What are Hybrid Dentures?
Hybrid Dentures, or snap-on implant dentures are dentures that snap onto two or more implants and can be removed as often as needed. This keeps the appliance firmly in place, making eating and talking easier and more comfortable. One of the downfalls with wearing a normal denture is that it can slip and fall out when eating, talking, laughing or sneezing. If the denture is ill-fitting, it can even be uncomfortable to wear and will cause sores within the mouth. The best solution for denture wearers is to have a implant-supported prosthetic.
Why would you need Hybrid Dentures?
For some denture patients, it can be embarrassing to have a prosthetic constantly fall out throughout the day. For others, the denture just isn’t fitting properly no matter how many adjustments they’ve had done. Implant-supported dentures keep the appliance firmly in place and the prosthetic itself is often smaller and less obvious. You can still remove the appliance to clean and store it away each night.
Who is a candidate for Hybrid Dentures?
We will perform an exam and take special dental x-rays to identify the area where the implants are needed. If you have bone loss in the jaw area, we may recommend a bone grafting prior to implant surgery. This is because the implants work with the jawbone to become a stable and permanent part of your smile. Most of our patients are good candidates for implant-supported dentures and will benefit from their new prosthetic.
What happens during the Hybrid Denture process?
You can expect to have several appointments before the new denture is both made and placed. The first part of the process involves placing the implants. We place two or more titanium implants into the jawbone. Over the course of a few months, the implants bond with the bone itself. Once this occurs, you’ll come in so that we can expose the very tops of the implants. We then take impressions in order to make a specially-crafted over denture. You’ll come back in after a short while to have the new denture fitted onto the implants. We’ll provide you with instructions on how to remove and replace the prosthetic as well as how to care for it at home.
If you think you would benefit from a hybrid or implant denture, please call our office today.