Since the late 1980s, Alpha Dental has been actively involved in implant dentistry – both the surgical and restorative aspects. We have used and are still using various implant systems especially Nobel, Straumann, Ankylos, Zimmer, Osstem, and even mini-implants, depending on what is needed to achieve the best results.
Teeth-in-an-hour is a technique that can dramatically reduce the duration of implant treatment. With Teeth-in-an-hour, it is now possible to have dental implants and new, fully functioning teeth in the same appointment. This technique, utilizing a patented technology and software, NobelGuide, has been used at Alpha Dental to place implants and their restorations in about an hour in ideal cases.
How does Teeth-in-an-hour work?
The key to this technique lies in the combination of sophisticated radiographic techniques and computer technology that enable precise surgical placement of the implants. An initial dental evaluation and radiographic examination (dental CT scan) will be performed to determine if the patient is suitable for Teeth-in-an-Hour implants. Detailed 3-D imaging allows us to accurately assess bone structure, map out the areas of best bone integrity, decide the exact position of implants, and even create a permanent prosthesis prior to the dental implant surgery. This preparation phase of computer-based planning and necessary lab preparation takes approximately 2 – 4 weeks. On the surgery day, implants are placed as previously prepared, and restorations immediately loaded, enabling the patients to leave the clinic with their new teeth on the very same day.
Several advantages of Teeth-in-an-Hour:
- Surgical procedure takes only an hour
- Incision-free procedure — No sutures required
- Minimal discomfort, pain, and swelling
- Requires fewer dental visits to complete the treatment
- Teeth are perfectly tailored to fit each mouth – Teeth look and feel natural
- Immediately functioning teeth
- Patients resume normal activities, including eating, almost immediately
At Alpha Dental, we frequently place implants immediately into sockets after extraction. The advantage of the immediate or simultaneous placement of implants after extraction, besides convenience, is that the patient suffers less trauma as only one surgical procedure is required. Immediate implants also reduce the post-extraction alveolar process resorption, hence improving functional and aesthetic results.
Following the implant placement, there will be a healing period of approximately three months before the final restorations are put in place.
Adjunct implant procedures
Where there is insufficient bone volume to place implants, bone grafting and sinus lift procedures will be performed. For more information on both procedures, kindly refer to the “Oral Surgery” page.