Teeth-in-an-hour is a technique that can reduce dramatically the time of the implant treatment. If multiple implants are placed in an area, and they exhibit adequate primary stability after placement, they can be restored immediately with either a final or a temporary restoration. The choice between temporary and final restoration is typically based upon the esthetic needs of the patient, and existing and desirable soft tissue contours.
Since the implants fit exactly into the surgical sites prepared for them, there is little healing time required for the bone to fill in the gap. Implants are ready for immediate function and the restorations can be loaded right away without waiting times (immediate load implants). With Teeth-in-an-hour the process is completed in about (literally) one hour and the patient leaves with his or her final teeth at the end of the appointment.
Generally speaking, interims restorations are used in esthetically sensitive areas to further develop soft tissue contours, while final restorations can be used in areas in the back of the mouth, or for entire jaws. A thorough examination will determine if you are a candidate for teeth-in-an-hour, and which kind of prosthetic reconstruction is appropriate for you. In order to be good candidates for Teeth-in-an-Hour, patients must have a healthy jawbone with sufficient bone quantity and quality to support the prosthesis. Any tooth extractions and bone grafting required must be completed before the Teeth-in-an-Hour procedure.