Here’s how Aerni Dental helps the community maintain healthy smiles

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In addition to offering preventative dentistry in a safe, sterile, calm and relaxed environment, Dr. William Aerni, of Aerni Dental, offers sound solutions for managing bacteria in your mouth. (Photography: Benjamin Margalit)

By Mimi Vanderhaven

Now more than ever it’s important for all dental offices in our community to focus on providing an environment that’s proven safe,” says Dr. William Aerni of Strongsville’s Aerni Dental. “That’s why we are committed to providing families the safest possible environment for their dental care.”

Dr. Aerni and his staff use industry-leading sterilization practices to ensure the highest standards of safety for their patients and their families. Dr. Aerni was trained in sterile technique in the early 1990s based on research published by the Ohio Dental Journal and spearheaded by Dr. Alfred Heller, president of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

“All of our surgeries for the past three decades have used this technique, which is proven to reduce infections,” he says. “We also house two cutting-edge sterilization areas—one for preventative care and another for surgical and restorative care.”

Protecting Families
With the recent spread of the novel coronavirus, the Ohio State Dental Board released new guidelines on the use of sterilization techniques to limit airborne particles (aerosol in treatment procedures).

“We are proud to report that we’ve been using several of these sterilization techniques throughout our 30 years of practice,” Dr. Aerni says. “While our offices are closed as we manage through this unprecedented time, we want to reassure our patients that we are committed to protecting their families and offering care the right way—as we have done for over 30 years.”

Demonstrating a commitment to protect patients beyond his own practice, Dr. Aerni educates other dentists on how to make their offices a safe space, too. He trains dentists on best practices for sterilization techniques—including how to perform implant surgeries in a sterile environment—at the Midwest Implant Institute (MII).

Dr. Alfred Heller, who founded the MII, is a lifelong friend and mentor to Dr. Aerni.

“We can help you with all your dental care needs,” he says, “from personalized preventative care programs to complicated, restorative implant care. Out of all the care we provide, I am most proud of our preventative care program because it is key to accomplishing the goal of a healthy mouth for a lifetime.”

Preventative Care
Preventative care is one of the best ways to live a longer, healthier life, Dr. Aerni says. “Good oral health can add years to your life, and those years aren’t spent simply living. They’re spent living healthy and happy. Research from the Oral Health Foundation found that people who have a full set of teeth when they are 74 years old are significantly more likely to reach the age of 100.”

Additionally, poor oral health may contribute to various diseases and conditions, including cardiovascular disease, pneumonia, osteoporosis, and diabetes.

Understanding and Compassionate
Dr. Aerni and his team understand that it is very common today for patients to have lost some or all of their teeth. “My dad and each of my grandparents lost all of their teeth,” says Dr. Aerni, “My grandfather lived with us from the time I was five until I went to dental school. He never ate with us at the dinner table because he was embarrassed about taking his dentures out. As a young boy, I saw how my grandfather suffered from not being able to enjoy a meal with the people he loved. I knew I wanted to help others who might be suffering with their teeth.”

A Customized Treatment Plan
No matter where you are in your journey to a healthy mouth, Aerni Dental’s personalized preventative care program can help you turn the tide on your oral health. “We don’t offer cookie-cutter solutions for better oral health,” Dr. Aerni stresses. “Ours is an individual approach for each patient and bacterial management is different for everyone. That’s why some people should have their teeth cleaned twice a year, while others may need to go more often.”

Dr. Aerni explains that bleeding gums are a sign of inflammation, which in turn is a sign of infection in the mouth that can lead to tooth abscess or more serious health conditions. “We’ll teach you techniques that can change your health. It’s a visit you can feel good about,” he says.

Aerni Dental’s personalized preventative care program preserves patients’ health and can save them a significant amount of money in the long run. Most important, it can help ensure that patients and their families maintain their teeth throughout their lives.

“We do things differently,” he smiles. “Oral health is a team effort and we’re looking forward to being your partners for a lifetime.”

Aerni Dental can meet all of your family’s dental needs without the need for referral. Aerni Dental is located at 11177 Pearl Road, in Strongsville. Office hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The Aerni Dental team provides general dentistry, crowns, orthodontics and cosmetic enhancement. Call 440-390-3690 to schedule a complimentary consultation and x-rays for orthodontics, dental implants, or visit to see a video about implants.