Full Arch Implants
WHY FIXED HYBRID DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Commonly referred to as All-on-4® or Teeth-in-a-Day®, our proven Fixed Hybrid procedure allows most patients to have their remaining teeth removed, implants placed, and a beautiful, fixed, functional smile delivered over the course of a single day! We see countless patients who are suffering with mouths full of extensive decay, failing, old dental work, and broken teeth. For these patients, Fixed Hybrid is the perfect solution to get a new smile and fix the dental issues that have plagued them for years.
Looks And Feels Like Your Original Teeth!
Non-removable. Doesn’t come in and out of the mouth like dentures.
Securely attached to your implants from day one*. No long healing times before you can use your dental implants.
No gagging*. Doesn’t cover the roof of the mouth!
Best chewing capability of all full arch/full mouth tooth replacement options.
Requires the least amount of bone. Great for people who have been told they don’t have enough bone for implants.
Taste your food better!
HOW DOES THE PROCEDURE WORK?
This procedure involves removing any remaining teeth, placing 4-6 implants per arch, and attaching a low-profile bridge to those implants. The implants are often placed at special angles to avoid the patient’s sinuses. This also avoids the need for expensive bone grafts with long healing times.
Our experienced dentists carefully analyze every case and base our treatment on your specific anatomy. Your doctor will place between four and six implants per arch and temporary fixed bridges will be placed while your implants integrate with your jawbones and your mouth heals. After your healing is complete, the doctor and lab technician will fabricate your final teeth, which will be fabricated with either zirconia or a nano-ceramic. Zirconia and nano-ceramic teeth are not only much stronger than traditional acrylic (plastic) denture teeth offered at most other dental offices, but they also give a more natural, life-like end result. In addition, zirconia and nano-ceramic teeth are more hygienic and resistant to staining. This means they will last longer and look better than the acrylic/titanium hybrid bridges you find at most other practices. Also, the teeth that your doctor designs are planned and milled digitally using the latest CAD/CAM technology, so there will always be a saved file of your teeth if they ever need to be replaced.
ARE YOU A CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Most patients will be a candidate for this procedure, even those who have been told they don’t have enough bone for dental implants. Your doctor will use a combination of straight and angled implants to avoid the sinuses and engage the strongest bone. Using this technique usually removes the need for expensive and lengthy sinus augmentation bone grafts.
HOW TO GET STARTED?
It all starts with a free consultation. We’ll take a 3D scan of your jaw and the doctor will examine your mouth to see if the procedure is right for you.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
Usually the surgery takes about 1.5 hours per arch. Then, the lab portion of making the teeth takes about 2 hours. If we start in the morning, for a single upper or lower arch patients are usually done around lunch time. If we are replacing both top and bottom teeth, we usually finish around 2:30 to 3:30 in the afternoon. Most of this time is waiting for the teeth to be made in our lab and trying them in to ensure your smile is just right. It is a long day, but will definitely be worth it in the end!
When you leave our office, your temporary bridge(s) will be securely attached to your new implants. You will wear your temporary bridge(s) for 4 months to allow time for your implants to integrate with your bone and for your jaws and gums to heal into a stable, long-term position before we fabricate your final bridge(s). Allowing this healing time ensures the closest possible fit for your final bridges. After this healing time, we will begin fabricating your final bridge(s). This involves a few appointments over a 5-6 week period, during which time you’ll help us design the smile you want for your permanent teeth.
How Can I Get Fixed Teeth In One Day? I Thought The Implants Had To Heal?
What is unique about our procedure, and what allows us to attach to your implants from day one, is that all of your implants will be rigidly splinted together by your new teeth (the implant bridge). Splinting them together prevents the micro-movement of the implants that can lead to failure early on. Basically, your implants and bridge all support each other.
Your dental implants will be made of titanium, the same material used in artificial hip and knee joints, so your jawbone will naturally grow around and attach to them over time.
What If Another Dentist Has Said I’m Not A Candidate Or Do Not Have Enough Bone For Dental Implants?
The majority of patients that have been told they are not a candidates for dental implants are actually good candidates for the Fixed Hybrid procedure. A combination of using angled implants and using the front of the jaw bone where the bone is more dense allows us to complete this procedure for many patients that thought it was not an option. We can usually perform this procedure without the need for expensive grafting that delays treatment by months or years. Please come see us for a complimentary consultation to see if you are a candidate.
Can The Extractions, Implants, And Fixed Teeth Really Be Completed In The Same Day?
Yes! This is our preferred way of doing this procedure with the best outcome. With the advanced implants and materials that we have available today, there is usually no reason to have to wait months or even years to go through the process like you had to do in the past.
What Do The New Implant Bridges Feel Like?
Your new implant bridges will be a new sensation and will take a few days or sometimes a few weeks to get used to.
Is There Excessive Pain Involved In This Procedure?
While there will be moderate pain, it is similar to the pain of dental extractions. We use a combination of medications to help control pain and keep our patients as comfortable as possible.
