If you are looking for a stable, lasting solution for multiple missing teeth, our dentists may recommend implant-supported, or hybrid, dentures. Implant-retained dentures are very similar in form to traditional dentures; however, they are stabilized by dental implants. Very often, denture wearers complain that dentures become loose and “float” around the mouth, limiting their ability to eat and speak comfortably. Implant dentures are a cost-effective solution, and in many cases, we can even retrofit an existing denture with implants.
All-on-4 implant-supported dentures are a type of hybrid zirconia denture. Hybrid dentures are a cross between a regular denture and a fixed bridge, or “hybrid.” They are typically used when there is extensive bone loss in the jaws and to provide a replacement for teeth that is non-removable. The zirconia material used in your All-on-4 treatment is designed to give you a more natural-looking final result that matches the durability and translucency of your original teeth.
The first step in anchoring your hybrid denture with dental implants is the placement of the implants. The dental implants, which are similar in appearance to screws, are surgically inserted into the jawbone in order to securely anchor your denture. While the specific number of implants required will depend on your individual needs, most cases require four to six dental implants per denture. Once the implants have been placed and allowed sufficient healing time, your zirconia denture is attached on top. Implants provide your denture with exceptional stability. A hybrid denture will provide you with a final result that looks, feels and functions more like your natural teeth to improve your oral health and quality of life.
If you would like more information about All-on-4 hybrid zirconia dentures or wish to schedule your next visit with our dentists, we welcome you to call or visit our office today.