If you’re dealing with missing teeth, you know how difficult that can make biting, chewing, and even smiling. If you’ve spoken with your dentist, chances are they’ve brought up removable dentures with implants. This type of tooth replacement option is for those patients who are missing all or most of their teeth, and are looking for a stable and secure solution.
But how do you know if you’re the right candidate for removable dentures with implants, and will they really restore your confidence again? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this guide. Keep reading because we’re going to cover:
Removable dentures with implants (also called snap-in dentures) consist of a set of customized dentures that are anchored to implants in your mouth. They are removable, which is why they are also referred to as snap-in dentures, because they snap into the implants.
These removable dentures with implants are a very popular option if you’re missing all or most of your teeth, and can be used on either your upper or lower jaw. Many patients who are using traditional dentures could benefit from speaking to their dentist about this tooth replacement option. If you’re currently using regular dentures, you know that sometimes they tend to move or shift throughout the day.
This can lead to anxiety over when your dentures may decide to slip, or worse, fall out of place. No one wants to have their dentures move around in their mouth, and if this is something you’ve been dealing with, it might be time to ask about removable dentures with implants.
Now that you know removable dentures with implants consist of dentures and implant anchors, it’s time to discuss how they work. First, your dentist will need to decide whether or not this type of replacement method is best for you. If they do, first you will come in and have the implants placed into your jaw. Depending on your needs, your dentist will determine how many titanium implants are necessary to support your removable dentures with.
Then you will need to allow the implants to heal and fuse with the bone of your jaw. In the meantime, your dentist will likely give you temporary dentures to wear. The fusing process can take 3-6 months based on location in the jaw. After, you will need to visit your dentist again so they can remove the temporary caps and fit your permanent dentures.
Your new removable dentures with implants are now ready to go, and you can get back to living your life again. This type of tooth replacement option will allow you once again to feel confident when you’re smiling, speaking, and chewing. You’ll snap your dentures in each morning, and then you can feel free to get on with your day. At night, you’ll remove them so that you can clean the prosthesis as well as your mouth.
Removable dentures with implants require some investment of your time but are well worth it in the long run. Having a long-lasting replacement to your missing teeth that is stable and secure is one of their many benefits.
If you’re considering removable dentures with implants and think they may be the right solution to meet your dental needs, you’ll want to know more about their benefits.
One of the many reasons you might want to consider removable dentures with implants is because they are very stable and secure. If you’ve ever used regular dentures, you know that they can move around in your mouth.
Traditional dentures that do not fit right are more likely to move and cause irritation to your gums. With removable dentures with implants, you won’t have to worry about them sliding around. This type of denture is securely snapped in place to the implants that are fused to your jaw bone.
Removable dentures with implants do not require you to worry about adhesives either. If you’ve used adhesives on regular dentures before, you know that this doesn’t always fix the problem. In fact it adds another step to your routine, and it may even cause additional irritation or discomfort. By going with removable dentures with implants, all you’ll need to worry about is snapping in your dentures in the morning and going on your way.
When you’re missing teeth, you may have problems enjoying the foods you love. When there are gaps in your teeth, it can be difficult to bite and chew properly. By choosing to replace your missing teeth with removable implant dentures, you’re taking a big step forward when it comes to improving your experience with biting and chewing.
This type of tooth replacement option allows you to confidently bite down and chew your food like you did with your natural teeth. Because removable dentures with implants are so secure, you may also find you are able to once again enjoy foods such as steak confidently and comfortably. Traditional dentures have limits on the types of foods you can comfortably and successfully eat. You may not find you need to worry as much about the foods that you eat when you opt to go with this type of dentures.
You’ll still want to speak with your dentist about what foods you should avoid or enjoy in moderation, but you may find that the list of foods you can enjoy with removable dentures with implants has grown.
There’s nothing like being able to speak and smile with confidence, and if you’ve been living with missing teeth, you may not have experienced this for some time. Not having a complete smile or worrying about how you look can have an impact on your emotional health and wellbeing. It’s important to be able to smile and speak with confidence, and you deserve to have that feeling back.
With removable dentures with implants, you’ll get the chance once again to smile and laugh with ease, and no longer worry about your missing teeth. Smiling and speaking may also have been a problem for you if you’ve ever had traditional dentures. Because they are not as stable and secure as removable dentures with implants, you might have found yourself anxious that your dentures will shift or move.
With removable dentures with implants, you’ll be back to speaking, smiling and laughing again. You also won’t have to worry about gaps in your teeth, or your regular dentures shifting around.
Because they are so stable, you’ll also find that removable dentures with implants fit better and are more comfortable than regular dentures. This is because they are secured by titanium implants that are fused to your bone. Traditional dentures cannot offer the same sense of stability.
