Hybrid dental bridges are used to replace a complete arch of teeth, and are supported by dental implants. They are different from normal full arch bridges in that they replace missing tissue as well as teeth through the use of pink, gum colored materials. The main advantage of hybrid dental bridges is that they offer the stability of a normal bridge supported by implants, and enable patients to do away with full dentures and all the problems associated with them.
Who Would Benefit from Hybrid Dental Bridges?
These dental bridges are a good option for anyone who has lost teeth to trauma, or who has suffered from periodontal disease leading to the loss of bone and tissues. They are also a very good solution for patients who may have worn traditional dentures for many years, and who have lost substantial amounts of jaw bone as a result.
Once teeth are removed from the jaw, the bone no longer receives the necessary stimulation to keep it healthy and strong, and is gradually reabsorbed, causing the bony ridge to become flatter. This creates a lot of problems for denture wearers, as this ridge is necessary for retention. Dentures can become more uncomfortable as they shift around, and more unstable, creating problems with eating and speaking.
Hybrid dental bridges are firmly fixed in place, and are shaped to replace lost tissue and bone, giving a more youthful appearance by properly supporting the cheeks and lips. They enable wearers to enjoy a much greater variety of foods, giving improved nutrition,
Patients with hybrid dental bridges still need to see their dentist regularly for check-ups to ensure the bridge is functioning correctly.and can lead to an increase in self-confidence as worries over loose dentures are eliminated.
- Houston Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Penchas
This type of dental bridge does require dental implants to hold them firmly in place. The exact number of implants needed can vary from individual to individual, but we will be able to advise you of how many you need after carrying out a full mouth assessment.
These types of bridges are generally held in place with screws which are covered up with a small amount of tooth colored composite. The reason for this is that it allows the dentist to easily remove the bridge if necessary without damaging the bridge. It doesn’t affect the appearance of the bridge at all.
It is extremely important to ensure the implants are placed correctly by an experienced oral surgeon to help ensure the success of this treatment. Incorrectly inserted implants can lead to unnecessary stresses or forces being placed on them. In addition the dental bridge needs to be constructed to the correct vertical dimensions to ensure it functions properly.