Replacing missing teeth

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By Laura Briedis

If you are missing a tooth, you are not alone. Over half the U.S. population is missing at least one tooth, according to the American College of Prosthodontists. And an alarming 20 percent of adults 65 years or older are missing all their natural teeth.

Uniquely qualified to restore and replace teeth, Dr. Sanjay Karunagaran, owner of Frontier Dental, is helping patients smile confidently. The practice conveniently offers implant placement and restoration.

Only one of a handful of prosthodontists in Northeast Ohio, Dr. Karunagaran specializes in dental implants and dentures. Considered an advanced general dentist, prosthodontists have three additional years of advanced training and are specifically trained in how to best replace teeth, whether a single tooth or a full mouth.

“I make sure patients’ dentures fit and function well,” Dr. Karunagaran says. “I also can provide options using implants, such as snap-on dentures that click on four implants and fixed hybrid dentures. Patients should explore how they can secure their dentures to an implant because this is the future of dentistry. If your dentures are no longer comfortable, I can make you a better fit.”

If you are missing a tooth or several teeth, dental implants not only improve your appearance and self-confidence, but also increase your ability to bite with more force so you can chew food better.

“The dental procedure works in two processes: surgical placement of the artificial root, followed by attachment of the dental crown,” explains Dr. Karunagaran. “The implants are tiny, biocompatible titanium posts that are placed in the jawbone. Over time, they integrate with the bone and become a permanent foundation. A dental implant, by far, is your best option when it comes to replacing a tooth.”

Frontier Dental is located at 5155 Buehlers Drive, Suite 107 in Medina. For an appointment, call 330-952-2015 or visit for more information.Enjoy a free dental consultation for implants, dentures, crowns and veneers, which includes X-rays, until 11/30/19.