Board Certified Periodontist, Dr. Scott O. Kissel

Dental Implants: What You Need to Know

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If you have missing teeth or teeth which must be replaced then dental implant treatment in New York City can be the best way to reclaim your beautiful smile and the full functionality of your teeth. According to recent iData Research, about 3 million people in the U.S. replace their missing teeth with dental implants each year. Receive all the information you need by booking a consultation with a dental implant periodontist like Dr Kissel. During your consultation, Dr Kissel will perform the oral examination and tests that determine what type of dental implants you are eligible for, explain the dental implant procedure to you, and answer all your questions.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a permanent tooth-replacement option for a single tooth or an entire arch of teeth. They are titanium rods that are surgically placed directly into the jawbone, or on top of the jawbone and function as natural teeth roots on which natural-looking crowns are placed.

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Even though dental implants have become a common treatment, Dr Kissel stands out among his New York City colleagues. He is one of the few specialists with the training and experience to use less invasive microsurgery techniques for dental implants. He is also the only specialist who can offer you the SMILE Technique, taking aesthetic tooth replacement to another level.

Types Of Dental Implant Procedures

There are two different types of dental implant procedures – endosteal and subperiosteal dental implants. They are used according to the condition of your jawbone.


Endosteal implants are the most common type of dental implant. These implants are placed under the gums, and inserted directly into the jawbone, securing them for a lifetime if cared for properly. Endosteal implants may be comprised of small screws, cylinders, or plates.


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Subperiosteal is a less common treatment option. Like endosteal, subperiosteal dental implants are also placed beneath the gums. However, these dental implants are inserted on or above the jawbone. Typically, subperiosteal implants are used for patients who have minimal jawbone tissue, and either don’t want to or medically can’t undergo a jawbone graft to build up the jawbone.

During a consultation with Dr Kissel, he will perform a complete oral examination and explain the dental implant procedure to you, including tooth removal (if needed) and dental implant placement using microsurgery techniques and the use of 3D surgical guides, maximizing ideal position and decreasing complications and surgical time.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are a great option for replacing missing or damaged teeth. Not only can they improve the aesthetics of your smile, but they also provide a range of other benefits, such as improved speech, comfort, and oral health. Additionally, they are designed to be strong and durable, often lasting for decades with proper care. If you are considering dental implants, you should be aware of some of the most important benefits they can provide.

  1. Improved Appearance – since they are designed to look and function like natural teeth. Therefore, they can improve the aesthetics of your smile.
  2. Improved Speech – you will be able to speak without the worry that your false teeth might slip or move.
  3. Improved Comfort – unlike dentures, dental implants are designed to fit comfortably in your mouth for a more natural feel.
  4. Easier Eating – you will be able to chew and eat with greater ease and comfort than you would with dentures which may restrict what you can eat.
  5. Improved Oral Health – you can avoid jawbone atrophy since dental implants stimulate bone growth.
  6. Durability – implants are designed to be strong and durable, often lasting for decades or even a lifetime with proper care.
  7. Convenience – unlike dentures, dental implants don’t require special care, and they can be more comfortable than dental bridges.
  8. Boost Confidence – you won’t have to worry about them falling out of your mouth or restricting activities since they behave and look just like your natural teeth.

Who is Eligible for Dental Implants?

Dental implant treatment may be an effective way to replace missing or damaged teeth but not everyone may be a candidate for this procedure. Eligibility for dental implant treatment depends on several factors, including your overall health, the condition of your teeth and gums, and your ability to maintain good oral hygiene.

Generally, if you are in good overall health and have healthy gums, then you are a good candidate for dental implant treatment. This is because the success of the procedure depends on the ability of the implant to fuse with the jawbone, which requires good bone density and healthy gums. If you have experienced bone loss, you may need a bone graft or a sinus lift before the implant can be placed.

Ultimately, the best way to determine if you are a candidate for dental implant treatment is to schedule a consultation with a qualified periodontist with years of experience in dental implant procedures like Dr Kissel. He can evaluate your dental health and help you decide if this procedure is right for you.

The Dental Implant Process

If you are considering dental implant treatment, it is important to know what to expect. The dental implant procedure typically involves several steps and can take several months to complete. However, the end result is a strong and natural-looking replacement for missing or damaged teeth.

Step 1

The first step in the dental implant process is a consultation with your dental implant specialist. During the consultation, Dr Kissel will evaluate your dental health and determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. He will also discuss the implant process and answer any questions you may have.

Step 2

The next step, if you don’t need teeth removed or any pre-surgical procedure like a bone graft or sinus lift, is your implant placement surgery. Dr Kissel uses 3D surgical guides and microsurgical techniques to maximize ideal position and decrease complications and surgical time. Once implanted, the titanium post will act as the foundation for your new tooth. After the surgery, you will need to wait several months for the post to fuse with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration.

