Snap In Dentures on Dental Implants – Burbank Dental Implant Specialist

Snap In Dentures on Dental Implants – Burbank Dental Implant Specialist

Snap In Dentures on Dental Implants – Burbank Dental Implant Specialist

Snap in denture burbank

Snap in dentures is a term some patients use when they come to see me for dental implant dentures in Burbank.  There is a product called the "snap on smile" that is not related to implant dentistry.

Snap in dentures are dental implant overdentures. That means they go over dental implants.  The more implants you have the more stable the dentures.  Just as important to the number of implants is the spacing between the implants.  The more space between the implants, the better. Overdentures are not fixed bridges.

Snap in/on implants are dentures!  It is important to remember that.  They are dentures that snap in, they are not porcelain or "real" teeth.  You must remove them and clean under them. 

I performed the surgery and made the teeth for the examples below.

Implant attachment mechanisms

Snap in dentures are wonderful!!! They are best for the patient that has been wearing dentures for many years. Someone who is already used to dentures is the best candidate.

They are NOT wonderful for someone who is just about to lose all their teeth.  If you are about to lose all of your teeth or all the teeth on one arch, you are more used to SMALL natural teeth, not an acrylic denture that has the pink plastic covering the roof of your mouth and check areas. A fixed bridge is a better option for this situation, but sometimes a snap in denture can work well.

IMG_8757 How many implants do you need? Snap in dentures typically use 2 -4 implants on the bottom and 4-8 implants on the top.   The overdenture can be made to look extremely life like if a very high end dental lab is used…very similar to natural teeth. The denture will feel stable and secure.


Lower dentures are more challenging than upper dentures because there is no suction to hold them in. This lack of suction, along with jaw and tongue movement during chewing and speaking can cause a lower denture to be very uncomfortable and sometimes painful. The lower denture simply floats on the ridge where the teeth used to be and does not stay in by using suction like the upper. Because lower dentures slip and slide, and as a result cause continuous gum pain when eating, the snap on denture option is a must for lower dentures. For many patients, it is the minimum standard of care for a satisfactory quality of life.

Most of the time I see new overdentures that are made very cheaply using "economy" teeth.

If your current dentures fit well and look good, I can usually reline them to convert them to snap in over dentures.

Keep in mind that the surgery is much more advanced than replacing a single tooth.  This is because you will have bone loss if your teeth have been missing more than 3 months.  Placing implants in areas of thin and deficient bone requires substantial skill and experience.

Ramsey Amin DDS dental implants

Mini implants used for snap on dentures are often only a temporary solution but are often marketed as a "permanent" solution.

I have treated patients as old as 91 with dental implants. A healthy 91 year old can have implants while an unhealthy 50 year old may not be able to.

Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry
Burbank, California


  1. Seth

    Thanks for this. I wish my dentist was an expert like you

    April 16, 2020 at 4:42 am Reply
  2. torrella rose

    if I was given snap on implants can that be changed over to a fixed hybrid bridge? if so how much work is that to change over? I have 4 implants on top and 4 on the bottom.

    March 8, 2020 at 3:16 pm Reply
    1. Ramsey Amin

      It is a lot of work! This blog post about temporary fixed implant bridges may be beneficial for you to understand the process.

      March 12, 2020 at 12:52 am Reply
  3. Angel

    Have four regular implants top and bottom with snap ins. The top left pushes on sinus and gives me a bad sinus headache/pressure. Is there a way to avoid this? Dentist had to go up a level of bands (locator) due to the denture being rocky when eating.

    January 21, 2020 at 11:28 am Reply
    1. Ramsey Amin

      Relive the attachment housings so there is less pressure. It is more work to do this but ie will fix it!

      January 22, 2020 at 6:21 am Reply
      1. Angel

        Can you give a bit more detail about this? Do you mean change the o ring snap tight level? Or re position the holes where the snaps would be?

        March 29, 2020 at 2:33 pm Reply
        1. Ramsey Amin

          Sometimes it’s a little bit of both. Sometimes the abutments need to be changed as well which would lead to a far better fit

          April 2, 2020 at 3:37 am Reply
  4. Did you ever here of teeth tomorrow they are very exspensive but not really sure what the difference between them and snap in dentures?

    February 24, 2019 at 4:21 am Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      Huge difference. One is a porcelain fixed bridge while the other is a snap on acrylic/plastic denture.

      February 28, 2019 at 6:11 am Reply
  5. Susan gizas

    Resenly had o rings replaced and relined, click in click out dentures. Now I have facial swelling around lips and one time under my eye almost every morning, going on three weeks. Contacted dentist who did the work and they claim sinus issue. Never had a sinus issue, not feeling sick at all. Any suggestions ?

    December 18, 2018 at 2:08 am Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      Hmmm. …something sounds really odd here. A second opinion is in order.

      December 24, 2018 at 6:48 am Reply
  6. Glenna Fine

    I have dental impants. Lower denture 2 post. I have had them for 10 months and have had to have the rind , bands etc… This last visit my dentures will not stay snapped on the post. Could you possibly tell me what needs to be done. The tech said there is nothing that can be done.please help me with opinion

    October 22, 2018 at 2:51 am Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      I would see a different dentist. This is typically an easy problem to solve with a more experienced implant provider

      October 28, 2018 at 6:11 pm Reply
  7. Alissa

    What will they do when I go get the snap in dentures put in ?

    August 31, 2018 at 11:27 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      need more detailed question please 😉

      September 1, 2018 at 8:40 pm Reply
    2. Alissa

      What will they do at the dentist when they put the snap on dentures in at the appointment?

      September 4, 2018 at 1:46 am Reply
      1. RamseyAminDDS

        connect the snaps to the denture 😉

        September 7, 2018 at 4:34 am Reply
  8. Debra Gill

    My husband had dentures made then later, had in plants done to secure bottom dentures. They used his existing dentures placing those black snappy things into the dentures. The problem is those black gromits do not hold up. 6 months and had to be replaced twice. I don’t get it, why is the material not holding up?

    August 25, 2018 at 6:15 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      Sounds like a design problem not a materials issue. Maybe a second opinion?

      August 27, 2018 at 3:34 am Reply
    2. Mary

      I have had the same problem and was told these would be changed per size part of the cost but 3 of the 4 have fallen out and my dentist wanted $400 for the 4 he was going to replace. I am not going to pay $100 for each little piece. Do I have to get some and do you feel this is an appropriate price?

      October 8, 2018 at 6:49 am Reply
      1. RamseyAminDDS

        sounds reasonable

        October 9, 2018 at 4:26 am Reply
  9. Melissa Fowler

    I had extractions and mini implants placed over two months ago. I have had a lot of trouble getting them to make a denture(eventually will have bridge) so that my bite was correct. It was off initially by 7 mm. I had several wax try in and finally the bite is close. My problem is I loved the upper temporary appliance when I tried it in but once my dentist placed the housings it fit completely different and actually bulging out in the front and changes the appearance of my face. What could cause this? two of my front implants sit further back then the rest and wonder if that’s why it pushes out. Either way I am very unhappy and unhappy with the office. I spent a lot of money and so far very disappointed. Any suggestions??

    May 2, 2018 at 5:50 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      UGH…Miniature dental implants are not worth the money. The are bendable, break and are considered temporary by many experienced dental implant specialist. Perhaps your situation can be resolved by just bending the implants into a better position in order to make teeth fit. Ideally you would not have overdentures and have fixed nonremovable bridges.

      May 6, 2018 at 3:47 am Reply

      I have quicke snaps uper particle teeth with 4 imlaints but I can’t bite tomatoes becouse thay are very to come out do this normal

      October 1, 2018 at 11:38 pm Reply
  10. Marie Stewart, M.Ed

    I had dental implants put in 9 yrs ago. Recently I went back to Aspen Dental and had new dentures made. The bottom denture housing was not in the correct position but was told they were so adjustments were made. Then the dentist realized the housing error. Instead of remaking the denture they decided to repair the new denture by putting the housing back in and relining the denture (after deep ground out denture material on the flanges.) I’m not confident with their decision, but since they are already paid in full I have no choice but to accept what they are going to do. May question is can a lower denture be relined enough to add to the flange, can they actually be repaired to fit properly?

    March 31, 2018 at 3:24 am Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      Yes. This is generally the correct thing to do in this situation.

      Some of these large corporate chain dental offices operate differently than most private dentists would.

      April 1, 2018 at 8:05 pm Reply
      1. Cathy Russo

        Do you need to take out snap in (upper) denture if taking a low dose chest ct scan w/o iv contrast?

