Teeth In A Day
A few years ago, together with my lab, I figured out a way to make temporary teeth a different way. No denture. No conversion. No bone reduction required. Instead of taking a denture and converting it into a temporary bridge, we actually CAD/CAM mill an entire bridge in one piece. With my technique it is possible to to make a temporary bridge that is just teeth, as the teeth are carved out of a solid block of very strong PMMA- poly methyl methacrylate.
Many practitioners in an effort to cut costs use a technique called “All on 4”. They use 4 implants to hold up the teeth. This is the minimum number of implants required. We have a saying in the industry- All on 4- none on 3. What this means is that if anything happens to any of those implants, then the remaining implants will not be enough to hold the prosthesis and you go back to wearing a denture. Dr. Arvanitis plans all his cases with 6 implants.
denture needs that pink base in order to hold all the teeth together? Picture for a moment that you have your teeth. And at the edge of your teeth are your gums. Now remove the teeth. The gums are still where they used to be. Now let’s add the denture on top of those gums- we have 5 mm of pink resin base and then the teeth. Picture that pink resin sitting right where your teeth used to be, and then the teeth sitting down 5 mm lower than where they used to be.