Wickliffe area dentists use implants to restore smiles in many ways
Dental implants are a popular option for repairing the smile when teeth have been lost. However, patients are often unaware of how versatile they really are. They are used in one of three ways, depending on the needs of a patient. Dentists in the Wickliffe area such as Dr. Michael Stern of Smile Brighter Willoughby Hills will discuss with patients the many methodologies in which dental implants are utilized.
Single Tooth Restoration
Dental implants are most typically used to replace a single tooth. While restorations such as partial dentures and bridges may be desirable options for some patients, they are not always as permanent as a dental implant. A dental implant is placed into the jawbone to function as a replacement of the natural tooth root and is much stronger and more stable than any other solutions available through our practice. The dental implant is then restored over the top with an abutment and a dental crown to act as a false tooth and repair the function and beauty of the smile accordingly. Patients will be able to speak and eat like they once did and smile without hesitation.
Holding Dental Bridges
Dental bridges can be used to replace many teeth in a row, but if the surrounding teeth are not readily available to support the dental bridge, patients may not be able to repair their teeth accordingly. This is when a dentist may suggest the placement of dental implants to act as the support of the dental bridge and help repair many adjoining teeth that may have been lost or extracted.
Patients with full dentures are often frustrated with a poor fit and reduced function. By placing a few dental implants throughout the dental arch and retrofitting the dentures to work with them, patients can snap their dentures in and out of the smile with the support of dental implants. This is the optimum solution for patients who have lost all their teeth and want the strength and stability they once had with their natural smile.
As you can see, dental implants are extremely versatile and can be used in many different restorative solutions. Contact our team to learn more about the many ways in which dental implants can improve your smile!Back to Dental Implants Home Page