Frequently Asked Questions

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All-On-4 “Teeth in a Day”

Snap-In Implant Dentures

Single Tooth Implants and Bridges

Dentures

All-On-4 “Teeth in a Day”

Snap-In Implant Dentures

Single Tooth Implants and Bridges

Dentures

All-On-4

“Teeth in a Day”

Will I be able to eat with my new teeth the same day?

Yes! However, while your dental implants and new teeth are securely placed immediately, we do request that you keep up a soft foods diet during the four month healing period. What exactly do we mean? A good general rule is that you can eat anything you can cut with a plastic fork. We ask this because you're investing in a treatment that could last you several decades, perhaps even the rest of your life, and keeping to a soft food diet initially will allow for the best possible integration of your implants into your bone and help provide a great outcome long-term.

How long has the All-on-4 procedure been available?

This transformative procedure was created by Portuguese dentist Paolo Malo in the 1990s. Since then, this procedure has safely been performed on hundreds of thousands of patients all the while being improved upon to what you see today.

How do I take care of my All-On-4 teeth?

Taking care of your implants is very easy, but staying consistent is the most important. Similar to how we are supposed to regularly floss and brush natural teeth, you need do the same with the new implants and teeth. Only few minutes daily is all it will take to keep your mouth and implants healthy. Brushing your bridges with a soft bristle tooth brush and cleaning beneath them with a water flosser (WaterPik is a well-known and popular brand) a few times a day is all it will take.

Cigarette smoking can escalate the possibility of implant problems, so we recommend not using tobacco products with your dental implants. Diabetics should also be made aware of a heightened risk for complications with dental implants. Keeping diabetes under control is paramount for the long-term success of your implants.

Other than that, regularly follow through with your doctor consistently throughout the year for quick evaluations of your new implant teeth.

What will my new implant bridges feel like?

Your new dental implants will bring a new sensation and will take several days or sometimes several weeks to get used to.

Can I expect pain after this procedure?

Though your experience may vary, most patients can expect some discomfort and possible swelling afterwards. Many patients return the next day for their post op appointment reporting minimal soreness. You will be prescribed medication for pain to help reduce any discomfort. Also, if you are a candidate for it, the doctor will provide a steroid injection which will: help with pain and swelling for the first days of recovery.

Will there be pain after the procedure?

While experiences will vary, you should expect some discomfort and possibly swelling afterwards. Many patients return the next day for their follow-up examination reporting minimal discomfort. All patients are prescribed pain medication to help reduce any discomfort. Also, if you are a candidate for it, the doctor will give you a steroid injection which come in every six months to have your teeth examined and cleaned. Doing this will help ensure the longevity of your new teeth and implants.

What recovery time can I expect with dental implants?

This will vary from person to person, but, overall, the recovery period is faster and easier with this procedure compared to other full arch or full mouth replacement options. This is mostly thanks to the bridges being attached directly to your jaws by your implants. Classic dentures and implant dentures both require adjustment periods during which time the dentures can move and lead to sore spots. Generally, pain should subside mostly within one to two, with complete healing commonly after six months.

What is the difference between Springdale Dentures and Implants vs. a general dental practice that has a wide scope of dental services?

Our practice is limited to dental implants and prosthetics. Dental implants, and specifically "teeth-in-a-day," are our passion, and we are regularly working to ensure our patients get the best possible results. Many dental practices will refer you to multiple providers, use outside labs, and have complicated pricing. They can take many months or even years to complete the procedure while charging you 50-100% more. Your doctor performs the entire procedure from surgery to final teeth. We provide an on-site lab and experienced lab technician, to provide affordable and transparent pricing. By providing all these services under one roof, we are able to deliver the best service at the best price.

What is the difference between Springdale Dentures and Implants and national dental implant offices?

Springdale Dentures and Implants has the same advantages of the national implant practices by limiting our practice to dental implants and prosthetics. We have an on-site dental lab, very competitive pricing, and same day teeth. However, our office is privately owned, and every patient will be seen exclusively by our doctor. Our team focuses on the gratification of our patients instead of monthly quotas, cost cutting, and shareholders. At corporate implant practices, there is no guarantee that you will be seen by the same dentist who has the great online reviews or whom your friend recommended you to see. Our doctor oversees your procedure from beginning to end and the team will do everything to make sure you are thrilled with your new smile and treat you like family.

What about mini dental implants? Or snap in dentures?