Removable dentures with implants are customized for your specific needs, and your dentist will develop them according to a plan that is made just for you. This is what allows them to sit very comfortably (and securely) in your mouth. Depending on your situation, your dentist can decide to have two or more implants in place so that your removable dentures with implants have a good fit.
You also won’t need to worry about the irritation that can develop from traditional dentures that may move around. When dentures rub against your gums, it can cause pain, soreness and irritation and have a negative impact on your wellbeing. After the initial adjustment period, your dentures will snap into place, sit comfortably and fit just right.
Many patients who have had traditional dentures and have made the switch to removable dentures with implants have found that they are very natural looking when compared to traditional dentures. Your dentist will take digital scans and x-rays to ensure that your prosthetic dentures fit the shape of your mouth. Having a highly customized removable dentures with implants is very similar to the appearance of your natural teeth.
If you only need one arch for either your top or bottom jaw, your dentist will work to match the shade of your prosthesis with your natural teeth. So when you smile or speak, it will look and feel very natural.
One of the major concerns with missing teeth is the potential for bone loss. Without a tooth for stimulation, the bone in your jaw will start to recede. This can eventually cause facial sagging, and even change the appearance of your mouth. Traditional dentures do not fix this problem either, since they rest on top of the gum.
Removable dentures with implants can help prevent additional bone loss because the implant is put directly into your bone. Because the implant eventually fuses with the bone, it simulates a natural tooth, and stimulates the jaw preventing bone loss.
When there are gaps between your teeth, you also need to worry about your teeth falling into misalignment. With nothing to replace the natural teeth that were once there, you may find the teeth you do have start to shift. Removable dentures with implants can fix this problem by removing any teeth you have left, and installing implants and removable dentures with implants instead.
When you’re thinking about removable dentures with implants, you may be wondering what some of the disadvantages might be. Because everyone’s situation is different, make sure you speak to your dentist about any additional questions or concerns you may have.
Although we’ve been discussing removable dentures with implants, their benefits, and how they work, did you know that they’re not the only type of denture implant available? Depending on your dental situation, your dentist may consider some options when it comes to your teeth replacement: either removable dentures with implants or fixed denture implants.
As we’ve previously mentioned, removable dentures with implants are an option that allows you to remove your dentures from your mouth. They are held in place with implants that have fused with your bone, and are designed to be snapped in and taken out daily. These might be a good option for you if you:
The other option your dentist may discuss with you is fixed denture implants. This type of tooth replacement also requires implant surgery. The difference is instead of snapping your dentures into place each morning, your prosthesis is permanently attached to the implants fused to your jaw bone. Just like removable dentures with implants, you can get your upper or lower (or both) jaw done. These implants are very stable and secure.
Because you cannot remove fixed implant dentures, you will need to clean them just like your natural teeth by brushing, flossing, and water flossing.
One option that may work for your situation is removable dentures with implants. You may be a good candidate for this type of denture if:
If you’re ready to get your confidence back when it comes to biting, chewing, speaking, smiling and laughing, then removable dentures with implants could be just what you’re looking for.
The removable dentures with implant procedure is fairly straightforward. After speaking with your dentist, they’ll develop a customized plan made just for you. However, you can expect the removable dentures with implant procedure to go as follows:
Here you will speak with your dentist and develop a plan for getting your removable dentures with implants. They will take digital images of your mouth and may also take X-rays. At this appointment you’ll also discuss with them if you need any additional teeth removed before you get your denture implants.
The next step is to have the implants placed in your jaw bone. This surgery requires anesthesia, and will be completed in your dentist’s office. Depending on your needs, your dentist can insert two to four titanium screws. Your dentist will give you temporary caps to place in your mouth as your implants start to heal.
After your implants are in place, they will need some time to heal and fuse to the bone. Because everyone is different, this can take anywhere from two to six months to ensure the implant has properly fused to the bone. This is where the removable dentures with implants get their strength and stability.
Depending on the customized plan your dentist develops, you may need a second surgical visit to attach the extensions that will hold your dentures in place. This is not required for every patient, and your implants may have been put in with these extensions already attached.
Once your implants are healed and have fused with the bone, you’ll need another visit to your dentist. Here they will have the removable dentures with implants ready, and will attach them to the implants. In order to make sure they fit well and you are comfortable in them, your dentist may need to make adjustments.
Now that your removable dentures with implants are attached and you’ve gone over how to insert them and remove them, it’s time to learn how to clean them. When they are properly cared for, your removable dentures with implants can last for years.
Remember, it’s important that you do not sleep in your removable dentures with implants.
If you think that removable dentures with implants are right for you, schedule a time to speak to your dentist today.
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