What Is The Recovery Time Like For This Procedure?
This will vary from patient to patient, but, your pain should subside within 1-2 weeks, with complete healing typically after 6 months. Traditional dentures and implant dentures both require healing periods during which time the dentures are able to move and cause sore spots.
Why Choose Secure Dentures and Implants?
First; Although we do all types of dental procedures, from routine maintenance to detailed surgeries, dental implantology is our passion. That is why Secure Dentures and Implants performs so many dental implant and prosthetic procedures each month. We have an in-house lab, competitive pricing, and same day teeth. Second; we are privately owned, and every patient will be seen by one of our doctors. We focus on the satisfaction of our patients instead of monthly quotas, cost cutting, and shareholders. We want you to be treated by the same dentist that has the great reviews on our website or was the one your friend recommended. Our doctors oversee your procedure from beginning to end and will do everything to make sure you are happy with your smile and take care of you like family. Finally; with our efficiencies, we are able to offer these procedures for our patients at a very competitive price. Not only do we have the best prices, we also use the best quality implants and the best zirconia and nano-ceramic teeth.
Do You Offer Warranties Or Guarantees?
We warranty the final bridge for 7 years. If a dental implant fails to integrate we will replace it at no cost. To keep this warranty, our patients must return every 6 months for maintenance and hygiene of their bridges/implants. The warranty does not apply to patients that continue to smoke or have uncontrolled diabetes or develop other uncontrolled systemic conditions that compromise their implants.
How Often Should I Have My New Teeth Professionally Cleaned?
You should come in every 6 months to have your teeth/implants checked and cleaned. This will help ensure the longevity of your new teeth and implants.
Can Implants Fail?
While titanium dental implants do have a 95+% success rate, yes, they can still fail. Some of the things that can cause them to fail:
failure to integrate into the bone
If an implant fails within the first year, your dentist will replace it at no charge to you.
Can I Be Put To Sleep For My Procedure?
We do not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer oral conscious sedation. This medication will help to relax you and often makes it so you don’t even remember your procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have a driver for this procedure, someone who can drive you after you have taken your oral sedation pill(s). You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.
How Long Will I Bleed After The Procedure?
Significant bleeding will have stopped before you leave the clinic, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 days after the procedure. In addition, you will most likely notice increased salivation when we first put your temporary teeth in. When this increased saliva mixes with a little blood, it can look like a lot of blood. If heavy bleeding continues, please call the office.
Will I Know How To Use My New Teeth Right Away?
Just as you would need practice in order to get used to functioning with a prosthetic leg, it will require some practice and patience to get used to your prosthetic teeth.
Will I Know How To Speak With My New Teeth Right Away?
Again, this will take a little time, but with some patience and practice, your mouth and tongue will quickly adjust. S’s will be the toughest to pronounce. Practicing words like “Mississippi” and “sixty six” will help you get used to your new teeth.
How Long After My Procedure Should I Wait To Use A Water Flosser/Waterpik?
Patients should wait 6 weeks after their procedure before they begin cleaning with a water flosser.
Why Do You Call It Teeth In A Day When I Don’t Get My Permanent Teeth Until 4-6 Months After My Procedure?
It is referred to as teeth in a day because you are receiving a set of implant-supported functional prosthetic temporary teeth in one day. Since there are often major changes in your mouth during the healing and implant integration phase, it is best to start with a temporary set up teeth. This ensures the best long-term outcome with your permanent teeth.
Can My Temporary Teeth Be Damaged?
Yes, your temporary teeth are made of acrylic and can chip, crack, and occasionally break. This is very common. The great thing about the acrylic temporary is that it can easily be repaired. If you have any issues with your temporary, just give us a call and we’ll get you fixed up right away.
Can My Permanent Teeth Be Damaged?
While it is possible for zirconia and nano-ceramic to be damaged, it’s extremely uncommon. Zirconia and nano-ceramic are among the strongest and most durable materials available in the dental world.
Can Food Get Under My Fixed Hybrid Teeth?
Yes, any prosthetic in the mouth will get some amount of food under it. You can rinse with water to get food out from under your bridge(s), and cleaning every day with a water flosser will be part of your long-term hygiene regimen.
How Long Should I Take Off Work For Recovery After My Procedure?
Generally 4-7 days is sufficient. With that said, since there is always the chance of bruising and swelling, and you’ll need to get used to eating and speaking with your new teeth, the longer you can take off, the better.
I Feel Like I’m Too Young For This Procedure?
No, this is not just a procedure for the elderly. It’s actually quite common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be hugely beneficial to your overall physical health, and being able to smile, laugh, and converse confidently with teeth you’re proud of can be hugely beneficial to your emotional health. Again, needing to replace teeth early in life is not uncommon at all.
What Items Should I Have Ready For After My Procedure?
wash cloths you don’t mind throwing away
comfortable clothes you don’t mind throwing away
soft foods (a good rule is you can eat anything you can cut with a plastic fork)