Snap-in DenturesHouston, TX
Snap-in dentures offer another option for people that need full teeth replacement but would like an alternative to traditional dentures. Not everyone is a candidate for fixed implant dentures either. Snap-in dentures offer a viable alternative for these patients.
Our team at Eva Boldridge DMD, PA, is happy to offer this option to patients in Houston, TX, and the surrounding area, as well as other prosthodontic, restorative, and cosmetic dental services. Full teeth replacement is a big decision, and we want to help you make the right decision. For more information on snap-in dentures or to make an appointment, call (281) 779-4022.
What Are Snap-in Dentures
Snap-in dentures are a type of denture that, as the name implies, snap into the mouth through the use of titanium implant screws. Think of them as sort of a hybrid between fixed implant dentures and traditional dentures that are glued in and rest on the gums. The patient can remove these dentures for cleaning every night, just like traditional dentures, and return them to the mouth in the morning. The difference is that they securely fasten to the implants in the jaw, eliminating the likelihood of the dentures shifting or falling out.
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Advantages of Snap-in Dentures
A leading advantage to snap-in dentures is they increase the patient’s ability to chew without the dentures slipping out of place or causing other problems. Some research has shown that the maximum biting force of someone using implant-supported dentures such as snap-in dentures is 300% higher than traditional dentures.
Snap-in dentures are more secure, and patients do not have to worry about them slipping or falling out while eating or speaking. Also, this type of denture helps preserve the jawbone. Patients report a more comfortable fit. They feel they look more aesthetically pleasing and natural than traditional dentures.
Who is a Candidate for Snap-in Dentures
Anyone who is missing the majority, or all of their teeth might want to consider snap-in dentures. A good candidate for snap-in dentures is someone uncomfortable with the drawbacks of traditional dentures but, for one reason or another, is not a candidate for fixed implant dentures. Patients who have bone loss in the jaw may not be good candidates. While bone graft surgery is a viable option for some patients, not everyone is a candidate for that procedure.
During a consultation, we will review the patient’s oral health and dental structure. We will go over the possible treatment options and determine if the patient is a candidate for Snap-in dentures. The patient can then decide which treatment they want, before we will develop a customized treatment plan to meet their needs.
The Process of Getting Snap-in Dentures
Getting snap-in dentures is a long process, with a few variations and even longer if the patient requires bone grafting. If no bone grafting is needed to prepare the jaw, the first step is surgery to place the implants. The implants need two to six months to bond with the bone.
Depending on the type of snap-in denture a second surgery may be necessary to attach extensions to the implants or to place a device that ensures the dentures remain in place. After this, it is possible to attach the snap-in dentures.
Caring for Snap-in Dentures
An important part of getting the most out of one’s snap-in dentures is following a good care and hygiene plan. Patients need to remove the dentures before going to bed and brush them with a special denture brush. Brush them gently with antibacterial soap and water, removing any food particles. Do not clean them with regular toothpaste inside the mouth.
After the patient has brushed their dentures, they should soak them in water overnight in a denture box. It is also suggested to soak the dentures overnight in the water with a gentle denture-cleaning tablet at least once a week. After cleaning the dentures, one should brush their gums, the roof of the mouth, tongue, and abutments with toothpaste using a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Call Us Today
If you are in need of full teeth replacement, snap-in dentures may be a good option for you. Our knowledgeable staff is on hand to answer any questions you may have. To learn more about snap-in dentures or make an appointment, call (281) 779-4022.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much do snap-in dentures cost?
The answer to this question depends on the patient and how many procedures they will need as part of the process. The number of implants the dentist will need to use also affects the cost. Snap-in dentures are typically more expensive than traditional dentures.
What happens during the process, after the implants are in place and you are waiting for the snap-in dentures to be installed?
You must practice excellent oral hygiene and report any problems that arise to your dentists. During your two to six month healing period, when the implants are bonding with the jawbone, you will be given immediate dentures to wear. Your dentist will give you instructions on how to care for your immediate dentures and your mouth while you wait.
How long will my snap-in dentures last?
The typical lifespan of snap-in dentures is 5 to 10 years. Like all dental work there is wear and tear over time, while the mouth and jawbone shift. Still, by following all the care protocols and regular visits to the dentist, you have a better chance of your snap-in dentures making it to the 10-year mark.
Can you leave your snap-in dentures in your mouth overnight?
For the most part, this is discouraged because the cleaning protocol is so important to the health of the mouth and longevity of the dentures. Your dentures must be cleaned once a day, and the nighttime soaking is an important step to snap-in denture care. So if you do choose to leave them in overnight, make it only an occasional thing.
Does insurance cover snap-in dentures?
Since getting snap-in dentures is not a purely cosmetic procedure, there is a chance some insurance companies may cover it. The majority cover traditional dentures. The best thing to do is to check with your insurance provider first. If it is not covered and you still feel it is the best option for you, talk to our team about a payment plan.
How will I know if I need a bone graft and how much time will that add to the process?
The dentist will do a thorough examination of the mouth along with other diagnostic procedures to assess the condition of your gums and jaw. If the dentist determines a bone graft is necessary, this adds about four to six months to the process. However, the bone graft will greatly increase the chances of the procedure’s success.
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