Friday, August 10, 2007

Teeth in an Hour Procedure

Dr. Sanderson, DMD, has announced that he is providing patients with Teeth in an Hour implants, making him the first dentist in Alabama to offer this service. Teeth in an Hour utilizes a new and innovative technology created by Nobel Biocare of Sweden, that allows patients to leave their dentist's office with dental implants, permanent or temporary crowns and bridge replacements that same day, after a short and easy procedure.

Performed in April, 2007, Dr. Sanderson - with the help of Dr. Holt Gray, a licensed Prosthodontist in practice with Dr. Sanderson, and Dr. Kevin Sims, an accredited Periodontist - implanted a full bottom set of prosthetic teeth during a minimally invasive, 90-minute surgery. The patient had been plagued all her life with tooth problems - being without her top teeth for eight years and bottom teeth for three. She had worn dentures, but the bottom set didn't work well and popped out easily, which is a common complaint. Teeth in an Hour procedures eliminated this problem.

The Teeth in an Hour procedure is available due to an evolving technology that uses digital images provided by CatScan 3 Dimensional Imaging, which are transferred to a computer. Using an I-Cat Cone Beam Scanner (limiting exposure to 20 seconds) 3-D images of the patient's jaw are captured and thoroughly examined and analyzed so that the doctor can begin the pre-treatment planning process. After the imaging is complete, Nobel Biocare then creates the titanium arch for the prosthetic teeth and a surgical tool identical to the patient's jaw to guide the placement of the implanted screws. The teeth are added onto the titanium bar in a laboratory. The procedure got approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2004. Because the specialized software allows Dr. Sanderson the ability to do all treatment planning before surgery is even begun, the entire implant procedure can be done in about an hour. For more information about Teeth in an Hour, visit the Web site

About Dr. James Sanderson and Dr. Gray Holt_Drs. Sanderson and Gray received Doctor of Dental Medicine degrees from The University of Alabama School of Dentistry in Birmingham. They have also received advanced training in cosmetic, comprehensive, and laser assisted dentistry from multiple locations across the U.S. and have affiliations with the Academy of Laser Dentistry, the LD Pankey Alumni Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American College of Prosthodontists, the Academy of Sports Dentistry, the Alabama Implant Study Group, and The Crown Council. Additionally, they have been fortunate to receive invitations to lecture and teach both locally and internationally. For more information about Drs. Sanderson and Gray's practice, visit their Web site at

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