There may come a time when you need to think about replacements for your natural teeth. One option that you may not be aware of is the implant supported hybrid denture. Before you settle for any other option, it pays to talk with the team at the office of Dr. Wendy Willoughby, DDS and learn more about this hybrid denture design. Here are some of the basics that you will want to include in the discussion.
What Is This Type of Denture Like?
The implant supported hybrid denture is a denture plate that is attached to a series of implants that are embedded in the upper or lower jaw. As with any type of denture, this plate is custom-designed so that the proportions and the contours are a perfect match for your jaw. The combination of implants with the plate ensure that the device remains in place at all times.
What Are the Benefits?
With this hybrid option, you can have the lower number of implants embedded in the gum and receive a temporary plate the same day. In a few days, you can come back for the custom permanent plate.
This approach is also a great alternative to standard dentures. Instead of having something you have to remove each night and then apply fresh adhesive in the morning to keep the in position, the hybrid plate remains in place all the time.
Who Is a Candidate?
The integrity of your bone structure helps to determine if an implant supported hybrid denture is right for you. The bone must be strong enough to support the implants that in turn support the dental plate. If you already have dentures or are in the process of losing your teeth, you may be a good candidate.
How Do I Care for My New Hybrid Dentures?
Caring for an implant supported hybrid denture is much easier than most people think. Because the plate is permanently in position, you can brush it much in the way you once brushed real teeth. Use mouthwash whenever you like, since that helps to remove additional bacteria from the gum.
Will They Last a Long Time?
The implant supported hybrid denture has a longer life than a standard set of dentures. Part of that has to do with how the implants help to maintain the shape of the jawline. With less shrinkage and shifting, there is no need to invest in something that is shaped slightly different every five to seven years.
Do you think that an implant supported hybrid denture would be right for you? Call the office of Dr. Wendy Willoughby, DDS to speak with our professionals and learn more. Chestnut Family Dentistry is conveniently located in Asheville, NC. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!