Dr Flucke sees a future with what he describes as the “Holy Grail” for same-day dentistry: implant supported dentures.
“I can see somebody coming in and saying, ‘I hate my dentures,’ so we do a cone beam scan that allows us to see everything in 3D and treatment plan in 3D,” Dr Flucke says. “We bring up the cone beam image on the screen, take the 3D images of the implant, perfectly place them and then create the surgical guides. We use those to place the implants, and then either that day or the day before we mill out the completed denture. Patients have implant supported dentures placed where yesterday they had nothing. That’s a week’s worth of work I can see happening in 24 hours.”