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

Anchoring the dentures with dental implants lets you:

 

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

  • Laugh and smile without worrying that your dentures will fall out.

  • Live more comfortably | Dentures not moving as much, less chafing and rubbing.

  • Get better nutrition | Chew up food more thoroughly.

  • Reduce 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 new bone.

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

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

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

Snap-In Implant Dentures vs. Traditional Dentures

While traditional dentures often look great and are the most affordable way to replace missing or bad teeth, they can leave much to be desired in terms of functionality, stability, and chewing power.

Shortfalls of traditional (non-implant) dentures:

  • Reduced chewing power | Limited chewing power because of movement of the lower denture; typicalily 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 | Talking can be difficult because of the movement of the lower denture.
  • Embarrassment | Caused by the inability to eat around other people, laugh loudly, and converse confidently due to fear of dentures becoming loose and falling out.
  • Discomfort | Since conventional dentures, especially lowers, often shift around, they can rub and chafe the gums causing irritation and discomfort.
  • Low nutrition | Again, due to the loss of chewing ability, patients may find difficulty eating a balanced diet and chew food sufficiently for proper digestion.
  • Bone loss | After a person’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 top denture covers the roof of the mouth offering suction and stability. Unfortunately, for many people, the denture covering the roof of their mouth causes gagging. Trimming this portion to reduce this problem can cause a decrease in stability and loss of natural suction.

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

Are Snap-In Dentures Right for Me?

Most patients are candidates! We’ll just need to meet you for a brief consultation to say for sure. During the appointment, we’ll take a 3-dimensional scan of the jawbones, the doctor will perform an oral examination of your mouth, and they will go over your medical history with you.

How Many Implants Will Be Needed?

  • Upper | An upper implant denture will need at least 4 dental implants.
  • Lower | A lower implant denture requires at least 2 implants, although 3 or 4 typically provide a substantial improvement in retention and reliability.

Life-Changing Results

Same-day smiles from actual patients

How Much Do Snap-In Implant Dentures Cost?

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This pricing is the best in Fairfax and also provides the best end result. We can accomplish this by having a highly trained dentist who performs the full procedure from start to finish along with an experienced 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 Payment & Financing 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 available and easier to fit into your budget. We work with multiple financing providers to offer payment plans to cover either all or part of your 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 will I need?

The upper implant denture will need at least 4 implants. The lower implant denture will need at least 2 implants. The more 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 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 consultation, during which we will perform a 3D CBCT scan of your mouth to see if you have enough bone for dental implants.

Will I be able to use my implants (snap my dentures on to them) the same day of the procedure?

Unfortunately no, we must allow enough 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 4 and 6 months before securing to your implants.

Will I experience pain after the implants are placed?

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 tenderness. You will receive a pain medication prescription to help relieve any soreness.

Can I be put to sleep for the procedure?

Our practice does not currently use general anesthesia, however, we do offer both IV and oral conscious sedation. To learn more about these options click here. The medication will help you relax and usually makes it so you do not even remember your procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your local pharmacy. NOTE: A driver is REQUIRED for the procedure, someone who can drive you after you have taken your 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 our team is able to increase the retention with stronger inserts if you would like.

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, but that's not always the case with snap-in dentures.

When we are able to remove the palate, this increases the sense of 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 can 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 your final denture. This will happen after healing and osseointegration are finished and we are ready to attach to your implants, typically 4-6 months after placement of your implants.

How often will the implant inserts need to be changed?

Typically 1 to 2 times per year. This often depends upon how many implants you have, how strong your bite is, 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 can wear out the 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? Must they be removed?

Tori are bony knots that develop in the mouth of many patients. Tori are not harmful, however, they can keep your denture(s) from fitting properly, so your 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 body senses it as a foreign object and is trying to “flush” it out. This increased salivation should subside within two to three days.

How long can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

Significant 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 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 does not stop, please call the office.

An old 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 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 get saturated with blood. This process can be repeated as many times as needed.

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

We do not currently provide 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 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.

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

Yes, any prosthetic in the mouth can get some amount of food beneath it. The wonderful thing about implant dentures is how easy they are to clean. Just take them out; 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 a chance of bruising and swelling, and you’ll need to get used to speaking and eating with your new teeth; the longer 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 is very common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need teeth replacement. Replacing bad teeth can be extremely helpful for your overall physical health. Also, having teeth which allow you to have a confident smile, laugh, and converse can be hugely beneficial for your psychological health. Again, wanting to replace teeth earlier 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 implant teeth attached, will I know how to use them immediately?

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

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

This will also 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 “Mississippi” and “sixty six” can help you get used to your new teeth. In some cases, patients may have a slight lisp long term with implant dentures.

Will my dentures still rock?

Some people might experience very slight rocking with their dentures. For patients who have 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 bottom 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.

Are implant dentures removable?

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.

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 | From time to time you’ll need to replace 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 your implants professionally cleaned periodically. Any buildup on the implants will be removed and your dentures will be cleaned.
  • Periodic re-fittings | Your mouth can still change over time, so the dentures may need to be re-fitted to ensure their best performance and ensure that unnecessary stress isn’t being applied to 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 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 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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