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By Hobble Creek Dental Care
December 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
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Ed Helms is best known for his role as the self-absorbed, Ivy League sales rep, Andy Bernard, on television's The Office. But to millions of fans he's also Stu, a member of a bachelor trip to Las Vegas in the 2009 movie The Hangover. In it, Stu and his friends wake up from a wild night on the Strip to find some things missing: the groom-to-be, their memories and, for Stu, a front tooth.

In reality, the missing tooth gag wasn't a Hollywood makeup or CGI (computer-generated imagery) trick—it was Ed Helm's actual missing tooth. According to Helms, the front tooth in question never developed and he had obtained a dental implant to replace it. He had the implant crown removed for the Hangover movie and then replaced after filming.

Helms' dental situation isn't that unusual. Although most of the 170 million-plus teeth missing from Americans' mouths are due to disease or trauma, a few happened because the teeth never formed. While most of these congenitally missing teeth are in the back of the mouth, a few, as in Helms' case, involve front teeth in the “smile zone,” which can profoundly affect appearance.

Fortunately, people missing undeveloped teeth have several good options to restore their smiles and dental function. The kind of tooth missing could help determine which option to use. For example, a bridge supported by the teeth on either side of the gap might work well if the teeth on either side are in need of crowns.

If the missing tooth happens to be one or both of the lateral incisors (on either side of the centermost teeth), it could be possible to move the canine teeth (the pointy ones, also called eye teeth) to fill the gap. This technique, known as canine substitution, may also require further modification—either by softening the canines' pointed tips, crowning them or applying veneers—to help the repositioned teeth look more natural.

The optimal solution, though, is to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant which then has a lifelike crown attached to it, as Ed Helms did to get his winning smile. Implant-supported replacement teeth are closest to natural teeth in terms of both appearance and function. Implants, though, shouldn't be placed until the jaw has fully developed, usually in early adulthood. A younger person may need a temporary restoration like a bonded bridge or a partial denture until they're ready for an implant.

Whatever the method, there's an effective way to restore missing teeth. Seeing us for an initial exam is the first step toward your own winning smile.

If you would like more information about restoring missing teeth, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants.”

By Hobble Creek Dental Care
October 23, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

It’s no fun when you have missing teeth—you may not feel comfortable while talking or eating, and you may even avoid smiling in public. Fortunately, dental implants can replace your lost teeth for a lifetime! Implants are replacement tooth roots that are placed within the jawbone in order to create an incredibly stable foundation for replacement teeth. Available from Hobble Creek Dental Care in Springville, UT, read on to learn more about this treatment option, and what it can do for you.

1. They will beautify your smile. Dental implants can replace one tooth, several teeth, or all the teeth in your mouth, thereby fixing your smile and making you look dramatically younger in the process. Furthermore, because the crowns are made from all-porcelain materials, your smile will shine brighter than ever before!

2. They will make eating easier. Our teeth were designed to help us cut and break down food for proper digestion. Consequently, the absence of a single tooth can affect your ability to chew foods. With the presence of dental implants, however, your ability to chew foods will be restored back to full strength.

3. They stop jawbone loss. When teeth are missing, the healthy jawbone will begin to deteriorate from lack of stimulation. Fortunately, dental implants effectively replace tooth roots, thereby stimulating bone growth and keeping the healthy bone from shrinking. Dental implants are the only teeth replacement option that performs this action.

4. They can improve speech. The absence of teeth can cause you to mumble or slur your speech. With dental implants in place, your speech will return to normal.

5. They can last a lifetime. Dental implants are a fantastic value because they can last for decades on end with proper care. In fact, most dental practitioners conservatively estimate that dental implants will last about 25 years, but they can last for far longer with solid oral hygiene and regular visits to our Springville office.

Are you ready to transform your smile? Start your journey now! Call Hobble Creek Dental Care at (801) 489-4541 to schedule an implant consultation at our office in Springville, UT. Dr. Stephen Pratt and Dr. Samuel Clyde are available to help to boost your oral health!

By Hobble Creek Dental Care
October 21, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
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If you’re thinking about getting dental implants, you’re in good company. Dentists have placed more than 3 million of these popular devices since their introduction in the early 1980s.

But if you have multiple missing teeth, you might think the cost of all those individual implants could put them out of your league. Yes, replacing multiple teeth with individual implants can be quite expensive—but implant technology isn’t limited to one tooth at a time. A few well-placed implants can impart their proven durability and stability to other types of restorations.

