Missing teeth can have many negative effects on the smile. Patients who are struggling with the loss of teeth may notice problems such as:
- Shifting of existing teeth within the dental arch
- Reduced chewing and biting efficiency
- Reduced ability to speak clearly
- Cosmetic changes
- Reduced self-esteem and confidence
Dr. Michael Stern of Smile Brighter Willoughby Hills in the Wickliffe area may suggest that patients consider a variety of restorative options as soon as they have lost teeth or have had one or more natural teeth extracted. Seeking restoration immediately can reduce embarrassment patients may experience due to gaps, and can allow them to keep their beautiful smiles looking and functioning well.
There are several methods of restoration available through Smile Brighter Willoughby Hills including dentures, bridges, and dental implants. Many patients who need to replace one tooth love the benefits of dental implants.
Dr. Stern will recommend this solution to patients who are seeking a long-term solution to tooth loss. However, patients must be proper candidates. Dental implants require bone structure to hold them in place. Patients must also have healthy mouths at the time of placement for optimal success. This is why Dr. Stern recommends that patients visit his practice for a consultation and examination as soon as possible, to determine if dental implants are an appropriate solution. In other cases, patients may need to consider options such as bridges and dentures.
Dental implants have a variety of benefits that patients should strongly consider when deciding on which method to choose to repair their smiles. Dental implants:
- Provide unsurpassed strength and stability
- Can be used to hold full cosmetic dentures in place
- Offer a method of replacing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth
- Can last a lifetime with proper care and attention
- Are economical in the long term, although they require an initial investment
- Are beautiful and blend seamlessly with existing teeth
- Are easy to care for, just like natural teeth
- Are the most highly recommended solution for missing teeth
Call Smile Brighter Willoughby Hills today to learn more about the benefits of dental implants for patients in Wickliffe and surrounding areas.