Same Day Teeth on Implants
Through CAD/CAM technology, we are now able to remove a failing tooth, place your dental implant, scan its position with laser optics, and mill a highly esthetic provisional tooth to be delivered in 60-90 minutes. Single teeth up to whole dental arches can be provided with this technology. The fixed temporary tooth or teeth not only look great, they also initiate the critical sculpting and maturation of your gingial tissues for your final crowns. Importantly, this eliminates wearing removable type temporary teeth (such as flippers and essex retainers).
Dr. Loetscher and his lab technician have developed this protocol utilizing this amazing technology, one of the only oral & maxillofacial surgeons in the US offering this service and technology. The state of the art Trios intra-oral digital scanner first scans the implant in your mouth in approximately 2-3 minutes. The data is downloaded into software where our dental technician designs your provisional tooth. This design is forwarded to our state of the art Austrian made Amann Girrbach mill, where the tooth is milled out of PMMA (a highly esthetic acrylic). This is all done on-site. This tooth then is basically screwed into your implant. Patients either wait around 80-100 minutes for the tooth, or come back later that day or the next day for delivery. This same process works for larger areas of missing teeth, from several teeth to whole arches.
This same scan can also be used to deliver the final ceramic crown to be delivered 3-5 months later, after the implant has become fully osseointegrated in your jawbone. Patients love this because this eliminates the impression needed to fabricate a crown. Your restorative dentist is involved in this final step, delivering the final crown, and verifying its occlusion.