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What are Hybridge Implants?
Hybridge® implants are more than just the biocompatible rods that sit in the jawbone, where they anchor dental restorations. The term also alludes to the technique and the protocols that guide the installation and loading of the implants.
When you hear someone talk about Hybridge® implants, they are likely talking about the implants and the artificial teeth that sit on them. There is more to this innovation than a simple definition. Keep reading to explore how dentists execute Hybridge® implants.
Hybridge® implants and the different parts that make up the whole
A patient who walks out of the dentist’s office with a permanent and fully functional set of artificial teeth leaves with several pieces of dental work. The first is the implants themselves. These take the form of small posts that take the form of hollow screws. Dental implants are made with materials that are compatible with living tissue. This property allows the implants to integrate with surrounding bone tissue without causing an adverse reaction.
The second component of the artificial teeth is the prosthetics themselves. The most common restorations that dentists place on Hybridge® implants are full-arch dentures. The denture gums are made of acrylic or some other type of polymer. The teeth are made of acrylic, or ceramics like zirconia and porcelain. The framework that holds everything together is made of tough, transparent polymer and a chrome/cobalt combination. What comes next is a short explainer of how dentists install the different parts to realize a picture-perfect smile.
The process of installing Hybridge® implants
Hybridge® implants are popular because they are one of the most affordable ways to install a full set of permanent teeth on the upper or lower jaw. The reason for the great pricing is the seamless process made possible by a computer-aided protocol.
After a dentist clears their patient for Hybridge® implants, they set a date for a subsequent dental appointment. During the second appointment, the dentist extracts the few teeth that remain on the patient’s dental arch. They proceed to take scans of the person’s jaw and feed the information to software that finds optimal locations for the dental implants.
If a patient needs to replace the teeth in their upper jaw, the dentist will send them home to heal. After a week or two, they will visit the dentist, who will place five or six implants all along the upper arch. With the implants in place, the dentist will take 3D scans of the patient’s mouth. The patient will go home with temporary dentures and wait for their new implants to fuse with the jaw.
After a few weeks, the dentist will perform one last procedure. They will load the implants with custom dentures. The process for placing Hybridge® full-arch prosthesis on the lower jaw is similar. The only difference is that the dentist will place implants in the lower jaw during the same procedure where they remove any remaining teeth.
Computer-aided design and manufacture of Hybridge® restorations
For maximum speed and accuracy, every step of the Hybridge® protocol happens with the help of specialized dental software. Here is how:
A trained dentist will use a system known as a surgical guide to pinpoint the parts of the jawbone that have enough bone mass to support an implant. The guide also helps dentists to position the implants such that they provide maximum stability for restorations.
The dentist will also use design software to create a digital design for a set of dentures or a bridge. They may make a few adjustments to the model before they send it to a dental lab.
At the lab, computer-aided manufacture (CAM) software will sculpt the different parts of the restoration, with the model as the blueprint. The software controls a milling machine, which does the actual fabrication; a lot like how Microsoft word sends a document to the printer.
Find out how Hybridge® implants and restorations can restore your smile
Make an appointment with our dentist to find out how Hybridge® implants can replace your missing teeth to create a brand new smile. They will be happy to lay out your options and recommend a course of action that will meet all your needs.
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