Jeffrey S. from Mechanicsville, VA (Source: Yelp)
I sought out Dr. Shumantov’s professional opinion after having some concerns that the health issues I had been compiling for the last six years were linked to my titanium dental implant. These included chronic fatigue, mental dissonance, GI problems, and skin issues. I found a forum online where people were discussing similar issues to what I was experiencing, and found relief after having their dental implants removed. I evaluated my life focusing on the time of onset of symptoms and it made sense that the implant could be causing my issues. After careful consideration I decided to have my implant removed. However, I was at a loss to how I should do it. Most techniques to remove implant removal involve a trephination process where the bone around the implant is drilled to loosen the implant, and subsequently remove it. This is a traumatic procedure that requires a lot of healing and repair of the damaged tissue. Dr. Shumantov is one of only a handful of dental surgeons in the country who is able to remove dental implants by using a counter-torque method that literally screws the implant out of the bone–regardless of integration of the implant with the bone. There are a few different techniques to remove the implant, but these are the major two. All of this was explained to me by Dr. Shumantov the first time I spoke with him after calling his office to schedule a consultation. He answered himself and spent at least five minutes explaining the history of the procedure and what I should expect when I arrive for the procedure. This personal service and compassion is what you will experience if you go to Dr. Shumantov for dental assistance. Not to mention that he charged me a fraction for the removal of the implant than some other surgeon that quoted me for the same procedure. Do not let Dr. Shumantov’s stoic disposition fool you, he is a very caring and understanding person. I only visited him the one time for the procedure, but he has followed up with me several times through text and email to make sure I have been healing properly. My experience with Dr. Shumantov has convinced me that he is not only a compassionate provider, but also very smart and skilled. My implant was in a narrow spot and was more difficult to remove than he had anticipated, but several times he reworked his approach and ultimately came through on his promise to remove the implant. Dr. Shumantov’s office is located in Midtown East Manhattan, not far from Grand Central Station. I came from out of state, but there were plenty of hotel choices on the same street as the office. I stayed in the Kimpton Hotel, only a 2 minute walk from the office. Dr. Shumantov also has an office in Orange, New Jersey if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city. His practice was very tidy and keenly decorated, with the feel of what you would expect from a Manhattan locale. His staff was very friendly. His assistant–I want to say his name is Elvis–was very helpful and kind as well. He had a general interest in learning Dr. Shumantov’s technique because he was studying to become a dentist himself. If you think you may have problems stemming from your titanium implant, and want to have it removed, I highly suggest you reach out to Dr. Shumantov. Also, if you are interested in learning of others’ experiences developing health problems after having these implants placed, you can go to this forum. medhelp.org/posts/Allerg… The overwhelming consensus is that titanium implants are completely safe and it is not possible to develop systemic problems as a result of them. Finding a professional who is willing to admit that we do not know everything, even if we have a firm grasp of scientific concepts, and step outside of the prevailing opinion, is very important in instances like this. I found such a guiding professional in Dr. Shumantov. Though my only experience with him has been with the removal of my dental implant and subsequent gum and bone grafts, I have no doubt that his skill reaches into the realm of general and cosmetic dentistry as well. It was definitely well worth the trip to NYC to receive Dr. Shumatov’s care, and I am sure if you seek his services you will be just as satisfied.