‘It’s completely transformative’: Plumb Dental restores smiles, boost confidence with same-day implants

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CONTRIBUTED CONTENT — Imagine a one-stop visit to the dentist where you leave with a beautiful, long-lasting smile in place. It’s possible with “teeth in a day” implants at Plumb Dental. 

Dr. William Plumb consults with a patient at Plumb Dental, St. George, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Plumb Dental, St. George News

Plumb Dental owner Dr. William Plumb said that of all the procedures he performs, same-day implants are perhaps the most transformative. Along with restoring dental function, artificial teeth can be inserted to give you the healthy, appealing smile you’ve always wanted. 

“It’s not just helping people smile more, but it’s changing their outlook,” he said. “It changes people’s lives for the better.”  

Over the course of a lifetime, teeth can be damaged. In some cases, this damage is severe enough for the tooth to fall out or require removal, but that doesn’t have to be the end of the story. Dental implants not only help cosmetically but functionally as well.

Advancements in dentistry have made rapid smile restoration a possibility for patients that are missing teeth. In the past, Plumb said, dentists had two basic methods for filling in the gaps: removable dentures or a fixed bridge.

He said bridges are aesthetically pleasing and remain a viable option for many patients, but they can be difficult to keep clean. Without proper maintenance, they’re prone to decay and may be lost entirely. 

Portrait of Dr. William Plumb, St. George, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Plumb Dental, St. George News

For patients without enough surrounding teeth to anchor the bridge to, dentures were the only alternative. However, dentures limit the patient’s bite force and chewing ability to about one-third of normal capacity. 

“Now, technology has expanded our options to restore full function of the mouth,” Plumb said. “With implants, you get all your function back and something that’s very cosmetic.”

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots which act as an anchor for replacement teeth. Shaped like a screw, the implant is surgically placed into the jawbone. A basic dental implant takes less than an hour and is performed in-office. 

Plumb said the implants last a long time because there are no organic components that will decay and break down. In fact, most patients never need to undergo the procedure again. 

The finished product is very close to the size, shape and fit of the patient’s original teeth, and Plumb said they’re also exceptionally strong. That strength comes from a process called osseointegration, during which the bone grows around and eventually fuses to the implants. 

Beyond improving dental function, the teeth in a day procedure transforms the way patients view themselves. Recently, Plumb saw a patient for a routine cleaning who had experienced teeth in a day. The patient told him that after the procedure, he found himself smiling much more often and talking with other people more freely. 

“A lot of inhibitions and self-doubts are gone,” he said. “He’s become a new person since he had his smile restored.”  

Liking what you see in the mirror sets the tone for your day, Plumb said, adding that many more of his patients report being able to take the next step in their career or start a new relationship thanks to the boost of confidence their smile has provided. 

Staff photo of the Plumb Dental team, St. George, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Plumb Dental, St. George News

“Consider how important your teeth are,” he added. “They’re working for you every second of every day. The way you talk, the way the bottom of your face looks – it’s all dictated by your teeth.”  

Plumb and his team truly enjoy helping people improve their lives through the art of dentistry. Established in 2009, Plumb Dental in St. George offers virtually every aspect of pediatric and adult dentistry, from preventive care and cosmetic solutions to endodontics and oral surgery. Plumb describes his office as a one-stop shop for all dental needs that employs a skilled team of hygienists, assistants and support staff.

Learn more about teeth in a day at the Plumb Dental website or by calling 435-673-9606.

Written by ALEXA MORGAN for St. George News. 

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