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As people age, they may face new oral challenges stemming from factors like a weakened immune system and inadequate oral health care. These challenges can contribute to the development of diseases, potentially resulting in tooth decay and loss and impacting the overall quality of life. In some cases, there might be a necessity for functional restoration through the use of artificial teeth.

There are two types of dentures namely, full and partial:

Replacing one or more missing teeth in the oral cavity, a removable partial denture is a common solution in dentistry. The approach to treating a patient’s teeth and mouth in dentistry goes beyond mere functionality, emphasizing aesthetic or artistic value. The aim is to restore the appearance of any lost tooth structure, bringing it back to its natural state through a combination of dental studies and care.

Color selection, face shape, patient profile, and the overall harmonization of the mouth constitute the aesthetic aspects in dentistry. While artistry holds a central role, dentistry is an amalgamation of both medicine and art. Dentists naturally incorporate aesthetics into every treatment, focusing on the restoration of the tooth’s structure, encompassing its shape (cusps, gaps, contact points), and color. The primary aim is to reestablish the functionality of the teeth for activities such as chewing, biting, swallowing, speaking, and, of course, enhancing appearance.

Designed for simplicity, Snap-on Smile is a removable dental prosthetic that requires no tooth reduction or adhesive for easy use. It excels in strength, flexibility, and functionality. The material, an acetyl thermoplastic resin, effectively covers the tooth surface, securing a firm and comfortable fit.

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DEFINITION

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INDICATIONS AND CONTRAINDICATIONS

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STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES

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THERMOPLASTIC ACETYL RESIN

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DEFINITION

DEFINITION:

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Snap on Smile - Sonrisa a Presión

Designed for aesthetic rehabilitation without the requirement for dental structure preparation or alteration, the Smile to Pressure or Snap on Smile prosthesis is known for its comfort. It is easily removable by patients, and its retention is carefully crafted, taking into account the anatomy of each existing tooth.

Boasting a well-established vertical dimension, ample functionality, and an appealing aesthetic, this prosthesis is ideal for aesthetic rehabilitation. It also serves as a valuable guide for implant prosthesis or fixed restoration procedures. Notably, it addresses a range of cases, from diastema in anterior teeth to discoloration resulting from coffee or tea consumption, as well as situations involving missing teeth.

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INDICATIONS AND CONTRAINDICATIONS

INDICATIONS:

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INDICATIONS

Effective in various situations, this restoration approach is suitable for patients with diastema or discoloration on their anterior teeth. Whether functioning as a provisional prosthesis for implants or catering to those in need of aesthetic restoration after tooth loss, the Pressure Smile, as depicted in Figure 1, offers a versatile solution. The Pressure Smile restoration is recommended for cases such as:

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

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CONTRAINDICATIONS

Complications arise in patients experiencing complete tooth loss due to a lack of retention in remaining teeth or specific tooth loss. This issue is particularly pronounced in individuals with protrusion or intricate periodontal problems resulting from retained restorations, like teeth. Patients with periodontal retention challenges may face increased tissue damage, potentially impeding the attainment of optimal results.

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STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES

STRENGTHS (ADVANTAGES):

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The prosthesis presents numerous advantages, such as commendable aesthetics, impressive retention, and a lack of pressure in the designated area. It is a suitable option for dental implant surgery, ensuring no interference with occlusion and easy removal by the patient. Among the key merits of Snap On Smile are its aesthetic appeal, remarkable retention achieved through acetyl thermoplastic ingredients, the capability to maintain strength even at a thickness of 0.5 millimeters, heightened resistance to staining, and the absence of a plate for enhanced patient comfort.

Furthermore, it surpasses acrylic prosthetics in terms of resistance to discoloration and wear, requires no natural tooth preparation, and boasts a potential lifespan of 3-5 years or more with appropriate care.

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WEAKNESSES (DISADVANTAGES)

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Pressure Smile comes with certain limitations, including its incapacity to enhance the aesthetics of individuals with elevated smile lines, typically observed in cases of bone ridge resorption. Another consideration is its potential to break when used by individuals with parafunctional habits.

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THERMOPLASTIC ACETYL RESIN

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Snap On Smile is constructed using crystallized acetyl thermoplastic, ensuring a blend of robustness and flexibility. The material’s ability to retain tooth contours is attributed to acetyl thermoplastic, a thermoplastic type rooted in polyoxymethylene. Its homopolymers showcase exceptional mechanical properties and enduring stability, offering noteworthy resistance to wear and fractures over time.

Designed for the construction of removable partial dentures, this material exhibits versatility in various applications, such as forming removable partial prosthesis with a metal frame, occlusal splint, implant abutments, and materials for removable orthodontic plates. Its resilience against chewing forces makes it particularly well-suited for preserving the vertical dimension in temporary restorative interventions.

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Advantages of thermoplastic resin materials acetyl:

  • Superb physical strength
  • ideal combination of flexibility and stability
  • excellent retention capabilities
  • free from residual monomers
  • hydrophobic, preventing water absorption
  • pleasing visual appeal
  • resistant to color variation
  • resistant to dimensional alterations
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Disadvantages of acetyl thermoplastic resin materials:

  • Demands specialized equipment for the process.
  • The acetyl thermoplastic resin and denture elements don’t rely on chemical bonds, facilitating their easy detachment from the denture.
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CONCLUSION

Snap on Smile serves as both an aesthetically pleasing and functional enhancement for missing teeth. This restoration method allows for rehabilitation without the necessity of modifying the dental structure or requiring a cement attachment. It is recognized for its comfort and the convenience of being removable by the patient.

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If you have any questions related to oral health for your grandparents or the elderly at home, our dentists at the Channel Islands Family Dental will be happy to guide you through all the recommended preventive and treatment-related activities. Feel free to call us and reserve your appointment today at our dental office in Ventura.

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