How Do Hybrid Dentures Work?
Hybrid dentures are called hybrid because they have qualities that are similar to both dental implants and traditional dentures. Like traditional dentures, the dentures are customized to fit your mouth. Like dental implants, hybrid dentures are affixed into the jaw bone so that they give you the full use of a real-looking (and functioning) set of teeth.
Hybrid dentures are known as All on 4 because there are only four abutments required to attach the dentures to the jaw. The new teeth are set on top of the abutments and they won’t fall out like traditional dentures will. This has several serious advantages over traditional dentures.
There are also several advantages over dental implants. For each tooth you replace with a dental implant, you need to drill an abutment into the jawbone. The dental implant is then installed into the abutment. That’s great if you’re missing one or two teeth, but if you need to replace an entire mouthful, it’s not a very efficient process. With All on 4 dentures, you only need four abutments. While All on 6 fixed-implant dentures do exist, the All on 4 option reduces healing time and streamlines the process.
How Are Hybrid Dentures Installed?
The process of installing hybrid dentures requires several steps. In most cases, patients will need to have whatever remaining teeth they have removed to make room for the new implant-supported dentures. The implants are installed directly into the jawbone and the patient can leave later that day with temporary teeth. Over the next couple of months, the titanium or zirconium implants will need to fuse to the jawbone before your permanent dentures can be installed. But the important thing to understand is, when you leave after the procedure, you’ll have a very realistic set of teeth that will fair much better than traditional glue-on dentures.
It will take at least one month of healing before the implants and your jawbone have finished integrating. The temporary teeth will provide us with a baseline for installing your permanent teeth. We can keep what we like, discard what we don’t like, and craft a perfect smile once it’s all said and done.