What are Hybrid Dentures?
Hybrid dentures are a type of dental prosthesis that replace a full arch of teeth. They are designed to be permanently fixed in the mouth using dental implants. Hybrid dentures consist of a metal framework that supports a set of artificial teeth made from durable and lifelike materials such as porcelain or acrylic. The hybrid denture is securely attached to the dental implants, providing excellent stability and function.
The Advantages of Hybrid Dentures
Hybrid dentures offer numerous benefits over traditional removable dentures:
- Enhanced Stability: The use of dental implants ensures that hybrid dentures stay securely in place, eliminating the need for adhesives or worry about dentures slipping or shifting while eating or speaking.
- Natural Appearance: Hybrid dentures are custom-made to closely resemble natural teeth, providing a beautiful and natural-looking smile.
- Improved Chewing Efficiency: With their stable foundation, hybrid dentures allow for efficient and comfortable chewing, enabling you to enjoy a wider variety of foods.
- Preserved Bone Health: Dental implants stimulate the jawbone, helping to maintain its volume and prevent bone loss, which can occur with traditional dentures.
- Enhanced Confidence: Hybrid dentures restore your ability to speak, eat, and smile with confidence, knowing that your teeth are secure and functional.
The Hybrid Denture Procedure
The process of getting hybrid dentures typically involves the following steps:
- Initial Consultation: Your dentist will evaluate your oral health, discuss your goals and expectations, and determine if you are a suitable candidate for hybrid dentures.
- Dental Implant Placement: If you have missing teeth or require tooth extractions, dental implants will be surgically placed in the jawbone. The number of implants needed will depend on your specific case.
- Healing Period: A healing period of a few months is necessary to allow the implants to fuse with the jawbone, providing a stable foundation for the hybrid denture.
- Impressions and Fabrication: Once the implants have integrated, impressions of your mouth will be taken to create a customized hybrid denture that fits perfectly and complements your facial aesthetics.
- Final Placement: The hybrid denture is securely attached to the implants, and your dentist will ensure a comfortable fit and proper alignment. Any necessary adjustments will be made at this stage.
Caring for Hybrid Dentures
Maintaining good oral hygiene and taking proper care of your hybrid dentures is essential for their longevity and your oral health. Here are some care tips:
- Brush your hybrid dentures daily with a soft-bristle toothbrush and non-abrasive denture cleaner.
- Clean the area around the implant abutments carefully to remove plaque and bacteria.
- Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups, professional cleanings, and to ensure the implants and dentures are in good condition.
- Avoid biting or chewing on hard objects that could damage the denture or implants.
- Visit us regularly for cleaning of the hybrid dentures. The appliance can be removed by our experienced dental staff for cleaning and will be fixed again. Do not attempt to remove it yourself as it is firmly fixed into the implants.
If you are tired of the limitations of traditional dentures and desire a more stable and permanent tooth replacement solution, hybrid dentures may be the ideal choice for you. Consult with a qualified dentist to determine if hybrid dentures are suitable for your unique needs and regain your confidence in your smile and oral function.