The definition of hybrid is “composed of mixed parts” or “a combination of two different things” or “a thing made by combining two different elements.” You get the idea. You’ve heard of hybrid cars, no doubt. They run partly on gas and partly on electricity. They are a combination of the two. Now there are dental hybrid prosthetics which are a combination of a removable denture and dental implants. Hybrid prosthetics have advantages that dentures alone and implants alone don’t have. Continue on to read about hybrid prosthetics that have what you need.
The Dental Implant
A dental implant is a titanium post that acts as an artificial tooth root securely implanted into your jawbone and topped with a prosthetic tooth. Implants require a complex surgical procedure, but are strong and permanent. The titanium post osseointegrates (becomes one) with the human bone, creating a bond as strong and biocompatible as a natural tooth root.
The Removable Denture
For patients’ who are missing all or most of their teeth in either the upper or lower arch or both, the removable denture replaces those teeth. Prosthetic teeth are attached to a pink acrylic base that fits on or over the natural gum. Dentures are held in place with suction or denture adhesives.
The hybrid is a combination of a full removable denture and implants. It is known as a fixed hybrid denture, fixed hybrid restoration, or fixed hybrid prosthetic. The denture is immediately fixed onto four or more specialized dental implants providing a permanent functional hybrid restoration. Advantages of the hybrid prosthetic include:
- Improved quality of life
- Immediate use
- Does not cover the oral palate so patients can taste food better and assess food temperatures
- Can be completed in one day
- Minimal recovery time
About Your Reno Dentists
Dr. William Wager, Dr. Brian Evans, and our highly experienced team at Wager Evans Dental are devoted to our patients and their families, and dedicated to providing first-rate dental care in a comfortable, inviting environment. Located in Reno, we proudly welcome residents from Spanish Springs, Sparks, Incline Village, Dayton, Fernley, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation or your next dental appointment, visit our office, or contact us today by calling (775) 829-7700.