First impressions are lasting impressions! Did you know that 40% of first impressions are based on appearance alone? THAT’S HUGE! The effect of visible decayed, broken or missing teeth is clearly devastating.
The embarrassment alone directly affects self-esteem, which ultimately impacts public interaction, personal relationships and even career choices. Fortunately there is a denture solution that is a SNAP!
When dentures are mentioned the image of the traditional, ill-fitting, removable denture immediately comes to mind, which send patients running! Clearly the appeal of traditional dentures is not overly popular but for some this is the only affordable option compared to no teeth at all.
Unlike traditional dentures, an overdenture consists of a solid plate that securely snaps into a group of uncapped implant posts preventing the plate from moving.
So why is this so important? To fully appreciate the snap in feature let’s examine the complaints of traditional dentures. The most common are poor fit, reduced chewing function, dislodging from tongue movement, lack of taste sensation and gagging. If you currently wear a traditional denture, you may have experienced some or all of these problems! For those of you who need a denture due to missing, decayed or broken teeth or gum disease a SNAP-IN solution without these problems may be right for you!
Let’s explore the implant-retained overdentures as compared to traditional dentures.
Dentures are specific to the upper and lower arch.
The structure of the lower overdenture is similar to a traditional denture with the addition of a SNAP-IN feature that attaches to a minimum of two posts placed securely into the lower jawbone (tooth implants).
The upper overdenture is significantly different requiring a minimum of four posts (tooth implants) placed into the upper jawbone. Traditional dentures cover the roof of the mouth and extend to the throat. This provides a “suction effect” keeping the denture in place but may cause a gag reflex. Additionally the taste buds in the palate are blocked affecting taste sensation. With the internal metal framework and SNAP-IN mechanism of an overdenture, the “suction effect” is no longer needed for retention leaving the palate open and taste buds exposed.
In terms of functionality traditional dentures only provide up to 20% natural teeth chewing ability. Overdentures increase that percentage up to 50% of normal biting force. Click to learn more of how to increase function to 100%
From a comfort perspective the implant posts prevent the wearer from pressing too hard and jamming the overdenture into the gums while chewing. Since overdentures are removable, they are easy to clean daily. Maintenance requires an annual replacement of the SNAP-IN attachment o-rings and occasional reline for optimal fit.
So what does this really mean? Secure fit, stability, no messy denture adhesives and most of all your teeth won’t fall out when speaking or chewing! Favorite foods and conversations can be enjoyed again!
The big question now (and I am sure that you want to know) is cost!
Let’s compare apples to apples. A set of traditional dentures can be $2000-$3000 if there are no teeth (all-inclusive fee of prostheses plus adjustment visits). This can mean as low as $42 monthly payments depending on financing terms. Other patients with existing decayed teeth require extractions, bone work and a temporary healing denture. This increases the cost according to the number of extractions and individual anatomy.
The cost of an overdenture is higher due to the implant work which requires a pre-surgical scan, surgical guide for implant positioning and bone grafts. The overdenture framework and SNAP-IN mechanism add to the cost. An all-inclusive estimate ranges from $10,000-$17,000 per arch depending on amount of bone, implants and if there is an existing denture and /or remaining teeth. If financed, overdentures can be just as affordable as the $300-$400 monthly payment of a brand new car. Which would you choose???
We hope you enjoyed this article. Are you currently looking to upgrade your denture to a better option? We can help! Call us today 813-908-3636. At MyDental we strive to find the right option that fits your need and budget!