Snap-in dentures, also known as implant-supported dentures, can be a more stable and secure option to conventional dentures. However, snap-in dentures can also be more expensive and require extra dental work.

Here’s some information to help explain how snap-in dentures work, what they might cost and more.

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What are snap-in dentures?

Snap-in dentures are a semi-permanent option to replace missing teeth. They’re called “snap-in” because they snap into dental implants (titanium posts) that have been screwed into your jawbone. Snap-in dentures are removable, but the implanted posts are not.

Who is a candidate for snap-in dentures?

Ideal candidates for snap-in dentures are people with:

  • Jawbone density strong enough to receive dental implants
  • Healthy gum tissue with no signs of gum disease
  • Good overall health

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How do snap-in dentures work?

First, titanium posts are screwed into your jawbone to support the dentures. The amount and placement of the rods can depend on your dental needs and budget. Next, the rods and the bone must bond together to form a strong anchor for the dentures. Once an anchor is formed, the dentures can be snapped into place.

Note: Each step of the procedure, including healing time and extra surgeries, can vary per person.

How much do snap-in dentures cost?

Like many dental procedures, there is no set price for snap-in dentures. Many factors can influence the cost, including:

  • The number of dental implants needed
  • The number of dentures needed
  • Where you get the procedure
  • Your insurance coverage

To get the most accurate quote, you may want to speak with your dentist and insurance provider.

Note: Unless you require dental implants due to an accident, your plan may classify the implants as cosmetic and deny coverage.

Pros and cons of snap-in dentures

Here are some topics to consider when making your decision:

Pros of snap-in dentures

  • Won’t slip out of place
  • Look like natural teeth
  • Promote bone and gum health
  • More comfortable than conventional dentures

Cons of snap-in dentures

  • More expensive than conventional dentures
  • Dental implant surgery risks
  • Good jawbone support is necessary
  • Long process (could take several months)

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If you’re looking for a dental plan with coverage for dentures, Humana can help. We offer a broad range of dental plans, many with affordable premiums. View plans and prices in your area today.

Frequently asked questions

Snap-in dentures should be cleaned at least once a day to help prevent stains and keep your mouth healthy. Remove and brush the dentures every night before bed and soak them in a denture solution until morning.

With proper care and maintenance, snap-in dentures may last several years. Their lifespan can depend on factors like your oral hygiene, diet, bone health and quality of materials.

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