Q: I was upset to find out that after four months of waiting for my dental implant to heal, I now have to have my gums cut open again just to take some impressions to start making the crowns. Why is this?!
A: For whatever reason I always think of new innovations on out of town trips. I have read many psychology books that explain how a change of surrounding opens up places in your mind that have been closed since Cheers was running new episodes. (By the way, my dad was like Cliff Clavin the postal carrier. You name a topic, he had a verbal Wikipedia page for it way before the internet! Mention: “hot dog”, and he would rattle off the ingredients known to cause cancer, mention: “fruit fly”, and he would describe their mating habits. Not bad for a furniture salesman.)
While cutting into my dinner in little Italy in Boston, I came up with a product idea that will prevent you from every having a “second stage dental implant uncovering surgery” which involves incisions, scalpels and sutures. Second stage surgery also delays your treatment completion time, as more weeks of healing are needed before final impressions can be taken followed by crown, bridge or denture fabrication. I cannot go into the details due to disclosure issues at this point, but we are already using it in our practice while it is being evaluated by a dental manufacturer.
A current method that many dentists should be using will certainly work in your case. If you opt for a Biomet-Zimmer implant, you can have a small metal healing cap placed on top of the implant at the time of surgery. This will prevent the gum from growing over the top of the implant, preventing the need of cutting you open again. The healing cap can then be digitally scanned without any gagging goop, followed by insertion of your new teeth three weeks later.
Dental implants and more will be demonstrated with great slides at our next FREE seminar to the public coming this fall. Drop us an email for an invitation and details or call us today.
Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Implant, Cosmetic and General Dentistry with an emphasis on implants, porcelain veneers, and complex crown and bridge treatment. He is on staff at JFK Medical Center and is a Faculty Advisory Board member at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry. He completed his residency at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital.
By Dr. Mitchell Josephs