Dental Implants in Renton, WA
Feel Confident About Your Smile Again
If you’re in need of tooth replacement in Renton, WA, our team of expert surgeons have restoration options to help complete your smile. Dental implants are a popular choice for restoring missing teeth because of their versatility and the many benefits they offer over other replacement options. Your smile is unique, and our team will design a custom treatment plan based on your individual needs and oral health goals. Dr. Rick Edwards, Dr. Carl Johnson, and Dr. Ben Johnson, Dr. Sohaib Soliman specialize in implant-based tooth restoration so that you can live with confidence in your smile.
Replace Missing Teeth
Leaving a missing tooth untreated can cause the jaw bone to deteriorate in that area. This is due to the lack of stimulation where a tooth root is missing. Over time, jaw bone atrophy leads to dental shifting and facial sagging.
A bone graft helps restore lost bone to an area and provides a sturdy foundation for an implant. We can place a bone graft immediately following tooth extraction or prior to receiving the implant post to ensure your jaw bone remains strong and healthy. Missing teeth can also cause the gums to recede, resulting in unhealthy gums and a higher risk of developing periodontal disease or gum disease. Replacing a missing tooth or teeth with a true replacement, root and all, protects your oral health for years to come.
Dental Implant Quality in Renton, WA
Benefits of Dental Implants
One dental implant can replace a missing tooth, or several of them can support a full arch of replacement teeth.
Preserve Oral Health
Because the implant post fuses with the jaw bone, dental implants keep the jaw healthy and strong. Unlike traditional dentures, which only serve as cosmetic restorations and do not prevent bone loss.
The crown is custom-made to match the shape and color of your other teeth, which makes your dental implant match your natural teeth. They are cared for just like natural teeth as well with regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits.
Dental implants allow you to live without the need to hide your smile. They do not slide around or fall out like removable dentures, and now you can eat your favorite foods with confidence.
Types of Dental Implants in Renton, WA
During your first visit, we will help select the right treatment option for your specific oral health needs.
- Single Implants. Our oral surgeons can place a dental implant anywhere in the mouth where you would like to restore or replace a tooth.
- Implant-Supported Bridges. Traditional bridges require your healthy teeth to be reshaped to support the bridge. Dental implants can support the bridge instead, protecting your natural teeth and restoring aesthetics and functionality where multiple teeth are missing next to each other in the dental arch.
- Immediate Implants. As soon as a tooth is extracted, we can place an implant post, provided there is enough jaw bone to support the implant. Receiving a same-day dental implant saves you time and money by reducing the number of surgical procedures necessary for tooth restoration.
- Smile Complete™ Full-Arch Restoration. As few as four dental implant posts can support a fixed denture that looks and functions like a natural set of healthy teeth. This life-changing treatment is ideal for patients missing many or all of their teeth or who currently wear dentures and seek a more comfortable, healthier alternative.
- Ceramic Implants. Ceramic implants, also called zirconia implants, are made of a tooth-colored ceramic material and are great for patients who do not want any metal in their body or who are allergic to titanium. Ceramic implants consist of one piece and do not feature a metal post that can be seen through the gum tissue for more natural-looking results.
- Zygomatic Implants. Patients who desire dental implants in the upper jaw but who lack adequate jaw bone mass may still achieve implant-based restoration with zygomatic implants. These implants are inserted directly into the cheekbone, function just like traditional implants, and can eliminate the need for a sinus lift procedure.
Dental Implant Procedure in Renton, WA
Dental Implant Surgery Procedure
We will outline the specific steps of your procedure during your first visit. This is also where you will select your choice of anesthesia or sedation and where our staff will take detailed 3D scans of your mouth.
During your procedure, your oral surgeon will make a small incision in the gum tissue and place the implant post, which is made of medical-grade titanium. If your jaw bone has atrophied, we may place a bone graft to help regrow lost bone. This may require a second appointment to place the implant once the graft has healed.
The post will fuse with your jaw bone over the next few months. During this time, your surgeon will place a connecting abutment. Once 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®.
