If you have lost multiple teeth or are already wearing conventional dentures, you may consider replacement with a more reliable, long-term option. Thanks to the advancements in modern dentistry, many durable tooth replacements are available these days, including snap-in dentures. It is an ideal solution for those who have lost most or all of their teeth and require a natural-looking replacement. Read ahead to learn more about the treatment details and maintenance of snap-in dentures.
What Are Snap-In Dentures?
Snap-in dentures are an advanced form of conventional removable dentures. They rely on the support of dental implants that are inserted into the jawbone. For this reason, they are also known as implant-supported dentures or overdentures. You can snap them on and off with ease.
Patients who are missing most or all of the teeth in their oral cavity are good candidates for these dentures. On average, 2 to 4 dental implants will be placed in your jawbone to support the denture. The recovery process may take a few months, during which the implants merge with the surrounding bone to offer stability.
What Are The Pros and Cons of Snap-In Dentures?
As with any other dental procedure, there are advantages and disadvantages. You will require professional guidance to weigh them both and decide if these dentures are the right choice for you.
- More stable than conventional dentures
- Removable, can be detached easily for cleaning and maintenance
- Provide a better chewing experience
- Do not become loose or fall off during speech
- Give a more natural look and feel
- Less harsh on the gums
- Adapt well to oral soft tissues
- Prevent future bone loss
- The treatment process takes longer
- Require implant surgery which is an invasive treatment
- More expensive than regular dentures
- May need bone graft placement in advance for implant support
What Are The Care Essentials?
To ensure that your dentures last long, it is important to clean them and maintain good oral hygiene on a daily basis. Snap-in dentures are easier to maintain because you can easily detach them from the implants.
After a meal or before bedtime, snap off the denture and brush it gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Avoid brushing roughly, as it may leave marks on the denture surface. Carefully clean your gums, tongue, and roof of the mouth as well before snapping the denture into place. You can also use a denture-cleaning solution to keep them free of plaque, food debris, and bacteria.
How Long Do They Last?
Snap-in dentures are made to last for years, thanks to the support and stability provided by dental implants. They also prevent bone loss which helps maintain facial structure and give a youthful look.
With proper care and maintenance, these dentures may last for 7 to 10 years. They may require repair or replacement, depending on how well you take care of them.
Have More Questions?
Our dental experts at Aava Dental can guide you in detail about snap-in dentures to help you get started with the process. If you have any queries, contact us at(818) 792-4500or schedule a visit to our practice today.