Here is more information about an innovative technology for dental implants that enables you to have your new teeth and implants in an hour’s visit to the dentist.
Conventional Dental Implants
Conventional dental implant treatment requires the dental implants to be placed several months before the functional teeth are replaced. Thus, there is usually a time lapse between the time that the implant(s) are placed and the time that the patient has his or her final functional teeth.
The three dimensional software that maps out the placement of the implants before surgery
Advanced Imaging and Computer Design Technology
Teeth-in-an-Hour™ from Nobelbiocare utilizes advanced imaging and computer design technology to enable implants and teeth to be placed at the same time. The implants are placed using a minimally invasive procedure under local anesthesia. No surgical incision or cut is required in the gum. This allows speedy healing and little post-treatment discomfort. It is not uncommon for patients to walk out of the clinic after surgery and carry on their normal daily activities immediately. Interruption of one’s usual routine is rare.
The surgical guide used for the placement of the dental implants
Benefits of Teeth-in-an-Hour implants
Conventional implant procedures take four to nine months and may require multiple surgeries to complete. Teeth-in-an-Hour™ allows up to 28 teeth to be implanted at one time within a short clinical session. There is also minimal disruption to normal lifestyle.
Safety of the procedure is enhanced due to advanced computer modeling. The placement of the dental implants is simulated in the computer using a special software and digital computer tomography scan information. This allows the operating dentist to visualize all the crucial anatomical structure digitally and it improves the predictability and safety of the procedure.
The use of computer tomography scan and careful pre-surgical evaluation allows for perfectly fitted implant teeth.
What does the procedure involve?
1. Initial evaluation and imaging
The dentist will examine the patient to determine whether he or she is suitable for the procedure. A computer tomography scan of patient´s jaw is performed to collect digital information about the patient´s jaw bone contour. A three-dimensional (3D) digital model of the jaw will be reformatted on the computer.
Upon confirmation of a patient’s suitability, a second consultation will be needed for making measurements for the fabrication of the implant teeth. It is also possible to combine the initial evaluation and the measurement appointment into one consultation session, if necessary.
The preparation process commonly requires two visits before the surgery, from the first consultation to the time that the final teeth are placed. The process is estimated to take approximately two to three weeks. This is because part of the work is done in Sweden and it takes time for shipment from Sweden to the clinic. The clinical procedure takes approximately one hour (hence the name, Teeth-in-an-Hour™)
After The New Teeth Are In
Under a little local anesthesia, occasionally in combination with a mild general anaesthetic (called sedation), the procedures are carried out pain free. However, it is essential to take the prescribed medicine during the post-treatment period, which ensures painless recovery.
Patients can immediately resume regular activities with no restrictions. Some may choose to take it easy for a day or two – it is a matter of personal choice.
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