Mini dental implants are not related to what we do at Columbus Dentures and Implants for our All-On-4 "teeth-in-a-day " procedure. Please proceed with caution at any office that recommends mini dental implants as a permanent implant solution. They have a very high failure and complication rate.

Snap-in implant dentures, on the other hand, are a fantastic option for some patients. Our office also provides this service and have an entire page dedicated to these if you would like to learn more. These may be a more economical alternative to All-On-4 "teeth-in-a-day" dental implants.

How often should I have my new teeth cleaned professionally?

You should (visit us every six months to have your implants checked and cleaned. Doing this will help ensure the longevity of your new teeth and implants.

Can dental implants fail?

Although titanium dental implants do have a 95+% success rate, yes, they can still fail. Some of the things which can contribute to failure:

  • Failure to integrate into the bone
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes

If your implant fails within the first year, your dentist will replace it for free.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

Excess saliva is perfectly normal when you first have an implant placed in your mouth. Your body senses it as foreign material and is trying to “flush” it out. The increased salivation should decrease within 2-3 days.

Can I be put to sleep for my procedure?

We do not currently use general anesthesia, we do, however, offer both oral & IV conscious sedation. Click here to learn more about your options. This medication will help relax you and typically makes it so you won't remember the procedure. For this, the doctor writes you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have someone driving you to and from for your procedure, due to the oral sedation pill(s). You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.

Are All-On-4 bridges always attached to the implants the day of the procedure?

Most cases will be attached immediately. In certain situations, mainly dependent on your bone quality and volume, we will not be able to install your dental bridge(s) the same day and you will need to wear an interim healing denture while your new implants bond to your bone. Our doctor will go over this in-depth at your exam.

How long can I expect to bleed after surgery?

Significant bleeding will have stopped before you leave the clinic, however, expect to have slight bleeding (oozing) for a few days after the procedure. In addition, you will most likely have increased salivation when we first put your temporary teeth in. When this extra saliva mixes with a little blood, it can look like a lot of blood. If heavy bleeding continues, please call the office.

Will I know how to use my prosthetic teeth right away?

Just as you will need practice in order to get used to functioning with a prosthetic leg, it will need some patience and practice to become accustomed with your prosthetic teeth. With that being said, since these are rigidly anchored to your jaw, All-On-4 dental implants will be the easiest to get comfortable with of all the full-arch implant options.

Will I automatically know how to speak with my new teeth right away?

Again, this will take some time, but with some patience and practice, your tongue and mouth will adjust quickly. "S’s" will be the trickiest to pronounce. Practicing words like "sarcastic" and "stupendous" will help you get accustomed to your new teeth. In some cases, patients may experience a slight lisp long-term with All-On-4 upper teeth.

How long after my procedure should I wait to use a water flosser or Waterpik?

You should wait 6 weeks after the procedure before you begin cleaning with a water flosser.

Am I too young for this procedure?

No, this is not just a procedure for the elderly. It’s actually very common for people in their 40s, 30s, and even 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be very beneficial to your overall physical health, and being able to smile, laugh, and converse confidently with teeth you’re proud of can benefit your emotional health.

What would be helpful to have ready for after my procedure?

  • Ice packs

  • Wash cloths you wouldn't mind throwing away

     

  • Comfortable clothes you don’t mind throwing out

     

  • Soft foods (see list above)

What will my prosthetic teeth be made from?

The final bridge is made out of zirconia. Zirconia is a much stronger and more stain resistant material than traditional acrylic All-On-4 implants that many offices provide. If you select another provider, be certain you know what kind of teeth you will be getting. If you do get acrylic denture teeth with a titanium bar with another office, expect to see staining around your teeth and to have them replaced every five to ten years. Also, be certain you know the total price you're going to pay for the procedure, temporaries, and final teeth. Other providers will charge you a base fee only for you to find you owe an additional five to fifteen thousand dollars for your final teeth.

How much can I expect to pay for the All-On-4 procedure?

The entire cost for a single arch (upper or lower) is $19,900. For both upper and lower arches, the total cost will be $39,000. Both prices include removing any remaining teeth, placing your implants, same day fixed temporary teeth, and the fixed permanent zirconia teeth. Other providers may charge a surgery fee, temporary fee, and then surprise you afterward with another fee for your final teeth. Our pricing is completely transparent, and we will not surprise you with any additional fees.

How can I get permanent teeth in a single day? I thought dental implants needed to heal?

