What is a Fixed Denture (aka Hybrid Denture)?
A hybrid denture prosthesis is the most functional way to replace a full arch of missing teeth. This method utilizes a full arch prosthetic that is attached permanently and can only be removed by the dentist. With a hybrid prosthetic, four or more implants are placed in bone in the upper or lower jaw and a denture with a screw retained attachment is inserted over the implants and is fixed tightly into place. This is called an All-on-4® Dental Implant and it is the most common and recommended hybrid treatment. This allows for equal forces to be balanced on the implants and the function of the denture and implants provide optimal results for the individual. Implants in the jaw bone help to maintain bone level and avoid atrophy or loss of the facial structure, while providing a stable base for chewing food and speaking naturally.
An All-on-4® Dental Implant procedure is the optimal treatment for replacing an entire arch of teeth. It is the most functional choice and performs most like your natural teeth. Biting into foods like steak, an apple or corn on the cob is no problem with the hybrid denture, making it well worth the money. We also offer financing with low monthly payments!
The procedure for a hybrid denture begins with a series of records taken at our office and a pre-surgical visit. The pre-surgical visit includes a thorough review of the patients medical history, treatment needs are discussed and tailored to the patient, surgery instructions are presented, consent forms and payment may be exchanged at this time as well. The next visit is usually when the surgery takes place and you’ll walk out with your new smile!
At surgery, any remaining teeth will be extracted and the placement of bone augmentation and implants will take place. Usually, a temporary prosthetic is placed the day of surgery, it may or may not be removable. This prosthetic denture looks just like real teeth! Many of our “after all-on-4® dental implants” photos with our patients are actually in their temporaries. The specifics of your treatment will depend on each patient and the doctor working in the best interest of the patient. After implants and the denture prosthetic are placed, the healing phase begins.
The healing phase ranges from 3-6 months in most cases. The healing time will depend on the procedures completed and the individual’s overall health and compliance with the doctor’s recommendations for post-surgery care. The doctor will see the patient for some post-operative visit to monitor the patient’s healing progress. When the doctor feels the implants are stable and integrated completely the final prosthetic process will begin.
The prosthetic process is the final phase in which the patient’s final fixed denture is custom designed and fitted for attachment. A series of aesthetic try ins will be constructed and the patient will try them in until they approve of the overall look and fit before processing. Once approved by the patient and the final prosthetic is complete, the patient will return to the office for an uncovering of the implants and attachment of the finalized prosthetic denture.
What is an Overdenture?
An overdenture is an economical and functional way to replace loose fitting dentures or make an easy and natural transition to dentures. An overdenture is a removable denture prosthetic device that replaces a complete arch of teeth. With an overdenture, two or more implants are placed in bone in the upper or lower jaw and a denture with a snap-like attachment is inserted over the implants and “snaps” tightly into place.
We definitely encourage patients to opt for the All-on-4® Dental Implants because of their permanence, versatility and ability to customize them to be your dream smile, and it really becomes apart of you!