Replace missing teeth with an implant dentist in Willoughby Hills
While dentistry’s goal is to preserve your teeth, sometimes issues such as trauma and infection lead to tooth loss. Advances in dentistry have come a long way to helping patients replace missing teeth, and dental implants offer the best possible solution. Dr. Stern has over 30 years of experience as a dentist, and he works with trusted oral surgeons to offer patients in the Willoughby Hills area dental implants.
Benefits of dental implants
Dental implants are the only restorations that replace the entire structure of a missing tooth. A screw-shaped rod is placed directly into your jawbone, and once it fuses into place, it can support a dental crown, bridge, or complete denture. Implants prevent bone loss in the jaw by providing stimulation, and patients with implants won’t deal with hollowed cheeks or shrunken faces associated with tooth loss.
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 implants restore full functionality to your teeth so you can speak clearly and chew your food thoroughly without issue. Most patients healthy enough for surgery are good candidates for implants. Dr. Stern will evaluate your teeth and jaw to determine if an implant is right for you.
The dental implant process
Dental implants are typically placed a few weeks after tooth extraction to give your gums time to heal. Once you are ready, an oral surgeon will place the implant in your jawbone by cutting into your gums and drilling a path to your jaw. Some patients may require a gum or bone graft to provide additional support for the implant. After a few weeks, the implant will fuse to your jaw, and Dr. Stern can place an abutment and take impressions to send to a dental lab to create your restoration.
Dental implants offer a permeant solution to missing teeth, and with proper care, they will last for decades. Patients in the Willoughby Hills area looking for a “dental implant near me” can contact Smile Brighter at (440) 210-0999 to set up a consultation.