Flapless Dental Implant Surgery: 1 Week Post-Surgical Photos

One Week after Minimally Invasive Implant Surgery

I thought I would share some photos from the one-week post-operative appointment with the implant surgery case I posted last week in this blog. As you can see the case has healed really well at the one-week mark and the tissue looks excellent. The patient reported virtually no pain, swelling or bleeding post surgery and should be ready for the final impression next month.

If you are noticing a subtle difference in the color between the pictures in the 2 posts it is because they were taken in different rooms with different cameras. My dental hygienist Anna using a Nikon D200 camera and a Nikon 105 Macro lens with a Nikon SB 29s Macro Flash took these pictures and I took the pictures in the previous post using a Nikon D3s camera with a Nikon 105 VR Macro lens and the Nikon R1C1 Macro Flash System. I think that both sets of pictures look excellent. Can you see some slight differences between these two cameras?

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Plumber’s tape for dentistry

Plumber’s tape can have many uses in your dental practice.

One product that is really inexpensive and useful to have around your dental practice is plumber’s tape. You can buy it for a few dollars at the local Canadian Tire or hardware store and it can be very handy for isolation.

If you look at the pictures attached to this post I have isolated the adjacent teeth with plumber’s tape so I can etch and bond the veneer preparations without damaging the adjacent teeth. This isolation technique prevents etchant and adhesive from contaminating the adjacent tooth structure, which can lead to bonding these teeth together when you insert the veneers.

Another use for plumber’s tape is to isolate the screw holes for screw retained provisional implant crowns like the ones in my exclusive video, How To Create A Custom Implant Transfer For Esthetic Implant Cases. In a case like the one in the video the plumber’s tape is used to prevent the cement or composite resin from clogging up the abutment screws and make it difficult to remove or tighten them at a later date. This can be very useful when you have provisional implant crowns that need to be removed one or two times to refine the esthetics before the completion of the case.

With the plumber’s tape you can screw the provisional into place and insert the rolled up plumber’s tape over the abutment screw and then seal the access with composite resin. When you need to remove the provisional all you need to do is drill out the composite resin to the level of the plumbers tape and then remove the plumber’s tape with a probe or explorer.

I used cotton pellets for this technique for years but I now find that the plumber’s tape is a cleaner and easier way to handle these cases.

Do you have any other ways you use Plumber’s tape in your practice?
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iPad For Dentistry

Dr. Stephen Phelan demonstrates using keynote with the Apple iPad for patient education.