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We understand that you may have questions and concerns about the dental implant process.

We’ve put together a comprehensive FAQ section to address your inquiries and provide you with essential information to make informed decisions about your dental health. Our FAQs cover a wide range of topics related to dental implants, from the procedure itself to aftercare and maintenance. We are here to assist you in your journey towards a healthier, more confident smile. If you’re considering dental implants, our FAQs are a valuable resource to help you get started on your path to improved oral health and well-being.

What are differences between regular implants and Hybridge?

Hybridge Full Arch is not an implant. It is a prosthetic restoration which is made using very specific clinical techniques.

The “conventional” approach to dental implants can be completed in many different ways, usually resulting in porcelain crowns or bridgework. These treatments are still indicated in many instances, but usually for replacing one or several teeth at a time. Treatment time may take up to 18 months.

Hybridge Full Arch is a specific technique/protocol, which has been perfected to result in a fast, cost effective, simplified treatment approach. The final prosthetic restoration is a cross-linked PMMA and chrome cobalt bridge replacing up to 12 teeth, supported on 5 or 6 dental implants. The result is full dental function for less than half the cost of conventional implant bridgework and in a fraction of the time.

What is the approximate cost?

Every person is different and so too is the Hybridge case depending on the number of teeth remaining, available bone, and other factors. There are many variables to the Hybridge treatment, so cost can vary. At MDI our doctor will give you an exact cost estimate at the time of your initial consultation.

What if I've been told I don't have enough jaw bone for dental implants?

Good news! You may still be a candidate for Hybridge. Our process can be completed on patients who have been told they are not eligible for dental implants. The Hybridge process is unique in that it utilizes the bone that most of our patients already have. Bone grafting may be needed with extreme bone loss. A dental CT scan can easily identify available bone, and determine if bone augmentation/addition is needed.

How long after the implant surgery must I wait until I can go back to work?

Most patients can resume normal activities within a few days. Although in most cases discomfort is minimal, patients vary when it comes to bruising; approximately 20% experience some degree of bruising. This may affect your returning to work right away. Three to five days is usually plenty of time to wait to return to a full schedule.

What kinds of foods do I have to stay away from?

Hybridge Full Arch is designed to withstand normal function, but with some limitations. Eating anything harder than your teeth could cause chipping or breaking. We suggest that Hybridge Full Arch patients refrain from eating food that requires “crushing, ” such as hard nuts, ice, candies, popcorn kernels, and pretzels. Over time, there may be instances where patients forget these limitations and experience some fracture or wear of the teeth on the Hybridge Full Arch. The repair is quite easy and often can be completed in the office. If the bridge requires repair at the Hybridge Laboratory, it takes only a few days to repair. The cost to the patient is usually minimal, comparable to that of a filling. 

Will I ever have to go without teeth during the process?

In most cases you will always be able to wear a temporary denture during the time you are going through treatment. Although this will give you very good esthetics, your ability to eat/ function will be limited while wearing the denture(s).

How long does Hybridge treatment take?

Treatment time is usually measured starting at the first surgical procedure and ends at the final insertion of your Hybridge restoration. Treatment duration varies based on:

– Teeth or no teeth at the start of treatment
– If bone grafting is needed
– If it is an upper or lower Hybridge
– If there are any dental infections at the start of treatment

Hybridge can be completed in as little as 2 weeks. There are rare cases that require a significant amount of bone grafting. These procedures can extend treatment past the 16 week period. A treatment sequence and time line will be developed for you after your consultation so that you can plan your appointments around your personal obligations.

Does age matter?

Hybridge may be the right treatment for someone young or old. Current patient age ranges are 21 to 93. More important than age is good healing, which is not age dependent. Patients that smoke will often take longer to heal from their Hybridge procedure. Your overall health will be evaluated, and we will contact your physician for an assessment prior to starting your Hybridge treatment, regardless of your age.

I grind my teeth, will I grind my new Hybridge teeth?

Many times by correcting a bad bite, grinding will lessen, but habits are sometimes hard to break. We have found that those with a history of grinding, (bruxing), will need more maintenance over time due to wear of the Hybridge teeth. Unlike natural teeth, Hybridge can be restored usually within a week, and for less cost than one crown.

Will I need to have dental cleanings after I finish treatment?
Yes, we recommend cleaning every 3-4 months.
I have periodontal disease. Will my Hybridge also be affected by it?

Periodontal disease does not prevent patients from having Hybridge Full Arch treatment, and this treatment is a great option for those patients who struggle with periodontal disease and its effects. However, with a Hybridge Full Arch, proper daily flossing and brushing is still necessary, as well as visits to the dental hygienist every 3-4 months. This will help prevent the build up of plaque, which can lead to harmful bacteria, and potentially affect the health of the implants.

Will I have to take my teeth out? Are they permanent?

Hybridge is removable solely by your dentist, and only when needed. Hybridge is permanent

Is Hybridge Full Arch only for denture wearers?
Hybridge Full Arch is definitely a solution for denture wearers because it is a permanent solution that restores full function, which wearing a denture doesn’t do. Hybridge is also a solution for those who have some or all of their natural teeth remaining. Many people have chronic dental problems caused by periodontal disease or decay. Conventional dentistry doesn’t definitively solve these problems for those at high risk. Hybridge Full Arch is a definitive, once and for all solution for those patients whose teeth do not have a good prognosis.