If you are considering your options for implant dentures
, it’s important to understand that there are actually many types of implant dentures
that you can choose from. Among them is the hybrid denture, which combines the benefits of true implant-supported dentures and removable dentures.
How Hybrid Dentures Work
Hybrid dentures are screw-retained dentures. Your dental implants are placed in your jawbone and are allowed to heal. Typically, 4-6 dental implants are used in the top and a similar number in the bottom. The gums heal up and around your dental implants. Sometimes a structural bar is placed to add support. Then the denture is prepared. It is secured to screws in the dental implants.
Like other dentures, hybrid dentures rest on your gum tissue, but unlike other dentures, you don’t have to remove them to clean them after meals or even at night. In fact, you can’t remove them, only your dentist can.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Hybrid Dentures
The primary benefit of hybrid dentures is that they give you the most secure dentures. These dentures won’t slip out or dislodge, even under significant chewing forces. Some “snap-in” dentures will be secure for speaking, but can snap out when you’re chewing. Because they’re more secure on the implants, hybrid dentures can be less bulky, essentially no more bulky than your natural teeth.
However, there are some drawbacks. Because these dentures still sit on your gums, they can get food and bacteria trapped between the denture and your gums. Regular cleanings by your dentist are necessary, probably about as often as dental visits were required when you had teeth, but if you get an irritant underneath there, then you can be in for a painful time until you can get your dentures removed. Fortunately, this is very rare because hybrid dentures fit so tightly on your gums.
With hybrid dentures, it’s vital that you get them properly fitted. The same forces that can rock and snap out your “snap-in” dentures are still being applied to your dentures. This can cause damage to the dentures or cause bone loss around the implants. We recommend a neuromuscular fitting process like we use for the Denture Fountain of Youth® to ensure you’re getting a balanced bite.
Want to learn more about the benefits of hybrid dentures? Please contact a local Denture Fountain of Youth® dentist today.