Dr. D. Rick Edwards
Dr. Rick Edwards was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho. Around his teenage years, he realized he wanted to go into dentistry, inspired both by his mom’s encouragements and his orthodontist neighbor. Originally, Dr. Rick intended to follow in his neighbor’s footsteps and become an orthodontist; however, when he was at dental school, he found he was more interested in the oral surgery clinic and that the oral and maxillofacial specialty aligned better with his goals to help people.
During dental school, Dr. Rick went to Mexico to assist in cleft lip and palate treatment; after being able to truly help change people’s lives, he knew there was nothing else he would rather do for his career. Dr. Rick enjoys working in a group practice with Dr. Carl, who he met and befriended in college, because it provides him with the opportunity to interact with and help several different communities. The ultimate reward for Dr. Rick is seeing patients out in public who remember being treated and thank him for the services he provided. He believes that helping people find solutions to their oral health problems and helping them start better lives is the best life he could imagine for himself.
Dr. Carl Johnson
Dr. Carl Johnson grew up in a small mining town in Nevada. He didn’t always know that he wanted to be an oral surgeon; rather, he discovered his interest in dentistry while he was studying for his undergraduate degree. While working for a professor in an embryology lab with his cousin, Dr. Carl realized that he wanted a career in a field that could help people. This work, combined with the inspiration from his father being an orthodontist, led Dr. Carl to go to dental school.
When he first started dental school, Dr. Carl had no intentions of specializing in oral surgery. After a couple of years of education and training, however, he realized oral and maxillofacial surgery appealed to him. He was interested in providing patients with more comprehensive care than he could give them as a dentist. As an oral surgeon, he strives to treat patients with respect and care using the most efficient tools for an accurate diagnosis and efficient treatment. He finds it extremely gratifying to provide patients who are in pain with solutions that have them leaving the practice with a functional new smile.
Dr. Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson was inspired to go into oral surgery by his father, Dr. Carl Johnson, and their lifelong friend and colleague, Dr. Rick Edwards. He saw the differences they were able to make in patients’ lives and wanted to be able to do the same. Now, Dr. Ben works with his father and Dr. Edwards on a daily basis and feels extremely lucky for the opportunity. He shares a similar philosophy with both of them regarding patient care and satisfaction, which centers on providing highly focused, patient-centered treatment.
Dr. Ben strives to treat every patient like they are a part of the family. He understands that coming into the office for oral surgery can be a potentially anxious process, and he works hard to make each patient’s experience as comfortable as possible. Dr. Ben enjoys practicing oral surgery because it provides him with the opportunity to improve patients’ lives.
Pacific Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons provides patients with the full scope of oral and maxillofacial procedures. All of our oral surgeons have years of advanced surgical training and experience, and we ensure that our patients receive optimal results and comfortable treatment by using cutting-edge surgical techniques in our state-of-the-art facilities.
With multiple convenient locations in Auburn, Federal Way, Renton, and Maple Valley, we strive to provide our communities with the highest quality oral surgery care possible. Dr. D. Rick Edwards, Dr. Carl K. Johnson, and Dr. Ben R. Johnson share a dedication to quality, compassionate patient care, and they embody these values with every patient that comes into our practice. If you are in need of dental implants, teeth extractions, wisdom teeth removal, corrective jaw surgery, facial trauma injury treatment, or other oral surgery services, contact us today!