Snap-In Implant Dentures

Combines the great looks of your dentures, with the function you need.

About Snap-In Implant Dentures

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About Snap-In Implant Dentures

Results and Testimonials

Explore Snap-In Implant Dentures Cost

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Snap-In Implant Dentures?

Snap-In Implant Dentures are dentures which have specialiazed fittings that allow them to attach (snap-in) to the dental implants the doctor places.

Anchoring your dentures with implants lets you:

 

  • Eat more of your favorite foods | By securing your denture with dental implants, patients are able to chew with much greater power and confidence.

  • Speak confidently | Speak in front of crowds or with family and friends with the confidence of knowing your denture is snapped securely on to your implants.

  • Smile and laugh without worrying that your dentures will fall out.

  • Live more comfortably | Dentures not moving as much, less chafing and rubbing.

  • Get better nutrition | Chew up food more thoroughly.

  • Minimize bone loss | While a person may continue to lose bone after having their natural teeth removed, dental implants provide stimulation down into the jaw which encourages the body to continue producing new bone.

  • Reduce or eliminate gagging | In some cases part of the palate can be removed exposing the roof of the mouth. This reduces or eliminates gagging caused by your dentures.

  • Improved comfort | Dental implants help reduce or remove the irritation caused by movement of the dentures.

  • Taste your food better | Some patients with implants can have part of the upper denture’s palate removed. This lets you taste your food better.

Snap-In Implant Dentures vs. Traditional Dentures

While traditional dentures typically look great and are the most cost-effective way to replace bad or missing teeth, they can leave much to be desired in terms of overall function, strength, and chewing ability.

Shortfalls of conventional (non-implant) dentures:

  • Limited chewing ability | Limited chewing power because of movement of the bottom denture; usually only 10-20% of what a person had with natural teeth. The movements of a denture wearer’s tongue and cheeks repeatedly pulls and pushes on the lower denture, making it unstable.

  • Speech | Speaking can be difficult due to the movement of the bottom denture.

  • Embarrassment | Caused by the inability to eat around others, laugh loudly, and speak confidently due to fear of dentures becoming loose and falling out.

  • Discomfort | Since traditional dentures, especially lowers, often shift around, they can rub and chafe the gums causing irritation and discomfort.

  • Low nutrition | Again, due to the loss of chewing power, some may have difficulty eating a balanced diet and chew food thoroughly for proper digestion.

  • Bone loss | After a patient’s teeth are removed, they often lose a great deal of bone and will continue to lose it for the remainder of their life. This means that traditional dentures become more and more difficult to wear over time.

  • Gagging | The Conventional top denture covers the roof of the mouth which provides suction and stability. Unfortunately, for many people, the denture covering the roof of their mouth causes them to gag. Trimming this portion to reduce this gagging can cause a decrease in stability and loss of natural suction.

Snap-In Implant Dentures help improve each of these issues tremendously.

Are Snap-In Dentures Right for Me?

Most people are candidates! We’ll just need to see you for a quick consultation to say for certain. At the consultation, we’ll perform a 3D scan of your jawbones, the doctor will also perform an oral examination of your mouth, and they will review your medical history in detail with you.

How Many Implants Will Be Needed?

  • Upper | The upper implant denture will need a minimum of 4 dental implants.

  • Lower | A lower implant denture requires at least 2 implants, although 3 or 4 typically deliver a significant improvement in strength and stability.

Life-Changing Results

Same-day smiles from actual patients

Snap-In Implant Dentures Cost

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This pricing is the best in Chattanooga while also offering the best end result. We can accomplish this by having a highly trained dentist who performs the entire procedure from start to finish along with a highly trained in-house dental lab technician. They have performed this procedure from start to finish together more times than they can count.

2 Implant

Lower

$5,999

Replaces all of your bottom teeth with a secure denture held in by 2 dental implants.
This price includes 2 dental implants, abutments, snaps, and the snap-in denture. It does not include the price of extraction.

4 Implant

Upper OR Lower

$8,999

Replaces all of your top OR bottom teeth with a secure denture held in by dental implants.
This price includes 4 dental implants, abutments, snaps, and the snap-in denture. It does not include the price of extraction.

4 Implant

Upper AND Lower

$17,998

This replaces all of your top AND bottom teeth with a secure denture held in by dental implants.
These replace all of your top AND bottom teeth with secure dentures held in by dental implants. This price includes 8 dental implants (4 upper, 4 lower), abutments, snaps, and your snap-in dentures. It does not include the price of extraction.

Available Financing & Payment Options

Dental implants are a significant investment in yourself, and having the option to break this investment down into smaller payments can help make these life-changing services more accessible and easier to fit into your budget. Our office works with multiple financing companies to provide payment plans covering either all or part of the dental implant procedure.

Longer-term options for lower payments (up to 96 months)

Interest-free up to 6 months

Longer-term options for lower payments (up to 60 months)

Option to apply with a co-applicant increases chance of approval

Frequently Asked Questions

How many implants will I need?

The upper implant denture requires at least 4 dental implants. The lower implant denture will require at least 2 implants. The more implants you have, the more stable your denture will generally be. This is certainly true for the lower denture. Three or four implants in the lower is generally much better than only 2.

How much do implant dentures cost?

For pricing information on snap-in implant dentures click here!

I have had dentures for a long time, am I still eligible for implants?

