All you want to know about Implant Dentures including Hybrid Bridges, ZIrconia Bridges, Porcelain Veneered Bridges, All-on-Four and more...

Dr. Ivan Chicchon completed his general dental training in San Francisco at the University of the Pacific. During his general training he oversaw and executed many dental implant procedures includingAll-on-Four using the latest technology of Cone Beam CT and Nobel Biocare Implants. He has received specialized training in Prosthodontics at the prestigious residency at the University of Michigan and is currently treating patients from all over Northern California. Dr. Ramon Chicchon has taken several advanced educational courses in Oral Surgery, Endodontics, and Dental Implants in San Francisco at the University of the Pacific and at the University of California San Francisco. Both doctors work together as a team to treat patients from surgery to finished and fully rehabilitated. 

Our Doctors have been trained in San Francisco, California. 

Procera Implant Bridge with Individual Crowns

The Procera Implant Bridge consists of a zirconium base over which a highly esthetic layer of porcelain is applied. The porcelain adds translucency, depth, and color tones to the opaque zirconium. The biting surfaces are in zirconium to minimize tooth wear or fracture of porcelain. The PIB is a combination of durability and a beautiful porcelain finish.


Procera Implant Bridge with Porcelain veneer

The Monolithic Zirconia Bridge

This prosthesis is machine-milled from a block of zirconium. After milling it is colored, stained, and glazed to attempt to capture a more natural appearance. Zirconia is the strongest material available in dentistry today, so this prosthesis is as durable as it gets. The compromise is that it lacks the translucency of natural teeth. Also, being difficult to color, it often results in a “too white” or mono-colored appearance. 



· Repairs are more difficult

· Hygiene access is more difficult


The Four Implant Overdenture

This option is essentially the same as the 2-implant overdenture except that there are more implants involved. The denture “snaps-in” and is removable by the patient. Although the function of the implant is mainly to retain the denture (keep if from falling out) there is a little bit of extra bite-force gained from the additional implants. The denture still relies on covering a large surface area of your gums for support.
This type of treatment is available for the upper and lower jaw.


The Four Implant Bar Overdenture

In this option, four implants are placed in the jaw and after healing they are connected with a metal bar. The denture is made to “snap-on” to the bar. This bar provides significantly improved support for the denture, allowing you to bite much stronger and practically immobilizing the denture during all movements. To withstand the increased forces, the denture is often reinforced with a metal framework.

 This treatment is available for the upper and/or lower jaws. 




Implant Overdentures

Overdentures are just like regular dentures that “snap-in” to dental implants. They are removable by the patient. They are made of acrylic and they still have the regular extensions and borders like regular dentures. This means they still cover your palate and may still apply pressure to the gums. With some designs these extensions can be minimized. (See: The Bar Overdenture )




Fixed Dentures

The Two Implant Overdenture

Fixed dentures are different because they are directly screwed onto the implants and not removable by the patient. They have a slim profile and do not cover the gums. They can be made of a variety of materials depending on individual patient factors and preferences. These are also commonly called “Permanent Dentures”, “Fixed Bridges”, or “All-on-Four.”


Here are all the main varieties of Implant Dentures including implant overdentures and fixed dentures:

In this option, two implants are placed in the anterior region of the lower jaw. After a 3 month healing period, your regular denture is made to “snap-in” to the implants. This treatment offers better retention of the denture. However it is does not offer better biting force or relief from sore gums. The denture still relies on covering a large surface area of your gums for support.
This type of treatment is only done for the lower jaw.


What are Implant Dentures? I am confused about all of the different names All-on-Four, Implant Bridges, Hybrid Bridges, Hybrige, Zirconium Bridges, etc)

Implant Dentures are prosthetic appliances that replace an entire arch of missing teeth and utilize implants for retention and support. Retention determines how well the dentures will stay in and keep from “popping loose.” Support is a measure of how immobile the dentures are—the better the support, the better biting force you will have and the less push down on your gums.

Regular dentures rely on your gums and jawbone for retention and support. Even in the ideal ‘denture candidate’, retention and support is dramatically less than if implants were to be used. This is especially true for the lower jaw. Dentures in the lower jaw are typically problematic as they move around and never feel “quite right.”

By using implants, the prosthesis can be anchored securely to greatly improve the patient’s ability to eat, speak, and laugh freely without fear that their dentures will come loose. 

There are two basic types of implant dentures: Overdentures and Fixed Dentures.




· “They move around when I eat.”

· “It hurts when I bite.”

· “They make my gums sore.”

· “They make me ‘feel’ old.”

· “The bottom dentures move around all the time.”

· “I hate how denture adhesive sticks to my gums.”

· “I hate the palate. They make me gag.”


Implant Dentures can help resolve these issues. But not all implant denture treatments are equal. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages. Also, one type may be recommended over another depending several patient related factors such as:


· amount of bone available for dental implants

· lip support needed

· teeth grinding habits

· cosmetic preferences

· preference for removable vs. permanent implant dentures


Let's first look at some common complaints about regular dentures:

So you are considering implant dentures but don’t really know where to begin. Or maybe you have done some research or had a consultation with you dentist and feel overwhelmed with the cost and the options available.

If you’ve turned to the internet for answers, you’ve probably found out that it can be difficult to separate the useful information from propaganda. It is understandable that deciding to embark on this treatment can be a little anxiety provoking. Not only does it involve a significant investment of time and money, but you also want to be treated somewhere you trust will provide you with the best result and long-term service. 



How do I decide which Implant Denture is right for me?

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Implant Dentures and Bridges in San Francisco

San Francisco, California. A beautiful place to live, and expensive place to have your dental implants done. 

Living in the Bay Area, and particularly in San Francisco, has many wonderful perks. However one downside to living in the bay area is the high cost of rent, food, and everything else...including dental implant treatment. 

If you have been looking for dental implants in San Francisco, Walnut Creek, or San Jose, you must have noticed how expensive this treatment can be! For such a substantial investment, you owe it to yourself to shop around and seek multiple opinions before settling on a dental implant treatment center. 

Pay us a visit and we will be happy to give you a FREE CONSULTATION and we will do our best to beat the prices you were quoted in the bay area or to add on some free treatments into our price to make it worth your visit. Give us a call or send us a message today to get an estimate and a consultation. 

This prosthesis is the “Ferrari” of implant dentures. It consists of a base which can be made out of zirconium or a metal alloy, over which are cemented a whole row of individual highly-esthetic ceramic crowns.  The use of individual crowns is desirable because they allow for the best cosmetic result. Also, in the event of physical trauma or grinding of teeth it is more likely that a crown will become dislodged rather than fractured. In this case, the patient can simply come to the office where the crown can easily be re-cemented.


This prosthesis is called a hybrid because it is essentially made up of two materials: the acrylic teeth and gums, and an underlying titanium framework. While standard denture teeth are used in this prosthesis, an acrylic hybrid will feel significantly stronger than a regular denture because it is tightly secured to several implants. It is not removable by the patient but the dentist can remove as needed. This is relatively cost-effective choice for patients who want teeth that feel natural and allow them to bite harder. ​


The Acrylic Titanium Hybrid

How does a “fixed denture” compare to a Bar-Supported Overdenture?



· Very slim profile

· Fixed (not removable by patient)

· No palatal coverage

· Extremely stable-will not move at all