snap on dentures: a middle ground

I have been struggling with my dentures. Really struggling. I talked to my dentist about it and he suggested dental implants, but the price was way over anything I can afford. I don’t really want to continue with the dentures, but I just don’t like how they move around. I do use adhesive. It helps some. Not a lot. Unfortunately, it also feels kind of gross. Is this just something I’ll have to adjust to or is there another treatment option I’m overlooking?

Diana

Dear Diana,

Salem Snap on Denture
Snap-on Dentures

I hate to hear that patients are left grappling for answers when their dentists should be giving them all their options. And, you do have some options here.

While some people adjust to dentures, others never do. You didn’t mention how long you’ve had your dentures. If they’re fairly new, they shouldn’t be sliding. Your dentist needs to adjust them. Free of charge.

However, if you’ve had them for several years, you could be at the early stages of facial collapse. The longer you wear dentures, the more your jawbone shrinks. Eventually, you won’t have enough jawbone left to even keep dentures in.

This is why your dentist mentioned dental implants. The implants provide prosthetic tooth roots which your body interprets as you still needing your jawbone, leaving it intact.

Alternatives to 1 to 1 Dental Implants

I don’t know if the price quoted to you for dental implants was a single implant for every missing tooth or for implant overdentures. However, implant overdentures are significantly more affordable.

This uses four to six dental implants on each arch and anchors your dentures to them. They are completely secure and will also prevent facial collapse.

In some cases, even implant overdentures are still out of reach. That’s okay. Everyone has a different budget to work with and dentists should never pressure patients to extend themselves beyond their means.

In those cases, we often recommend snap-on dentures. They are a good starting place. There is a picture of them at the top of this post. It uses just two dental implants. While there is some movement, they will not fall out. The snaps keep them in place.

This also allows you to save up to get more implants at a later date if that is what you desire. It will also protect against bone loss, but just in the areas there are implants.

This blog is brought to you by Salem, MA Dentist Dr. Randall Burba.

Dentures or a Snap-On Smile?

If you’re missing all of your teeth, how can you get affordable dentures? And is a Snap-On Smile an option?  Consider the facts.

Budget Dentures

Dentures vary in cost and quality. Budget dentures are the least expensive option, but they are also the least natural-looking and the least durable option. Yet they enable you to smile, speak, and eat more easily than you could with no dentures at all.

Cosmetic Dentures

Cosmetic dentures are comfortable and made of high-quality materials. They have several advantages.

  • Appearance – High-quality teeth are used for a natural look. Your input will be included to produce denture teeth in the shape, size, and color that fit your preferences, personality, and facial features.
  • Fit – Multiple measurements are taken to ensure your denture base is secure without irritating your gums.
  • Feel – Cosmetic dentures feel more like your natural teeth.

Implant-supported dentures

Dentures can be stabilized with as few two dental implants. Snap-on dentures—not a Snap-On Smiles—only require two implants. Implants are placed in your jawbone, and after a healing period, your dentures will be attached to them. Implant-supported dentures have several advantages:

  • Prevent lifting and slippage
  • Improve speech and chewing function
  • Prevent jawbone shrinkage, which occurs when all of your teeth are missing

What about a Snap-On Smile?

A Snap-On Smile is not a suitable alternative to dentures for several reasons.

  • It fits over your natural teeth and is designed to hide imperfection, including misalignment or a few missing teeth. But it is not a solution when all of your teeth are missing.
  • It is a temporary cosmetic solution. If you wear it daily it will wear out quickly.
  • Since it’s meant to snap over your teeth, when all your teeth are missing, the Snap-On Smile won’t have any support. It will easily dislodge.
  • The appliance is acrylic, so without natural teeth beneath it, you will have difficulty chewing.

What’s Next?

Your ability to smile, speak, and eat with ease affects your quality of life and your health. If you insist on cheap dentures, keep in mind that you will likely be disappointed with the way they function. And they can wear out quickly and need to be replaced..

The photos below show the difference natural-looking dentures can make with your smile and oral health.

If you are on a budget and need dentures, speak with a qualified dentist about how quality dentures can be made affordable for you. Payment plans or financing can help you receive a healthy solution that looks natural. This post is sponsored by Salem, MA dentist Dr. Randall Burba of Burba Dental

Best dental treatment for a chipped tooth

If you have chipped a tooth, what’s the best dental treatment for restoring it?

Examination

A chipped tooth needs to be examined first to determine the extent of the damage. The location of the chip and the extent of the damage  in your tooth affect which dental treatment options will give you the best results.

Treatment options

Minor chip

A minor chip at a corner of the tooth can be quickly restored. If the piece of the tooth that chipped off is saved, it might be possible to bond it onto the tooth.

If the chipped portion is not available, it can be filled in and beautifully concealed with dental bonding. A skilled cosmetic dentist will give you the best results. He or she has a variety of shades of composite that can be mixed and manipulated to create a lifelike appearance that matches the color and translucency of the damaged tooth.

The restoration is usually completed in one visit—provided there is no internal damage to the tooth. Dental bonding stains over time and may need to be removed and reapplied.

Some patients choose to conceal a chipped tooth with a porcelain veneer, but this treatment is more expensive than dental bonding, more invasive, and requires light preparation, or shaving of your tooth, to help the veneer fit properly and prevent it from looking bulky.

Severe chip

If there is a severe chip in a molar tooth, it may need to be protected with a dental crown.

An extensive chip can affect the pulp of a tooth. When the pulp is damaged, the tooth can become infected and the infection can spread. In this case, a root canal treatment is needed.

When a tooth is weakened by a crack or fracture, it’s important to get treatment for it right away. The force of biting or chewing over time can cause the crack or fracture to get worse.

Find an experienced cosmetic dentist to restore the tooth. He or she will let you know your options for restoring your tooth. As the photos below show, you can find if you find one of the best cosmetic dentists in your area, bonding will be so beautifully done that you won’t be able to tell your tooth was ever chipped.

This post is sponsored by the dentists of Burba Dental in Salem, MA.