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”

Can I eat with my new teeth immediately?

Yes! However, while your implants and teeth are firmly placed from day one, we do ask that you keep up a soft foods diet during the four month healing timeframe. So what does that mean? A good general rule is that you can eat any food you can cut with the side of a plastic fork. We ask this because you are investing in a treatment that can last you many decades, perhaps even the rest of your life, and keeping to a softer diet during the healing period will allow the best union your implants into the bone and help establish a fantastic long-term outcome.

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

This life-changing solution was pioneered by Portuguese dentist Paolo Malo in the 1990s. Since then, this procedure has safely been performed on hundreds of thousands of individuals and has been improved upon to the method you see today.

How do I care for my All-On-4 teeth?

Taking care of your teeth is easy, but consistency is the key. Similar to how we are supposed to regularly brush and floss natural teeth, you need do this with the All-On-4 teeth and implants. A few minutes a day is all it will take to keep your implants and mouth healthy. Regularly brushing your bridges with a soft bristle tooth brush and cleaning under 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 complications, so we recommend not using tobacco products with dental implants. Patients with diabetes should also be made aware of a heightened possibility of problems with dental implants. Controlling your diabetes is very important for the long-term success of your new implants.

Other than that, regularly follow through with your doctor consistently during the year for quick examinations of your new All-on-4 implants.

What do the new implant bridges feel like?

The new dental implants will bring a new sensation which will take a few days or sometimes a few weeks to get used to.

Is there excessive pain with this procedure?

Although you can expect moderate pain, it is similar to the pain associated with standard teeth extractions. We use a combination of medications to help control the pain and keep our patients as comfortable as possible.

Is there pain after this procedure?

Though your experience may vary some, most patients can expect mild discomfort and possibly swelling afterwards. Many patients return the next day for their follow-up appointment reporting very little pain. All patients are prescribed medication for pain to help reduce any discomfort. Also, if you are a candidate for it, your doctor will give you a steroid shot which will: help reduce discomfort and swelling for the first few days.

What is the recovery time like for this procedure?

This will vary from person to person, but, overall, the recovery time is faster and easier with All-on-4 implants compared to other complete teeth replacement options. This is mostly due to the bridges being attached directly to the bone by your implants. Conventional dentures and implant dentures both require recovery periods during which time the dentures can move and lead to sore spots. The pain should decline for the most part within one to two, with full healing typically after six months.

What is the difference between Sacramento Dentures and Implants and another dental practice offering a wide range of dental services?

We limit our practice to dental prosthetics and implants. Dental implants, and especially "teeth-in-a-day," are our passion, and our team is constantly working to ensure our patients receive the best possible results. Other dental practices will refer you to other providers, use outside labs, and have inconsistent pricing. They will take several months or even years to complete your procedure while charging you 50-100% more. Your doctor performs the complete procedure from surgery to final teeth. We provide an in-house dental lab and certified lab technician, along with transparent and affordable pricing. By providing all these services at one location, our team is able to deliver a premium service at an affordable price.

What is the difference between your practice and national implant offices?

At Sacramento Dentures and Implants, we have the same advantages of the national implant offices by limiting our practice to dental implants and prosthetics. We have an in-house dental prosthetic lab, very competitive pricing, and same day teeth. However, we are privately owned, and each patient will be seen exclusively by our doctor. Our team focuses on the satisfaction of our patients instead of cost cutting, shareholders, and monthly quotas. With corporate implant offices, there is no guarantee that you will be treated by the same doctor that has the great reviews or whom your friend recommended you to see. Our doctor oversees your complete procedure and our team will do everything we can to make sure you are overjoyed with your new smile and treat you like family.

How does this compare to snap in dentures or mini dental implants?

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 recommending mini dental implants as a permanent restoration solution. They have a very high complication and failure rate.

Snap-in implant dentures, on the other hand, are a wonderful option for some patients. We also provide this option and have an entire page dedicated to these if you want to learn more. They may be a more budget-friendly alternative to All-On-4 "teeth-in-a-day" dental implants.

How frequently should I have my dental implants professionally cleaned?

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 implants fail?

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

  • Failure to integrate into the bone
  • Tobacco use
  • Diabetes

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

 

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

This is completely 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. This increased salivation should decrease within 2-3 days.

Can I be put under for my procedure?

