If you are missing most or all of your teeth, dentures are an excellent way to get back both your bite and your smile.
Many people hesitate at the idea of traditional dentures. Some of our patients have an allergy to common adhesives that prevents them from conveniently using dentures. For other patients, the traditional denture model doesn’t work with their lifestyles.
If these, or any other reasons, apply to you, then we have some great news! Adhesives are not the only way to fasten dentures. Two of the most common adhesive alternatives are permanent implant-supported dentures—which you can learn about on the All-on-4® Treatment Concept page—and snap-on dentures.
What Are Snap-On Dentures?
Snap-on dentures are, as the name suggests, dentures that click into place. There are two ways that this is made possible.
Implant-Supported | As with permanent dentures, implant-supported snap-on dentures involve the placement of dental implants.
An implant root—usually titanium—is placed into the jawbone. When the bone heals around it, this root becomes a very strong and secure anchor for crowns, bridges, partial dentures, or full dentures.
Implant-supported dentures can be made permanent, but they do not have to be. Snap-on dentures are entirely removable by the wearer while also being extremely secure and comfortable when they’re worn.
Partial Dentures | If you aren’t missing all of your teeth, there may be a second option for you. A partial denture set can be made to snap into the gaps in your bite, much like a traditional retainer.
This method—when it is possible—is one of the simplest options. It does not involve any surgeries or awkward adhesives. Even better, a partial denture blends right in with any remaining natural teeth!
Why Use Snap-On Dentures?
While there are many excellent benefits to a permanent denture solution, it is not always possible, nor is it the right answer for every patient.
Snap-on dentures provide many of the same benefits that one can get from a permanent denture. They are strong, effective, and don’t rely on adhesives for their staying power. They are also custom-crafted to perfectly fit your individual mouth and blend in with any remaining teeth.
At the same time, snap-ons allow a level of flexibility that permanent dentures don’t have: removability.
The ability to easily remove the denture set makes cleaning and maintaining so much easier. Emergencies are also a little less time-sensitive because removable dentures can easily be replaced at home by a backup set of teeth, whereas permanent ones can not.
Talk to Us Today About Your Denture Options
Whatever your denture needs are, we are willing and able to help give you the dental health you deserve. Talk to us today about your tooth-replacement options. We’ll gladly help come up with a treatment plan that’s right for you!