Snap-In Dentures Durham

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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 your doctor places.

Anchoring your dentures with dental implants lets you:

 

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

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

  • Laugh and smile without worrying that your dentures will fall out.

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

  • Receive better nutrition | Chew up food better.

  • 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 producing bone.

  • Eliminate or reduce gagging | In some cases part of the palate can be removed which exposes the roof of the mouth. This reduces or eliminates gagging often caused by dentures.

  • Improved comfort | Dental implants help decrease or remove the irritation caused by denture movement.

  • Taste your food better | Some patients with dental implants can have a portion of their 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 affordable way to replace bad or missing teeth, they can leave much to be desired in terms of functionality, strength, and chewing power.

Shortfalls of traditional (non-implant) dentures:

  • Limited chewing ability | Limited chewing power due to movement of the lower denture; typically only 10-20% of what a person had with natural teeth. The movements of the tongue and cheeks repeatedly pulls and pushes on the bottom denture, keeping it unstable.
  • Speech | Speaking can be difficult because of the movement of the bottom denture.
  • Embarrassment | Caused by being unable to eat around other people, laugh loudly, and converse confidently due to fear of dentures becoming loose and falling out.
  • Discomfort | Since conventional dentures, especially lowers, often shift around, they tend to rub and chafe the gums causing discomfort and irritation.
  • Low nutrition | Again, because of reduced chewing power, patients may be unable to eat a balanced diet and chew food sufficiently 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 top denture covers the roof of the mouth to provide suction and stability. Unfortunately, for many patients, the portion covering the roof of their mouth causes them to gag. Trimming this portion to reduce the problem can cause a decrease in stability and loss of natural suction.

Snap-In Implant Dentures help to remedy all of these issues tremendously.

Are Snap-In Dentures Right for Me?

Most people are great candidates! We’ll just need to meet you for a quick consultation to know for certain. During the consultation, we’ll take a 3D scan of your jawbones, the doctor will also perform an oral examination 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 requires a minimum of 4 dental implants.

  • Lower | The lower implant denture will need a minimum of 2 implants, although 3 or 4 typically deliver a substantial improvement in strength and reliability.

Life-Changing Results

Same-day smiles from actual patients

Snap-In Implant Dentures Cost

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Our pricing is the best in Durham while also providing the best final result. We can accomplish this by having a highly trained dentist who performs the full procedure from start to finish along with a highly trained in-house dental lab technician. They have performed this procedure from beginning to end 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 an important 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. We work with multiple financing providers to provide payment plans covering either all or part of your 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 are needed?

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

How much do implant dentures cost?

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

I have had dentures for quite a while, are implants still an option?

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

Will I get to use the implants (snap my dentures on to them) the same day they’re placed?

Unfortunately no, we need to allow enough 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 usually wait between four and six months before securing to your dental implants.

Will I experience pain after the implants are placed?

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

Can I be put to sleep during the procedure?

We do not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer both oral & IV conscious sedation. To learn more about these options click here. The medication will help to relax you and usually makes it so you do not even remember the procedure. For this, we write you 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 medication. 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 even stronger inserts if you prefer.

Can I remove the palate (roof of mouth) of the 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, but that isn't 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 often increases hot and cold sensitivity, making for a more natural experience. For those patients with a strong gag reflex, removing the palate of the denture can also help provide relief.

When can I have the palate (middle part that covers 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 will happen after healing and osseointegration are finished and we are ready to attach to your implants, approximately 4-6 months after placement of your implants.

How frequently will my implant inserts require changing?

Usually once or twice per year. This will depend on how many implants you have, how strong your bite is, how often you take your dentures in and out, and multiple other factors.

WARNING: PLEASE DO NOT BITE YOUR DENTURES INTO PLACE ON YOUR IMPLANTS! This will wear down the inserts much 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 some patients. Tori are not harmful, however, they can keep your denture(s) from fitting comfortably, so the doctor will often recommend having them removed.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

This is totally normal when you first have a prosthesis (denture) placed in your mouth. Your body considers it a foreign object and is trying to “flush” it out. This increased salivation should stop within two to three days.

How long will I bleed after the procedure?

Most of the bleeding will have ceased before you leave our clinic, however, expect to have a bit of bleeding (oozing) for one to three days after the procedure. In addition, you might 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 home remedy which still works really well to encourage clotting and reduce bleeding is to use tea bags. Get a regular tea bag, get it damp, squeeze out the excess water, place it on your 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 get saturated with blood. The process can be repeated as many times as you need.

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

Our practice does not currently offer this type of implant. While titanium implants have been around for decades with a long track record of success, zirconia implants are very new to dentistry, so we do not know 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 offer zirconia implants at this time.

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

Yes, any prosthetic in the mouth can get some amount of food beneath it. The great 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 for recovery after the procedure?

Each patient is different. Some return to work the following day, others wait up to two weeks. Since there is always the chance of swelling and bruising, and you’ll need to get used to eating and speaking with your 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 snap-in dentures?

No, this is not only an option for seniors. It is very common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need teeth replacement. Replacing bad teeth can be hugely helpful for your general physical health. Also, having teeth that allow you to confidently smile, laugh, and converse can be extremely beneficial for your psychological health. Again, wanting to replace teeth earlier in life is not uncommon.

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 in order to get used to walking with a prosthetic leg, you will need practice and patience to become used to your new prosthetic teeth. With that being said, since these are attached with implants, the dentures will be quite a bit easier to get used to than regular dentures.

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

Again, this will take a little 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. In some cases, patients might have a slight lisp long term with implant dentures.

Will my dentures move?

Some patients may experience a slight amount of rocking with their dentures. For patients with two lower implants, these will need to be placed in the front of your mouth making it possible for some rocking to happen. A dab of adhesive at the back on each side of the lower denture will usually correct 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 extremely convenient. Just take them out; clean the denture(s), the gums, and implants; then 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 your implant dentures. These wear and lose retention over time as you take your teeth in and out. They’re fast and inexpensive to have changed out.
  • Cleanings | Similar to natural teeth, you’ll need to have the implants cleaned periodically. All buildup on the implants will be removed and your dentures will be cleaned.
  • Periodic re-fittings | Your mouth will 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 applied to your implants.
  • Home maintenance | This only takes a few minutes a day. Take your dentures out 1-2 times each 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 also.

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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