Snap-In Dentures Springfield

Stable, Secure, Affordable.

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

About Snap-In Implant Dentures

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Anchoring your dentures with implants allows you to:

 

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

  • Speak confidently | Speak in front of crowds or with family and friends with the confidence of knowing your denture is securely snapped 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 keep losing bone after having their natural teeth removed, dental implants provide stimulation down into the jaw which encourages the body to continue to produce new bone.

  • Eliminate or reduce 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 diminish 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 often look nice and are the most cost-effective way to replace missing or bad teeth, they can leave a lot to be desired in terms of functionality, strength, and chewing power.

Shortfalls of traditional (non-implant) dentures:

  • Reduced chewing ability | Limited chewing power because of movement of the lower denture; usually only 10-20% of what a person had with natural teeth. The movements of a denture wearer’s tongue and cheeks repeatedly pushes and pulls on the bottom denture, keeping it unstable.
  • Speech | Talking can be difficult because of the movement of the bottom denture.
  • Embarrassment | Caused by being unable to eat around other people, laugh loudly, and speak confidently due to fear of dentures becoming loose and falling out.
  • Discomfort | Since traditional dentures, especially lowers, often move around, they tend to rub and chafe the gums which can cause discomfort and irritation.
  • Poor nutrition | Again, because of reduced chewing ability, patients may find difficulty eating a balanced diet and chew food thoroughly for proper digestion.
  • Bone loss | After a person’s teeth are removed, they typically 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 patients, the piece covering the roof of their mouth causes them to gag. Trimming this portion to reduce the gagging leads to a decrease in stability and loss of natural suction.

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

Are Snap-In Dentures Right for Me?

Most people are candidates! We’ll just need to see you for a brief consultation to know for sure. During this exam, we’ll perform a 3-dimensional scan of the jawbones, the doctor will perform an oral examination of your mouth, and they will go over your medical history with you.

How Many Dental Implants Will Be Needed?

  • Upper | The upper implant denture will need at least 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

How Much Do Snap-In Implant Dentures Cost?

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Our pricing is the best in Springfield while also providing the best end result. We are able to achieve this by having an extensively trained dentist who does the full procedure from beginning to end along with an experienced in-house dental lab technician. They have performed this procedure from beginning to end 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 Financing & Payment Options

Dental implants are a significant investment in yourself, and having the option to break this investment down into monthly payments can help make these life-changing services more accessible and easier to fit into your budget. Our office works with multiple financing providers to offer payment plans to cover 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 will I need?

The upper implant denture requires at least 4 dental implants. A lower implant denture will need at least 2 dental implants. The more dental implants you have, the more secure your denture will generally be. This is particularly 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 quite a while, are implants still an option?

In most cases, yes! We’ll 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 be able to use the implants (snap my dentures on to them) the same day they’re placed?

Unfortunately no, we need to allow time for your implants to integrate with your 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 there be pain after the implants are placed?

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 very little discomfort. You will be prescribed pain medication to help relieve any soreness.

Can I be put to sleep during the procedure?

Our practice does not currently use general anesthesia, however, we do offer both oral & IV conscious sedation. To learn more about these options click here. The medication will help you relax and often makes it so you do not even remember the procedure. If you choose this, we will write a prescription, which you can pick it up at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: A driver is REQUIRED for your procedure, someone who can drive you once you have taken the 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 our team is able to increase the retention with 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 the dental implants out in order to remove a portion of the palate with a snap-in denture. With our All-On-4 procedure, we can guarantee the ability to remove the palate, however that isn't always the case with snap-in dentures.

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

When can I have the palate (center 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 your final denture. This will happen after healing and osseointegration are finished and we are ready to attach to your implants, typically 4-6 months after placement of your implants.

How often will my implant inserts require changing?

Usually once or twice each year. This often depends upon the number of implants you have, how strong your bite is, how frequently you take your dentures in and out, and multiple other factors.

WARNING: PLEASE DO NOT BITE YOUR DENTURES INTO PLACE ON YOUR IMPLANTS! This can wear out 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 can develop in the mouth of some patients. Tori are harmless, however, they might keep your denture(s) from fitting properly, so your doctor will often recommend having them removed.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

This is completely normal when you first have the prosthesis (denture) placed in your mouth. Your mouth considers it a foreign object and is trying 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 office, however, expect to have a bit of 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 little blood, it can look like a lot of blood. If heavy bleeding does not stop, please call our office.

An old home remedy which still works quite well to encourage clotting and stop bleeding is to use tea bags. Just get a regular tea bag, dampen it, 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 use 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 the market, 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 offer zirconia implants at this time.

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

Yes, any oral prosthetic will get some amount of food beneath 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 much time should I take off work to recover after my procedure?

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

No, this is not only an option for the elderly. It’s actually very common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be very helpful for your overall physical health. Also, having teeth that allow you to confidently smile, laugh, and converse can be hugely helpful for your psychological health. Again, needing 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 new 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 prosthetic teeth. With that being said, since they are attached with implants, your dentures will be much easier to get used to than regular dentures.

Will I be able to talk with my new teeth right away?

Again, this will take some time, but with some practice and patience, your mouth and tongue will quickly adjust. The letter S will be the most difficult to pronounce. Practicing words like “Mississippi” and “sixty six” can help you get used to your new teeth. In some cases, patients may 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 2 bottom implants, these must be placed in the front of your mouth making it possible for some rocking to occur. A small amount 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. Simply take them out; clean the denture(s), your 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 maintaining implant dentures?

  • Snaps | Occasionally 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 affordable to have replaced.
  • Cleanings | Similar to natural teeth, you’ll need to have the implants cleaned periodically. All buildup on your implants will be removed and your dentures will be cleaned.
  • Periodic re-fittings | Your mouth will still change over time, so your dentures will need to be re-fitted to ensure their best performance and make certain that unnecessary stress isn’t being put on the 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 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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