Sick of your dentures moving around in your mouth when you speak and chew? Consider hybrid dentures. This revolutionary new prosthetic option attaches securely to dental implants. Since the dental implants act as artificial tooth roots, your hybrid dentures won’t move or shift in your mouth. If you are interested in dentures that don’t slip, call the Vallejo Oral Surgery office or book your appointment online.
How are hybrid dentures different from traditional dentures?
Traditional dentures use adhesives to attach to your gums. That means every morning you have to take time to put on your dentures and continue to fix them throughout the day as they slip and slide in your mouth. To top it off, as your jaw shape changes, you’ll need to be refitting for dentures every few years.
Conversely, hybrid dentures attach securely to your mouth with the help of dental implants. You don’t have to take them out every night like traditional dentures, as they stay in your mouth permanently. The benefits of hybrid dentures include:
- Clean just like you would natural teeth
- Won’t slip
- Better speech
- Better chewing ability
- Stimulates your jaw so you won’t lose bone density
If you’d like to further discuss the benefits of hybrid dentures with a Vallejo Oral Surgery provider, call the office or book an appointment online.
Why do I need dental implants for hybrid dentures?
For hybrid dentures, dental implants serve as artificial teeth roots and connect your dentures to your jawbone. They won’t shift or slip and work just like your natural teeth. Dental implants add another important feature: they stimulate your jaw just like your natural teeth would so you won’t lose any bone density giving you that sunken face look so common with traditional denture wearers.
What’s the process for getting hybrid dentures?
The process of getting hybrid dentures takes three steps. At your first appointment, your Vallejo Oral Surgery provider will extract any of your remaining teeth. Afterward, you must wait a few weeks for your extraction sites to heal.
Next, your surgeon will implant small titanium rods into your jawbone that act as artificial tooth roots. For a full set of hybrid dentures, it usually takes four implants. Every case is different, and your Vallejo Oral Surgery provider will give you details for your specific case.
After your implants are installed, you’ll wait three to six months as they fuse with your jawbone. Once fused, your dentist will attach your new dentures, created especially for the shape and size of your mouth.
Make traditional dentures a thing of the past. Call Vallejo Oral Surgery to set up a consultation or book an appointment online today.
How should I care for my hybrid dentures?
Hybrid dentures are very easy to care for, you simply follow a similar cleaning routine to that of caring for natural teeth. Twice a day, brush your teeth with a non-abrasive toothpaste making sure that you brush the acrylic gum part as well as the teeth. You will need to continue flossing too as harmful bacteria can build up in gums leading to gum disease. You should also continue to visit the dentist regularly to care for other aspects of your oral health. This is far easier than the special cleaning routines and solutions required to care for traditional dentures.
What is a non-abrasive toothpaste?
All toothpaste has a level of abrasion. This is required to remove the plaque off your teeth. However, it is recommended to use non-abrasive toothpaste, or toothpaste with low levels of abrasion elements when cleaning your hybrid dentures. When selecting your toothpaste look for the RDA value. A value between 0 and 70 is considered low abrasion.
How long do hybrid dentures last?
Hybrid dentures have a longer lifespan than the 5 -8 years lifespan of traditional dentures. Of course, this will depend on the amount of care that you give to them. If looked after well they could last indefinitely.
Is the surgery required for hybrid dentures painful?
The surgeons at Vallejo Oral Surgery will make sure that the process of fitting your hybrid dentures is as pain-free as possible. They will provide an anesthetic to block the pain and you can choose to be sedated if you are anxious about the surgery. Before the surgery, you will have an opportunity to discuss the options with your surgeon. After the surgery, you will be given prescription painkillers to get you through the first few painful days. After this, over-the-counter painkillers will be sufficient to overcome any discomfort.