What is unique about this procedure, and what allows us to attach to your metal implants immediately, is that all of your implants will be rigidly splinted together by the new teeth (the implant bridge). This process prevents the micro-movement of the implants that can lead to failure early on. Essentially, your implants and bridge support one another.

The dental implants will be made from titanium, the same metal used in replacement hip and knee joints, so your jawbone will naturally grow around and attach to them over time.

What if a different dentist has said that I'm not a candidate or do not have enough bone for implants?

Many patients that have been told they aren't candidates for dental implants are actually wonderful candidates for our "Teeth in a Day" procedure. A combination of using angled implants and using the front of the jaw bone where the bone is denser lets us complete the procedure for many patients that thought implants were not an option. We can usually perform this procedure without needing expensive grafting that delays treatment by months or even years. Please come see us for a free dental exam to learn if you are a candidate.

Can the extractions, implants, and fixed teeth really be completed in the same day?

Yes! Completing all steps in the same day is our preferred method of doing this procedure with the best outcome. With the advanced dental implants and materials available today, there is typically no reason to have to wait months or even years to complete the process like patients experienced in the past.

Is your doctor a specialist such as a peridontist, oral surgeon, or prosthodontist?

No, our doctor is a general dentist that limits their practice exclusively to prosthetics and dental implantology. This area of expertise is their passion, and they have more experience placing dental implants than most specialists and other general dentists. In very select cases, they will collaborate with another dental specialist to ensure that our patients receive the best possible treatment for their specific situation.

How can you offer the All-On-4, "Teeth in a Day" dental implant procedure for far less than other offices in the area?

Because of the high number of these procedures we perform and limiting our practice exclusively these procedures, we have advantages that other practices do not have. We have our in-house lab and lab technician along with a single dentist who performs the procedure start to finish. Because of these efficiencies, we are able to offer these procedures for our patients at the most competitive pricing available. Not only do we have the best prices, we also use only the finest dental implants and materials.

Are there payment plans available?

Yes. Our practice offers a variety of payment plans including third party financing. We work with our patients in any way possible to get them smiling again.

Click here for financing options.

Do you offer warranties or guarantees?

If a dental implant should fail to integrate we will replace it at no cost. We warranty the final dental bridge for 5 years. To keep this warranty, our patients must return every 6 months for maintenance and hygiene of their bridges/implants. This warranty does not apply to patients that continue to use nicotine products or have uncontrolled diabetes or develop other uncontrolled systemic conditions that compromise their implants.

How long will the procedure take?

Usually the surgery is about 1 hour per arch. Then, the lab portion of making your teeth takes another 2 hours. If we start in the morning, for a single upper or lower arch, patients are often finished around lunch time. If we are replacing both top and bottom teeth, we usually finish around 2:30 to 3:30 in the afternoon. Much of this time is waiting for the teeth to be made in our lab and trying them in to be certain your smile is just right. It is a long day, but will definitely be worth it in the end!

What if I don’t like my new teeth?

Our team does everything in our power to ensure you're thrilled with your new teeth. The teeth you get the same day of surgery are only a temporary/transitional set. When we fabricate your final teeth, you will have complete control of the design and appearance of your teeth.

What about out of town offices in Florida, Las Vegas, etc. advertising same day final teeth?

While this is a good service for many patients, if there are complications or teeth breaking, it can be very difficult to repair if you traveled thousands of miles away or out of the country. Most local dentists will not be willing to repair another practice's work. A major advantage of having a transitional set of fixed teeth on the day of your procedure is that you get to test them out and learn what you like/don’t like. For the final zirconia or nano-ceramic teeth, we can provide try-ins to ensure that your teeth look exactly like you want them to look. While it’s exciting to get your final teeth immediately, it can come with several serious drawbacks which cannot be ignored.

Will All-On-4 teeth rock (side to side, front to back)?

No, they are rigidly attached to your dental implants, which are rigidly anchored to your jaw. If your All-On-4 teeth begin rocking for any reason, call our office so we can schedule an exam.

Why do you call this procedure "teeth in a day" when I don’t get my final teeth until 4-6 months after the surgery?

It is referred to as "teeth in a day" because you will receive a set of implant-supported functional prosthetic temporary teeth in one day. Since there can often significant changes in your mouth during the healing and implant integration phase, it is best to begin with a transitional set of teeth. This helps ensure the best long-term outcome with your permanent teeth.

Can the temporary teeth be damaged?