        July 21, 2018 at 1:20 am Reply
        1. RamseyAminDDS

          typically not

          July 22, 2018 at 5:06 am Reply
  11. Emily Franco

    I recently went to office that exclusively places 4 implants in each arch for which over-dentures are fabricated, first temporary set then permanent set. I am a little wary of removal difficulties which might arise over time. I’m 69 years old with only half my teeth remaining and these are quite worn down.
    I read about a procedure called 3 on 6 done in Utah and Boston and advocated over the “all on 4” procedure both to save money and for ease of maintaining a more healthy oral hygiene. The procedure places 3 permanent bridges per arch with each arch containing 6 implants. Thus the name 3 on 6 — 3 bridges on 6 implants. What do you think of this procedure?

    March 9, 2018 at 3:54 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      There should be no set number of implants for any patient… Ever! Every single person and situation is unique. I have done every combination possible and continue to do so. We all have uniqueness so one set procedure does not work for all.

      Yes I have done the procedure you describe many times over almost 2 decades.
      In my opinion it would be better for the lower jaw then it would for the upper jaw. In general connecting the implants from one side of the mouth to the other helps with long-term stability of the bone. We call this Cross Arch stability.

      March 9, 2018 at 4:34 pm Reply
  12. Cathy Carlesso

    I would appreciate your advice I have an upper denture that I have had for 40 years and am know looking at getting all on 4 implants.
    I have gone to get X-rays done and they have suggested that I get an overdenture on 4 implants and I asked why I can’t have fixed implants there answer was that it would make my lips look sunken in.I was very disappointed as I have never heared of anyone ever mentioning this is this correct or can it be done without changing the look of the lips.
    Please I would like your advice as I am confused and done’t want to make a big mistake I have waited for so long and know to be told this is devestating.

    Kind Regards.
    Cathy Carlesso.

    March 7, 2018 at 11:57 am Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      hmmm….I haven’t done an overdenture in years on the upper jaw when somebody and needed or wanted a fixed bridge. Yes it is far more complicated to achieve facial aesthetics and lip support. Please click the link to follow this article on lip support. Another useful article is testing with prototypes before ever getting to the final. All of these things need to be planned in advance and not an afterthought.

      March 9, 2018 at 2:24 am Reply
    2. Cathy Carlesso

      Thank you for your reply to my questions after reading everything about Snap on Overdentures and reading about the experiences after people have had I am petrified .
      The treatment plan they have set for me as I mentioned in my previous email is to have an overdenture on 4 implants with magnets this is on top jaw,I don’t understand how these work against the Snap on Dentures.
      I think I am better of just keeping the denture I have and just get bottom jaw done where they have suggested that all on 4 implants can be done as I have enough of my own teeth.
      What would be your advice about top jaw Snap on Overdentures or Overdentures wtth Magnets.
      I would appreciate your opinion as what is the best alternative for the delema I find myself in.
      I have 5 months to decide what to do and am petrified that I will make the wrong decision, I can’t believe that what started of as a very exciting time thinking that finally I would be getting the teeth I have dream’t about for so long has become a nightmare.
      I am looking forward to your reply.
      Thank you for all the information I hope I can come to some decision after having read everything.

      Kind Regards.

      Cathy Carlesso.

      March 15, 2018 at 11:23 am Reply
      1. RamseyAminDDS

        I am not a fan of a snap-on overdenture in the upper jaw. They don’t do a whole lot. I would suggest you switch to a fixed bridge on your upper jaw and your lower jaw. The upper jaw is often more complex because of sinus issues, soft bone and of course cosmetic concerns. I would suggest a Prettau dental implant bridge either avoiding your sinuses if possible, doing a sinus lift or zygomatic implants.

        March 18, 2018 at 9:11 pm Reply
        1. Cathy Carlesso

          Thank you for all the information you have given me in regards to overdentures on 4 implants you mentioned snap on overdentures as not being very good I appreciate your advise,In your opinion which would the best alternative for me snap on overdentures or I have been given another alternative, to have overdentures on magnets that is the only choice I have
          I would be better of just keeping the denture I already have.
          Which would be the best of the two if I am to go ahead for this treatment.
          I appreciate any advice you give me as I need to come to a decision before August.

          Thank you.
          Kind Regards

          Cathy Carlesso.

          March 19, 2018 at 7:51 am Reply
          1. RamseyAminDDS

            Magnets or Snap in is essential the same thing. They are both overdentures.

            March 27, 2018 at 4:44 am
        2. I read that you need existing teeth for a fixed bridge. I’m getting all my teeth extracted. 4 implants on bottom arch for snap on dentures but no implants on upper arch. Was considering getting the implants on the upper because I’m afraid a regular denture won’t stay in place. Not sure what to do regarding the upper arch. Implants or depend on the suction of regular denture. Will I need to fix a dent for ever? Thank you!

          June 19, 2019 at 4:26 pm Reply
          1. Ramsey Amin

            Implants on the upper arch are just as common as implants for the lower arch. There is no reason not to have them. Some of my more extreme patients that have no bone require implants to be placed into the cheekbones called zygomatic implants. Other options for a hollow upper jaw would be a sinus lift

            June 30, 2019 at 3:58 am
  13. Linda Drake

    I have an opposite problem from many here. I have had upper and lower snap on dentures for about a year. At first I was able to remove them and clean them on a regular basis. Then they begin to get harder and harder to remove. During a time of major upheaval in my life, I just let it go and stopped trying to remove them altogether. Some dentures (fixed?) denture never come out, right? Mine have been in place for a number of months. For cleaning I gently brush them with a denture brush and water. Then I do multiple super strong swishing to remove as much as I can from under the dentures. Then I do another super swish with Listerine, pushing the liquid under my dentures as much as possible. I know this is not the way I should be caring for my dentures and gums but I don’t know what to do since I can no longer get them out. During on of my dentist appointment, for my many fittings, one of them would not come out and the doctor had to work long and hard to get it out. It was very painful, scary and I was in tears, even though I was on nitrous. It was an awful experience, when most of my appointments had gone just fine. So this makes me afraid to contact my dentist. If I could just get them out and get them cleaned well, and my gums rested, I think I could get back to the routine from there. They are starting to get more uncomfortable. One one side, in the lower back, I’ve noticed a pretty good sized flap of gum that is sitting outside my denture as though it had been sliced through, but still attached. I don’t know if this is gum that swelled up from under the plate or if it has always fit that way and I didn’t noticed. It has been painful and Orajel only lasts a short time. Okay, I guess that is a lot to ask about but, I’m hoping someone can help me. Thanks!

    February 5, 2018 at 7:42 am Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      Your denture is probably locked in with tartar at this time. If it cannot be removed by you or your dentist with just hand pressure than it will need to be cut out of your mouth. If I were you I would try to get it out but assume it may not go back in after you get it out with all the help of a dentist. I have seen this before on a patient that had implants many years ago and developed dementia. He no longer remember that he had to take the teeth out to clean them and they were in for at least a year or 2.

      You may also be developing peri-implantitis because you have not removed them to clean them at all.

      keep me posted and of course good luck!

      February 14, 2018 at 11:07 pm Reply
      1. Marcia McLaughlin

        I have the opposite problem.
        I also have the snap in on the bottom. Two snaps placed on the bottom front. (around or about 5 & 7 o’clock) This procedure was started around the first week in March, 2017.

        I loved them at first! The first time I could actually eat with them, food went immediately underneath them. I still loved them though. I was told that would be corrected. (Has not been corrected to date) And not noted in my file.

        After a couple of weeks they started lifting. I could easily pop them out with my tongue. I immediately called my dentist. This was on a Friday. He told me that wasn’t suppose to happen and NOT to eat with them and wear them only when I must. It could damage them and/or the post (implants) and to be at his office on Monday morning. He died in a terrible accident that same Friday afternoon, in April.

        A month or so later his wife/office manager sent me to another dentist, about 70 miles from here, to check them and adjust the bite. Thanked me for being so patient and she would soon have someone in to pick up/take over the practice.

        The dentist she sent me to did a wonderful job on the bite adjustment. Unfortunately, he doesn’t do the same type of implants. He only does mini implants. He told me to use cream to fill in because they were loose fitting. I was VERY careful not to eat with them.

        Eventually another dentist came into his practice to take over/buy it. He told me I could eat with them. Now, after going through every color of the little inserts that go into the holes in the denture to keep them securely in place and therefore adjusting the bite each time, the back teeth are now flat causing me to grind food instead of chewing and still will not stay snapped in.
        They are so loose fitting now that it rises up and off the post causing the post to hit the denture when eating. On top of that one of his assistants took too much off one side of the upper and now it doesn’t have suction to hold it in place.

