Precise Dental Implant Surgery Using Ultramodern Laser Technology
Dr. Greg R. Diamond and Dr. Mark Schlesinger perform precise dental implant surgery at their Manhattan, NY, practice. At the Diamond Schlesinger Group, we combine state-of-the-art technology with unmatched clinical skill to provide you with a healthy, fully functioning smile. Prior to your surgery, your periodontist will conduct a complete consultation to establish your candidacy for treatment. Your periodontist will also determine whether you might require any preparatory procedures. In addition, our team provides complete follow-up care, monitoring your safety and comfort after surgery.
Before Implant Surgery
At your initial consultation, your periodontist will evaluate the health of your jawbone. Using x-rays and three-dimensional scans, he will locate the strongest parts of your jaw that can best support your implants. He will also check for bone recession, a side effect of tooth loss. While bone degeneration can limit your candidacy for implants, our periodontists also perform bone grafting, sinus lifts, and other regenerative procedures. These treatments can reinforce your jaw and make it possible to support implants. If you require a preparatory surgery, it will usually take between two and six months for your jaw to heal. When you have recovered, we can schedule your implant surgery.
Your Surgical Procedure
Dental implant surgery usually takes place under sedation. We offer several types of sedation. We work with a certified anesthesiologist who can provide IV sedation. Thanks to these medications, your procedure will be as comfortable as possible.
To place the implants, Dr. Diamond or Dr. Schlesinger will make small incisions in your gums. Through these openings, your dentist will insert the implants in your jaw. In most cases, he will use our cutting-edge WaterLase® YSGG laser to perform your procedure. This tool affects the least amount of bone tissue, and you face minimal bleeding and post-surgical inflammation. When all the posts are in place, your periodontist will use small stitches to close the incisions around the implant posts. Implant surgery is an outpatient procedure. The entire process will typically take one to two hours.
After Implant Surgery
Following your treatment, you may experience some minor to moderate discomfort. You may need to take mild anti-inflammatory medications and eat soft foods. However, irritation will usually fade within a few days.
Over the next four to six months, your jaw will heal and the bone tissue will fuse to the implant posts. In some cases, we provide a temporary prosthetic. When you have made a full recovery, your dentist can attach your custom-designed restoration. Other implant procedures may require two separate surgeries. After the initial implant surgery, your periodontist may suture your gum flaps to cover the implant. After a healing period, you will return for a minor procedure in which the gum tissue is once again incised to expose the implant. An abutment piece is attached to the implant. This will connect your implant to the restoration. Once the gums have healed, you can receive your permanent restoration.
When you receive treatment from Dr. Diamond and Dr. Schlesinger, implants can last the rest of your life. However, you must maintain proper oral hygiene and make regular dental visits to maintain your new smile.
Contact Us for More Information
Drs. Diamond and Schlesinger perform dental implant surgery using advanced technology and unmatched skill to provide you with a healthy and functional smile. To learn more about what your dental implant surgery will involve, contact our office today.