Step 3

Once the post has fused with your jawbone, Dr Kissel will attach an abutment to the top of the post. This abutment will connect the post to the artificial tooth, which is custom-made to match the color and shape of your natural teeth.

Step 4

The final step in the dental implant process is the placement of the artificial tooth onto the abutment. This tooth will be securely attached to the abutment, giving you a strong and natural-looking replacement for your missing or damaged tooth.

Throughout the dental implant process, Dr Kissel will work with you to ensure that you are comfortable and well-informed. He will also provide you with detailed instructions for caring for your new implant and maintaining good oral hygiene. With proper care, your dental implant can last for many years, giving you a beautiful and functional smile. This means that you should have dental cleanings 3-4 times a year and periodic exams at least twice a year to evaluate your oral health.

After the Dental Implant Procedure

It’s also important to note that Dr Kissel is also one of the few dental implant specialists who, after your implant procedure, verify that there are proper bone levels and integration with an ISQ test. This helps ensure that your dental implant treatments were successful.

Types of Dental Implants

Today, there is available to suit the needs of almost everyone who would like to replace missing or decayed teeth. The following types of dental implants are offered by Dr Kissel:

All On 4 ® Dental Implants

All on 4 dental implants are the best option for individuals who need to replace an entire arch of teeth. Dr Kissel can give you an entire mouthful of dental implants while using only 4 titanium rods per upper or lower bridge.

All on 4 New York dental implant specialist, Dr Kissel, also uses 3-D surgical guides which he customizes and designs for each patient. As a result, he is able to achieve more precise and accurate implant placement and avoid critical structures like nerves since they are visualized during the computer workup. The 3-D planning procedure also means that implant placement complications are reduced as well. 

Single-Tooth Dental Implant

A single-tooth implant is a dental restoration option that replaces a missing tooth with a durable, natural-looking artificial tooth. Single-tooth implants offer many benefits, including improved oral health, better functionality, and a restored smile. They are a popular and effective solution for replacing a missing tooth. For over 25 years, Dr Kissel has been placing the highest-quality dental implants using microsurgery techniques to replace missing teeth for his patients. He uses microsurgery to perform the procedure, which makes the surgery and recovery time period easier and faster for you. Microsurgery also significantly reduces the risk of complications since the better one can see, the more knowledge one acquires resulting in careful manipulation of tissues and critical anatomy. 

Immediate Implants

If you are concerned about the length of time it takes to get dental implants, then immediate implants may be the right choice for you. Immediate implants involve replacing a tooth the same day that it is removed, resulting in several important advantages aside from speed. Here are some of the most significant benefits:

🦷️ Have superior osseointegration – better bone ingrowth into a titanium implant provides better retention of soft-tissue structures like the gum

🦷️ May be placed in the same location as the extracted tooth, minimizing the need to place the implant at an angle

🦷️ Don’t experience bone atrophy

🦷️ Keeps contaminants away from the extraction socket, which helps avoid complications and infections

🦷️ Better aesthetics and function

SMILE Technique Implants

Dr Kissel is the only specialist in New York City that offers the Simplified Microsurgical Implant Lifelike Esthetics (SMILE) Technique is a form of an immediate dental implant. The SMILE Technique is a single-visit procedure that allows you to leave Dr Kissel’s Periodontal office with a natural-looking replacement tooth secured to an implant. During the procedure, the tooth is surgically removed with the aid of a surgical microscope resulting in a minimally invasive procedure, and a dental implant is placed immediately. The SMILE Technique is known for producing the most lifelike, natural-looking results possible.

Increase Your Dental Implant Success With Microsurgery

Microsurgical approach to periodontal issuesDr Kissel uses dental microsurgery for dental implant procedures because it leads to more precise implant placement. If dental implants are ill-placed, there is a risk that it can lead to peri-implantitis. Using smaller and more accurate instruments, you will experience less trauma to the surgical site than using traditional techniques. Dr Kissel is able to make smaller incisions without stitches compared to the larger, more painful incisions of traditional dental implant surgery. Consequently, recovery time is easier and faster, and the risk of complications is reduced as well. 

Consult with a Qualified and Experienced Dental Implant Specialist   

If you like to learn more about dental implants, you should consult with a qualified implant specialist. If you are New York City resident, you can reclaim your beautiful smile and the full functionality of your teeth by booking your dental implant consultation with Dr Kissel. During a consultation, he will perform a complete oral examination and explain the dental implant procedure to you, including tooth removal or pre-surgical procedures (if needed). Schedule your consultation today at his Manhattan periodontal office between E 52nd St. and E 53rd St.

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