        The new dentist sent me to someone else, dentist/oral surgeon before Christmas, to look at the problem. He wants to do a special dental cat scan, starting at around $400.00. I can’t afford that right now. Plus he told me the post weren’t placed in the correct place. It took until mid January for the two dentist to actually talk about my unique situation. The new/old dentist finally tells me he can’t do anything until I have the scan done by the new dentist /oral surgeon which I cannot afford right now. And to be careful eating.

        If I don’t keep my tongue on them while practicing yoga, they will fall out.
        They did fall out last night and broke in half. Called this morning and was told to come in and they would see if they could fix them if not I would have to purchase new ones.

        It cost me $125.00 to have the bottom repaired. I also found out the “new” dentist is not fixing the problem without being paid. More than $2600.00 to make a new bottom that may fit properly.

        Had the Cone Beam Scan done. The oral surgeon that did it says one of the implants is slightly leaning. I already knew this. I can feel it. That is why the gum stays irritated at the base of the post. He says the 2 post I have is not enough. I need 4. That’s $4000.00 more. He also told me he would never do just 2 for someone my age. It simply will not work. If I were 90 and just wanted them for church he would agree. He told me this the first time I saw him also.

        The bottom broke again! I was eating a slice of pizza. One tooth is missing at the break line, yeah I must have swallowed it, and will now cost me $200.00 to repair. That’s with a $50.00 discount. I was told they will break again. The person in the practice that makes the dentures said mine were wore out and I needed new ones! These aren’t even a year old yet!!!!

        Now the dentist, that took over the practice, is telling me I happen to be one of those people that need 4. Until I do that…. he just shrugged.

        I am at my wits end.

        May 2, 2018 at 11:52 pm Reply
        1. RamseyAminDDS

          yikes…..The best advice your given was by the surgeon that said 2 implants is not enough. You likely have very severe bone loss and only 2 implants still create a severe rock and a fulcrum point. I don’t think I would spend any more money trying to get them to hold in place because it sounds like your case was under engineered to begin with. If I were to have seen you as a new patient and you told me all you could afford was 2 implants I would steer you away from having dental implants whatsoever because the benefit would be minimal. Ideally you get rid of the denture altogether and go to a fixed, nonremovable bridge. Obviously this is more costly but you are quality of life will increase tremendously.

          May 6, 2018 at 2:56 am Reply
          1. Marcia McLaughlin

            I have been reading over all the material I can find on Zygomatic implants. The Zygomatic sounds good as of now since I don’t want to have a sinus lift. (According to a Cone Beam CT I will need bone grafts and a sinus lift for the upper) I looked over the link you sent me to ZIRCONIA DENTAL IMPLANT BRIDGES. I promise to read it in it’s entirety. Either way, it’s going to be costly.

            Since I vented to you last, (and thank you for listening and responding) the dental office agreed to replace the bottom dentures at no cost to me since they broke for the 3rd time. This last time while eating a salad, less than a week from being repaired for the second time. The last 2 breaks were in the same place. (The wife of the original dentist that started this a year ago last March manages the new office and the new dentist. She is taking care of the cost) They are also relining (?) the top since their tech (the new dentist’s assistant) shaved off a little too much on one side and causing it to lose suction.
            I spent 11 hours sitting in a room last Thursday for this. I didn’t mind the wait, I was too excited. They have a person that makes the dentures in the office.
            At 7:30 pm his assistant placed them in my mouth. The top was losing suction on the opposite side now and they feel HUGE. I can feel an air pocket near the front left side. But he wants to leave that like it is. She placed the bottom on top of the abutments and held it for 7 minutes. Then she couldn’t get it out. She had me try. I could not. Then he, the dentist who had already changed clothes to leave, came in and tried. One side lifted but he too could not get them out. He then told me to go home and they would probably loosen up and come out or he would, or could (I don’t remember which) drill it out on Monday and to come in sometime after 1:00 pm. In the meantime I am trying to tell him the bottom is cutting the underside of my tongue on one side. He said they wasn’t anything he could do until they loosened up. Talk about upset, and it’s Mothers Day weekend too!! I got home and tried to eat a sandwich. The bite was so off I couldn’t chew. Not to mention underneath my tongue was so swollen by then that trying to chew was excruciating. While rinsing my mouth out I felt something sharp pushing into my gum underneath the bottom left, which is the side that would lift a little. I kept rinsing and tried to lift them. They popped out after a few rinses and tries along with what looks like half of the screw from the right side. The abutment is a gold color on top of a silver screw. There is silver showing inside the bottom denture. I included an attachment. The something sharp was what looked like a piece of acrylic. Also included.

            I called his office at 8:00 am on Friday. I was told, “He’s not here on Fridays and he doesn’t even consider coming in since he has to drive from Columbia, SC.” (An hours drive, give or take according to traffic) I asked what am I suppose to do? She told me to come in Monday morning. Needless to say I was and still am terribly upset. Tomorrow is Mothers Day and daughters had it all planned out. As you can guess, I am not leaving the house!

            Thank you again for listening to me vent.

            May 15, 2018 at 3:27 pm
          2. RamseyAminDDS

            yikes!!!!!!!!!! I spent 11 hours sitting in a room

            May 16, 2018 at 12:34 am
          3. Marcia

            Went to dentist office first thing Monday morning. I was told he had to charge me to replace the abutment since he didn’t initially place them. He told me the problem was because it was slightly tilted. (The oral surgeon that my dentist sent me to told me the tilt wasn’t a problem. That he would tilt the other two that I needed) After signing that I would pay for the procedure, and adding my own notes to it, I asked if the abutment stuck in the denture could be put back on and he told me that’s what he was doing. The abutment was cemented back on 3 or 4 times and would come off every time they tried to cold cure (?) the bottom. (Holding it in place for 7 minutes)
            Seven hours later…. The dentist call someone asking for advice. I am assuming it was the manufacture. I heard him tell them I was the 2nd patient this has happen on. He then came in and took the screws, post out and covered them with some kind small metal cover. He then told me I would have to use my bottoms as regular dentures until he could send off the abutment (?) and impressions. That hopefully he would get them back around the middle or end of next week. Of course I was tearing up by that time. Nothing seems to be going right. He thought about it and put one screw and abutment back in, the straight one, and told me not to eat anything hard. I would have to put up with the bite being off until he could replace the screws/post when the new ones come in. There was no point in adjusting the bite when he would have to adjust all over again later.
            It feels okay to wear in public. They shaved the sharp edge off the lower back so it doesn’t cut underneath my tongue now. I definitely cannot eat with them. I am calling today to find out if it matters that there isn’t a cap inside the denture for the one abutment.
            Last March, I was so excited. I thought I could finally start going out in public and enjoying life. Now, I am ready to give up. I know, I know…Poor pitiful me…. (I’m being sarcastic) On the bright side…. It could always be worse. Please tell me on an average what the cost of zygomatic zirconia implant would run.

            May 17, 2018 at 7:51 pm
  14. Mike Brady

    I have a full upper arch denture that snaps (3 snaps) into a titanium arch supported by 6 implants. I have had them for 3+ years and the denture has held really snugly; but lately, I can’t even talk without the denture coming loose. I use Zest 5 lb. male white locators which have always worked well, but now changing the locators does not improve the hold. What’s going on and how can this be rectified?

    January 18, 2018 at 6:58 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      The locator abutments themselves are likely wearing out…the metal part. If this is the case no matter how many times you replace this just attachments, and nothing will improve.
      Hopefully they are connected with a bar rather than individuals for the upper jaw
      Upper overdentures are notorious for problems and maintenance. With 6 implants in your upper jaw you should be able to support a fixed bridge. You may want to put your money into replacing the denture rather than having new abutments made. Just a thought

      January 29, 2018 at 1:10 am Reply
  15. Dollie Rials

    I have 4 traditional implants on top and the dentist I was using fitted me with snap on dentures. They are too big and I can’t eat or talk with them. They will not stay in my mouth. They fall out when I talk to peopl. It is so embarrassing I am avfsscca red to get that dentist to make me any more teeth. I don’t like them as they are overdentures and teeth ar acrylic. Could I get a fixed. Bridge and how much will it cost? Wharton is your opinion on mini implants if I needed more and what do they cost?

    January 15, 2018 at 6:59 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      Mini implants in my opinion are temporary. They bend and break!

      Yes you can get a fixed bridge. They are more costly than a removable overdenture but required almost no maintenance. They do not wear out like overdentures do. Overdentures have to be replaced!