Yes, the temporary teeth are made from acrylic and can chip, crack, and sometimes break. This can be quite common. The great thing about the acrylic temporary is that it can be easily repaired. If you have any issues with the temporary, just call our office and we’ll get it repaired right away.

Can the final teeth get damaged?

While it is possible for zirconia and nano-ceramic to get damaged, it’s very uncommon. These materials are among the most durable and strongest substances available in the dental world.

I already have a dental implant (or implants), can they be used for All-On-4?

Unfortunately, no. As your current dental implants will not be the correct position required by this procedure, and as bone reduction will be necessary, we cannot use your existing implants and they will most likely need to be removed.

Are my All-On-4 bridges removable?

No, you cannot remove the prosthetics yourself. Only the dentist is able to remove them. Prosthetic teeth are secured to your dental implants.

Can food get under my All-On-4 bridge(s)?

Yes, any prosthetic in the mouth can get some amount of food under it. You can rinse with water to remove food from under your bridge(s), and cleaning daily with a water flosser will be part of your long-term hygiene regimen.

How much time should I take off work to recover after surgery?

Of all complete teeth replacement options, All-On-4 often has the shortest time required before returning to work. Typically 4-7 days is enough. With that said, as there is always a chance of bruising and swelling, and you’ll need to become accustomed to speaking and eating with your new teeth, the more time you can take off, the better.

How many implants are needed?

An upper implant denture will need at least 4 dental implants. The lower implant denture requires at least 2 dental implants. The more implants you have, the more stable your denture will usually be. This is especially true for the lower denture. Three or four implants in the lower is usually much better than 2.

How much do implant dentures cost?

For pricing information on snap-in implant dentures click here!

I have had dentures for quite a while, am I still eligible for implants?

In many cases, yes! We’ll simply need to see you for a free exam, during which we will perform a 3D CBCT scan of your jaw to see if you have enough bone for dental implants.

Will I be able to use my implants (snap my dentures on to them) the same day of the procedure?

Unfortunately no, we need to allow enough time for the implants to integrate with your bone. This is what makes your implants truly secure and will help ensure you enjoy many years, or decades, of use out of them. We usually wait between 4 and 6 months before securing to your dental implants.

Will I experience pain after the implants are placed?

While experiences will be different, you can expect some discomfort and possibly swelling after your procedure. Many patients come in the following day for their post op appointment, reporting very little discomfort. You will be prescribed pain medication to help relieve any discomfort.

Can general anesthesia be used during my procedure?

Our office does not currently use general anesthesia, however, we do offer both IV and oral conscious sedation. To learn more about these options click here. This medication will help to relax you and usually makes it so you don’t even remember your procedure. If you choose this, we will write a prescription, which you can pick it up at your local pharmacy. NOTE: You MUST have a driver for your procedure, someone who can drive you after you have taken your oral sedation medication. You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking this medication.

Are implant dentures really secure?

Yes! They are much more secure than dentures alone, and we are able to increase the retention with even stronger inserts if you would like.

Can I remove the palate (roof of mouth) of this type of denture?

It depends. Ideally, we would need to spread the dental implants out in order to remove a portion of the palate in a snap-in denture. With our All-On-4 procedure, we can guarantee the ability to remove the palate, however that isn't always an option with snap-in dentures.

When we are able to remove the palate, this increases the sense of taste for many patients, and also increases hot and cold sensitivity, making for a more natural experience. For those patients with a severe gag reflex, removing the palate of the denture may also help provide relief.

When can I have the palate (center part that covers the roof of the mouth) removed from my denture?

If you are a candidate for a palate-less denture, it will be removed from your final denture. This will happen after healing and osseointegration are finished and we are ready to attach to your implants, approximately 4-6 months after placement of your implants.

How often will the implant inserts require changing?

Usually once or twice per year. This will depend on the number of implants you have, the strength of your bite, how often you take your dentures in and out, and several other factors.

WARNING: PLEASE DO NOT BITE YOUR DENTURES INTO PLACE ON YOUR IMPLANTS! This can wear out the inserts much faster. Only place your implant dentures in by hand.

What is alveoloplasty? Why is it important?

Alveoplasty is a procedure where the doctor contours your jawbone. This procedure is important because it can significantly improve the fit and comfort of your dentures.

What are tori? Must they be removed?