For example, we can incorporate implants into a bridge for a series of missing teeth. Conventional bridges are normally fixed in place by altering and then crowning natural teeth on each side of the missing teeth gap with a fixed row of prosthetic (false) teeth in the middle to fill it. Instead, two implants placed at the ends of the gap can support the bridge rather than natural teeth. This not only provides greater stability for the bridge, it also avoids permanent altering the natural teeth that would have been used.

Implants can also support a fixed bridge to restore complete tooth loss on a jaw. The new bridge is attached to a few strategically placed implants along the jaw line to equally distribute biting forces. This can result in a strong hold with excellent durability.

We can also use implants to improve traditional dentures. Dentures normally rest directly on the gums’ bony ridges, depending on a snug fit for stability. But bone loss, a natural consequence of missing teeth, can still occur while wearing dentures, which may in fact accelerate the rate of loss due to the appliance’s constant pressure and friction against the gums.

Instead, just a few implants placed along the jaw can, with attachments built into the denture, hold it securely in place. This not only decreases the pressure on the gums, but the natural bone growth that occurs around the implant may even deter bone loss.

Depending on your situation, there could be a viable restoration solution involving implants. Visit our office for a complete examination and evaluation to see if implants could help change your smile forever.

If you would like more information on implant restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants 101: the Most Significant Innovation in the Past Century.”

By Hobble Creek Dental Care
January 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   smoking  
3ReasonsWhySmokingDoesntMixwithDentalImplants

If you smoke, you know better than anyone how a hard a habit it is to kick. If you want to quit, it helps to have a motivating reason—like lowering your risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease or similar conditions.

Here’s another reason for quitting tobacco: it could be making your teeth and gums less healthy. And, if you’re facing a restoration like dental implants, smoking can make that process harder or even increase the risk of failure.

So, to give your willpower some needed pep talk material, here are 3 reasons why smoking doesn’t mix with dental implants.

Inhaled smoke damages mouth tissues. Though you may not realize it, the smoke from your cigarette or cigar is hot enough to burn the top layer of skin cells in your mouth, which then thickens them. This could affect your salivary glands causing them to produce less saliva, which in turn could set off a chain of events that increases your risk of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. The end result might be bone loss, which could make installing dental implants difficult if not impossible.

Nicotine restricts healthy blood flow. Nicotine, the chemical tobacco users crave, can restrict blood flow in the tiny vessels that course through the mouth membranes and gums. With less blood flow, these tissues may not receive enough antibodies to fight infection and fully facilitate healing, which could interfere with the integration of bone and implants that create their durable hold. Slower healing, as well as the increased chances of infection, could interrupt this integration process.

Smoking contributes to other diseases that impact oral health. Smoking’s direct effect on the mouth isn’t the only impact it could have on your oral health. As is well known, tobacco use can increase the risk of systemic conditions like cardiovascular and lung disease, and cancer. These conditions may also trigger inflammation—and a number of studies are showing this triggered inflammatory response could also affect your body’s ability to fight bacterial infections in the mouth. Less healthy teeth, gums and underlying bone work against your chances of long-term success with implants.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants & Smoking: What are the Risks?

By HOBBLE CREEK DENTAL CARE
August 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out if you could replace your missing teeth for the long term with implants.dental implants

You just recently lost a permanent tooth and you are looking for a solution that will give you the next best thing to real teeth. If this is the case, then our Springville, UT, dentists, Dr. Stephen Pratt and Dr. Stephanie Winterton, are happy to offer dental implants. These are the only long-term tooth replacement around. They are reliable and they function just like real teeth. So, are they right for you? Let’s find out!

A Healthy Smile

Sure, you may have lost one or more teeth but that doesn’t mean that your entire smile has to fall by the wayside. Before determining whether you are a good candidate for implants, our Springville general dentist will need to thoroughly examine your mouth and look for active decay or gum disease, which will need to be treated before you can start the implant process.

Ample Jawbone

The jawbone plays a key role in the health and vitally of your implant. Once the implant is embedded into the jawbone, it’s the bone and tissue surrounding it that heal around the implant to become one. This means that you will have to have enough strong, healthy jawbone to be able to support the implant. With tooth loss comes bone loss, so if you haven’t sought treatment right away then you may have lost a lot of bone density. If this is the case, do not despair. Bone grafting could improve the density of the jawbone to make you a great candidate for implants.

Your Age

Adults are the ideal candidates for implants, but children and most teens will not be. This is because children’s jaws are still growing. By placing an implant into the jawbone we would immediately stunt the growth of the jawbone. Instead, we will need to replace your child or teen’s missing teeth with another restoration until they are old enough to get implants.

If dental implants are exactly what you think you need to get your smile back then let’s talk about it. Call Hobble Creek Dental Care in Springville, UT, today to schedule your no-risk consultation.