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What are Snap-on Dentures?
Snap-on dentures, also known as implant-supported overdentures or snap-in dentures, are a type of removable denture secured in place using dental implants. The denture is designed to fit over the implants surgically placed into the jawbone. The denture snaps onto the implants using special attachments, providing a secure and stable fit (featured in the diagram above).
It is often prescribed for patients who have lost most or all of their teeth and is seeking a more stable and comfortable alternative to traditional dentures. Dental implants provide a stable and secure foundation for overdenture, improving its function and stability.
An implant overdenture is an implant-retained prosthesis that restores function and stability by attaching to two or more implants. Unlike the fixed full-arch restoration, most implant overdentures are soft-tissue supported and can be removed by the patient for cleaning. Although fixed restorations usually provide superior stability and function, here are some common situations where implant overdentures should be considered:
Implant overdentures typically require fewer implants and can be offered to patients at a reduced cost compared to fixed implant restorations. In certain situations, the patient’s existing complete denture can be retrofitted to the implants, reducing costs even further.
When the patient doesn’t have enough bone volume to support the number of implants in the correct positions needed to provide adequate anterior-posterior (A-P) spread for a fixed restoration, an implant overdenture is an excellent solution.
When bone augmentation is needed to facilitate placement of the implants for a fixed restoration, but the patient cannot receive bone grafting due to health or financial reasons, an implant overdenture is a great alternative.
Some patients prefer their removable dentures but experience problems with retention. An implant overdenture solves this problem and offers the same aesthetics as traditional dentures.
With an adequate number and positioning of implants, maxillary overdentures can be horseshoe-shaped, addressing the concerns some patients have with regard to comfort, speech, and taste.
Snap-on dentures, on the other hand, are secured in place with dental implants, which provide a stable and secure fit.
Snap-on dentures tend to be more comfortable than traditional dentures because they are less likely to shift or move around in the mouth.
Snap-on dentures can provide better chewing ability than traditional dentures, as they are anchored to dental implants that are embedded in the jawbone, providing a more stable platform for chewing.
Snap-on dentures can be easier to maintain than traditional dentures because they can be easily removed for cleaning.
Snap-on dentures tend to be more expensive than traditional dentures due to the cost of dental implants and the surgical procedure required to place them.
Traditional dentures rely on suction and adhesive to stay in place, which can sometimes be unreliable.
More movement and shifting in the mouth.
They are not secured in the mouth, so you must be careful due to unstable chewing platforms.
Maintenance for dentures includes wearing adhesives to help them stay in place that must be put in at least once daily.
Traditional dentures seem to be cheaper due to not needing them surgically placed in your mouth.
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Before & After
Snap-on dentures are a type of overdenture that attaches to dental implants or abutments using snap-on connectors. These dentures are removable, and the snap-on mechanism provides added stability and support.
Traditional dentures rely on suction or adhesives to stay in place, while snap-on dentures use attachments to snap onto dental implants or abutments. Snap-on dentures offer increased stability and better chewing ability than traditional dentures.
Typically, snap-on dentures require at least two dental implants per arch to provide adequate support and stability. However, the number of implants needed can vary depending on the individual’s oral health and jawbone density.
The process of getting snap-on dentures can take several months and involves multiple appointments. The first step is to have dental implants placed, which can take several months to integrate with the jawbone. After the implants have healed, the snap-on connectors and denture can be attached, which typically takes a few appointments.
Snap-on dentures can be more comfortable than traditional dentures because they are more stable and do not rely on suction or adhesives. However, there may be an adjustment period as the patient gets used to the new dentures and the feeling of the attachments.
Snap-on dentures should be removed daily and cleaned with a soft-bristled brush and denture cleaner. The attachments should also be cleaned to prevent bacteria buildup. It’s important to follow the dentist’s instructions for caring for the dentures and implants.
With proper care, snap-on dentures can last for many years. However, the attachments and denture may need to be replaced or adjusted over time due to wear and tear or changes in the mouth’s structure.
Dr. Gordon wants to be as helpful as possible; here is some related content to dentures and dental implants.
When considering dentures and full-mouth dental implants as treatment options, it’s important to know the differences between the two so you can choose the one that best fits your lifestyle.