All About Snap In Dentures

The Snap In Dentures are palateless, with housings that snap on and off from the mini implants' head.

The palateless denture clip-on and fits over the head of the implants (o-ball abutments); Only the pressure of your fingers is needed to clip it down. It is a removable prosthetic that you can remove and place back as many times as you need. 

A set of mini dental implants set on a model with Snap on dentures
Mini Implants with palateless dentures
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    The Snap On Dentures can clip over regular or mini dental implants. This page is about the Mini Implant Dentures (removable) Click on the following link if you need fixed dentures.

    What Are Snap In Dentures

    The Snap In Dentures are a removable palateless denture that snaps or clips on and off as often as needed. They provide a strong grip and the right occlusion to bite and chew most types of food.

    Snap On Dentures Fast Facts

    1. The Snap denture is palateless.
    2. It has specially adapted housings that let them clip on and off.
    3. The palateless denture clips over mini dental implants or regular size implants.
    4. The mini dental implant dentures are the right treatment for patients with bone reabsorption issues.
    5. Pull out the Snap-On Denture anytime! The denture snaps and locks into the abutments with the pressure of your fingers.
    The denture is palateless, and it will snap down to the head of the minis. It is an affordable solution to false teeth options.
    The denture is palateless, and it will snap down to the head of the minis. It is an affordable solution to false teeth options.

    Snap-In Dentures are palate-free; they don't cover the roof of your mouth. You will be able to feel the food's taste and temperature. 

    Snap On Dentures Pros And Cons

    There are many advantages to the treatment, but a removable prosthesis may be a withdrawal for some patients. Here are the Snap On Dentures pros and cons,



    Unlike the All On Four dental implants, where you have to wait six months until the implant fuse with the bone, the mini implants don't need the waiting time. You can have a new set of Snap-On Dentures after just eight days in Cancun.

    The Snap On Dentures cost is significantly lower than the All On Four, even at our clinic in Mexico. The price of each mini implant is 450 USD, while the price for the regular one is 900 USD.

    By placing mini implants, you place tension into your jawbone, you will preserve the bone density and avoid bone shrinking problems.



    If you want a fixed bridge over implants, the Snap On Dentures is NOT a treatment for you. You need the All On Four with permanent dentures.

    The Snap On Dentures is light, made of high impact acrylic which is very resistant but never as a Zirconia Prettau Implant Bridge which is very resistant. If you throw them to the floor, probably they could chip or break.

    The movement to clip or fit the dentures over the mini's abutments can wear down the rubber/metal housings. Replacing for new ones is easy; any dental lab can insert them again.

    The Mechanics Behind The Mini Implant Dentures

    The initial designs of the Mini dental implants were for temporary devices for oral rehabilitation.

    Nowadays, we use mini dental implants for the snap-on dentures, especially for people with low bone density and bone width problems (bone shrinking).

    Through minimal surgery, the mini dental implants are placed into your bone. The patient can clip on and off the dentures as often as they need, sleep, clean them, etc.

    Our technicians create a prosthesis; a palateless denture adapted with O-Ring housings. The housings will attach to the mini-implants abutments.

    Image of the head of the mini implants that will hold the Snap In Denture
    The Snap On Dentures come with rubber housings that will hook to the head of the mini dental implants.
    Mini Implant's head illustration.
    The ball-shaped abutment of the mini implants.

    How Do Snap In Dentures Work?

    The housings are the key behind the mechanism of the Snap In Dentures with mini implants; it is simple and based on connectors. 

    When connected with the o-shaped abutments, it creates a male/female type of connector. The o-shaped abutment is the male connector that attaches to the inner base housings (female connectors), providing strong retention.

    The abutment of the mini implant would be the male connector (it comes ball-shaped). The rubber/metal housings inserted into the inside base of the palateless denture are the female connector. 

    On the internal area of the denture are inserted rubber housings. When pushed down with the pressure of your fingers, the Snap-On denture fits and stays still when it clips down.  It will not move or slip. 

    These housings can be replaced with new ones when they wear down. The denture snaps, locks, or clips on as many times wanted.