Natural Aesthetics and Better Oral Hygiene With ezPRO
Gingival sculpting, also known as gum contouring, helps maximize your results after receiving a dental implant. When a traditional implant is placed, the gum does not naturally heal around it. Gum contouring makes it possible for your surgeon to adjust the gums around the implant to be higher or lower to match the adjacent teeth. On the same day as your implant surgery, our ezPRO technology will have already fabricated everything you need to achieve natural-looking results.
Your oral surgeon will place a special forming piece around the implant post after it is placed and shape the gums throughout the healing process to achieve aesthetically pleasing results. This makes it easier to clean and floss and prevents food from becoming impacted between the implant crown and your natural teeth. With gum contouring, you can prevent the gums surrounding the dental implant from shrinking over time. This treatment adds virtually no extra time to your implant surgery and reduces the possibility of needing additional appointments in the future.
Ask your oral surgeon about the benefits of gum contouring with our state-of-the-art ezPRO system.
Traditional Healing Abutment
ezPRO Anatomical Shaped Tissue
Dental Implant Candidacy in Renton, WA
Overall Value & Cost of Dental Implants
Removable dentures and bridges cost less initially, but they have some drawbacks. These restoration options are purely cosmetic and do not preserve or improve your oral health. Dentures must be replaced every few years, and treatment for severe jaw bone loss can become costly and complex further down the line. Dental implants, on the other hand, keep the jaw strong and healthy. They have a 98% success rate and can last a lifetime with proper care.
The cost of dental implants depends on your dental insurance, if you require extractions or bone grafts, how many implants you need, and your choice of anesthesia. We practice transparency and discuss all of these options and your cost for treatment upfront, so you know exactly what to expect and how much it will cost.
Denture Replacement With Dental Implants
Dentures can be a quick fix for missing teeth, but patients who wear them often end up seeking a more comfortable, convenient solution. Dentures can feel clunky and cause sores and embarrassment during social settings. Dental implants are an ideal replacement for dentures because they are long-lasting, secure, and feel natural inside the mouth.
Dental implants can replace a partial denture with multiple implants or an implant-supported bridge. You can receive a new, secure arch of teeth through full-arch restoration, which eliminates the need for a full denture and provides the full functionality and health benefits of dental implants. As long as you properly care for your implants, they can last a lifetime, whereas dentures must be replaced every few years. Learn more about denture replacement in Renton, WA, by contacting our office today.
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
Don Reviews His Dental Implant Procedure
"So, I came to see Dr. Carl, and he was great. He actually had a plan for me as to what direction we were going to go because there was a lot of work that needed to be done. I drank a lot of coke, played a lot of hockey, and I needed a lot of work. They would graft the bone, and the implants went in, and six months later, teeth are being designed, and we put those in. I could not be happier. The staff here have been just fantastic, and the first thing I got from Dr. Carl was confidence. All of a sudden, it was just like your shoulders dropped a little bit, and it was like, okay, your fears have gone. This guy knows what he's doing. Do yourself a favor. Call Dr. Carl."
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."
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. "
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."
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."
Frequently Asked Questions
How painful is it to get dental implants?
We make every effort to keep you as comfortable as possible during any type of procedure. We offer local anesthesia, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), IV sedation, and general anesthesia. Many patients undergo local anesthesia, which numbs only the area that we are treating, and experience minimal to no discomfort during the procedure.
Who is not a candidate for dental implants?
You may not be suitable for dental implants if you have a suppressed immune system or are not healthy enough to undergo general surgery. You must have enough jaw bone to support an implant, and we can discuss your options for bone grafting during the consultation appointment if you have experienced bone deterioration due to tooth loss.
How long after dental implants can I eat normally?
You should avoid hard or crunchy foods that could damage your implant for the duration of your healing period. For the first few days after surgery, avoid chewing on the side of your mouth with the replacement tooth and avoid any food that could poke or damage the surgical site or crown. You can return to your normal diet as tolerated, about 2 days following dental implant surgery.
How long do stitches stay in after dental implants?
Any stitches used during your surgery will likely be dissolvable and disappear within 2–3 weeks. We will inform you if we place any stitches and provide instructions on how to care for them. Remember that minor bleeding or discomfort after mouth surgery is common, and your instructions will outline how to manage pain, swelling, and more.