Dental implants are a great solution if you have lost a tooth or two. But what happens if you’re missing all the teeth in one or both of your arches? Placing an individual implant for each missing tooth may be too expensive.

The good news is dentures are not the only option. Implant-supported hybrids, also known as all-on-four, all-on-six, or all-on-eight implants, can be a cost-effective solution. A full denture prosthetic is placed onto the arch, but is held in place by four to eight implants. With this solution you never need to “put your teeth in” (or out). They also look and feel similar to natural teeth, and you should care for them in the same way: brush, floss, and go to your regular dental cleanings.

Implant-supported hybrids are one of the most stable treatments to replace missing teeth. In addition to being far more convenient than traditional dentures, implant-supported hybrids also can help prevent bone loss. The implants themselves help to strengthen the jaw bone every time you chew.

Contact Capital Dental Design for implant-supported hybrids, or read on to learn more about them.

How many dental implants should go in your implant-supported hybrid?

It depends on the patient. All-on-four implant-supported hybrids require the least amount of bone structure, because the implants can be angled to make the most of what’s there. All-on-eight hybrids can offer more support for your jawbone if enough bone structure still exists.

After an extensive examination of your mouth, we will form an opinion as to what’s best in your case, and will explain your options. 

How many visits do implant-supported hybrids require?

A hybrid typically requires several visits. First, you may need a bone graft if your jaw bone has degraded to the point that it can’t support even four implants. You’ll need to make a separate visit to place the implants. After the prosthesis is placed, you’ll be able to talk and eat, though you’ll have to be gentle with your prosthetic and implant while the titanium rods integrate with your jaw bone.

We’ll place a temporary prosthetic right after you receive the implants, but you’ll need several follow-up visits before we can add the permanent prosthetic. We want to ensure the implant is integrating with the bone.  That will ensure the best fit, and one that looks right aesthetically. 

How long do implant-supported hybrids last?

Many people get implants later in life, and the implants can last for 25 years or more.

The implant-supported hybrid procedure is relatively new, so we don’t have all the data we’d like on the long-term durability of the denture itself. We know the denture usually lasts at least 10 years. We also know an individual prosthetic crown on a dental implant lasts 5 to 15 years before it needs to be replaced. By the way, the prosthetic is the least-expensive part of the system, so if you need to get it replaced every 10 years or so, the implant-supported hybrid still is a cost-effective solution.

Does insurance cover implant-supported hybrids?

Insurance may cover some of the procedure, but rarely covers all of it. Our office can help you determine where insurance will and will not help. We can also help you determine your options for paying for the procedure. Implant-supported hybrids are an investment in your long-term quality of life, as well as in your bone and gum structure, which can be lost if you use only dentures.

Of course, the prosthesis itself is designed to give you one of the most beautiful smiles you’ve enjoyed in years. Most of our patients feel happier and far more confident knowing they’ve now got a beautiful smile.

We can help

Contact Capital Dental Design in Richmond with questions about implant-supported hybrids, or to schedule an appointment.