Snap In Dentures on Dental Implants – Burbank Dental Implant Specialist

Snap in dentures is a term some patients use when they come to see me for dental implant dentures in Burbank.  There is a product called the "snap on smile" that is not related to implant dentistry. 

Snap in dentures are dental implant overdentures.  That means they go over dental implants.  The more implants you have the more stable the dentures.  Just as important to the number of implants is the spacing between the implants.  The more space between the implants, the better. Overdentures are not fixed bridges.

Snap in denture burbankSnap in/on implants are dentures!  It is important to remember that.  They are dentures that snap in, they are not porcelain or "real" teeth.  You must remove them and clean under them. 

I performed the surgery and made the teeth for the examples below.

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Snap in dentures are wonderful!!!  They are best for the patient that has been wearing dentures for many years. Someone who is already used to dentures is the best candidate. 

They are NOT wonderful for someone who is just about to lose all their teeth.  If you are about to lose all of your teeth or all the teeth on one arch, you are more used to SMALL natural teeth, not an acrylic denture that has the pink plastic covering the roof of your mouth and check areas. A fixed bridge is a better option for this situation, but sometimes a snap in denture can work well.

IMG_8757 How many implants do you need? Snap in dentures typically use 2 -4 implants on the bottom and 4-8 implants on the top.   The overdenture can be made to look extremely life like if a very high end dental lab is used…very similar to natural teeth. The denture will feel stable and secure.

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Lower dentures are more challenging than upper dentures because there is no suction to hold them in. This lack of suction, along with jaw and tongue movement during chewing and speaking can cause a lower denture to be very uncomfortable and sometimes painful. The lower denture simply floats on the ridge where the teeth used to be and does not stay in by using suction like the upper. Because lower dentures slip and slide, and as a result cause continuous gum pain when eating, the snap on denture option is a must for lower dentures. For many patients, it is the minimum standard of care for a satisfactory quality of life.

Most of the time I see new overdentures that are made very cheaply using "economy" teeth.

If your current dentures fit well and look good, I can usually reline them to convert them to snap in over dentures.

Keep in mind that the surgery is much more advanced than replacing a single tooth.  This is because you will have bone loss if your teeth have been missing more than 3 months.  Placing implants in areas of thin and deficient bone requires substantial skill and experience.

Ramsey Amin DDS dental implants

Mini implants used for snap on dentures are often only a temporary solution but are often marketed as a "permanent" solution.

I have treated patients as old as 91 with dental implants. A healthy 91 year old can have implants while an unhealthy 50 year old may not be able to.

Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry
Burbank, California
http://www.burbankdentalimplants.com

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17 Responses to Snap In Dentures on Dental Implants – Burbank Dental Implant Specialist

  1. Mike Howard says:

    I am about to have a 4-unit overdenture (for $4500) placed over 4 osseointegrated implants in an upper, using “snap-in” locators. No teeth left in the upper because a dentist in Mexico pulled them all (not necessary, I found out later). AND I am having 2 implants put into the lower (to replace cuspids) with an overdenture between them, a 6-unit anterior bridge, since I do not want a partial. This will all be very expensive.
    So do I understand that since these overdentures are still dentures they will wear down the bone and need relining or replacing in a few years?
    Maybe Dr. Amin can answer this. Thank you.

  2. Hi Mike,
    Yes, overdentures do require maintenance and are not forever. It will need to be relined, attachments will need to be changed and in a few years you will need to replace it.
    They are just dentures so they do wear out.
    You are much better off having a porcelain bridge. This way it will last MUCH longer!
    Respectfully,
    Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
    Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
    Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry
    Burbank, California
    http://www.burbankdentalimplants.com

  3. Dr. F. Williams, DDS says:

    They are NOT wonderful for someone who is just about to lose all their teeth. If you are about to lose all of your teeth or all the teeth on one arch, you are more used to SMALL natural teeth, not an acrylic denture that has the pink plastic covering the roof of your mouth and cheek areas

  4. Lee Roberts says:

    I have new upper snap in denture,with 8 implants and a bar to support denture. Has been a 6 year journey. Feels good,but can not get the denture out of my mouth how do I get it out to keep clean? Any ideas?
    Thank you

    • Ramsey Amin DDS says:

      Hi Lee,

      You need to take out the denture daily and leave it out while you sleep. It should be easy for you to remove and replace it. Six years? You need to see your dentist to adjust it.

      You have a lot of implants for an overdenture if they are all on the same jaw. Most of my patients have fixed non-removable porcelain bridges with that many implants. If there are eight attachments there may be too many making it difficult to remove.

      Try only using 4 of the 8 implants.