Tori are bony knots that can develop in the mouth of some patients. They are harmless, however, they might keep your denture(s) from fitting properly, so the doctor will often recommend having them removed.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

This is totally normal when you first have a prosthesis (denture) placed in your mouth. Your body senses it as a foreign object and is trying to “flush” it out. This increased salivation should stop within 2-3 days.

How long can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

Significant bleeding will have ceased before you leave our clinic, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for one to three days after the procedure. Also, you will most likely notice increased salivation when we first put your denture(s) in. When this increased saliva mixes with a small amount blood, it can look like much more. If heavy bleeding does not stop, please call the office.

A home remedy that still works really well to encourage clotting and reduce bleeding is to use tea bags. Get a standard tea bag, dampen it, squeeze out the excess water, place it on the extraction site (or sites), and the bags will help you heal. Multiple tea bags can be used if needed. Replace the tea bags if they become saturated with blood. The process can be repeated as many times as needed.

Is this procedure offered with zirconia (non-metal) implants?

We do not currently offer this type of implant. While titanium dental implants have been used for decades with a long track record of success, zirconia implants are very new to the market, so we can't be certain what their success will be long-term. We want the most successful, most predictable long-term results for our patients, and for these reasons, we do not offer zirconia implants at this time.

Will food get stuck beneath my denture implant(s)?

Yes, any oral prosthetic can get some amount of food beneath it. The great thing about implant dentures is how easy they are to clean. Simply remove them; clean the denture(s), your gums, and implants; and snap them back in.

How long should I take off work to recover after the procedure?

Each patient is different. Some return to work the following day, others wait up to two weeks. Since there is always the chance of swelling and bruising, and you’ll need to get used to eating and speaking with the new teeth; the longer you can take off, the better.

What is a soft liner?

A soft liner is a cushion we place inside your denture to help it fit and feel better as your mouth heals and changes shape following extractions.

Am I too young for snap-in dentures?

No, this is not just an option for seniors. It’s actually quite common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be very helpful for your general physical health. Also, having teeth which allow you to have a confident smile, laugh, and converse can be very beneficial for your psychological health. Again, wanting to replace teeth earlier in life is not uncommon.

What items should I have ready for after my procedure?

  • Ice packs
  • Wash cloths you don’t mind throwing away
  • Comfortable clothes you don’t mind throwing away
  • Soft foods such as:
          - soups
          - yogurt
          - cottage cheese
          - smoothies
          - protein shakes
          - eggs
          - mashed potatoes (gravy optional)

Once I have my new teeth attached, will I know how to use them right away?

Just as you would need practice in order to get used to walking with a prosthetic leg, you will need patience and practice to become used to your new prosthetic teeth. With that being said, since they are attached with implants, your dentures will be much easier to get used to than regular dentures.

Will I know how to speak with my new teeth right away?

This will also take a little time, but with some practice and patience, your tongue and mouth will quickly adjust. The letter S will be the toughest to pronounce. Practicing words like “Mississippi” and “sixty six” will help you get used to the new teeth. In some cases, patients may have a slight lisp long term with implant dentures.

Will my dentures move?

Some people might experience a slight amount of rocking with their implant dentures. For patients who have two bottom implants, these will need to be placed in the front of the jaw making it possible for some rocking to occur. A small amount of adhesive at the back on both sides of the bottom denture will usually take care of this.

I can’t stand having the roof of my mouth covered. What are my options?

In this case, your best bet would be the All-On-4 procedure. Not all snap-in dentures can have the palate removed.

Can I remove implant dentures?

Yes. Having removable implant dentures makes cleaning them extremely easy. Simply take them out; clean the denture(s), the gums, and implants; then snap them back in.

Can implants fail?

While titanium dental implants do have a 95+% success rate, yes, they can still fail. Some of the things that can cause them to fail:

  • failure to integrate into the bone
  • smoking
  • diabetes

If an implant fails within the first year, your dentist will replace it at no charge to you.

What is involved with maintaining implant dentures?

  • Snaps | Occasionally you’ll need to change out the snap rings in the implant dentures. These wear and lose retention over time as you take your teeth in and out. They’re quick and inexpensive to have changed out.
  • Cleanings | Similar to natural teeth, you’ll need to have your implants professionally cleaned periodically. Any buildup on your implants will be removed and the dentures will be cleaned.
  • Periodic re-fittings | Your mouth will still change over time, so the dentures may need to be re-fitted to ensure their best performance and make certain that unnecessary stress isn’t being put on the implants.
  • Home maintenance | It only takes a few minutes a day. Remove your dentures 1-2 times per day and brush them with a denture brush or very soft bristled toothbrush. Also, don’t forget to clean the implants. Scrub these with a very soft dental brush too.

