If you’re looking for dental solutions to replace missing or damaged teeth, you have likely already considered dentures. One of the newer dental procedures for dentures is a product called “snap-in” dentures. Our offices get questions about snap-in dentures regularly, so let’s take a closer look at what exactly this dental product is and how it compares to other options.
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What Are Snap-In Dentures?
Snap-in dentures go by several different terms including snap-on dentures, anchor supported-dentures, implant dentures, overdenture, and permanent denture. Regardless of the specific term used by a dental office, the product will be the same.
Snap-in dentures look and feel like traditional dentures, except instead of using adhesives to stay in your mouth, snap-in dentures “snap” into permanent abutments that are placed into your jawbone. Just like regular dentures, the false teeth are designed to be removed every night for cleaning. Eventually, the false teeth will need to be replaced, which is usually every five years. This can happen sooner if the false teeth are damaged, which is common with snap-in dentures.
Snap-in dentures have many of the drawbacks that traditional dentures have. The false teeth are made from acrylic (a type of plastic), which is porous, which makes it easy for bacteria to grow and cause bad odors. The acrylic is also easily damaged, which is why snap-in dentures have dietary restrictions similar to traditional dentures
Snap-In Denture Cost
According to research, snap-in dentures cost between $8,000 – $12,000 per row of teeth, and replacement teeth (which is needed every 5 years) costs $2,500-$5,000/arch. However, dental offices often advertise prices that are much lower than these national averages. These too-good-to-be-true prices are due on common tactics used to hide the true cost. Some of those tactics include:
- Not including prosthetic (fake teeth) materials in the price
- Not including tooth extraction in the price
- Showing a “cheapest possible” price, and then upselling you on higher-quality materials and implants
- Not including adjustments and follow-up appointments in the upfront price
- Not including IV anesthesia for the surgery
You’ll need to really dig into the fine print of what is and is not covered in the initial fee for snap-in dentures. It’s common to run into all kinds of hidden costs and fees. If you’re considering a dental office that is reluctant to guarantee a flat, upfront price, then we encourage you to consider a different dental office.
Full Arch (4-on-1, All-on-X) Dental Implant Cost
On the flip side, our full arch (i.e., All-on-X, 4-on-1) dental implants has an upfront, all-inclusive cost of $14,950 per arch. This covers:
- All consultation and appointments
- The surgery to place dental implant screws
- Temporary and permanent teeth
- Tooth extraction(s)
- IV anesthesia
- All materials for the titanium implants and zirconia crown
From our experience, full arch dental implants offers patients a better dental solution than snap-in dentures. You can learn more about this on our page snap-in dentures vs. dental implants or contact us (online or call us 1-866-974-1796) for a free, risk-free consult to learn more about the different dental solutions.
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Snap-In Denture FAQs
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- 1. What is the difference between snap-in dentures and traditional dentures?
- 2. What are the materials used in snap-in dentures?
- 3. Do snap-in dentures or dental implants look more natural?
- 4. What is the bite strength and comfort for snap-in dentures compared to dental implants?
- 5. Do snap-in dentures interfere with your ability to speak?
- 6. Is there a difference between snap-in dentures, snap-on dentures, anchored dentures, or overdentures?
- 7. How does the cost of snap-in dentures compare to all-on-X dental implants?
- 8. How often do I need to replace the removable teeth used in snap-in dentures?
- 9. Does your office perform snap-in dentures?
Traditional dentures and snap-in dentures are very similar. The false teeth on both are made of the same material (acrylic), which need to be removed daily, and come with severe diet restrictions.
The only difference is how they connect to your mouth. Traditional dentures use adhesives to stick to your gums, while snap-in dentures will connect to fixtures placed into your jawbone.Back To Top
Snap-in dentures usually use materials like acrylic (plastic) or resin. These materials are soft and prone to damage, which is why snap-in dentures have so many dietary restrictions attached to them. Acrylic is also a porous material, which means it’s easy for bacteria to grow and cause foul odors.
In comparison, all-on-X permanent implants are made of Zirconia, which is strong, non-porous and unlikely to break or chip.Back To Top
As we mentioned, snap-in dentures typically use acrylic for the false teeth, which is bulky and dull and struggles to look like genuine teeth. In comparison, all-on-X dental implants made of zirconia looks bright and natural. Crowns that use Zirconia look like real teeth, which is another reason it is our preferred material for dental implants.Back To Top
Snap-in dentures don’t have the same level of bite strength or comfort that dental implants do. The materials used in snap-in dentures are softer and more prone to damage, and the grip and comfort in snap-in dentures pale in comparison to dental implants.
Dental implants function like real teeth. They are comfortable and require no dietary restrictions.Back To Top
Snap-in dentures use bulky, acrylic teeth, which will impact your ability to speak clearly. Dental implants use zirconia teeth which will not interfere with your ability to speak at all.Back To Top
No. These are interchangeable terms used to describe the same non-permanent dental solution. All of these use acrylic teeth that need to be removed and cleaned each nightBack To Top
Snap-in dentures will cost $8,000-$12,000 on average, with an extra $1,500 to $2,500 to replace teeth every five years. All-on-X dental implants usually cost $25,000-$40,000 an arch nationally; at America’s First, we are able to offer the procedure at $14,950 per arch due to low overhead and working only with the most experienced oral surgeons.
Based on our experience, all-on-X procedures are a better investment than snap-in dentures. Learn more about the benefits and costs of all-on-X procedures here.
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The removable prosthetic, or your false teeth, will need to be replaced every 5 years. This time can be shortened if you don’t follow the dietary guidelines associated with snap-in dentures, since the false teeth can easily be damaged.
The time may also be shortened if you don’t see a dentist once a year to get your prosthetic refitted to the permanent abutment. The connection between the prosthetic and abutment will get looser over time, and if they aren’t regularly adjusted, it can result in an uneven bite that can cause extra wear on the false teeth.Back To Top
Yes, we offer snap-in dentures. They can be a good choice for some patients, however, from the thousands of patients we’ve treated, we’ve found that all-on-X permanent dental implants are often the better and cheaper treatmentBack To Top