Hybrid Dentures

What is a Fixed Hybrid Denture?

A fixed hybrid denture is a permanent denture for patients who have lost many or all of their natural teeth.7 

Fixed hybrid dentures are great for people who have significant bone loss. For example, fixed hybrid dentures may be an ideal option for anyone with a completely edentulous ridge.6 And because the dentures do not cover the roof of your mouth or gums, they look and feel more natural than traditional dentures. 

Fixed hybrid dentures are exactly what they sound like: fixed in place and a hybrid since they don’t cover your full mouth but still complete your smile with a full set of denture teeth.

Talk to your dentist to discuss your denture options and see if fixed hybrid dentures are right for you.

removable full implant denture

Pros and Cons of Hybrid Dentures

As with any dental solutions, there are pros and cons to hybrid dentures for missing teeth. A hybrid implant has plenty of pros, but it also comes with some disadvantages.

Advantages of Hybrid Dentures

Hybrid dentures have many benefits. Here are some of them:

  • Hybrid dentures give you a full smile, which can boost your confidence and, in turn, improve your quality of life. Plus, they’re a permanent solution.
  • Hybrid dentures do not cover your whole mouth, so the roof of your mouth and gums are totally natural and feel normal.
  • Hybrid dentures are one of the best tooth replacement options out there for patients with significant bone loss. They also help prevent the continual bone loss that can occur with regular dentures.
  • Hybrid dentures don’t come with all the negatives of conventional dentures, such as denture slippage, clacking, and pain. They’re a more comfortable type of denture, so you won’t get the same sore spots as you might with regular dentures.

Drawbacks of Hybrid Dentures

There are some drawbacks of hybrid dentures. These disadvantages include, but are not limited to:

  • Hybrid dentures are a permanent option. They are screwed into your jawbone. This means that getting hybrid dentures involves surgery. This includes possible tooth extraction if you have some natural teeth that need to be removed.
  • Implant placement is not done overnight. Hybrid denture wearers need to wait ample time after their oral surgeon removes any necessary natural teeth and screws in the implants before the false teeth can be put in place. This typically takes a few months.2
  • As with all dentures, you will need to upkeep hybrid dentures.1 Regularly brushing and flossing your teeth not only keeps your teeth and gum tissue healthy and prevents gum disease, but it also keeps your dentures intact. Oral hygiene is key, with or without dentures!
  • Hybrid dentures are indeed susceptible to cracking, chipping, and getting scratched. If this happens, you’ll need to get them fixed. Broken dentures can accumulate food and debris, building up plaque.1
  • Hybrid dentures are not necessarily cost-effective. While some dental insurance providers do cover hybrid dentures, a full set of dentures can cost upwards of thousands of dollars without insurance.2
  • Hybrid dentures cannot be removed and food can get caught underneath. This makes it uncomfortable and more difficult to clean than a snap-in denture.

Overdentures vs. Hybrid Dentures

Overdentures and hybrid dentures fix the same problem (missing teeth) but they’re not the same solution. Overdentures, also known as dental implants, are permanent dentures. And they may replace only one or a few missing teeth with a prosthesis. 

3d render of implant partial denture

 

With overdentures, your dentist will use a titanium post that serves as an artificial tooth root. They will surgically implant it into your jawbone, just below your gum line. Your bone will eventually grow over the implant and stabilize it in place. 

Then, your dentist will attach a prosthetic, called an abutment. A few months later, they will screw or cement a porcelain crown (your replacement tooth) onto the abutment.2

Hybrid dentures work a little differently. They are also permanent. But they replace all of your teeth. They’re ideal for people who have lost their natural teeth to trauma, periodontal disease, or dental caries. And success rates are high.

A hybrid denture, sometimes called an implant-supported hybrid prosthesis, is an acrylic resin complete fixed dental prosthesis.3 It is supported by implants, like overdentures. But hybrid dentures tend to be less bulky than overdentures.

Hybrid dentures are fixed into place using a set of four implants. The implants support a titanium bar that anchors a set of false teeth.3 And that whole bar is permanently fixed into place. Because they are grouped implants, they tend to be a bit cheaper than individual implants.

While overdentures may be ideal for one or a couple of missing teeth, hybrid dentures can be great for people with many missing teeth.5

Removable Dentures vs. Hybrid Dentures

Removable dentures and hybrid dentures are different in one key way: removable dentures can be taken out, while hybrid dentures are a permanent fix. 

Only your dentist can take out your hybrid dentures. This means that hybrid dentures may be more comfortable and better support basic functions like eating and speaking.

removable full denture lower jaw

While removable dentures may be ideal for someone who isn’t looking for a totally permanent fix, hybrid dentures are. In some cases, removable dentures may be the better option. They tend to be more cost-effective than fixed hybrid dentures.

Complete Dentures vs. Hybrid Dentures

Complete dentures and hybrid dentures are different in that complete dentures cover your whole mouth, while hybrid dentures do not.

Hybrid dentures are less bulky than traditional dentures because they don’t cover the palate.

Immediate denture Upper

Because they screw in like implants, you do not have to worry about them slipping or complicating chewing or speaking as with some regular dentures.

Are Hybrid Dentures Right for You?

If you have many missing teeth or are missing all of your real teeth, hybrid dentures may very well be right for you. It depends on a variety of factors, including your oral healthcare needs, your budget, and your personal preferences.

It’s important to talk to your dentist about all of your options in order to weigh which one is best. Your dentist may recommend another type of denture you didn’t know was an option.

How Much Do Hybrid Dentures Cost?

A full set of dentures can cost anywhere up to a few thousand dollars. And other additional costs add up, as well. These include examinations (about $100), X-rays (about $150), and tooth removals (about $75 to $200).2

Dental insurance may be able to help you cover the cost of your dentures, depending on your provider, plan, and the type of dentures you choose. It’s worth reaching out to your dental insurance provider, if you have one, to check.

Resources

(1) “Denture Care.Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 16 Nov. 2017

(2) “Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?Guardian Direct

(3) Egilmez, Ferhan, et al. “Implant-Supported Hybrid Prosthesis: Conventional Treatment Method for Borderline Cases.European Journal of Dentistry, Medknow Publications & Media Pvt Ltd, 2015

(4) L;, Kwon T;Bain PA;Levin. “Systematic Review of Short- (5-10 Years) and Long-Term (10 Years or More) Survival and Success of Full-Arch Fixed Dental Hybrid Prostheses and Supporting Implants.Journal of Dentistry, U.S. National Library of Medicine.

(5) “Overdentures vs Hybrid Dentures.Dentist in Shoreline, Washington, 30 May 2017

(6) S;, Rodriguez AM;Orenstein IH;Morris HF;Ochi. “Survival of Various Implant-Supported Prosthesis Designs Following 36 Months of Clinical Function.Annals of Periodontology, U.S. National Library of Medicine

(7) “What Are Hybrid Implant Dentures, and Why Are They So Popular?What Are Hybrid Implant Dentures, and Why Are They So Popular?: Saeid Badie, DDS: Cosmetic & General Dentists.

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