We do not currently use general anesthesia, we do, however, offer both IV and oral conscious sedation. To learn more about these options click here. The medication will provide relaxation and typically makes it so you don’t remember your procedure. For this, the doctor writes you a prescription, and you can fill it 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 same day as the procedure?

Most cases will be attached immediately. In certain situations, mostly depending on the quality of your bone and volume, we will not be able to attach your bridge(s) the same day and you will need to wear an interim healing denture while your new implants integrate into your bone. Your doctor will go over this in-depth at your examination.

How long can I expect to bleed after surgery?

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

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

Just as you would need practice to get used to walking with a prosthetic leg, it will need some practice and patience to get used to your prosthetic teeth. All that being said, since they are firmly attached to your jaw, All-On-4 teeth will be the easiest to get comfortable with of all the full-arch restoration options.

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

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

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

Patients should wait six weeks after the procedure before you begin cleaning with a water flosser.

Am I too young for the dental implants?

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 quite beneficial to your overall physical health, and having the ability to speak, smile, and laugh confidently with teeth you’re proud of can benefit your psychological health.

What items should I have ready ahead of my procedure?

  • Ice packs
  • Wash cloths you wouldn't mind throwing out
  • Comfortable clothes you don’t mind throwing away
  • Soft foods (see list above)

What will my prosthetic teeth be made of?

We make the final bridge out of zirconia. Zirconia is much stronger and more resistant to staining and wear than conventional acrylic All-On-4 implants that many providers offer. If you select a competing office, be certain you know what kind of material they will be using. If you do decide on acrylic prosthetic teeth with a titanium bar with a different office, you can expect to see staining surrounding the teeth and to have them replaced every five to ten years. Also, be certain you understand the total price you are going to pay for the surgery, temporary teeth, and final new teeth. Other practices may charge you a base fee only for you to find out you owe an additional $5,000-$15,000 for your new teeth.

How much does the All-On-4 procedure cost?

The entire cost for the single arch (upper or lower) is $19,900. For both upper and lower arches, the total cost is $39,000. Both prices include removing any remaining teeth, placing your implants, same day fixed temporary teeth, and your fixed permanent zirconia teeth. Other offices often charge an operation fee, temporary teeth fee, and then surprise you at the end with yet another fee for your final teeth. Our pricing is completely transparent, and we will not surprise you with any extra costs.

How can I get new teeth in only one day? I thought dental implants needed to heal?

What is unique about this procedure, and what allows us to attach new teeth your metal implants from day one, is that all of your implants will be rigidly held in place by your new teeth (the implant bridge). Splinting them together prevents the micro-movement of the implants that can lead to early failure. Basically, your implants and bridge support one another.

Your dental implants are made from titanium, the same metal used in replacement knee and hip joints, so your jaw will naturally grow around and bond with them over time.

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

The majority of patients that have been advised they are not candidates for dental implants are actually fantastic candidates for the All-On-4 procedure. The combination of using angled implants and using the front of the jaw where the bone is more dense lets us perform the procedure for many patients who thought implants were not right for them. Our team can usually perform this procedure without needing expensive grafting that delays treatment by months or even years. Please come see us for a free implant exam to see if you're a candidate.

Will the extractions, implants, and new teeth really be completed in the same day?

Yes! This is our preferred way of doing this procedure with an ideal final result. With the leading dental implants and materials available today, there is often 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, the doctor is a general dentist who limits their practice to prosthetics and dental implantology. Dental implantology is their passion, and they have placed more dental implants than most specialists and other general dentists. In very select cases, they will collaborate with other dental specialists to ensure that our patients get the best possible treatment for their situation.

How do you offer the All-On-4, "Teeth in a Day" dental implant procedure for far less than other local dental practices?

Because of the high number of these procedures we perform and limiting our practice to dental implants, we have advantages that other practices do not have. Our office has in-house lab and lab technician along with a single dentist who performs the entire procedure. 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 lowest prices, we also use only the finest dental implants and zirconia teeth.

Are payment plans available?

Yes. Our practice offers multiple 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.

Does your practice offer warranties or guarantees?

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

How long will the All-on-4 procedure take?