      January 16, 2018 at 10:10 pm Reply
      1. Joan Kirkland

        Does an over denture need to be replaced with new teeth or the entire appliance. Thank you.

        August 17, 2018 at 6:14 pm Reply
        1. RamseyAminDDS

          sometimes it can be relined a few times but often times it needs to be completely replaced after many years. The design is critical. Having metal on the inside is very helpful rather than just all plastic

          August 22, 2018 at 11:37 pm Reply
  16. Robin smith

    I’m loosing three molars , they suggest just implant teeth, but I was wondering, since all my back teeth are bad, wouldn’t it make more sense to get partial plates for all the back teeth instead and snap those onto implants?

    December 13, 2017 at 2:11 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      Snap on overdentures are not nearly as good as regular FIXED implants

      December 27, 2017 at 4:19 am Reply
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  18. Mimi

    I have the snap in upper and lower dentures, love them! Was wondering about sleeping with them in. I clean them 2 -3 times a day.
    Thank you so much.

    August 10, 2017 at 3:56 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      Leaving them in can promote a fungal infection. Just like you take your shoes off at night dentures should come out also even if they are implant overdentures.

      August 26, 2017 at 5:37 am Reply
    2. Lori Tolls


      What was the cost of your upper and lower dentures? I am thinking about having these as well.


      January 13, 2018 at 2:48 am Reply
  19. I had implant surgery 3 weeks ago for overtures. This is actually a continuation of my first question (same day). I also required a small amount of bone grafting . It was done on the upper front gum. I notice a few days ago a small piece of skin hanging in that exact area. The incision is healed but I don’t know what this tiny flap of skin is. Is it common, normal or an indication of something else. I am feeling fine and my guns feel pretty good.

    August 5, 2017 at 9:09 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      This all could be normal. Usually within a month things seem to get back to normal denture wearing but please check with your dentist

      August 26, 2017 at 5:42 am Reply
  20. I am planning to have implant surgery for snap on or overdentures. I know it will be about 6 months for the implants to be totally integrated into bone and secure. I know I must not wear my dentures after the surgery for at least a week. in your opinion and experience approximately how long after the initial implant surgery is the average time before I can wear my dentures comfortably while I am waiting the approximate 6 months for the final step (the overdenture)?

    August 5, 2017 at 8:57 pm Reply
  21. eric

    I had 4 full size implants placed in the top and 4 full size implants placed in the bottom in march of this year for snap on dentures. in june i went back to my dentist and the bottom implants took but only one took in the top so my dentist did bone grafting and sewed the top up. how can i tell if the bone grafting was successful? i feel a bit of tissue growth at the end of the bone grafting site. is this a good sign?

    many thanks in advance,

    August 1, 2017 at 10:37 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      Yikes…3 of 4 failed on the upper. That is not normal although I have seen it with patients with medical and lifestyle issues or inexperienced all on 4 clinics.

      As long as the bone is covered by gum you will only know by 3D scan and when the gums are re opened. The upper should always have more than four implants due to soft bone. In my practice four are only done in the upper if two of them are zygomatic implants.

      Wait a full six months before you try again.

      August 5, 2017 at 8:51 pm Reply
  22. David Harrison

    I had this done a while back and the dentures still feel to big and I can’t chew food with my mouth closed cause there is no room in my mouth. It also looks like I’m holding something in my mouth when I have lips shut. Does this get better over time or did they screw up the size?

    July 14, 2017 at 11:22 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      It sounds like the sizing of the dentures is not correct as he mentioned. There are so many parameters to take into account. Something called vertical dimension is the spacing that your jaw is supposed to have function properly. It sounds like you are “over opened.” Sometimes you can just remake one of the dentures and a will solve the problem but oftentimes both need to be remade. I am hoping you have at least 4 dental implants in your lower jaw!

      July 16, 2017 at 10:46 pm Reply
  23. Barbara

    I need new upper and lower plates but can not afford plates and implants at the same time. Was planning on getting new plates and then implants in 6-8 months. Is this possible?

    July 13, 2017 at 7:18 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS


      July 16, 2017 at 11:00 pm Reply
  24. Kenneth Fagan sr

    Well I’m in need of both but the problem is the cost but I have insurance like to make appointment to if could help me . Don’t get me wrong I am not looking for a hand out ,I just want help that’s all

    June 6, 2017 at 2:12 am Reply
  25. deanna l. licea

    I want to know the range of price for top and bottoms. I have no false teeth yet,,but am very interested in the pricing,,because I need help asap

    May 19, 2017 at 7:44 am Reply
  26. Susan Collings

    Can I remove snap on dentures daily to clean

    April 22, 2017 at 1:16 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      Yes. You should do this daily.

      April 24, 2017 at 4:24 am Reply
      1. Ken WIlliams

        What would i clean them with and should i leave them out overnight

        August 9, 2017 at 6:09 pm Reply
        1. RamseyAminDDS

          Yes. Out overnight. Clean with commercially available denture cleaner and a tooth brush.

          August 12, 2017 at 1:44 pm Reply
  27. Kerry Donovan

    I already have dentures is it possible to put the screws in the gum and use dentures I already have

    April 15, 2017 at 3:07 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      Yes….IF and only if they are near perfect

      April 16, 2017 at 5:49 pm Reply
  28. Naomia Scott

    Like! I have 3 implants in my
    Lower mouth snap in dentures. I have to have the snaps changed
    Last time was 2 months, had new ones put in 3 wks ago. Teeth coming out . what can be done? Change dentists? Live in Tx

    April 11, 2017 at 2:37 am Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      hmmm…very odd…are they locators? You may want to consult with a more experience dentist….something isn’t right here.

      Hopefully the dental implants are in the right spot to spread the load out. The bite on your dentures must be spot on thin gum tissue compression must be taken into account. There are a lot of little details to make this work so that you’re not changing attachments more than once every 18 months to 2 years

      April 13, 2017 at 12:47 am Reply
  29. I like this informative site.
    After the locators are into place how much longer is the wait for the snap on smile teeth?

    February 22, 2017 at 12:14 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      That often depends on the experience of your dentist and dental implant surgeon depending if they are the same person or not. The hardness and softness of your bone will also determine when is the appropriate time to attach the snap on teeth.

      A more experienced dental implant dentist can make this happen faster and smoother with a high degree of success. There are some that tried to do this fast but do not understand the repercussions.

      February 22, 2017 at 11:57 pm Reply
  30. I like this informative site.
    After the locators are into place how much longer is the wait for the snap on denture?

    February 21, 2017 at 5:55 pm Reply
  31. After the snap is in,
    Am I ready to snap the denture?

    Total time needed for this procedure?

    What is the cost of a complete lower?
    Your video is very informative
    Looking forward to have answer to my questions

    February 21, 2017 at 4:26 pm Reply
  32. Mike

    Do you know a good dentist in Houston for full upper teeth bridge. I have over dentures with 4 implants that I don’t like. They are not aligned correctly and I have a terrible over bite. The dentist says I have to get the bottom pulled to correct the over bite.

    February 16, 2017 at 11:44 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      hmmm….not sure on that area —sorry

      February 23, 2017 at 12:12 am Reply
  33. Carianne

    My upper snap on denture feels like it is coming loose is this normal

    January 8, 2017 at 8:13 am Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      only if it is more than a year old. The attachments will wear out and need to be replaced. See this article on locators for basic information

      January 9, 2017 at 5:47 am Reply
  34. Paul Schulze

    My wife is having the snap on dentures put in. She has a number of implants. If the snap in move around too much and cause pain, should we consider fixed bridges? Can any or all of the existing implants be used or do we start from scratch?

    December 13, 2016 at 10:10 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      often they can be used and converted…see this example!!!!!

      January 9, 2017 at 6:31 am Reply
  35. Christopher

    My teeth are rotten and are breaking don’t have any back teeth and the front ones are breaking to I’m not on drugs but I am scared of the dentist. I want to go but I’m scared they are going to tell me I can’t get permanent teeth and have to wear dentures. Can you tell me what are the requirements on getting permanent teeth

    December 8, 2016 at 11:00 am Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      You can have fixed implant teeth. The skill and experience of the dentist presenting this to you has everything to do with this. Our some of my more extreme cases or even do implant up in the cheek bones called zygomatic dental implants.

      January 11, 2017 at 9:59 pm Reply
  36. Gale

    I have permanent the 6 over implant full upper bridge zirconia titanium on……however I need a full lower bridge which one would be the best to apply? I was thinking in the snap on lower dentures with 4 implants what do you suggest?

