Regular dentures can slip out of one’s mouth easily, causing public embarrassment. The solution to this problem comes from snap-on dentures, which snap on to dental implants placed at the sides of the inner jaw. Sometimes, multiple implant posts are used as anchors for the snap-on dentures. These dentures stay in place and do not slide or fall out while eating, speaking, coughing or sneezing. As with any other device, there are advantages and disadvantages to snap-on dentures. Read on to know what they are!
Snap-on Dentures – Pros and Cons
- No Sores: Regular dentures tend to cause sores when they rub against the gums. Snap-on dentures fit over the jawline, with a gap between them and the gum line. Therefore they don’t rub against the gums and don’t cause sores.
- Freedom to Eat Anything: Snap-on dentures offer both stability and strength just as natural teeth do. This means you can chew on your favorite foods and eat anything you feel like eating.
- Improved Confidence: Regular dentures interfere in your ability to chew comfortably and speak properly and there’s always the fear that they’ll fall on. Snap-on dentures allow you to speak freely, helping you enunciate each word clearly. Plus, they won’t fall off as they grip tightly on to the dental implants in your jaw line. Naturally, this increased comfort at multiple levels improves your self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Easy Maintenance: You can snap off your snap-on dentures easily for regular cleaning and maintenance. Since the snap-on dentures are tightly secured to the dental implant support structure, you’ll hear a brief ‘snap’ when you take them off. While you can clean the dentures by yourself, you will need to get your dental implants cleaned professionally by your dentist every 6 to 12 months.
- Surgery: Snap-on dentures require surgical implants and this costs money, anywhere from $2000 to $25000 depending on the number of implants required in your case.
- Post-operative Pain: After surgery, you will be in considerable pain for several days. The surgery itself will involve general anesthesia so you’ll not be aware of what’s happening.
- Bone Adequacy: If you don’t have sufficient bone in your jaw, then you may need to undergo bone grafting in order to surgically place the dental implants needed for the snap-on dentures.
- Time Consumption: It can take anywhere from several weeks to several months before all your dental implants are placed and ready to take on the snap-on dentures. The delay is due to the fact that dentists usually place one or two implants and wait for them to heal before proceeding with the rest, in order not to overburden your jaw bone.
What matters overall is that the pros outweigh the cons. Once your implants are in place and are fully healed, you will come to experience the utter freedom and easy of life that snap-on dentures can offer you. You will be able to live a fuller life and participate in any activity that you like, knowing your dentures will stay in place.
This article is written by Dr. Chaben from PlatinumDentalcaremi.com, a state of art dental care facility in Livonia, MI that offers you and your family the high quality dental care you deserve.