How Much Do Implant Retained Dentures Cost?
A common question patients have who are considering implant retained dentures is how much the treatment will cost. Implant retained dentures, which are also called snap-in dentures, may or may not be covered by insurance.
It is important to schedule an appointment with your dentist to determine the specific cost for your implant retained dentures as it can vary for each patient. For patients who are receiving two implants to support the denture, it will cost an average of $6,000 for both the implant procedure and dentures. The overall price for the treatment can be higher based on various factors such as the number of implants required and circumstances specific to each patient.
Implant Retained Denture Care
For any type of denture, maintenance are care are critical to ensure they last as long as possible.
Prior to securing the implant retained denture, it is important to brush the gums, tongue, and roof of the mouth daily using a soft-bristled toothbrush. The dentures should also be rinsed off before they are brushed in order to remove food particles and debris.
When the snap-in dentures are not being worn, they should be in water and securely stored.
Fixed Dentures and Removable Implant Retained Dentures
While some implant retained dentures are secured into place and cannot be removed, other types can be removed. Below is a summary of key differences between fixed implant-supported dentures and removable dentures:
- Removable or implant-supported dentures are specifically created with the intent of being removed. They are often removed at night for cleaning. Fixed dentures, however are more permanent and a dentist is required for removal.
- Removable implant dentures are expected to move, especially when eating. Fixed dentures in comparison should not move as they are securely attached to the implants.
- Because they usually require more implants or an attachment piece, fixed dentures often cost more.
Implant Retained Denture Procedure
The procedure for implant retained dentures can be time consuming. In the initial stage, implants are placed into the jaw. This step of the process typically requires two to six months for the implants to fuse to the bone. In some cases a second surgery is required to expose the implants and attach the extensions. This step may not be required in the event the implant system includes attached extensions. Once the implants are inserted, a connecting device is attached which holds the dentures in place. In the last step of the process, full dentures are created and attached to the implants.
Implant Retained Denture Candidates
Patients who are missing most of their teeth from an injury, decay, or periodontal disease are typically good candidates for implant retained dentures. This solution is often preferred for patients who don’t want to deal with the challenges or disadvantages of traditional dentures.
Compared to conventional dentures, implant retained dentures are a more permanent solution which can aid in increased confidence with eating, talking, and socializing.
With the insertion of the implants and the development of the dentures, the treatment can take months or years before it is complete. It can also be expensive and cost patients thousands of dollars. For many patients, however, the pros of implant retained dentures far outweigh the cons.