Whether you’re getting a crown, bridge, dental implants or dentures, new teeth can take weeks or even months to get. There are appointments for an examination, appointments to fit the new tooth and appointments to do the procedure. It also takes time for the dentist to send away to an outside lab to have the new teeth constructed.
But the dental industry is constantly trying to come up with ways to save time and money for patients like you. And do things better.
One of the newest innovations is 3D technology. Using such revolutionary techniques as 3D CAT scans and computer aided design and manufacturing, dentists and surgeons can do much of the planning, design and construction of prosthesis in office.
Dental implants are one area making strides. Using new technology developed by Nobel Biocare of Switzerland, dentists here in the United States are offering what they call One Day Dentistry or Teeth-in-an-Hour. It essentially reduces the lengthy, months long implant process down to an hour or so by using 3D technology not just to design and construct the implant, but to place it as well.
Dentists who offer Teeth-in-an-Hour say it not only streamlines and shortens the process, and allows the entire procedure to be done right in office, it also allows for more direct collaboration between the oral surgeon and the restorative dentist.
3D technology is also being used to design, construct and place crowns, bridges and fillings, reducing chair time for patients to an amazing hour or less, allowing a patient to literally wait right at the dentist’s office while the prosthetic is being built in the very next room.
Does Same Day Dentistry cost more? Considering that 3D equipment can cost a dentist upwards of $100,000, the cost is suprisingly not as much as you think. Most have been reluctant to pass the bulk of the expense onto their patients.
This latest innovation is perfect for people who aren’t especially fond of going to the dentist, or want more immediate gratification when seeking restorative dental care.
Posted on behalf of Patrick O’Brien DMD, Carolina Comfort Dental
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