Types of Dentures: Snap in Dentures vs Permanent Dentures

snap in dentures vs permanent dentures

Did you know there are multiple types of dentures available today?

With different methods for false teeth, the pros and cons of dentures have changed a lot for patients.

Dental technology has advanced to bring us more options for tooth loss that better meet the needs of individual patients.


Snap In Dentures vs Permanent Denturessnap in dentures


When comparing snap on teeth to traditional dentures, they are a great deal more secure in the mouth. This provides the wearer with a lot more confidence in their smile.

When discussing the pros and cons of dentures, one of the big disadvantages has traditionally been slippage. This isn’t an issue with snap in dentures or permanent dentures.

Instead of installing a titanium screw for every tooth in your smile, dentists can now install two or four titanium screws in your upper and/or lower arch for denture implants or snap in dentures or permanent dentures.

With this type of  implant supported denture you will never need to worry about your denture falling out or slipping or causing dreaded sore spots.  Your teeth will snap on and snap off much like shoes with no laces or the lid of a container.

Additionally with permanent dentures your teeth will never ever come out.  They will be permanently screwed in and only removed by a dentist.Permanent Dentures Cost

Other advantages of permanent denture implants include:

  1.  reduced bone loss in the jaws
  2.  never need denture glue
  3.  no denture sores on the gums
  4.  ability to upgrade to all on 4
  5.  titanium implants do not decay or break




before dentures          Permanent Dentures


If you’re in need of full dentures…

  • What are the best options?
  • Are dentures the best option?
  • Are you even a candidate for dental implants?


The answers to these questions will be different for everyone.

Let’s take a closer look at three of your primary options, traditional dentures vs snap in dentures vs permanent dentures. 

And more importantly how much do permanent dentures cost?


dentures before         dentures after




Traditional Denturespermanent dentures



Traditional dentures have improved over the ones you are used to seeing on television, or on your grandmother, where they slide around in the person’s mouth and don’t quite look real at all.

Today, traditional dentures are worn by many people with tooth loss and look more natural than ever before.

Especially at Rockville Dental Arts where we employ one of the best prosthodontist‘s in the DMV – Dr. James Linkous!



What is a Prosthodontist You Wonder?prosthodontist rockville md


They have several years of extensive training in the restoration of the entire mouth with either dentures, full mouth of crowns or fixed implant bridges.  Dr. Linkous was trained under the best of the best in the US Navy.  His attention to detail and clinical outcomes are nothing short of perfection.

When slippage may still be a problem with your old dentures, our team at Rockville Dental Arts is experienced with getting the best fit for our patients as well as a suburb esthetic outcome.

Our dentures are second to none.  Just read our reviews for yourself.

We also will take the time to show you how to clean your dentures every night and get the best fit with adhesive, if needed, to keep them firmly in your mouth during the day.

Fortunately most of our permanent denture patients never need adhesive.



Want to Know How Much Permanent Dentures Cost?How much do permanent dentures cost


The first question from many patients is How much do permanent dentures cost?

The answer is it depends on what services are needed.  That is why we recommend a free consultation.  Once we see your individual mouth we can give you an exact fee for your case.

However, the average cost for full upper and lower permanent dentures cost between $15,000 and $50,000.

The cost today is the same or even less as the permanent dentures cost 2020.



I Am Missing All of My Teeth.  Am I Stuck With Dentures for the Rest of My Life?implant dentures


No, you don’t have to be.  The next two options are more permanent denture solutions and take advantage of new technologies, especially dentures vs implants.

Let’s first take a better look at what these are before we look at snap in dentures vs permanent dentures.



What Are Dental Implants?Dental implant


Dental implants are an exciting dental technology that has opened new options for tooth loss replacement and has been around successfully for over 40 years.

With a dental implant, a dentist surgically installs a titanium post in the jawbone where your old tooth root used to be. This is completely pain free and performed as quick as a filling in about 15 minutes per implant.

Once healing, an abutment is then attached to the post and then a dental implant crown can be placed over this. This is a permanent solution for single tooth loss that allows patients to treat their false tooth like a real one.

Luckily we can also use dental implants to anchor a denture or an entire arch of teeth – to make fixed dentures.

Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants.  Dental implants are more expensive, particularly when done for a full mouth of teeth, but the results are life changing.




Dentures vs. Implantsdentures vs implants


Understand that when you’re considering the types of tooth replacement options and looking at the pros and cons of dentures vs implants, one factor will have to be whether you are a candidate for dental implants. Dental implants require a healthy and thick jaw bone.

Your dentist will have to perform a comprehensive examination with a 3D Xray, also known as a CBCT, and discuss your options with you before you can decide on any options.  From this 3D xray, we will be able to accurately and precisely measure your bone structure to determine if you have ample quantity of bone.

Unfortunately, some patients do not have adequate bone structure in their jaws to hold dental implants.  In these cases we recommend having a prosthodontist restore your dentition with our premium dentures.

Snap in dentures and permanent dentures are similar enough that they are often confused. Let’s look at some of the differences between snap in dentures vs permanent dentures. 

You may be wondering how much do implants supported dentures cost?  Learn about the cost of teeth removal and dentures.



Snap on Dentures vs All on 4


permanent dentures

Snap in dentures may use two or four implants. Like their name suggestions, they are snapped on to the dental implants.

Permanent dentures, or All on 4, use four to six implants to create fixed dentures. They don’t need to be taken out to be cleaned. Instead, they can be cared for like you would with your natural teeth, with brushing and flossing for proper hygiene. Permanent dentures are also known All-On-Four, or AO4.

The first major difference between this option and snap in dentures is the cost, which is about double the cost for permanent dentures or about $50k.

This option can also take a lot less time to heal, which may mean less time wearing traditional, temporary dentures while waiting for your permanent dentures.



What’s the Right Solution For You?clear choice dental implants


The pros and cons of dentures vary wildly depending on the type of denture you’re considering.  Should you get dentures vs implants?  What’s the right solution for you? What best fits your financial situation? Are you a candidate for dental implants?

These are all questions best discussed with your dentist. When you schedule an exam and consultation with our team at Rockville Dental Arts to discuss your tooth loss options, don’t be afraid to ask questions and get the answers you need to help make the right decision for you.

If you’re ready to schedule your free consultation visit, contact our team at Rockville Dental Arts today.  or call or text us at 301-424-2030.



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    Avatar for William Sharp

    I have 6 upper implants. I have not had toy gum cut for the attachments put in yet?. How much will it cost to get the permanent upper denture to attach?

    Avatar for Dennis Norkiewicz, DDS

    Hi William, If you already have the implants installed then you are probably looking around $10-15,000 to get permanent dentures.

    Avatar for Elizabeth Hickman

    I lost my upper denture, I would like to have the snap in dentures..what would the cost be. I have my bottom natural teeth still..

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