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Who is a Good Candidate for Hybridge Implants?
Hybridge® implants are the perfect solution for the person who feels that the process of implant-supported restorations is too long and too daunting. They are also a last resort for people who want permanent artificial teeth but have insufficient bone mass for other kinds of implant-supported restorations.
Does this mean that Hybridge® implants are for everyone? The short answer is: No. Dentists always try to find a teeth replacement method that improves the lives of their patients without causing harm. Sometimes Hybridge® implants are not that option. To figure out if Hybridge® implants will work for you, find out more about how they work first.
What exactly are Hybridge® implants and who needs them?
The term ‘Hybridge® implants’ refers to more than the dental implants that dentists embed in the patient’s jaws. A more descriptive phrase for dental restorations that dentists render via Hybridge® technology is ‘Hybridge® implant-supported prostheses.’
Much of the time, the dental restorations that sit atop Hybridge® implants take the form of full-arch prosthetics that are anchored in place by five or six strategically placed implants. There are less common restorations, though. Dentists can use Hybridge® technology to place bridges as well.
The main selling point of Hybridge® implants is the speed and affordability of the entire process. Also, the placement of Hybridge® implants and the restorations they support requires minimally invasive procedures that require a short recovery time. This makes Hybridge® implants the ideal treatment for the replacement of multiple teeth. This is actually the first answer to the question: Who is the ideal candidate for Hybridge® implants?
1. A person that is missing most or all of their teeth
The process of placing Hybridge® implants usually involves placing five or six implants at strategic locations along the length of the dental arch. It also involves loading the implants with a full-arch prosthetic. It figures that in this scenario, said dental arch should have no teeth on it.
In the case of partial dentures, a patient should have a contiguous set of missing teeth. To take full advantage of the affordability of the Hybridge® technique, dentists use a single implant to support multiple artificial ‘teeth.’ It, therefore, makes more sense to use the technique to replace a row of teeth with a few implants instead of using one implant for each tooth.
2. A person that has enough bone mass to anchor a set of implants
A patient who is looking to replace missing teeth starts the process by undergoing an exhaustive evaluation. During this stage, a dentist will check if the patient has enough jawbone to provide solid support for several implants.
Some patients that are ineligible for other types of implant-supported restorations may still be good candidates for Hybridge® implants. The reason is that dentists who install Hybridge® implants use a software system to pinpoint the parts of the jaw that have the most bone mass. Oftentimes, this software, known as a surgical guide, eliminates the need for a bone graft.
3. Someone in good oral health
Dentists check that a patient has zero oral health problems before they begin the process of placing dental implants. If they find a problem, the dentist will provide treatment to eliminate the oral health issue in preparation for the placement of Hybridge® implants.
4. Someone healthy enough to undergo minor oral surgery
The placement of Hybridge® implants requires one or two oral surgeries. To ensure a good outcome, a patient should be healthy enough to go through a procedure with minimal risk of complications. Patients who have chronic medical conditions like diabetes, weak immunity or blood disorders should get the go-ahead from their primary care physician.
Are you a good candidate for Hybridge® implants?
Our dentist has many years of experience with dental implants and many happy patients to show for it. They will advise you on the best way to restore your smile based on the results of your exam. Get in touch with us to find out if Hybridge® implants are an option for you.
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