Better Than Traditional Dentures
With a traditional denture, you have a prosthesis that rests directly on top of your gums and sort of cups over the gum tissues. It’s the exact same thing when you have a snap-on denture.
The difference, however, is how the denture stays in place. Conventional plates rely on suction or your lip/cheek muscles to keep it where it’s supposed to stay. There’s still wiggle room for it to slip, slide, or rock when you’re moving your mouth. As you might guess, this can lead to some seriously embarrassing situations if you’re not careful.
On the other hand, a snap-on denture is like affordable dentures on steroids. The underside of the denture is specifically made to have special attachments that will clip directly onto dental implants in your mouth. Even though it can take a little time for the implants to integrate before they’re ready for the denture to clip in, you’ll never have to go around with missing teeth.
More Affordable Than All-on-4
All-on-4 dentures are an amazing solution for people who want to restore their entire smile. They’re a hybrid prosthesis that’s permanently attached inside of your mouth and more streamlined than snap-on dentures. But the fact is that for a lot of people, All-on-4 may just not be in their budget. And that’s ok. With a snap-on denture, you get the added stability of implants but it’s more conservatively priced for our patients.
When you have genuine concerns about the overall price of your treatment but still want to find a way to make dental implants work for you, snap-on overdentures are a perfect solution.
Snap-on Dentures: Do Your Research First
Every dental implant or snap-on dentures client needs to do their research before signing a treatment plan or committing to a specific dentist. Especially if something seems really cheap, is half the cost of another office, or “too good to be true.” Since not all types of dental implants or snap-on dentures are the same, you really want to have a thorough understanding of what it is you’re getting and if it’s what you had in mind.
For instance, some dentists might make you a snap-on denture that affixes to just a couple of mini dental implants. These are not going to be the same as an overdenture that clips onto four full-sized implants. The end results will be different and your prosthesis is going to fit accordingly depending on which one you’re getting.
One of the things we do at ARCHPOINT is make sure we have example models available to look at and handle so that you can see exactly how they’ll work in your mouth. Sometimes being able to see it for yourself is all you need. When you have a model right in front of you, it’s just easier to understand how it’s going to work once it’s inside of your mouth.
Some people find that it’s beneficial to visit with a couple of different dental implant offices and see which designs the dentist uses before they select a provider. Others like to look online at various before-and-after photos or example diagrams to understand how snap-on dentures work. Whatever your learning style is, just make sure you do your research so that you don’t wind up disappointed after everything is said and done.
The snap-on dentures at ARCHPOINT typically use four full-sized traditional implants. These provide a solid, secure base for your overdenture to clip on and off without needing any messy glue or adhesive strips.
Work with a Snap-on Dentures Specialist
Any time you’re getting dental implants—especially for something as dramatic as a full smile reconstruction—you want to make sure you’re working with a specialist. The particular type of dental expert you’ll want to work with will either be an oral surgeon, periodontist, prosthodontist, or a combined team of all of the above.
Partnering with a dental implant expert will ensure that you get the type of treatment you’re looking for and in an efficient manner. Specialists do this day in and day out, so they’re skilled at a wide variety of implant techniques. This is just one extra step you can take to make sure you’re getting the type of treatment you want and that you’ll be happy with the results.
Even though some general or family dental offices offer dental implants, they tend to be a bit more limited in the type of services they’re able to offer. So, if you’re going in and expecting snap-on dentures, you need to know ahead of time, by doing your research, the exact type of denture and implant system you need and want. Partnering with a team of specialists will help you take the guesswork out of your treatment so that you know exactly what you can expect.
Plus, experts like periodontists and oral surgeons can adapt the way they install your implants when the situation calls for it. So even if your dentist told you that you don’t qualify for implants or implant-supported dentures, a specialist may still be able to use dental implants in your particular case. Their experience and wider access to skilled techniques (and technology) doesn’t mean the other dentist was being deceptive, it’s just that specialists have a wider variety of options that they’re able to offer for more difficult cases. This is especially important for people who are replacing all of their missing teeth with implants or dentures.
Snap-on Dentures Consultation
ARCHPOINT offers comprehensive dental implant services in Fort Worth and Dallas. If you’re early on in the dental implant exploration phase or you’ve settled on the best solution for your needs, we’re happy to help. Contact one of our DFW locations today to reserve a consultation with our team of skilled specialists.