Frequently Asked Questions

 

What are differences between regular implants and Hybridge?

Hybridge is not an implant. It is a prosthetic restoration which is made using a very specific clinical technique. 
The “conventional” approach to dental implants can be completed in many different ways, usually resulting in porcelain crowns or bridgework. These treatments are still indicated in many instances, but usually for replacing one – to several teeth at a time. Unlike Hybridge, treatment time may take up to 18 months.

HYBRIDGE is a specific, patent pending technique/protocol, which has been perfected to result in a fast, cost effective, simplified treatment approach. The final prosthetic restoration is a resin and chrome cobalt bridge replacing up to 12 teeth, supported on 5 or 6 dental implants. The result is full dental function for less than half the cost of conventional implant bridgework, in a fraction of the time.

What is the approximate cost?

Every person is different and so to is the Hybridge case depending on the number of teeth remaining, available bone, and other factors. There are many variables to the Hybridge treatment, so cost can vary. A Hybridge certified doctor will give you an exact cost estimate at the time of your initial consultation.

Can any dentist offer Hybridge? Is there a doctor in my area that offers Hybridge?

We are continuously training the best dentists from around the country on the Hybridge protocol. Only dentists who are already leaders in the field of dental implants are considered qualified for this training. Hybridgeimplants.com lists those doctors who have been trained to date. We continue to update our map with additional cities where there are Hybridge certified doctors. Only dentists that have completed certification through Hybridge LLC can offer Hybridge treatment. Since the Hybridge protocol is very efficient, many of our patients do travel a distance for this treatment. Proper treatment sequencing using the Hybridge protocol can minimize the number of visits to complete treatment.  Locate a Hybridge Certified Doctor near you.

I have been told I do not have enough bone for dental implants, am I a candidate for Hybridge?

Yes, our process can be completed on patients who have been told they are not eligible for dental implants. The Hybridge process is unique in that it utilizes the bone that most of our patients already have. Bone grafting may be needed with extreme bone loss. A dental CT scan can easily identify available bone, and determine if bone augmentation/addition is needed.

How long after the implant surgery must I wait until I can go back to work?

Most patients can resume normal activities within a few days. Although in most cases discomfort is minimal, patients vary when it comes to bruising; approximately 20% experience some degree of bruising. This may affect your returning to work right away. Three to five days is usually plenty of time to wait to return to a full schedule.

What kinds of foods do I have to stay away from?

HYBRIDGE is designed to withstand normal function, but with some limitations. Eating anything harder than your teeth may cause chipping or breaking. We suggest that Hybridge patients refrain from eating food that requires “crushing”, such as hard nuts, ice, bones, hard candies, popcorn kernels and hard pretzels. Over time there may be instances where patients forget these limitations and experience some fracture or wear of the teeth on the Hybridge. The repair is quite easy, and can be completed in office. If the Hybridge requires repair at the Hybridge Laboratory, it takes only a few days to repair. The cost to the patient is usually minimal, comparable to that of a filling. There are no tooth colored dental materials that are indestructible. The resin teeth of a Hybridge are advantageous in that they are the most life like in appearance, and are repairable. Conventional porcelain crowns are more brittle than resin, and if they fracture are not repairable because when made are fired at 900 degrees in an oven. This makes repair impossible, and requires expensive replacement.

Does insurance cover this procedure?

With so many dental insurance policies available today, we suggest you contact your insurance carrier to determine if dental implants are covered on your plan. If your policy does cover dental implants, you will find the yearly maximum will be the limit to coverage. As a rule we find that dental insurance coverage is usually not significant enough to be a determining factor to completing treatment. Medicaid, Medicare and medical insurance does not cover Hybridge treatment.

Is financing available? How do most patients afford treatment like Hybridge?

