Snap-In Dentures Santa Barbara

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 specialiazed fittings which allow them to attach (snap-in) to the dental implants your doctor places.

Anchoring the dentures with dental implants lets you:

 

  • Enjoy more of your favorite foods | By stabilizing your denture with dental implants, patients are able to chew with much more confidence and power.

  • Speak confidently | Speak in front of crowds or with 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 chafing and rubbing.

  • Receive better nutrition | Chew up food better.

  • 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 producing new bone.

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

  • Improved comfort | Dental implants help decrease 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 lets you taste your food better.

Snap-In Implant Dentures vs. Conventional Dentures

While traditional dentures often look nice and are the most cost-effective way to replace missing or bad teeth, they can leave a lot to be desired in terms of functionality, stability, and chewing ability.

Shortfalls of traditional (non-implant) dentures:

  • Limited chewing power | Limited chewing power because of movement of the bottom denture; usually only 10-20% of what a person had with natural teeth. The movements of the tongue and cheeks continually pulls and pushes on the lower denture, making it unstable.
  • Speech | Speaking can be difficult due to the movement of the lower denture.
  • Embarrassment | Caused by the inability to eat around others, laugh loudly, and talk confidently due to fear of dentures getting loose and falling out.
  • Discomfort | Since conventional dentures, especially lowers, often move around, they can rub and chafe the gums causing discomfort and irritation.
  • Poor 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 person’s teeth are removed, they usually 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 which provides suction and stability. Unfortunately, for many people, the portion covering the roof of their mouth causes gagging. Trimming the denture to reduce the gagging can cause a decrease in stability and loss of natural suction.

Snap-In Implant Dentures help to improve all of these problems greatly.

Are Snap-In Dentures Right for Me?

Most patients are great candidates! We’ll just need to meet you for a quick consultation to know for certain. During the consultation, we’ll perform a 3D scan of the jawbones, the doctor will also perform a complete oral examination 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 | The lower implant denture will need at least 2 implants, although 3 or 4 typically provide 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 Santa Barbara while also providing the best end result. We are able to achieve this by having an extensively trained dentist who performs the full procedure from beginning to end along with an experienced in-house dental lab technician. Our team has performed this procedure from beginning to end together more times than they can count.

2 Implant

Lower

$9,000

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, extractions and ridge preservation grafting. It does not include advanced grafting or pathology removal if needed.

4 Implant

Upper OR Lower

$11,500

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, extractions and ridge preservation grafting. It does not include advanced grafting or pathology removal if needed.

4 Implant

Upper AND Lower

$21,000

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 a significant investment in yourself, and being able to divide this investment into monthly payments can help make these life-changing services more accessible and easier to fit into your budget. Our office works with multiple financing providers to provide payment plans covering 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 implants. The lower implant denture requires at least 2 implants. The more implants you have, the more stable your denture will generally be. This is especially true with the lower denture. 3 or 4 implants in the lower is generally much better than just two.

How much do implant dentures cost?

For pricing information on snap-in implant dentures click here!

I’ve had dentures for a long time, am I still eligible for implants?

In most cases, yes! Our doctor will just need to see you for a free consultation, during which we will do a 3D CBCT scan of your mouth 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?

Unfortunately no, we must allow time for the implants to integrate with your bone. This is what makes your implants truly stable 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 I experience 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 next day for their post op appointment, reporting minimal discomfort. You will be prescribed pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort.

Can general anesthesia be used during my procedure?

Our office does not currently use general anesthesia, however, we do offer both oral & IV conscious sedation. To learn more about these options click here. This medication will help to relax you and often makes it so you don’t even remember the 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 once you have taken the oral sedation pill(s). You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking this 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 the dental implants out in order 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 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 temperature sensitivity, making for a more natural experience. For those patients with a strong gag reflex, removing the palate of the denture may also help provide relief.

When will I be able to 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 the denture. This will happen after healing and osseointegration are complete and we are ready to attach to your implants, typically 4-6 months after placement of your implants.

How frequently will my implant inserts require changing?

Usually 1 to 2 times per year. This will depend on how many implants you have, how strong your bite is, how frequently you take your dentures in and out, and multiple other factors.

WARNING: PLEASE DO NOT BITE YOUR DENTURES INTO PLACE ON YOUR IMPLANTS! This can 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 many patients. They are not harmful, however, they can 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 a prosthesis (denture) placed in your mouth. Your body senses it as a foreign object and attempts to “flush” it out. This increased salivation should stop within 2-3 days.

How long will I bleed after the procedure?

Most of the bleeding will have ceased before you leave our office, however, expect to have a bit of bleeding (oozing) for one to three days after the procedure. Also, you can expect to 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 continues, please call our office.

An old home remedy which still works really well to help clotting and stop bleeding is the use of tea bags. Get a regular tea bag, dampen it, 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.

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

Our practice does 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 can't be certain what their success will be long-term. We want the most successful, and predictable long-term results for our patients, and for these reasons, we do not offer zirconia implants at this time.

Will food get stuck under 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. Just remove them; 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?

Every patient is different. Some return to work the next day, others wait up to two weeks. As there is always the chance of bruising and swelling, and you’ll need to get used to speaking and eating 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 an option for the elderly. It is very common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be extremely helpful for your general physical health. Also, having teeth which allow you to have a confident smile, laugh, and converse can be hugely helpful for your psychological health. Again, needing to replace teeth earlier 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 right away?

Just as you would need practice to get used to walking with a prosthetic leg, it will require some practice and patience to get used to your new replacement teeth. That being said, since they are attached using implants, the dentures will be quite a bit easier to get used to than traditional dentures.

Will I be able to talk with my new teeth right away?

Again, this will take some time, but with some patience and practice, your tongue and mouth will quickly adjust. The letter S will be the toughest to pronounce. Practicing words like "sarcastic" and "seventy seven" can help you get used to the new teeth. Sometimes, patients might have a slight lisp long term with implant dentures.

Will my dentures still rock?

Some patients may experience a slight amount of rocking with their implant dentures. For patients with 2 bottom 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 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.

Can I remove implant dentures?

Yes. Having removable implant dentures makes cleaning them very convenient. Just take them out; clean the denture(s), your 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 | Occasionally you’ll need to change out the snap rings in your implant dentures. These wear and lose retention over time as you take your teeth in and out. They’re quick and affordable to have changed out.
  • Cleanings | Similar to natural teeth, you’ll need to have your implants professionally 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 may need to be re-fitted to ensure their best performance and ensure that unnecessary stress isn’t being applied to the implants.
  • Home maintenance | It 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, don’t forget to clean your 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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