WHAT ARE SNAP-ON DENTURES?
Snap-on dentures are implant-supported dentures that look and feel like traditional, removable dentures. While traditional dentures rest on the gum line, snap-in dentures stay in place through dental implant posts that are surgically placed into the jaw at specific areas to support the dentures, which are “snapped” into place using the posts. The snap-on dentures are removable, but the implanted posts are not. There’s no rocking, shifting, or rubbing because your implants keep the appliance secure.
Snap-on dentures can be removed at night when you go to sleep. The care and maintenance of the appliance is exactly like what you would expect with traditional dentures. Snap-on dentures are great for patients who want to stabilize their existing denture or have extensive bone loss in their jaws.
WHAT IS THE ALL-ON-4® TREATMENT CONCEPT?
The All-on-4® Treatment is a very lifelike set of dentures held securely and permanently in place on just four strategically placed dental implant posts. This is efficient, while still being strong and effective. Dentures anchored with All-on-4® Treatment Concept dental implants are long-lasting, durable, look and feel just like natural teeth, and will never slip or slide during dinner.
This concept allows for faster healing and smile restoration time. With fewer dental implants placed, we are able to restore the new dentures in record time.
THE BENEFITS OF FIXED IMPLANT DENTURES
Some of the many benefits of fixed implant dentures from Valley Dental Solutions include:
- Leave With Teeth: With our implant denture treatment, you’ll actually leave with temporary teeth on the same day that the implants are inserted to ensure the space is preserved. You’ll return later to have the permanent dentures that have been shaped to your specific mouth placed.
- Improved Speech: Talk again with ease and confidence that your dentures won’t fall out of place thanks to your implant-supported dentures.
- Comfort. Traditional dentures can put pressure on your gums and jaw. A permanent denture is permanently secured in place with implants, so you can enjoy a pain-free experience.
- Greater Biting Force: Enjoy the ability to chew and eat all your favorite foods—including the tough or sticky ones that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to have with traditional dentures. The orthodontic implants used integrate directly into the chewing action of your mouth to provide higher biting force.
- No Adhesive Needed: Implant dentures are supported by sturdy titanium posts placed directly in your jawbone. This means they fit securely, and they won’t slip or slide out of place if your denture adhesive wears out too soon.
- Function Like Natural Teeth: Your new teeth will look and feel just like your natural teeth. Although you may need a few days to get used to them, they are designed to fit comfortably in your mouth and give you a beautiful natural-looking smile.
- Preserves Gum and Bone Tissues: Without the roots of your teeth supporting and stimulating your jawbone, the jawbone will shrink down from lack of use. The dental implants that support your implant dentures also act as tooth roots in your jawbone to promote bone growth, facial structure support, and jawbone stimulation.
- Increased Confidence. A full smile can improve your self confidence! In our society, we use our smile to communicate with others. You can feel confident again with a beautiful full-arch restoration.
With all these improvements over traditional dentures, you’ll understand why so many of our patients love these fixed dentures.
If you’re looking for a way to restore a full set of teeth with dental implants, fixed implant dentures are a streamlined way to get full dentures with fewer implants placed in the first stage. Call our office in Chandler today to learn more about this exciting procedure!
HOW DO DENTAL IMPLANTS WORK?
The dental implants procedure often feels like quite an intimidating prospect, but it can be broken down into a few easy-to-understand steps.
The dental implant process begins with a consultation. Before we do any implant treatment, we take several scans and x-rays of your mouth so that we can determine whether you are a candidate for implant placement. Implants require a certain amount of jawbone strength and thickness, so that it can securely hold the implant rod.
If you do not have sufficient jawbone structure, don’t worry! There are procedures we can do to help you become a great implant candidate. This includes performing a bone graft for dental implants, in order to thicken and strengthen the bone.
The Rod Placement
The next step in the dental implants procedure is the actual dental implant surgery. During this stage, the titanium rod is placed into your jawbone, right where the original tooth root would naturally sit.
Just as the bone of a broken leg will fuse to a pin, the bone of your jaw will heal around the implant post. Together, both become stronger than either were separately. This fusion makes a strong and long-lasting anchor for the crown of the tooth.
Once the bone is totally healed, a dental implant dentist will use an abutment piece to attach your custom-crafted dental crown. This crown is designed to perfectly fit with the rest of your smile.
All together, this implant structure is designed to look, feel, and act like a natural tooth.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Dental implants reviews show immense satisfaction with dental implantation, but it doesn’t stop there. Read the frequently asked questions below to get the real truth about dental implants.
HOW LONG DO DENTAL IMPLANTS LAST?
Implants have been shown to last for decades and counting. They are both sturdy and effective. When you get a dental implant, you’re making an investment in your future that will likely last the rest of your life.