    December 7, 2016 at 6:40 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      No!! Fixed bridge is way better!!

      December 13, 2016 at 2:35 am Reply
      1. Patrick

        I have 4 implants on bottom and a snap on denture. It’s loose I hate it. What should I do. My bite is to hard and I like to grind my teethe

        January 31, 2018 at 6:25 am Reply
        1. RamseyAminDDS

          Here is an example of a patient that I converted from snap-on overdentures into fixed bridges. basically you may just need to add implants and go from there. Sometimes for implants is enough depending on the bite of your upper teeth but often additional implants are necessary especially if the space between your upper and lower teeth is minimal.

          January 31, 2018 at 11:44 pm Reply
  37. Glenda

    I am unable to remove lower denture with implants after having a reline is that normal

    November 17, 2016 at 2:33 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      No —they must be able to come out. See your dentist to change to looser attachments.

      November 20, 2016 at 4:48 pm Reply
  38. What do. You mean by unhealthily. And how much does this all cost. I’m told I need this. I live in Winston Salem. Nc. How long is the
    Recoupetatio period

    October 19, 2016 at 2:46 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      if you are one of my patients down time would be approximately 12 hours. Most patients on the next day are doing great if modern techniques are utilized.

      October 19, 2016 at 8:43 pm Reply
  39. Deborah Mcinerney

    I have a lower overdenture… 3 implants. I went to have the locators replaced and only 1 locator is working. The dentist can not get the 2 outside locators to snap down. He tells me my denture may need a realign. so that’s his next suggestion 4 my overdenture that is not working properly. The center locator is working and if feels good so I don’t understand how a realign will work. It’s 3 years old. Pior to this I had a over denture with a bar but I lost 3 implants possibly due to smoking. So I had 2 more implants replaced with the one I had left so I have 3 implants holding the lower overdenture. He claims it might be the abutments, they r 3 years old and look fine. I have had so many dentists in the past that were lousy, that’s why I’m in this position to begin with. I live in Kearny NJ by NYC. Pls can u give me some advise and possibly refer me to a cosmetic dentist who performs a lot of over dentures and know what they r doing! I would like some info on a hybrid denture or something permanent as well if i am a candidate 4 this. I also have a child living California . Thank you

    August 6, 2016 at 6:06 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      The lower over denture with locators typically is very simple to work with. I don’t know of anyone in your area specifically. Sometimes removing the metal housings and replacing the locator plastic attachments will realign the denture back again. If the locators themselves (the Gold part in the mouth) are worn out this is the earliest case I have ever seen….they typically do not wear that fast unless they were put in at a bad angle.

      a more permanent example of fixed Bridges can be seen here.

      August 11, 2016 at 12:54 am Reply
  40. Sabrina Stegall

    How long r the locaters suppose to last?

    July 29, 2016 at 4:28 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      the plastic portion of the locator will wear out usually every 12-24 months. These are easily replaced in about 20 minutes

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

      July 31, 2016 at 7:46 pm Reply
  41. Leslie gray

    Yes I was interested in more information on this snap on smile like what are the cost and if there is a dental office in Tuscaloosa, or jasper,Alabama that offers this,proceedure

    April 11, 2016 at 2:05 am Reply
  42. Margaret Mulcahy

    If you have no gum ridge at bottom to hold a regular dentures plate, can snap on dentures work?

    April 8, 2016 at 8:31 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      The ridge that you seeing your mouth is limited by the muscles of your cheek and tongue. Below the muscles are typically where the bone is present especially between where your lower front teeth used to be. This area tends to be abundant and bone and is best seen in cross section by 3-D scan CBCT virtual planning.

      April 10, 2016 at 10:30 pm Reply
  43. Ann Simpson

    How does relining snap in dentures work and how costly are they to have done

    April 2, 2016 at 11:14 am Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      Cost will vary depending on the dentist skill, experience, judgment and training. Oftentimes the most skilled implant dentist has the lowest cost because they know how to make this procedure work right the first time. Do you due diligence.

      Throughout this website there are numerous posts on over dentures for you to learn more about how they work.

      Very Respectfully,

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

      April 4, 2016 at 9:24 pm Reply

    Ihave two implants on my lower gum and my teeth will not snap on what is the matter with my dentures they have not given me any trouble until now .

    March 28, 2016 at 11:36 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      try getting new attachments put in…that usually does the trick!

      March 29, 2016 at 1:29 am Reply
  45. Sandy

    Is it possible to have mini implants first and then convert to a fixed implant later? How long (hour wise) can a mini implant be worn at a time?

    February 6, 2016 at 8:01 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      Mini dental implants are considered to be temporary dental implants. If at all possible, I would avoid these altogether. They bend and break very easily. I have removed many of them.

      It is possible to convert to fixed dental implants later on but it will take some excellent treatment planning by your surgeon in order to make sure that the miniature versions don’t interfere with the ideal locations for the real dental implants. I have done this before where I have transitioned a patient from teeth, to miniature dental implants to then real dental implants. It can also be avoided by just placing some of the implants first, letting them integrate and using them.

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

      February 7, 2016 at 6:40 pm Reply
  46. Gurpal saroa

    hi sir i need to replace my all teeth top and bottem pls let me know what i have need to done pls and how much cost pls

    January 18, 2016 at 10:30 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      Need much more info. You need to be seen. Sorry.

      February 2, 2016 at 6:21 am Reply
  47. Ryan Reahard

    I was wondering what the name of the dentures that snap in but can only be removed by a dental Dr. I’m obviously not referring to the ones that snap in and have to be removed and cleaned underneath. any help would be great !

    December 10, 2015 at 4:56 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      This would be referred to as a fixed dental implant bridge. There are many different types and styles and some or tremendously better than others. 1 good option would be a Prettau dental implant bridge which is made of one piece zirconia.

      December 29, 2015 at 3:01 am Reply
      1. Ryan Reahard

        Thanks for responding to my question & for giving me some information.

        March 1, 2016 at 11:52 am Reply
  48. Five yrs ago I had to have all of my teeth removed due to gum disease &bone loss. I had upper & lower perm bridges ($25,000) One yr later the top one failed and dentist had to pound it off (YES, I said pound)Should he have used perm bridges over bad gums? I read that you shouldn’t, they won’t last. I have been wearing an upper denture for four years now and have been miserable. They have been adjusted many times (dentist made me three dentures to try to help, but to no avail) At this point I’m considering a snap on denture over implants since I can’t afford a fixed permanent denture over implants. How many implants would you suggest? I was told that it would take about four months before they could actually attach snap on denture because I will need the time to heal. Will I be able to wear my denture comfortably over the implants until I heal? Also, they will be using my present dentures which are acrylic, because I chipped the first set in porcelain (so then we went for acrylic) but these 3rd set are beautiful(not big at all) they look great, but I’ve been gaging and have been very uncomfortable to put it mildly (with all three dentures(they don’t stay in all day no matter how much or which brand of adhesive I try) I also have Shjogrens Syndrome which makes this even worse. What is the success rate of the snap on denture over implants? Do you think I’m a good candidate? PS: I had the special x-ray and I do have room for implants.

    May 24, 2015 at 3:30 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      This post on how many implants you should have under your overdenture will help you.

      I can’t believe some of the stuff that you wrote. Either you have had a really bad luck or have been treated by some inexperienced dental implant dentists. The key to an overdenture or hybrid type of replacement teeth is material thickness. I’m not a fan of the hybrid type of teeth because they do break commonly but they break extremely commonly if they are made to thin. This could be because your implants were placed too shallow or the wrong type of teeth that were chosen for your space between your upper and lower teeth. The thinner the space, the stronger the material has to be.

      Yes Sjögren syndrome scan complicating things, but the snap-on overdenture is extremely successful in the lower jaw especially. In the upper jaw I would suggest you have a minimum of 6 implants. Consider converting your existing implants to a Prettau dental implant fixed bridge. This will alleviate all the problems you have discussed.

      Good luck

      May 27, 2015 at 6:34 pm Reply
  49. David

    I really need an answer to my question. I’ve not been able to find any info online and I’m getting conflicting info from two dentist. I know what an overdenture/snap in denture is and that it is normally acrylic or porcelain BUT can it been made using 3-4 zirconia permanent bridges?

    Thank you.

    April 23, 2015 at 12:23 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      Hi David,

      Your first sentence doesn’t really make sense. A snap-on denture is an all acrylic standard denture that attaches typically over locator attachments or a bar. These implant over dentures are not made of zirconia or porcelain. Sometimes porcelain insert teeth can be used on the front 6 teeth on the plastic denture but that is a very old technique. They used to use porcelain teeth on dentures when denture teeth or not very good.

