If you have missing teeth, it's important that you get them replaced. And there are various ways to do this, some more expensive and more permanent, and some cheaper and more temporary. Somewhere on the more expensive and more permanent side of the scale, you will find snap-in dentures.
But how do you know if this is the best teeth replacement option for you?
To help you figure out this important oral health decision, in this article, we'll take a closer look at some important information about snap-in dentures including:
- Snap-in dentures price
- Snap-in dentures pros and cons
- The procedure for these dentures
- Reviews for snap-in dentures
We hope this information helps you make a more informed decision when it comes to your oral health.
Table of contents
- 1 What are Snap-in denture implants?
- 2 Cost of snap-in dentures
- 3 Snap-in dentures reviews
- 4 Conclusion
- 5 FAQs
What are Snap-in denture implants?
Snap-on dentures are a type of false teeth that are secured in your mouth with dental implants. For the purposes of this article, we will mostly refer to them as both snap-in dentures and snap-on dentures, but they are also called snap-on dentures implants, denture implants, a denture with implants, screw-in dentures, implant dentures, implant-retained dentures, and clip-in dentures.
They can require as few as two dental implants, and if your bone isn't strong enough for standard implants, in many instances, mini implants can be substituted.
This type of denture is considered to be a better tooth replacement option than standard dentures that use adhesive to stay in your mouth, and a much better tooth replacement option than purely cosmetic products like clip-on veneers (although clip-on veneers should hardly be considered a tooth replacement option).
However, the fact that they involve implants and surgery also makes them a more expensive option. They are, however, cheaper than a full mouth of implants, or even All-on-4s, making them a sort of a middle-of-the-road option for people with missing teeth.
How do they work?
When you get snap-on denture implants, first you get dental implants placed in your upper or lower jaw, or both, if you need a full set of false teeth. Then, you simply ‘snap-in' your snap-in dentures which are held in place by the implants. You can eat and drink with your overdentures, but they typically need to be taken out at night.
Snap-in dentures vs permanent dentures
It's easy to get the two confused but there are some key differences between snap-on denture implants and permanent or fixed dentures. Permanent dentures also require implants to be placed in your jaw. Your dentures are then fitted over your implants. They differ from snap-on dentures implants in that you can't remove them by yourself, instead, a dentist will remove them for you if they need to be repaired, replaced or cleaned.
You may have heard of All-on-4s as teeth replacement options. This is also a type of permanent dentures. If you're interested in learning more about this option, you can read our full All-on-4s guide here.
Snap-in denture implants, on the other hand, also use implants with dentures for stabilization. They can be worn all day and while eating and drinking, but then they must be taken out at night.
Snap-in denture implants vs standard false teeth
When considering the options for restoring your smile, you'll find a wide range of possibilities and a wide range of prices. On one end of the spectrum, you'll have options that are mostly cosmetic and on the other end, you'll find options that closely mimic what it's like to have natural teeth. You'll also find that the cosmetic options are usually a lot cheaper than the options that are both cosmetic and functional.
The mostly cosmetic, cheaper side includes things like clip-on veneers, which clip on over your natural teeth, improving the look of your smile.
On the other end of the spectrum, you've got dental implants, which consist of a screw that is implanted into your jawbone that takes the place of a tooth root. And then on top of that is an abutment and a crown that attaches to the abutment and replaces the visible part of the tooth.
Snap-on denture implants fall somewhere on the implants side of the spectrum because while they aren't as stable and permanent a solution as a full mouth of dental implants, they are considered to be a much better solution than a purely esthetic option.
Standard dentures don't involve implants and are secured in your mouth usually with adhesive. If they are quality, they can help you with speech and with eating somewhat normally, so they are better than a purely esthetic option, but they aren't as good as treatment that involves implants.
Implant retained vs implant-supported dentures
Both implant-retained dentures and implant-supported denture options are considered better than removable dentures that use adhesive to stay in your mouth.
Implant retained dentures include snap-on dentures; they require as few as two implants, which can also be mini implants and help with eating and speaking in a more natural manner, while stopping some of the bone loss that can happen with missing teeth.
Implant-supported dentures generally require more implants, which absorb some of your bite impact for a stronger bite. These are better at stopping bone loss than implant-retained dentures and are also more expensive. All-on-4 implants are one example of these.
