Snap-On Dentures

Snap-on dentures, also known as overdentures, are an amazing development in dental technology which allows for dentures to be secured to the jaw, providing protection and strength to the bone, and allowing the patient the pleasure of having replacement teeth that look and feel as good as natural. Snap-on dentures negate many of the negative aspects of ordinary dentures.

What Are Snap-On Dentures?

Ordinary dentures simply sit on the underlying bone of your mouth, and provide replacement teeth which can be removed.

Snap-on dentures on the other hand, are fixed to a set of dental implants, which gives them extra security and stability in your mouth. The prosthodontist fits a set of implants; usually around 2-4 for the upper jaw, and around 4-8 for the more complicated job of fixing dentures to the lower jaw.

A new set of cosmetically beautiful and functional dentures will then be made to fit your mouth precisely. Full or partial dentures are available, and in the case that you have remaining teeth that are string and healthy, you may be able to keep them. These will then be fitted to the implants.

It is important to remember that the dentures are still removable. You will take them out at night and to clean them. The difference is that you will be able to literally snap them on and off. When snapped on they will work like real teeth, offering many benefits over traditional dentures.

Advantages Of Snap-On Dentures

  • Stability:

    They will not slip about in the mouth, nor will they ever fall out. Snap-on dentures are attached to the implants, which are fitted to the jaw. This gives them perfect stability that will not worsen during long term use.

  • Full protection for the jaw:

    The protection offered for the jaw is one of the major benefits that cannot be underestimated. You will exercise your jaw by chewing and speaking, and this will mean your bone will stay strong, and your facial structure intact.

  • Chew & speak well:

    They will never slip out, they will never budge, and you don’t have a palette in your mouth. This gives you the full ability to eat what you usually would, and talk and smile with confidence.

  • Less expensive than bridgework:

    The alternative to snap-on dentures is bridgework, and although this is a solid and supportive option, snap-ons tend to be a less expensive treatment.

Conventional Implants

  • Dentures tend to slip and move.

    Not secured to anything, dentures can move around in your mouth, and sometimes even fall out. The dentures can also rub against your cheeks and gums, and cause your mouth to be sore. This is especially likely to happen after several years, after the jaw starts to wear thin.

  • Ordinary dentures don’t provide protection for the jaw.

    If not exercised properly, just like muscle, bone starts to wear away and deteriorate. Dentures are quite functional, but they are not actually attached to your jawbone, and so provide little in terms of protection. After years of wearing ordinary dentures, it is likely that the jaw will start to give way, which can change the shape of your face.

  • Difficulty chewing & speaking.

    As the dentures start to lose fit, many people find that they experience difficulties chewing and speaking. The adhesives used to keep the dentures in place fail often, and you may find that certain foods are off the menu. The palette on the upper jaw dentures is also a regular cause of discomfort for some people, who do not like the feel on their mouth.

The Snap-On Procedure

Now that you understand what snap-on dentures are, and what advantages they have over traditional dentures, what can you expect from the procedure itself?

The treatment is tailored to the individual and their needs. Having a few simple dental implants installed is much different to having bone grafting surgery to support them for example. An initial consultation will help prosthodontists to diagnose the condition of your mouth. Preparation work for implants can include tooth extraction, and gum and bone grafts.

Preparation aside, the dental implant procedure is fairly straightforward. Your prosthodontist will fix a titanium screw like fixture to replace the root of your missing teeth. The number of implants can vary, but tends to be 2-4 for the top, and 4-8 for the bottom, in a particular format that will provide the best structure and security.

An abutment will be attached, and then when the implants are healed you can have a set of replacement teeth in the form of dentures, which are fixed to the abutment. These will have been custom made for you in a laboratory, usually using data obtained from a CT scan during the initial consultation.

Should I Get Snap-On Dentures?

Snap-on dentures are a useful treatment for anyone who is already using dentures who wants to benefit from this amazing dental technology. If you already wear dentures, or prefer dentures over the idea of dental implants with bridges, then snap-on dentures provide you with a long term solution that gives you natural feeling and well functioning teeth.

Friedman Dental Group offer a range of dental solutions for missing teeth, from dental implants to dentures, and everything in between. Your prosthodontist will discuss your options for dental surgery with you during your initial consultation, which we offer free of charge. Contact us today to find out more.

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