About Hybrid Implants

Hybrid implants (hybrid dentures) are dental implants that combine the best features of traditional implants and dentures. Hybrid implants are placed in the jawbone like traditional implants, but they also have an attached denture. This provides a stable foundation for the denture and can improve chewing function. 

Retained vs. Supported

  • Implant Retained: Hybrid implants broaden the range of options for patients needing to replace several missing teeth. The implant-supported denture can be supported by four or more dental implants placed in strategic locations in the jawbone. The implants will not support the entire denture, but they provide additional stability and security for the denture base. 
  • Implant-Supported: Hybrid implants can support traditional denture bases, similar to traditional implants and All-On-4®. Eight to ten implants are placed in the jawbone, and a metal bar is attached to the implants. The denture base is attached to the bar. This type of hybrid implant is often used in patients who have suffered bone loss in the jaw. They are not removable, but many patients find that the improved stability is worth it.

Types of Implants

There are several types of hybrid implant bridges available, each with its pros and cons. The most common types are titanium and acrylic, smart composite, full zirconia, and porcelain fused.

Titanium and Acrylic

These implant bridges are made of a mix of metal and acrylic, making them strong and durable. It is affixed to a titanium base, and the titanium post is made to be permanently attached to surgically implanted rods. A titanium frame then helps facilitate the permanent attachment of acrylic teeth.

  • Titanium and acrylic implant bridges are designed to reduce biting and chewing pressure, so they don’t transfer any pressure to the implant and provide greater comfort.
  • They’re also easy to repair if they get damaged. They may stain over time but can be easily cleaned.

Smart Composite

These implant bridges are made of composite material and look very similar to natural teeth. They are strong and made from rigid metal bonded to a resilient hybrid composite. They are less likely to break or chip than acrylic implants, but they are more expensive. They’re very durable, but they may not last as well as full zirconia implants.

Full Zirconia

Zirconia implant bridges are made of a strong, durable material often used in dental crowns. They look very similar to natural teeth and can be color-matched to your existing teeth.

They are the least likely to chip out of all the materials. However, they are typically more expensive than other types of hybrid implants. They also are prone to fracture and breakage.

Porcelain Fused

These implant bridges are made of metal and porcelain, and they are strong and durable. However, they may not be as strong as full zirconia implants and are typically more expensive. They are very versatile and can last for decades with the proper care.

Who is a Good Candidate?

Any adult in good overall health who has lost several teeth may be a good candidate for hybrid implants and a hybrid bridge. These types of implants are ideal for patients who have experienced some bone loss or jaw degradation due to tooth loss. In addition, candidates should have healthy soft tissue and adequate jaw bone to support the implants. A bone graft may be necessary if serious bone loss has occurred, depending on the existing jaw structure.

The placement of hybrid implants is a surgical procedure, so it is important to discuss with your doctor whether or not you are a candidate for this type of procedure. Hybrid implant surgery is usually done under general anesthesia.

General Anesthesia Risks

General anesthesia comes with certain risks and potential side effects, including nausea, vomiting, and headaches. It is important to discuss these risks with your doctor before undergoing surgery.

After the surgery, you can expect some swelling and bruising. These side effects should go away within a few days or weeks. You may also experience some discomfort when biting down, but this should improve over time as the jawbone heals around the implant.

Caring for your teeth

It is important to take care of your new teeth after surgery. This includes brushing and flossing regularly. Pick a brush with soft bristles to avoid damage to your new teeth and visit your dentist regularly for check-up and cleanings. 

Other brush options include:

  • Interdental brush: An interdental brush is a toothbrush specifically designed to clean the spaces between your teeth like floss. This is an important part of oral care, as it helps remove plaque and bacteria that can build up in these areas.
  • Sulcus brush: A sulcus brush is a type of toothbrush specifically designed to clean the gum line. This is an important part of oral care, as it helps remove plaque and bacteria that can build up between the bridge and gum.

Hybrid Denture Specialists

If you are looking for a highly effective, durable, and comfortable option for replacing missing teeth, hybrid implants may be the right choice. With a range of prosthetic teeth options available to suit your needs, these implants offer many benefits that make them an excellent choice for restoring your smile. See our team of restorative dentistry specialists to book a free consultation. 

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