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Snap-In Dentures: A Secure Smile Solution


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Smile Stop Dentures & Implants discusses snap in dentures


Missing teeth can significantly impact your daily life. They affect your ability to chew comfortably, speak clearly, and even smile with confidence. Traditional dentures have long been a solution, but concerns about slipping and discomfort can be discouraging.


However, advancements in dental technology have led to the development of snap-in dentures. They offer a secure and natural-looking alternative.


What Are Snap-In Dentures?

Unlike traditional dentures that rest on the gums and rely on adhesives for stability, snap-in dentures are anchored by dental implants. These implants are tiny titanium posts surgically placed in your jawbone. The dentures themselves have special attachments that "snap" onto the implants, providing a secure and comfortable fit.


How Do Snap-In Dentures Work?

The snap-in denture process typically involves several steps:

  1. Consultation and Planning: During a consultation with a dentist specializing in implant dentistry, they will assess your oral health and determine if you're a good candidate for snap-in dentures. X-rays and impressions of your mouth will be taken to create a customized treatment plan.

  2. Dental Implant Placement: The dental implants are surgically inserted into your jawbone in strategic locations. This procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia with sedation options available for added comfort. While the implants themselves are placed during this step, the actual dentures won't be attached immediately. Healing time is needed to allow the implants to fuse with your jawbone, a process known as osseointegration. This can take several months.

  3. Creating the Dentures: Once the osseointegration is complete, impressions of your mouth will be taken again to create the custom-made snap-in dentures. These dentures will be designed to fit comfortably over your gums and snap securely onto the dental implants.

  4. Attachment of the Dentures: Finally, the dentist will attach the snap-in dentures to the implants, allowing you to experience the full benefits of a secure and confident smile.


Benefits of Snap-In Dentures

Compared to traditional dentures, snap-in dentures offer several advantages:

  • Improved Stability: The secure connection to dental implants eliminates the worry of slipping or shifting dentures while eating, speaking, or laughing.

  • Enhanced Chewing Ability: The stable fit allows for better chewing function, enabling you to enjoy a wider variety of foods with confidence.

  • Increased Comfort: Snap-in dentures eliminate the need for denture adhesives, which can sometimes cause irritation to the gums.

  • Preserved Jawbone Health: Dental implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone loss that often occurs with traditional dentures. This can maintain your facial structure and prevent a sunken appearance.

  • Natural-Looking Smile: Snap-in dentures are custom-designed to blend seamlessly with your remaining teeth and facial features, creating a natural and aesthetically pleasing smile.

  • Boosted Confidence: Knowing your dentures are secure can significantly improve your confidence when eating, socializing, and speaking in public.


Who is a Candidate for Snap-In Dentures?

Snap-in dentures are a viable option for individuals with good overall health. They also require sufficient jawbone density to support the dental implants. During your consultation, the dentist will assess your suitability based on factors like overall health, gum health, and the number of missing teeth.


Caring for Snap-In Dentures

While snap-in dentures are more stable than traditional dentures, proper care is essential for their longevity and continued effectiveness. Here are some basic care tips:

  • Brushing: Just like your natural teeth, brush your snap-in dentures daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste.

  • Cleaning: Clean your dentures as recommended by your dentist.

  • Flossing: Floss around the dental implants to remove plaque and food particles.

  • Regular Dental Checkups: Schedule regular dental appointments for professional cleanings and to ensure the health of your implants and gums.


Considering Snap-In Dentures?

If you're looking for a secure, comfortable, and natural-looking solution for missing teeth, snap-in dentures might be the answer. Smile Stop Dentures & Implants in Bartlesville is committed to providing exceptional dental care. We help patients achieve optimal oral health.


Our team of experienced dentists and specialists can guide you through the entire process. From initial consultation to denture placement. Contact Smile Stop Dentures & Implants today to schedule a consultation and explore the possibilities of a confident smile with snap-in dentures!


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Wes Thompson, DDS

5676 W Skelly Drive, Suite A Tulsa, OK. 74107 (918) 446-0128


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John Lard, DDS

1820 SE Washington Blvd Bartlesville, OK 74006

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