Surgical Advances

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Steven Hribernik and Dr. William Gray are most often able to extract a tooth or teeth, perform a ridge preservation graft (or bone augmentation procedure), and place the implant/s along with abutment/s all at the same time.  Sometimes, however, the oral surgeon recommends conducting the process in stages whereby the first stage involves inserting the implant/s into the jaw and waiting for a sufficient bone-fusing period to occur,( typically three to six months.)  During the healing time you should be able to wear a temporary prosthesis and eat a soft diet.  After the implant/s have bonded to the jawbone, the second stage begins.  Drs. Hribernik or Gray will uncover or surgically expose  the implant/s and attach an abutment/s, which are connecting pieces that join the prosthetic to the titanium screw.  ( When the prosthetic crown/s  are placed, these posts will not be seen.)  At stage two he places either temporary healing abutment/s or permanent abutment/s (depending on the pre-arranged plan between the oral surgeon and  your restoring dentist), and refers you back to your dentist for the final fabrication of the prosthetic/s.

Implants are performed in the office using local anesthesia, and either with, or without, general anesthesia.

For more information about Surgical Advances or to schedule your consultation with Dr. Hribernik or Dr. Gray, call our St. Louis office at St. Louis Office Phone Number (314) 842-4699 or our Festus, MO office at Festus Office Phone Number (636) 931-4699, or use our Online Contact Form.

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