The Cost of Snap-on Dentures:
Snap-on dentures cost between $10,000 – $17,000. A full mouth of Snap-on denture implants costs between $25,000 – $35,000 on the average. The costs includes dental sedation, removing any remaining teeth, temporary teeth (to be worn during healing), implants and the Snap-on dentures.
How Long do Snap-on Dentures Take?
The procedure itself usually takes a few hours. All remaining teeth are removed and the implants are put in at the same time. Dental implants need 2-6 months to heal. So while the implants and gums are healing the temporary teeth need to be worn. Usually between 3-4 months later the permanent implant teeth can be made and installed onto the implants. Usually the entire Snap-on procedure case can be finished in 4-6 months.
What Are Snap On Denture Implants?
Snap on dentures are implant teeth that have low cost advantage of traditional dentures and many of the benefits of more expensive full mouth implant options. Snap on is a denture that connects in a removable way to implants using specialized attachments (usually locator attachments).
Snap on does not usually cover the palate. Covering the palate can cause problems with tasting food and swallowing. Snap-in do not fall out of the mouth while eating hard foods or talking. Since the teeth are made of acrylic the teeth cost less like dentures, but they are almost as stable as All on 4 full mouth implant options. Snap on cost a bit more than standard dentures but much less than All on four full mouth fixed implant teeth.
Snap-on dentures, are also called many other things:
- Snap-in denture implants
- Denture implants
- Dentures with implants
- Implant dentures
- Implant retained dentures
- clip-in dentures
All the above names basically reference the same teeth replacement option for a full set of teeth. A full set of teeth is replaced with a removable acrylic denture that is stabilized in the mouth with dental implants. The teeth do not require denture glue and do not slip around the mouth while talking or eating. Snap-on teeth need to be removed from the mouth for cleaning. Snap-on is a good option compared to traditional dentures and clip-on veneers. Snap on are far more affordable than permanent full mouth options such as All on 4 implants.
How do Snap-on Dentures Work?
Snap-in dentures work by first placing dental implants in the upper or lower jaw, or both if a full set of false teeth is needed. The snap-in dentures are then attached to the implants and can be removed for cleaning or repair. They are considered a middle-of-the-road option as they are more expensive than dentures but cheaper than a full mouth of implants.
Snap-on vs Full Mouth Dental Implants:
Snap-in dentures are different from permanent dentures or full mouth dental implants as they can be removed. Permanent implants are screwed into the mouth and can only be removed by a dentist. The difference between snap-in dentures and false teeth is that snap-in dentures are stable during chewing and are more than a removable cosmetic option. Implants stimulate the jaw bone and help prevent bone loss. Implants are responsible for the good function of implant dentures. Conventional dentures are secured in the mouth using suction and adhesives and they are much less stable.
When considering a denture option, it is important to take into account the chewing functionality, as dentures must be stable to handle chewing and any problems can negatively impact health. A study showed that implant-based dentures reduced chew time by half and had a major bite force compared to conventional dentures, making both implant-retained and implant-supported dentures a better option than removable dentures.
Snap-on Teeth compared to Traditional Dentures
Traditional dentures are removable teeth that are designed to look like natural teeth and gums, and can be customized to fit the shape and color of the individual’s mouth. While traditional dentures are an effective cosmetic solution, they can be uncomfortable and often require the use of adhesives to prevent them from dislodging while eating and talking. This can make regular dentures difficult to accept, and the adhesives can also cause skin irritation.
Snap-on denture implants, on the other hand, are a newer type of denture that use dental implants to anchor the denture into place. Unlike traditional dentures, snap-on dentures do not require the use of adhesives and are much more stable. They are also more comfortable, as they are custom-fit to the individual’s mouth and are held securely in place by the implants. Snap-in teeth can also improve the overall function of the mouth, as they allow for better biting and chewing abilities.
Advantages of Snap on Implant Dentures:
- Snap-on denture implants offer several advantages over traditional dentures. One of the biggest benefits is stability. Because Snap-on dentures are designed to be permanently affixed to the jawbone, they are less likely to become loose or slip out of place while speaking or eating. This makes them a much more reliable option for people who require dentures.