      Maybe your dentist was suggesting a fixed bridge that has 4-6 teeth in the front of your jaw and then a removable overdenture for your back teeth? Three or four bridges could be made in segments. This would require somewhere between 6-8 implants to do this. Segmented small Bridges are usually a good idea for the most part especially on the lower jaw.

      As long as like materials are in contact with like materials is typically not a problem. Having a Prettau bridge on the upper against a Prettau bridge on the lower is a very common restoration of my office. This is a fixed dental implant bridge that you cannot remove. It is important that the zirconia is highly polished and the bite is designed and adjusted in such a way that it is self protective. Prettau is just the specific type of porcelain that is used. Whether the porcelain is fused to metal or the teeth are all Gold having implants against implants is a highly technical and precise restoration that needs to be made very carefully. This will prevent major problems in the future.



      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

      April 26, 2015 at 9:29 pm Reply
  50. Terrie

    I have five upper teeth and they’re all loose. I have three and a half…one broke…on my lower where I have a partial plate. My uppers are in need of immediate remedy. I’ve done a lot of reading about the all on four procedure. Because I’m divorced, I’d rather not have removable dentures. I’d like to think that I can have a relationship, but cannot envision having to glue my teeth in before I’m kissed goodnight!

    I am…, WAS… A Realtor by trade. My smile was huge. My buyers came from all over the states. However, I can no longer smile. It saddened me to retire from a career I loved with all my heart.

    Anyway, I went to a reputable dental clinic on an Inland Empire college campus. They also have an implant program that was supposed to be significantly lessor in price. However, I went for a screening and the dentist, who was there for CE, turned my screening into a debate. Everything I read about the all on four’s was a 180 from what he told me. I left in tears.
    I spoke to administration. Apparently he felt the all on four was not a good treatment for me. WHAT? I read 95% of those who could not have regular implants were a prime candidate for the treatment.

    So, I went to a dentist locally , and he will finance the greater portion of my treatment. To keep costs down, he said he can do regular sized implants, not mini’s, and put a BALL abutment, then a removable denture for now. Then when that’s paid off, we’d do the all on four’s. By changing the abutment. Is that possible?

    April 17, 2015 at 2:06 am Reply
    1. Ramsey Amin DDS

      Did you go to Loma Linda?

      April 17, 2015 at 3:19 am Reply
    2. Ramsey Amin DDS

      This post about all on four will help:

      What you mentioned is possible….I don’t think you will be that happy with the ball abutment though.

      The all on four teeth are very weak. I have replaced MANY of them. I have people come to my office with broken ones all the time.

      I would suggest a minimum of five on the lower and six on the upper.

      Most of these all on fours are just bolt on dentures….they look good for a couple of years and then they chip, stain and break.

      Go to a page on my website that reviews the Prettau bridge. That will give you some insight.

      It is best to do something that will last 10 years at the minimum. Many all on fours fail before that.

      Sorry for the news.

      Ramsey Amin DDS

      April 17, 2015 at 3:25 am Reply
      1. Terrie

        Good morning, and thank you for the response.
        The ball abutment would be replaced with an abutment to accept an all on four arch, so he said.

        Yes….I’d gone to Loma Linda before seeing this dentist in Yucaipa.

        You mentioned breakage….I was watching a video of a lower arch being screwed down and I could swear by the time the dentist fiddled with going back and forth several times the arch had broken nearly in two.

        I’ll go to your link to gather that info….

        April 17, 2015 at 2:57 pm Reply
        1. Terrie

          Okay. Very informative.
          Do you use titanium implants or ceramic?
          Is it possible to have the implants done by me, and then upgrade my prosthesis by you in the near future?
          I must say, I love the look of your zirconia porcelain!

          April 17, 2015 at 5:43 pm Reply
          1. RamseyAminDDS

            I use titanium dental implants. Ceramic dental implants are very problematic.

            It is possible for me to upgrade your prosthesis in the future as long as the implants are in an ideal position. If the implants are even slightly too shallow, the zirconia porcelain option becomes eliminated.

            Whatever they told you at the Loma Linda school of dentistry is the better information.

            Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
            Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
            Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

            April 26, 2015 at 10:29 pm
      2. David

        Have you heard of a 4 units permanant bridge zirconia on a snap on denture? I thought the snap on denture were either acrylic or porcelain. Also, I understand zirconia can be hard on natural teeth, what about if you have a prettau on both upper and lower will it cause issues?


        April 24, 2015 at 4:17 pm Reply
        1. RamseyAminDDS

          Hi David,

          Your first sentence doesn’t really make sense. A snap-on denture is an all acrylic standard denture that attaches typically over locator attachments or a bar. These implant over dentures are not made of zirconia or porcelain. Sometimes porcelain insert teeth can be used on the front 6 teeth on the plastic denture but that is a very old technique. They used to use porcelain teeth on dentures when denture teeth or not very good.

          Maybe her dentist was suggesting a fixed bridge that has 4-6 teeth in the front of your jaw and then a removable overdenture for your back teeth?

          As long as like materials are in contact with like materials is typically not a problem. Having a Prettau bridge on the upper against a Prettau bridge on the lower is a very common restoration of my office. This is a fixed dental implant bridge that you cannot remove. It is important that the zirconia is highly polished and the bite is designed and adjusted in such a way that it is self protective. Prettau is just the specific type of porcelain that is used. Whether the porcelain is fused to metal or the teeth are all Gold having implants against implants is a highly technical and precise restoration that needs to be made very carefully. This will prevent major problems in the future.



          Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
          Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
          Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

          April 25, 2015 at 6:09 pm Reply
  51. Kathy Nedvecki

    I got my snap on dentures two years ago and have been going through complete hell ever cents. My dentist that I’m going to now has not been able to get the denture to fit right it is my lower denture they only place to implants and everything gets underneath it that I eat food anything gum it moves all over the place it’s just been horrible. My question is do I need to more implants or is two implants suitable for a 36-year-old woman. I would love to hear back from you I spoke with your right-hand lady for whoever she has and she was awesome. She answered every one of my questions told me I should blog you’d answer back. That maybe You could refer me to somebody that’s in Utah that really knows her stuff about dentures or I could have a mold of my mouth done and sent to you and you could do my denture.I would love to hear back from you. I just need somebody that knows what they’re doing I can’t go on another two years in that same situation that I’ve been In. I’m embarrassed of my mouth I don’t want to go out in public. Please help

    March 10, 2015 at 7:02 pm Reply
    1. Ramsey Amin DDS

      Hello Kathy,

      2 implants is just not enough. If your 75 years old and he had been wearing dentures for years and years and you just needed a little bit more support, then I would say 2 dental implants is enough.

      An implant over denture with only 2 implants will always lift and rock. I would suggest converting your existing denture by adding at least 4 more implants and having a fixed porcelain bridge such as the Prettau dental implant bridge. I would avoid the all on 4 procedure for somebody your age.

      Prettau dental implant bridge

      good tips on finding a dental implant dentist:
      How to Choose an Implant Dentist

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

      March 10, 2015 at 9:36 pm Reply
  52. ava

    thank you for the information Dr. Amin. This is really helpful. Too many websites are just a bunch of fluff and don’t tell you the real story.

    November 7, 2014 at 8:32 pm Reply
    1. Ramsey Amin DDS


      Ramsey Amin DDS

      November 17, 2014 at 3:01 am Reply
  53. I am in the process of going to a dentist and he said something about snap on dentures and was not sure what they were so I looked them up. How long does a surgery take to do this process ? And is your mouth pretty sore for a bit after having it done ?

    August 10, 2014 at 3:23 am Reply
    1. Ramsey Amin DDS

      Hi Bertha,

      Snap in dentures are dental implant over dentures. They’re meant to stabilize a removable denture.

      Most dental implant over dentures are made on the lower jaw. Because of the nature of the dense bone of our lower jaw, the procedure does not take very long. Most of the surgery takes between 1-2 hours to complete. Having IV sedation and intravenous anti-inflammatory and/or steroid will greatly reduce your pain afterwards. I would highly suggest it. It also helps to heal much better

      Details of Sedation

      The whole process for having a dental implant over denture in my office would average somewhere between 6 weeks and 4 months to complete. It heavily depends on whether you have existing dentures that fit well or do new dentures have to be made. It also depends on your bone density.

