Board Certified Periodontist, Dr. Scott O. Kissel

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Dental Microsurgery

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Dental microsurgery is a revolutionary technique that uses a dental microscope and fiber optic lighting system to perform dental procedures with more precision, accuracy, and comfort. Whether you need dental implants, gum grafting, gum disease treatments, tooth extractions, crown lengthening, or any other periodontal surgery, dental microsurgery can offer you many benefits over traditional methods. Dr Kissel was one of the first periodontists in the USA who received specialized training from the pioneer of dental microsurgery, Dr Shanelec in Santa Barbara, CA. He would like to provide you with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about dental microsurgery and how it can help save your smile and regain your oral health.

FAQs About Dental Microsurgery

Dr. Kissel is here to address the most frequently asked questions about this cutting-edge procedure. We’ll delve into questions covering everything from its benefits to the dental and periodontal procedures for which it can be used. If you’ve been considering dental implants or other periodontal procedures, this information is crucial for your understanding.

What Is Dental Microsurgery?

Dental microsurgery is a cutting-edge technique that involves performing dental procedures using high-powered magnification and specialized instruments. This precision-focused approach allows Dr Kissel to work with unmatched accuracy and minimize damage to surrounding tissues. Whether it’s dental implants, gum grafting, or treatments for periodontal disease, microsurgery helps us achieve remarkable results with minimal invasiveness.

Before and after photo of dental implant microsurgeryWhat Is a Dental Microscope and How Does It Work?

A dental microscope or a Dental Operative Microscope (DOM) is a device that magnifies the surgical area almost up to 20 times, giving Dr Kissel a clear and detailed view of the tooth, gum, and bone structure. Dr Kissel uses the Global dental microscope  This incredible tool also has a fiber optic light that illuminates the area more effectively than conventional overhead lights. Some dental microscopes also have a camera that displays the procedure on a monitor or records it for educational purposes.Dr. Kissel New York City Board-Certified Periodontist specializing in Dental Microsurgery

What Makes Dental Microsurgery Different?

This is one of the most popular FAQs about dental microsurgery. It’s important to understand that traditional dental procedures often require larger incisions and may result in more post-operative discomfort and longer recovery times. Dental microsurgery, on the other hand, is all about minimizing invasiveness. We make smaller incisions, use smaller sutures, and preserve more of your natural tissues. This not only speeds up recovery but also enhances the final aesthetic and functional outcomes.

What is the Dental Microsurgery Procedure Like? 

During a dental microsurgery procedure, Dr. Kissel will use a surgical microscope to precisely assess and treat the affected area. This advanced visualization allows him to identify even the smallest anatomical details, ensuring accurate and effective treatment. The procedure itself is relatively painless, thanks to local anesthesia. Dr. Kissel’s expertise and gentle approach will ensure your comfort throughout the process.

Is Dental Microsurgery Painful?

Patients are often concerned about pain associated with dental procedures so one of the FAQs about dental microsurgery is whether it is painful. The good news is that dental microsurgery is typically less painful than traditional methods. Smaller incisions and less trauma to the surrounding tissues result in reduced discomfort. Additionally, we use local anesthesia and, if needed, sedation to ensure you are as comfortable as possible during the procedure.

What are the advantages of dental microsurgery?

Dental microsurgery has many advantages over traditional surgery, such as:

  • Less trauma and damage to the surrounding tissues
  • Less bleeding and swelling
  • Less pain and discomfort
  • Less risk of infection and complications
  • Faster healing and recovery time
  • Better aesthetic results and patient satisfaction
  • Increased success rates

What are some of the procedures that can be done with dental microsurgery?

Dental microsurgery can be used for a variety of procedures, such as:

Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are inserted into the jawbone to replace missing teeth. Dental microsurgery allows Dr Kissel to place the implants with more accuracy and less damage to the bone and gums.

Gum Grafting

Gum grafting is a procedure that restores receding gums by transplanting gum tissue from another part of the mouth. Dental microsurgery reduces the size of the incisions and stitches, resulting in less pain and faster healing.

Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is a procedure that reshapes the gum line to expose more of the tooth for cosmetic or restorative purposes. Dental microsurgery creates smaller and more precise cuts in the gum tissue, enhancing the appearance of the smile.Cosmetic Crown Lengthening before and after photos of a young woman

Periodontal Disease Treatments

Microsurgery techniques can be used for treatments for periodontal disease to enhance the accuracy, efficiency, and outcomes of the treatment. For example, microsurgery techniques can help periodontists remove plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces and below the gumline more effectively, reducing the risk of infection and complications. Microsurgery techniques can therefore improve the quality of care and patient satisfaction for those who undergo treatments for periodontal disease.

How Long Is the Recovery Time for Dental Microsurgery?

Recovery time can vary depending on the specific procedure and individual factors. However, in most cases, patients experience faster healing with dental microsurgery compared to traditional methods. Thanks to the minimally invasive nature of microsurgery, patients experience less swelling, discomfort, and bleeding. Dr. Kissel will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions to ensure a smooth recovery. Following these instructions diligently will help you achieve optimal results and get back to your daily routine faster.

What Should I Expect During a Dental Microsurgery Consultation?

During your consultation, you’ll discuss your dental concerns with Dr Kissel who will review your medical history, and conduct a thorough oral examination. He’ll explain the microsurgery technique and its benefits, answering any questions or concerns you may have. Together, we’ll create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs.Dr Kissel explaining dental implants to a patient at his Manhattan periodontal office

Is Dental Microsurgery More Expensive Than Traditional Dentistry?

The cost of dental microsurgery can vary depending on the procedure and your individual case. While it may be slightly more expensive than traditional methods, the benefits in terms of reduced pain, quicker recovery, and improved results are often well worth the investment. During your consultation, we’ll provide you with a clear estimate of the costs involved.

How Do I Know if I Am a Good Candidate for Dental Microsurgery?

If you need any of the procedures mentioned above, you may be a good candidate for dental microsurgery. However, the best way to find out is to consult with an experienced periodontist who specializes in dental microsurgery. Dr. Scott O. Kissel is one of the top periodontists in New York City who has been using dental microsurgery for almost 20 years. He will conduct a thorough evaluation to determine if this approach is the best fit for your specific needs. Factors such as your oral health, medical history, and the nature of the procedure will influence this decision.

How Can I Contact Dr. Kissel For a Consultation?

If you are interested in learning more about dental microsurgery and how it can improve your oral health and appearance, you can contact Dr. Kissel today by calling (212) 702-9088 or by contacting him online. He will evaluate your condition and recommend the best treatment option for you. He will also answer any questions you may have about dental microsurgery and explain what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.

Don’t wait any longer to save your smile with dental microsurgery. Contact Dr. Kissel today and discover how he can help you achieve optimal oral health and beauty with less pain, trauma, and recovery time. You deserve nothing but the best when it comes to your smile!

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