Restore your teeth in comfort with dental implants in Willoughby Hills
Missing teeth can add stress to your remaining teeth, and over time they can shift around in your mouth. This will leave them more vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease, and if you don’t receive treatment, you can lose neighboring teeth as well. Smile Brighter in Willoughby Hills works with reputable oral surgeons to provide treatment for missing teeth to restore functionality, protect your oral health, and allow you to enjoy your favorite foods in comfort with dental implants.
Benefits of dental implants
While traditional restorations like bridges can keep teeth from moving around and balance your bite force, they will not protect your jaw from bone loss. It will need to be replaced periodically. A dental implant will support your jaw, and it is much more resistant to gum disease. A dental implant also protects the surrounding teeth, while a bridge requires reshaping the neighboring tooth, and it can cause damage if you ever need to remove or replace your bridge.
Dr. Stern will evaluate your teeth to see if you are a good candidate for dental implants. He will need to treat any underlying gum disease before your procedure. After the implant placement, you may have to wait for the site to heal before the abutment and artificial tooth are fixed to complete your dental implant procedure.
What to expect from your appointment
Dental implants require a surgical procedure. An oral surgeon will cut into your gum tissue down to the jawbone for the implant. In some cases, you may require a bone or tissue graft to provide support for the implant. You can elect to use local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, or general anesthesia during the procedure, depending on what makes you feel comfortable.
After the surgery, you will require rest to recuperate. You should avoid strenuous activity for a week and keep your jaw relaxed to prevent tearing stitches. In some cases, you can have a temporary restoration installed while you wait for your gums to heal and the implant to fuse to your bone. After a few months, you will return to the office for a crown or dentures, and you will have full functionality of your teeth again.
Contact our office today at (440) 210-0999 to learn more about dental implants near me in Willoughby Hills.