Snap-on dentures pros and cons
To help decide if this is a good option for you, check out these pros and cons provided by the Foundation for Oral Rehabilitation:
- Helps regain proper speaking and eating capabilities
- More stable than standard dentures
- Better esthetics than standard dentures
- Implants help stop the deterioration of the jawbone
- One of the more expensive teeth-replacement options
- Surgery involved
- Not as good a solution as all-on-4 implants or standard dental implants
Snap-on denture procedure
- Your dentist will determine if your jawbone is strong enough to support implants. If not, you will first need to get a bone graft, and your gums will need to heal.
- Your oral surgeon or periodontist will insert the implants into the jawbone. This is a surgical procedure.
- The healing process will last for the next two to six months, as the bone grows around your implants so they are secure. You can wear immediate dentures at this time
- A second surgery may be necessary in order for a locator to be attached to the implants. The locator is the base for your overdentures.
- After you heal from the second surgery (normally a two-week period) you can then get your snap-on dentures.
Cost of snap-in dentures
Snap-in dentures cost in the US anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000. The range is so wide because the price depends on how many implants you need, materials used, and of course which clinic you go to. You can always call around to various clinics in your area to find out what the estimated price on snap-in dentures will be.
Many people opt to get their snap-on denture implants abroad in places like Mexico, because standards of care there are just as high as in the United States, and prices are much lower, since the cost of living is so much lower. To find out more about this option, you can read our article dedicated to dental tourism.
Snap-in dentures reviews
“I don't need to use adhesive anymore, I ate cracklins!”
This young man updates us on his snap-on dentures two weeks into getting them. He didn't have a strong enough jawbone for normal implants, so he had to get mini implants for his snap-ons.
He's still in the process of working out the odds and ends of having new teeth, and he does a nice job explaining some of the things you might not think about when it comes to getting dentures.
He also goes over some of the things he likes about having implant dentures instead of regular dentures. One of those things is that he doesn't have to use dental glue anymore, food tastes better and overall they are more comfortable.
In his vlog, you can see what he looks like before and after he has his snap-in dentures implants placed.
“It looks really good!”
One woman who got her snap-on denture implants filmed her experience the day that she was finally ready to get her actual snap-on dentures implants. The dentist goes over some helpful care information for snap-on denture implants as well. Of course, you should follow the instructions that your own dentist gives you first.
She definitely has a beautiful smile and seems to be overall happy with the experience. Watch the full video below:
“I couldn't be happier, I feel like I'm taking care of myself more.”
June checks in with us 12 days after she got her dental restoration in Cancun, Mexico. She got all of her teeth extracted, (only recommended if they are beyond saving) and then she received implants and snap-on denture implants. She talks about the anxiety she experienced about being able to take them in and out. At first, she was worried because they felt too tight, but she figured it was because her gums were swollen from surgery, which is why she couldn't get them in.
Now that she's got the hang of it, she says taking them in and out is super easy. She had a lisp at first, but nothing too bad.
Overall she seems to be very happy with her experience, and she's even recommended snap-on denture implants to other people she's met with missing teeth.
If you have missing teeth, it's important for your oral health and your overall health that you get them replaced. The best way to get teeth replaced is with dental implants, but these are out of the price range for many people. Another, more affordable option are snap-on dentures, which, according to dentists, aren't as good of an option as normal implants, but are a much better option than superficial smile replacements like standard adhesive dentures, and a much better option than clip-on veneers. You and your dentist will have to decide which is the best option for you, based on what you are able to afford. Remember, oftentimes an investment in your oral health is an investment in your overall health.
Have a look at the following table for a summary of the pros and cons of snap-on dentures versus other kinds of smile restoration options.
How much do implant-supported dentures cost?
Snap-on dentures can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 in the US, depending on how many implants you get and where you go. Like most dental work, they'll be cheaper abroad if dental tourism is something that interests you.
What are denture implants?
Denture implants are overdentures that are kept in place with implants. There are two kinds of denture implants: Implant-retained dentures and implant-supported dentures. Implant-retained dentures require as few as two implants per jaw. They can be used for talking or eating, and improve bite force, but aren't the best replacement for a natural bite. Theses are meant to be taken out after eating. Snap-on dentures are an example of implant retained dentures.
Implant-supported dentures generally involve more implants and thus take the force of your bite off of your gums, and direct it into your implants, much like with natural tooth roots. These are normally not meant to be taken out at night. All-on-4 implants are an example of implant-supported dentures.