TEETH-IN-AN-HOUR™ is a revolutionary concept providing patients with fully functioning teeth on dental implants in one single procedure that lasts about an hour. This technology was developed by Nobel Biocare and requires collaboration between both the restorative doctor and the surgeon. The process starts when a CT scan is taken of the patient’s jawbone. These x-rays allow for the generation of a three-dimensional model of the jawbone that can then be used with specialized software to plan the implant placement without the presence of the patient. Using these x-rays scans and software, the final position of the implants are predetermined and the final teeth are made prior to surgery.
At the time of surgery, the implants are placed as planned with the software and the functioning teeth are inserted, all in one appointment. This benefits the patient in that there is generally less postoperative discomfort, swelling, and healing time, more precise implant placement, less surgical time for the patient, and most importantly the teeth and implants are available on the same day. Patients can often resume their normal activities after a few days.