Table of Content:
- What are snap on dentures?
- What is the procedure for snap on denture treatment?
- How long does snap on denture treatment usually 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 dentures?
Snap on dentures are removable dentures which connect to dental implants for extra security. 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, plus almost all denture wearers qualify for snap on denture treatment. Please note that snap on dentures are still considered dentures and they are not permanent teeth. However, since the dentures anchor onto fixed dental implants, they are much more stable and secure than traditional dentures.
Snap on denture treatment usually begins by placing a few dental implants. You have the option of receiving either 2 implants, 4 implants or 4 implants plus a denture bar for each arch. Your dentist will help decide which is the best option for you. This depends on many factors such as your budget, bite forces, jaw structure, bone quality, etc. You also need to decide if you are going to go with mini implants or regular implants. Many dentists use mini dental implants in place of traditional dental implants for snap on denture treatment. Mini implants are easier to place, more cost effective and heal faster. However, you can not convert them into fixed teeth is you choose to do so in the future. Talk to your dentist to see if it’s best to use traditional or mini implants for your treatment case.
Once your dental implants have healed, your dentist now makes you a new set of denture. Your new denture will look like a regular denture but has anchors on the inside to lock onto the implants. As you wear your snap on denture, the denture will engage these implants to 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 treatment is how easy and quick treatment is from start to finish. Treatment usually takes about three to four months, although there are dentists who complete same day treatment. On the other hand, full mouth dental implants and all-on-four treatment typically takes several months, sometimes years, to complete.
Snap on denture treatment involves two steps, a dental implant surgery and a denture fabrication process. The implant surgery is pretty straight forward and is relatively simple and non-invasive. Surgery is completed in one session and is a short procedure with minimal pain and discomfort. The denture process is similar to any other denture treatment. The only difference is that there will be connectors anchored onto the denture at the end. These anchors can be added by your dentist directly inside your mouth or by the lab technician using impressions of your dentures. The connectors attach your denture on to the implants and secure them in place.
The dental implants should last you a lifetime. The overdenture is also quite durable and should last you a very longtime. In fact, most patients never get a new set of denture afterwards. Of course, there are others who choose to replace the overdenture every few years for a newer set. Regardless of your choice, the implants will still be there and your next set of denture will be easy to make and affordable.
Keep in mind, snap on dentures tend to get loose within a few years of use. As such, it is recommended to replace the connectors, known as O-rings, every few years. These are the little colorful rubber-like material which sit inside the denture connectors. Replacing the O-rings immediately improves the fit of your denture and typically costs very little, as much a regular dental cleaning and exam. Talk to your dentist to see if it is time to consider replacing your O-rings on your snap on dentures.
Snap on dentures are an affordable way to improve the fit of your dentures without spending a fortune. Treatment cost includes the price of your dental implants and a new set of denture. The major determining factor is how many dental implants you choose to place. Depending on the number of implants you receive, treatment usually costs between $3,500 to $10,000 per arch:
- The $3,500 to 5,500 range is for snap on dentures involving just 2 dental implants and an overdenture
- Four implants and an overdenture typically costs between $5,500 to 8,000 per arch
- Those receiving four to five implants plus a denture bar and new denture should expect to pay around $10,000 per arch
If you are considering the denture bar option, it might not be a bad idea to also consider permanent teeth. After all, the price of a denture bar and all-on-four teeth start to approach one another. You might as well look into permanent teeth in place of dentures at this point. Talk to your dentist to see if you are a good candidate for overdentures or if you qualify for fixed, permanent teeth.
Most, but not all, 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 and love everything about it except for the fit, then you can consider converting your existing denture into an overdenture. In order to do this, your dentist must first examine your dentures to make sure can handle the conversion. If it is determined that a conversion is possible, your dentist will simply retro-fit your existing dentures to fit your new dental implants. Basically, he or she will create holes in your denture and insert connectors and acyrlic. Once set, O-rings will be added and your complete denture is now converted into a snap on denture.
Overdenture conversion only works for a limited number of patients and not every case qualifies. c If you are interested in learning more about snap on dentures in Orange County, fill out the form below: