Board Certified Periodontist, Dr. Scott O. Kissel

SMILE Technique Dental Implant Procedure: Advanced Dental Implant Techniques

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Are single-visit or immediate dental implants real or a myth? Fortunately, it is possible to get a dental implant in a single day. However, this is not the best part. The Simplified Microsurgical Implant Lifelike Esthetics (SMILE) Technique used by Dr. Kissel at his Manhattan, New York City periodontics and implant dentistry office, is a single-visit dental implant surgical procedure that has been developed using a microscopic technique. Dr. Kissel is one of a handful of dental implant specialists who have been trained in the SMILE Technique and he is the only one in New York who offers this innovative procedure for his patients who need to replace damaged or diseased teeth.   

How Does Microsurgery Affect Dental Implant Placement?

Dental implant procedures involve oral surgery which, normally, can be invasive. However, Dr. Kissel applies the microsurgical approach to dental implant procedures resulting in:

  • a significantly higher degree of precision; 
  • minimal trauma to the gum tissue; 
  • a decrease in healing time; 
  • an improvement in the aesthetic results; and 
  • a significant reduction in the risk of complications due to the careful manipulation of tissues and critical anatomy.

Facts about the SMILE Dental Implant Technique

The SMILE Technique was developed by Dr. Dennis A. Shanelec, the founder of Periodontal Microsurgery, and a mentor of Dr. Kissel. It is a microscopic technique for aesthetic tooth replacement, usually for the front teeth. Dr. Shanelec published a controlled study of over 300 consecutive patients with only 2 failures. This is a higher success rate compared to other published studies on immediate dental implant placement and immediate provisionalization. Today, it is considered to be the most successful dental implant procedure available for both function and esthetics.

What Makes the SMILE Technique Superior 

The SMILE Technique can provide the most lifelike, natural-looking results in implant dentistry today. It involves surgical removal of the unrestorable tooth, immediate placement of the dental implant, and a custom provisional crown. Basically, patients arrive at Dr. Kissel’s office with an unrestorable tooth and leave with a natural-looking replacement tooth secured to an implant. 

After about four months, the dental implant forms a strong bond with the surrounding bone. Then using custom impression pieces designed by Dr. Kissel, a lab technician fabricates your final or permanent crown.

Minimally Invasive 

Due to microsurgery, your tooth extraction is minimally invasive. This also results in a minimally invasive immediate implant placement, socket bone grafting, often soft tissue grafting, and a provisional to support the soft tissue anatomy. Most importantly, SMILE implant patients don’t have to go leave Dr. Kissel’s periodontal office without a tooth. Best of all, they can often avoid multiple surgeries with removable temporary teeth.

On the other hand, conventional dental implant methods can involve multiple surgeries and removable temporary teeth. SMILE Technique implants are single-visit, one-step treatments that require minimal healing time.

Address Important Dental Implant Considerations

The SMILE Technique enables the implant to be placed immediately after your tooth is removed, which also addresses two of the important factors that impact the final aesthetic properties of dental implant placement. One factor is the loss or atrophy of jawbone loss which can occur in as little as six weeks after tooth extraction. The second involves the gum tissue that collapses into the socket once a tooth is removed without being replaced immediately by an implant.

The Results

Dr. Kissel’s results with SMILE Technique implants in New York City have been very successful.  Using the microscope, unrestorable teeth can be atraumatically removed and the entire socket easily visualized with the aid of his surgical microscope to create the most ideal osteotomy. Also, because the provisional crown is fabricated and placed prior to placing any grafting materials, he is able to avoid interfering with graft placement or wound healing.

Contact Dr. Kissel for Your SMILE Consultation

Dental Implant patients at Dr. Kissel’s New York City periodontal office can be assured that he uses the most advanced and proven techniques to treat their dental issues. SMILE Technique Implants and microsurgical techniques allow for a better experience post-op for the patient due to greater accuracy and a more precise operation.

There is a number of considerations for determining whether or not you are a candidate for dental implants and, if so, what type of dental implants are right for you. The best way for you to receive all the information you need to know about dental implants is to arrange a consultation with periodontist Dr. Kissel. During this 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. If you’re ready to replace your smile with natural-looking, functional dental implants, then call Dr. Kissel’s office in New York City for a consultation at (212) 702-9088 or book online.

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