Nobel Biocare is a dental implants manufacturer in Sweden that has pioneered the Teeth-in-an-Hour procedure.
The procedure is rather expensive, because it requires:
- Sophisticated patented computer technology
- Special training of the dentist
- Cases need to be shipped to the Nobel Biocare laboratory in Sweden for fabrication
I interviewed a dentist who was one of the earliest dentists enlisted by Nobel Biocare to try Teeth-in-an-Hour. While he didn’t share the amounts of any actual fees with me, he did say that almost all of his patients with whom he brought up the idea were intimidated by the costs.
The concept behind the treatment is that with computer technology the placement of the implants is made so precise that they can be set so snugly into the bone that there is no room for any movement of the implant. This means that a load can be placed on the implant right away.
With traditional implant placement, there is a little wobble in the implant fixture when it is placed into the bone. If a load were to be placed on that implant right away, it would never heal properly because bone needs to be made immovable in order to heal. When there is no wobble, that is not a problem.