On Dec. 26, Hatch, using a mirror, removed his No. 10 lateral incisor, installed an implant (set in cadaver bone graft), sutured up the area and fabricated a temporary tooth (view video below).
Assistant Heather Queen helped with the surgery, and assistant Terri Gillian filmed the procedure.
Hatch hopes the video will put patients more at ease when considering extractions, implants and other complicated procedures.
The resulting seven-minute video, complete with a piano-and-orchestra soundtrack, can be viewed at Hatch’s All In One Dental Practice Facebook page. Hatch’s wife, Tara, wants him to upload the video to YouTube, but he’s undecided on that front.
“It’s a unique thing to see,” Hatch said. “Most patients get pretty nervous about extractions and implants, and I figured if they can see how I was able to do it on myself, they could see it’s not a big deal.”
The video offers a step-by-step account of Hatch performing the procedure, from self-injecting with a numbing medication, then calmly removing the tooth and inserting the implant.
Hatch broke the tooth– and the one beside it – while rabbit hunting when he was 17. Watching the dentist work to fix the damage, he said, led to his own studies in dentistry.
But the time had come, said Hatch, now 31, for the broken tooth’s removal.
“I was planning on taking it out anyway,” he said, when he came up with the idea of videotaping the procedure “to help my patients to not be afraid,” Hatch said.
Hatch, a native of Utah, who opened All In One Dental in February 2012, has been practicing dentistry for four years. Although self-surgery is not taught in dental school, Hatch said, since he performs similar procedures regularly, he knew he could do it.
“I work through mirrors every day,” he said, “so the hand-eye coordination is the same for me.”
Hatch said it typically takes 20-30 minutes to perform an extraction and implant, but that since he was working on himself, the procedure took about minutes.
Since uploading the video, he said, it has generated a “pretty good response,” with dozens of comments, and has been shared widely.
In early December, Hatch hosted a “Free Dental Day,” donating over $3,000 worth of dental work to the community, via extractions and fillings. Patients were asked in return to make financial donations to the Zina Lahr memorial fund. Ouray resident Lahr, 23, died on Nov. 20 in a hiking accident; her mother, Cindy, was until recently Hatch’s office manager.
“We were able to raise well over $1,000 for Zina’s family,” Hatch said.
Hatch said it was the second time he has had to “work on himself” (after an accident on a canoe trip in Minnesota, he re-sewed the tip onto the middle finger of his right hand).
For more information about All in One Dental, at 1127 E. Main Street, call 970/249-4301.