While dentistry’s goal is to preserve your teeth, sometimes issues such as trauma and infection lead to tooth loss. Advances in dentistry have improved patients’ options for replacing missing teeth. In most cases, dental implants offer the best possible solution. Dr. Stern has more than 30 years of experience as a dentist, and he works with trusted oral surgeons to offer patients in Lake County dental implants. His office is conveniently located in Willoughby Hills, just a short drive from Mentor, OH.
Benefits of dental implants
Dental implants are the only restorations that replace the entire tooth structure. A screw-shaped rod is placed directly into your jawbone, replacing the tooth root. Bone cells adhere to the surface of the implant, holding it firmly in place. Implants help prevent bone loss in the jaw by stimulating healthy cell regeneration. That means patients with implants can avoid the changes in facial structure that often follow tooth loss.
Implants can support a variety of dental restorations, including specially designed crowns, bridges, or dentures. When replacing a single tooth or a few teeth, they can keep your natural teeth from shifting out of place, as well as reduce stress on your jaw from chewing. When used to support full dentures, they can ensure a snug fit without suction or dental adhesives.
Dental implant treatment restores full functionality so you can speak clearly and chew your food thoroughly without issue. Most patients who are healthy enough for minor surgery are good candidates for implants. Dr. Stern will evaluate your teeth and jaw to determine if dental implants are right for you.
The dental implant process
If extractions are necessary, we typically wait a few weeks before implant placement to give your gums time to heal. Some patients may require a bone graft to provide additional support for the implants. Once you are ready, an oral surgeon will place the implants. Within a few weeks, the implants will fuse with the bone. Dr. Stern will then place abutments and take impressions, which are sent to the dental lab that will create your restoration.
Dental implants offer a permanent solution to missing teeth, and with proper care, they will last for decades. Patients in Lake County looking for a “dental implant near me” can contact Smile Brighter Willoughby Hills at (440) 210-0999 to set up a consultation.
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