Typically the surgery takes about 1 hour per arch. Then, the lab portion of making the teeth takes about 2 hours. If we begin in the morning, for a single upper or lower arch, patients are usually done around lunch time. If we are replacing both top and bottom teeth, we usually finish closer to 2:30 to 3:30 in the afternoon. Most of this time is waiting for the teeth to be produced in our lab and trying them in to be certain your smile is exactly how you want it. It is a long day, but will definitely be worth it in the end!

What if I'm not happy with my new teeth?

Our team does everything in our power to ensure you love your new teeth. The teeth you receive the same day of the procedure are only a temporary/transitional set. When we fabricate your final teeth, you will have full control of the design and appearance of your smile.

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

While this can be a good fit for many patients, in the rare case of complications or broken teeth, it can be very difficult to repair if you traveled thousands of miles away or out of the country. Most local practices will not be willing to repair another dentist's work. A major advantage of having a temporary set of fixed teeth on the day of your procedure is you get to test them out and discover what you like/don’t like. For the final zirconia or nano-ceramic teeth, we can offer try-ins to ensure that your teeth look exactly the way you want them to look. While it’s great to get your final teeth immediately, doing this does come with some serious drawbacks that cannot be ignored.

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

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

Why do you call it "teeth in a day" when I don’t receive my permanent teeth until 4-6 months after my surgery?

The procedure is referred to as "teeth in a day" because you are receiving a set of implant-supported functional prosthetic temporary teeth in one day. As there are often major changes to your mouth during the implant integration and healing phase, it is best to start with a transitional set of teeth. This ensures the best long-term outcome with your permanent teeth.

Can my temporary teeth get damaged?

Yes, the temporary teeth are made of acrylic and can chip, crack, and occasionally break. This is 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 you fixed up right away.

Can my final teeth get damaged?

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

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

Unfortunately, not. As your current dental implants will not be the proper position that this procedure requires, 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 these yourself. Only the dentist is able to remove them. They are secured to your 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 get food out from under your bridge(s), and cleaning daily with a water flosser will be included in your long-term hygiene regimen.

How long should I take off work for recovery after surgery?

Of all full arch replacement options, All-On-4 often has the shortest time required before returning to work. Generally 4-7 days is sufficient. That being said, since there is always the chance of swelling and bruising, and you will need to get used to eating and speaking with your new teeth, the more time you can take off, the better.

How many implants are needed?

An upper implant denture requires at least 4 dental implants. A lower implant denture requires at least 2 implants. The more dental implants you have, the more secure the denture will typically be. This is certainly true with the lower denture. 3 or 4 implants in the lower is generally much better than two.

How much do implant dentures cost?

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

I’ve had dentures for quite a while, can I still get implants?

In most cases, yes! Our doctor will simply need to see you for a free consultation, 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?

No, we must allow enough time for your implants to integrate with the 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 typically wait between 4 and 6 months before attaching to your dental implants.

Will I experience pain after the procedure?

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

Can general anesthesia be used during my procedure?

Our practice does not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer both oral & IV conscious sedation. To learn more about these options click here. This medication will help you relax and usually makes it so you do not even remember the procedure. If you choose this, we will write a prescription, and you can pick it up at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: A driver is REQUIRED for this procedure, someone who can drive you after you have taken your oral sedation pill(s). You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.

Are implant dentures really secure?

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

Can I remove the palate (roof of mouth) of the 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's not always the case 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, creating a more natural experience. For those patients with a severe gag reflex, removing the palate of the denture can also help provide relief.

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

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

How frequently will the implant inserts need to be changed?

Typically once or twice per year. This often depends upon how many implants you have, the strength of your bite, how frequently you remove and replace your dentures, and several other factors.

WARNING: PLEASE DO NOT BITE YOUR DENTURES INTO PLACE ON YOUR IMPLANTS! This will wear down the inserts significantly 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? Do they need to be removed?

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

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

This is completely normal when you first have a prosthesis (denture) placed in your mouth. Your mouth senses it as a foreign object and attempts to “flush” it out. The increased salivation should subside within two to three days.

How long can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

Significant bleeding will have stopped before you leave the clinic, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 days after the procedure. In addition, you can expect to 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 does not stop, please call our office.

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

Do you offer this procedure with zirconia (non-metal) implants?

We do not currently offer this type of implant. While titanium dental implants have been around for decades with a long track record of success, zirconia implants are very new to dentistry, 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 use zirconia implants at this time.

