How to Maintain Your Snap-in Dentures? A Guide

Dentist in San Juan Capistrano

By Ortega Cottage Dentistry

A snap-in denture is an artificial appliance held properly in place by clipping it onto a few dental implants. The number of implants required for it may range from a minimum of two to a maximum of four that will be placed in your jaw. The dentures are attached to the implants with the help of an attachment known as a locator abutment. With the help of firm rubber washers, the dentures are locked into the abutments when pushed into place. Snap-in dentures can be a great investment for restoring the functionality of your teeth. Read to know more.

Procedure for placing the snap-in denture

Getting a snap-in denture has become easier than ever before. The dental implants are placed into the jaw bone. Once done, the dentures are then attached to the implants. Compared to traditional dentures, snap-in dentures provide a secure fit and preserve the jaw bone. Before getting the dentures, the dentist will perform a detailed oral examination and may also use digital x-rays to decide whether the person is eligible for snap-in dentures or not. Infection, if any, must be treated first before proceeding with the treatment. The dental office will also use 3D imaging to determine the precise shape, size and placement of the dental implants. Upon placing the implants, a healing cap will be placed over them. The patient will have to wait for three to four months so that the implants can heal and the dentist can place the dentures. The person will have to make one more visit to the dentist, who will place the snap-in dentures.

Benefits of snap-in dentures

Snap-in dentures come with several advantages over traditional dentures.   

  • Snap-in dentures are more secure and stable compared to traditional dentures. It is also less likely to shift or move around when eating or speaking. Snap-in dentures also look aesthetically superior to traditional dentures. Furthermore, it gives a natural-looking smile. 
  • It is also easier to clean and maintain. It is also comfortable to wear and does not cause any discomfort even after wearing it for a long time. 
  • Since it is durable and lasts longer, snap-in dentures are cost-effective for those in need of teeth replacement.

4-ways to care for your snap-in dentures

Clean it daily

Snap-in dentures have to be cleaned every day. After removing it from the mouth, a denture-cleaning solution can be used for carefully and thoroughly cleaning the dentures.

Soak the dentures overnight

Soaking the dentures in water overnight helps the dentures to stay hydrated. By not being hydrated, the shape of the dentures could vary. You can also use a denture solution instead of water for soaking the dentures overnight.

Proper oral care is essential

The wearers should ensure good oral hygiene for the snap-in dentures to last longer and work efficiently. Dental implants must be brushed to keep bacteria at bay just as a person brushes their natural teeth.

Visit the dentist regularly

Only a dentist can check your snap-in dentures and decide whether everything works properly. They will check for the health of the teeth and gums also.  


Snap-in dentures may not be for everyone. You should schedule a consultation with an implant dentist who will perform a detailed oral examination and decide whether snap-in dentures are the right solution for your missing teeth.