24 Hour Teeth ProtocolWhy Total Freedom?
How Can We Do It So Quickly?
The short answer is because we are one of the two or three centers in the country and the only one in Arizona that has combined the surgical, prosthetic, digital design and milling all under one roof.
We take digital records to accurately capture the relationship between the upper and lower jaws. This takes approximately one hour of your time. Our technician then begins the design process creating a virtual set of teeth with maximum function and cosmetics in mind. The patient is invited to evaluate our design before we move forward. (Unlike the other implant centers we are entirely custom; therefore if the patient has a family member or friend with teeth that the patient admires we can duplicate the teeth digitally and manufacture the new teeth to match.)
The dental implants are placed in harmony with your newly designed teeth. The exact position and relationship of the implants is captured digitally. (We are the 1st and currently only implant center in the US with the technology.) This technology is 5 to 6 times more accurate than the analog procedure dentist are currently using and can be accomplished in a fraction of the time. The appointment takes between 2 and 4 hours for the patient. The technician then mergers all of the digital files and creates a custom titanium bar design. The titanium bar and PMMA teeth are then milled separately in dedicated 5 axis CNC milling machines to avoid any cross-contamination. The PMMA teeth are milled from a single monolithic puck for a stronger more esthetic result then the conventional technique used by other implant centers.
The new set of final completely custom teeth are delivered. Approximately a 30-minute appointment.
We can also deliver crowns and bridges 24 to 48 hours after implant procedures in selected cases.
No Bone? No Problem!
The TFDI 'No Bone" Alternative for on the Upper Jaw/Maxilla
We use long implants also known as zygomatic implants. Typical dental implants are 8-15 mm long. Zygomatic implants are up to 50 mm long which allows the implant to completely penetrate all remaining upper jaw bone; transverse the sinus and engage the zygomatic bone (cheek bone). These implants are extremely stable and usually allow the teeth in a day protocol to be followed. Zygomatic implants were developed over 30 years ago by the Father of Modern Implant Dentistry, Professor PI Branemark, and have a long record of success with minimal complications.
The TFDI "No Bone" Alternative for on the Lower Jaw/Mandible
It is unusual that grafts are required for the teeth in a day protocol. However, for those patients with inadequate bone TFDI recommends the mandibular subperiosteal implant. Subperiosteal implants are a one piece framework that fit between the bone and gum tissue. Therefore, the volume of bone does not become an issue.
These implants have been in use longer than any type of current implant. Although the early subperiosteal implants had by today’s standards, an unacceptable complication rate, the current subperiosteal implants have a very high success rate and are an attractive alternative to bone grafts.
(TFDI does not use or recommend maxillary subperiosteal implants or partial subperiosteal implants of any type)