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Snap-In Implant Dentures

What are Snap-In Implant Dentures?

Snap-In Implant Dentures, also known as removable dentures, feature unique fittings that enable them to attach securely to the dental implants inserted by your dentist. These dentures can be easily snapped into place, providing a stable and comfortable fit.

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In the image, you can see the denture removed from the simulated lower jaw, displaying the attachments within the denture as well as the implants and abutments in the lower jaw.
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When properly attached, the lower denture fits securely onto the implants, ensuring a reliable and functional restoration.

Benefits Of Snap-In Implant Dentures

  • Enhanced Chewing Power: Experience the joy of eating a wider variety of foods with improved chewing power.
  • Improved Taste: Some patients with implants can opt to remove part of their upper denture’s palate, enhancing their ability to taste food.
  • Confidence in Speech: Speak confidently, knowing that your denture is firmly secured to your implants.
  • Reduced Gag Reflex: By removing a portion of the palate, many patients experience a significant reduction or complete elimination of gagging caused by their denture.
  • Surprisingly Affordable: Snap-In implant dentures are more affordable than you might expect, making them a practical choice for many individuals.

Before and After Snap-In Dentures

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Anchoring Your Dentures With Dental Implants Allows You To

Enjoy more of your favorite foods: Dental implants secure your dentures, allowing you to chew with greater power and confidence.
Speak confidently: Whether speaking in front of crowds or with loved ones, you can do so confidently knowing your denture is securely attached to your implants.
Smile and laugh without worry: With your dentures firmly anchored, you can smile and laugh freely without the fear of them coming loose.
Live more comfortably: Reduced denture movement means less rubbing and chafing, enhancing overall comfort.
Receive better nutrition: Improved chewing ability leads to better digestion and nutrient absorption.
Reduce bone loss: Dental implants provide stimulation to the jaw, encouraging ongoing bone production and helping to reduce the risk of bone loss.
Reduce or eliminate gagging: Securing your upper implant denture with implants allows for the removal of a significant portion of the palate, reducing or eliminating gagging.
Increased comfort: Dental implants reduce irritation caused by denture movement, enhancing overall comfort.
Taste your food better: Removing part of the upper denture’s palate allows for improved taste sensation, enhancing your dining experience.

Single Arch (Upper Or Lower)

Upper OR lower snap-in implant denture with 4 implants

$7,999 + the cost of extractions

Replace all of your upper or lower teeth with a secure denture anchored by four dental implants with our single arch (upper or lower) snap-in implant denture offer, priced at $7,999 plus the cost of extractions. This comprehensive package includes four dental implants, abutments, snaps, and the snap-in denture, ensuring a secure and stable solution for your dental needs.

Optional 2 Implant Lower Snap-In Denture

$4,899 + the cost of extractions

Choose our optional 2-implant lower snap-in denture for $4,899, plus extraction costs. Although it may not provide the same stability and security as a 4-implant denture, it offers substantial enhancements in chewing ability. Also, it provides denture retention compared to a conventional full lower denture.

Full Mouth (Upper And Lower) Snap-In Implant Dentures

Upper and lower snap-in implant dentures with four upper implants and four lower implants are available for $15,998, excluding the cost of extractions.

These dentures are designed to replace all of your upper and lower teeth with securely held dentures fixed by dental implants. The total price includes eight dental implants (four upper and four lower), abutments, snaps, and your snap-in dentures.

Upper And Lower Snap-In Implant Dentures With 4 Upper Implants And 2 Lower Implants

$12,798 + The Cost Of Extractions

These procedures replace all your upper and lower teeth with secure dentures anchored by dental implants. The cost covers six dental implants (four for the upper teeth and two for the lower teeth), abutments, snaps, and the snap-in dentures.

Am I a candidate?

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The great news is that the majority of patients qualify! To confirm, we’ll need to schedule a brief consultation. During this visit, we’ll conduct a 3D scan of your jawbones, the dentist will perform an oral examination, and they will thoroughly review your medical history with you.

How Does The Process Work?

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Let’s Go Over The Steps!

Procedure: After removing any remaining teeth and performing necessary oral surgery, the implants are placed into the jawbone. These implants are not typically visible and will remain untouched in your jaw for at least 4 months. This allows  your bone to attach to them through osseointegration. 
Post-Op: We will schedule a quick post-operative appointment for the day after your procedure. During this appointment, we will evaluate your mouth, ensure your dentures fit comfortably, and address any questions you may have.
Soft Liners/Soft Re-Fittings: Soft liners are cushions periodically placed in your denture as you heal. They fill in spaces between your gums and dentures created during healing, providing cushioning and improving the fit and feel of your dentures.
Uncovery: This is a minor surgical procedure where we expose the implants and place small healing abutments on top. This step shapes your gum tissue and prepares you for attaching your snap-in dentures.
Attachment of Implants to Dentures: We will replace your healing abutments with denture abutments and take the necessary steps to attach your dentures to your implants. While this step can usually be completed in one day, sometimes it may take slightly longer.

