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What is a Hybrid Implant Denture: Overview
When it comes to picking the right option for you and you’re wondering whether you need to choose between dentures and implants, what if we said you could have both? That’s where hybrid dentures come in. Read on to learn all about what they are, how they’re different from classic dentures, their pros and cons, and more!
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What Are Hybrid Dentures?
You can think of hybrid implant dentures as being a cross between dentures and implants (as the name may suggest). If you need to replace a missing tooth, you may get a single dental implant, but if you need to replace multiple teeth, this can end up being a lot of work—not to mention a lot of money or sometimes, you just do not have enough bone to replace all the missing teeth with implants. This is where hybrid dentures come in. Instead of getting every tooth replaced, you use implants to connect them to dentures, which are anchored to the jaw. So, you may have the option of four implants being strategically placed in the mouth, which are then connected to your dentures, giving you some of the benefits of having implants instead.
What Is the Difference Between Classic and Hybrid Dentures?
The main difference between classic dentures and hybrid dentures is that hybrid dentures are fixed in your mouth with implants. This means that your dentures are fixed securely, so even if you bite into something chewy or hard, your dentures will stay in place. As dentures go, these have a very natural look and will have the closest feel you can expect to your original teeth.
Pros and Cons of Hybrid Dentures
Considering getting hybrid dentures? Have a look at the pros and cons of fixed hybrid dentures.
- You get better support. Since hybrid dentures are screwed in directly to dental implants, they give you better support and stability, so you don’t have to worry about them dislodging or loosening while talking, eating, or laughing.
- They look like natural teeth. You can smile with confidence, as hybrid dentures look natural and are permanent.
- You can eat and drink more easily.
- Hybrid dentures do not cover the roof of the mouth, so the roof of your mouth and gums feel natural and normal.
- Gum irritation is minimized as you do not depend on the gums for holding the denture in place. Also, you won’t have to worry about denture slippage and bite strength is also increased.
- Food and bacteria get between the dentures and the gums. Food and bacteria can get its way in between the dentures, which can lead to discomfort.
- Trouble cleaning dentures. You cannot clean the denture the same way as you would standard dentures because hybrid dentures are fixed. However, you will still need to brush twice daily and floss your teeth daily (if you still have opposing natural teeth) and have regular dental cleaning visits at least every six months.
- Improper fit can lead to failure or bone loss around implants. Make sure you find a skilled implant dentist who can make sure the implants are surgically placed correctly and healed properly.
Are Hybrid Implant Dentures for You?
Hybrid dentures are not suitable for everyone, as your dentist will need to consider
Any existing health conditions, like heart disease, drug abuse, or bleeding issues.
The bone structure needed to support implants and a proper bite alignment.
Your lifestyle habits, for example, whether you smoke.
Your overall health and strength of your immune system.
Frequently Asked Questions about Hybrid Implant Dentures
How long do hybrid dentures last?
Your hybrid dentures should last a long time if you take good care of them. However, the implants could fail if proper oral hygiene is not maintained, especially around the implant abutments.
Who is a candidate for hybrid dentures?
If you have the bone structure needed for implants and do not have any preexisting health conditions that could make getting implants risky, hybrid dentures may be a good fit for you.
Do hybrid dentures come out?
Only your dentist can remove your hybrid dentures.
Why is it called a hybrid denture?
Hybrid dentures get their name as they are dentures that are fixed in your mouth with dental implants.
Hybrid dentures can be a good solution to those who want the permanence of dental implants, but don’t want to get all their teeth replaced. This type of denture can be a good solution for a permanent and stable denture. Talk to your dentist about your options.