Computer Guided Teeth in an Hour
Teeth in an Hour™ allows the possibility to provide patients fixed, well-functioning, and esthetic prostheses on implants in less than an hour. Thanks to the flapless technique, this treatment allows for a great experience for the patient with greatly reduced healing time, no temporaries and no significant pain or swelling.
The rapid development of computerized tomography (CT) scan techniques with decreased radiation and 3D computerized imaging technology has made it possible to fully visualize the placement of implants in a real 3D environment.
The use of surgical templates to place implants has been shown to provide added value and surgical templates with high precision sleeves have optimized prosthetic rehabilitation since planning is both anatomically and prosthetically driven.
Teeth in an Hour™ allows the possibility to provide patients fixed, well-functioning, and esthetic prostheses on implants in less than an hour. Thanks to the flapless technique, this treatment will be a totally fantastic experience for your patients with greatly reduced healing time, no temporaries and no significant pain or swelling.
Schedule of Treatment
- The initial clinical evaluation -- Understanding the problem, making the diagnosis based on clinical exam and x-rays and discussion of treatment options, including Teeth In An Hour™
- Treatment plan -- A formal printed plan is reviewed in conjunction with standardized consent forms.
- Prototype teeth -- The patient's dentures are evaluated. New dentures may be required to determine the degree of facial support and establish an esthetic smile.
- Scanning denture -- A duplicate scanning denture is constructed. This device mimics the prototype denture.
- CT scan - A CT scan of the patient's jaw wearing the scanning denture is completed using our low-radiation iCat machine. Following the patient scan, a second scan is performed on the denture alone.
- Data conversion -- Digital files from the iCat scans are reformatted using the Nobel Biocare Procera System software. The software converts the CT data into a three-dimensional image of the jaw and denture.
- Virtual surgery --The surgeon/prosthodontist performs virtual surgery on the 3D image. The file from this virtual surgery is then transmitted through the internet for fabrication of the surgical guide.
- Robotics -- At a robotics facility, the data files containing the surgical plan are used to three-dimensionally reconstruct the patient's jaws. A special surgical guide is then constructed to assist the surgeon with implant installation.
- Fabrication of teeth -- Using the surgical guide and the models of the jaws, the final set of teeth are fabricated in the laboratory.
- Final inspection -- Upon completion of the laboratory work, the surgeon/prosthodontist examines the shape and size of the teeth and checks the components for accuracy before scheduling the patient for actual surgery.
- The one surgical visit -- The implants and teeth are surgically installed with the aid of the computer generated materials, usually with only local anesthesia. The surgical procedure requires no incision, no sutures and little post-operative swelling or discomfort. The Teeth In An Hour surgery and your new esthetically pleasing smile usually takes less than sixty minutes to complete.
AM I A CANDIDATE?
Teeth In An Hour is currently being used for patients who wish to replace their dentures with permanent teeth. The fast-moving pace of modern dental technology allows for a single tooth, a partial denture or a complete denture to be replaced. This will enable more patients to experience the joy of new self-esteem, the natural result of an attractive smile. The final determination will be made by the surgeon/prosthodontist when the patient has been fully evaluated.
IS THE PROCEDURE EXPENSIVE?
Dental implant treatment by its very nature is a big investment. To be accomplished, it requires a skilled experienced professional who will work with you to develop a highly customized treatment plan. The equipment is technologically sophisticated, the materials are intricate and valuable, and all of this is subject to meticulous sterile detail.
Still, Teeth In An Hour™ can be less costly than more traditional dental implant treatment. This is because it significantly reduces the time commitment for both the patient and the doctor. Most patients who prioritize their smile and opt for dental implant treatment regard the cost as a worthwhile lifetime investment. Unlike the rest of the human body, the virtual "youth" of the mouth can be preserved right up through the age of one hundred. The concept of eating well for all of one's lifetime while sporting a timeless smile spurs many to "bite" from the Fountain of Youth.
DOES IT HURT?
Dental implants and the creation of a prosthetic smile can be accomplished with minimal or no discomfort using local anesthesia; however, for patients who suffer from apprehension or anxiety, our board certified anesthesiologists provide gentle assistance, allowing our patients to wake up with a beautiful new smile.
As with all extensive dental treatment, some patients will experience tenderness in the mouth, mild swelling or the appearance of slight facial bruising for several days following the procedure. The use of ice packs and normal dosages of standard pain medication generally allows patients to be quite comfortable through this brief healing period.