Stubbs Dental

Dental Implants: A Natural-Looking, Durable, and Long-Term Solution for Missing Teeth 

Missing teeth can not only cause embarrassment when you speak or smile. If left untreated, they can lead to other health issues including bone loss and difficulty eating

Because of their strength, durability, and lifelike results, dental implants are widely considered the optimal method for replacing missing teeth

The Stubbs Dental team in Bountiful, UT, agrees that dental implants are the best method of tooth replacement...

Implant-Supported Restorations Offer Unparalleled Benefits

Long-Lasting Support

Dental implants have been widely used for over four decades. In that time, they have shown impressive long-term success rates. One study showed that 94 percent of implants were successful after 10 years

Natural-Looking Results

Because dental implants connect dental crowns, bridges, and dentures directly to the jawbone, they deliver incredibly natural-looking results. Implants can also help your restoration feel more stable. 

Improved Confidence

In addition to improving the strength and integrity of your bite, dental implants can fill gaps left behind by missing teeth. They also help stop jawbone recession and can maintain more youthful facial features. 

Three distinct parts make up an implant-supported restoration, replacing a tooth from root to crown...
Illustration of jaw and dental implant

If You Have One or Several Missing Teeth, You Are Not Alone

tooth loss statistic

*According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

Tooth loss can occur for a variety of reasons including facial trauma, gum disease, or an infection inside the tooth. Another authority on oral health, the American College of Prosthodontists, estimates that over 36 million people nationwide do not have any remaining teeth

Can dental implants meet your needs? 

Dental Implants Can Help You If You Have:

Badly decayed molar

Irreparably Damaged Teeth

Although Dr. David Stubbs and Dr. James Willardsen will always try to save your natural teeth, there are some cases where an extraction in preparation for an implant may be the best treatment option

Smiling man missing a tooth

A Single Missing Tooth

If you lose a permanent tooth due to sudden trauma or severe decay, a dental implant with a custom implant-supported dental crown can help you regain a complete smile at our Bountiful practice. 

Badly damaged teeth

Several Missing Teeth

If you are missing several teeth in a row, our team can provide an implant-supported dental bridge that is fixed directly to your jawbone. 

Woman's mouth with no teeth

A Full Arch of Missing Teeth

For patients who are missing one or both arches of teeth, we can deliver natural-looking implant-supported dentures or All-on-4® implants.

Unlike Other Restorations, Dental Implants Help Halt Bone Loss

Once you lose a tooth, the underlying jawbone naturally begins to recede. 

Unlike conventional restorations, dental implants help stop this process from happening. They act just like natural tooth roots, delivering regenerative signals to your jawbone to keep it structurally strong and healthy

Do you qualify for dental implants at our Bountiful-area practice? 

In Order to Qualify for Implants, You Should Meet Criteria Including: 

Adequate Bone Density

An implant requires a solid foundation so patients considering this treatment option should have healthy, strong bone tissue. 

Good Overall Health

Individuals seeking implant treatment should not have any serious medical conditions, particularly diseases that could inhibit the body’s natural healing response. 

Healthy Gums 

Patients should be completely free from gum disease. When an oral infection is present, it can seriously hinder the long-term success of implants. 

Good Oral Hygiene 

Implants are impervious to decay, but they are still vulnerable to gum disease. Patients must be willing to practice excellent at-home care and maintenance. 

Complete Your Smile 

Postponing tooth replacement can only cause further oral health issues. Our doctors can complete your smile with dental implants in as little as one appointment. To find out if you qualify, call us at: 
(801) 305-4051 
Schedule Your Consultation Online

But isn't dental implant surgery painful? 

We Offer Sedation to Help You Relax during Treatment 

At Stubbs Dental in Bountiful, we want you to feel comfortable and relaxed throughout treatment so we offer sedation dentistry in the form of: 

  • IV Sedation
  • General Anesthesia 

These options allow us to help you reach a comfortable state even if you have dental phobia, difficulty sitting still, or are undergoing a particularly lengthy procedure

Patients who choose general anesthesia will be under the care of a licensed anesthesiologist who can monitor your safety and comfort during treatment. 

IV sedation

Watch how dental implants are placed...

Our unique approach helps us ensure the best outcomes at our Bountiful practice...

We Use Advanced Technology, Starting with Your Consultation 

scan of patient's mouth with implants

During your first visit, the doctor will perform a full assessment of your gums and existing teeth. To evaluate the supporting jawbone, scans and x-rays will be takenAdvanced diagnostic imaging helps the doctor assess bone health and determine the most appropriate locations for the implant posts.