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

Yes, any oral prosthetic will get some amount of food under it. The wonderful thing about implant dentures is they are incredibly easy to clean. Just take them out; clean the denture(s), your gums, and implants; and snap them back in.

How long should I take off work for recovery after the procedure?

Each patient is different. Some return to work the next day, others wait a week or two. Since there is always a chance of bruising and swelling, and you will need to get used to eating and speaking with the new teeth; the more time 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 this procedure?

No, this is not only a procedure for the elderly. It is very common for patients in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be extremely helpful for your general physical health. Also, having teeth which allow you to have a confident smile, laugh, and converse can be hugely beneficial for your emotional health. Again, wanting to replace teeth early in life is not rare.

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 prosthetic teeth attached, will I know how to use them right away?

Just as you would need practice to get used to functioning with a prosthetic leg, you will need patience and practice to become used to your new replacement teeth. With that being said, since they are attached with implants, your dentures will be quite a bit easier to get used to than traditional dentures.

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

This will also take a little time, but with some practice and patience, your mouth and tongue will quickly adjust. S’s will be the most difficult to pronounce. Practicing words like “Mississippi” and “sixty six” can 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 patients may experience very slight rocking with their implant dentures. For patients who have 2 lower implants, these must be placed in the front of your mouth making it possible for some rocking to occur. A dab 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.

Are implant dentures removable?

Yes. Having removable implant dentures makes cleaning them very convenient. Just take them out; clean the denture(s), the gums, and implants; and snap them back in place.

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 in 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 affordable to have changed out.
  • Cleanings | Just like with natural teeth, you’ll need to have your implants professionally cleaned periodically. Any buildup on the implants will be removed and the dentures will be cleaned.
  • Periodic re-fittings | Your mouth can still change over time, so the dentures will need to be re-fitted to ensure their best performance and make certain that unnecessary stress isn’t being applied to your implants.
  • Home maintenance | This only takes a few minutes a day. Take your dentures out 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 as well.

Single Tooth

Implants & Bridges

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

It depends. Since every case is unique, we'll need to see you for a consultation to figure out the appropriate 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 which have just been placed. This is because we want as little force being placed on the implants as possible while waiting for them to integrate with your jawbone.

How much do dental implants cost?

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Most people are good candidates for dental implants, even those who've been told they weren't in the past. Call our office to schedule your consultation 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 regular cleanings at intervals recommended by your dentist.

What do implant teeth look like?

In the mouth, they look almost identical to 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 for recovery after the procedure?

Most patients can return to work either the same day or the following day. Some cases may require more time off from work.

What is the process to get a dental implant?

Our process is very straight forward. The implant is placed into your jawbone and is left alone to integrate for 4-6 months. Afterward, 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, however, we do offer both IV and oral conscious sedation. Click here to learn more about the options. This medicine will provide relaxation 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 local pharmacy. NOTE: You MUST have someone driving you to and from for your procedure, due to the sedation medication. You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.

How long will I bleed after the procedure?

Significant bleeding will have ceased before you leave our office, however, expect to have a bit of bleeding (oozing) for one to three days after the procedure. Additionally, you can expect to notice increased salivation when we first put your denture(s) in. When this increased saliva mixes with a little blood, it can look like a lot of blood. If heavy bleeding continues, please call the office.

A home remedy that still works really well to encourage clotting and reduce bleeding is to use tea bags. Just get a standard tea bag, get it damp, squeeze out the extra water, place it on your 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 become saturated with blood. The process can be repeated as many times as needed.

Can I expect a lot of pain after the procedure?

Though experiences will vary, you can expect some discomfort and possibly swelling afterwards. Many patients come in the following day for their post op appointment reporting minimal pain. You will be prescribed pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort.

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

Our practice does not currently use 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 success will be long-term. We want the most successful, and predictable long-term results for our patients, and for these reasons, we do not use zirconia implants at this time.

Can implants fail?

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

  • Failure to bond to the bone
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes

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

What are immediate dentures?

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

What is the process for getting immediate dentures?

The process often takes 6 months, but can take longer for some patients.

  • Impressions will be taken prior to your procedure with your natural teeth still present. From these impressions, the dentures are made.
  • Procedure – your teeth will be extracted 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 immediate dentures?

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

Some dentures look so fake. Will mine look like that?

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

How will dentures fit?

