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Implant Dentistry
Did you know that oral health is a major factor of good general health? Replacing your missing tooth with a dental implant and an implant crown should allow you to live your life as if you had never suffered from a missing tooth. When your treatment is complete, you should be able to chew, speak and socialize without experiencing the negative emotions that having a missing tooth can sometimes cause.
What is a dental implant?
An implant is a small titanium post that replaces the root portion of a missing natural tooth. The implant is placed in the jawbone, allowed to bond with the bone, and serves as an anchor for the permanent ceramic crown (replacement tooth.)
A proven restorative option, dental implants are considered the best alternative for replacing missing teeth for two major reasons. The first of these is the preservation of bone levels in your jaw. When a tooth is lost, your bone deteriorates over a very short period of time from a lack of bone stimulation. Dental implants help preserve the bone levels in your jaw, as well as help maintain the integrity of your facial structure and will not interfere with your ability to taste food.
Secondly, the function of implants is superior to any other form of replacement. Since implants are anchored securely in your jaw, the permanent crown placed on the implant functions and feels far better than a traditional bridge or denture. As the closest possible replacement to your natural teeth, dental implants will look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth — or even better!
How is an implant done?
The first step is a comprehensive evaluation of your teeth, existing bone levels, and medical history. Once the treatment plan has been determined and agreed upon, your implant(s) will be placed by either a Periodontist or an Oral Surgeon. They may use anesthesia and relaxation techniques to help eliminate any discomfort or fear you may have. Typically, the implants need a few months to attatch to the jawbone, during which time a 'temporary' tooth replacement may be placed. In many cases a temporary crown may be placed the same day as the implant.
The final step is the placement of the custom-crafted permanent ceramic crown on the implant. With your new dental implant(s), you can regain the abilities you once had with your natural teeth, giving you a second chance at eating, laughing, and simply enjoying life with confidence!

| Joseph DeLibero, D.D.S. / Daniela Stuetzer, D.D.S., Aesthetic Dentistry |
| 5825 Landerbrook Drive, Suite #122 |
| Mayfield Heights, Ohio 44124 |
| (440) 461-0327 |
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