Dental Implants in Maple Valley, WA
A Natural-Looking Solution for Missing Teeth
Pacific Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons provides patients with missing teeth many restoration options to choose from. Dental implants are a popular solution for a missing tooth or teeth because of their permanence and ability to preserve jaw bone health.
Other tooth replacement options, such as dentures or bridges, focus on cosmetically restoring your smile, while true tooth replacements like dental implants replace the crown and root. If you are ready to explore your options for restoring one or more missing teeth, we invite you to contact our office in Maple Valley, WA.
Reasons to Replace Missing Teeth
Aside from damaging your confidence, a missing tooth also has oral health consequences when left untreated. A tooth’s root stimulates the jaw bone during chewing, keeping it strong. When a tooth is missing, the jaw bone deteriorates in that area. Jaw bone loss can result in facial sagging and can cause other teeth to shift out of position.
Even if you’ve had a tooth extracted many years ago, you may still be a candidate for dental implants. Our surgeons can place a bone graft in the socket to regrow bone where it has weakened, that way the implant will have a sturdy foundation. We can even replace an entire arch of damaged or missing teeth through Smile Complete™ full-arch restoration, a procedure which uses dental implant posts to secure a long-lasting denture.
Keeping your jaw healthy is essential for good oral health. By not protecting your bone and gums, you are at greater risk for developing periodontal disease, gum disease and other oral health issues.
Dental Implant Quality in Maple Valley, WA
Benefits of Dental Implants
Promote Good Oral Health
By fusing with the jaw bone, dental implants keep the jaw stimulated, strong, and healthy.
Brush and floss your dental implant regularly like a natural tooth. Dental implants are do not need to be removed during eating and cleaning, unlike removable dentures.
With proper care, your implant can last a lifetime. Be sure to attend regular dental checkups with your general dentist and keep your implant clean, and it will serve you for many years.
The crown is designed to match your natural teeth, making your dental implant indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth. You can eat the foods you like, laugh with confidence, and avoid having to ever hide your smile.
Types of Dental Implants in Maple Valley, WA
This complete tooth restoration solution is incredibly versatile, allowing your surgeon to plan a treatment that is tailored to your exact oral health needs. We will help you select the right option during your first visit and guide you through every step of your oral surgery journey.
- Single Implants. Front teeth, canine teeth, and even molars—a dental implant can replace a missing tooth anywhere in the mouth.
- Implant-Supported Bridges. Dental implants can support a bridge where multiple teeth are missing next to each other. This avoids having to grind down your natural teeth in order to fit the bridge.
- Immediate Implants. As soon as a tooth is extracted, our surgeons can place a dental implant post into the empty socket, reducing the number of appointments needed to restore the tooth.
- Smile Complete™ Full-Arch Restoration. Only a few implant posts are needed to support a fixed denture in one or both dental arches. The results are a completely new, fully functioning, and secure set of teeth.
Dental Implant Procedure in Maple Valley, WA
Dental Implant Surgery Procedure
During the procedure, your surgeon will make a small incision in the gum tissue. Then, your surgeon will place the titanium implant post. If there is not enough jaw bone to support the implant, we will place a bone graft to help grow new bone. This may require an additional appointment to have the implant placed once the bone graft has healed and there is enough jaw bone. In the cases of tooth extraction, we will simply extract the tooth and immediately place the implant post.
The post will fuse with your jaw bone over the next several months, during which time your surgeon will also place a connecting abutment. Once you have fully healed, your restorative dentist will place the final crown.
Our practice offers a non-opioid option for pain relief after surgery. Ask your doctor about EXPAREL®.
Gum Tissue Sculpting With ezPRO
After receiving a dental implant, gingival sculpting can maximize your aesthetic results. When a dental implant is placed, the surrounding gum does not grow back naturally around the implant the same way as a natural tooth. This treatment involves placing a custom temporary tooth and special forming piece around the implant post. Your oral surgeon can then adjust the gums while you heal to provide an aesthetically pleasing, natural look.
Our ezPRO system creates the pieces before your treatment, so it’s ready for you on the day of surgery. Gum contouring adds virtually no time to your surgery and eliminates the need for additional appointments in the future to adjust the gums. This treatment also prevents the gums from shrinking around the implant. A properly contoured gum line allows for proper cleaning and flossing, as well as prevents food from becoming impacted between the crown and your natural teeth.
