Teeth-In-An-Hour/Teeth Today

TEETH TODAY is a treatment approach that provides patients with stable, fully functioning teeth on dental implants in a single procedure that takes about a half of a day per arch. Unrestorable teeth are removed and 4 to 8 implants are placed in the jaw to support a provisional denture. 

The denture may be constructed ahead of time or you may be able to use the denture you already have.  The fabrication of a final prosthesis is completed after all the implants have been left undisturbed for four to six months. The implants are placed using a computer generted surgical guide that takes best advantage of the available bone. Patients can often resume their normal activities the next day.

The process starts with a CAT scan of the patient’s oral anatomy. The scan allows for the generation of a virtual three-dimensional model of the jaws that can then be used to plan the implant placement without the presence of the patient. The results are more accurate implant placement and less chair time for the patient at the surgery office. 

Years ago the trend was to have “teeth in an hour”.  After many unsuccessful cases by the world’s best practioners, it became clear that faster was not better.  The two stage process of implant placement and provisional denture attachment, followed by later definitive prosthesis construction is now the accepted as the best practice.

If you live in the Alexandria area and would like more information about Teeth Today or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Van Stralen, call our office at Alexandria Office Phone Number 703-317-3900.