Flapless approach to implant surgery is emerging as a viable alternative to traditional implant surgery, where a full thickness flap is raised and the alveolar bone is exposed for placement of dental implants. However, there are several disadvantages of the traditional approach including patient morbidity, bleeding and post-operative complications. With the advent of digital technologies such as cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) and 3D printing of surgical guides, flapless surgery has become desirable for implant placement, especially for general dentists. This manuscript discusses the benefits and risks of the flapless approach as compared to the traditional approach for dental implant placement as well as shows a step by step approach to flapless implant placement.
Rebecca Skaf DDS; Kenneth Parrera DDS; and Maddi, Abhiram DDS, MSc, PhD
"Flapless Approach to Dental Implant Surgery: To Use or Not to Use?,"
The New York State Dental Journal: Vol. 89:
5, Article 6.
Available at: https://commons.ada.org/nysdj/vol89/iss5/6