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Careful planning and experience is needed for this procedure, previous review of the medical history, pictures, study models, treatment planning and a 3 dimensional x-ray are needed.
On the day of the procedure we remove unhealthy teeth (when the patient still has terminal dentition) then place 4 or more implants strategically to offer the most effective support. We then attach the prosthesis to the implants and this remarkable life-changing event can be accomplished in a single day.
When the implants are placed in the jawbone, they must remain completely immobile to allow implants to heal properly, and a soft diet (no hard, crunchy or tough foods) during the first 6-8 weeks is essential. After 8 to 12 weeks, we start taking impressions for either an acrylic-titanium or zirconia fix-hybrid teeth restoration.
This process is not only the most efficient way to replace all the teeth, but also the most cost-effective strategy for implant-supported tooth replacement. Individual implants to replace each tooth are impractical and not recommended. Given that there are usually 28 teeth replacing them individually can be vastly more expensive and may not offer any better results.
Why Hybrid Prosthesis?
If you’ve lost most or all of your teeth due to tooth decay or gum disease, then regular removable dentures are not the only solution. Implants can help you by supporting a more secure and stable prosthetic replacement for teeth. Implant placement can be a great option for denture stabilization. A thorough individual evaluation of your medical history, study models of your teeth and x-rays will help a Prosthodontist determine the options available for you. Among these, a special type of implant-supported prosthesis is a “hybrid prosthesis,” referred to as a hybrid because it combines the advantages of a fixed replacement with those of a removable denture. It is especially suitable for those who’ve lost a considerable amount of jawbone over time due to missing teeth.
A hybrid prosthesis requires placing four or more implants in the jaw, depending on the jawbone size and shape. After the implants heal, they are connected to abutments (connectors) which can be screwed into a metal framework. The hybrid prosthesis is fixed and does not require removal everyday like regular dentures because it is screw retained into the implants.
If you’re a denture wearer who has always wanted fixed teeth but are not ready or a candidate for multiple individual implants for each missing tooth, hybrid prosthesis could be the answer for you.
Unlike removable dentures, hybrid prosthesis do not feel bulky. For the upper denture this can enable your restorative dentist to design a denture that leaves the roof of the mouth open. While this feels more natural, it also lets you enjoy the taste of your food more. Hybrid prosthesis also are much more stable and do not shift against the jaw ridge. They are firmly anchored into the implants. This stability also avoids the occasional soreness which can happen beneath dentures when foods like seeds get trapped below. Patients with hybrid prosthesis very often enjoy a wider variety of food more comfortably as compared to their old removable dentures.
As with any dental replacement, good oral hygiene is crucial to long term success and a hybrid prosthesis is made to leave a space between the denture and the jawbone to enable you to clean easily underneath the denture without the need to remove it. Two times a year, it is recommended to visit your dentist for visits, to enable your hybrid prosthesis be unscrewed and a professional cleaning done. Like your body, your hybrid prosthesis would be subject to constant wear and tear and occasionally the need for adjustments or new components, screws and denture base may arise, and it is advisable to make all suggested recall dental visits to best enjoy its benefits!