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Snap-on dentures improve denture fit, function, and appearance. Unlike traditional dentures that can slide, lift, or fall out when you speak and eat, snap-on dentures stay in place. At Chattanooga Periodontics & Dental Implants, Dr. Elizabeth Felts Randall will give you personalized, attentive care while helping you restore your oral health. You will enjoy comfortable, positive experiences at our office and a more stable, natural-looking smile with snap-on dentures.

What Are Snap-on Dentures?

Snap-on dentures are dentures with locator attachments that snap onto two to four dental implants anchored in your jawbone. Unlike implant-supported dentures that screw onto implants, you can remove snap-on dentures daily to clean them and while you sleep overnight. Snap-on dentures are also known as overdentures or implant-retained dentures.

Why Choose Snap-on Dentures?

You should consider snap-on dentures because they are more stable than traditional dentures. Dental implants minimize denture movement and give these benefits:

  • Require fewer implants – Compared to implant-supported dentures, Dr. Randall can secure your dentures with only two or four implants.
  • More affordable – Implant-retained dentures cost less than implant-supported dentures.
  • More comfortable – Dental implants prevent dentures from irritating your gums and give your smile a more natural feel.
  • Improve speech – Pronunciation and speaking will be easier.
  • Make eating more enjoyable – Stable dentures make chewing food easier. You will not be limited to a soft-food diet.
  • Stimulate the jawbone – Dental implants stimulate your jawbone, preventing bone shrinkage and facial sagging.
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How Do Snap-On Dentures Work?

After removing any remaining teeth, performing bone grafting if necessary, and placing dental implants in your jawbone, Dr. Randall will close the surgical sites. Your jawbone will grow between the threads of the implant screws and lock them in place within three to six months. Meanwhile, you will wear temporary replacement teeth. After your implants and bone heal, the final steps include:

  • Uncover the dental implants
  • Taking impressions of your mouth for custom-fitting snap-on dentures
  • Snapping the overdentures onto the dental implants

You will enjoy a more comfortable, natural-looking smile and peace of mind that your denture will stay in place. If you already wear removable dentures, you can readily adjust to removing and cleaning snap-on dentures daily and at bedtime. Regardless, our periodontist explains how to insert, remove, and maintain your dentures for a comfortable transition.

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What Are Your Other Options?

Implant-supported dentures are also a great combination of dentures and dental implants. They have more stability and functionality because they are nonremovable. You can clean implant-supported dentures like natural teeth. However, patients used to removable dentures may have an easier time transitioning to snap-on dentures. Your smile goals and gum and jawbone health also affect whether your treatment options include implant-supported, snap-on, or traditional dentures.

Request a Consultation for Snap-On Dentures

During a consultation, Dr. Randall will listen to your goals for implant dentures, complete a comprehensive oral exam, and take a CBCT scan before explaining your options. Request a consultation at Chattanooga Periodontics & Dental Implants at (423) 756-2450 today.