Our teeth are surrounded by a protective seal of gum tissue that prevents gum and bone loss. This gum tissue can wear away over time due to a variety of reasons such as traumatic tooth brushing, tooth movement and gum disease (periodontitis). Gum grafts are performed to both re-establish this protective seal and cover the exposed root of your tooth. There are several different options for gum grafting. A review of these options with Dr. Spano would allow him to provide you with the best treatment specific to you. You will find below some of Dr. Spano's cases.
Dental implants allow for the replacement of teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. A dental implant is a titanium post that acts as the root of your pre-existing tooth. Once the dental implant is placed into the jawbone where the tooth or teeth are missing, the bone then bonds with the titanium surface of the dental implant. After several months of healing, a porcelain crown is then placed on top of the implant restoring your function and aesthetics. With modern advances in dental implants, some implants can be restored with a crown immediately after they are placed. This saves the patient several months of healing, improves aesthetic outcomes, and in some instances, a second surgical procedure. Minimally invasive techniques have also reduced the need for bone grafting and post-operative discomfort. At Southpoint Periodontics we provide a wide range of implant therapy, including single tooth replacement and full mouth rehabilitation.
Dental Implant Placement with Immediate Temporary Crowns
At the time of dental implant placement temporary crowns were immediately inserted onto the implants (see arrows below). These crowns will be replaced with permanent porcelain crowns once the dental implants have fully integrated with the bone. Bone grafting was required prior to implant placement to increase bone width for the patient. There was signficiant bone loss because these teeth were congenitally missing.