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

Anchoring your dentures with implants lets you:

 

  • Enjoy 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 with friends and family with the confidence of knowing your denture is 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 rubbing and chafing.

  • Receive better nutrition | Chew up food more thoroughly.

  • Reduce bone loss | While a person may continue to lose bone after having their natural teeth removed, dental implants provide stimulation down into the jaw which encourages the body to continue to produce bone.

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

  • Improved comfort | Dental implants help decrease or eliminate the irritation caused by movement of the dentures.

  • Taste your food better | Some patients with implants can have a portion of their upper denture’s palate removed. This lets you taste your food better.

Snap-In Implant Dentures vs. Conventional Dentures

While traditional dentures typically look nice and are the most cost-effective way to replace missing or bad teeth, they often leave much to be desired in terms of functionality, strength, and chewing power.

Shortfalls of traditional (non-implant) dentures:

  • Reduced chewing power | 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 the tongue and cheeks continually pulls and pushes on the bottom denture, keeping it unstable.
  • Speech | Speaking can be difficult due to the movement of the bottom denture.
  • Embarrassment | Caused by being unable to eat around other people, laugh loudly, and talk confidently due to fear of dentures getting loose and falling out.
  • Discomfort | Since conventional dentures, especially lowers, often move around, they tend to rub and chafe the gums which can cause irritation and discomfort.
  • Inadequate nutrition | Again, due to reduced chewing ability, some may be unable to eat a balanced diet and chew food sufficiently for proper digestion.
  • Bone loss | Once a patient’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 Conventional upper denture covers the roof of the mouth which provides suction and stability. Unfortunately, for many people, the portion covering the roof of their mouth causes them to gag. Trimming this portion to reduce the gagging can cause a decrease in stability and loss of natural suction.

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

Am I a Candidate?

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

How Many Implants Will Be Needed?

  • Upper | The upper implant denture will need a minimum of 4 dental implants.
  • Lower | The lower implant denture will need at least 2 implants, although 3 or 4 often provide a substantial improvement in strength and stability.

Life-Changing Results

Same-day smiles from actual patients

Snap-In Implant Dentures Cost

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This pricing is the best in Spokane while also offering the best final result. We can accomplish this by having an extensively trained dentist who performs the complete procedure from start to finish along with a highly trained in-house dental lab technician. They have 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 an important investment in yourself, and being able to break this investment down into smaller payments can help make these life-changing services more available and easier to fit into your budget. We work with multiple financing companies to provide payment plans to cover either all or part of your 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 requires at least 4 dental implants. A lower implant denture will need at least 2 implants. The more dental implants you have, the more stable your denture will usually be. This is particularly true with the lower denture. 3 or 4 implants in the lower is usually 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 many cases, yes! Our doctor will just need to see you for a free exam, 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 they’re placed?

No, we need to allow time for the 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 typically wait between four and six months before securing to your dental implants.

Will there be pain after the procedure?

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 tenderness. You will receive a pain medication prescription to help alleviate any tenderness.

Can I be put to sleep for 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 usually makes it so you do not even remember your procedure. For this, we will write a prescription, which you can pick it up at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have a driver for the procedure, someone who can drive you after you have taken the oral sedation medication. You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking this medication.

Are implant dentures really secure?

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

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 the case with snap-in dentures.

When we are able to remove the palate, this increases the ability to taste for many patients, and also increases temperature sensitivity, making for a more natural experience. For those patients with a strong 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 the denture. This will happen after healing and osseointegration are complete and we are ready to attach to your implants, usually 4-6 months after placement of your dental implants.

How often will my implant inserts need to be changed?

Usually 1 to 2 times per year. This will depend upon how many implants you have, the strength of your bite, how often you take your dentures in and out, and many 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? Must they be removed?

Tori are bony knots that develop in the mouth of many patients. They are not harmful, however, they might prevent your denture(s) from fitting comfortably, so your 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 attempts to “flush” it out. This increased salivation should subside within 2-3 days.

How long can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

Most of the bleeding will have stopped before you leave the office, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for one to three days after the procedure. Also, 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 much more. If heavy bleeding continues, please call the office.

An old home remedy which still works quite well to encourage clotting and stop bleeding is to use tea bags. Get a standard 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 get saturated with blood. The process can be repeated as many times as you need.

 

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

We do not currently use 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 do not know what their viability 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.

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

Yes, any prosthetic in the mouth can get some amount of food beneath it. The great thing about implant dentures is how easy they are 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 to recover after my procedure?

Every patient is different. Some return to work the following day, others wait a week or two. Since there is always the chance of bruising and swelling, and you will 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 just an option for the elderly. It’s actually quite common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be hugely helpful for your general physical health. Also, having teeth that allow you to have a confident smile, laugh, and converse can be hugely helpful for your emotional health. Again, wanting to replace teeth earlier 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, it will require some patience and practice to get used to your new replacement teeth. With that being said, since these are attached with implants, your dentures will be much easier to get used to than traditional dentures.

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

Again, this will take some time, but with some patience and practice, your mouth and tongue will quickly adjust. The letter S will be the most difficult to pronounce. Practicing words like "sarcastic" and "seventy seven" will help you get used to the new teeth. In some cases, patients might have a slight long-term lisp with implant dentures.

Will my dentures move?

Some people may experience a slight amount of rocking with their implant dentures. For patients with 2 bottom 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 easy. Just take them out; clean the denture(s), your 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 with maintaining implant dentures?

  • Snaps | From time to time 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 fast and inexpensive 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 the 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 sure that unnecessary stress isn’t being applied to your implants.
  • Home maintenance | This takes just 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 our 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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