Implant-Supported Hybrid Prosthesis
Implant-supported hybrid prosthesis is classified as a fixed prosthesis on implants. Hybrid prostheses are considered restorations that are fabricated on a metal alloy framework, using an acrylic denture base and artificial teeth or porcelain teeth, and are placed in the mouth with screw retention. Hybrid prostheses are fixed prostheses that are not removable by the patient. They can only be removed by the dentist when necessary.
Who is Suitable for Hybrid Prostheses?
Hybrid prostheses can be used comfortably in complete tooth loss and partial tooth loss cases. Hybrid prostheses are applied to patients with moderate to advanced bone resorption for the treatment of bone and soft tissues, in cases of extensive edentulism with significant bone loss, and when upper lip support is desired.
The first criterion to consider in deciding on the fabrication of a hybrid prosthesis is the inter-jaw distance. Additionally, lip support, a high smile line in the upper jaw, and the lower lip contour during speech are taken into account.
When are Hybrid Prostheses Preferred?
Technological advancements have led to alternatives and improvements in the selection of both the framework and superstructure materials, production techniques, and restoration design in the application of hybrid prostheses.
Hybrid prostheses, which are placed in the mouth with screws, provide the comfort of fixed prostheses for patients and ease of removal for any necessary repairs or check-ups for dentists. Hybrid prostheses contribute to the harmony between the gum and surrounding tissues and the dental hard tissues.
What are the Advantages of Hybrid Prostheses?
Compared to implant-supported fixed prostheses, hybrid prostheses offer patients numerous functional, aesthetic, and psychological advantages and are cost-effective.
Implant-supported hybrid prostheses are a treatment option that can be preferred due to their advantages, such as solving entry path problems, achieving passive fit of the restoration, moving the marginal border of the restoration to an area that can be cleaned, and meeting the desired level of soft tissue support and aesthetics outside the mouth.
How Many Sessions are Required for Hybrid Prosthesis Application?
Implant-supported hybrid prostheses do not differ much from conventional prosthesis treatment. Patients undergo a minimum of 5-6 consecutive sessions.