Sacramento Snap-In Dentures

Stable, Secure, Affordable.

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 which allow them to attach (snap-in) to the dental implants your doctor places.

Anchoring the dentures with implants lets you:

 

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

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

  • Laugh and smile without worry of your dentures falling out.

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

  • Get better nutrition | Chew up food more thoroughly.

  • Reduce bone loss | While some people may continue to lose bone after having their natural teeth removed, dental implants stimulate the jaw which encourages the body to continue to produce bone.

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

  • Increased comfort | Dental implants help reduce or remove the irritation caused by denture movement.

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

Snap-In Implant Dentures vs. Conventional Dentures

While conventional dentures typically look great and are the most affordable way to replace bad or missing teeth, they often leave a lot to be desired in terms of functionality, stability, and chewing power.

Shortfalls of traditional (non-implant) dentures:

  • Reduced chewing ability | Very little chewing power due to 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 continually pulls and pushes on the bottom denture, making it unstable.

  • Speech | Talking can be difficult because of the movement of the lower denture.

  • Embarrassment | Caused by being unable to eat around others, laugh loudly, and talk confidently due to fear of dentures becoming loose and falling out.

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

  • Inadequate nutrition | Again, because of reduced chewing ability, patients may be unable to eat a balanced diet and chew food thoroughly for proper digestion.

  • Bone loss | After a person’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 Traditional upper denture covers the roof of the mouth offering suction and stability. Unfortunately, for many people, the denture covering the roof of their mouth causes gagging. Trimming this portion to reduce the problem can cause a decrease in stability and loss of natural suction.

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

Are Snap-In Dentures Right for Me?

Most patients are candidates! We’ll just need to meet you for a quick consultation to say for certain. During this appointment, we’ll take a 3D scan of the jawbones, the doctor will also perform an oral exam of your mouth, and they will go over your medical history in detail with you.

How Many Implants Will Be Needed?

  • Upper | The upper implant denture will need at least 4 dental implants.
  • Lower | A lower implant denture requires a minimum of 2 implants, although 3 or 4 typically provide a significant improvement in retention and stability.

Life-Changing Results

Same-day smiles from actual patients

Snap-In Implant Dentures Cost

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Our pricing is the best in Sacramento while also offering the best end result. We can accomplish this by having a highly trained dentist who does the entire procedure from beginning to end along with a highly trained in-house dental lab technician. Our team has performed this procedure from start to finish together many, many times.

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 Payment & Financing Options

Dental implants are a significant investment in yourself, and being able to break this investment down into monthly payments can help make these life-changing services more obtainable and easier to fit into your budget. We work with multiple financing providers to provide payment plans to cover either all or part of the dental implant treatment.

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 are needed?

An upper implant denture requires at least 4 dental implants. A lower implant denture requires at least 2 implants. The more dental implants you have, the more secure the denture will typically be. This is certainly true with the lower denture. 3 or 4 implants in the lower is generally much better than two.

How much do implant dentures cost?

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

I’ve had dentures for quite a while, can I still get implants?

In most cases, yes! Our doctor will simply need to see you for a free consultation, during which we will perform 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?

No, we must allow enough time for your implants to integrate with the bone. This is what makes your 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 attaching to your dental implants.

Will I experience pain after the procedure?

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

Can general anesthesia be used during my 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. If you choose this, we will write a prescription, and you can pick it up at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: A driver is REQUIRED for this 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 your medication.

Are implant dentures really secure?

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

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

It depends. Ideally, we would need to spread the dental implants out in order 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 the case with snap-in dentures.

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

When can I 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 the denture. This is after healing and osseointegration are complete and we are ready to attach to your implants, approximately 4-6 months after placement of your dental implants.

How frequently will the implant inserts need to be changed?

Typically once or twice per year. This often depends upon how many implants you have, the strength of your bite, how frequently you remove and replace your dentures, and several other factors.

WARNING: PLEASE DO NOT BITE YOUR DENTURES INTO PLACE ON YOUR IMPLANTS! This will wear down the 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? Do they need to be removed?

Tori are bony knots that develop in the mouth of many patients. They are harmless, however, they might prevent your denture(s) from fitting comfortably, so the 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 attempts to “flush” it out. The 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 clinic, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 days after the procedure. In addition, you can expect to notice increased salivation when we first put your denture(s) in. When this increased saliva mixes with a small amount blood, it can look like a lot of blood. If heavy bleeding does not stop, please call our office.

A classic home remedy which still works really well to help clotting and stop bleeding is the use of tea bags. Just get a standard tea bag, get it damp, squeeze out the excess water, place it on the extraction site (or sites), and the tea 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.

Do you offer this procedure with zirconia (non-metal) implants?

We do not currently offer this type of implant. While titanium dental implants have been around for decades with a long track record of success, zirconia implants are very new to dentistry, so we can't be certain what their success will be long-term. We want the most successful, most 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 oral prosthetic will get some amount of food under it. The wonderful thing about implant dentures is they are incredibly easy to clean. Just take them out; clean the denture(s), your gums, and implants; and snap them back in.

How long should I take off work for recovery after the procedure?

Each patient is different. Some return to work the next day, others wait a week or two. Since there is always a chance of bruising and swelling, and you will need to get used to eating and speaking with the new teeth; the more time 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 is very common for patients in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need to replace their teeth. 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 hugely beneficial for your emotional health. Again, wanting to replace teeth early 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 prosthetic teeth attached, will I know how to use them right away?

Just as you would need practice to get used to functioning with a prosthetic leg, you will need patience and practice to become used to your new replacement teeth. With that being said, since they are attached with implants, your dentures will be quite a bit easier to get used to than traditional dentures.

Will I know how to speak with my replacement teeth right away?

This will also take a little time, but with some practice and patience, your mouth and tongue will quickly adjust. S’s will be the most difficult to pronounce. Practicing words like “Mississippi” and “sixty six” can help you get used to the new teeth. In some cases, patients may have a slight lisp long term with implant dentures.

Will my dentures move?

Some patients may experience very slight rocking with their implant dentures. For patients who have 2 lower implants, these must be placed in the front of your mouth making it possible for some rocking to occur. A dab of adhesive at the back on both sides of the bottom 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.

Are implant dentures removable?

Yes. Having removable implant dentures makes cleaning them very convenient. Just take them out; clean the denture(s), the 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 maintaining implant dentures?

  • Snaps | Occasionally 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 quick and affordable to have changed out.
  • Cleanings | Just like with natural teeth, you’ll need to have your implants professionally cleaned periodically. Any buildup on the implants will be removed and the dentures will be cleaned.
  • Periodic re-fittings | Your mouth can still change over time, so the dentures will need to be re-fitted to ensure their best performance and make certain that unnecessary stress isn’t being applied to your implants.
  • Home maintenance | This only takes a few minutes a day. Take your dentures out 1-2 times per day and brush them with a denture brush or very soft bristled toothbrush. Also, don’t forget to clean the implants. Scrub these with a very soft dental brush as well.

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 out 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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