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, Dr. Ben Johnson, Dr. Sohaib Soliman, and Dr. Hwi Sean Moon.
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, whether you are looking to restore a front tooth, canine tooth, or molar.
- 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. One implant post can hold up to 3 crowns, giving you the ability to restore several teeth that are missing next to each other.
- Immediate Implants. Our surgeons can place a dental implant post the same day as a tooth extraction, as long as you have adequate jaw bone. Same-day dental implants reduce the total number of procedures needed, which saves you time and money.
- Smile Complete™ Full-Arch Restoration. If you are missing most or all of your teeth, we can provide you with a brand new, fully functioning smile. With this treatment, we extract the remaining teeth and insert as few as four dental implants. Then, we attach a fixed, natural-looking denture that restores your oral health and confidence!
- Ceramic Implants. Ceramic dental implants, or zirconia implants, are made of a tooth-colored material and are great for patients with titanium allergies or for those who do not want any metals in their body. Ceramic implants are only made of one piece and provide esthetically pleasing results because there is no metal post to show through the gum tissue.
- Zygomatic Implants. Some patients lack sufficient jaw bone mass in the upper jaw and cannot receive traditional implants. Zygomatic implants help more patients qualify for implant-based treatment because these implants are inserted into the zygomatic bone, or cheekbone. Placing zygomatic implants may also eliminate the need for a sinus lift.
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.
Denture Replacement With Dental Implants
Patients who wear dentures typically find them to be uncomfortable. They may suffer from limited taste, ongoing bad breath, and feel self-conscious around others due to improperly fitted dentures or having to remove the teeth when eating. Dental implants serve as an ideal solution for dentures and eliminate these issues.
Dental implants can fully replace dentures by using several implant posts to secure a fixed denture. This is called full-arch restoration and the results are a brand new, healthy, functioning smile. Traditional dentures rest on the bony ridge in the mouth and do not prevent bone loss, whereas implants fuse to the jaw bone, keeping it strong and preventing jaw bone atrophy. Contact us today to learn more about denture replacement in Auburn, WA, and how dental implants can become your long-lasting alternative to traditional dentures.
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
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."
Brenda Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"Dr. Edwards comes in with a smile and pats you on the back and "How are you doing?" and makes you feel very comfortable. I've got a tooth that was broke, and I had to get it extracted, and he told me I needed an implant. So, I got the tooth extracted, and I came back in to get the implant. They used bone graft from cadavers, I guess (they were telling me), and they put it in there, and that had to take effect for a month or so, maybe longer. And then I came back in, and then they did the implant in there, and then a couple days later, I probably felt a little bit of sinus problems because, you know, my sinuses act up at this time of year, but no pain. I feel so at ease when I'm in here with him — so at ease — and I go out smiling. It's just . . . it's great! The office is fantastic! The people are amazing; they make you feel really good."
Shay Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure
"I came here to Pacific Northwest Oral Surgeons to have a bone graft and an implant. I had a bike accident without a full-face helmet and lost two of my teeth. Dr. Johnson was available and able to help us out. The staff here made it super comfortable and talked me through the process and really set my mind at ease. Dr. Carl Johnson, he was great from the get-go. One look at him and his smile and you just know how much experience he has and what he brings to the table, and it actually was a very quick and easy process. The implant really did change my life for the better, so I just want to thank Dr. Johnson personally for everything he’s done for me and the extra special care he and his staff provided. It’s been great. "
Tung Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure
"When I walked in here, they explained me everything—the processing. When I have the operation, I just feel more comfortable just sleeping and when I wake up, everything is done. It went very well. My operation [healed] very quickly. I will recommend this process to all the people."
Darlene Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"I came to Pacific Northwest Oral Surgeons to have a dental implant done. I felt very calm at Pacific Northwest Oral Surgeons because the staff took the time to reassure me and to encourage me. The one thing about Dr. Ben Johnson that I noticed is that he was very personal, and he was very friendly and calming. No complications whatsoever. I would highly recommend Dr. Ben Johnson. I would also highly recommend Pacific Northwest Oral Surgeons. They have a great team from the beginning to the end. "
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.