How to Properly Care for Hybridge Dental Implants
Significant oral trauma can be devastating on emotional and physical levels. At Pipe Creek Dental Center, patients can reclaim their smile and natural abilities to chew and speak by replacing several or all missing teeth with innovative, well-fitted Hybridge dental implants. Dr. Carolyn B. Walker works with patients throughout Pipe Creek, TX and the surrounding areas and is uniquely certified in reconstructing patients’ smiles with titanium medical-grade Hybridge dental implants that can last for many years.
What are Hybridge dental implants?
Hybridge dental implants are revolutionary, surgical restorations designed to replace full sets of missing teeth. Titanium screws are directly implanted into the jawbone, which serve as artificial tooth roots. Once the implants have properly fused into place, artificial teeth are custom-fit and secured into place over the gumline. At Pipe Creek Dental Center, Dr. Walker carefully assesses the current status of each patient’s oral health to determine if Hybridge dental implants are the appropriate treatment path to a fuller smile.
How do Hybridge dental implants differ from traditional dental implants?
Similar to traditional implants, Hybridge implants utilize titanium placements that are surgically inserted into the jawbone for secure, long-term placement. However, there are a few key differences, including:
- Hybridge dental implants are specifically designed to house full sets of missing teeth
- Dentists must be Hybridge-certified to carry out this specific restoration technique
- A more cost-effective treatment compared to many dental implant procedures
- Faster healing time
Am I an ideal candidate for Hybridge dental implants?
Both men and women may be viable candidates for Hybridge dental implants if they:
- Are in good general health
- Have multiple missing teeth
- Have missing full sets of teeth
Dr. Walker will review your dental and medical histories to determine if you can safely undergo Hybridge dental implant surgery. Some patients may require tooth extractions, bone grafting, or additional dental treatments for active oral infections prior to receiving their implants. Patients with specific medical conditions may not qualify for surgery or may be better suited for alternative restoration services.
How the treatment process works
Prior to receiving implants, Dr. Walker collects specific data from a CT scan, including measurements of sinuses, bone structures, and nerves. Patients attend a scheduled appointment at Pipe Creek Dental Center, where they will receive a local anesthetic to numb the jawbone. Dr. Walker creates small incisions in the gumline to insert each titanium implant directly into the jawbone. Once the incisions are closed up, and the patient is approved for discharge, they may return home to begin their implant recovery. After a few weeks to a few months, the patient returns to our office to be custom-fitted for their artificial teeth.
How to properly care for Hybridge dental implants
During the first 1 – 2 weeks after receiving your implants, Dr. Walker will send you home with a recovery protocol to optimize healing and reduce your risk for infection. Recommendations may include avoiding:
- Smoking and drinking alcohol
- Chewy, hard, or sticky foods
- Crumbly and crunchy foods
- Drinking through a straw
Patients are typically sent home with temporary caps or crowns to protect the implants and incisions during the recovery process. Once you are approved to do so, carry out a dedicated dental hygiene routine that includes:
- Brushing and flossing twice daily
- Gently rinsing with mouthwash
- Eating nutritious meals
- Minimizing sugar intake
How long will my Hybridge dental implants last?
If you adhere to your recovery protocol, follow healthy lifestyle practices, and carry out regular dental hygiene practices, Hybridge dental implants can last for many years. Men and women can potentially enjoy Hybridge dental implants as a long-term solution to their compromised oral health.
Learn more about the benefits of Hybridge dental implants
If you reside in or near Pipe Creek, TX, and have experienced oral trauma that has resulted in significant tooth loss, contact us at Pipe Creek Dental Center today for a Hybridge dental implant consultation. Dr. Carolyn B. Walker is a certified Hybridge dental implant specialist who will gladly work with you to create a custom-fit restorative care plan to help give you a long-lasting, gorgeous smile.