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The Zirkor™ Dental Implant Process.
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At Cascadia Smiles we use a The Zirkor Dental Implant Process, a process unique to Cascadia Smiles. It is a modern, digitally-driven surgical and prosthetic process that allow for full mouth reconstruction using dental implants and ceramic restorations. The surgery happens in one day, one place and with one team. The process is all-inclusive and highly predictable. It is performed using computer-guided surgery and smile design technology.

This revolutionary system has transformed the lives of more than 14,000 patients. Schedule a consultation to see if you qualify for this life-changing treatment.

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What are Dental Implants Permanent Teeth Replacement?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that provide a permanent base for fixed, replacement teeth. Compared to dentures, bridges and crowns, dental implants are a popular and effective long-term solution for people who suffer from missing teeth, failing teeth or chronic dental problems. Because dental implants fit, feel and function like natural teeth, dental implants are the best option for you to smile again and live the life you want.

Let’s take a look at the Dental Implant options for different needs.

Cascadia Smiles Offers Dental Implant Solutions for Your Specific Dental Need

Replace a Single Tooth

The process to replace a single missing or failing tooth is simple. The tooth is removed, if necessary, and the implant screw is placed deep into the remaining bone. Bone grafting material may need to be placed to secure the implant into the bone and ensure long-term success. A temporary restoration is placed over the implant for esthetics. A few months later, a final beautiful porcelain crown is made to perfectly fill the missing tooth space.

Replace a Few Teeth

Similar to replacing a single tooth, dental implants can be used to replace a set of missing or damaged teeth. There is no need to place an implant for each missing tooth, as the implant anchors can be spaced out to provide adequate support. This saves the patient money and the need for additional treatments.


The All-On-4™ Dental Implant system has been the standard for Full Mouth Dental Implant Restoration. This system utilizes 4 dental implants to stabilize a fixed bridge using immediate loading protocols and a fabricated temporary. This procedure can be completed in as little as 1-2 days and has transformed many lives.

Replace All Your Teeth

If you have lost most or all of your teeth, and have been unable to chew, there is an option that can replace all of your existing teeth in one simplified procedure. This procedure involves removing all the upper or lower teeth and replacing them with implant-supported teeth. A minimum of 4 dental implants are needed to secure permanent teeth to the upper or lower jaw. These teeth are highly aesthetic and functional, allowing patients to rest with comfort as they eat the foods they enjoy. Dental training is needed to remove these restorations, performed by our staff twice a year for cleanings and to inspect implant components as needed.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does getting dental implants hurt?

Cascadia Smiles doctors do everything they can to make you as comfortable as possible. Many patients say they don’t experience significant discomfort beyond swelling and don’t even need pain medication after the procedure. Depending on the full arch dental implants procedure, you can elect to have a variety of pain management options.

How long is the procedure for full arch dental implants? Is it really all done in one day?

Most of our patients walk into Cascadia Smiles in the morning and have their new smile within 24 hours. Or in other words, 24 hours over 1 to 2 days.

How long is the recovery period?

As you can imagine, this differs for every patient. Many patients say they don’t experience significant discomfort beyond swelling and don’t even need pain medication after the procedure. You will be on a soft food diet for a period of time, which allows the implants to heal.

Do I have control over the color and shape of my new teeth?

Absolutely. With our industry-leading digital technology, we scan your whole mouth and create a smile that is infinitely customizable. You can change the shape, size, color, and more of your new smile until you are satisfied with it. Your new teeth will not only look and feel like natural teeth, they’ll also function like healthy, strong teeth.

My teeth are in really bad shape. Am I still a candidate for full arch dental implants?

In our experience, most people can safely receive all-on-4 dental implants. Even age is not necessarily a factor when determining dental implant placement. Whether you’re missing one tooth or many, all-on-4 dental implants may be the best choice for you.

Is the procedure expensive? Does Cascadia Smiles offer payment options?

Cascadia Smiles have helped patients from all walks of life fit all-on-4 dental implants into their budgets. We can help you, too.

Treatment plans vary based on each patient’s needs, which is why a Cascadia Smiles will customize your plan to your specific needs. Cascadia Smiles offers several third-party financing options available to make your dreams come true.