Full mouth rehabilitation via implant crown and bridge or hybrid dentures are ideal options for many patients who are missing most or all of their teeth and want a cosmetic and functional prosthetic replacement option superior to traditional dentures. Unlike regular dentures, which rest on the gums unsupported, a hybrid denture is anchored in place by titanium posts surgically embedded into the jaw bone. This prevents the dentures from slipping or becoming loose during wear. Many patients find that hybrid dentures in Wilmington, DE provide greater aesthetics, comfort, easier chewing, and better communication capabilities than are available via traditional dentures.
Hybrid dentures are preferred by many Wilmington, DE dental patients who are missing all of their teeth but want a more stable prosthetic replacement option than traditional dentures provide. Unlike regular dentures, which rest on the gums unsupported, a hybrid denture is anchored in place by titanium rods surgically embedded into the jaw bone. This prevents the dentures from slipping or becoming loose during wear. Many patients find that hybrid dentures in Wilmington, DE provide greater comfort, easier chewing, and better communication capabilities than are available via traditional dentures.
With today’s modern techniques, we can replace all your teeth so that they never come out. There are two main ways to accomplish this. First, we can create a single row of teeth that are all connected and fixed to 5-7 dental implants. This is known as a “hybrid denture” because it is similar to a denture, but is less bulky and stays in your mouth at all times. Another option is to place 6+ implants and create crowns and bridges to replace your teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for hybrid in Wilmington, DE ?
You may be a candidate for a hybrid denture if you are missing all of your upper or lower teeth and have enough jawbone to support artificial tooth roots. If you don’t have sufficient bone structure, we may recommend undergoing a grafting procedure to help build up the jaw in preparation for implants. Drs. Keller and Tibbs are implant specialists who will help you determine if a hybrid denture is right for you.
What should I expect during the procedure?
During the initial consult, we will review the medical and financial details. This includes options for sedation. Most of our hybrid patients have IV conscious sedation during the procedure. You will have a separate phone consultation with our anesthesiologist prior to the surgery.
A cone-beam CT scan and an intraoral scan will be acquired in our office and this data will be utilized to plan the procedure. Often, we will use digital technology to plan the exact placement of the implants and the final tooth position.
The day of the procedure you will be accompanied by someone you trust to drive you to and from the office. Instructions will be given to you in detail ahead of the procedure. Our anesthesiologist will greet you and prepare you for sedation. During the procedure you will be asleep and also numbed to make sure you don’t experience any discomfort. When you wake, the surgery will be completed and you will have your implants in place. The new provisional are typically delivered the next day either by Dr. Keller or Dr. Tibbs, or by your general dentist. The prototype or provisional is usually in place for 3-6 months prior to the final set of teeth or denture.
How will I need to care for my hybrid dentures?
Because hybrid dentures are designed to be aesthetic and natural looking, they are not removed at night. That means you must take extra care to clean under them using special tools including a WaterPik device. You must also attend regular maintenance visits to keep the implants and gum under the denture clean and healthy.