If you’re suffering from extensive tooth loss and decay, there are many options to save your smile. Snap-in dentures, also known as implant-retained dentures or overdentures, are one of the most durable, natural-looking, and sturdy options available today. Dental implants help anchor the dentures in place, preventing them from slipping or causing discomfort. Plus, they can help preserve your jaw bone, which reinforces your natural face shape and prevents premature aging. You can still remove your snap-in denture for easy cleaning and maintenance. With proper care, snap-in dentures can last for many years, making them a great long-term solution for tooth replacement.
Dental implants were invented by a Swedish dentist in the 1950’s.
Source: The American Academy of Implant Dentistry
The first step in the snap-in denture treatment process is a consultation with a dental professional. During this consultation, Dr. Eastwood will assess your dental health and determine if snap-in dentures are the right option for you. They will also take x-rays and impressions of your mouth to create a personalized treatment plan.
The next step is to have the dental implants placed. This is usually done under local anesthesia and involves the dentist surgically placing the implants into the jawbone. After the implants are placed, there is a healing period of several months during which the implants fuse with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration.
Once the implants have fully healed and fused with the jawbone, the final step is to attach the denture to the implants. This usually involves a small metal bar or ball attachment, which allows the denture to snap onto the implants securely. Once the denture is attached, you can enjoy the benefits of having a stable and secure denture that won't slip or move around in your mouth.
It's important to note that snap-in denture treatment may require additional steps or variations depending on your individual case. Dr. Eastwood will be able to provide a more detailed treatment plan based on your specific needs.
While the denture is firmly anchored in place by the implants, it can still be easily removed to clean. This is one of the advantages of snap-in dentures over traditional dentures, which are held in place by suction or adhesives and can be more uncomfortable or difficult to remove.
Because snap-in dentures are anchored in place, they can improve your ability to chew and eat with ease. You'll be able to enjoy a wider variety of foods without worrying about your dentures slipping or causing discomfort.
Dental implants can help preserve the bone in your jaw, which can help prevent the jawbone from deteriorating over time. This can help maintain the shape of your face and prevent issues like premature aging.
Unlike natural teeth, snap-in dentures aren’t affected by tooth decay.
Yes, snap-in dentures are typically more expensive than traditional dentures. The cost of snap-in dentures varies depending on the number of implants needed and the type of denture being used. However, many people find that the benefits of snap-in dentures, such as improved stability and function, are worth the additional cost.
The implant placement procedure is typically done under local anesthesia, so you should not feel any pain during the procedure itself. However, it is normal to experience some discomfort or soreness for a few days after the procedure. Dr. Eastwood will provide you with post-operative instructions to help you heal as quickly as possible.
With proper care and maintenance, snap-in dentures can last for many years. However, the lifespan of the denture can vary depending on factors such as the quality of the implant placement, the type of denture used, and your oral health habits. Regular check-ups with your dentist and good oral hygiene practices can help ensure that your snap-in dentures last as long as possible.
With snap-ins, you can eat more of your favorite foods than with traditional dentures.