Are you missing a few teeth? If you are, your dentist will present you with various options for replacing the missing teeth. We at the dental clinic of Timothy A. Hess DDS are committed to providing the best and latest options for the restoration of smiles and oral function. Some of the options available for teeth replacement at our clinic include all on 4 dental implants and snap on dentures. This option has become a popular choice for replacing teeth. However, many patients still ask us which option is better, snap on dentures vs all on 4 implants. Below we discuss the difference between these two options as well as their benefits and drawbacks.
What are Snap-on Dentures?
Have you ever wondered what are snap-in dentures? These dentures are similar to traditional removable dentures. However, they feature 2 to 4 implants that are inserted surgically into your jaw. The dentures have locators that attach onto the implants. The dentures snap into place to prevent rocking or shifting. These dentures stay in place and will not rub against your gum. Like with traditional dentures, you will need to remove these dentures when you go to sleep.
The care and maintenance of these dentures is also similar to that of traditional implants. It includes soaking the implants in a cleansing solution overnight and giving them a good brush the next morning before replacing them.
What is All on 4 Treatment?
These types of implants are amongst the most durable options for replacing missing teeth. 4 titanium implants are surgically inserted into your jaw. These implants are permanent and the jaw bone grows around them to secure them into place. A prosthetic that looks like an extended dental bridge is attached to the top of the implants. This appliance mimics the shape of the jaw and features teeth that look just like your natural teeth. It is a permanent appliance. Therefore once it is placed, you can never take it out.
Care and maintenance of this type of implant is similar to the care and maintenance you would give your natural teeth. Simply maintain a good oral hygiene routine.
Which is More Durable?
Many patients ask snap dentures vs all on 4, which is more durable? Using implants to support dentures in snap on dentures prevents the jaw bone from shrinking in a process known as resorption. The implants also ensure that the dentures stay in place when chewing and biting. However, the implants still don’t provide much reinforcement for the dentures. You therefore can only still eat soft foods or have them cut up in order to eat comfortably.
All on 4 dental implants on the other hand are just like your natural teeth. They mimic the shape, appearance and strength of natural teeth. You don’t have to worry about movement. They are crafted from durable materials. You can therefore chew and bite just as you would with your natural teeth.
Dental Implant Vs Dentures: Which is More Comfortable?
Many people also wonder which option is more comfortable. In truth, both options offer great comfort for patients. The implants prevent either option from moving when chewing or biting. They do not therefore rub against the gum and cause irritation or infection.
Snap-on dentures have an acrylic plate that fits across the roof of your mouth. This will interfere with the sounding of words when speaking. You will therefore have to make some adjustments to how you make some sounds in order to avoid slurring.
All-on-4 implants mimic natural teeth in shape, appearance and strength. They do not interfere with speech or result in a change in appearance. You can eat any food and smile with confidence.
Which One is Right for You?
Want to replace your missing teeth? Make an appointment at our clinic to discuss your needs and requirements with our dentist. Our dentist will examine your mouth to determine which option would be best for you. He will present you with more information on the implantation procedure and the pros and cons of each smile rehabilitation technique. We are committed to ensuring that patients are able to make an informed choice.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Timothy A. Hess DDs and take the first step towards restoring your smile.