Although conventional removable dentures are satisfactory for some people, many patients choose to alleviate the problems associated with them by having implant-supported dentures instead. Snap-on dentures are implant-supported dentures that can be placed in one visit. Dr. Jerome Cha provides snap-on dentures in his Tulsa, OK, office to help patients restore missing teeth and improve the aesthetics of their smiles. Snap-on dentures are one of the restorative dentistry treatments we provide to new and existing patients.
What Problems Do Snap-On Dentures Solve?
Traditional upper dentures cover the entire palate and are held in place by suction. Many denture wearers experience a loss of enjoyment when they eat because the taste buds located in the palate are covered. The palate covering can also make it more difficult to pronounce certain words clearly. Lower dentures have even more problems. Since there is no suction, they are held in place by your tongue and cheeks. It takes training to learn to keep them in place, and they can still slip at embarrassing moments. And chewing efficiency is always compromised with dentures. Snap-on dentures can alleviate these problems by anchoring the denture arches to dental implants.
Snap-On Dentures Prevent Bone Loss
Dentures prevent the bone loss that always follows the loss of teeth and can stop it from developing into facial collapse. When we lose a tooth, the body absorbs the minerals in the jawbone where that tooth used to be. This bone loss begins immediately after the loss and continues for years. When we have no teeth, this bone loss can lead to facial collapse within as few as ten or twenty years. Traditional dentures need to be remade or relined every few years.
Facial collapse means that the bony ridges that support dentures are almost gone. The corresponding loss of chewing efficiency relegates many people to eating only soft foods, and this can have serious health consequences. Dental implants keep the jaw strong and healthy by preventing bone loss.
As with other forms of implant-supported dentures, snap-on dentures use dental implants to support your dentures. However, snap-on dentures only need four to six implants. In addition, Dr. Cha will typically be able to complete the implant procedure within about three to four hours, and you can walk out the same day with your new teeth in place.
Contact Us Today
Would you like to find out if snap-on dentures are the right solution for you? Call 918-347-1114 or schedule a dental appointment on our website.