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Ask any dentist, and they’ll tell you that your smile is unique to you. It turns out that everybody’s teeth are a tiny bit different than everyone else’s. Your tongue is also unique, being similar to a fingerprint.

In the best cases, our teeth can last forever. But sometimes, despite our best efforts, they don’t. The traditional option is dentures, but the constantly evolving technology of dentistry has created many preferable options.

The good news is you don’t have to go the traditional route of dentures. Between a Hybridge and other types of dental implants, you have plenty of options to choose from, and we’ll discuss them in this article.

1. Hybridge

The first step in talking about how Hybridge compares to dentures is to explain what Hybridge is. The simple answer is that Hybridge is a more permanent alternative to dentures.

They work by having the tooth or teeth replaced by a metal, screw-like implant. Then, false teeth specially created for use as Hybridge implants are attached to the metallic parts.

The false teeth are designed to look more real than their alternatives and last a lot longer. Keep in mind that you will still have to care for them, and should continue to get regular cleanings. Neglecting them could lower their “lifespan.”

You will also need to avoid certain foods, such as nuts and ice. Essentially, don’t eat anything that might be harder than the teeth.

The biggest downside is that implants tend to be costly. This wouldn’t be that much of a problem, except that you might need advanced dental insurance plans to fully cover this type of major procedure.

2. All-on-4 Dentures

What makes all-on-four dentures different from other types of dentures? The difference is that, much like Hybridge, All-on-4 is a kind of hybrid between implants and dentures. However, while Hybridge implants are designed to be versatile and replace as many or as few teeth as you need, All-on-4 is specifically designed to replace an entire row.

It starts with four metal implants, hence the name. These implants are screwed into the jawbone to secure the rest of the implants in the mouth. The good news is that once the procedure is over, it’s over. It only takes one operation for these to be installed. This may be why All-on-Fours are less expensive than other types of implants.

The recovery from this procedure won’t be fun, but it could be a lot worse. You’ll need to adjust speech, and your eating habits may be thrown off for a few weeks, but this is less time than it would take for most other dental implants.

Another benefit is that since All-on-4s are anchored to the jaw, the jaw will become more stable and less prone to wearing down. This whole process of drilling something into the jawbone may sound painful, but that’s a myth. More often than not, the dentist will give you Lidocaine before the procedure so you don’t feel any pain.

A Short Note on Lidocaine and How It Works

Lidocaine is a local anesthetic that works by blocking off sodium pathways that lead to neurons. The exact details of how this stops pain are complex and very confusing, but the basic explanation is that sodium ions interact with potassium ions within a neuron.

These interactions allow the neuron to fire, sending messages of pain to the brain. Since Lidocaine essentially closes the channels that connect sodium to the neurons, these interactions can’t take place.

Sodium plays more roles than just as a pain transmitter and can react in other ways depending on where and how Lidocaine is applied.

3. Snap-on Dentures

For those in need of full mouth dental implants, you may want to try snap-on dentures. These denture alternatives are a lot closer to dentures than other forms of implants.

Much like regular dentures, snap-on dentures are a type of plate that attaches to your mouth to mimic gums. They’re also removable, in case you find yourself in a situation where you don’t need to have your teeth in.

Snap-on dentures do have several advantages over other dentures, though. As their name implies, they snap into place rather than being pasted or glued, which is great news if you’re not fond of those messy denture pastes. It’s also much easier to eat and speak with snap-on dentures than with regular dentures. However, snap-on dentures do come with their downsides. The snaps may be convenient, but they don’t last forever. You will need to go back to the dentist every once in a while to replace the connectors.

Snap-ons are also pricey, and there’s no guarantee that you’ll qualify for them. Your ability to get the procedure depends on the amount of bone left in your jaw, so if your jaw has already suffered a certain amount of degeneration, the treatment may not be right for you.

Hybridge and Other Denture Alternatives

If you’re the type who might need a few new teeth but you don’t want the stigma that comes with wearing dentures, you might want to look into Hybridge and other denture alternatives.

We’ve discussed a few of your options in the paragraphs above, but there are more to choose from. It’s best to discuss it with your dentist if you’re having trouble deciding.

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