Dentures are an effective way to restore your smile if you have one or more missing teeth. However, changes to your jawbone or gums can sometimes result in an improper and uncomfortable fit over time. If you lack all your natural teeth due to an injury or dental condition, snap-in dentures can provide an excellent solution.
It is essential to replace missing teeth for your oral and overall health. Snap-in dentures are false teeth secured in the mouth with dental implants. Generally, they are more expensive than regular dentures but less expensive than implants. Dentists also call them screw-in dentures, dentures with implants, implant dentures, snap-on dentures, and clip-in dentures.
Snap-in dentures require as few as two implants or mini-implants if your bone is not strong enough for standard dental implants. Dental professionals consider snap-in dentures a better option than regular implants that require adhesive to stay in the mouth.
First, patients get dental implants placed in their lower or upper jaw if they require a complete set of artificial teeth. The purpose of these implants is to hold the snap-in dentures in place. You snap them in and can drink and eat with them, but you should take them out before sleeping.
It is easy to confuse the two since fixed or permanent dentures also require implants placed in the jaw. However, there are some differences between them. Permanent dentures differ from snap-in dentures because only a dentist can remove them for cleaning, repair, or replacement.
You will find a wide range of possibilities and prices when considering the options for restoring your smile. You have primarily cosmetic options on one end of the spectrum. You will find others that closely mimic natural teeth on the other end.
Options that are primarily cosmetic and cheaper include clip-on veneers that you fasten over your natural teeth to improve the appearance of your smile. You have dental implants that are both functional and cosmetic on the other end of the spectrum.
Snap-in denture implants fall near the implant side of the spectrum. They are not as permanent and stable a solution as dental implants, but they are better than a purely cosmetic option. They can help prevent bone loss, which is essential for stability and retention.
Standard dentures do not involve implants. Instead, they use adhesive. So, they are not as good as implants. Regular false teeth must be highly stable to handle chewing. Otherwise, chewing problems can negatively impact your nutrition and health.
To determine whether snap-in dentures are a good option for you, consider these benefits:
They can help restore proper chewing and speaking capabilities.
They require fewer implants compared to permanent implant-supported dentures.
They can prevent further deterioration of the jawbone.
They provide better aesthetics than regular dentures.
They are more stable than traditional dentures.
Snap-in dentures come with many benefits, such as improved stability and comfort. However, it would be best to continue visiting your dentist regularly for checkups because they experience wear and tear over time.
Also, your mouth and jawbone change shape, which can cause your dentures to become ill-fitting or loose. If you want to rest assured that your dentures will not suddenly slip while you are talking or chewing, slip-on dentures are a good option.
For more on snap-in dentures, visit Woodbury Family Dentistry at our office in Orlando, Florida. Call 407-282-3232 to request an appointment today.