Denture fit largely depends upon the anatomy of the person wearing them. Full upper dentures tend to fit rather well, acting like a suction cup against the roof of your mouth. Full lower dentures are known to feel loose and have a tendency to "float" in your mouth since your tongue and cheeks are constantly working to dislodge them. It is for this reason that we strongly recommend dental implants with lower dentures.

How will I chew with the new dentures?

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

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

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

The bottom denture is difficult to function with. Is this normal?

Yes, lower dentures are more difficult to function with than upper dentures. Your tongue and cheeks moving push and pull on the lower denture and dislodge it. Talk with your 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 becoming loose?

This is normal with immediate dentures. Your jaws and gums will shrink down after extractions. This leaves a gap between the gums and dentures. We place soft liners beneath 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 are they needed?

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

Is there a charge for denture adjustments?

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

How do I take care of my dentures?

  • Clean them daily with antibacterial hand soap and either a denture brush or a very soft bristled tooth brush
  • Store them in water when not wearing them

What do I use to clean my dentures?

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

Should I remove my dentures before bed?

Yes, we do recommend taking your dentures out when you sleep and also whenever you can throughout the day. This gives your gums time to "relax" and get natural, cleansing saliva flow to them. Also, if you naturally grind your teeth, removing your dentures will help you increase their functional life significantly.

Should I boil the dentures to clean them?

No! Do not boil your dentures to clean them. The heat can warp them. If this happens, you will have to replace them.

Can the dentures be damaged?

Yes, the dentures are made from an acrylic base and acrylic teeth. Although these materials are very strong, they can become damaged. Be careful to not drop them, especially onto hard surfaces such as porcelain sinks, ceramic tiles, etc.

One of the most frequent ways dentures are damaged beyond repair is when a dog (or sometimes cat) gets ahold of them. Animals and pets love to chew 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 best features of acrylic dentures is the affordability and ease of repair compared to other materials. And in many cases, repairs can be finished the same day.

Will there be pain after the procedure?

Though experiences will vary some, most patients should expect mild discomfort and possibly swelling after your procedure. Many patients return the next day for their follow-up appointment reporting very little discomfort. You will be prescribed pain medication 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 a foreign object and is trying to “flush” it out. The increased salivation should decrease within a few days.

Can I be put to sleep for my procedure?

We do not currently use general anesthesia, we do, however, offer both IV and oral conscious sedatives. Click here to learn more about your options. This medicine will provide relaxation and often makes it so you won't remember your procedure. For this, the doctor writes you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have a driver 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.

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 advantages can I expect from 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 | Improved chewing ability leads to better digestion and better 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 in your denture levels?

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

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

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

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

Again, this will take a little time, but with a little patience and practice, your tongue and mouth will adjust quickly. "S’s" will be the toughest to pronounce. Practicing words like "stupendous" and "Mississippi" will help you get accustomed to your prosthetic teeth. In some cases, patients may have a slight lisp long-term with dentures.

Can food get beneath my dentures(s)?

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

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

Generally 4-7 days is sufficient time to recover. That being said, since there is always a chance of swelling and bruising, and you’ll need to become accustomed to eating and speaking with your dentures, the more time you can take off, the better.

What are soft liners?

A soft liner is a cushion which is placed inside your denture through 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 only for the elderly. It’s actually quite common for people in their 40s, 30s, and 20s to need their teeth replaced. Replacing bad teeth can be quite beneficial to your overall health, and having the ability to speak, smile, and laugh confidently with teeth you’re proud of can benefit your psychological 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 which covers roof of the mouth) removed from the denture?

Most of the palate of the denture needs to remain. Removing this also removes a great deal of security and almost 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 surgery?

Substantial bleeding will stop before you leave our office, however, you can expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for a few days after the procedure. Additionally, you will most likely have increased salivation when we first place your temporary teeth. When this increased saliva mixes with a small amount of blood, it can look like a lot of blood. If heavy bleeding continues, please call the office.

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

My dentures make my gums sore, what can I do for this?

There are many things that can cause sore gums: higher pressure spots, movement of your denture(s), and just plain old wearing of the dentures.

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

Can my dentures rock?

Yes, it is possible. Dental implants can give the stability needed with dentures alone. Click here for more info.

Denture adhesive may also be helpful for some patients.

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

Dental implants often provide the stability you want. Click here for more info.

Can I remove immediate dentures?

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

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