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Posted by: Baylor77  (6 years ago)
Hi,

I've been doing some research as I suspect I'm going to want to go with some type on implants dentures and not just regular one. But there are so many names out there and a number sound like they do the same thing.

I understand implant supported dentures are removable, that one was easy. You get acrylic teeth and you pop them in and out to clean them. But then there are the hybridge dental implants that sound like you get a perm. denture installed with 4-8 implants. There is the all on four, which again is perm. and they use 4 implants. Then I hear of the prettau bridge, that uses 4 implants. This one has zirconia teeth. Aren't they all the same thing, just different upgrades or am I wrong? Are these bridges or dentures?

Appreciate someone helping a confused noobie.
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Hi,

I've been doing some research as I suspect I'm going to want to go with some type on implants dentures and not just regular one. But there are so many names out there and a number sound like they do the same thing.

I understand implant supported dentures are removable, that one was easy. You get acrylic teeth and you pop them in and out to clean them. But then there are the hybridge dental implants that sound like you get a perm. denture installed with 4-8 implants. There is the all on four, which again is perm. and they use 4 implants. Then I hear of the prettau bridge, that uses 4 implants. This one has zirconia teeth. Aren't they all the same thing, just different upgrades or am I wrong? Are these bridges or dentures?

Appreciate someone helping a confused noobie.


You haven't been doing "research," like in a lab, you have merely been reading the internet.

Whether you can do a fixed hybrid implant device depends on bone quality and quantity. If you don't have enough good bone, a fixed hybrid will not be possible.

Fixed hybrids are a LOT more complicated thus a LOT more expensive than implant supported removable dentures. Implant dentures based on two implants with magnetic heads are relatively simple, work well, and cost about one fifth what a fixed hybrid does. You need at least 4 implants on top to make an implant over denture without the roof of the mouth being covered.

Denture teeth work just fine in fixed hybrids and are easy and cheap to replace. I have seen zirconia teeth chip and they cost a whole lot more to replace.

Relying on only 4 implants for support is possible on the lower, but more risky on the upper. Remember with only 4, if one fails, the who hybrid must be remade. Personally, I would want more redundancy.

Don't get hung up on names of prostheses. What you need is a GREAT DENTIST who has does a number of these things. A 3D scan is mandatory to assess bone. Whatever you do:

1. Do NOT go to a corporate chain dental clinic to have this done. Go to a dentist that owns his practice.
2. Do NOT permit them to use copy-cat, knock-off implants. You want the real deal. Metallurgy is extremely important.

In the end, if you have enough bone, you have to decide how much money you want to spend. Count on $22,000-$27,000 EACH for a fixed hybrid and sufficient implants.
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