Medical Minute: Dental Implants in One Hour

It's a sound that sends chills up the spine, but going to the dentist just got easier for people like Yolande Donaldson.

Yolande says, "I can't imagine smiling and having that space there."

Dentist Abraham Ingber says standard dental implants take up to nine months and two surgeries to complete. Today, he'll do one in less than one hour.

Abraham says, "This is one of the most innovative breakthroughs to come along in dentistry in a long time."

With standard implant, dentists cut away gum tissue to see where to place the implant. Now, at an initial visit, dentists get a three-day image of the jaw with the I-CAT. Combined with new software, images like these are produced.

Dr. Ingber says, "I can literally almost de-glove the patient, remove all the skin, just look at the jaw."

Using those images, doctors create a replica of the patient’s mouth. Dr. Ingber starts at three, he selects the right size implant, and in just 12 minutes it's securely in place. No cutting means less trauma and less pain. Then, the tooth is formed.

Yolande says, "Great! I mean, no pain. I mean, what else can I ask for?"

The new technology is taking the bite out of going to the dentist.

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