Hybrid Dentures area combination of a traditional denture and a fixed bridge. The prosthesis is supports the implants with either “buttons” or screws. Compared to traditional denture, these Hybrids are the more expensive option. However, these dentures are the next best thing if having your own natural teeth is no longer an option. Hybrid dentures are recommended when you have a lot of bone loss in your jaw, we are able rebuild the area with bone grafts which will provide strong sites to place the implants. Hybrids require anywhere from 4-6 implants on the top and 2-6 implants on the bottom in order to be successful.
Implant Denture Timeline:
Initial Exam/Consultation- At your initial or routine exam you will discuss options and create a treatment plan with your dentist. Impressions may be taken as well as x-rays so that models can be created. After you have established a plan with your general dentist, you will be referred to our in house Oral Surgeon for a consultation. During this consultation, a CT scan will be used to locate your sinus cavities and nerves, and determine how much bone is available. We will then set you up with a treatment plan that will outline all the necessary procedures as well as give you the associated costs. In some situations, your consultation and first surgery can be completed the same day.
The First Surgery- During your first surgery, your teeth will be removed and bone graphs will be placed. In some cases, implants can be placed the same day as extraction and bone graphing, but this is determined case by case. On average, the bone will be set and ready for implants within 4-6 months.
The Second Surgery- Implants will be placed into your jawbone. After making a small incision, your dentist will drill a hole in the exposed bone, place an implant, and close the incision with stitches. You’ll be required to wait three to six months before you are ready for the denture to be placed: this period of time allows the implants to fuse to your jawbone.
Preping your Implants for the Denture -Once your implants have healed, a healing cap or collar is placed on each head to help prepare you gums for the denture abutments. You’ll need to wear the healing cap for 10 to 14 days. Next, healing caps are replaced with regular abutments.
Insertion: The Final Step You will try on your denture framework and artificial teeth. If everything fits, your new teeth are clipped in and secured in place to keep the frame fastened to your implants. Your dentist will show you how to care for your new implant-supported dentures, and schedule follow-up appointments to check your oral health.
Please call us to set up a consultation and find out if a Hybrid Implant Denture is right for you.