Procedure
During your first visit you will meet with one of our expert oral surgeons, who will evaluate your needs and determine if dental implants are the right solution. We will discuss anesthesia options and take 3D scans of your face and mouth.
Many patients are able to comfortably undergo this procedure with local anesthesia, although we also offer general anesthesia and nitrous oxide as options. During the procedure, your surgeon will extract the tooth, if necessary, and place the dental implant post into the empty socket. We will also place a bone graft if the jaw bone has deteriorated and there is not enough healthy bone to support the implant.
Over the next few months, the post will fuse with your jaw bone. Once fully healed, we will place a connecting abutment and your restorative dentist will place the final, custom-made crown. This crown is designed to match your natural teeth in shape, size, and color.
Our practice offers a non-opioid option for pain relief after surgery. Ask your doctor about EXPAREL®.
Aesthetically Driven Implant Surgery With ezPRO
Now that you’re replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant, gum contouring can further maximize your results. Gum sculpting, or gingival sculpting, ensures that the gum surrounding your dental implant is as aesthetically pleasing as possible. This treatment involves placing temporary teeth and a special gum former on your dental implant. Since this is performed during implant placement, you save valuable recovery time and eliminate the need for additional appointments.
With our exclusive ezPRO process, we digitally plan your surgery ahead of time. While you heal, your surgeon can adjust the gum around the implant to match adjacent teeth. Afterward, your final crown can emerge with a more natural-looking contour. This also helps prevent food from becoming stuck between your implant and neighboring teeth.
Ask your oral surgeon about gingival sculpting during your consultation to learn about the ways that ezPRO can maximize your dental implant treatment.
Traditional Healing Abutment
ezPRO Anatomical Shaped Tissue
Dental Implant Candidacy in Auburn, WA
The Cost and Value of Replacing Missing Teeth
Dental implants are so popular because they look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth. They have a 98% success rate and are a long-term solution for tooth loss. The cost of a dental implant depends on how many you need, if you require extraction or bone grafts, your choice of anesthesia, and your dental insurance. We will discuss all of this during your first visit.
Traditional dentures cost less upfront, but they must be replaced every 5 years and do not prevent jaw bone deterioration. Many patients find it embarrassing to remove dentures during eating and cleaning, and removable dentures often cause sores. Once a dental implant is placed, it is there to stay.
Hear From Dental Implant Patients
These patients can tell you about the firsthand experience undergoing dental implant treatment at our office.
Reviews From Our Dental Implant Patients
Sue Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"I came to Pacific Northwest Oral Surgeons for two dental implants. The team is wonderful. They talked to me and explained everything step by step. The actual procedure to do the extractions and the implants was quick, efficient, and painless. Dr. Ben Johnson was personable, kind. I found him just really caring, and you leave with a smile afterwards. When I got these put in, no one has ever asked me “are those real?” or “are those your natural teeth?” What I get instead is “Sue, you’ve got a beautiful smile.” My experience at Pacific Northwest Oral Surgeons is a definite five stars. "
James Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure
"About 12 years ago, I had two molars on the same side of the mouth that had crowns and root canals, and they were failing, so I ended up having those two teeth extracted. So, I talked to my dentist, Dr. Sipes, about dental implants, and he referred me to Dr. Carl Johnson here. I've been a registered nurse for 20 years, and these people here in this office — and all the offices I went to — were very open and answered all of my questions. I had talked to Dr. Carl Johnson pretty extensively, and the surgery went great. My mouth is whole again. It's back to normal. It's been pretty amazing. I had a really great experience here."
Jessilyn Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"I got implants and extractions from Dr. Edwards at the Pacific Northwest Oral Surgeons. Dr. Edwards, Dr. Carl Johnson, Dr. Ben Johnson — they all have great bedside manner, so I just feel so comfortable when I’m here, and they really make me feel confident. All the procedures that I’ve had at the Pacific Northwest Oral Surgeons have gone really well. My recovery after my extractions and dental implants have been wonderful. I had a great experience here, and I would recommend anyone who lives in Kent to experience Pacific Northwest Oral Surgeons. "
Heather Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
" With Dr. Ben Johnson, I've had a sinus lift with bone grafting, and we're in the process of that healing, and another couple months, I'll get the caps put in. I'm the type of person where I have a lot of dental problems because of family history, and they just make you feel very comfortable when you come in. They ask you at your pre-op appointments if you have any questions. They ask you when you come in for the operative appointment if you have any questions, "Are you comfortable?" It's just very relaxed, and when you wake up, they come and they talk to you; they tell you how everything's gone, and then they call you that day or the next day to make sure that you're still feeling okay, and so everything is just a very smooth, flowing process. That's why I keep coming is because they're so personable, and they really care about you as a patient. "
Steve Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure
"I had a little pain in one of my upper molars on my left side, so he recommended that I probably just have it removed and get the implant done now. And then they explained the entire process to me of how I'd have the extraction done and then the sinus lift, the implant in place, and then a cap on the abutment that goes into the implant. It went well, and I did it late one day, and I was back at work the next day, so no complaints. There never really was any real pain—a very slight discomfort. Everything for me was pretty much back to normal within 24 hours. I'd highly recommend the clinic here. The Dr. Johnson that assisted me was Dr. Ben Johnson; I don't know that a doctor could have done anything any better than the way Ben did."
Frequently Asked Questions
Can a dental implant be placed in a day?
Yes, a dental implant can be placed in a single day. In some cases, we can place an implant the same day that a tooth is extracted. We may place a temporary tooth for you to wear until you heal and your new crown is ready.
Who is not a candidate for dental implants?
If you are healthy enough to undergo general surgery, you are likely healthy enough for a dental implant. We will evaluate your oral health during the consultation and determine the right solution for your needs. You may not be a candidate if you have a suppressed immune system or habitually clench your teeth, as this can put too much pressure on an implant.
Does food get under implants?
Like any natural tooth, food and debris can get stuck under or in between dental implants. Regularly brush and floss your teeth, including your implants, to keep them clean and healthy. Be sure to attend regular dental checkups with your general dentists.
Do gums grow around implants?
Your oral surgeon will design the dental implant to fit in the empty socket in the most aesthetically pleasing way. This includes how the gums fit around the implant. Gum contouring is sometimes necessary to reshape the gums and provide a more pleasing look. Gum grafts are also available to help regrow gum tissue that has deteriorated due to tooth loss or periodontal disease.