Snap-on Smile for bottom teeth?


I was wondering if a Snap-on Smile appliance can be used on the bottom teeth?

– Joel from Florida

The answer to your question is, yes, a Snap-on Smile can be used for your lower teeth. But there are some restrictions.

In the average bite the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth in front when the mouth is closed. Therefore, if you wore a Snap-on Smile on the lower teeth, then you will end up biting down directly onto the Snap-on Smile. This may also affect your bite by opening it more in the front of your  mouth. So if you were planning on wearing the Snap-on Smile for any length of time it may not be the best option for you. It may also cause some soreness in your jaw and may actually cause some drifting of your back teeth. Generally speaking, it would actually be better to find a solution to treat your entire arch on the bottom versus only treating the front, bottom teeth. That said, there are always variations from patient to patient. Be sure to consult with your dentist before you make the investment.

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Cost of Diagnostics for Dental Implants

I am trying to determine if I am a dental implant candidate. Do you know how much money it will cost with the initial diagnostics to determine this?

– Daniel from Michigan


The diagnostics vary from case to case. Before you move forward with dental implants, sometimes the dentist will recommend some extensive diagnostic checks. For example, they will want to make sure that the implants are placed somewhere that would not cause you future problems, or that they would interfere with nerves, or disturb the sinus cavities.

If you still have some remaining teeth, it may be required to have a three-dimensional CT scan performed. The cost for the CT scan ranges from one to two thousand dollars on average. If it is only one dental implant that you need, a panographic x-ray may suffice. The x-ray is a lot less sophisticated than the CT scan and costs about one hundred dollars.

The cost to find out if you are a dental implant candidate shouldn’t be too much. All the dentist will need to do is take a brief look at your medical history and then perform a quick examination. This will give them a pretty good idea if you are a candidate and if you need to move forward with the additional diagnostics.

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