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...
If You Have One or Several Missing Teeth, You Are Not Alone
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?
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?
But isn't dental implant surgery painful?
We Offer Sedation to Help You Relax during Treatment
- 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.
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
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 taken. Advanced 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.
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.
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...
Fully Restore Form and Function
The Results Can Be Life-Changing
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
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...
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:
Financing your procedure can lower your up-front costs and allow you to make more manageable monthly payments.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Dr. David Stubbs and Dr. James Willardsen 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.