Yes, most Hybridge certified doctors offer some form of financing. CareCredit is the most commonly used outside financing used. Many Hybridge offices offer 12 month no interest, no payment options through CareCredit for those who qualify. Financing can be extended up to 48 months through CareCredit, with annual interest rates currently at about 13%. For more information, log onto www.CareCredit.com. 
Alternatively, our patients find very competitive interest rates through their local banks. Home equity loans often times are the lowest interest rates available, and the interest is tax deductable. Secured loans such as a home equity loan will always be at a lower interest rate than an unsecured loan such as CareCredit.

Many patients are not aware that dental expense that exceeds 7.5% of your yearly income is tax deductable. For some, this can generate a tax refund the following year of up to 25% of the cost of their Hybridge treatment.

Will I ever have to go without teeth during the process?

In most cases you will always be able to wear a temporary denture during the time you are going through treatment. Although this will give you very good esthetics, your ability to eat/ function will be limited while wearing the denture(s).

How long does Hybridge treatment take?

Treatment time is usually measured starting at the first surgical procedure and ends at the final insertion of your Hybridge restoration. Treatment duration varies based on:

  • Teeth or no teeth at the start of treatment.
  • If bone grafting is needed
  • If it is an upper or lower Hybridge
  • If there is any dental infections at the start of treatment

The range is typically 3 – 16 weeks. There are rare cases that require a significant amount of bone grafting. These procedures can extend treatment past the 16 week period. A treatment sequence and time line will be developed for you after your consultation so that you can plan your appointments around your personal obligations.

Is Hybridge only for denture wearers?

Hybridge is definitely a solution for denture wearers because it is a permanent solution that restores full function that wearing a denture doesn’t do. Hybridge is also a solution for those that have some or all of their natural teeth remaining. Many people have chronic dental problems caused by periodontal disease or decay. Conventional dentistry does not sufficiently solve these problems definitively for those at high risk. Hybridge is a definitive, once and for all solution.

Does age matter?

Hybridge may be the right treatment for someone young or old. Current patient age ranges are 21 to 93. More important than age is good healing, which is not age dependent? Patients that smoke will often take longer to heal from their Hybridge procedure. Your overall health will be evaluated, and we will contact your physician for an assessment prior to starting your Hybridge treatment, regardless of your age.

I grind my teeth, will I grind my new Hybridge teeth?

Many times by correcting a bad bite, grinding will lessen, but habits are sometimes hard to break. We have found that those with a history of grinding, (bruxing), will need more maintenance over time due to wear of the Hybridge teeth. Unlike natural teeth, Hybridge can be restored usually within a week, and for less cost than one crown.

I have periodontal disease. Will my Hybridge also be affected by it?

Gum disease is a bad name for periodontal disease. It should be called tooth disease. In the absence of teeth, there is no dental disease. Implants over time have proven to not be at risk for periodontal disease. This does not mean that good oral hygiene is not required with Hybridge. A clean mouth will make for a healthy mouth free of inflammation and infection. We recommend cleanings every 4 months.

Will I have to take my teeth out? Are they permanent?

Hybridge is removable solely by your dentist, and only when needed. Hybridge is permanent.

Will I need to have dental cleanings after I finish treatment?

Yes, we recommend cleaning every 3-4 months.

Will I be able to go through airport security without the alarm going off?

The alarms will not go off. Like any other dental material (fillings and crowns), Hybridge is not identified in a security scan.

Will my Hybridge teeth last for the rest of my life?

Hybridge restorations are fabricated using two different materials. The underlying strength of the bridge comes from a chrome cobalt metal material that is extremely strong. Resin teeth and pink acrylic, which mimics the gum tissue, are veneered to this metal core. The wear and tear of these materials is dependent on the individual habits of the Hybridge patient. For most, maintenance of the veneer materials is minimal over time. Those with habits such as tooth grinding, clenching and chewing hard objects (ice, candy, etc.) will incur higher maintenance costs. If the veneer materials become worn or damaged, they can be replaced for less than the cost of two conventional crowns.