Snap-on dentures, or an implant-supported denture, is a very popular solution for tooth loss given their amazing comfort and durability. In addition, snap-on dentures are very convenient to use and look identical to natural teeth. Snap-on dentures, also called overdentures, are snapped into place with the use of implants. These dental implants are placed into your upper or lower jaw and provide easy access for placing dentures. Unlike standard dentures, snap-on dentures stay in place and won’t slip while eating or speaking.
Did You Know?
Snap-on dentures are able to be removed from the mouth like traditional dentures, however they have far more stability and are often used as an alternative to all-on-four implants.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Are snap-on dentures right for me?
Snap-on dentures may be right for you if you have an entire arch of missing teeth and are looking for a way to replace these missing teeth. Although snap-on dentures can be used for the top and bottom arches, they are most commonly recommended for use on the lower arch. However, in order for snap-on dentures to be right for you, you will need to have enough bone mass in your jaw to support the placement of dental implants. Therefore, you will need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Martin to determine if snap-on dentures are the right treatment for you.
What is the process for getting snap-on dentures?
The first step to getting snap-on dentures is to have dental implants placed. The implant placement procedure is considered to be an oral surgery, because it requires an incisions in the gums, as well as modifications to the jawbone. To support a snap-on denture, multiple implants must be placed, usually towards the front of the mouth. The gums will then be sutured over the implants and left to heal for about 3-6 months. In the meantime, you will be fitted with a temporary denture.
Once the implants have healed by fusing with the surrounding bone, you will return to our office for a second surgery. During this procedure, the base for the dentures will be attached to the implants. This is called a locator and you can expect about 2-4 locators to protrude from the gums. After the locators are placed, they will be left to heal for about two weeks before attaching the final denture.
How do I care for my snap-on denture?
You will need to care for your snap-on denture as you would a traditional denture. This means that you will need to care for your snap-on denture by:
- Removing and rinsing after meals
- Cleaning your mouth before replacing the denture
- Brushing your denture at least once a day
- Removing the denture at night to soak in denture solution