Treatments for Wickliffe area patients who are missing teeth
Dr. Michael Stern of Smile Brighter Willoughby Hills provides a myriad of dental solutions for patients in and around the Wickliffe area. Patients who are missing teeth can speak to his team about ways of repairing the smile after tooth loss from trauma, disease, age, or extraction.
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, patients have a wide range of options available to them. Missing teeth can be replaced in one of three ways: dental implants, dentures, or dental bridges.
Dental implants are highly desirable because they are made of titanium metal and embedded into the bone of the jaw for optimum function and beauty. They are placed by an oral surgeon who works closely with Dr. Michael Stern. Patients visit Dr. Stern for the restorations after the implants have been placed. Many patients prefer dental implants as a restorative solution.
Dental bridges are fixed restorations fabricated with dental crowns fused to false teeth called pontics. The entire piece is bonded over the adjacent teeth for support. Patients will have to pay special attention to flossing and brushing around the bridge to ensure the area stays clean and free from periodontal disease. The teeth supporting the bridge may also need regular examinations, as they are still susceptible to disease and decay.
Dentures are an economical solution and can be used when one or more teeth are missing. Dr. Michael Stern may suggest full or partial dentures depending on the needs of the patient. These options are often discussed along with bridges and implants during the initial examination with new and existing patients.
Dental implants are the preferred solution for individuals missing one tooth. They can also help in stabilizing full dentures. Patients are welcome to discuss all of these missing teeth replacement options with their dentist during their appointment. Call Dr. Michael Stern of Smile Brighter Willoughby Hills today to book a consultation to discuss dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures.Back to Dental Implants Home Page