Single Tooth

Implants & Bridges

Will I need a dental implant for each of my missing teeth?

It depends. Since every case is unique, our doctor will need to see you for a consultation to determine the best course of treatment for you.

Can you put a temporary crown or bridge on the implant the same day it’s placed?

Unfortunately not at this time, we do not place temporary crowns or bridges on implants that have just been placed. The reason for this is that we want as little force as possible placed on the implants while waiting for them to fuse with the jawbone.

How much do dental implants cost?

Am I eligible for dental implants?

Most patients are candidates for dental implants, even those who've been told they were not in the past. Call our office to schedule your free exam and let's see what we can do to help.

What kind of after care will my dental implant(s) need?

Take care of them like natural teeth:

  • Floss and brush twice a day.
  • Get professional cleanings at intervals recommended by your dentist.

What do prosthetic teeth look like?

In your mouth, they look almost exactly like a natural tooth. The implant body (the screw) will not be visible in your mouth. It is under the gums in your bone.

Will it function and feel like a natural tooth?

Yes! It will feel different from a natural tooth but will function the same.

How long should I take off work to recover after my procedure?

Most patients are able to return to work either the same day or the next day. Certain cases could require more time off from work.

What is the process to get an implant?

Our process is very straight forward. The implant is placed in your jawbone and is left alone to integrate for 4-6 months. After this, we take impressions and have the new tooth fabricated. If bone grafting is required, this can increase treatment time.

Is my implant removable?

No, once your implant is completed, you will not be able to remove it.

Can I be put to sleep for the procedure?

Our office does not currently use general anesthesia, we do, however, provide both oral & IV conscious sedation. Click here to learn more about your options. The medicine will help to relax you and typically makes it so you don’t even remember the procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can fill it at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have a driver to and from for this procedure, because of the sedation medication. You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.

How long can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

Most of the bleeding will have stopped before you leave the office, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 days after the procedure. Additionally, you will most likely notice increased salivation when we first put your denture(s) in. When this increased saliva mixes with a small amount blood, it can look like a lot of blood. If heavy bleeding continues, please call the office.

A home remedy which still works quite well to help clotting and stop bleeding is to use tea bags. Get a regular tea bag, get it damp, squeeze out the excess water, place it on the extraction site (or sites), and the bags will help you clot. Multiple tea bags can be used if needed. Replace the tea bags if they get saturated with blood. The process can be repeated as many times as you need.

Can I expect a lot of pain after the surgery?

While your experience may vary, you should expect some discomfort and some swelling afterwards. Many patients return the following day for their follow-up appointment reporting minimal discomfort. All patients are prescribed pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort.

Is this procedure offered with zirconia (non-metal) implants?

Our practice does not currently offer this type of implant. While titanium dental implants have been used for decades with a long track record of success, zirconia implants are very new to dentistry, so we can't be certain what their viability will be long-term. We want the most successful, most predictable long-term results for our patients, and for these reasons, we do not use zirconia implants at this time.

Can dental implants fail?

While titanium implants do have a 95+% rate of success, yes, they can still fail. Some of the things that can contribute to failure:

  • Failure to integrate into the bone
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes

If your implant fails within the first year, our doctor will replace it at no charge to you.

What are immediate dentures?

As the name implies, immediate dentures are those which are placed immediately after the natural teeth are taken out. They help control bleeding and swelling by acting like bandages over your extraction sites.

What process can I expect when getting immediate dentures?

The complete process usually takes 6 months, but may take longer for some patients.

  • Impressions are taken before your procedure with your natural teeth still present. From these impressions, your dentures are made.
  • Procedure – your teeth are removed and your new teeth are placed.
  • Series of soft liners (soft re-fittings) over 6 month healing period.
  • Final re-fit (processed hard reline) at end of 6 month healing period.

What is it like getting used to these dentures?

This experience will be different from patient to patient, but it does require patience and practice. Your mouth will be going through significant changes over the 6 month healing period. Remember, this will get easier with time and we will be here for you through the entire process.

My friend's dentures look very fake. Will mine look like that?

Absolutely not. A common fear patients have is that their dentures will not look natural and people will know they're dentures. Our highly skilled lab team will make sure you don't end up with "horse teeth" or "chiclets," just beautiful, natural-looking teeth. No one will know.