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

  5. Lee Roberts says:

    Thank you for your reply, the reason for the 8 upper jaw implant is my mom removed my uppers at age 14. Went through surgery trying to find bone in lower chin area. No bone there. Followed by bottle bone and 8 implants. Waiting 2 years for bone growth. Dr. said my upper mouth would be back to far and to hard to clean. So he suggested the bar retained denture. 8 implants screwed into bone, then bar has 4 snaps that denture snaps onto. Trying to adjust, feels like I have a mouth full. When trying to remove I am afraid the denture may crack, because its so hard to remove. Many many dollars later did not receive what I was lead to believe I would end with. Still a denture!! Do believe Dr. Has tried his best. He keeps saying it is a miracle we have 8 implants in my mouth. Just wish they were teeth that were more normal. Thank you, Lee

    • Ramsey Amin DDS says:

      Lee,
      What a story! If you get a chance to come to California, come see me. It is very rare nowadays that a fixed bridge can’t be done even in the presence of minimal bone. There are so many more unique ways to do it.
      Respectfully,
      Dr. Amin

  6. Russ says:

    Hi,
    I have a full upper denture and my lower teeth are not in good condition, lose and painful. I would like to know if an Overdenture is the way I should go. I do not deal well with any pain when I go to the dentist, I cannot stand to even feel the needle when I get the shot in my mouth. What can you advise me on this.
    Thank you,
    Russ

    • Ramsey Amin DDS says:

      Hi Russ,

      Thank you for your comments. You ask very good questions.

      First off, the pain and anxiety is easily removed using sedation. You can have your treatment done while you snooze safely right through it. I do this about twice a day. In my own hands, most of my patients do not experience much pain afterwards. The techniques I use are more unique and help a great deal.

      Overdentures are great for someone that just wants their dentures to hold in better and a stronger bite. If this is all you want, then this may be appropriate for you. Keep in mind that they do not last forever and are replaced about every 7 years. You will break some teeth too.

      A fixed bridge is a much better long term solution.

      Either way the complexity your case requires a 3d scan x-ray to be able to help you choose and determine cost.

      Does this help?

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

  7. Katharine says:

    Dr. Amin,
    I have most of my own teeth, upper right I am short 2 or 3 molars an the tooth beside the front tooth on the left of my mouth broke off at gum line. I still have the life root but no pain in any of the remaining teeth, on the bottom I have a full arch of teeth some have crowns and root canals over my 60 yrs probably over 100 k of dental work, with NO ins. Now they are telling me I need to have all my teeth removed and fixed implant teeth placed. I do have a little sensitivity to cold lower back.
    I am facing this surgery because we have reached the point of are we just flushing more money into the dentists pocket with continual repair work”!!!!
    They are quoting 49,000.00 for upper and lower teeth on a fixed denture. And they will be acrylic teeth, somehow I can not see these looking natural. The only benif it is that I will be asleep for the whole thing until they wake me up and say now go home and cope with the rest of your life. I feel like a cow being sent down that shoot of no return. Do you have an opinion on this procedure or how I can prepare better for it.

  8. Valerie D. Vaughn says:

    I am about the do the most frightening thing in my life. I need the remaining fourteen teeth in my mouth extracted; due to periodontal disease. I was told I will have removable denture (full mouth) for a short period of time. Then I will receive snap in denture ugh. I want fixed bridge because I am young and don’t want to remove my teeth at night. I want something permanent. Is this something I can do since I will have no teeth at all. Help…….and which will look more natural porcelin or acrylic? I am scared to even think about me having no teeth at my age. Help me suggest somethings I want to my dentist. Please Dr. Amin I am so depressed about this it keeps me up every night. I will be receiving my doctorate in a year and having plenty of speaking engagements; don’t want to have to remove these big false teeth. Help me please. Toothless in Houston. Valerie Vaughn

  9. jan says:

    I have 5 upper implants and a bar. Today I went for an adjustment and CAN NOT get them out of my mouth. Any suggestions. Doctor sent me home today and we are going to try again in the am. I keep trying but they will not move.

    • Ramsey Amin DDS says:

      I have 5 upper implants and a bar. Today I went for an adjustment and CAN NOT get them out of my mouth. Any suggestions. Doctor sent me home today and we are going to try again in the am. I keep trying but they will not move.

      Jan, Do you know what kind of attachments you have on the bar? Are you telling me that the dentist could not get that denture back out?

      Dr. Amin

  10. I am in the process of going to a dentist and he said something about snap on dentures and was not sure what they were so I looked them up. How long does a surgery take to do this process ? And is your mouth pretty sore for a bit after having it done ?

    • Ramsey Amin DDS says:

      Hi Bertha,

      Snap in dentures are dental implant over dentures. They’re meant to stabilize a removable denture.

      Most dental implant over dentures are made on the lower jaw. Because of the nature of the dense bone of our lower jaw, the procedure does not take very long. Most of the surgery takes between 1-2 hours to complete. Having IV sedation and intravenous anti-inflammatory and/or steroid will greatly reduce your pain afterwards. I would highly suggest it. It also helps to heal much better

      The whole process for having a dental implant over denture in my office would average somewhere between 6 weeks and 4 months to complete. It heavily depends on whether you have existing dentures that fit well or do new dentures have to be made. It also depends on your bone density.

      Keep in mind that most peoplel that want to replace all of their teeth in their entirety with a fixed dental implant bridge will choose a prosthesis such as a Prettau.

      Good luck,

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry
      Burbank, California

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