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Why are fixed dentures so much more expensive than snap in?

For patients who have lost their teeth, there are many solutions available, some of which can be more efficient than others, but it will all depend on the specific case of each patient; what they're looking for, what they want to achieve, what their needs are, and of course, their budget.

Dentures in Mexico are one of the most popular and reliable treatments for missing teeth. There are different types of dentures, for example traditional full dentures, partial dentures, fixed dentures, and snap-in dentures.

You might have started to consider getting dentures, but you are looking for an option that brings you a lot of stability; in these cases, snap-in dentures and fixed dentures can be excellent options.

Both of these types of dentures have extra stability thanks to the fact that they are implant-supported, but there are a couple of key differences between them; one of them is the cost.

Here we will explain what characteristics distinguish these types of dentures from each other, and of course, their price difference.

Implants procedure

As mentioned before, for both of these dentures the patient has to go through surgery to place the dental implants. For this, it is important that you have good overall health to be able to undergo surgery, and have enough jawbone.

There’s also the possibility of extractions; if you have any damaged teeth, your dentist will remove them so that the implants can be put in place.

Before the dentures are placed, dental implants need to go through a process called osseointegration; during this process, the implants will fuse with the jawbone and it takes from 3 to 6 months. You’ll have to wait this period of time before getting your dentures placed.

After the implants have osseointegrated you’ll have to go back to the dental office to have your dentures placed.

Snap-In Dentures

This teeth replacement method is great for people with enough jawbone to support dental implants. These implants have special attachments that will snap onto the dentures, also known as overdentures.

For snap-in dentures, about two to four dental implants will be placed into the jawbone.

The main difference between snap-in dentures and fixed dentures is that you can actually remove snap-in dentures by yourself. The denture has special attachments that will snap onto the implants, so you can take them off whenever you need to.

It is not recommended to leave them on while sleeping, so you’ll have to remove them every night before going to bed.


Advantages of Snap-In Dentures

Going for snap-in dentures instead of traditional ones can bring you so much more stability, and you will be able to talk and eat with more confidence. Patients who use snap-in dentures are able to eat a wider variety of foods, in contrast with those who use traditional dentures.

Thanks to the fact that they attach to the implants fixed to your jaw, and although they’re removable, they are very stable, and, unlike traditional dentures, they do not slip off, or come loose.

This characteristic can bring more confidence to patients, as they do not have to worry about their dentures slipping off at inconvenient moments and getting embarrassed.

The denture stays in place and will not rub your gums painfully, so it's much more comfortable.

Another advantage over traditional dentures is that snap-in dentures don’t cover the roof of your mouth, so you’ll have more taste sensitivity.

In addition, since they are implant-supported, the implants will also help to prevent bone loss; when you bite the pressure applied on your implant will stimulate your jawbone and prevent its deterioration.

Another advantage is that the snap in dentures cost is lower than the fixed dentures cost, so you can get a new set of teeth for a low, affordable price. You can check out more about our prices here on our page.  

Fixed Dentures

Fixed dentures, as their name states, are completely attached to dental implants, making them permanent. Usually, 6 to 8 implants per arch are used for these dentures.

Unlike snap-in dentures, fixed dentures can only be removed by a specialist; never try to remove them by yourself because you can damage them or can even harm yourself.

Advantages of Fixed Dentures

This type of denture can last for many years, in contrast to snap-in dentures where there might be a moment when they’ll need adjustment; fixed dentures, if taken care of properly, can last up to 10 years.

They’re easier to keep clean than removable ones; all you have to do is brush them just as you would brush natural teeth. It is also important to floss daily and attend your dentist appointments.

Although with these dentures you can also eat a broad range of foods, you still have to be very careful with hard foods as your dentures can still get damaged.

Cost Difference

When searching for implant-supported dentures you might have noticed that the price of fixed dentures is higher than the cost of snap in dentures, this is because there's a difference in the number of implants necessary for each type of denture.

As mentioned before, snap-in dentures need around 2 to 4 implants to support the dentures, while fixed dentures require from 6 to 8 dental implants.

The more implants placed, the more stability the dentures will have, but also the more expensive they get.

Dentures Hygiene

Along with taking care of what you eat, proper hygiene is key for your dentures to last for many years. 


With snap-in dentures, you’ll have to remove them and wash them with a denture brush using a gentle cleanser so that any loose food and debris get brushed off the surface of your dentures.

You have to also brush your gums, tongue, and the roof of your mouth with a so soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive toothpaste before wearing your dentures. 

Fixed dentures users, as previously mentioned, have to brush as they would do with natural teeth.

It is important to try not to brush too aggressively as you can irritate and damage your gums.


Flossing is incredibly important when having implant-supported dentures, especially for those who have fixed dentures.

Patients who have implants are prone to suffer from gum disease caused by the accumulation of plaque near the implants. Because of this, it is very important to keep flossing to get rid of all the plaque in your mouth.

There are specially designed flossers for implants so you don’t have a difficult time flossing. 


Using mouthwash is a great way of removing food that was left behind, but remember, rinsing with mouthwash is not a replacement for brushing and flossing.

Which one is better?

Each one of these treatments has its advantages, so one cannot say which one is better, as it all depends on the patient's condition and needs.

During the initial consultation, your dentist will examine your case and discuss with you your needs and the state of your oral health. After this, you and your dentist will choose which option is the best fit for you.


Dentures at Sani Dental Group

Now that you understand the differences and benefits of these types of dentures you might be asking yourself where you can get the cheapest dentures.

Here at Sani Dental Group, you can get high-quality snap-in or fixed dentures in Mexico for an affordable price. You will be assisted by our highly qualified team of dentists who will provide you with the best dental experience.

We have locations in Los Algodones, Baja California, and Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling us at (928) 257 1307.

You can also check out the special deals we offer to make your visit a more pleasant experience here on our page.

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