      Keep in mind that most peoplel that want to replace all of their teeth in their entirety with a fixed dental implant bridge will choose a prosthesis such as a Prettau.
      Prettau Dental Implant Full Mouth Bridge

      Good luck,

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry
      Burbank, California

      August 18, 2014 at 12:57 am Reply
  54. jan

    I have 5 upper implants and a bar. Today I went for an adjustment and CAN NOT get them out of my mouth. Any suggestions. Doctor sent me home today and we are going to try again in the am. I keep trying but they will not move.

    May 6, 2014 at 9:03 pm Reply
    1. Ramsey Amin DDS

      I have 5 upper implants and a bar. Today I went for an adjustment and CAN NOT get them out of my mouth. Any suggestions. Doctor sent me home today and we are going to try again in the am. I keep trying but they will not move.

      Jan, Do you know what kind of attachments you have on the bar? Are you telling me that the dentist could not get that denture back out?

      Dr. Amin

      May 7, 2014 at 10:07 pm Reply
  55. Valerie D. Vaughn

    I am about the do the most frightening thing in my life. I need the remaining fourteen teeth in my mouth extracted; due to periodontal disease. I was told I will have removable denture (full mouth) for a short period of time. Then I will receive snap in denture ugh. I want fixed bridge because I am young and don’t want to remove my teeth at night. I want something permanent. Is this something I can do since I will have no teeth at all. Help…….and which will look more natural porcelin or acrylic? I am scared to even think about me having no teeth at my age. Help me suggest somethings I want to my dentist. Please Dr. Amin I am so depressed about this it keeps me up every night. I will be receiving my doctorate in a year and having plenty of speaking engagements; don’t want to have to remove these big false teeth. Help me please. Toothless in Houston. Valerie Vaughn

    July 11, 2013 at 3:24 pm Reply
    1. Ramsey Amin DDS

      Hi Valerie,

      You should consider full mouth FIXED porcelain bridges.

      Snap in dentures wont give you what you are looking for. Sorry for the delayed reply. Your comment was in the spam filter. ;(

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

      November 20, 2013 at 5:29 pm Reply
  56. Katharine

    Dr. Amin,
    I have most of my own teeth, upper right I am short 2 or 3 molars an the tooth beside the front tooth on the left of my mouth broke off at gum line. I still have the life root but no pain in any of the remaining teeth, on the bottom I have a full arch of teeth some have crowns and root canals over my 60 yrs probably over 100 k of dental work, with NO ins. Now they are telling me I need to have all my teeth removed and fixed implant teeth placed. I do have a little sensitivity to cold lower back.
    I am facing this surgery because we have reached the point of are we just flushing more money into the dentists pocket with continual repair work”!!!!
    They are quoting 49,000.00 for upper and lower teeth on a fixed denture. And they will be acrylic teeth, somehow I can not see these looking natural. The only benif it is that I will be asleep for the whole thing until they wake me up and say now go home and cope with the rest of your life. I feel like a cow being sent down that shoot of no return. Do you have an opinion on this procedure or how I can prepare better for it.

    March 11, 2013 at 4:37 pm Reply
    1. Ramsey Amin DDS

      Hi Katharine,

      This link should help you decide:

      I would suggest a fixed bridge made of porcelain NOT acrylic!


      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

      April 10, 2013 at 11:15 pm Reply
  57. Russ

    I have a full upper denture and my lower teeth are not in good condition, lose and painful. I would like to know if an Overdenture is the way I should go. I do not deal well with any pain when I go to the dentist, I cannot stand to even feel the needle when I get the shot in my mouth. What can you advise me on this.
    Thank you,

    March 6, 2013 at 3:09 am Reply
    1. Ramsey Amin DDS

      Hi Russ,

      Thank you for your comments. You ask very good questions.

      First off, the pain and anxiety is easily removed using sedation. You can have your treatment done while you snooze safely right through it. I do this about twice a day. In my own hands, most of my patients do not experience much pain afterwards. The techniques I use are more unique and help a great deal.

      Overdentures are great for someone that just wants their dentures to hold in better and a stronger bite. If this is all you want, then this may be appropriate for you. Keep in mind that they do not last forever and are replaced about every 7 years. You will break some teeth too.

      A fixed bridge is a much better long term solution.

      Either way the complexity your case requires a 3d scan x-ray to be able to help you choose and determine cost.

      Does this help?

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

      March 9, 2013 at 4:44 am Reply
      1. Jonathan McAllister

        I hope you can find time to email me back. I just got full dentures, the regular kind, both top and bottom. I thought I wanted all on 4s but I think what I actually want is what you describe as a bridge. I always thought a bridge was just one or two teeth. Anyways, I have all my teeth removed, they have been out for about 3 months and I use regular glue in type dentures. My dentist said he could turn my denture into an all on 4 denture? my big question here is how much it would cost to come to you and get my implant/bridge made and installed? Ballpark? Also I live in WV but based on your article alone, I would be willing to drive.

        January 4, 2021 at 5:06 pm Reply
        1. Converting your current denture to a fixed bridge is only a temporary solution. That will fall apart really quickly. I would suggest that you avoid any acrylic bridges even if they have titanium underneath. They are very prone to breakage.

          Zirconia fixed arches are the way to go for longevity.

          The cost varies depending on complexity and whether or not we need zygomatic implants and or a bone grafting. It would be best to call the office and speak to one of the ladies at 818-846-3203.

          January 4, 2021 at 10:50 pm Reply
  58. Lee Roberts

    Thank you for your reply, the reason for the 8 upper jaw implant is my mom removed my uppers at age 14. Went through surgery trying to find bone in lower chin area. No bone there. Followed by bottle bone and 8 implants. Waiting 2 years for bone growth. Dr. said my upper mouth would be back to far and to hard to clean. So he suggested the bar retained denture. 8 implants screwed into bone, then bar has 4 snaps that denture snaps onto. Trying to adjust, feels like I have a mouth full. When trying to remove I am afraid the denture may crack, because its so hard to remove. Many many dollars later did not receive what I was lead to believe I would end with. Still a denture!! Do believe Dr. Has tried his best. He keeps saying it is a miracle we have 8 implants in my mouth. Just wish they were teeth that were more normal. Thank you, Lee

    January 23, 2013 at 3:44 pm Reply
    1. Ramsey Amin DDS

      What a story! If you get a chance to come to California, come see me. It is very rare nowadays that a fixed bridge can’t be done even in the presence of minimal bone. There are so many more unique ways to do it.
      Dr. Amin

      January 23, 2013 at 9:24 pm Reply
  59. Lee Roberts

    I have new upper snap in denture,with 8 implants and a bar to support denture. Has been a 6 year journey. Feels good,but can not get the denture out of my mouth how do I get it out to keep clean? Any ideas?
    Thank you

    January 21, 2013 at 4:18 am Reply
    1. Ramsey Amin DDS

      Hi Lee,

      You need to take out the denture daily and leave it out while you sleep. It should be easy for you to remove and replace it. Six years? You need to see your dentist to adjust it.

      You have a lot of implants for an overdenture if they are all on the same jaw. Most of my patients have fixed non-removable porcelain bridges with that many implants. If there are eight attachments there may be too many making it difficult to remove.

      Try only using 4 of the 8 implants.

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

      January 21, 2013 at 4:32 am Reply
  60. Dr. F. Williams, DDS

    They are NOT wonderful for someone who is just about to lose all their teeth. If you are about to lose all of your teeth or all the teeth on one arch, you are more used to SMALL natural teeth, not an acrylic denture that has the pink plastic covering the roof of your mouth and cheek areas

    August 27, 2011 at 12:57 am Reply
  61. Hi Mike,
    Yes, overdentures do require maintenance and are not forever. It will need to be relined, attachments will need to be changed and in a few years you will need to replace it.
    They are just dentures so they do wear out.
    You are much better off having a porcelain bridge. This way it will last MUCH longer!
    Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
    Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
    Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry
    Burbank, California

    August 26, 2011 at 10:11 pm Reply
  62. Mike Howard

    I am about to have a 4-unit overdenture (for $4500) placed over 4 osseointegrated implants in an upper, using “snap-in” locators. No teeth left in the upper because a dentist in Mexico pulled them all (not necessary, I found out later). AND I am having 2 implants put into the lower (to replace cuspids) with an overdenture between them, a 6-unit anterior bridge, since I do not want a partial. This will all be very expensive.
    So do I understand that since these overdentures are still dentures they will wear down the bone and need relining or replacing in a few years?
    Maybe Dr. Amin can answer this. Thank you.

