Dental implants are prosthetic anchors that are placed in the jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots and allow for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. Traditionally, this tooth replacement system has required two different procedures: one to place the dental implants in the jawbone and one to place the replacement teeth or crowns onto the dental implants. These two procedures are scheduled far enough apart to allow for the jawbone to heal so that the implants become secured to the bone in a process called Osseointegration. For patients with limited time, or patients who travel frequently, this can be hard to schedule.
Teeth-In-An-Hour is a revolutionary concept that can provide patients with fully functioning teeth on dental implants in a single procedure that lasts a little over an hour. The technology was recently developed by Nobel Biocare and allows for collaboration between the restorative doctor and the oral surgeon.
The Teeth-In-An-Hour process starts when a 3-D CAT scan is made of the patient’s jawbone. This CAT scan allows for the generation of a 3-D virtual model of the jawbone that can be used in virtual reality software to plan the implant placement without the presence of the patient. This is referred to as Virtual Surgery and results in more accurate placement and less chair time for the patient at the surgery office.
The result is replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth, without the wait. This revolutionary treatment option has made dental implant supported replacement teeth more attractive and more accessible to many patients. This procedure requires special training and expertise and is not currently offered by all oral surgeons. If you are interested in getting dental implant supported replacement teeth in an hour, call an oral surgeon today to see if they offer this cutting edge procedure.