An Overview of Snap-In Dental Implants, Their Benefits, and Care
Dentures are false teeth made of acrylic, nylon, or metal used to replace missing teeth. When you lose your permanent teeth, you can use dentures to replace the missing teeth. They improve the patient’s speech, make eating easier, restore self-confidence and prevent the face from sagging.
At Restore Dentures and Implants dental clinic, dentures can be used to replace one/several teeth. Dentures used to replace a few missing teeth while there are still some healthy permanent teeth are called partial dentures. Full dentures are used when a patient has lost all their permanent teeth. Depending on the patient’s preference and budget, the dentist may fix removable or flexible dentures. The most preferred type of dentures is called snap-in dentures.
Snap-in Dental Implants
This is a type of dentures held in place by titanium metal posts implanted in the patient’s jaw bone. The dentist uses two or four implants in each jaw to secure the false teeth implants into the mouth. Snap-in dentures may be removable or fixed permanently into the jaw bone. Removable dentures make it easier to maintain good oral hygiene. Snap-in dentures require surgery which is done under local anesthesia. The patient will not feel any pain during the procedure. Snap-in dental implants can be fixed into the patient’s mouth even though the teeth or gum are decayed. The dentist will only require placing a bone graft that will support the implants needed for the snap-in dentures. Snap-in dentures may require a lot of time to place and heal, but the results are worth the wait. They may last for a lifetime if given proper care and maintenance.
Why You Should Choose Snap-In Implant Dentures
- They make eating especially hard or sticky foods easier, unlike other dentures, which slide as you eat.
- Snap-in dentures improve self-esteem by giving you back your smile and the ability to speak without anxiety.
- Appear more naturally compared to conventional dentures since they fuse with the jaw bone permanently.
- Are durable. Some may last for a lifetime.
- They preserve the jaw bone by preventing further loss of bone.
- They fit better to the patient’s jaw, ensuring comfort.
- There is less friction on the gum, unlike in conventional dentures.
- They are stable and do not become loose while speaking or eating.
- Conventional dentures may slip as you talk and cause you to slur or mumble. Snap-in dentures do not slip, therefore giving you the confidence to speak.
- They are convenient. They do not require you to keep adjusting them or use messy adhesives to ensure they stay in place.
Procedure for Placing Snap-In Dentures
The dentist discusses with the patient and sets up an individualized treatment plan. The patient’s preference and the dentist’s system are considered in making the plan. Snap-in dentures require time to place and heal. The dentist will place tooth root implants into the patient’s jaw bone. These implants are small posts made of titanium. They are given time, about 3-6 months, for them to bond together with the bone. The dentist places immediate dentures, which are temporary in the patient’s mouth while the gum heals. These implants form a strong anchor for the snap-in dentures. A connecting device called an abutment is tightened down onto the implants to hold the dentures firmly in place. The dentures are prepared according to impressions of your teeth and attached to these connecting devices. Once the dentures are secured to the implants, the false teeth will look and function like natural teeth.
How to Care For Snap-In False Teeth
Taking good care of your dentures ensures that they last for a long time and your gums are protected against diseases and infections.
- Clean your gums, roof of the mouth, and tongue using a soft-bristled brush.
- Rinse the dentures regularly to remove loose food.
- Use a soft brush and a non-abrasive cleaner to remove bacteria from the surface of the dentures.
- Brush and rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash.
- Place the dentures in clean water in a safe place when they are not in the mouth.
- Ensure you go for regular check-ups at the dentist.
Make an appointment with the dentist for Snap-in removable dentures that will give you confidence while speaking, smiling, or eating.