TEETH-IN-AN-HOUR™ or Teeth in a day are revolutionary concepts providing patients with fully functioning teeth or dental implants in one single procedure that lasts at least an hour. Depending upon the number of implants and the complexity, the process can also last several hours. This technology was recently developed by Nobel Biocare and allows for collaboration between both the restorative doctor and the surgeon. This merging of knowledge and experience achieves not only increased safety, but also a more precise implant placement.
The process starts when a CAT scan is taken of the patient's jawbone. This CAT scan allows for the generation of a 3-D model of the jawbone that can then be used in virtual reality software to plan the implant placement without the presence of the patient.
Once the planning has been completed, the computer-guided implant surgery is done in an arthroscopic fashion without requiring any lifting away of the gum. This benefits the patient in that there is less postoperative discomfort, less swelling, and less bruising. Often patients can resume their normal activities the next day.
Also using the computer generated model of the jaw, a temporary, yet functional and esthetic set of teeth is made prior to the surgery. These teeth are attached to the implants, usually the same day, by the restorative dentist.