How Many Implants Will I Need For My Dentures?

For an upper implant denture, a minimum of four implants is necessary. On the other hand, a lower implant denture typically needs at least two implants, but using three or four implants usually results in much better retention and stability.

Financing / Payment Options

We understand that dental implants are a significant investment in your well-being. Keeping this in mind, we offer flexible financing options to help you manage the cost. By breaking down the total into manageable monthly payments, we aim to make this transformative treatment more accessible and budget-friendly for you. Our dental practice collaborates with various financing providers to create customized payment plans that can cover all or part of your dental implant procedure.
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  • Loans up to $40,000
  • Pre-qualifying DOES NOT impact your credit
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  • Longer-term options for lower payments (terms up to 10 years / 120 months)
  • Pre-qualifying DOES NOT impact your credit
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  • Interest-free up to 6 months
  • Longer-term options for lower payments (up to 60 months)
  • Co-applicants welcome! Lending Club allows you to co-apply with a family member or friend for better approval and interest rates.
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Snap-In Implant Dentures vs Traditional Full Dentures

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Frequently asked questions - FAQs

How many implants will I need?

An upper implant denture requires at least 4 implants. A lower implant denture requires at least 2 implants. The more implants you have, the more stable your denture will generally be. This is especially true with the lower denture. Three or 4 implants in the lower is usually much better than 2.

How much do implant dentures cost?

For pricing information on snap-in implant dentures and other dental implant services click here!

I’ve had dentures for a long time, can I still get implants?

In many cases, yes! We’ll just need to see you for a free consultation, during which we will do a 3D CBCT scan of your jaw to see if you have enough bone for dental implants.

Will I get to use my implants (snap my dentures on to them) the same day they’re placed?

No, we must allow time for your implants to integrate with your bone. This is what makes your implants truly stable and will help ensure you enjoy many years or decades of use out of them. We typically wait between 4 and 6 months before attaching to your implants.

Will there be pain after the procedure?

While experiences will vary, you should expect some discomfort and possibly swelling after your procedure. Many patients come in the next day for their post op appointment reporting very little discomfort. You will be prescribed pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort.

Can I be put to sleep for my procedure?

We do not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer oral conscious sedation. This medication will help to relax you and often makes it so you don’t even remember your procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have a driver for this procedure, someone who can drive you after you have taken your oral sedation pill(s). You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.

Are implant dentures really secure?

Yes! They are much more secure than dentures alone, and we are able to increase the retention with stronger inserts if you prefer.

Can I remove the palate of the denture (roof of mouth)?

Most patients with 4 implants in the upper are able to have a large portion of the palate (roof of the mouth) cut out of their denture. This increases the ability to taste for many patients, and also increases hot and cold sensitivity, making for a more natural experience. For those patients with a severe gag reflex, removing the palate of the denture can also help provide relief.

When can I have the palate (middle part that covers roof of mouth) removed from my denture?

If you are a candidate for a palate-less denture, it will be removed from your final denture. This is after healing and osseointegration are complete and we are ready to attach to your implants (appromximately 4-6 months after placement of your implants).

How often will my implant inserts need to be changed?

Typically 1 to 2 times per year. This will depend on how many implants you have, how strong your bite is, how frequently you take your dentures in and out, and several other factors.

WARNING: PLEASE DO NOT BITE YOUR DENTURES INTO PLACE ON YOUR IMPLANTS! This will wear out your inserts significantly faster. Only place your implant dentures in by hand.

What is alveoloplasty? Why is it important?

Alveoplasty is a procedure where the doctor contours your jawbone. This procedure is important because it can significantly improve the fit and comfort of your dentures.

What are tori? Do they need to be removed?

Tori are bony knots that develop in the mouth of many patients. They are not harmful, however, they can prevent your denture(s) from fitting comfortably, so your doctor will often recommend having them removed.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

This is completely normal when you first have a prosthesis (denture) placed in your mouth. Your body senses it as a foreign object and is trying to “flush” it out. This increased salivation should subside within 2-3 days.

How long will I bleed after the procedure?

Significant bleeding will have stopped before you leave the clinic, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 days after the procedure. In addition, you will most likely notice increased salivation when we first put your denture(s) in. When this increased saliva mixes with a little blood, it can look like a lot of blood. If heavy bleeding continues, please call the office.

An old home remedy that still works really well to help clotting and stop bleeding is the use of tea bags. Just get a regular tea bag, get it damp, squeeze out the excess water, place it on your extraction site or sites, and the bags will help you clot. Multiple tea bags can be used if needed. Replace the tea bags if they get saturated with blood. This process can be repeated as many times as you need.

