Hybrid Dentures

Do you hate how your dentures slip around in your mouth making it difficult to speak and chew? If so, you’re not alone. Fortunately, hybrid dentures offer a sturdier option. Since hybrid dentures are secured to sturdy dental implants they won’t move around in your mouth like traditional dentures. And the best part is, you can return to eating all the foods you enjoy most. If you’re sick of your dentures sliding around in your mouth, call Novato Oral Surgery located in Novato, California, today. You can also schedule your appointment online.

How are hybrid dentures different than traditional dentures?

Traditional dentures are removable and usually stick to your gums using an adhesive. This can cause problems when eating and drinking your favorite foods and beverages, and while speaking. The adhesives often allow your dentures to slip around your mouth making it hard to chew and you might notice yourself slurring your words.

Hybrid dentures are a sturdier option because they attach securely to dental implants. Since the implants act as artificial tooth roots your hybrid dentures won’t move around in your mouth. With hybrid dentures, you can enjoy your favorite foods and don’t have to worry about them falling out. You don’t have to take them out at night, and since your implants stimulate your jawbone, you won’t experience bone loss like traditional denture wearers. 

What is the process to have hybrid dentures fitted?

The process may involve a number of appointments between your regular dentist and an oral surgeon. The oral surgeons at Novato Oral surgery will first check to see the strength of the jaw bone and locate the ideal areas to support the posts. Then the surgeons will attach the titanium posts to the jaw bone and allow time for them to fuse together. This process is called osseointegration. Your regular dentist will work along with a dental lab to have your dentures made. They will take molds of your existing teeth so that they can make the dentures fit and look like your natural teeth. The surgeon will then attach them to a titanium or gold bar to the posts that will provide a base for the acrylic teeth. The bond is permanent meaning only a dentist or oral surgeon will be able to remove them.

How should I care for my hybrid dentures?

One of the best parts about opting for hybrid dentures is that you care for them just like you would your natural teeth. Brush twice a day, but just make sure you are using a non-abrasive toothpaste. Make sure you are brushing the acrylic gum portion of your hybrid dentures, too.

Compared to traditional dentures, hybrid dentures are much easier to care for. With traditional dentures, they need to be taken out at night and soaked in special solutions. You need to make sure they don’t dry out and warp. Hybrid dentures stay permanently in your mouth.  

Talk to your Novato Oral Surgery provider about the best strategies for caring for your hybrid dentures.  

How long do hybrid dentures last?

Unlike traditional dentures, with proper care and regular visits to your dentist, your hybrid dentures can last indefinitely. Traditional dentures need replaced every five to eight years. 

Call Novato Oral Surgery or schedule a consultation online today to find out if hybrid dentures are right for you.

FAQ

Is the surgery required for hybrid dentures painful?

You may be surprised at how little pain you will experience when you have hybrid dentures fitted. The surgeons at Novato Oral Surgery have years of experience with the different sedation options and pain management. You will have an opportunity to discuss your fears with them before the surgery and they will help you choose the best medication so that you can feel calm and in as much comfort as possible. You will also receive medication after the surgery to help you through those initial sensitive days.

What is a non-abrasive toothpaste?

Toothpaste has various abrasive elements inside which aid the removal of plaque. Toothpaste varies in the amount of these abrasive elements that they contain. You can know the abrasion level of a toothpaste by looking for the RDA value. Low abrasion values are between 0 and 70. The highest recommended safe limit of a toothpaste is 250. A toothpaste at this level would be considered as extremely abrasive.

Call Novato Oral Surgery or schedule a consultation online today to find out if hybrid dentures are right for you.

Our doctors who provide this service

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Mahr Elder, DDS

Mahr Elder, DDS, MD, is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon with expertise in TMJ disorders, jaw trauma, dental implants, and much more. He belongs to the California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and values volunteer work both abroad and right here in Marin County where he provides free orthodontic care through the Smile for a Lifetime Foundation.

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Will Osibin III, DDS

Dr. Osibin goes above and beyond for his patients by earning their trust and generating real relationships with them. It is his goal for all patients to feel comfortable and relaxed while in his care.

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