Dental Implants in Willoughby Hills, OH

A Permanent Solution To Missing Teeth

If you struggle with eating or speaking due to missing teeth or find yourself frustrated with your current tooth restoration, dental implants may be ideal for you. They’re a permeant and natural-looking solution to restoring your smile. Dental implants have been extensively researched, with original patients reporting ongoing success after more than forty years, which is why Dr. Wallace and Dr. Stern highly recommend them. 

Our dentists work with reputable implant specialists in the area of Willoughby Hills to restore patients’ smiles to their most natural state following tooth loss. Our colleagues will discuss with you your options and help you determine if titanium or zirconium implants are most suitable for your needs. 

Read on to learn more about why our team at Smile Brighter recommends this highly effective restoration option. 

What are Dental Implants? Explained by Dr. Stern

Dental implant is a great way to replace a missing tooth. Are you someone in the Willoughby Hills, OH area looking for a dentist to get a missing tooth fixed? Then Dr. Stern at Smile Brighter Willoughby Hills is the dentist you should visit.

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Advantages of Dental Implants

Dental implants are one of the many restoration options we offer for missing teeth. A dental implant is made up of three parts: the post (titanium or zirconium) which replaces the tooth’s roots, the porcelain crown which serves as the prosthetic tooth, and the abutment which connects the two. There are several advantages to this tooth replacement treatment that make it an appealing option to many patients. 

What makes dental implants so unique is that they allow us to address the needs of the jawbone. Without an active root system, bone tissue breaks down over time. This is why many people who have worn conventional, poorly fitting dentures begin to look older than they are. When bone tissue reabsorbs into the body, the facial structure loses support, causing the lips and cheeks to look sunken. Because implants provide consistent stimulation to bone tissue, this supportive structure is preserved, which is why our dentists highly recommend them as a tooth replacement option.

Candidacy for Dental Implants

The way in which dental professionals address missing teeth has evolved greatly in recent decades. Today, many patients choose to replace missing teeth with dental implants, which are cylinders of titanium that are placed directly into the healthy jawbone. Implants can replace solitary teeth, saving the need for bridgework. They can also be used in conjunction with a denture appliance for a more stable fit.

Dental implants may be a good solution for patients with:

  • One or more missing teeth
  • Broken or decayed teeth that are beyond repair 
  • Healthy gums
  • Uncomfortable dentures
  • Fully-developed jaw

While most patients are good candidates for dental implants, Dr. Wallace and Dr. Stern may recommend a supplemental procedure for patients who:

  • Grind or clench their teeth
  • Have pre-existing conditions such as uncontrolled gum disease, uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, or alcoholism
  • Smoke 
  • Take medications such as steroids or immune system suppressants 

In some cases, such as with gum disease or severe tooth decay, our dentists may recommend a supplemental procedure to help you become a better candidate for dental implants. 

Dental Implant Process

The dental implant process begins with the insertion of your implants as recommended by your oral surgeon, collaborating with Dr. Wallace or Dr. Stern. After placement, bone tissue fuses around the implant post during a process called osseointegration

After the structure heals within a few months, you’ll return to our Willoughby Hills office for the placement of a dental crown or denture appliance. You’ll be provided with a temporary restoration while you wait for your permanent custom-made crown to be made.

Frequently Asked Questions

Restore Your Smile With Dr. Wallace

Living with missing teeth can lead to a host of problems. For patients looking for a permanent solution, Dr. Wallace and Dr. Stern recommend dental implants. They are the only dental restoration that enhances jawbone health and can last a lifetime. 

With both traditional and zirconium options, we can help a wide variety of patients. If you’d like to learn more about our dental implants or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment, contact our Willoughby Hills office at (440) 210-0999 and one of our team members will be happy to assist you.

Success Stories

I have been going to Dr Stern for at least 10 years and have to say he treats his patients like royalty! It has always been a pleasurable experience and he has the latest and greatest technology for various procedures. Going to the dentist needs to be a great experience and I’d consider going here a must! It’s always a bonus when you get a perfect report on your teeth too:)

~ Dawn Semancik