Do you offer this procedure with zirconia (non-metal) implants?

We do not currently offer this type of implant. While titanium implants have been around for decades with a long track record of success, zirconia implants are very new to the market, so we do not know what their success will be like long-term. We want the most successful, most predictable long-term results for our patients, and for these reasons, we do not offer zirconia implants at this time.

Can food get under my implant dentures(s)?

Yes, any prosthetic in the mouth will get some amount of food under it. The great thing about implant dentures is how easy they are to clean. Just take them out; clean the denture(s), your gums, and implants; and snap them back in.

How long should I take off work for recovery after my procedure?

Every patient is different. Some return to work the next day, others wait a week or two. Since there is always the chance of bruising and swelling, and you’ll need to get used to eating and speaking with your new teeth, the longer you can take off, the better.

What is a soft liner?

A soft liner is a cushion we place inside your denture to help it fit and feel better as your mouth heals and changes shape following extractions.

Am I too young for this procedure?

No, this is not just a procedure for the elderly. It’s actually quite common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be hugely beneficial to your overall physical health. Also, having teeth that allow you to confidently smile, laugh, and converse can be hugely beneficial to your emotional health. Again, needing to replace teeth early in life is not uncommon at all.

What items should I have ready for after my procedure?

  • ice packs
  • wash cloths you don’t mind throwing away
  • comfortable clothes you don’t mind throwing away
  • soft foods such as:
    • soups
    • yogurt
    • cottage cheese
    • smoothies
    • protein shakes
    • eggs
    • mashed potatoes (gravy optional)

Once I have my implant teeth attached, will I know how to use them right away?

Just as you would need practice in order to get used to functioning with a prosthetic leg, it will require some practice and patience to get used to your new prosthetic teeth. With that being said, since they are attached with implants, your dentures will be much easier to get used to than regular dentures.

Will I know how to speak with my new teeth right away?

Again, this will take a little time, but with some patience and practice, your mouth and tongue will quickly adjust. S’s will be the toughest to pronounce. Practicing words like “Mississippi” and “sixty six” will help you get used to your new teeth. In some cases, patients may have a slight lisp long term with implant dentures.

Will my dentures still rock?

Some patients may experience very slight rocking with their dentures. For patient who have 2 lower implants, these must be placed in the front of the jaw making it possible for some rocking to occur. A dab of adhesive at the back on each side of the lower denture will usually take care of this.

I can’t stand having the roof of my mouth covered. What are my options?

In this case, your best bet would either be snap-in implant dentures or All-On-4.

Are implant dentures removable?

Yes. Having removable implant dentures makes cleaning them very convenient. Just take them out; clean the denture(s), your gums, and implants; and snap them back in.

Will my insurance cover any of my treatment?

Most insurances will pay toward your treatment at Justin Dental and Braces. These are just a few of the insurance companies we work with:
  • Aetna Dental Insurance
  • Metlife PDP Plus & Federal
  • Cigna Dental DPPO
  • United Health Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • GEHA Dental Insurance
  • Guardian Dental Insurance
If you don’t see your insurance, don’t worry. Give us a call at (940) 242-2022 and we’ll be glad verify your policy and see what we can do to maximize your coverage at our office.

Does Medicare cover dental implants?

Medicare itself does not cover dental implants or any other dental services; however, there are certain supplemental Medicare Advantage plans that do provide coverage for dental implant services. When choosing a supplemental Medicare Advantage plan, you’ll want to make sure that the plan provides coverage for dental implant services and that it’s a plan that allows you to choose which dental office you go to. Some plans have extremely small networks, which limit where you’re able to utilize your benefits.

Can implants fail?

While titanium dental implants do have a 95+% success rate, yes, they can still fail. Some of the things that can cause them to fail:
  • failure to integrate into the bone
  • smoking
  • diabetes
If an implant fails within the first year, your dentist will replace it at no charge to you.

What is involved in maintenance of implant dentures?

  • Snaps – periodically you’ll need to change out the snap rings in your implant dentures. These wear and lose retention over time and as you take your teeth in and out. They’re quick and affordable to have changed out.
  • Cleanings – just like with natural teeth, you’ll need to have your implants cleaned periodically. Any buildup on your implants will be removed and your dentures will be cleaned.
  • Periodic re-fittings – your mouth will still change over time, so your dentures will need to be re-fitted to ensure their best performance and ensure that unnecessary stress isn’t being put on your implants.
  • Home maintenance – it only takes a few minutes a day. Take your dentures out 1-2 times per day and brush them with a denture brush or very soft bristled toothbrush. Also, don’t forget to clean your implants. scrub these with a very soft dental brush also.