How Much Do Implant Retained Dentures Cost?
What are snap-in dentures?
Snap-in dentures are replacement teeth like traditional dentures but they are secured in place with dental implants. The dentist places implants, or screws, below the gum line into your jaw bone as a place to attach the dentures in your mouth. Depending on your mouth and its needs, you may need two to four implants for your dentures, but some people may need up to ten implants. After the implants have fused with your jaw bone, the implant retained denture, or overdenture, can be set in place. Some overdentures can be fixed on to the implants permanently while others are designed to be removed for cleaning.
Snap-in denture benefits
As compared to traditional dentures, snap-in dentures are more stable when eating and talking and less likely to become loose. Your ability to chew is better and you will be able to enjoy harder and chewier foods with implant-retained dentures. Most people find that these dentures are more comfortable without the rubbing on your gums from regular dentures. Finally, your jawbone is stimulated and bone loss is avoided with snap in dentures.
Snap-in dentures cons
In order to have implant-supported dentures, you will have to have surgery to place the implants in your mouth. At minimum, the dentist will use local anesthesia for the procedure. For some people, the dentist will need to graft bone to your jaw in order to support the implants. Insurance companies may not cover the cost of snap in dentures and snap in dentures will eventually breakdown after 15-20 years. Finally, the implant-retained dentures will need adjustments to maintain a secure fit.
Cost of snap-in dentures
Depending on your insurance coverage, the policy may cover some or none of the cost of implant-supported dentures. Without the help of insurance, you will need to talk to the dentist about the costs of each step of your treatment plan. Typically, the cost for the procedure of two implants and the dentures on average is $6,000. If you need more implants or you need a bone or gum graft, then you can plan on spending more.
How to care for snap-in dentures
In order to maintain this investment in your mouth and overall health, it is important to take care of your dentures and implants. If your implant-retained dentures are not permanently screwed in place, then you need to clean the dentures as well as your mouth. Your gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth need brushing twice a day to remove bacteria and prevent gum disease.
The benefits of snap in dentures over traditional dentures offer you a better way to eat, talk and feel confident sharing your smile with the world. The treatment plan from start to finish will take months and multiple visits to the dentist. Your investment in your mouth will prove to be the solution to the problems from conventional dentures. Be sure to talk to the dentist about the variety of materials and attachments available for your new implant-retained dentures.