How will dentures fit?

Denture fit mostly depends upon the anatomy of the one wearing them. Full top dentures often fit relatively well, acting like a suction cup against the roof of the mouth. Full bottom dentures are known to feel loose and have an inclination to "float" in your mouth since your cheeks and tongue are continually working to dislodge them. It's for this reason that we strongly encourage dental implants with bottom dentures.

How will I chew with these new dentures?

Cut your food up into smaller pieces, chew smaller bites, and chew with food on both sides of your dentures to even out your bite.

I can’t taste as much with these dentures. Is that common?

Yes, the palate of a complete top denture covers the taste buds on the roof of the mouth reducing your taste sensitivity.

My lower denture is difficult to function with. Is this common?

Yes, bottom dentures are more difficult to function with than top dentures. The tongue and cheeks moving will push and pull on the bottom denture and dislodge it. Speak with the doctor to see if you’re a candidate for lower dental implants. They help tremendously with lower denture fit and function.

My dentures feel like they’re getting loose?

This is common with immediate dentures. Your gums and jaws will shrink down after extractions. This leaves space between the gums and dentures. We place soft liners in your dentures to fill in this gap. This should help your dentures fit and feel better as you heal.

What are denture adjustments and how often will I need them?

New dentures can have certain spots that rub slightly and can cause sore spots. During a denture adjustment, we will target the spot(s) on your denture that are irritating you, decrease the amount of pressure apply to the gums, and smooth them thoroughly. This is completely normal with all new dentures and one or more adjustments can be expected.

Will I be charged for denture adjustments?

We provide denture adjustments free of charge for the first 6 months after delivery of your final teeth or permanent hard reline. After this time, there is a small fee to adjust your dentures.

How do I take care of my dentures?

  • Clean them every day with antibacterial hand soap and either a denture brush or a very soft bristled tooth brush
  • Store your dentures in water when not in use

What should I use to clean the dentures?

  • Either denture cleaner or antibacterial hand soap and either a very soft bristled tooth brush or denture brush. Scrub them at least once daily
  • Soak them in a denture cleanser (optional)
  • Ultrasonic cleaner

Should I take my dentures out when I sleep?

Yes, we do recommend removing your dentures when you sleep and also whenever possible throughout the day. This gives your gums time to “rest” and get natural, cleansing saliva flow to them. Also, if you naturally grind your teeth, removing your dentures will help you increase their usable life significantly.

Can I boil my dentures to clean them?

No! Do not boil the dentures to clean them. The heat can warp your dentures. If this happens, they will need to be replaced.

Can the dentures be damaged?

Yes, your dentures are made from an acrylic base and acrylic teeth. While these materials are very strong, they can be damaged. Be careful to not drop your dentures, especially onto hard surfaces like porcelain sinks, tile floors, etc.

One of the most frequent ways dentures can be damaged beyond repair is when a dog (or sometimes cat) gets ahold of them. Animals and pets enjoy chewing on dentures and have been known to damage them irreparably very quickly. Be extra careful to put your dentures up where your pet can’t get to them.

If my dentures are damaged, are they repairable?

Yes, in many cases they can. One of the great features of acrylic dentures is the affordability and ease of repairing them compared to other materials. And in most cases, repairs can be finished the same day.

Can I expect pain after this procedure?

While your experience may vary some, most patients can expect mild soreness and some swelling after your procedure. Many patients come in the next day for their follow-up appointment reporting very little soreness. All patients are prescribed medication for pain to help reduce any discomfort.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

This is perfectly normal when you first have a prosthesis placed in your mouth. Your body senses it as foreign material and is working to “flush” it out. This increased salivation should subside within 2-3 days.

Can I be put under for my procedure?

Our office does not currently use general anesthesia, we do, however, offer both IV and oral conscious sedatives. Click here to learn more about the options. This medication will help relax you and often makes it so you won't even remember the procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have someone driving you both ways for this procedure, due to the oral sedation pill(s). You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.

What are full dentures?

Full dentures are dentures that replace all of your natural teeth in either the upper arch, lower arch, or both.

What are partial dentures?

Partial dentures are dentures that replace some of your missing teeth in an arch. They typically attach to the surrounding, natural teeth for stability and support.

What are the advantages of dentures?

