Introducing Hybridge Dental Implants
Tomorrow's Incredible Technology Available Today
Are you weary of slipping and sliding dentures, treating the same teeth regularly, or do you have many missing teeth? In many situations, the Hybridge Dental Implant system can correct all of these predicaments.
Highly skilled artisans in the Hybridge Laboratory seamlessly combine advanced materials and technology to design tooth replacements that look entirely natural.
The precision and efficiency of the Hybridge Dental Implant process make it the best, most cost-effective choice available for quality, long-lasting dental restorations.
From a single tooth to a full mouth restoration, Hybridge addresses primary dental issues and affords long-lasting implant options. A typical process takes place right in Dr. McMillan’s office in one location, and in considerably less time than traditional methods.
A Dental Implant for Any Circumstance
When multiple teeth have a poor prognosis, the best and most cost-efficient choice is to replace all the upper or lower teeth with the Hybridge Full Arch treatment solution.
Replacing multiple teeth with a hybrid implant bridge is a cost-effective solution because many times, one implant can support numerous teeth.
Replacing one single tooth with a dental implant avoids the conventional bridge approach, and preserves the adjacent teeth.
Why Choose Hybridge?
Patients who have come to the conclusion that replacing their natural teeth with dental implants makes the greatest sense must begin the process of evaluating which dentists offer implant services and the process itself. In a nutshell, Hybridge provides exceptionally qualified dentists, a uniform process, and offers both quality dental implants and the final Hybridge restorations they support.
Hybridge Dental Implant solutions are provided by a nationwide network of industry leaders in the field of implant dentistry. The criteria required to become a Hybridge certified provider starts at the foundation with a rigid selection process that ensures this national network is comprised only of specialists and highly trained dentists. These standards guarantee that patients can trust the qualifications of the providers they choose to solve their complex dental problems.
In addition to the eligibility criteria, each Hybridge Certified Dentist must complete multiple rigorous training courses when learning the Hybridge clinical process.
Dr. Alex McMillan is proud to be your Certified Hybridge Dental Implant Specialist in Northern Virginia, serving the Burke and Alexandria areas.
World Class Craftsmanship
Hybridge Dental Implant restorations are created right here in the U.S.A. with precision technology and craftsmanship, ensuring an authentic solution that gives our patients the healthy mouths and beautiful teeth they’ve been longing for. The newfound comfort, renewed confidence, and ease of maintenance you’ll enjoy with Hybridge will transform your quality of life for many years to come.
The standardized Hybridge clinical protocol has been proven to speed up the cumulative treatment process for patients compared to standard techniques, while assuring safe, highly aesthetic yet predictable results. Hybridge is the only full mouth restoration alternative available that has established a requirement of such a consistent clinical process through its comprehensive training methods.
Hybridge requires that all providers, including your Norther Virginia Certified Specialist Dr. McMillan, utilize the highest level of quality dental implants. The use of this particular implant system corroborates that the foundation of support for the final restoration is trustworthy. This consistency is one of the hallmarks of the Hybridge brand.
The manufacturing of the teeth themselves should be of interest and concern to patients when choosing a Full Arch dental implant solution. Understanding how the final Hybridge restoration is created, its material composition, as well as the expertise required of the artisan technicians at the Hybridge Laboratory, will help fulfill treatment objectives and anticipations of a new smile. Patients rely on the proven dependability of the process, and Hybridge providers such as Dr. McMillan stand by the quality of the products they create.
Transform your quality of life!
Hybridge Dental Implant restorations are created right here in the U.S.A. with precision technology and craftsmanship, ensuring an authentic solution that gives our patients the healthy mouth and beautiful teeth they’ve been longing for. The newfound comfort, renewed confidence, and ease of maintenance you’ll enjoy with Hybridge will transform your quality of life for many years to come.
Why is Hybridge different?
The standardized Hybridge clinical protocol has proven to speed up the cumulative treatment process for patients compared to standard techniques, while assuring safe, highly aesthetic yet predictable results.
Hybridge is the only full mouth restoration alternative available that has established a requirement of such a consistent clinical process through its comprehensive training methods.
Hybridge requires that all providers including your Norther Virginia Certified Specialist Dr. McMillan utilize the highest level of quality dental implants.
The use of this particular implant system corroborates that the foundation of support for the final restoration is trustworthy. This consistency is one of the hallmarks of the Hybridge brand.
The manufacturing of the teeth themselves should be of interest and concern to patients when choosing a Full Arch dental implant solution. Understanding how the final Hybridge restoration is created, its material composition, as well as the expertise required of the artisan technicians at the Hybridge Laboratory, will help fulfill treatment objectives and anticipations of a new smile.
Patients rely on the proven dependability of the process, and Hybridge providers such as Dr. McMillan stand by the quality of the products they create.
Have Questions? We Have Answers!
What are the differences between regular implants and Hybridge?
Hybridge Full Arch is not an implant. It is a prosthetic restoration, which is made using very specific clinical techniques.
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 or several teeth at a time. Treatment time may take up to 18 months.
Hybridge Full Arch is a specific technique/protocol, which has been perfected to result in a fast, cost effective, simplified treatment approach. The final prosthetic restoration is a cross-linked PMMA and chrome cobalt bridge replacing up to 12 teeth, supported by 5 or 6 dental implants. The result is a full dental function for less than half the cost of conventional implant bridgework and in a fraction of the time.
What is the approximate cost?
Every person is different and so too 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 who 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 who 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.
I’ve been told I don’t 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 Full Arch is designed to withstand normal function, but with some limitations. Eating anything harder than your teeth could cause chipping or breaking. We suggest Hybridge Full Arch 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 Full Arch. The repair is quite easy, and often can be completed in the office. If the bridge 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 which are indestructible. The PMMA teeth of a Hybridge Full Arch 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, they are not repairable because when made, they 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 by 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. Each office can offer various types, so it will be important to contact your local Hybridge Certified Doctor to find out which they offer.
Alternatively, our patients find very competitive interest rates through their local banks. Home equity loans often are the lowest interest rates available, and the interest is tax deductible. Secured loans such as a home equity loan will usually be at a lower interest rate than an unsecured loan.
Many people are not aware that dental expense that exceeds a certain percentage of your yearly income can be tax deductible. For some, this can generate a tax refund the following year of up to 25% of the cost of their Hybridge treatment. Consult with your tax advisor for more information.
Will I ever have to go without teeth during the process?
In most cases, you will 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 are 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 timeline will be developed for you after your consultation so you can plan your appointments around your personal obligations.
Is Hybridge only for denture wearers?
Hybridge is 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 who have some or all of their natural teeth missing. 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 who 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 before 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 usually be restored 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 not to 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 four 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 cleanings 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. Cross-linked PMMA teeth and pink acrylic, which mimics the gum tissue, are veneered to this metal core. The wear and tear of these materials are 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 often be replaced for less than the expense of a few conventional crowns.