Table of Content:
- What are snap on dentures?
- What is the procedure for receiving snap on dentures?
- How long does snap on denture treatment take?
- How long do snap on dentures last?
- How much do snap on dentures cost?
- Will I need a new denture or can I continue using my existing denture?
Snap-on-dentures are removable dentures that connect to dental implants for extra security and stability. These dentures are also referred to as overdentures, implant-retained dentures, or hybrid dentures. Snap on dentures offer a great solution for those who want to improve the fit of their dentures without having to spend a fortune. Treatment is easy and affordable, and almost everyone qualifies for snap on denture treatment. Please note that snap on dentures are still considered dentures which means they are not permanent teeth. However, since these dentures anchor onto fixed dental implants, they are much more stable and secure than traditional dentures.
Snap on denture treatment usually begins by placing several dental implants in your mouth. You have the option of receiving either 2 implants, 4 implants, 6 implants, or 4 implants plus a denture bar. There are many factors to consider here such as your budget, bite forces, jaw structure, bone quality, etc. Your dentist will help decide how many implants you need to stabilize your dentures.
In addition to the number of implants, you also need to decide if you’re going to use mini implants or regular implants. Many dentists use mini dental implants instead of traditional dental implants. Mini implants are easier to place, more cost effective, and they heal faster. However, you can not convert mini implants into fixed teeth if you choose to do so in the future. Talk to your dentist to see which type of dental implants are best for you and your mouth.
Your dentist will make you a new set of dentures once your implants have healed. Your new denture will look like a regular denture, but it will have anchors on the inside that lock onto your implants. As you wear your snap on dentures, the teeth engage your implants and lock in place. This provides for a better fit, less movement, and an overall more enjoyable denture wearing experience.
A big advantage of snap on denture is how easy and quick treatment is from start to finish. Typically, treatment takes about 2 to 6 months, although there are a handful of dentists who offer same-day treatment as well. In contrast, full mouth dental implants and all-on-four teeth typically take several months, sometimes even years, to complete your treatment.
There are two steps involved in snap on denture treatment: (a) implant surgery and (b) denture fabrication. The implant surgery is pretty straight forward and relatively simple and non-invasive. Surgery is completed in one session and which involves minimal pain and discomfort. The denture process is similar to any other denture treatment. The only difference is that there will be connectors added to your denture at the very end. These anchors are either added by your dentist directly inside of your mouth, or by the lab technician using a pick-up impression of your denture. The connectors attach your denture to the implants and secure them in place.
The dental implants that you receive should last you a lifetime. Your overdenture is also quite durable and lasts a very longtime. In fact, most patients never feel the need to get a new set of denture afterward. Of course, there are those who choose to replace their overdenture every few years. Regardless of your choice, the implants remain in your mouth and you may only need to redo your dentures.
Snap on dentures require minimal maintenance. These dentures tend to get loose after a year or two of use. We recommended that you replace the connectors, known as O-rings, every few years. Connectors are the little colorful rubber-like material that sit inside your dentures. Replacing the O-rings immediately improves the fit of your dentures and it costs very little, usually about as much as a regular dental cleaning. Talk to your dentist to see if it’s time to replace your O-rings to improve the fit of your snap on dentures.
Snap on dentures offer an affordable way to improve the fit of your dentures. Treatment costs include the price of your dental implants as well as the cost of a new set of denture. The main difference in costs of your treatment is how many dental implants you choose to place in your mouth. Treatment usually costs between $3,000 to $10,000 per arch, depending on the number of implants you receive:
- 2 implants plus an overdenture: The most affordable treatment option costs between $3,000 to 6,000 range for a pair of implants and false teeth
- 4 implants plus an overdenture: Adding an extra pair of dental implants significantly improves the fit of your dentures, however, it raises your cost by a few thousand dollars to about $5,000 to 8,000 per arch.
- Implants plus a denture bar: Adding a denture bar significantly improves the fit of your new dentures, but denture bars are very expensive to make. Expect to pay $8,000 or more per arch.
If you’re considering the denture bar option, it might not be a bad idea to also consider permanent teeth. After all, the price difference between denture bar and all-on-four teeth is not that significant. You might as well look into permanent teeth instead of dentures at this point. Talk to your dentist to see if you’re a good candidate for overdentures or if permanent teeth might be a worthwhile investment instead.
Most patients receive a new set of denture as part of their snap on denture treatment. However, if you have recently received a new set of denture that you love everything about, there is a chance that your dentist can convert your existing dentures into a set of snap-on-dentures. First, your dentist must examine your dentures to see if they can handle the conversion. If it’s determined that a conversion is possible, your dentist will add connectors to your dentures to connect them to your dental implants. Your dentist creates holes in your denture, places the connectors on your implants, and adds acyrlic to connect the two together. Your complete denture is now converted into a snap on denture and is ready to work with your dental implants! Keep in mind that overdenture conversion only works for a limited number of patients and not every case qualifies. Talk to a dentist near you to see if this a viable treatment option for you. To learn more about different ways to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, click on the following links: