Q: My sister said she had implants without any cutting of her gums. How is this possible? BH in Boca
A: I am going out on a limb here, and will assume we are talking about “dental” implants. Traditionally, titanium implants are placed by creating an incision along the gum, opening a flap, exposing the bone, boring a threaded hole into the bone and screwing in the implant. The flap is then closed with sutures, burying the implant, necessitating a second surgery to expose the top of the implant allowing the attachment of crowns, 3 to 4 months late.
More and more cases are being performed with a less invasive technique that I have named: Nano-Surgical Implant Placement. These are not “mini” implants which can have a questionable long term prognosis, but are true regular size dental implants that are placed using a technique that places the implant right through the gum and bone with no incision, no flaps, no stitches and no second surgery months later. This can result in less swelling, discomfort and duration of the procedure.
Dr. Mitchell Josephs and Dr.Anita Mandal, Facial Plastic Surgeon, will be giving a free lecture at the Jupiter Beach Resort on Wednesday, June 1st at 5:30pm. To register, call 561-832-2917.