Dr. Ernesto Lee is the developer of the S.M.A.R.T.™ Minimally Invasive Bone Grafting Method, a novel procedure that provides superior bone regeneration with less pain, less swelling and fewer complications than traditional techniques.
S.M.A.R.T.™ was originally developed to provide more predictable bone augmentation in the esthetic zone, while preserving the soft tissue architecture. Traditional flap-based approaches all too often result in membrane exposure, infection and soft tissue dehiscences. These complications lead to loss of papillae, recession, and gingival defects; with catastrophic consequences in the esthetic zone. After achieving successful early results, the S.M.A.R.T. method was applied in an expanding range of applications including horizontal augmentation, buccal plate regeneration on natural teeth and implants, and vertical augmentation.
The S.M.A.R.T™ (Subperiosteal Minimally Invasive Aesthetic Ridge Augmentation Technique) bone grafting method requires only a small incision, with no flap elevation, no tenting screws and no membranes. It delivers a xenograft/growth factor mixture to the site, using patented instruments and laparoscopic techniques. Bone augmentation can be performed predictably and with minimal risk of complications. Complex scenarios in the esthetic zone can be treated with fewer procedures, and less risk of soft tissue deformities. The S.M.A.R.T.™ method represents a disruptive technology that will dramatically impact the future of bone grafting.