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
Caring for 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.
All about implant dentures at Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry explained by Dr. Ryan Lepore
What are implant dentures?
Hi everyone. Dr. Ryan Lepore here to discuss a topic that many of my patients ask me about – Implant Dentures. Implant dentures, to me, are the standard of care for a patient who has lost their teeth.
What are the types of implant dentures?
Implant dentures vary. Sometimes it may be just using two implants to support a lower denture. The dentures snap in and out. We call this a removable option. Implants, after being placed by one of our surgeons, it takes 3-4 months to integrate or become solid enough to support the force from the snap-in components.
So, the implants would be placed, while you wear your existing denture or new standard denture. They become stronger over 3-4 months then we design the denture to snap-in. Our favorite procedure done at Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry for implant dentures are the screw-in dentures or what we call fixed implant dentures, or hybrid dentures.
This is an amazing procedure that you may have seen commercials about referring to “Same-Day Teeth” or “Teeth-In-A-Day”. This procedure has an ability for a patient with a failing set of teeth or denture to have implants placed, a surgical procedure performed, and an interim screwed-in denture completed all on the same day.
You walk out with a new smile. After about four months, we start the process of trading your interim screwed-in denture for a more definitive, longer-lasting screwed-in denture that looks and feels even better and lasts longer.
What make Lepore Dentistry special about implant dentures?
What we do differently to other offices is the amount of planning associated with this procedure. I work with a team of the best specialists. I know during early mornings or late evenings that I have the opportunity to talk with them to intricately plan your case, well before your day of surgery.
We take the time to get to know your goals and desires to make sure that we can deliver the results you are after.
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
Schedule a consultation today
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.