Quite possibly the most remarkable treatment available in dentistry is the Hybrid Prosthesis. Be it from decay, fracture, or boneless some patients may experience an entire arch of failing/nonrestorable teeth.
Hybrid implant prosthetics are done by removing the failing teeth and placement of 4-8 implants to support a full arch of teeth. The prosthesis is screwed into the implants and remains permanently in the patients mouth. That means no nightly removal and no denture adhesive! Much like any implant therapy, patients must still clean the teeth and the implant connection to remove plaque buildup and prevent inflammation. Patients are also instructed to return to the dentist for 6month cleanings and once per year the prosthesis is taken out and professionally cleaned.
If hybrid implant prosthesis isn't an option due to cost or available bone/gums. Then an implant over denture may be considered. Implant over dentures are much like traditional dentures only they do not rely on simple suction or musculature to hold the denture in place.
The denture is secured by a male-female snap in component on top of the implants. This allows for the denture to ‘click' into place and prevents accidental ejection of the denture and stability while talking or chewing.
If a patient already has an existing ill-fitting denture, it usually can be converted to clip into implants without the replacement of the entire denture.