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

Anchoring the dentures with implants allows you to:

 

  • Enjoy more of your favorite foods | By securing 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 friends and family with the confidence of knowing your denture is securely snapped on to your implants.

  • Smile and laugh 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 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.

  • Reduce or eliminate 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 diminish or eliminate the irritation caused by movement of the dentures.

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

Snap-In Implant Dentures vs. Traditional Dentures

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

Shortfalls of traditional (non-implant) dentures:

  • Limited chewing power | Very little chewing power due to movement of the lower denture; typicalily only 10-20% of what a person had with natural teeth. The movements of a denture wearer’s tongue and cheeks continually pulls and pushes on the lower denture, keeping it unstable.
  • Speech | Talking can be difficult due to the movement of the bottom denture.
  • Embarrassment | Caused by being unable to eat around others, laugh loudly, and speak confidently due to fear of dentures becoming loose and falling out.
  • Discomfort | Since conventional dentures, especially lowers, often move around, they tend to rub and chafe the gums causing irritation and discomfort.
  • Inadequate nutrition | Again, due to reduced chewing ability, some may have difficulty eating a balanced diet and chew food thoroughly 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 top denture covers the roof of the mouth to provide suction and stability. Unfortunately, for many patients, the denture covering the roof of their mouth causes them to gag. Trimming this portion to reduce this problem leads to a decrease in stability and loss of natural suction.

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

Are Snap-In Dentures Right for Me?

Most people are candidates! We’ll just need to see you for a brief consultation to say for sure. At the consultation, we’ll perform a 3D scan of the jawbones, the doctor will also perform an oral exam of your mouth, and they will go over your medical history in detail with you.

How Many Implants Will Be Needed?

  • Upper | An upper implant denture requires at least 4 dental implants.
  • Lower | A lower implant denture requires a minimum of 2 implants, although 3 or 4 typically 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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Our pricing is the best in Louisville while also offering the best end result. We are able to accomplish this by having an extensively trained dentist who performs the full procedure from start to finish along with a highly trained in-house dental lab technician. Our team has 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 Financing & Payment Options

Dental implants are an important investment in yourself, and having the option to divide this investment into monthly payments can help make these life-changing services more obtainable and easier to fit into your budget. We work with multiple financing providers to offer payment plans to cover either all or part of the dental implant procedure.

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

Longer-term options for lower payments (up to 96 months)

Frequently Asked Questions

How many implants will I need?

An upper implant denture will require at least 4 implants. A lower implant denture will need at least 2 dental implants. The more dental implants you have, the more stable your denture will generally be. This is certainly true with the lower denture. 3 or 4 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, am I still eligible for implants?

In most cases, yes! Our doctor will simply 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 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 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 securing to your implants.

Will I experience pain after the procedure?

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

Can general anesthesia be used for the procedure?

We do not currently use general anesthesia, however, we do offer both IV and oral conscious sedation. To learn more about these options click here. This medication will help you relax and usually makes it so you do not even remember your procedure. If you choose this, we will write a prescription, which you can pick it up at your local pharmacy. NOTE: You MUST have a driver for your procedure, someone who can drive you after you have taken your 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 to be able 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 an option 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 can 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 is after healing and osseointegration are finished and we are ready to attach to your implants, approximately 4-6 months after placement of your implants.

How often will the implant inserts need to be changed?

Typically once or twice per year. This often depends upon the number of implants you have, the strength of your bite, how frequently you take your dentures in and out, and many other factors.

WARNING: PLEASE DO NOT BITE YOUR DENTURES INTO PLACE ON YOUR IMPLANTS! This can wear out 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? Do they need to be removed?

Tori are bony knots that develop in the mouth of many patients. They are harmless, however, they might keep 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 mouth senses it as a foreign object and is trying to “flush” it out. This increased salivation should stop within two to three days.

How long will I bleed after the procedure?

Significant bleeding will have ceased before you leave our 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 a lot of blood. If heavy bleeding continues, please call the office.

A classic home remedy which still works quite well to help clotting and stop bleeding is the use of tea bags. Get a regular tea bag, dampen it, squeeze out the extra water, place it on the extraction site (or sites), and the bags 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?

We do not currently use this type of implant. While titanium implants have been used 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 offer zirconia implants at this time.

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

Yes, any oral prosthetic can get some amount of food under it. The wonderful thing about implant dentures is they are incredibly easy to clean. Simply 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 the procedure?

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

No, this is not just a procedure for the elderly. It is very common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need teeth replacement. Replacing bad teeth can be hugely beneficial for your general physical health. Also, having teeth that allow you to confidently smile, laugh, and converse can be hugely beneficial for your emotional health. Again, wanting 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 to get used to functioning with a prosthetic leg, you will need patience and practice to get used to your new replacement teeth. With that being said, since these are attached using implants, the dentures will be much easier to get used to than traditional dentures.

Will I know how to talk with my new teeth immediately?

This will also 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 "sarcastic" and "seventy seven" will help you get used to your new teeth. Sometimes, patients may have a slight long-term listp with implant dentures.

Will my dentures still rock?

Some people might experience a slight amount of rocking with their implant dentures. For patients with two lower implants, these must 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 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. Simply take them out; clean the denture(s), your gums, and implants; and 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 maintenance of implant dentures?

  • Snaps | Occasionally 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 affordable to have changed out.
  • Cleanings | Similar to natural teeth, you’ll need to have your implants cleaned periodically. Any buildup on the implants will be removed and the 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 sure that unnecessary stress isn’t being applied to the implants.
  • Home maintenance | This only takes 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, remember to clean your 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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