Advantages over Traditional Dentures
As traditional dentures are held in place with suction, they may become loose, which could cause embarrassment and even physical discomfort and soreness as they rub against the gums. Speaking and eating can also be awkward with dentures that just won’t stay in place.
If you are not comfortable with your traditional dentures, or the idea of getting dentures is worrisome – denture implants may be a good alternative.
- Fasten the denture securely in place
- Provide comfort and security knowing the denture won’t dislodge
- Improve appearance and self-esteem
- Restore a more secure biting ability than traditional removal dentures
- Help preserve surrounding bone by replacing the tooth root
- Help prevent bone loss and jaw line recession
Denture Implants compared to Dental Implants
Denture implants are similar to dental implants as a titanium metal post or “root” is inserted into the jaw bone. Unlike dental implants however, these titanium posts do not affix to permanent artificial teeth but rather they are used to hold a set of dentures firmly and securely in place. Depending on the number of teeth being replaced, denture implants can be a more cost-effective solution than dental implants.
Unlike ‘All-on-4’ dental implants, which require four dental implants per arch (top and bottom), ‘Snap-On’ teeth have a minimum of two implants on the bottom, and four implants on the top.
The main difference between denture implants and dental implants is the prosthesis on the denture implants are removable. You can take them out for cleaning.
Dentures snap into place over ball-shaped abutments, which results in a tight fitting, comfortable denture that doesn’t require messy adhesives or rely on suction to stay put. For most patients, denture implants are the best way to avoid slippage.
Denture implants will make your dentures fit more tightly and securely which often results in increased comfort and confidence for the wearer. If your current traditional dentures do not fit as tightly as you’d like, denture implants might be your solution.
Are “denture implants” right for you?
We perform a full examination of your mouth before we make recommendations on your best options. If you are in good general health, there is a good chance that denture implants can work for you.
How does the implant process work?
The first step is gathering information. We take extensive care when learning about your oral health, so we can present you with the best options available.
During the first stage, we perform an intraoral examination, take digital facial and intraoral pictures, diagnostic impressions, panoramic x-rays, and a CBCT Scan.
All of this information is reviewed by your Smile Corp denturists to decide if you are a good candidate for denture implants (Snap-On teeth) or dental implants (All On 4).
All available options are presented to you, including the steps and pricing, for review. If you choose overdentures, or Snap-On teeth, the next step is the denture implant surgery.
Denture implants require four implants at the top, and two to four at the bottom to hold a full set of dentures. The posts above the gum line are ball shaped and your dentures can literally snap into place. The implants are left to heal for a few months; exact time will depend on the quality of your jaw where the implant is placed.
Once you are healed, the overdenture is securely fastened to the implant and can Snap-On and snap-off so you can take it out for cleaning and maintenance. We ensure that your dentures fit perfectly so that they do not cause difficulty when speaking or chewing.