Teeth may be lost over time due to gum disease, dental complications or injuries. Gone are the days of patients being unhappy with ill-fitting dentures. With the advancement of dental implants, you can now restore your smile with better functionality through implant supported dentures.
Fixed Hybrid Dentures
The fixed hybrid denture is the top tier of care for a patient missing all of their teeth in a particular arch (upper jaw, lower jaw or both), and wanting something much more comparable to their natural teeth. This is an implant restoration that is fixed, or screwed into place, and isn’t taken out by the patient. It can only be removed by the doctor if needed at recare hygiene appointments. This is a truly amazing restoration that is perfect for someone who does not like the idea of taking a denture in and out of their mouth.
- A special metal bar/framework is fabricated to screw into implants to increase foundation and stability, and teeth are set on top of the framework to a denture.
- Fixed restorations (screwed-in) give the most bite force/ability back and can feel the most like natural teeth.
- Still replaces teeth AND gums that have been lost due to irreversible bone loss.
- Much less bulk of material needed compared to traditional dentures.
- A small space is left between the restoration and the gums to allow for cleaning – it is very important to have great oral hygiene as this is harder to clean than a denture you take in and out.
- Implants stabilize bone loss and take the pressures of the dentures off the gums.
Caring for Fixed Hybrid Dentures
Locator Retained Overdenture
A locator retained denture is a removable implant supported appliance, where the denture “snaps” into the dental implants. This type of teeth replacement solution can function with two implants for your lower jaw, however, at least 4 implants is typically recommended. For your upper jaw, a minimum of 4 is required.
Benefits of Locator Overdentures:
- Supremely superior retention and stability to traditional dentures
- Easily removed and cleaned
- Life-like appearance
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To learn more about Hybrid Implant Dentures or Locator Retained Dentures and how we can help you, give our team a call today at (727) 733-4113.