What Are Snap-On Dentures?

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Snap-on dentures are a contemporary alternative to dentures or false teeth that have been available for many years. This newer option is classified as an overdenture, meaning that the device will fit over and attach to either the underlying natural teeth that remain or to implants that have been embedded at strategic points along the gum lines. There are several benefits to snap-on dentures as well as a couple of liabilities that should be considered.

One of the main benefits of these types of dentures is that there is no need to remove natural teeth that are still healthy. Unlike partial dental plates or full sets of dentures that may require pulling teeth in order to achieve the desired fit, snap-on dentures fit over any remaining teeth and attach directly to them with a snapping action, creating a snug but comfortable fit. In the event that a number of natural teeth are missing, implants can be embedded in the gums and act as the supports for the snap-ons. Many find that the fit of overdentures is superior to that of traditional dentures, and also less likely to rub against the gums and create irritation, since the devices attach to the teeth or implants and not to the gums.


Another advantage of snap-ons is that the devices are usually less expensive than partial or complete denture plates. By using a mold to capture the cast for the overdentures, it is possible to quickly create an entire set of upper and lower dentures that are an ideal fit for the customer, with little to no preparatory work required in terms of removing teeth or building up gums. Since the process is less labor-intensive, consumers can enjoy a brilliant smile for less than all the dental work required to prepare the mouth for the receipt of dentures.

While snap-on dentures are a great option for many people, there are a couple of potential drawbacks to keep in mind. In some cases, it may be necessary to file existing teeth into a shape that will provide a better anchor for the overdentures. This can be somewhat painful. In addition, changes in the mouth and gum line over time may mean that consumers who wear the snap-on dentures will find that the fit is not as snug as in times past, making it necessary to be fitted for a new set. Before choosing this option over more traditional dentures, talk with your dentist about the pros and cons of this particular option. This will allow you to make an informed decision of whether or not snap-on dentures would be the best approach for your situation.


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