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These dentures are called hybrids because they are both fixed and removable. They’re fixed as far as everyday life is concerned and won’t be affected by eating or talking. However, they can be removed if necessary by a dental professional.
Hybrid dentures are held in place by dental implants, usually four or six per jaw. For this reason, they’re also referred to as All-on-4® or All-On-6® dentures.
Like all dentures, hybrid dentures are dental prostheses intended for people with missing natural teeth. They have some clear advantages as well as some drawbacks (mainly the cost).
As with any type of denture, hybrid dentures have pros and cons.
On the other hand, hybrid dentures:
The exact cost of fixed partial dentures can vary widely based on your specific situation and location. You can expect to pay between $15,000 to over $40,000.
Each implant may cost $1,500 or more, and the total price will reflect four to six implants plus the prosthetic teeth.
There may also be some smaller additional charges that contribute to the total amount you pay. These include examinations (about $100), X-rays (about $150), and tooth extractions (about $75 to $200). Some larger charges, such as bone grafts (upwards of $250 per site), may also apply.
Many insurance providers don’t consider implants to be medically necessary. This means they won’t provide coverage. However, some insurance companies do provide partial coverage for implants.
Check with your provider to confirm what is and isn’t covered.
An overdenture is a set of replacement teeth supported by either implants or remaining natural teeth.
The denture goes over something else for support, hence the term overdenture. Traditional dentures don’t have this support. They are attached using support from natural tissues and/or an oral adhesive.
Hybrid dentures are a type of overdenture. Other kinds of overdentures include:
All of these can be considered permanent dentures, and they can replace some or all of a person’s teeth. Talk with your dentist to better understand these options and how they might apply to your specific situation.
If your mouth is at or near the point of being edentulous (without any teeth), you may also consider traditional complete dentures.
Complete or full dentures take up more of your mouth than hybrid dentures. They generally cover the hard part of your palate. This is because they aren’t supported by implants, so they need support from the roof of your mouth.
As a result, complete dentures come with the following disadvantages when compared to hybrid or permanent dentures:
Conventional dentures have two major advantages: they are significantly less expensive and don’t require implant surgery. Whether these advantages outweigh the drawbacks is something only you and your dentist can determine.
Hybrid dentures offer some of the benefits of both removable dentures and dental implants. They can only be removed by a dentist and won’t slip out of place when eating or talking.
Unfortunately, hybrid dentures can be very expensive, mainly due to the cost of dental implants. Insurance generally doesn’t cover implants, though some providers offer partial coverage.
If you’re missing many or all of your teeth, talk to your dentist about the pros and cons of hybrid dentures. They can help you decide what’s right for you.
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