  • Improved confidence | Great looks and a new smile.
  • Looks | Dentures offer great looks and are easily customized for each individual.
    Facial support | Dentures help to fill back out areas of the face that have sunken in following tooth loss.
  • Improved nutrition | Better chewing leads to better digestion and improved nutrition.
  • Affordability | Dentures are the most cost-effective way to replace a full arch (upper or lower) or an entire mouth of teeth.
  • Improved quality of life

What are the differences between denture levels?

Our dentures provide improved wear resistance, better stain resistance, and longer warranties as you move up in levels.

Will I know how to eat with my new teeth immediately?

Just as you would need practice in order to become used to functioning with a prosthetic leg, it will require some practice and patience to become used to your new teeth. Patience and practice are the keys to improving with your new dentures as quickly as possible.

Will I know how to speak with my prosthetic teeth right away?

Again, this will take some time, but with some practice and patience, your tongue and mouth will quickly adjust. "S’s" will be the most difficult to pronounce. Practicing saying words like "sarcastic" and "stupendous" can help you get used to your prosthetic teeth. In a few cases, patients may experience a slight lisp long-term with dentures.

Can food get under my dentures(s)?

Yes, any prosthetic in your mouth can get some amount of food under it. The convenient thing about dentures is how easy it is to clean them. Just take them out; clean your gums and the denture(s); and place them back in.

How long should I take off work for recovery after my extractions?

Usually 4-7 days is enough time for recovery. With that said, as there is always the chance of bruising and swelling, and you’ll need to become accustomed to speaking and eating with your dentures, the longer you can take off, the better.

What are soft liners?

A soft liner is a cushion that is placed in your denture throughout the healing process. It fills in the spaces that are created as you heal helping your dentures to feel and fit better.

I feel like I’m too young for dentures?

No, this is not just a procedure for seniors. It’s actually quite common for people in their 40s, 30s, and even 20s to need their teeth replaced. Replacing bad teeth can be very beneficial to your overall health, and being able to smile, laugh, and converse confidently with teeth you can be of can benefit your emotional health.

What items should I have ready for after my procedure?

  • ice packs
  • wash cloths you don’t mind throwing away
  • comfortable clothes you don’t mind throwing away
  • soft foods such as:
  • soups
  • yogurt
  • cottage cheese
  • smoothies
  • protein shakes
  • eggs
  • mashed potatoes (gravy optional)

Can I have the palate (middle part that covers roof of your mouth) removed from my denture?

The majority of the palate of the denture needs to remain. Cutting this out removes a great deal of stability and nearly all of your natural suction. A portion of the palate can sometimes be removed for patients with denture implants.

What are tori? Do they need to be removed?

Tori are bony knots that develop in the mouth of many patients. They are not harmful, however, they can prevent your denture(s) from fitting comfortably, so your doctor will often recommend having them removed.

How long can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

Substantial bleeding will stop before you leave the clinic, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for a few days after your procedure. In addition, you will most likely notice increased salivation when we first put your temporary teeth in. When this extra saliva mixes with a small amount of blood, it can look like more blood than it is. If you experience heavy bleeding, please call our office.

A home remedy which still works really well to encourage clotting and reduce bleeding is the use of tea bags. Just get a standard tea bag, dampen it, squeeze out the extra water, place it on the extraction site (or sites), and the bags will help you heal. Multiple tea bags can be used if needed. Replace the tea bags if they become saturated with blood. The process can be repeated as many times as needed.

My dentures are making my gums sore, can this be improved?

There are several reasons that can cause sore gums: higher pressure spots, movement of your denture(s), and just ordinary wearing of the dentures.

  • High pressure spots | these are normal with new dentures and often only require simple adjustments
  • Denture movement | this can rub sores on the gums gradually. Securing your dentures with implants can greatly reduce this issue.
  • Wearing dentures | dentures are foreign objects in your body. They are a fantastic replacement for missing teeth, but they can still aggravate the body after a long day. Consider scheduling time to take your dentures out and give your gum tissue a chance to "rest."

Can my dentures wobble?

Yes, this is possible. Dental implants often provide the stability that is missing with dentures alone. Click here for more info.

Denture adhesive may also be useful for some patients.

I don't like having something covering the roof of my mouth. What options do I have?

Dental implants can give the security you need. Click here for more info.

Are immediate dentures removable?

Yes, these are removable. They come in and out of the mouth and are kept in place either by natural suction for the upper or denture adhesive. Not all patients will have natural suction with their top denture for a number of reasons (palatal torus, flat palate, bone loss, etc.)

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