When you’re missing most or all of your teeth, your first thought may be getting dentures to restore your ability to chew and smile confidently. However, traditional dentures come with some drawbacks. Some patients experience allergic reactions to adhesives, preventing the dentures from remaining stable in their mouth. Others lose their confidence and ability to speak and chew comfortably. If any of these issues describe your situation, there’s an alternative solution. Instead of relying on adhesives to secure your dentures, you may be a candidate for snap-on dentures.
What Are Snap-On Dentures?
As their name implies, snap-on dentures are a type of denture that snaps into place, supported by implants. Traditional dentures rest on your gums and rely on suction to stay put. Snap-on dentures have buttons inside that clip into attachments extending from the implants, holding them in place.
Difference Between Snap-On and Traditional Dentures
Choosing a set of dentures isn’t a decision most patients take lightly. You should consider the differences to determine which treatment is most beneficial to you.
Snap-on dentures go through significantly more wear and tear because they require snapping in and out of the mouth. Removable dentures don’t wear out as quickly, allowing them to last 5-7 years on average.
Some insurance policies do not provide coverage, making you responsible for the entire cost. In the United States, this procedure can cost up to $10,000.
The price varies between patients depending on how many implants you need and the materials used. The price for traditional dentures ranges from $2,000 to $4,000.
Comfort and Stability
Traditional dentures are known for their instability, requiring an adhesive to keep them in place. Snap-on dentures stay locked in with the help of implants, making it far more comfortable for the wearer to eat and talk.
Benefits of Snap-On Dentures
Besides replacing your teeth, snap-on dentures offer a wide variety of benefits. Some of these include:
- More stability than traditional dentures
- Improved comfort
- Prevention of bone loss
- A more natural appearance
- Easier chewing
- Eliminating the need for adhesives
Implant-supported dentures also reduce tissue soreness, as they don’t move around as much as traditional dentures.
Installing Snap-On Dentures
Your dentist will examine your jawbone to determine whether it’s strong enough to support dental implants. If you lack adequate bone levels, you may need bone grafting and an additional healing period.
After your gums heal from the bone grafting, you’ll need a surgical procedure for the dentist to place the implants.
Over the next several months, the implants will fuse to the bone, securing them in place. You may wear immediate dentures during this healing period. A second surgery will attach a locator to the implants, creating a base for dentures. A few weeks later, your new dentures will be ready to wear.
Schedule a Free Consultation Today
Are you looking for a way to replace your missing teeth or tired of your current dentures? Call Diana Rodriguez & Associates today to schedule your free consultation for snap-on dentures!