Fixed Hybrid Dentures Vs Snap In Dentures Over Implants
Which one is better and why?
Now that you have set your full set of implants, you are ready for the rehabilitation process.
Remember the All-On-4 is divided into two trips down to Cancun.
On the first trip, we will set dental implants. Four, six or eight implants can be set, depends on your health and bone situation.
The ideal and the most common is to set four implants. This will give extra stability.
When you have a full set of implants you can trust that if one fails, you still have the rest to support the hybrid bridge that loads on top.
When bone is narrow, we could also suggest zygomatic implants or even Snap On Dentures with mini dental implants.
After the dental implants are surgically set, a six-month waiting gap is needed for the Osseointegration process. This process is a natural body reaction where the bone will try to bond to the implants. That way, you will have a strong foundation.
What is the cost to rehabilitate the All On Four?
In the second trip, you will have to restore your implants. You have two options.
One is the secured (fixed) option, the other one is the Snap (removable) option.
Fixed Hybrid Bridge (non-removable)
Snap-In Dentures Over Implants (removable)
Fixed? Or removable?
After six months, you will have a strong foundation. Now it is necessary to load on top either a fixed or a removable solution.
The hybrid bridge is made of titanium/acrylic. It is secured to the implants previously set into your jawbone. You can not move it or take it off.
The Snap-In Dentures are removable. These are palateless dentures that snap on and off the head of the implants. They can be can be set over regular implants or over mini dental implants (read more).
* The All On Four and All On Six can support a fixed hybrid bridge or a removable Snap-On Denture. Zygomatic Implants can NOT hold the Snap In Dentures.
Can we adapt my current denture for the implants?
No. In the case of a fixed solution, we create in our in-house laboratory the hybrid bridge that is secured on top of the abutments. The abutments are the head of the implants. We can not use your current dentures, we must create a new fixed hybrid bridge.
It can't be done when loaded over regular implants (like the All-On-4). But, if you are not having this treatment and you get the Snap-On Dentures over mini implants, then it can be possible if the denture is in good conditions.
How are they cleaned?
The fixed hybrid denture must be removed by a dentist every six months. The dentist will unscrew the hybrid bridge to clean it. He will also check your bone, gums, and tissue.
You still need to keep a strict oral hygiene to keep your gums healthy and your tissue free from bacteria and possible infections.
You will need to keep a strict oral hygiene from now on. You will also need to snap off you Snap-In Denture and brush it with water and neutral soap.
Why would anyone choose the removable option (Snap In Dentures) over the Hybrid Bridge (fixed solution)?
The most common reason is the budget. The Snap-In Dentures can be a good choice and you can always upgrade to a fixed hybrid bridge.
*Snap-On dentures can NOT be placed over Zygomatic implants. Click here to learn why.
** If you have severe bone narrowness, you can also have mini implant dentures. Click to learn more.