One of the main new cutting edge treatment styles that we have to offer here is something called Prettau hybrid implant denture. Now, that's a big mouthful. But what that means is teeth that are screwed into implants that you don't have to take in and out, that are made out of a beautiful very strong material.
So historically, we used to use like a denture on a titanium bar, which is very easy to break. And now, it's one solid piece of a metal that is just gorgeous and super strong. It doesn't stain. It doesn't chip. And it's going to be, in my opinion, the future of denture dentistry. It truly is.
So I have this conversation a lot with people when they want to know if they're eligible for that. And so what I've got here is a two-dimensional image, a panoramic x-ray of a patient who recently came in, and we've been talking about his options. He needs to lose his lower teeth. And his concern was that he had lost his back lower teeth a long time ago. And with that comes a lot of bone loss. And therefore, it makes it very difficult, risky, or you can't place implants without traumatizing the nerve. Or it precludes them from having good treatment.
What people don't realize is the bone in our chin is very, very dense. And it takes a very long time for that bone to go away. So most folks, if they have to lose all their teeth, actually have adequate bone to plan this kind of treatment. And so when we take a three-dimensional image with our CT scan, you can see here I've started the planning process a little bit.
And what I've got here is we've mapped out where his nerves are, so we make sure that we don't involve those at all. Again, this is one of the best parts about this software is we can do a surgery in the computer before we ever do it in the mouth, so we know exactly what to look for and, boom, I just now removed the teeth. And all of sudden, I've got a jaw that I'm looking at. And we've got a beautiful amount of bone. We've got good height. I can check the density. That is like concrete. That's exactly what we want. That's terrific.
So this patient who thought he was about to be committed to dentures that are going to be uncomfortable and unpleasant and look not great, he thought he was about to be at that phase of his life. And I was able to show him this image and explain why we're able to give him a wonderful treatment modality that's really replacing his teeth that are going to be a heck of a lot better than what he's been walking around with for years.
So this is a really valuable thing for us. And it's a really valuable thing that we can offer to you as a patient. So if you're in a denture currently, if you're worried that you need dentures, if you have just a few teeth left, and you want to know what your options are, come in and talk to us because this is a wonderful new cutting edge thing that we're really excited to offer for you.