What are Snap-in Dentures?

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Implant-supported dentures, also commonly called snap-in (or snap-on) dentures, are a potentially incredible solution to missing teeth and tooth decay. Millions of Americans face losing at least one adult tooth in their lifetime, while others lose them all. Conventional dentures are a solid replacement for natural teeth, but snap-in dentures are a better option when more permanent dental implants are not available.

Snap-in dentures differ from traditional dentures because they don’t rest on the gum line. Instead, they stay in place through dental implants that have been surgically placed into the jaw in specific areas. These implant supported dentures, snap into place using the “posts” that are drilled into the jaw. The snap-in dentures are removable, but the implants are not.

Conventional dentures, primarily mandibular, can be incredibly unsteady. Because of this, and the overwhelming desire to not risk dentures falling out in the middle of giving a speech or eating out at a restaurant, snap-in dentures are gaining traction. They are significantly more stable and stay in place when compared to traditional dentures, making them a superior option.

The options you choose for your dentures are up to you. Regardless, the point is to ensure they stay put without falling out or coming loose at an inopportune time.

Are Snap-on Dentures adjustable?

Implant supported dentures are a semi-permanent solution. They are not adjustable, as they snap directly onto the dental implants that your dentist secures to your jawbone. Of course, it could be possible for them to become ill-fitting at some point. In that case, your dentist will reevaluate the location of your implants, the shape, and the fit.

Snap-in dentures will pop on and off the implants, but they’re not adjustable in the mouth. The main reason for adjusting dentures stems from the fact that conventional dentures tend to move around in the mouth when speaking or chewing. Implant supported dentures essentially eliminate the need for a denture to be adjustable, as they are dental implants.

Are Snap-in Dentures Better than Regular Dentures?

For some people, conventional dentures will work well enough. However, for people that spend a lot of time speaking publicly, being social, or who are just sick and tired of worrying about their dentures falling out, implant supported dentures are a far better option than traditional. Snap-in dentures are incredibly stable because they’re attached to implants instead of glued at the gum line.

Snap-in dentures can be made into a U or a horseshoe shape so as to not elicit a gag reflex. Long gone are the days of numbing the back of your throat with a throat spray to avoid gagging until you get used to your dentures.

Snap-in dentures are revolutionary in so many ways. They’re changing lives for those around the world who struggle with tooth loss.

Simply put, they are superior to regular dentures in many ways. The biggest drawbacks are if the patient is actually able to get them, as dental implants carry a pretty hefty price tag.

How Much Do Snap-in Dentures Cost?

One of the disadvantages of snap-in dentures is that they’re more costly than their glued-on counterparts. Though they fit better, are more secure, work more like natural teeth, and tend to increase confidence, they can get expensive. Dental implants don’t have the best reputation when it comes to affordability. The costs between snap-in and traditional dentures vary, those on a budget may want to look at the more conventional solution for their missing teeth.

All in, a complete set of snap-in dentures can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $40,000. Of course, these costs depend heavily on how many teeth you’re replacing, whether or not you require gum grafts, and if your dentist has to remove any of your teeth.

These potential costs are undeniably overwhelming. But before you throw the idea out the window, consider contacting your insurance company.

While it’s common for insurance companies to gravitate toward covering cheaper options like traditional dentures, there are some agencies that cover implants and snap-in dentures.

Take the time to call around and collect details regarding specific plans, specially if you are looking for complete dentures. After you do this, you will know the full cost of the procedure.

The cost can be daunting, but don’t let it stop you from doing the research. Especially if you think they’ll prove to be a life-changing experience for you! While they will never be completely free of cost, there are organizations that will help you cover a substantial amount.

Choosing The Right Dentures

If you’re on the fence concerning snap-in dentures, the best move to make is to speak with your dentist in detail about the procedure and the cost. Not only can open communication put your mind at ease, but it can also open it up to the possibilities that come with a more permanent, reliable, sturdy denture option.

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