Ask your oral surgeon about the benefits of gum contouring with ezPRO to maximize your dental implant results.
Traditional Healing Abutment
ezPRO Anatomical Shaped Tissue
Dental Implant Candidacy in Maple Valley, WA
The Overall Cost & Value of Dental Implants
The cost of a dental implant depends on several factors: your dental insurance, how many implants you need, if you require bone grafts or extractions, and your choice of anesthesia. We discuss all of these with you during your first visit and go over the cost upfront so you know exactly what to expect.
Many people find removable dentures embarrassing and clunky. Like removable bridges, they only serve as cosmetic restoration options and do not protect the jaw bone. These options must be replaced every few years and can lead to a much more costly and complex procedure down the line to treat severe bone deterioration. Additionally, it can be cumbersome to remove your teeth during eating and brushing on a daily basis.
Dental implants are a secure solution with a 98% success rate. They remain in your mouth at all times and are the only tooth restoration solution that prevents bone deterioration by stimulating the jaw bone. Our team of surgeons looks forward to improving your oral health and confidence with this remarkable solution for missing teeth.
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
Brandon Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure
"I had just bought a house, and there was a box in the bathroom, and I got up in the middle of the night. I speculate that I fell asleep on the way, hit the box, my chin hit the floor, then my teeth did. I went to the ER that night, and they cemented it all in place and got me in contact with Dr. Johnson's office. He got me in for an emergency procedure the following afternoon. The surgery was definitely a success. It's leaps and bounds ahead of where I thought it would be when the process was all said and done. The staff was great – really easy to work with. Dr. Ben Johnson was a great surgeon. I remember him telling jokes – he's funny. He's a younger guy, personable, easy to talk to, so yeah, I enjoyed having him as my surgeon a lot. I had an excellent experience here."
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. "
Jane Reviews Her Dental Implant Procedure
"I came here for a dental implant, extraction, and I also had bone graft surgery. My experience with Pacific Northwest Oral Surgeons has been wonderful. Everything Dr. Johnson did was so professional, and it really went smoothly. The team here is wonderful. It makes you feel almost like it’s family. Dr. Johnson’s wonderful, and all of the staff are just so friendly and caring. It makes everything go smoothly. I would absolutely recommend Dr. Carl Johnson and Pacific Northwest Oral Surgeons to anybody that needed dental implants, extractions, or an oral surgeon of any kind."
Bob Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure
"I’ve come to Pacific Northwest Oral Surgeons six times over 15 years to receive dental implants. They have a great staff here. They’re all very friendly. I have never had any complications. Dr. Carl Johnson, besides being an excellent oral surgeon, he is a very interesting fellow, and that’s part of what I enjoy coming here. My smile is a lot better than it used to be. I would recommend Dr. Carl Johnson to anybody. Pacific Northwest Oral Surgeons has given me nothing but five-star help. "
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."
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I choose a dental implant?
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons, such as Dr. Rick, Dr. Carl, and Dr. Ben are dental specialists who are extensively trained in restorative procedures and placing implants. We closely evaluate your condition to help you select the right form of treatment that will benefit your smile, confidence, and oral health. It is our duty as dental professionals to educate you about your treatment options in a transparent and honest way, and we always have the interest and health of our patients at the forefront of our minds.
Does food get under implants?
Just like a natural tooth, food can get stuck under a dental implant. Brush and floss regularly to keep your replacement teeth and natural teeth clean and clear of debris.
Can you eat steak with dental implants?
Once fully healed, your dental implant is strong and sturdy enough for you to enjoy all of your favorite foods. You can bite into hard or crunchy foods, enjoy sticky gum, and not have to worry about removable oral appliances or discomfort. Be sure to follow the post-operative instructions for foods to avoid during your recovery period so that the implant fully heals.
Do gums grow around dental implants?
Similar to bone, gums don’t quite grow back into position once they have deteriorated due to tooth loss. However, a gum graft can be placed in the same way as a bone graft. This procedure contours the gum around the implant to result in a natural-looking shape and appearance of the gums.