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Hybrid Dentures: Permanently Attached Solution for Missing Teeth
For patients who are missing all teeth on the top, bottom or both arches of teeth, hybrid dentures may be the best solution. These removable prosthetic teeth are attached to implants placed into the jawbone of the patient. Hybrid dentures offer a stable, durable and a natural feeling option for edentulous patients who want an improved experience over traditional dentures.
There are an estimated 35 million people in the United States who are edentulous (without teeth). Many of these patients are presented with the idea that extraction of their remaining teeth and the placement of dentures is their only option. However, this is not the case.
Hybrid dentures vs. traditional dentures
These two types of dentures have their advantages and disadvantages, but we believe hybrid dentures work better with the lifestyles of most of our patients in contrast to traditional dentures.
Conventional dentures are oral devices that are custom made for each patient, and fitted into the mouth to help with eating and speaking. Traditional dentures get their support from the gums and mouth muscles, leaving the jawbone underneath to deteriorate due to disuse. After a while with traditional dentures, the jaw begins to shrink. This can result in a sunken facial shape, not to mention a higher occurrence of other oral health issues down the line.
Traditional dentures are also known for their discomfort, often making the patient feel insecure. Speaking clearly and eating without worry is difficult for denture wearers, and the appliance can often feel clunky in the mouth. Some dentures even require adhesive to stay in the mouth and work properly. Conventional dentures must be removed nightly for cleaning and to let the mouth rest.
Hybrid dentures are acrylic, custom made arches of teeth that are supported by implants placed into the jawbone. Since the implants fuse with the jawbone, they become functioning artificial tooth roots that stimulate the jaw and prevent it from deteriorating over time. The implants provide a stable base for the prosthetic to be placed upon.
As hybrid dentures are securely fixed onto the implants, they do not slip around or need adhesive to stay in place. These special dentures also do not need to be removed every night for cleaning as traditional dentures do. Hybrid dentures can be cleaned much like you would your natural teeth.
The hybrid denture is much more cost effective than having individual implants placed for each missing tooth. The name hybrid comes from the combination of the benefits of removable dentures with those of a fixed replacement. Although the denture is screwed into the implants, it can be removed if it needs to be replaced.
Why hybrid dentures?
Hybrid dentures are a great choice for patients who have lost jawbone density over the years and cannot support a denture any longer. If there is sufficient jawbone volume left, the procedure can go ahead. Bone grafting is also an option for patients who need to build up the jaw before placing the implants for a hybrid denture.
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