Designed like real teeth, for superior appearance and function in Chesterland, OH

At Chesterland Family Dental Care, we are all about creating smiles for life. Of course, the best tooth is the natural one that developed with you. However, our team led by Dr. Brianne (“Dr. Bri”) Fratantonio appreciates that your needs can evolve as new medical conditions and challenges to oral health arise. We also cannot predict accidents or other trauma that can lead to the need for tooth replacement. We are privileged to offer our patients “gold standard” tooth replacement with dental implants at our Chesterland, OH office. 

Dental implants: Designed like natural teeth!

As a “first-class” dental practice, Chesterland Family Dental Care has invested in the latest technologies to rebuild damaged teeth that cannot be “saved” with root canal therapy. Dental implants account for the fact that your teeth are made up of parts. The implant is designed to replace the natural root in the jaw that holds a tooth in place. Our dentists are equipped to place implants. Other general dentists in and around Chesterland, OH, do not have the capabilities onsite to place implants in the jaw. Instead, they refer their patients to specialists’ offices, which can add to the cost, time, and hassle associated with treatment.

We handle all aspects of the implants process. Made from medical-grade titanium, the implant is designed to naturally and safely “fuse” to the surrounding supportive bone in the jaw. In turn, when an implant is joined to the rest of the jaw, it provides a strong base for the part of the tooth that is seen above the gumline: the crown. Chesterland Family Dental Care is happy to restore the tooth with natural-looking crowns, as well as bridges, and partial and complete dentures.

Traditional methods of tooth replacement have only accounted for the visible parts of the teeth, such as the gums and crowns. A conventional bridge to replace a single tooth is made up of a replacement tooth (pontic) and two abutments, the teeth on either side of the pontic. The pontic is supported by the abutment teeth. To adequately hold the pontic in place, neighboring teeth must be crowned. And, to make room for each crown, natural tooth structure from the abutments must be removed. The pontic and crowns are then bonded as a single place to the abutments’ natural tooth structure.

Traditional partial and complete dentures replace many (or all) teeth. The upper denture is held in place by natural suction. Due to the anatomy of the floor of the mouth, lower dentures are stabilized with products like denture adhesive.

Since your new teeth are supported by “roots” in the jaw, just like natural teeth, there are many advantages to implant-retained crowns, bridges, and dentures:

  • They look, feel, and function like healthy, natural teeth.
  • They are easy to care for; just brush, floss, and visit us for check-ups and professional cleanings.
  • Stabilized in the jaw, implant-supported teeth are not going anywhere. So, you can eat, speak, and laugh confidently.
  • They preserve supportive bone. Just like your muscles, if you don’t “use” the bone in your jaw, you lose it. The energy and pressure generated every time you bite or mash food is transferred from the teeth to the roots in the jaw. When you don’t have teeth, the jawbone doesn’t get the stimulation it needs from actions such as chewing to keep these supportive tissues strong. The ensuing bone loss can alter the shape and appearance of your face and further damage your ability to eat and speak.

Learn more about Dental Implants and other advanced dental care technologies

Call (440) 491-4001 to schedule an appointment

We look forward to discussing your options for tooth replacement during a visit to our office in Chesterland, which also serves the surrounding communities, including Hunting Valley, Gates Mills, Chardon, Munson, Kirtland, Russell, Chagrin Falls, Novelty, and Mayfield. To schedule your appointment, call Chesterland Family Dental at (440) 491-4001.


Missing teeth might make you feel awkward when you smile and make some words difficult to pronounce, but they can also make eating and swallowing more difficult. This may cause indigestion and make nutrient absorption more difficult.

A dental implant is a titanium device that replaces the tooth’s root. An abutment connects it to a crown. Once the repair is complete, the dental implant and prosthetic tooth will operate similarly to natural teeth.

Dental implants can support a single dental crown, a dental bridge, or a complete denture, and if properly cared for, they can last a lifetime.

Dental implants are screw-shaped rods inserted into the jawbone to simulate the root of a tooth. For a single missing tooth, a single implant is necessary; however, crowns and complete dentures can be placed on 2-6 implants in a single treatment.

They have a natural look and become a stable and permanent fixture in the mouth, making them a permanent tooth replacement solution.

Brianne R. Fratantonio, MA, DMD
Nicholas R. Fratantonio, DDS, FAGD
Trudy Amstadt, DDS

Brianne R. Fratantonio, MA, DMD, earned her dental degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and her Bachelor of Science and Masters in Biology from John Carroll University. She is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), Ohio Dental Association (ODA), American Academy of Facial Esthetics, Straight Wire Orthodontic Studies, Engel Institute of Dental Implants, and Dental XP Externship. She is passionate about providing general dentistry services and building lasting patient relationships.

Nicholas R. Fratantonio, DDS, FAGD, received his postgraduate training at Case Western Reserve University Dental School. He is a member of the ADA, ODA, Northeast Ohio Dental Society, International Association of Orthodontics, American Orthodontic Society, American Association of Functional Orthodontics, and International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics, a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, and a Past President of the Northeastern Ohio Neuromuscular Study Club.

Trudy Amstadt, DDS, is a graduate of the School of Dental Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. She has followed advanced courses in cosmetic dentistry, dentures, crowns and bridges, occlusion, and neuromuscular dentistry. She has memberships with the American Dental Society, ODA, GCDS0, and various study clubs.