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
How would you like to have a new dental implant in an hour or less rather than waiting months from the initial workup to the insertion of the implant to the final placement of the tooth? Well, now you can with the latest cutting edge dental implant procedures. Developed by Nobel Biocare, the Teeth-in-an-Hour process means your oral surgeon can place the implants and the tooth in the same appointment, usually in less than an hour!
Traditional implant surgery requires numerous visits to the oral surgeon to prepare the implant site, place the implants, create the replacement teeth, then finally have the final replacement teeth fitted.
With the Teeth-in-an-Hour procedure, computer technology allows your oral surgeon to precisely place your implants and immediately fit the replacement teeth instead of waiting for the site to heal. In addition to fewer visits to the oral surgeon, this procedure dramatically reduces discomfort and healing time. Most patients leave their oral surgeon’s office with fully functioning teeth.
To be a candidate for the procedure, you need to have a healthy jawbone and you will need to schedule a pre-surgical visit to the oral surgeon for evaluation and to have x-rays and CT scans taken of your jawbone.
After these steps are completed, your implants and new teeth will be fitted in a single visit with minimal discomfort. You will be able to use your new teeth almost immediately after the surgery.
Talk to your oral surgeon to see if you are a candidate for the Teeth-in-an-Hour procedure.
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