DO DENTAL IMPLANTS HURT? ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS PAINFUL?
Implant posts are placed through a surgery. There will be healing time that is required for osseointegration to fully take place, as well as for your gum tissue to recover from the post placement.
However, once the implants are healed and treatment is completed, the implants themselves should feel, act, and look like completely natural teeth. There should be no pain that comes from the synthetic tooth itself. If you experience any, make an appointment with us immediately.
ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS SAFE?
Absolutely. The materials used in dental implants consist of medical titanium and dental porcelain. Both of these have been widely used in the dental industry, and are proven to be safe and hypoallergenic.
The implant procedure itself is also very safe. Dental technology has given us tools that make anesthetics more precise than ever, x-rays and scanners that can help us plan the entire procedure before it even happens, and computers that can guide the placement of the rod in real time.
FIXED IMPLANT DENTURES / ALL-ON-4® TREATMENT CONCEPT DENTAL IMPLANTS
If you are interested in implant-supported dentures, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We’re happy to schedule you for a consultation, and show you what kind of quality dental implants we can offer to those in the Chandler Arizona area.
Detailed Dental Imaging
- Safer | Digital x-rays use 80% less radiation than traditional x-rays. They are safe for everyone, even those who are pregnant.
- Immediate | X-rays make for a quick diagnosis that can give you answers and present solutions faster than ever.
- Precise | We can also zoom in on the image to get a clearer, more precise view of any problem areas.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Examining Your Teeth and Gums
Our general recommendations for good oral health include:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day.
- Flossing at least once a day.
- Avoiding biting on hard objects like ice cubes or pencil ends.
- Using a mouthwash with fluoride.
General dentistry is all about preventing oral issues that can be painful, debilitating, and expensive to treat. While Valley Dental Solutions can do a lot to help with that, so can you! Setting a daily routine for yourself can make a big difference.
Just like you need to wash your hair regularly, your mouth needs personal hygiene too. You’ll want to make sure you’re keeping it clear of bacteria as much as possible.
Brush twice a day, first thing in the morning and before bed. This gets rid of all the bacteria that develop while you sleep and the food remnants from your meals during the day. Make sure to get all of the surfaces of your teeth, and don’t forget to brush your tongue!
Floss at least once a day at bedtime. This helps you get all the food out of the cracks between your teeth so bacteria doesn’t have any leftovers to snack on while you’re sleeping. Flossing is one of the best things you can do to prevent gum disease.
Rinse with mouthwash. After flossing, food and plaque debris can still be floating around your mouth. Rinsing with mouthwash can wash out those particles and leave your mouth clean and fresh. Many mouthwashes strengthen and protect your teeth against harmful bacteria.
Visit our office every six months. While brushing and flossing at home are both helpful and necessary for good oral health, only a deeper cleaning can continue to get rid of tartar and plaque. We also polish your teeth after a cleaning so they shine and feel smooth.
Red, Tender, Swollen, or Receding Gums
Many of these symptoms point to gum disease, a common yet serious issue that needs to be addressed quickly. There are regenerative gum disease treatments that can bring back your oral health.
Persistent achy teeth can signify a tooth infection. Regenerative root canal therapy can remove the infected tissue from inside a tooth with advanced technology and provide relief for toothaches.
Loose Permanent Teeth
Only baby teeth should fall out. If you start to notice that a permanent tooth has come loose, that is a dental concern. Dentists can diagnose and treat underlying issues and possibly save your tooth.
Unusual Tooth Sensitivity
It’s normal to feel some sensitivity to extremely hot or cold foods, but if this sensation becomes extremely painful or occurs frequently, there may be an underlying issue like a cavity or infection.
Some headaches and jaw aches are due to nighttime teeth grinding (bruxism) or issues with the TMJ. The temporomandibular joint is susceptible to injury, but many TMJ disorders are easily treated.
Persistent Mouth Sores
Mouth sores that keep returning or won’t go away could be a symptom of allergies, disease, or even cancer. Getting these sores looked at by a dentist can get you treatment and peace of mind.
Saliva is important to keeping your mouth clean and helping you break down food. You may experience dry mouth if you sleep with your mouth open or if you have issues with your saliva glands.
Persistent Bad Breath
Chronic bad breath can be caused by:
- Improper dental hygiene.
- Eating a diet poor in nutrients.
- Dry mouth, often from sleep apnea.
- Gingivitis or advanced gum disease.
- Liver or kidney infections or diseases.
Taking care of your teeth during pregnancy is an essential part of good oral health. Your hormone levels change drastically and can put you at risk for gum disease, halitosis, and other issues.
Visiting a dentist every six months is important for your oral health, but sometimes dental concerns arise between visits. Below are other concerns that should be examined and diagnosed by a dentist.