What is Overdenture (Snap on Dentures)?
Overdenture, commonly known as Snap-on Dentures, is an innovative and comfortable dental solution designed to provide stability and functionality for individuals who have lost most or all of their natural teeth. Unlike traditional dentures, which sit on the gums and might lack stability, Snap-on Dentures utilize dental implants as anchors to "snap" the dentures securely in place. These dental implants act as sturdy foundations for the overdentures, allowing patients to enjoy improved chewing ability and confidence in their smiles.
Why would Overdenture (Snap on Dentures) be needed?
Snap-on Dentures are a preferred option for individuals who have experienced significant tooth loss or are edentulous (completely toothless) in their upper or lower jaw. When regular dentures might not provide the desired stability and comfort, Snap-on Dentures step in to address these concerns effectively.
The use of dental implants as anchors in Snap-on Dentures offers several benefits, including:
- Enhanced Stability: Dental implants provide a strong and secure foundation for the overdenture, reducing the risk of slipping or shifting during eating or speaking.
- Improved Chewing Efficiency: With Snap-on Dentures, patients can enjoy a wider range of food choices, as the dentures remain stable while eating, allowing for better chewing efficiency.
- Preservation of Bone Health: The presence of dental implants stimulates the jawbone, preventing bone resorption and maintaining bone density over time.
- Restored Facial Aesthetics: Snap-on Dentures can fill out facial features, providing a more youthful appearance and boosting self-confidence.
Who would be a candidate for Overdenture (Snap on Dentures)?
Snap-on Dentures are an excellent solution for a variety of patients who have lost multiple teeth or are about to undergo complete tooth extraction. Potential candidates for Snap-on Dentures include:
- Edentulous Patients: Those who have lost all their teeth in the upper, lower, or both jaws are strong candidates for Snap-on Dentures.
- Individuals with Tooth Loss: Patients with multiple missing teeth who want a more secure and stable alternative to traditional dentures can opt for Snap-on Dentures.
- Unhappy Denture Wearers: Patients currently using traditional dentures and experiencing discomfort, difficulty chewing, or denture slippage can consider upgrading to Snap-on Dentures for improved functionality and comfort.
- Sufficient Jawbone: Adequate jawbone density is necessary to support dental implants. In cases of bone loss, bone grafting procedures may be required before the implant placement.
What happens during the Overdenture (Snap on Dentures) procedure?
The procedure for getting Snap-on Dentures typically involves the following steps:
- Comprehensive Examination: Your dentist will conduct a thorough examination of your oral health, taking X-rays and impressions to assess the jawbone density and overall condition of your mouth.
- Treatment Planning: Based on the examination results, a personalized treatment plan will be created. This plan will include the number of dental implants needed, the implant placement locations, and any additional treatments required.
- Implant Placement: The dental implants will be surgically placed into the jawbone. In some cases, temporary dentures may be provided during the healing period.
- Healing Period: Over the next few months, the dental implants will gradually integrate with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration, providing a stable base for the Snap-on Dentures.
- Abutment Attachment: After the healing period, abutments, which are connectors between the implants and dentures, will be attached to the implants.
- Denture Fabrication: Impressions of your mouth will be taken to create custom-made dentures that will fit securely over the dental implants.
- Snap-on Denture Placement: The final step involves snapping the custom-made dentures onto the abutments, ensuring a snug and secure fit.
If you would like to learn more about Overdenture (Snap on Dentures), call us today and we can help to answer any of your questions.