Implant Over Denture in San Antonio
Millions of Americans have no teeth at all. Many of these patients wear dentures to replace their missing teeth, and many are unhappy with the way the dentures fit and function.
Dental implants have revolutionized traditional dentures by providing firm anchors for the denture to attach. We stabilize dentures using a minimum of two dental implants in the jawbone. The connection between the implant and the denture is through a specialty abutment called a “locator”. The locator has a corresponding receiver on the inner surface of the denture. This allows the denture to snap firmly into place and stay securely in place throughout any normal function.
An implant over denture which is most commonly called as Snap on dentures has many advantages over a traditional denture, including:
No embarrassing looseness or falling out when eating or speaking – Because the denture is firmly attached to the dental implants, which are anchored in bone, the denture does not move around or dislodge during normal function.
Better chewing force – Traditional dentures are unable to produce a strong chewing force because they rest on top of bone and gums. Implant over dentures/snap on dentures connect directly to the jawbone, enabling you to exert a stronger chewing force. Many people forget that chewing is the first, and very important, step in digestion!
Fewer or no sore spots – Most sore spots are the result of the denture moving around and putting more pressure on some areas of the gums than others. The friction of the denture acrylic rubbing against the gums can cause large, painful ulcers. Because an implant over denture/snap on dentures does not move, there are very few sore spots.
Smaller denture base – Many patients feel that traditional dentures look and feel too bulky. They must have a certain thickness and extension under the lips, cheeks and tongue in order to stay in your mouth. Implant over dentures/ snap on denture use the abutment-denture connection to stay in place, so these long extensions of acrylic are unnecessary. Implant over dentures / Snap on denture can be smaller and more natural.
Healthier jawbone – The only purpose of the jawbone is to hold teeth. When teeth are missing, the jawbone naturally shrinks over time. By placing dental implants, we can “trick” the jawbone into thinking teeth are present, and this maintains the height and thickness of the jawbone.