Morgantown 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 which have specialiazed fittings which allow them to attach (snap-in) to the dental implants your 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 more 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.

  • Smile and laugh 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 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 producing bone.

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

  • Improved comfort | Dental implants help reduce or remove the irritation caused by denture movement.

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

Snap-In Implant Dentures vs. Conventional Dentures

While conventional dentures typically look great and are the most cost-effective way to replace missing or bad teeth, they can leave much to be desired in terms of overall function, stability, and chewing power.

Shortfalls of conventional (non-implant) dentures:

  • Reduced chewing power | Very little chewing power because of movement of the bottom denture; typicalily only 10-20% of what a person had with natural teeth. The movements of the tongue and cheeks repeatedly pulls and pushes on the bottom denture, keeping it unstable.

  • Speech | Speaking can be difficult due to the movement of the lower 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 traditional dentures, especially lowers, often shift around, they tend to rub and chafe the gums which can cause irritation and discomfort.

  • Poor nutrition | Again, due to reduced chewing ability, patients may have 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 Traditional upper denture covers the roof of the mouth which provides suction and stability. Unfortunately, for many patients, the denture covering the roof of their mouth causes gagging. Trimming this portion to reduce this problem leads to a decrease in stability and loss of natural suction.

Snap-In Implant Dentures help to improve each of these issues considerably.

Am I a Candidate?

Most patients are candidates! We’ll just need to see you for a brief consultation to know for certain. During the consultation, we’ll perform a 3D scan of the jawbones, the doctor will perform a complete oral examination of your mouth, and they will review your medical history in detail with you.

How Many Dental Implants Will Be Needed?

  • Upper | An upper implant denture requires at least 4 implants.
  • Lower | A lower implant denture will need a minimum of 2 implants, although 3 or 4 often deliver a significant 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 Morgantown and also offers the best final result. We can achieve this by having a highly trained dentist who does the entire procedure from beginning to end along with a highly trained in-house dental lab technician. They have 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 Financing & Payment Options

Dental implants are an important investment in yourself, and being able to break this investment down into monthly payments can help make these life-changing services more accessible and easier to fit into your budget. We work with multiple financing companies to provide payment plans to cover either all or part of the dental implant procedure.

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 requires at least 4 dental implants. A lower implant denture will require at least 2 dental implants. The more dental implants you have, the more stable your denture will generally be. This is particularly true for the lower denture. 3 or 4 implants in the lower is generally much better than two.

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 the implants (snap my dentures on to them) the same day they’re placed?

No, we need to allow enough time for your 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 dental implants.

Will there be pain after the implants are placed?

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

Can general anesthesia be used for the procedure?

Our practice does not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer both IV and oral conscious sedation. To learn more about these options click here. This medication will help to relax you and often makes it so you do not even remember the procedure. If you choose this, we will write a prescription, and you can pick it up at your local pharmacy. NOTE: A driver is REQUIRED for this procedure, someone who can drive you after you have taken the oral sedation pill(s). You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.

Are implant dentures really secure?

Yes! Implant dentures are much more secure than dentures alone, and we are able to increase the retention with even stronger inserts if you would like.

Can I remove the palate (roof of mouth) of this type of 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, however that's not 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 often increases hot and cold sensitivity, creating a more natural experience. For those patients with a severe gag reflex, removing the palate of the denture may also help provide relief.

When can I 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 will happen after healing and osseointegration are finished and we are ready to attach to your implants, usually 4-6 months after placement of your dental implants.

How frequently will the implant inserts require changing?

Typically 1 to 2 times per year. This will depend on the number of implants you have, the strength of your bite, how frequently you take your dentures in and out, and several other factors.

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

Tori are bony knots that can develop in the mouth of some patients. Tori are not harmful, however, they can keep your denture(s) from fitting comfortably, so the doctor will often recommend having them removed.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

This is totally 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 2-3 days.

How long will I bleed after the procedure?

Most of the 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. In addition, you will most likely 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. Just get a regular tea bag, dampen it, squeeze out the excess water, place it on your 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 become saturated with blood. The process can be repeated as many times as needed.

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

We do not currently offer 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 use zirconia implants at this time.

Can food get lodged under my denture implant(s)?

Yes, any oral prosthetic will get some amount of food beneath it. The wonderful thing about implant dentures is how easy they are to clean. Simply take them out; clean the denture(s), your gums, and implants; and snap them back in.

How long should I take off work for recovery after the procedure?

Each patient is different. Some return to work the following day, others wait up to two weeks. Since there is always a chance of swelling and bruising, and you will 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 the elderly. It’s actually very common for patients in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need teeth replacement. Replacing bad teeth can be hugely helpful for your general physical health. Also, having teeth that allow you to confidently smile, laugh, and converse can be extremely helpful for your emotional 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 prosthetic teeth attached, will I know how to use them immediately?

Just as you would need practice to get used to functioning with a prosthetic leg, it will require some patience and practice to become used to your new prosthetic teeth. With that being said, since these are attached using implants, your dentures will be quite a bit easier to get used to than traditional dentures.

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

This will also take some time, but with some patience and practice, your tongue and mouth will quickly adjust. S’s will be the most difficult to pronounce. Practicing words like “Mississippi” and “sixty six” can help you get used to the new teeth. Sometimes, patients might have a slight lisp long term with implant dentures.

Will my dentures move?

Some patients might experience a slight amount of rocking with their implant dentures. For patients with two lower implants, these will need to be placed in the front of the jaw making it possible for some rocking to occur. A dab of adhesive at the back on both sides of the bottom 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.

Are implant dentures removable?

Yes. Having removable implant dentures makes cleaning them extremely 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 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 inexpensive to have changed out.
  • Cleanings | Just like with natural teeth, you’ll need to have the implants cleaned periodically. Any 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 put on your implants.
  • Home maintenance | This 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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