For example, in order for implants to be successful long-term, they must be completely surrounded by dense bone tissue. They must also be placed far enough away from the maxillary sinuses and the mandibular nerves. Our 3D cone beam scanner can help the doctor analyze these areas for accurate treatment. 

So what actually happens during implant treatment?

A Closer Look at the Treatment Timeline

The length of time involved in your dental implant journey will vary based on a number of factors, most notably whether you choose traditional or All-on-4® implants. Traditional dental implants may require that you wait several months before receiving your restoration.

In contrast, the All-on-4® technique reduces the implant timeline for patients at our practices. We are proud to offer and allow patients to walk out of our office with a full set of fully functioning teeth in just one visit. The staff at Stubbs Dental in Bountiful will provide complete guidance and care throughout your entire treatment process. 

Planning Your Treatment

Before you receive your dental implants, you will have a complete consultation. You will discuss your medical and dental history with your dentist, and receive a thorough evaluation of your teeth, gums, jaw, and overall health.

Prerequisite Procedures

In some cases, patients may require a preparatory procedure before the implants can be placed. These treatments may include periodontal care for gum disease or bone grafting to rebuild lost tissue in the jaw.

Placing Your Implants

The length of your procedure can vary. Typically, it can take one hour if just one implant is placed, while multiple implant placement takes two to three hours. Compromised teeth can often be extracted at the same time that the implants are placed for added convenience.

Initial Recovery

For traditional dental implant patients, it takes about four to six months for your jawbone to fuse with the implant posts in a process called osseointegration. During this healing phase, you may have follow-up appointments with your doctor to monitor your progress and ensure safe, speedy healing.

Restoration

Once your recovery is complete, you will return to have your custom-made restoration placed at our Bountiful-area practice. Your dentist will check your restoration, and if no adjustments are necessary, he will attach your new teeth to the implants. You will leave our office with full dental functionality and an attractive smile.

A diagram representing the steps involved in the dental implant process and timeline.
The length of time involved in your implant timeline will depend on many factors.

What to Expect after Implant Placement Surgery?

In the days after your surgery at our Bountiful office, you may experience some minor bleeding, swelling, and discomfort. These side effects are normal after implant placement and should subside within a few days. Over the next several months, your implants will bond with the surrounding bone tissue to create a stable base for your restoration. 

Your specific results will be dependent on your initial reason for seeking treatment, but you can generally expect a beautiful and healthy-looking smile. Porcelain crowns replace a single tooth, and full or partial dentures are designed to replace two or more consecutive missing teeth. A full denture represents a complete dental arch, or the lower or bottom row of teeth. An implant-supported bridge fills a gap in the smile that is adjacent to your original teeth.

Cleaning and Maintaining Your Dental Implants

Although dental implants function like natural teeth, they are not susceptible to decay in the same way that your natural tissue is. However, this does not make maintenance any less important. Knowing how to clean dental implants and taking the time to meticulously care for them is as important as it is for natural teeth. Our Bountiful team at Stubbs Dental takes pride in arming patients with the tools and knowledge to keep their smile healthy. We will walk you through everything you need to know to take care of your implants. 

Why Clean Metal Implants?

Although implants do not decay, they can develop plaque. If this sticky, bacterial-laden substance is not regularly removed, it can irritate and even inflame the surrounding gum tissue. 

Known as gingivitis in its early stages, this condition can easily advance into periodontitis. This more severe disease can trigger gum recession and erode the bone that supports both your natural teeth and your implants. Consequently, a regular oral hygiene routine is essential to maintaining the results of your treatment. 

Older woman smiling as she hold up floss.
Regular maintenance is essential for keeping up the health of both your natural teeth and your dental implants. ​

Daily Oral Hygiene Routine

Cleaning your implants is very much the same as cleaning your natural smile. Patients should brush twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and floss once a day. Although you must brush thoroughly to effectively remove plaque, it is important to be gentle enough that you do not damage your gums. Implant patients should also consider using a low-abrasive, tartar-control toothpaste.

However, your cleaning routine may need a few adjustments. Flossing is sometimes challenging with implants, so hygienists often advise patients to use floss threaders to insert the floss between the implants. Another useful device is a small interdental brush designed specifically to clean in between teeth and implants. Patients might also consider using antimicrobial mouth rinses.

Protect Your Implants

Implants are strong and resilient, but they are not indestructible. Placing them requires such a significant investment of time and money that it is important to maintain them as thoroughly as possible. 

In addition to plaque control, patients should avoid using their implants for anything other than chewing their food, such as tearing off pieces of tape, biting their nails, or chewing on pencils. The prostheses are not designed for this type of action, which can weaken or damage them over time.

With proper daily care, both natural teeth and implants can last a lifetime. 

