DIEM, the Latin word for day, was choosen by Zimmer Biomet as the name for an immediate full-arch rehabilitation solution. The treatment involves close collaboration between both the restorative doctor and the oral surgeon. This merging of knowledge and experience achieves not only increased safety, but also a more precise implant placement. Often the restorative doctor is present at the surgery to fabricate the initial set of teeth and attach the prosthesis to the implants. A final prosthesis is fabricated after the implants heal and become integrated in the bone, usually four months later.
The process begins when a CAT scan is taken of the patient’s jaw bone. This CAT scan allows for the generation of a three-dimensional model of the jaw bone that can then be used with virtual reality software to plan the implant placement without the presence of the patient. The results are a more accurate implant placement and less chair time for the patient.
Dr. Doherty performs approximately 50 full arch cases each year and works with dentists that have committed to appropriate training to perform this more complex procedure.