- Another advantage of Snap-on dentures is improved chewing ability. With traditional dentures, people often have trouble eating hard or sticky foods. Snap-on dentures, however, are firmly secured to the jaw, which allows for a more natural and comfortable chewing experience.
- Comfort is another area where Snap-on dentures have the upper hand. They tend to fit better and cause less friction on the gums than traditional dentures. This can help to prevent soreness, discomfort, and gum irritation.
- Finally, many people consider Snap-on dentures to be more aesthetically pleasing. They look and feel more like natural teeth than traditional dentures, which can be beneficial for people who are self-conscious about their appearance.
- Another important benefit of Snap-on dentures is that they help to preserve the jawbone and prevent further bone loss. Traditional dentures put pressure on the jaw, which can cause it to shrink over time. With Snap-on dentures, the jaw is supported, which helps to maintain its shape and strength.
Disadvantages of Snap-on Dentures:
When considering snap-in dentures, it’s important to be aware of some potential drawbacks that come along with the benefits. Here are some important points to keep in mind:
- Implant Surgery: Snap-in dentures require a surgical procedure to implant them into the jawbone, which is more invasive than conventional dentures that rest on top of the gums. Although the procedure has a low rate of complications, it still requires local anesthetic and is an outpatient procedure.
- Snap-in denture costs: more expensive than traditional dentures, and may not be covered by insurance. The additional costs of implant surgery and the necessary supporting hardware may make snap-in dentures a more cost-prohibitive option.
- Bone Grafts: Depending on the degree of tooth or gum decay, a patient may need a bone graft to support the implants for snap-in dentures. This additional procedure requires a longer healing period and adds to the overall cost.
- Wear and Tear: Snap-in dentures are not indestructible and may eventually break down over time. Additionally, the attachments may become loose over time and require tightening. These factors must be taken into account when considering the lifespan and maintenance of snap-in dentures compared to traditional dentures.
While snap-in dentures offer several benefits over traditional dentures, it’s important to consider these potential drawbacks to make an informed decision about your dental needs.
Implant-retained dentures, which include snap-in dentures, require as few as two implants and help with eating and speaking in a natural manner, while preventing some of the bone loss that can occur with missing teeth. Implant-supported dentures, on the other hand, require more implants and provide a stronger bite, but are also more expensive. They are better at preventing bone loss than implant-retained dentures.
Snap-on Dentures Maintenance
The most prominent difficulty with snap-in dentures is the degradation of snap in attachment system. Over time, the repeated action of snapping the denture in and out can cause wear and tear on the attachments, leading to decreased stability and looseness of the prosthetic. To maintain optimal function, it is generally recommended to replace the attachments inserts every 4 to 6 months. Over time the female attachment can bend or become dislodged and need replacement.
Snap on dentures also need to fit the gums well. Over time the gums can shrink and the fit of the denture can suffer. Poor fitting dentures (including Snap-on) will from time to time need to be re-lined to maintain their fit.
Snap-on Denture Procedure Process:
- Impressions of your mouth to create a custom-fit temporary denture, ensuring you never leave without teeth after surgery.
- Implant Surgery: removal of any remaining teeth and insertion of the implants. Implants will take 3-6 months to fully fuse with the jawbone. During this time, you can wear the temporary denture.
- Permanent Denture Impressions: Once the implants have successfully integrated with the bone, you will return for impressions of your snap-on dentures.
- Abutment Placement: The next step is to secure the abutments, which serve as small metal connectors that link the implants and denture.
- Receiving Permanent Dentures: Once the abutments are in place, you will receive a full arch of permanent snap-on teeth, designed for a comfortable fit and long-lasting use.”
How Long Do Snap-on Dentures Last?
Snap-on dentures can last 5-10 years depending on a few factors:
- How well the dentures are cared for
- The chewing forces put on the dentures
- What kind of food is eaten
- The original quality of the Snap-on dentures material.
Tips to Increase How Long Snap-on Dentures Last
- Make brushing your dentures a daily routine.
- Properly clean and care for your dentures after each meal.
- Visit your dentist every six months for denture relining and rebasing.
- Soak your dentures overnight in Polident cleaner