Single Tooth Replacement
A dental implant actually replaces the lost root of the tooth. Following placement of a dental implant by Dr. Hyde, Dr. Greising, Dr. Tzanos and Dr. Erdle, a crown is placed on the implant, typically by your restorative dentist, which then gives you a complete new tooth.
When placing a dental implant, it is absolutely essential that there is adequate bone and gum tissue present to obtain the best possible functional and esthetic result. Drs. Hyde, Greising, Tzanos and Erdle, as Periodontists, are experts in creating and maintaining the bone and gum tissue necessary for the successful placement of dental implants.
The positioning of the dental implant is also critical for an optimal esthetic result and for long-term success. We work very closely with your restorative dentist to fabricate guide stents that are used for the proper placement of your implant.
In complex cases, we use the latest in 3-D imaging and computer software to fabricate computer generated surgical guides to provide precise placement of your dental implants to an exacting standard unheard of just a few short years ago.
On the day of implant surgery, oftentimes a healing abutment is placed on the implant to allow for proper healing of the gum tissue. In other cases, the surgical site may be closed and the healing abutment placed after some time of initial healing.
In some cases, typically in the anterior teeth, a temporary crown may be placed the very day of implant placement. This allows the patient to have a “fixed” temporary the same day as the implant surgery. In other cases, a removable temporary may be utilized.
Once the implant has been placed and the site has completely healed, we will refer you back to your restorative dentist so that they may place the final crown or restoration.