    There are very few bio-compatible metals that do not trigger an immune response in the body. Thus, titanium is the material of what dental implants are made of and is entirely compatible with the human body.

    A regular size and a mini implant.

    Traditional implants are titanium screws that replace the root of a tooth. They can be placed in the upper or the bottom arch.

    Conventional dental implants are two pieces (implant and abutment); the diameter is over 3mm. They are more stable and can support a better weight distribution of the occlusion; it is less long-term stress on the jaw bone.

    With dental implants, when you set four or more per arch, you can get fixed dentures—a full-arch, fixed bridge attached to the implants' head.

    The traditional implant has two fundamental pieces: the post (root) and the abutment (where you load the crown). The abutment is a connector that bonds the restoration to the implant that is firmly attached to your bone.

    The Anatomy Of The Mini-Implant

    The mini implant (1.8 mm) is shorter than the regular size implants (3.75 mm). Mini's are smaller and slimmer than the traditional ones; they fit in areas where standard implants don't work.

    They are a solid one-piece screw with a ball-shaped end that shows out of the jaw bone. The Snap In Dentures' support comes from the rubber O-rings that fit around the mini implant ball. They come in different shapes and have ball abutments (they come o-shaped)

    Mini's cannot tolerate the same force of occlusion as a regular size implant; they have higher risks of breaking or bending. It is not the appropriate treatment for grinders.

    Mini Implants are the only option for patients with bone degeneration. They can help you buy some time until you get a permanent solution like a Zirconia Prettau Bridge.


    With Mini's, we can not load a permanent denture (fixed bridge), but we can charge a Snap-On denture that clips on and off.

    How Many Mini Implants Do You Need For Snap On Dentures?

    The surgeon will place 6 to 8 mini dental implants per arch (upper or bottom). Six to eight mini dental implants per arch provide more stability and retention to hold a full-arch prosthesis, a palateless denture.

    The head of the mini-implant is shaped like an o-ball and it will lock down the dentures when they snap.
    This is how the mini implant anchorage system works. The head is shaped like an O-Ball and the clip on denture comes with housings encrusted in the inner base.

    How Much Do Snap On Dentures Cost In Mexico?


    Six mini dental implants

    Palateless Snap In Dentures

    All waxings tests and consultations

    $3,900 USD


    Eight mini dental implants

    Palateless Snap In Dentures

    All waxings tests and consultations

    $4,800 USD

    Probably you won't find an affordable price for the treatment near you or anywhere in the United States. It is necessary to fly down to Cancun, Mexico to get the procedure at a reasonable price,

    These are immediate load Snap In Dentures; return home with a new smile after just one week in Mexico.

    Regain your confidence and health after eight days in Cancun! If you need extractions, please allow ten days on-site. Please do not count Sundays.

    Cancun is a popular destination for dental tourism in Mexico.
    Cancun is a popular destination for dental tourism in Mexico.

    A Strong Occlusion With Mini Implant Dentures

    Snap On Dentures in Mexico that clip on and off.

    The mini-implant Dentures gives back to the patients the ability to chew any food. It can be "hard" foods, such as nuts, carrots, etc.

    The denture will anchor to the head (abutments) of the mini-implants. You can be confident your denture will not move when you bite a steak or a chewy caramel bar. You can eat an apple, peanuts, or any food you enjoy!

    What does the Snap In Denture look like? The prosthesis is fabricated with high impact diamond acrylic. It is light and looks aesthetically natural. You will look younger too!

    It gives the patient the occlusion needed to chew the foods they want. The patient will stop worrying about a falling, moving, or ill-fitted denture. You can expect a regular occlusion.

    Is everyone a candidate for the mini-implant overdenture?

    Patients that suffer from Bruxism (Teeth grinding and jaw clenching) may not be candidates for the Snap On Dentures. Patients with severe bone loss might need a different treatment like zygomatic implants.

    If the bone deterioration is severe, you might not be a candidate either. Please send us your x-rays for a FREE quote.


    Can you customize my current denture and adapt it to be a Snap-On Denture?

