Tacoma 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 the 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 greater power and confidence.

  • Speak confidently | Speak in front of crowds or amongst friends and family 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 rubbing and chafing.

  • Get better nutrition | Chew up food more thoroughly.

  • Minimize bone loss | While some people 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 bone.

  • Eliminate or reduce gagging | In some cases a portion of the palate can be removed exposing the roof of the mouth. This can reduce or eliminate gagging often caused by dentures.

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

  • Taste your food better | Some patients with implants can have part of the top denture’s palate removed. This lets you taste your food better.

Snap-In Implant Dentures vs. Traditional Dentures

While conventional dentures typically look great and are the most cost-effective way to replace missing or bad teeth, they often leave a lot to be desired in terms of overall function, strength, and chewing ability.

Shortfalls of traditional (non-implant) dentures:

  • Limited chewing power | 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 the tongue and cheeks repeatedly pushes and pulls on the bottom denture, keeping it unstable.
  • Speech | Speaking can be difficult due to the movement of the bottom denture.
  • Embarrassment | Caused by the inability to eat around other people, laugh loudly, and speak confidently due to fear of dentures getting loose and falling out.
  • Discomfort | Since traditional dentures, especially lowers, often shift around, they tend to rub and chafe the gums causing discomfort and irritation.
  • 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 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 Conventional 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 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 people are great candidates! We’ll just need to meet you for a quick consultation to know for certain. At this exam, we’ll take a 3D scan of the jawbones, the doctor will perform an oral examination of your mouth, and they will review your medical history with you.

How Many Dental Implants Will Be Needed?

  • Upper | The upper implant denture will need a minimum of 4 dental implants.

  • Lower | A lower implant denture will need at least 2 implants, although 3 or 4 typically deliver a substantial improvement in retention 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 Tacoma and also provides the best end result. We are able to accomplish this by having a highly trained dentist who does the entire procedure from beginning to end along with an experienced in-house dental lab technician. Our team has performed this procedure from start to finish 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 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. Our office works with multiple financing providers to offer payment plans to cover 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?

An upper implant denture will require at least 4 dental implants. A lower implant denture will need at least 2 dental implants. The more dental implants you have, the more stable your denture will usually be. This is especially 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 have had dentures for quite a while, can I still get implants?

In many cases, yes! We’ll just need to see you for a free exam, 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 my implants (snap my dentures on to them) the same day of the procedure?

Unfortunately 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 usually wait between four and six months before attaching to your implants.

Will there be pain after the procedure?

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

Can general anesthesia be used during my procedure?

Our practice does 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 often makes it so you don’t even remember the procedure. For this, we will write a prescription, which you can pick it up at your local pharmacy. NOTE: A driver is REQUIRED for your procedure, someone who can drive you once you have taken your oral sedation pill(s). 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 we are 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 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, however that's not always an option with snap-in dentures.

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

When will I be able to have the palate (center part covering 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, usually 4-6 months after placement of your implants.

How frequently will my implant inserts require changing?

Usually 1 to 2 times per year. This often depends on 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 your 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 can develop in the mouth of some 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 completely normal when you first have the prosthesis (denture) placed in your mouth. Your body senses it as a foreign object and attempts to “flush” it out. The increased salivation should stop within two to three days.

How long will I bleed after the procedure?

Significant bleeding will have stopped before you leave our office, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 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 small amount 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 really well to encourage clotting and reduce bleeding is the use of tea bags. Just get a standard tea bag, get it damp, squeeze out the excess water, place it on the extraction site (or sites), and the bags 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.

Do you offer this procedure with zirconia (non-metal) implants?

We do 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 the market, so we do not know 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 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 how easy they are 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 to recover after the procedure?

Every patient is different. Some return to work the next day, others wait up to two weeks. Since there is always the chance of swelling and bruising, 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 this procedure?

No, this is not just an option for seniors. It’s actually very common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need teeth replacement. Replacing bad teeth can be extremely beneficial for your overall physical health. Also, having teeth which allow you to confidently smile, laugh, and converse can be very beneficial for your emotional health. Again, needing to replace teeth early 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 in order to get used to functioning with a prosthetic leg, it will require some patience and practice to get used to your new replacement teeth. That being said, since they are attached using implants, your dentures will be quite a bit easier to get used to than traditional dentures.

Will I know how to talk with my new teeth right away?

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. Sometimes, patients may have a slight long-term lisp with implant dentures.

Will my dentures still rock?

Some patients may experience very slight rocking with their implant 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 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 very easy. 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 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 quick and affordable to have replaced.
  • Cleanings | Just like with 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 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 takes just 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.

1530 S Union Ave, Suite 7-8, Tacoma, WA 98405

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