All patients, including those with implants, are also advised to avoid using tobacco. Besides the obvious health concerns tobacco use poses, it can leave stains and make them more susceptible to gum disease.

Regular checkups and cleanings with your Bountiful dentist and hygienist are also essential to long-term results. Your providers can perform professional cleanings and carefully inspect the implants to assess the risk of damage. Any minor issue, such as a loosened screw or an area of inflammation, can be corrected before it becomes a more serious problem.

Take a look at the results implants can achieve...

The Results Can Be Life-Changing

Many patients feel hopeless when they experience tooth loss, however, dental implants can restore your ability to eat, speak, and smile confidently once again. After replacing their teeth with dental implants, most patients experience a significantly better quality of life and even look and feel younger due to the highly realistic results that can be achieved. Patients who once avoided social settings and felt the need to hide their smile can approach these situations with a renewed sense of confidence that can positively impact many aspects of their life.

A Safe & Effective Treatment

"When performed by a trained and experienced dental implant dentist, dental implant surgery is one of the safest and most predictable procedures in dentistry." American Academy of Implant Dentistry
Close-up of a dental implant post.
Patients should have a healthy, dense jawbone for dental implant posts. 

Determining the Cost of Implants

If you are considering your tooth replacement options, you may have questions about the cost of dental implants. By performing every stage of the implant process in our office, we are able to significantly lower your cost while maintaining the highest quality. Our affordable dental implant solutions allow our Bountiful dentists to frequently perform these procedures, at times even more so than many oral surgeons, continuously refining their approach and skills. The dynamic pairing of cost consciousness and exceptional care provided by leading, highly experienced dentists have also made our practice a destination for dental implants. 

There are several factors that will impact the cost of your procedure...

Treatment Aspects That Affect Cost:

Preparatory Procedures

Procedures required to prepare your hard and soft tissues for implant surgery such as periodontal care, extractions, or bone grafting will require additional costs that are included with your dental implant treatment.

Number of Implants

Depending on the extent of tooth loss you have experienced and the type of restoration you need, you may need more implants. For example, an implant-supported crown only requires a single implant.

Size of Restoration

Typically, smaller restorations cost less than those required to replace an entire dental arch. Additionally, you will need to consider the types of materials used for your restoration which can increase the cost.

Type of Sedation

For minor procedures, you may only require nitrous oxide or oral sedation. However, intravenous sedation is recommended if you are receiving several implants or you suffer from dental phobia. IV sedation is more costly

Choice of Surgeon

Surgeons who are more extensively trained and skilled typically have higher costs. However, their expertise allows them to provide the most precise dental implant placement and can reduce your risk of complications.

You Can Finance Your Procedure

Postponing your dental implant treatment can have a drastic impact on your oral health. While dental implants are not usually covered by insurance, we make every effort to make treatment affordable. To help you overcome budgetary constraints, our Bountiful practice accepts financing through:

woman paying with credit card

Financing your procedure can lower your up-front costs and allow you to make more manageable monthly payments.

A Lifetime Investment in Your Oral Health

Peace of Mind

Receiving implants can provide you with the peace of mind that you have made the best choice to prevent jawbone atrophy and related oral health issues.

Unparalleled Results

In the simplest terms, no other tooth replacement option available today can provide the stability, durability, or oral health benefits of dental implants.

Save Money Over Time

While dental plants have a much higher up-front cost, you can actually save money over a lifetime due to the reduced need for repairs and ongoing restorative procedures.

When weighing the costs and benefits of dental implants, many patients go forward with the procedure, concluding that it is worth the investment. It is difficult to place a dollar amount on such a positive change to the appearance and functionality of your smile and quality of life.

However, there are other treatment options if you do not qualify for dental implants...

Alternative Treatments for Missing Teeth:

Traditional Dental Bridges

For one or several missing teeth in a row, a dental bridge may be recommended. A bridge is secured by dental crowns that are placed over the teeth on either side of the gap.

Traditional Dentures

A denture can be provided for patients suffering from large gaps in their smile or who need to replace one or both dental arches. Dentures are secured by clasps, a dental adhesive, and natural suction.

Dental Implant FAQs

Is There an Age Limit?

Dental implants can be provided for patients of nearly any age. Most senior patients successfully receive dental implants. However, for younger patients, it is important that their jawbone has fully developed.

What Is the Success Rate?

According to several studies in the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, an average of 94.6 percent of dental implants are successful after 10 years. Longevity is one reason dental implants are so highly recommended.

Are Dental Implants Safe?

Dental implants are considered safe by several reputable organizations including the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Additionally, many types of dental implants are FDA-approved.

