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"Snap-in" Dentures?

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Posted by: tinydancer  (5 years ago)
I am 43 years old and due to a series of unfortunate events I am now a less than happy full -denture wearer. Considering my age and the possible insecurities involved in such a drastic move, I purchased the top of the line dentures. They have never fit and are only getting worse. I cannot eat normal food, which is a health risk considering my recent battle with stage 3 breast cancer. The lowers have broken twice in the 6 months I've had them, once because they flew out when I sneezed! None of the adhesives work and I was beginning to let it really get me down until I heard about dental implants used to snap in dentures. I also have a bony lump in the roof of my mouth that becomes numb from the plate of my upper and believe this would be ideal for me. If my research is correct concerning cost (5-6K total) then I can afford this but want to make sure I don't get an unreasonable bill with added hidden costs. The dentist I used for the dentures does this procedure as well, but never discussed the option with me, which seems a bit odd until I considered that he might just be milking me for another costly procedure. I just don't want to get another pair of worthless dentures.These have my jaw so jacked up even after numerous adjustments that I can't even rub my lips together and fear long term problems. I apologize for the long-winded explanation and lack of a clear question. I basically would like to know what the actual cost is and if it is as promising as it sounds. I had extensive work done a few years ago and had a great smile before all of this, adding insult to injury.
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I am 43 years old and due to a series of unfortunate events I am now a less than happy full -denture wearer. Considering my age and the possible insecurities involved in such a drastic move, I purchased the top of the line dentures. They have never fit and are only getting worse. I cannot eat normal food, which is a health risk considering my recent battle with stage 3 breast cancer. The lowers have broken twice in the 6 months I've had them, once because they flew out when I sneezed! None of the adhesives work and I was beginning to let it really get me down until I heard about dental implants used to snap in dentures. I also have a bony lump in the roof of my mouth that becomes numb from the plate of my upper and believe this would be ideal for me. If my research is correct concerning cost (5-6K total) then I can afford this but want to make sure I don't get an unreasonable bill with added hidden costs. The dentist I used for the dentures does this procedure as well, but never discussed the option with me, which seems a bit odd until I considered that he might just be milking me for another costly procedure. I just don't want to get another pair of worthless dentures.These have my jaw so jacked up even after numerous adjustments that I can't even rub my lips together and fear long term problems. I apologize for the long-winded explanation and lack of a clear question. I basically would like to know what the actual cost is and if it is as promising as it sounds. I had extensive work done a few years ago and had a great smile before all of this, adding insult to injury.

I don't understand what your mean by saying "purchased top-of-the-line dentures." You don't purchase dentures like you go out and buy a dress or a lawnmower. They are made over several appointments to specifically fit your mouth. Did you go to an experienced dentist, or some guy who advertised cheap dentures in a newspaper?

You must have sufficient bone to place implants. There are several ways to use implants. The cheapest is placing only two implants per arch, and putting magnets in the denture. Presuming these could be retrofitted to an existing denture via a reline, the cost with reline would be about $5000 for each denture. The more implants, the more stable the denture. With four implants on an arch you could construct a bar-retained denture, or even an implant bridge which is screwed in your mouth. Prices for this might range between $15,000 and $27,000 PER ARCH.

After they are placed, implants should be allowed to heal 3-5 months before being used in attaching to dentures. The bone needs time to grow in between the threads of the implant.

Posted 5 years ago
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Posted by: tinydancer  (5 years ago)
I bought the "premium package " at DDS Dentures & Dental Services. I ended up there after several days of excruciating pain from a loose bridge and other problems that had developed over the year and a half of chemo/radiation. I lost both my mother and my husband the month before the pain set in and becoming a single mother and executor of two estates in probate, I could have been talked into most anything at that point. Six months later, I'm still eating mashed potatoes. I had read ads that advertised the 'snap-ins' for 5k and up. If they are as much as you say or quality dentures then I guess I had better learn to love soft foods. The same-day dentures that I got were around $2000 total, but the impressions that were taken could not have been right. And is it normal to leave a dislodged bridge in while doing the impressions? I will admit that I know very little about any of this, but I am not exactly in the target group for denture marketing. I was hoping for more uplifting news, but I appreciate your answer all the same.
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I bought the "premium package " at DDS Dentures & Dental Services. I ended up there after several days of excruciating pain from a loose bridge and other problems that had developed over the year and a half of chemo/radiation. I lost both my mother and my husband the month before the pain set in and becoming a single mother and executor of two estates in probate, I could have been talked into most anything at that point. Six months later, I'm still eating mashed potatoes. I had read ads that advertised the 'snap-ins' for 5k and up. If they are as much as you say or quality dentures then I guess I had better learn to love soft foods. The same-day dentures that I got were around $2000 total, but the impressions that were taken could not have been right. And is it normal to leave a dislodged bridge in while doing the impressions? I will admit that I know very little about any of this, but I am not exactly in the target group for denture marketing. I was hoping for more uplifting news, but I appreciate your answer all the same.

So sorry about your terrible losses. Must have been a terrible time in your life.

No dentist on this planet can make quality dentures in one day.

The "snap-on" denture you are reading about probably utilizes mini-implants. These implants have a PITIFUL survival rate. I have taken out many of them after a year or two. Better to have two conventional implants in an arch rather than four cheap mini-implants that fail in no time.

I know you are pressed for money. But your mistake is you read ads, believe them, and pick your dentists this way. This is the single WORST way to select a dentist.
Posted 5 years ago
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Posted by: tinydancer  (5 years ago)
I really appreciate your honesty, the last thing I want is another temporary fix. You are correct in that they are mini implants and I am glad to know that I have narrowly missed yet another disappointment. I have a couple of consultations scheduled with reputable dentists in the area to discuss my options and possible financial arrangements. This whole fiasco could have been avoided had I known of this site prior to having 20 plus teeth removed, but chalk that up to live and learn. If there is anything else I should know or watch out for, please dont hesitate to contact me! Thank you!!
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Posted by: Grafty  (5 years ago)
I would love to recommend a dentist if you live in central NJ. No ads here, just an honest patient who alaso has issues. Mind you, not as severe, but disheartening nontheless. I hope you fins a good, solid dentist.
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