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

Will I be able to use my implants (snap my dentures on to them) the same day of the procedure?

Unfortunately no, we need to allow time for your implants to integrate with the bone. This is what makes the implants truly secure and will help ensure you enjoy many years, or decades, of use out of them. We typically wait between 4 and 6 months before securing to your implants.

Will there be pain after the procedure?

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

Can I be put to sleep during the procedure?

Our practice does not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer both oral & IV conscious sedation. To learn more about these options click here. This medication will help you relax and usually makes it so you do not even remember the procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, which you can pick it up at your local pharmacy. NOTE: A driver is REQUIRED for your 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 this medication.

Are implant dentures really secure?

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

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

It depends. Ideally, we would need to spread out the dental implants to be able to remove a portion of the palate in a snap-in denture. With our All-On-4 procedure, we can guarantee the ability to remove the palate, however that's not always an option with snap-in dentures.

When we are able to remove the palate, this increases the sense of taste for many patients, and also increases temperature sensitivity, creating a more natural experience. For those patients with a severe gag reflex, removing the palate of the denture may also help provide relief.

When will I be able to have the palate (center part covering the roof of the mouth) removed from my denture?

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

How frequently will my implant inserts need to be changed?

Typically 1 to 2 times each year. This often depends on how many implants you have, the strength of your bite, how frequently you remove and replace your dentures, and many 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? Must they be removed?

Tori are bony knots that develop in the mouth of many patients. They are not harmful, however, they might keep 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 mouth senses it as a foreign object and is trying to “flush” it out. This increased salivation should subside within two to three days.

How long can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

Significant bleeding will have stopped before you leave the office, however, expect to have a bit of 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 our office.

A classic home remedy that still works quite well to encourage clotting and stop bleeding is to use tea bags. Just get a standard tea bag, dampen it, squeeze out the extra water, place it on the 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 become saturated with blood. This process can be repeated as many times as you need.

Is this procedure offered with zirconia (non-metal) implants?

We do not currently use this type of implant. While titanium dental implants have been used for decades with a long track record of success, zirconia implants are very new to dentistry, so we can't be certain what their viability will be long-term. We want the most successful, and predictable long-term results for our patients, and for these reasons, we do not use zirconia implants at this time.

Will food get stuck under my denture implant(s)?

Yes, any prosthetic in the mouth can get some amount of food beneath it. The wonderful thing about implant dentures is they are incredibly easy to clean. Simply remove them; clean the denture(s), your gums, and implants; and snap them back in.

How long should I take off work to recover after the procedure?

Each patient is different. Some return to work the following day, others wait a week or two. As 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 only a procedure for the elderly. It’s actually very common for patients in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need teeth replacement. Replacing bad teeth can be extremely helpful for your general physical health. Also, having teeth which allow you to have a confident smile, laugh, and converse can be very helpful for your psychological health. Again, wanting to replace teeth earlier in life is not rare.

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 new 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, you will need practice and patience to get used to your new replacement teeth. With that being said, since they are attached with implants, the dentures will be much easier to get used to than regular dentures.

Will I know how to speak with my new teeth immediately?

Again, this will take some 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” can help you get used to the new teeth. Sometimes, patients might have a slight lisp long term with implant dentures.

Will my dentures still rock?

Some patients may experience very slight rocking with their implant dentures. For patients with 2 bottom implants, these will need to be placed in the front of the jaw making it possible for some rocking to happen. A dab of adhesive at the back on both sides 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 be the All-On-4 procedure. Not all snap-in dentures can have the palate removed.

Can I remove implant dentures?

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

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 | From time to time you’ll need to change out the snap rings in the implant dentures. These wear and lose retention over time as you take your teeth in and out. They’re fast and inexpensive to have replaced.
  • Cleanings | Just like with natural teeth, you’ll need to have your implants professionally cleaned periodically. All buildup on your implants will be removed and the dentures will be cleaned.
  • Periodic re-fittings | Your mouth can still change over time, so the dentures may need to be re-fitted to ensure their best performance and make certain that unnecessary stress isn’t being put on your implants.
  • Home maintenance | This takes just a few minutes a day. Remove your dentures 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 too.

Snap-In Implant Dentures Procedure Timeline

The process typically takes around 6 months from start to finish.

1

Procedure

After any remaining teeth are removed and any other necessary oral surgery procedures are performed, the implants are placed into the jawbone. After this, the implants are typically not visible. They will remain in your jaw untouched for at least 4 months while your bone attaches to them (osseointegration).

2

Post Op

We will see you back for a quick post-operative appointment, which we usually schedule for the day after your procedure. At this appointment, we will evaluate your mouth, ensure that any dentures are fitting as comfortably as possible, and answer any questions you may have.

3

Soft Liners / Soft Re-Fittings

Soft liners are cushions that we place in your denture periodically as you heal. They fill in the spaces between your gums and dentures that are created as you heal, and they also give your gums some cushioning. They help your dentures fit and feel better.

4

Uncovery

This is a smaller surgical procedure where we expose the implants and place small healing abutments on top of them to properly shape your gum tissue and prepare you to finish your snap-in dentures.

5

Attachment of Implants to Dentures

We will change our your healing abutments for your denture abutments and we perform the steps necessary to attach your dentures to your implants. This step can usually be done in one day, but sometimes can take slightly longer.

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