A Reliable Solution for Tooth Loss

"As long-lasting replacements for missing teeth, implants can offer health, cosmetic and lifestyle benefits." American Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Close-up of a full denture.
A full denture represents a complete dental arch, or the lower or bottom row of teeth.

Choosing an Implant Dentist

Choosing an implant dentist in the area is easy when you consider the education, experience, and skill level of the doctors at Stubbs Dental in Bountiful. One of the most important decisions you will make concerning your dental implant procedure is your implant surgeon. Our doctors have many years of experience performing precise and effective implant procedures, which in turn helps ensure that yours will be comfortable, successful, and safe. We have patients traveling from both near and far to come to Stubbs Dental as their dental implant destination. 

A dentist pointing to a successful dental implant.
Choosing the right implant surgeon is a crucial part of the dental implant process

What Factors Should I Consider?

Over the course of your dental implant journey you will make a number of decisions, none of which are more important than who will perform the procedure. The technological advancements in implant dentistry can only be fully realized when in the hands of a skilled oral surgeon. An implant surgeon must precisely place the implant, ensuring optimal stability over a long period of time. Precision also equates to faster and more comfortable healing.

There are many dental offices that offer implant solutions. When you are searching for the right provider, some key factors and questions to consider include:

  • Experience: How many years has the surgeon been performing the procedure? Did he/she receive specialized training?
  • Sedation: What kind of options will I have regarding my comfort level during surgery?
  • Reputation: Do former patients recommend this surgeon for their work quality and patient interactions?
  • Value: Money is often an important consideration. Will I receive skilled work at an affordable price?

What Sets Stubbs Dental Apart

Our dentists have been performing successful implant and oral surgeries for many years in Bountiful. Prior to his private practice, Dr. David Stubbs studied at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and went on to receive rigorous oral surgery training while serving in the Navy.

Stubbs Dental is known throughout the area for our investment in caring for our patients and the community at large.

What prompted Dr. Stubbs to enter dentistry was a desire to improve the lives of others, a personal commitment that is evident in his patient-oriented service model. He is known throughout the area for his investment in caring for his patients and the community at large. 

In keeping with our interest to deliver the best possible experiences to our patients, we also offer several sedation dentistry options. For dental implant patients, that means an anesthesiologist may be used to deliver anesthesia for a calm and safe environment.

Most everyone would choose to receive the highest quality dental services, affordably, allowing us to rejuvenate our smiles in a cost effective way. We believe you can have both, and goes to great lengths to keep the costs of our implant procedures at a minimum. All-on-4® implants represent a great advancement in dental technology, reducing the number of surgeries needed for implant placement, and in turn, keeping down costs.

Illustration of the All-on-4® dental implant system.
The All-on-4® technique involves only four titanium implant posts.

All-on-4®: A Same Day Smile

Based on candidacy, your dental implants timeline could be shortened considerably. Using the All-on-4® approach, our Bountiful doctors can place the implant posts and attach a denture in just one office visit. Since fewer implants are implanted in a strategic and precise way, there is less impact on the jawbone, also allowing for faster healing times. Sometimes referred to as teeth-in-a-day, the All-on-4® method provides the convenience of having a complete set of teeth, in a very short timeframe.

At Stubbs Dental, we can also convert your existing traditional prosthetic into one that is implant-retained.

Key Advantages of the Method

By choosing All-on-4® implants, patients can take advantage of the following benefits:

  • Low maintenance: Dental implants allow you to care for your dentures just as you would your original teeth.
  • Immediate use: Once the permanent prosthetic is placed, patients can eat the foods they choose. However, during the first few weeks, patients should choose softer meals such as cooked fish, cooked vegetables, and shredded meats.
  • Improved diet: Patients may find that their nutrition improves since they can eat their favorite meals and snacks, which were off-limits with missing teeth or traditional dentures.
  • Unmatched durability: With the proper care, your dental implants are built to last decades.
  • Increased comfort: Your artificial teeth will feel and function just like real teeth since they are attached to posts that have fused with your jawbone and essentially serve as tooth roots.
  • Boosted confidence: You can love your new smile and laugh confidently knowing that your dentures are firmly in place and will not move.
  • Greater affordability: As a single procedure, rather than a series, All-on-4® patients can save money. Also, Stubbs Dental is a smaller, community-oriented dental office, and often more affordable than larger implant centers.

Stubbs Dental

Dr. David Stubbs, Dr. James Willardsen, Dr. Kris Kuchenmeister, and Dr. Shane Phillips of Stubbs Dental are committed to providing comprehensive dental care for your entire family. We are also proud to be affiliated with the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of LDS Dentists
  • Utah Dental Association

For more information about our services, contact us online or call (801) 305-4051 today.

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