Periodontal disease, tooth decay, and other conditions can cause patients to require extraction of their natural teeth. However, once this occurs, it is essential that patients speak with their dentist to learn about replacement options available. At Hiebert Smith Dental Group, patients in and around the community of Saint Helens, OR are able to ask about treatment options such as dental implants for tooth replacement.
How do dental implants work?
Drs. Hiebert and Smith describe dental implants as replacements for tooth roots made of titanium metal. This metal is biocompatible with the body and is placed into the bone of the jaw to act as a proper and strong foundation for placing a dental crown, bridge, or full denture. Dental implants are extremely versatile and are a permanent solution to extracted or lost natural teeth.
Who is a candidate?
Dental implants are placed into the bone of the jaw to stimulate the process of osseointegration, or bone growth, around it. This is how the dental implant stays firmly in place for many years. However, patients need to have enough bone present in the jaw for this to successfully occur. Determining candidacy is done by our team with the use of x-rays to evaluate the health of the bone. In some cases, patients can undergo bone grafting to build up the bone in the area and ensure they are proper candidates for treatment. This preparatory work will cost more in the long run but can be a wise investment for patients who want a permanent, no-fuss way to replace one or more teeth in a reliable and effective manner. Patients can also ask about other alternatives such as dental bridges and dentures.
Find out more about dental implants and determine if you are a candidate for treatment
Missing teeth need to be addressed as soon as possible, and patients can improve their smile with the Hiebert Smith Dental Group in Saint Helens, OR. Contact Drs. Hiebert and Smith today by calling (503) 397-6144 and visiting the practice, conveniently located at 1550 Saint Helens Street. Dental implants and other solutions are readily available for new and existing patients to consider when replacing missing teeth.