If you are a denture wearer, it is likely that you’ve experienced denture slippage at some point. Denture slippage occurs when removable dentures move around in your mouth while in use. Because patients must utilize their dentures every day to be able to enjoy basic everyday activities like eating food or talking to a friend, denture slippage can affect a person’s overall quality of life. To help with this issue, Dr. Engelberg, your Arlington Heights, IL dentist, provides fixed hybrid dentures at AHSmiles. Learn the answers to frequently asked questions about fixed hybrid dentures below:
What are fixed-hybrid dentures?
Fixed-hybrid dentures combine the benefits of dentures with the benefits of implant dentistry. To support a fixed-hybrid denture, your doctor will place a few strategically placed dental implants to help secure your denture in place. Because dental implants involve a surgical procedure for placement, it may take 3-4 appointments before your fixed-hybrid dentures are complete. Once the dental implants are placed, your denture will secure itself to these dentures, holding your teeth firmly in place for improved chewing and speaking capabilities.
How many dental implants will I need?
This depends on your treatment plan. Typically, four dental implants can be used to secure a single arch of dentures. Many patients find this treatment option most beneficial for their lower set of teeth. Dr. Engelberg will examine the condition of your mouth to assess how many dental implants you need to support your denture. At our Arlington Heights dentist office, we do not take a one-size-fits-all approach to dentistry. Dr. Engelberg offers each patient a personalized treatment plan to address the unique needs of each patient.
How long after the fixed-hybrid denture procedure will I have no teeth?
Immediately following the dental implant placement, you will be given a temporary fixed denture to ensure you do not have to go without teeth. However, the dental implants will need several months to heal before your final fixed denture can be placed. This final set of dentures is custom-fit to your healed soft tissues. To find out if you are a candidate for this procedure, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Engelberg. He is happy to answer any remaining questions you have about this treatment option. Contact our office directly if you would like more information on the fixed-hybrid denture procedure.