St. Louis 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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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 special fittings that allow them to attach (snap-in) to the dental implants the doctor places.

Anchoring your dentures with dental implants allows you to:

 

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

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

  • Receive better nutrition | Chew up food better.

  • Reduce bone loss | While a person 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 decrease or remove the irritation caused by movement of the dentures.

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

Snap-In Implant Dentures vs. Traditional Dentures

While traditional dentures often look great and are the most affordable way to replace missing or bad teeth, they can leave much to be desired in terms of functionality, strength, and chewing ability.

Shortfalls of traditional (non-implant) dentures:

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

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

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

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

  • Inadequate nutrition | Again, due to the loss of chewing ability, some may find difficulty eating a balanced diet and chew food sufficiently for proper digestion.

  • Bone loss | After a patient’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 Conventional 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 them to gag. Trimming the denture to reduce the problem can cause a decrease in stability and loss of natural suction.

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

Am I a Candidate?

Most patients are great candidates! We’ll just need to meet you for a quick consultation to say for sure. At the appointment, we’ll take a 3-dimensional scan of the jawbones, the doctor will perform a complete oral examination of your mouth, and they will go over your medical history with you.

How Many Implants Will I Need?

  • Upper | The upper implant denture requires at least 4 dental implants.

  • Lower | A lower implant denture will need a minimum of 2 implants, although 3 or 4 often provide 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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This pricing is the best in St. Louis while also providing the best end result. We are able to achieve this by having a highly trained dentist who does the full procedure from beginning to end along with a highly trained in-house dental lab technician. Our team has 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 Payment & Financing 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 available and easier to fit into your budget. We work with multiple financing providers to provide payment plans covering 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?

The upper implant denture will need at least 4 dental implants. The lower implant denture will need at least 2 implants. The more implants you have, the more stable the denture will generally be. This is certainly true for the lower denture. Three or four implants in the lower is typically much better than 2.

How much do implant dentures cost?

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

I’ve had dentures for quite a while, am I still eligible for implants?

In most cases, yes! We’ll simply need to see you for a free consultation, during which we will perform 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 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 four and six months before attaching to your dental implants.

Will there be pain after the implants are placed?

While experiences will be different, you should expect some tenderness and possibly swelling after the procedure. Many patients come in the next day for their post op appointment, reporting minimal discomfort. You will receive a pain medication prescription to help alleviate any tenderness.

Can I be put to sleep for the procedure?

Our office does not currently use general anesthesia, 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 don’t even remember your procedure. If you choose this, we write you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your local pharmacy. NOTE: You MUST have a driver for this procedure, someone who can drive you once you have taken the 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 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, but that isn't always an option with snap-in dentures.

When we are able to remove the palate, this increases the ability to taste for many patients, and also 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 will I be able to 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 the denture. This is after healing and osseointegration are complete and we are ready to attach to your implants, appromximately 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 on how many implants you have, how strong your bite is, 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 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? Must they be removed?

Tori are bony knots that develop in the mouth of some patients. They are harmless, however, they can 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 the prosthesis (denture) placed in your mouth. Your mouth senses it as 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 ceased before you leave our clinic, however, expect to have a bit of bleeding (oozing) for one to three days after the procedure. Also, you will most likely 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 much more. If heavy bleeding does not stop, please call the office.

An old home remedy that still works quite well to help clotting and stop bleeding is to use tea bags. Just get a standard tea bag, get it damp, squeeze out the extra water, place it on the extraction site (or sites), and the tea will help you heal. Multiple tea bags can be used if needed. Replace the tea bags if they become 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 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 offer zirconia implants at this time.

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

Yes, any prosthetic in the mouth will 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 much time should I take off work for recovery after my procedure?

Every 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’ll 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 snap-in dentures?

No, this is not only a procedure for seniors. It is quite common for patients 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 very beneficial for your psychological health. Again, needing to replace teeth early 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 implant 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, it will require some patience and practice to become used to your new prosthetic teeth. That being said, since these are attached using 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. S’s will be the toughest to pronounce. Practicing words like “Mississippi” and “sixty six” will help you get used to the new teeth. Sometimes, patients might have a slight lisp long term with implant dentures.

Will my dentures still rock?

Some people may experience very slight rocking with their implant dentures. For patients with 2 lower implants, these will need to be placed in the front of the jaw making it possible for some rocking to happen. A small amount of adhesive at the back on both sides of the lower 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.

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; and snap them back in.

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 replace the snap rings in your implant dentures. These wear and lose retention over time as you take your teeth in and out. They’re quick and affordable to have replaced.
  • Cleanings | Just like with natural teeth, you’ll need to have the implants professionally cleaned periodically. Any buildup on the implants will be removed and your dentures will be cleaned.
  • Periodic re-fittings | Your mouth can still change over time, so your dentures may need to be re-fitted to ensure their best performance and make certain that unnecessary stress isn’t being applied to the implants.
  • Home maintenance | It takes just a few minutes a day. Remove your dentures 1-2 times each day and brush them with a denture brush or very soft bristled toothbrush. Also, remember to clean the implants. Scrub these with a very soft dental brush too.

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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