Snap On Dentures in Rockville, Gaithersburg and North Bethesda MD
Worried that your dentures may come loose and embarrass you? Well, this is a common thing with traditional dentures. They can slip off when you eat, cough, sneeze or laugh. Thanks to improved dental technology, you do not have to suffer through such moments anymore. Today, you have the opportunity of attaching snap-on dentures to your jaws.
What are Snap-On Dentures?
This refers to removable and palateless dentures that can be slipped on or off any time the wearer wants. Unlike conventional dentures which have the probability of falling off, snap-on dentures remain secured to your jaw via 2 to 4 dental implants. On the lower jaw we place 2 implants and on the top jaw we place 2 implants for a typical denture or 4 implants for one that is palateless (basically a horseshoe upper plate). Whether you are eating, coughing, sneezing or laughing, they won’t fall off leading to an embarrassing situation. If you are looking for a permanent dental implant solution then you want the All On 4.
These dentures sit on your gums too. This makes it easy to attach or remove when needed. They are painless when placed in the mouth or when removed. The retained dentures take the place of the natural teeth so the patients oral health can be significantly improved.
How Do These Dentures Work
If you are looking to replace teeth there are many types of dentures to consider. If your teeth are in bad shape and you need them removed then we need time for the gum line to heal and we will make immediate dentures. Once the gum tissue is healed and firm and the jaw bone underneath is smooth then we can proceed with this process.
These dentures are placed on implanted connecting points located on the sides of the jaw. These are attached to the dental implants. Using this option, lesser metal is placed in your mouth which assures you of comfort. They are considered implant supported dentures because they rest on dental implants.
As dentures with 2 implants, a dentist attaches a metal piece to the implants known as a Locator. This piece sticks out of your gums. Since the dentures are secured, placing them in the jaw is easy. Just snap them on with your fingers and you are good to go. Do not try to bite them into place as that may crack the denture. We can also take your regular dentures and attach to the implants.
Removing the denture is easy. Just use one thumb on both sides and push up. Over time the plastic snaps will wear out and will need to be replaced about once every 6-12 months. Replacement is easy though as we can usually have it done in less than 1 minute.
Snap-in Locator Dentures – the process
As earlier said, there are two ways of placing the dentures in the jaw bone. Following the popular option, the implants are placed in the jawbone (front of the mouth). The reason for placing them at the front of the mouth is because more bone is available than at the back. The full mouth can be treated at the same time saving the patient time and suffering.
Depending on the patient, the time frame for final denture placement can range from 3-6 months depending on the patients health. Patients are taken through the initial diagnosis, implant design and placement and the complete fabrication of the plates from scratch.
If there is a need for bone graft treatment, the procedure may take up to a year or more. For the process to be complete, patients undergo two surgeries. In the first surgery, the bone is rebuilt. 3 to 6 months later implants placement is done under the gums. For the second surgery, the top of the implants are exposed. This happens 3 to 6 months after the first surgery.
Benefits of Snap-in Dentures over Traditional Dentures
These dentures assure of you of stability. This is because they are secured with dental implants. Conventional dentures depend on suction forces, so they can slip off when you eat, cough, laugh or sneeze.
Snap-on dentures prevent irritation. For starters, they are palateless. They won’t rub against your gums, unlike conventional dentures which can cause bruises, cuts, and abrasions.
These dentures are easy to clean. Although they are secured to the dental implant support, you can snap them off and clean them. Cleaning by your doctor needs to be done every 6 months. At home, use approved denture cleaning agents.
Snap-in dentures improve your self-esteem. This means you can speak more, eat different foods and even laugh comfortably. With conventional plates, there is always the fear of the dentures slipping off.
Snap-in implant overdentures allow you to eat and drink what you love. For instance, you can eat tough foods such as steak and corn. With conventional plates, you cannot eat tough food. This helps to minimize slippage.
Snap-on Dentures Cost
There are two things considered by a dentist when determining the cost of snap-on dentures. First, you have the new dentures and second, you have the supporting dental implants. Since the design and fabrication of snap-on dentures are similar to conventional dentures, little preparatory work is required. If the patient presents with current set of dentures that are acceptable then implants can be added and retrofitted to the current set of teeth. Since surgery is involved, the cost increases making it more expensive than conventional dentures.
As a BBB accredited dental clinic, we are well trained, knowledgeable and experienced dentists with over 20 years of practice. Together with other specialists, not only do we assure you of exceptional work but we help you recover your smile. The quality of life for our dentures patients are unbelievable.
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