Will Snap-on Smile work for a temporary tooth replacement?

I am trying to find out if the Snap-on Smile is a good option for me. I am missing two teeth on top and I think I am going to have to get another one taken out. I have looked into the cost of dental implants and dentures and just don’t think I can make that work for my budget. I know I need to get in to see a dentist to know for sure if I would be a Snap-on Smile candidate, but I just wanted to try to find out some more about it before I make the appointment. I’m in my 50′s and pretty good physical health.

- Michael in Kansas

Michael,

It is very difficult to give you any specific recommendations without having actually seen your case.

From what you have described about your missing teeth and the fact that you are thinking that another one may need to be removed, it sounds as if periodontal disease may be an issue for you. If this is the case, there are some problems that Snap-on Smile may present for you. This is because the appliance actually snaps onto your natural teeth. Therefore, some stress will be placed on those teeth which may complicate periodontal disease. The dentist may also have a tough time getting the appliance to fit appropriately.

If you are looking for an option that is less expensive than dental implants or dentures, a flipper partial could work for you. The missing teeth are mimicked with plastic teeth which makes this treatment much less pricey.

Hopefully this gives you some more information to help you out.

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