Traditional full-palate upper dentures come with a palate section that helps keep the dentures suctioned in place. This palate section is uncomfortable for many people and can lead to difficulties with swallowing or speaking.
Traditional lower dentures have no way to stay in place, and their constant movement can lead to gum pain.
Snap on dentures eliminate the need for the palate section by snapping onto 4 to five secure dental implants. This offers improved comfort and stability when compared to many other types of dentures. We also offer dental implants, learn more now.
Snap-on Dentures – how do they work?
There are two types of implant prostheses: Fixed (permanent) or Removable (snap on). The fixed approach requires 4-6 implants per arch, whereas the Snap on only requires two implants to stabilize the lower denture. This allows for a more cost-effective solution.
The lower Snap on Denture is secured to the implants by a “Locator” abutment, with “snaps” placed inside a lower denture. The connection is a “Locator insert,” which is made of resilient nylon. This forcefully engages the locator so that the denture is secured to it. Older systems included O – Rings or magnets, but the Locator system is the most up to date “snap on” technology.
Benefits of Snap-on Dentures vs. Traditional
No slippage of the denture
Increased bite force – you can eat harder food options.
Cost-effective way of obtaining dental implants for a full arch solution.
How does the process work / What is the timeline?
Step 1 – Consultation and Xray
Step 2 – Fabrication of your temporary prosthesis
Step 3 – Surgery – Placement of the two implants and Tooth removal (if needed) under IV Sedation
Step 4 – Wait 4 months for implants to integrate
Step 5 – Small Minor procedure to uncover the implants, place locator abutments, and begin making your metal-reinforced final Snap-on denture. What about Snap-on Dentures for the top jaw (Maxilla)
What About Implants for the Top Jaw?
If patients want implants on the top jaw, they are best served with a Fixed solution, ie. The All on 4. There are many reasons for this, but for the maxilla, the costs are very similar versus removable and fixed, but the RESULTS are DRASTICALLY different.
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