    In some cases, we can customize your dentures and place them in rubber/metal housings (o-rings). We need to check your dentures first.

    The denture could be adapted if your current upper or bottom dentures are in good condition and adjust to your actual bone density levels, then the inserted rubber housings can be set into them.

    These aren't the "permanent dentures." If you want a fixed denture, please check the information on the All-On-4.

    If you would like to learn the difference between both treatments, please click here.

    Snap On Dentures Before & After

    Set of upper arch Snap On Dentures
    A set of palateless implant dentures for the upper maxilla
    Before and after of Snap On Dentures
    Image of a before and after of mini dental implants dentures.
    Before and after Snap On Dentures in Cancun

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Pull them off with the pressure of your fingers, then place them under the water tap for a couple of minutes.

    Brush the Snap dentures with a soft brush; you can use neutral soap.

    Also, you will need to brush your gums and we recommend the use of Waterpik to remove the food particles that could get stuck between the gums and the minis.

    * There is no need to keep or soak in water the dentures overnight.

    If we can adapt your conventional dentures the price is 120 USD each. Includes the removal of the palate, and a professional clean/polish. Check the cost breakdown for the Snap On Dentures with mini implants.

    Yes, you can pick the size, shape, and color of your new teeth!

    Yes, you can. It is a personal choice unless you suffer from Bruxism, you could use a custom-made nightguard or remove them during sleep.

    You will need to take the prescriptions supplied by the clinic after the surgery. Also, oral hygiene plays a crucial part in the recovery.

    We craft the palateless denture in high impact diamond acrylic. If you take good care, the denture could last for six to eight years. You will eventually need to replace the housings and get a professional clean and polish of it. Any denturist can complete the task.

    To remove Snap In Dentures, you need the pressure of your thumb and index fingers. Grab the denture with both hands at both edges. With the fingers' pressure, grab the denture and "unplug" the housing from the mini implant's head. To clip them back in, you push them against your jawbone or upper maxilla; the pressure will clip them on.

    No, you can ditch your dentures glue forever.

    Denture adhesive can cause stomach problems even if you use the best brand. The adhesive can lose adhesion, causing embarrassing situations while you speak, laugh, or eat.

    Treatment Steps For The Snap On Dentures in Mexico

    The first day is the evaluation day. We need to take a 3D Xray to verify you are a candidate for the mini implants. We also give you a treatment plan and prescriptions.

    We will proceed with any extractions left, and the mini's s are implanted.

    A couple of days later is your first wax test. We measure the shape and height of your new mini implant dentures. Also, we will choose the color of your new set of teeth.

    We will perform another wax test with the first sample. Changes are still possible at this stage. Once you approved the way they look, then the final denture is manufactured at our digital laboratory.

    After a couple of days, you test your palateless denture. You will wear the Snap In Dentures for the next 24 hours for a wearing test.

    Ditch Your Old Dentures


    Maybe you are one of those denture users that feel quietly unhappy

    People that wear traditional dentures cannot wait to ditch them! About 30 million people in the United States wear ordinary dentures. What are the most common denture problems that encounter people that wear traditional dentures?

    Traditional dentures cause many problems.
    With common dentures you would always be needing dentures glue.

    1.- Wearing traditional dentures can harm your complete health from being able to chew correctly to serious stomach problems. But, the most severe problem is bone deterioration.

    2.- Regular dentures cause sore gums, pain, and slippage problems. Some people need messy denture glue on a try to keep them secure. However, denture adhesive is not 100% safe. It also tastes terrible and may cause stomach problems.

    3.- With traditional dentures, you may feel unsafe when speaking, eating, or laughing. You may even find yourself avoiding social gatherings. Having problems with your teeth can seriously affect your social life. When you don't feel safe with your teeth, even your self-esteem can become compromised. You can also get depressed.

    4.- Halitosis is frequent in people that wear traditional dentures as food particles get stuck in the edges. You can easily remove the Snap-On Dentures to clean them.

    The complete Snap On Dentures with mini implants in Cancun, Mexico, takes eight entire days.

    Contact us for a FREE quote!

    Updated on November 24, 2020.