    August 26, 2011 at 8:48 am Reply

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Monica D.
Monica D.
December 29, 2020.
There aren't enough words (and I have a lot of words) to tell you how grateful I am to have found Dr. Ramsey Amin and his wonderful staff. I had an enormous amount of bone loss and I was hopeless after being treated by a different doctor for two years. I had multiple procedures such as gum graft, extractions, and a sinus lift. After all of that, the doctor released me and told me he could not help me any longer. He sent me to a large teaching hospital - who also had no idea how to help me. I was terrified and embarrassed. I had been missing teeth due to those procedures since 2017. That sent me out on a journey of meeting with no less than five different dentist/oral surgeons. Most of them shamed me for the bone loss and wondered what I had done to cause this. In reality, I had done nothing. The bone loss is my body's immune system fighting me, as well as hereditary traits. In fact not only was I having difficulty being able to have implants, I also had so much bone loss that I was also not a candidate for dentures. I researched "what to do when you have bone loss and can't get implants" and I found Dr. Amin's website. Then I researched him, read his reviews, watched every one of his You Tube videos. I called and got an appointment, and kept going to consultations with other providers. I had long since stopped smiling and being social. Missing teeth and the shaming was affecting my life so adversely. When I met with Dr. Amin for my consultation he was ready. He had all of my records and had already reviewed my scans. But more than that, he genuinely wanted to get to know about my life. He was/is authentic, kind and extremely professional with so much success and experience in difficult cases like mine. He worked up a treatment plan & I came back two weeks later to discuss my options...and the journey began. I have had three procedures under IV sedation, no pain, no narcotics needed for aftercare. Dr. Amin is a consumate, experienced oral surgeon who cares about your health & understands your fears. He communicates every step of the way and will provide you with all the information you need to make a decision to improve your health. I am still working toward my end goal, and we had to zig from traditional implants and zag to zygomatic implants instead...which is the reason I chose him in the first place. If there was nothing else that could be done to get me healthy & smiling again, I knew he would have that option to help me. And of course 2020, the year of CV-19. Don't worry, Dr. Amin & his staff follow all health & safety protocols. This review is long, because it is important you know my journey, so you might understand how fortunate I feel to be healing. I'm torn, because this place is like a great restaurant, I want to shout from the rooftops how great it is, how great he is. And at the same time, I want to keep this all to myself. I come 75 miles each way to see him. I know people travel from all over the world for his expertise. Do yourself a favor, have a consultation. You won't regret it. Dr. Amin is amazing and so is his staff.
Jennifer B.
Jennifer B.
December 18, 2020.
I cannot speak highly enough of Dr. Amin and his professional staff. I have to start off and say that I am absolutely TERRIFIED of the dentist due to several past experiences. I found myself putting this off for YEARS until I was referred over to Dr. Amin. I was petrified on my first visit... but he along with his WONDERFUL staff made me feel so calm and at ease. I had quite a bit of work that needed to be done, but we found the perfect plan that worked out for me, and I couldn't be happier. Words cannot express my gratitude to each and every staff member that made me feel safe and comfortable. Dr. Amin was always so attentive in asking if I was ever in pain... and I never was. These are truly remarkable individuals, and I'm so lucky to have a dentist that I can trust. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE each and every one of you! Thank you,
D M.
D M.
December 17, 2020.
I cannot say enough positive things about Dr. Amin and his staff. I originally found them on Yelp about two years ago. I needed an implant, front tooth of all places, and was extremely nervous not only about surgery but about how it would turn out. Let me just say I just adore the staff. Everyone is crazy friendly and the whole office has a very positive vibe. The staff is adorable and always has me smiling by the time I leave. They are all thorough and on-point about what they do, and I truly appreciate it. They are quick to respond to my emails no matter the question, and their appointment reminders are great too. Dr. Amin is very thorough and reassuring, and answered any questions my husband or I had. My regular dentist had questions about the procedure and Dr. Amin's office even reached out to them at my request (my dentist said they never received a call, but Dr. Amin's staff had date, time and notes - love the thoroughness!). After surgery the Dr. called to leave me a message about how it went. Very minimal pain during healing, never any pain during any visits. It took a few tries to get everything just right for the permanent crown (color, etc), but the end result is beyond fantastic! At one point during healing I thought I was experiencing some looseness or wiggling but unfortunately couldn't make it to the office. When I was finally able to make it in the Dr. was so relieved, bless his heart. Luckily it was just a false alarm and everything checked out ok. They're a bit further out from me, but I wanted the best. I sure found it! I wish they were my regular dentist, and I'm looking forward to seeing them again for my check-up which was delayed due to COVID.
Melissa E.
Melissa E.
December 9, 2020.
I found Dr. Amin a few years back after I hadn't been to a dentist in a decade. Many traumatic dental experiences in childhood have made me so phobic that even getting a cleaning was a knee-knocking, heart-pounding trial. But finally I couldn't put off some things any longer. During my first anesthesia session, Dr. Amin replaced five old metal fillings, and during the second he did three more plus a crown. I was completely comfortable, and never felt a thing. Because they were extra-long sessions, I did sleep for about 12 hours after, but the next day I felt just fine. This past week, my back top tooth cracked in half and fell out of my mouth, and a couple days later the crown on the remainder of the tooth fell out too! Despite being nervous about Covid 19, I had to get it taken care of, so I called and quizzed the staff about precautions, which turned out to be even above and beyond what I would have expected. So yesterday I went for the tooth extraction and plug. After they put on the blood pressure cuff and put in the IV, I gradually got a little tired and closed my eyes. I sat there for about 10 minutes and thought Gee, I wonder if they're going to get started any time soon, and a minute later Dr. Amin said "Wake up, you're all done!" That was a short session, and I didn't have the kind of fatigue I did my first time. I stayed up most of the evening. Today, everything is good! I'm taking my antibiotic and eating soft foods, and there is surprisingly little pain now that the numbness has worn off. The tooth site and my cheek are a little sore, and the corner of my mouth, and I have a very slight headache, but nothing to any great level--I'm not even taking the acetaminophen. I feel good, and wide awake. Thanks to everyone at the office for a comfortable and professional job! I really REALLY appreciate you for giving me painless dental experiences!
Tanya S.
Tanya S.
December 3, 2020.
What can I say about Dr. Amin he is the best! I'm so grateful for him. He has literally changed my life and given me the confidence to smile more. I had major restorative dental work done and everything went smoothly. Dr. Amin is very compassionate and he really cares about his patients he made me feel comfortable and cared for. He is very knowledgeable and has a great sense of humor. His office is very clean and they take the patients health and safety very serious. His staff is also amazing they made me feel very welcomed and important. I'm so happy I did my research and found Dr. Amin.  Thank you Dr. Amin and team.
Sheila S.
Sheila S.
November 6, 2020.
Two implants done! Finished all procedures and I couldn't be happier. It's the first time in years I looked forward to going to the dentist. Even during Covid life the staff and Dr. Amin took care of me. There is a possibility I may move to Long Beach but I would still travel to keep Dr. Amin as my dentist.
Allison S.
Allison S.
November 4, 2020.
I could not ask for a more caring, exceptionally knowledgeable dental care provider. He's not just a dentist, but someone who looks after your immediate dental needs and helps you plan and prepare for the future.
Julia R.
Julia R.
October 8, 2020.
I've been going to Dr. Amin since I turned 16 and have been going since. Before going to Dr. Amin's dental office, I had 4 crowns that I was not happy with and dealt with it until finally I asked Dr. Amin and because I  feel comfortable and because I trust him with his work I recently had my crowns fixed and worked on by  Dr. Amin and have never loved my smile the way I do now, I can actually enjoy my pictures, I can enjoy my smile from either angle and that really mattered to me. Thank you so much Dr. Amin still and will be in love with MY smile
Aaron D.
Aaron D.
October 6, 2020.
I've been coming to Dr. Ramsey for about five years and I have to say, he is by far the best dentist I've had - ever. The staff is professional and kind, the office is exceptionally well maintained, and Dr. Ramsey is careful and extremely knowledgeable about current developments and research in dentistry. I recently had a dental implant which was a long process but well worth it. I required a sinus lift as well as a bone graft. The surgery went off without a hitch, I was comfortable and the healing process was quick and without complication. Highly recommend!!
Flo O.
Flo O.
September 21, 2020.
This is my 1st review of Dr. Amin, and in my over 17 years of being with him, my experiences with Dr. Amin and his staff have always been positive.  I don't recall a bad experience with the several implant procedures i have had.  They run an efficient office.  I like that they are proactive and reach out to their patients to remind us of routine care needed.  Dr. Amin's bedside care is impeccable.  They are also technologically up to date in terms of sending out texts as reminders, ability to incorporate any appointment into your mobile phone.  That is certainly a plus.  Keep up the great care!!!