Board Certified Periodontist, Dr. Scott O. Kissel

Three Types of Dental Implant Procedures

Dental Implant procedures to replace missing teeth

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Dental implants have been around since 1965 when Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark, an orthopedic surgeon, placed his first dental implant into a human volunteer. Today, dental implants have become one of the most popular treatments for replacing missing teeth or even entire arches. The success rate of dental implants can vary depending on the experience and implant technique used by your implant specialist but it can also be determined by the quality of your implant system. For over 25 years, Dr. Kissel has been placing dental implants using microsurgery techniques to replace missing teeth for his patients on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, New York City. He offers his patients three different types of dental implant procedures to suit the unique needs of each of his patients. 

Why the Microsurgical Approach to Dental Implants is Superior

Dr. Kissel places dental implants using microsurgery techniques because the surgery and recovery time are both significantly easier and faster. The use of microsurgery techniques, which are performed under a microscope and by using micro-instruments, allows Dr. Kissel to make smaller incisions without stitches compared to the larger, more painful incisions of traditional dental implant surgery. 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.

Because Dr. Kissel uses microsurgery techniques, he can operate without causing major incisions and trauma to sensitive tissue, muscles, and nerves. The result is a more comfortable procedure and a faster recovery time. Additionally, because Dr. Kissel only makes small incisions with micro-instruments, your surrounding gum tissue will appear normal after surgery.

Dental Implant Procedures

Dr. Kissel uses the two most researched and time-tested dental implant systems: Straumann and Nobel Biocare. There are many clones of these systems but their composition is not the same. Research has shown more complications with clones. 

Dr. Kissel frequently plans and uses 3-D surgical guides, which he designs himself, to achieve the most accurate and safe implant placement. In fact, Dr. Kissel has been using 3-D planning for over 20 years to achieve the very best positioning for future success and avoidance of critical anatomy like nerves. This enables him to achieve the highest possible success rate. Dr. Kissel’s failure rate is about 2 percent which is much lower than the industry standard of about 5 to 10 percent, either shortly after a procedure or months or years later. He believes that it’s best to do it right the first time rather than trying to correct it later on.

Dr. Kissel is able to offer his patients three types of dental implant procedures or techniques, which can depend on the unique needs of each patient. 

SMILE Technique

Dr. Kissel is one of the few periodontists in Manhattan who provides Simplified Microsurgical Implant Lifelike Esthetics (SMILE). It is an evolution of traditional dental implant procedures developed utilizing a microscopic technique that significantly increases precision, reduces trauma to the tissues, decreases healing time, and improves aesthetic results.  

The SMILE Technique is a single-visit procedure that allows patients to leave the 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.

All – on – 4 Dental Implants

For individuals missing all of their teeth (or whose remaining teeth cannot be saved), the All – on – 4 treatment provides a full arch of replacement teeth supported by four implants. This dental implant procedure can give you new and functioning teeth the same day as your appointment.

Traditionally, when most people need to replace entire sets of teeth, they turn to dentures. However, dentures don’t offer a very high level of comfort or confidence. That is why, for years now, Dr. Kissel has been offering his patients the option of replacing an entire arch of teeth with the All – on – 4 treatment. 

Dr. Kissel plans three-dimensionally the procedure and uses 3D surgical guides to place the implants for more accurate, safe, and ideal implant positioning as opposed to freehand implant placement. Implants can lose bone so their positioning is critical for maintaining bone and achieving an ideal restoration. After the final fixed prosthesis is placed, your All on 4 implants will feel as if they are your natural teeth and you can start using them on the day they are placed.

Immediate Implants

Immediate implants are similar to the SMILE technique, Dr. Kissel has the ability to replace a tooth the same day that it is removed using microsurgery. When the tooth is removed, the socket serves as a natural opening for the immediate placement of the implant. Bone grafting material is placed around the implant, filling in the socket completely to maintain natural contours. A temporary crown is then placed to complete the procedure. If dental implants are placed the day a tooth is removed, the area can be restored with highly esthetic and biocompatible temporary crowns in 2-4 weeks

Determining if Dental Implants Are Right for You

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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