How Much Do Implant Retained Dentures Cost?
Snap-In Dentures: What You Need to Know
As opposed to conventional dentures, which have the potential to slip, implant-retained dentures are more versatile. Normally, 2-4 implants are used for each jaw, but depending on budget and your specific dental needs, up to 10 may be used. Once the the placement of the implants in your jaw is made, the implant-retained dentures (also known as over-dentures and/or snap-in dentures) can be positioned. An over-denture might be permanently fixed in place or it may be removable, depending on how the implants and over-denture have been created.
Pros and Cons
Snap-in dentures do have some advantages to conventional dentures. They are considered more stable and are much less likely to loosen when speaking. They also improve chewing functionality, allowing for consumption of stickier and/or chewier foods that conventional dentures can’t handle. Snap-in dentures are more comfortable with a better fit, and there is less pressure on the gums with snap-in dentures. They are also considered by most people to look more natural than standard dentures, and with the snap-ins preservation of the jawbone is definitely an advantage, as well.
However, there are some drawbacks with the implant-retained dentures to consider, too. These types of dentures require an implant surgery. Complications are considered low-risk, but the surgery is a procedure that will require at least a local anesthetic. Bone grafts can be required for implant-retained dentures if you have a certain level of gum or tooth decay, and bone grafts can take quite a while to heal. And, eventually these snap-in dentures can wear down over time. And, and important consideration for many people is that the implant-retained dentures can be costly and insurance is not guaranteed cover the cost.
The Cost of Implant-retained/Snap-in Dentures
If you are on a budget it is important to understand the cost of implant-retained dentures. You can and should ask for a detailed quote before you choose the implant retained dentures, since insurance may or may not cover the cost. A common estimate for two implants is 6K for the cost of the procedure and the dentures. But, this can vary greatly - and of course depends on how many implants you may need and on your particular needs and condition.
It’s also important to note that while some implant-retained dentures are fixed in place, there are other options that are removable. Many factors go into choosing the best option, and budget is always a consideration, as the fixed dentures are often more costly because they can require more implants and/or attachments to fix the dentures in the proper place.
Since snap-in dentures are more permanent they can really aid in eating, speaking, and confidence. It can take months, or even years to get all your snap-in dentures in place, and the procedure(s) can be very costly, depending on your insurance and condition.
Make sure to weigh the advantages and disadvantages and consult with your oral health professional until you feel confident about the best choice for you.