Many patients choose to have their entire mouth restored at the same time with Upper and Lower Hybridge Full Arch. There are many advantages to having them done simultaneously. Efficiencies exist when working on both jaws at the same time, resulting in reduced appointments, decreased cost, and the ability to idealize esthetics and tooth position. The typical treatment time is about 16 weeks. Again with this Protocol, there is never a time when a patient will be without a beautiful set of temporary teeth. The Hybridge team is keenly sensitive to a patient’s need for comfort during the Hybridge process and the expectation that the process be completed in as short of a period of time as possible. A written treatment outline is provided so that Hybridge patients can be aware of what the treatment sequence of appointments will be, as well as the timing between each appointment.
Once complete, the Hybridge Full Arch provides fully restored function with unparalleled esthetics. Natural smiles are created using the finest modern materials. There are three alternative materials available that are used to make a Hybridge Full Arch—acrylic, Prettau Zirconia ceramic, and cross-linked PMMA. Each of these different materials has its own set of indications based on a patient’s habits and history. A Hybridge Certified dentist will decide which the best option is.
Follow-up and Maintenance
Once Hybridge treatment is complete, there are some recommendations that are important to follow in order to guarantee a long-lasting result. Every Hybridge Full Arch comes with a night guard to wear for protection of the new teeth at night. Although most patients deny clenching and grinding their teeth at night, many in fact do so on occasion. The night guard will prevent wear and chipping of the materials due to grinding.
There are certain foods that are to be avoided with your new Hybridge restorations. Anything that requires crushing (ice, hard candy, hard nuts), or tearing (tough breads, taffy)should be avoided. With a little common sense, Hybridge Full Arch should be able to provide long-lasting function with minimal maintenance required. Patients should expect some minor repairs and maintenance over the years. This will vary from patient to patient depending on their habits. The Hybridge Full Arch can be resurfaced as needed depending on wear and tear over the years.
Upon completion, daily hygiene instructions will be reviewed so that proper daily care can be done to maintain ideal oral health long term. A hygiene recall program will also be established at 3-4 month intervals so that a Hybridge professional can periodically clean and evaluate the health of both the restorations and the oral tissues. Periodic x-rays will also be taken to check the status of the dental implants and the health of the bone and gum tissues.