Get Fully Functioning Teeth with Teeth-In-An-Hour

Missing or damaged teeth can affect your ability to eat and talk and can cause significant discomfort. While dentures can restore some of the function and appearance of your teeth, many people find them uncomfortable and difficult to maintain. Implants restore much greater oral function, but they often take months to place.

If you have missing or damaged teeth, Dr. William A. Schiro offers an alternative to dentures or traditional implants: Teeth-In-An-Hour™. At Michigan Maxillofacial Surgery and Implant Center, Teeth-In-An-Hour (TIAH) can restore your ability to eat your favorite foods, talk without problems, and live a normal life.

How does Teeth-In-An-Hour work?

TIAH is one of the leading innovations in implant dentistry. Approved by the FDA in 2005, it was developed by the Swedish company Nobel Biocare. TIAH uses precise 3D scans of your jaw to prepare an individualized guide for your implants as well as a perfectly fitting prosthetic.

Traditionally, implants are placed without a guide, which often requires your gums to be opened for proper placement. Then, the bone has to heal around the implant before a prosthetic can be mounted. This can take six months or longer before you have fully functioning teeth.

Because the TIAH implants are designed to fit your jaw perfectly, the implant can be fitted immediately after Dr. Schiro places the implants. With TIAH, you leave Dr. Schiro’s office with beautiful, fully functioning teeth the same day.

Are you a candidate for Teeth-In-An-Hour?

Unfortunately, TIAH is not for everyone. For a successful implant, you need to have a healthy, naturally dense jaw bone.

If you lost your teeth years ago, dentures may have worn down your jaw, making TIAH placement unrealistic. However, in recent cases, patients who have bone grafts to restore their jawbones have had successful TIAH implants, so it is possible to prepare your jaw for this procedure.

Additionally, you must be healthy, without current gum or bone infection. Dr. Schiro will complete a full assessment to determine if you are a candidate for TIAH. If you are not, he will discuss alternatives to restore the function and appearance of your teeth.

What happens before your treatment?

While the actual surgery and placement of TIAH takes about an hour, there are a few steps that you will need to complete before you can schedule the procedure.

First, during your initial assessment, Dr. Schiro examines your teeth and performs scans to ensure your jaw health will support the implants. During this appointment, you should discuss all of your options for restoration as well as the cost and your insurance coverage.

Once you have decided that TIAH is the right option for you, Dr. Schiro will take 3D scans of your jaw, which he will send to the Nobel Biocare laboratory in Sweden. It will then take a few weeks for your individualized guides and prosthesis to be made. During this time, you may need to take medications, such as antibiotics, to ensure you remain free of infection.

Once your materials arrive, you can have them placed immediately. If you have teeth to be extracted, Dr. Schiro can extract them on the same day of the placement, usually under local anesthesia.   

What happens after your treatment?  

After the procedure, you will leave Dr. Schiro’s office with a full set of teeth that look and function just as you natural teeth once did. As with any dental procedure that requires local anesthesia, you may want to take the day off to recover.

For the first few days, your gums will likely be tender and you may want to stick to soft foods for your comfort. Dr. Schiro will discuss specific foods you should avoid and when you can begin eating normally again. He will also explain how to care for your prosthesis to keep your gums and jaw healthy.

After the implant has been placed, you will likely need a follow-up appointment to make sure the implants are healing properly. This is usually done a few weeks after placement and again after a few months.  

If you have missing or damaged teeth, call our Lansing or St. Johns, Michigan office to make an appointment with Dr. Schiro and find out if Teeth-In-An-Hour is the right solution for you.

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