Enjoying lunch with your friends couldn't be better until your denture slips while you're trying to eat dessert. Nothing is more frustrating than denture slippage while you talk, eat, or interact with others. It's not only frustrating, but it can be embarrassing too.
If this situation sounds all too familiar, it may be time to consider a more reliable solution with snap-in implant dentures.
What Are Snap-In Dentures?
While traditional dentures are a removable appliance, snap-in dentures are held securely in place with dental implants. Traditional dentures rely on a snug fit to your jawbone to stay in place, and over time, the pressure on your bone causes it to recede.
This is why you might experience movement of your denture when you talk, eat, or laugh. A traditional denture needs to be relined periodically to ensure that it had the secure fit needed to keep it in place.
On the other hand, an implant-supported denture is designed to "snap" into place with your denture attaching to a few carefully placed implants. With a snap-in denture, you can still remove it for cleaning or at night while you sleep. However, with the stable support of dental implants, you'll never have to worry about embarrassing slippage again.
How Do I Get a Snap-In Denture?
While each patient's needs are unique, the procedure to fully complete a snap-in denture may take anywhere from two to six months. The procedure begins with the placement of a few dental implants into your jawbone. Through a process called osseointegration, the implants integrate and fuse with your jawbone becoming a permanent part of your dental anatomy. Osseointegration takes a few months to complete, so in the interim, you may wear a removable denture.
Once the dental implants are completely healed, your dentist will design your denture to snap into the implants for a secure and stable fit. Today's dentures look more natural than ever, complementing your skin tone and facial structure.
Caring for Your Snap-In Denture
Taking care of your snap-in denture is easy because you can remove it for brushing. You'll care for it as you would a traditional denture, brushing it with non-abrasive toothpaste to remove any food debris and soaking it in water if you're not wearing it during sleep.
Even though you have prosthetic teeth, regular trips to your dentist for checkups are still a must. At least once a year your Huntsville dentist should check the health of your mouth, gums, and soft tissues. Your dentist will also want to use x-rays to ensure that your dental implants are healthy and your denture is functioning properly.
The Pros and Cons of a Snap-In Denture
One of the greatest advantages to using dental implants to support your denture is the lack of movement and slippage you'll experience when you eat and talk. Dental implants also protect the health of your jawbone by providing stimulation, which protects against the deterioration that often occurs with traditional dentures. This also means better longevity for your snap-in denture.
The downside to a snap-in denture for some patients is the surgery required to place the implants and the lengthy healing time before their implants are ready to support the new appliance. Cost could also be a factor when considering snap-in dentures since they are typically more expensive than traditional removable dentures.
How Much Do Snap-In Dentures Cost?
The cost of implant dentures varies with each patient's unique needs. The best way to determine exactly what the cost of your snap-in implant dentures might be is to schedule an evaluation with your Huntsville dentist, Dr. Brian Cook.
Dr. Cook will tailor your treatment plan to your needs and smile goals and help you determine your out-of-pocket cost. While snap-in dentures are an investment, you can rest assured knowing that dental implants help provide longevity for your new appliance since they can potentially last for a lifetime.
For many patients, the benefits, stability, and peace of mind that an implant denture provides far outweighs the financial investment.
Are You Ready to Learn More About Your Options?
Tooth loss can greatly impact the quality of your life. From making you feel self-conscious about interacting with other people, to negatively affecting your diet and nutrition, living without teeth can be discouraging.
The good news is that you do have options and your team at Twickenham Family Dentistry is here to help you. Whatever procedure you choose, Dr. Cook will guide you through the process from start to finish to help you eat and smile with confidence once again.
Contact our Huntsville, AL dental office today at (256) 539-4079 to learn more about snap-in implant dentures and how they can benefit you.