Monday, September 24, 2012

Teeth in an Hour, Teeth in a Day, All on 4, All on 6, Zygoma Implants- Crystal Lake Dental Associates

Teeth in an Hour- what is it? 

Teeth in a day, Teeth in an Hour, All on 4, All on 6, Zygoma implants

These phrases all refer to a basic stabilizing effect of locking 4 or more angled implants together at the time of placement in the jaw in a temporary fixed bridge or modified denture.

Am I a candidate for Teeth in an Hour?

If you have few or no teeth, an existing denture you wish to get rid of, you are probably a candidate. In the past, bone grafting and long healing periods were needed to provide enough bone for implant supported fixed bridges. With 3D CT scans, and new techniques, we are often  able to locate enough usable bone for implant placement.
When adequate bone is identified in certain areas, a surgeon-dentist-lab technician team can simultaneously place implants, and secure them with special parts to a pre-made or existing bridge or denture. In this way a patient can walk in with no teeth (or a removable denture) and walk out the same day with a fixed set of teeth. 

Advantages and Disadvantages of Teeth in an Hour

The advantages of this technique are:

  • Ease of the procedure
  • Ability to avoid painful bone grafting procedures
  • Potential of immediate loading at the surgical appointment
  • Decreased cost to the patient
  • Drastically improved aesthetics
  • Can be performed on the partially or fully edentulous patient
  • Ease of maintenance 
  • Can be done as a flapless procedure when using NobelGuide™ guided surgery protocol

The main disadvantage is
  •  Cost verses a conventional denture (or implant/ mini implant retained lower denture). 

Does everyone get the same set of teeth in “Teeth in an Hour”?

Your fixed bridge is customized just for you. There are several different configurations and combinations of implants and fixed bridges that will work. Much of the decision on which combination will work best is dependant on the location and amount of available bone as well as the patient’s esthetic and speech requirements.

Getting started

In order to get started, you can schedule a free consultation with Dr. Neal to discuss your particular needs and he can give you an estimated fee range fro your situation. After this Dr. Neal can schedule the appropriate records needed to begin. You will meet with Dr. Neal and the surgeon to plan your transformation day.   
After the placement of the implants and fixed bridge, you will have a few follow up appointments to observe proper healing and fit of the bridge. 

Final fixed Bridge

 At about 6 months, the implants will be evaluated for integration and placement of the final fixed bridge.

Do I need to go to one of the large clinics for this procedure?

Many local dental offices offer this great service. These offices work closely with the local oral surgeon and dental lab to provide the same level of care as the larger centrally located implant clinic. In addition you have the advantage of a neighborhood dentist to maintain your new implant supported fixed bridge as well as all of your, and your family’s regular dental care.
Dr Neal has been restoring implants for decades. In addition he has been placing and maintaining his own implants for the past 10 years.

Call today for an appointment!             815 459 2202    

 Dr. Neal answers all of your questions about, Teeth in a Day, Teeth in an Hour, All on 4, All on 6,  Dental Implants, Bridges, Dentures, and Implant Supported Dentures, and Fixed Bridges Crystal Lake Dental Associates.

Your comments are welcome

Phillip C. Neal DDS
Crystal Lake Dental Associates
280 B Memorial Court
Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014


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Born in the Midwest. Married with 6 children and 3 grandchildren. Attended Maine West High School, Harper Jr College, Northern Illinois University, the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. Practice in Crystal Lake, Illinois.