Dental Implants in Puyallup, WA
A Healthy Solution for Missing Teeth
Pacific Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons offer implant-based tooth restoration in Puyallup, WA. This is a true tooth replacement, meaning it replaces the root and the crown. Dental implants have been used for over 30 years and have a 98% success rate, making them a popular and successful solution for missing teeth.
Dr. Rick Edwards, Dr. Carl Johnson, and Dr. Ben Johnson are experts in placing implants and designing custom treatment plans unique to every patient. If you are missing one or more teeth in Puyallup, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at our office.
Replace a Missing Tooth or Teeth
Adult teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but damage, disease, and decay can cause them to fall out. If you do not replace a missing tooth, the jaw bone will slowly deteriorate in that area. Jaw bone atrophy can cause facial features to sag and other teeth to shift out of position. This is because a tooth’s root stimulates the jaw bone during chewing, keeping it healthy. Without a tooth in place, the jaw bone receives no stimulation and weakens.
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that maintains the integrity of the jaw. If there is not enough bone to support an implant, we can place a bone graft to regrow bone in that area. A healthy jaw promotes healthy gums and teeth, which prevents complications like periodontal disease or gum disease due to atrophy or tooth loss.
Dental Implant Quality in Puyallup, WA
Benefits of Dental Implants
Improve Bone Health
The implant post fuses to the jaw bone, keeping it strong and healthy, unlike dentures and bridges which do not prevent bone deterioration.
With a complete smile, you can live with confidence and not feel the need to hide your teeth. Dental implants remain in your mouth during eating and cleaning, unlike removable dentures.
With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. Once the posts fuses to the jaw, it becomes a long-lasting part of your smile.
Dental implants can support bridges or an entire arch of natural-looking teeth through Smile Complete™ full-arch restoration.
Types of Dental Implants in Puyallup, WA
Whether you’re missing one, a few, or all of your teeth, this solution can help you achieve a complete and healthy smile. Your oral surgeon will help determine the right solution for you during the consultation.
- Single Implants. Whether you’re missing one, a few, or all of your teeth, this solution can help you achieve a complete and healthy smile. Your oral surgeon will help determine the right solution for you during the consultation.
- Implant-Supported Bridges. Traditional implants require your healthy teeth to be ground down in order to fit the bridge. Dental implants can support the bridge instead, protecting your natural teeth.
- Immediate Implants. An implant post can be placed on the same day as a tooth extraction, reducing the total number of appointments needed.
- Smile Complete™ Full-Arch Restoration. Multiple dental implants can support a fixed denture in one or both dental arches. This is ideal for patients missing many or all of their teeth and provides a completely new smile with the health benefits of a full mouth of natural, healthy teeth.
Dental Implant Procedure in Puyallup, WA
Dental Implant Surgery
Your surgeon will make a small incision in the gum tissue and place the implant post. If you need a tooth extracted, it will be removed with forceps and then an implant post will be placed in the empty socket, provided there is enough bone to support it. We may place a bone graft if the jaw bone has weakened and needs more support. Some cases may require an additional appointment to receive the implant once the graft has fully healed.
The implant post will fuse with the jaw bone over the next several months. During this time, your surgeon will place a connecting abutment and once you have healed, your restorative dentist will place the final crown. You can expect to return to your normal routine a few days after surgery. Be sure to follow your post-operative instructions closely to keep your implant clean and cared for.
Our practice offers a non-opioid option for pain relief after surgery. Ask your doctor about EXPAREL®.
Aesthetic and Health Benefits With ezPRO
When a dental implant is placed, the gums will not fully form around them in the way they do for natural teeth. Our ezPRO process allows you to achieve aesthetically pleasing gum contouring with no added time to your dental implant surgery. This treatment involves placing a small gum forming piece and a temporary tooth on your dental implant on the day of surgery. This preserves the gum’s natural shape, and your oral surgeon can alter its height throughout the healing process to match the adjacent teeth.
Gingival sculpting adds no time to your surgery and eliminates the need for future gum contouring appointments. The benefits of gum contouring include easier cleaning, preventing food from becoming impacted between the crown and nearby natural teeth, and preventing the gum from shrinking around the implant.
Learn more about gum contouring with our state-of-the-art ezPRO process by asking your oral surgeon during your consultation.
Traditional Healing Abutment
ezPRO Anatomical Shaped Tissue
Dental Implant Candidacy in Puyallup, WA
Dental Implant: Cost & Value
Several factors determine the cost of a dental implant: how many you need, if you need bone grafts or extractions, your choice of anesthesia, and your dental insurance. We will provide you with a cost estimate upfront so you know exactly what to expect.
Removable dentures are clunky and many patients find them embarrassing. They must be replaced every few years and must be removed during eating and cleaning. Unlike dental implants, dentures and bridges do not maintain jaw bone health.
Dental implants are the only solution for missing teeth that actively improve your oral health by keeping your jaw healthy. They remain in your mouth at all times and are cared for simply through brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits. While dentures and bridges may be cheaper upfront, the cost of replacing them every few years and possibly needing more extensive bone repair surgery down the line can be very expensive.
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."
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. "
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. "
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."
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. "
Frequently Asked Questions
Do teeth implants hurt?
We try to make your surgical experience with us as comfortable as possible by offering anesthesia and sedation. Many patients undergo local anesthesia. This allows you to stay awake during treatment and involves numbing the area through lidocaine, which is injected through a needle. Dental implant surgery often causes little to no discomfort, and we provide instructions on how to minimize swelling during recovery.
Do dental implants feel like real teeth?
One of the most remarkable qualities of dental implants is that they look and feel just like natural teeth. The post functions just like a tooth’s root. It bonds with your jaw bone and the implant will not feel, or look, any different than other teeth. The crown is custom-made to match your natural teeth in shape, size, and color.
Who is not suitable for dental implants?
Patients with severe bone loss or suppressed immune systems may not be candidates for this procedure. If you are healthy enough to undergo a general surgery procedure, you are likely healthy enough to receive a dental implant.
How long does it take to heal from dental implant surgery?
The recovery period varies for each patient. If you receive a single dental implant, the surgical incision will heal in about 2 weeks, and any dissolvable stitches will disappear around this time. It takes several months for the post to fuse with the jaw bone. Once your surgeon places the connecting abutment onto the replacement tooth, it takes a few more weeks for gum tissue to heal around the abutment. Then, your final crown is placed and your treatment is complete.