Hybrid Full Mouth Restoration Protocols are solution-based options that replace all of the teeth on either the upper jaw, the lower jaw, or both. Many patients arrive having had their natural teeth already removed, while others are just starting to evaluate alternatives to their natural teeth. If the natural teeth still remain, a thorough exam and consultation with a certified doctor will determine if replacing the natural teeth is an appropriate option.
Once the decision has been made to replace all the teeth in one or both jaws, three dental implant treatment alternatives are available.
Option 1: The Hybrid Full Arch Dental Implant Restoration
The Hybrid Full Arch Treatment Protocol permanently replaces up to 12 teeth in either jaw, supported on five or six dental implants, in as little as three to 16 weeks. Full function and esthetics are restored, resulting in a long-lasting and healthy alternative to compromised teeth.
Upper Hybrid Full Arch Dental Implant Restoration
As a rule, Hybrid Full Arch Protocol requires that any remaining upper teeth must be removed and the jaw must heal for 11 weeks before the six dental implants can be surgically inserted. We refer to this as a two-stage process. Temporary teeth will be inserted on the same day of the extractions, so that there is never a time when a patient will go without teeth. Once healed, a computer-generated surgical guide is made to plan the best locations for the implants in a precise manner.
With extreme accuracy, the dental implants can be surgically placed, typically with a minimally invasive technique. Once the implants are inserted, the Hybrid Laboratory creates a single restoration that not only replaces the teeth, but the gum line as well. The materials used to make the Hybrid Full Arch are dependent on patient needs. The Hybrid Full Arch treatment can be finalized within 5 weeks of implant placement. The total upper treatment can be completed from start to finish in 16 weeks.
Lower Hybrid Full Arch Dental Implant Restoration
Typically, the Hybrid Protocol for the lower teeth has only one surgical phase. Unlike the upper, the extraction of the remaining lower teeth and the surgical placement of the dental implants can be done in the same appointment. At the end of the surgical visit, temporary teeth will be inserted immediately so that there is no time when a patient will go without teeth. Hybrid Express offers a temporary bridge, which can be securely attached just like the final Hybrid Full Arch. It can be inserted within the first 24 hours. Once the dental implants are in place, treatment can be completed is as quickly as 5 weeks.
Hybrid Full Mouth Dental Implant Restoration
Many patients choose to have their entire mouth restored at the same time with Upper and Lower Hybrid Full Arch. There are many advantages to having them done simultaneously. Efficiencies exist when working on both jaws at the same time, resulting in reduced appointments, decreased cost, and the ability to idealize aesthetics and tooth position. The typical treatment time is about 16 weeks. Again with this Protocol, there is never a time when a patient will be without a beautiful set of temporary teeth. The team is keenly sensitive to a patient’s need for comfort during the Hybrid process and the expectation that the process be completed in as short of a period of time as possible. A written treatment outline is provided so that patients can be aware of what the treatment sequence of appointments will be, as well as the timing between each appointment.
Once complete, the Full Arch provides fully restored function with unparalleled aesthetics. Natural smiles are created using the finest modern materials. A Certified dentist will decide which the best option is.
Follow-up and Maintenance
Once the treatment is complete, there are some recommendations that are important to follow in order to guarantee a long-lasting result. Every Hybrid Full Arch comes with a night guard to wear for protection of the new teeth at night. Although most patients deny clenching and grinding their teeth at night, many in fact do so on occasion. The night guard will prevent wear and chipping of the materials due to grinding.
There are certain foods that are to be avoided with your new restorations. Anything that requires crushing (ice, hard candy, hard nuts), or tearing (tough breads, taffy)should be avoided. With a little common sense, a Hybrid Full Arch should be able to provide long-lasting function with minimal maintenance required. Patients should expect some minor repairs and maintenance over the years. This will vary from patient to patient depending on their habits. It can be resurfaced as needed depending on wear and tear over the years.
Upon completion, daily hygiene instructions will be reviewed so that proper daily care can be done to maintain ideal oral health long term. A hygiene recall program will also be established at 3-4 month intervals so that a professional can periodically clean and evaluate the health of both the restorations and the oral tissues. Periodic x-rays will also be taken to check the status of the dental implants and the health of the bone and gum tissues.
Option 2: Hybrid Express
Patients who are going through a full mouth restoration will always receive temporary teeth the same day their natural teeth are removed. Typically, the temporary teeth are in the form of a temporary denture. For some patients, wearing a temporary denture during the healing phase is uncomfortable or does not provide them the level of function desired. Hybrid Express can be an answer for those patients. Hybrid Express is a temporary Hybrid that can be placed either the day after the removal of the natural teeth, or 10 days later, during the suture removal appointment. Hybrid Express is made of a temporary material that is designed to last during the healing phase, while allowing the patient to have a fixed restoration in place for a greater sense of comfort and function.
Option 3: The Hybrid Overdenture
Conventional dentures are sometimes a good option for full mouth tooth replacement because they can be the most cost-effective way to replace all of the upper teeth, lower teeth, or both. With well-made complete dentures, patients should minimally expect to restore their aesthetics and facial support.
The biggest disadvantages of complete dentures are a greatly diminished ability to chew due to their poor stability and retention. Most denture wearers would say that wearing a lower denture is much more limiting and problematic than wearing an upper denture. Because a lower denture is often a patient’s biggest complaint, implants can be used to improve the functionality of a denture by creating a mechanism for it to snap on to the implants. This type of implant-retained denture is often called an Overdenture.
This type of implant solution is most often used on the lower jaw to improve a loose or unstable lower denture. We would rarely recommend this type of a treatment on the upper jaw, as it works much better on the lower.
For patients looking for a better way to wear a lower denture, the Hybrid Overdenture establishes stability and retention by snapping a removable denture onto at least two dental implants. Using an “implant attachment” mechanism on the top of an implant, the denture snaps on and off upon insertion and removal. This solution significantly improves the level of comfort and function that is typically at issue with a lower denture. Patients looking for the most cost-effective way to avoid the challenges of wearing a denture should consider the Overdenture.