Dr. Josephs Testing Two New Implant Devices
Q: I recently had an implant placed and thought things were going well. Four months after the surgery, the doctor went in to uncover the implant hoping to take a mold to make the crown, but told me the bone grew over the top of the implant. This resulted in him having to do more surgery to remove the bone, stitches and more weeks of healing which delayed completing my work for months. What is up with this?
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What you described is quite common. Sometimes the bone gets a bit overzealous and can grow over the top of the implant, just like grass growing over a sprinkler head. Break out the Weed-Wacker; problem solved.
We do the same with a bone profiler. I just asked to test two new devices for the Zimmer Biomet implant company. One was a rotary drill bone profiler that shaves off the bone that has overgrown over the implant, the other, a new motor driven driver that seats the implant in to the bone upon initial placement. Both these devices can be used in a no-cut fashion which avoids incisions, flaps, sutures and wont delay your implant case at all. We have already incorporated the first device into our practice.
That noise you here is my stomach growling. Sorry.
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.