Your smile is one of your greatest assets and it’s important to maintain both its appearance and its health. One of the most common issues to address in the aging process is tooth loss. When teeth are lost, it can take a significant toll not only on the health of your mouth, but also on how you feel about or perceive yourself. You might try to hide your teeth when you smile, or to simply smile less in general. This limits self-expression and prevents you from fully sharing how we feel with the world, all while potentially affecting your self-esteem and feelings about how you appear to friends and loved ones.
On top of all that, it’s easy to get bogged down in the research process when trying to decide how best to address the issue of missing teeth. There is no shortage of options out there, and it can be difficult to decide on the right choice for you, let alone fully understand how it works. Luckily, there is an emerging treatment option to help rebuild your smile and allow it to achieve its full potential: the hybrid denture.
At its core, the hybrid denture is a permanent tooth replacement system that helps to overcome some of the shortcomings of the traditional removable dentures. Removable dentures have been a popular option for centuries, but improvements in both technology and dental expertise are creating more effective and desirable alternatives. Removable dentures are accompanied by many complications:
- They are fragile, leading to common breakage when dropped or otherwise damaged by the wearer. Not only is this a costly fix, but it will lead to an extended period without your ideal smile.
- They require consistent maintenance, commanding time that could be spent more enjoyably.
- They tend to slide around, creating complications with eating or speaking.
- New models are required over time as the shape of your mouth changes with age.
Fortunately, hybrid dentures remedy all of these problems by combining the best of two worlds: dentures and implants. They replicate dentures by replacing multiple missing teeth, while creating comfort and permanence with dental implant technology. In this process, a qualified dentist will meet with you for an examination during which they will use 3D imaging technology to map out the best treatment plan for your individual case. Be sure to see a dentist that takes time during the planning stages as each smile is unique and should be approached with proper care. Next, small, metal, screwlike posts are affixed to your jaw, and an impression will be taken so the laboratory can create your specialized replacements. Once the dentist has attached the final replacement appliance, your teeth with look and function as good as new! They’ll require only the same maintenance as your natural teeth (brushing and flossing), eliminating the tedious process of cleaning removable dentures. Since they have been surgically attached to your jaw, there will be no risk of slipping, dropping or breaking them. Hybrid dentures are truly revolutionizing the way that adults are repairing their smiles.
If you’d like to learn more about hybrid dentures or other specialized dental treatments, call Dr. Markowitz and the Great Boca Smiles team today at (561) 221-2025!