Tooth loss can be an embarrassing and significant problem for the health and wellness of the jaw and patient overall. Whether a tooth falls out during a physical accident or is lost to decay, the result is the same: The individual experiences trouble eating, chewing, and even talking. Dentures are a common solution when multiple teeth are missing because they can supply a patient with a new mouth of teeth to be used during regular activities. However, traditional dentures can make it difficult to chew and speak normally. Many patients complain that traditional dentures are ill-fitting and tend to slip out.
Despite the beliefs of some patients, dentures are not “one size fits all,” and modern dentistry has created a variety of methods to help patients become comfortable with their new teeth. While the old style of dentures required the removal of all teeth and the smoothing of the gum, new dentures no longer have to be removed and can be installed directly into the jawbone. The result is a permanent mouth of teeth with little to no limitations.
Implant-supported dentures are one of those permanent solutions. These are sets of synthetic teeth that are installed directly to the jawbone through the use of implants. An implant is a false root typically made of titanium. While a patient is numbed, the root is drilled down through the gum to the bone. For a single jaw, four implants are placed.
Once the implants are affixed to the bone, the dentist can install the dentures. These will provide all of the teeth for a single jaw and will be screwed into the implant and sealed in place. Implant-supported dentures can only be removed by a dentist.
Another option is snap-on dentures. A snap-on denture is more secure than a traditional denture but not as permanent as an implant-supported denture. Snap-on dentures are anchored to several implant posts in the jaw. They are removable, and you can clip them on and off with your fingers as often as you’d like.
Snap-on dentures are an affordable alternative to a full mouth of implants or implant-supported dentures.
Here at Digital Smiles, we make the procedure as streamlined as possible to ensure patient comfort. After an initial exam and consultation, the dentist will perform x-rays to see if the jawbone is strong enough to support the implants. If it is, the dentist will create molds of a patient’s jaw so the new teeth can be constructed. Once the dentures are ready, the patient will return and be numbed so the implants and dentures can be placed. This style of dentures can be done for anywhere from two teeth to an entire jaw’s worth of teeth, making it quite valuable.