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 from day one?

Yes! However, although your implants and new teeth are firmly in place immediately, we do request that you maintain a soft foods diet throughout the 4 month healing timeframe. What exactly do we mean? A simple guide is you can eat anything which you can cut with a plastic fork. We ask this because you're investing into a treatment that can last you several decades, even the rest of your life, and keeping to this soft diet initially will allow for the best union your implants into your bone and help ensure the best long-term outcome.

For 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 been safely performed on hundreds of thousands of patients all the while being improved upon to the method we use today.

How do I take care of my dental implants?

Caring for your new teeth is simple, however staying consistent is the key. Similar to how we are meant to routinely brush and floss natural teeth, you need do the same with your All-On-4 implants and teeth. Just a 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 under them with a water flosser (WaterPik is a well-known and popular brand) a few times a day is all it takes.

Smoking can escalate the possibility of implant complications, so we recommend not using tobacco products with your dental implants. Patients with diabetes should also be aware of a heightened possibility of complications with dental implants. Keeping diabetes under control is very important for the long-term success of your new implants.

Other than that, simply follow through with your doctor consistently during the year for quick evaluations of your new dental implants.

What will my new implant bridges feel like?

Your new dental implants will be a new sensation and will take a few days or sometimes a few weeks to become accustomed to.

Will there be a lot of pain with this procedure?

Although you can expect moderate pain, it is similar to the pain common with typical dental extractions. We use a combination of medications to help control your pain and keep you as comfortable as possible.

Is there pain after the procedure?

While your experience may vary some, most patients should expect some soreness and some swelling after your procedure. Many patients return the following day for their post op appointment reporting very little discomfort. You will be prescribed medication for pain to help reduce any discomfort. Also, if you’re a good candidate for it, your doctor will provide a steroid shot which will: help alleviate swelling and discomfort for the first days of recovery.

What is the recovery time like for dental implants?

Experiences will vary from patient to patient, but, most often, the recovery period is shorter and easier with this procedure compared to other full arch or full mouth replacement options. This is mainly thanks to the bridges being attached directly to your jaws via the implants. Traditional dentures and implant dentures both require healing periods during which time they are able to move and cause sore spots. The pain should decline for the most part within 1-2 weeks, with complete healing typically after 6 months.

What is the difference between your practice vs. another local office offering a wide scope of dental services?

We limit our practice to dental implants and prosthetics. Dental implants, and specifically "teeth-in-a-day," are our passion, and our team is continually working to ensure our patients get the best results possible. Many practices will often refer you to multiple providers, use outside labs, and have inconsistent pricing. They often take several months or even years to complete the procedure all the while charging you 50-100% more. Our doctor will perform your procedure from surgery to final teeth. We provide an on-site prosthetics lab and experienced lab technician, to provide affordable and transparent pricing. By having all this at one location, our practice is able to deliver a premium service at an affordable price.

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

Cincinnati Dentures and Implants has the same advantages of the corporate dental implant offices by focusing our practice on dental implants and prosthetics. We have an on-site dental lab, very competitive pricing, and offer teeth the same day. The advantage is, we are privately owned, and every single patient will be seen exclusively by our doctor. We focus on the satisfaction of our patients instead of monthly quotas, cost cutting, and shareholders. With national implant centers, there is no guarantee that you will be treated by the same dentist that has the great reviews or whom you were recommended to see. Our doctor oversees your procedure from beginning to end and the team will do everything we can to be certain you are overjoyed with your smile and treat you like family.

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

Mini dental implants are not related to our All-On-4 "teeth-in-a-day " procedure. Please proceed cautiously at any office recommending mini dental implants as a permanent implant solution. This method has a very high failure and complication rate.

Snap-in implant dentures, on the other hand, are a great option for some people. We also provide this option and have a separate page dedicated to these if you would like to learn more. This option 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?

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

Can implants fail?

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

  • Failure to bond to the bone

 

 

Tobacco use

 

 

Diabetes

 

 

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

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

Excess saliva is perfectly normal when you first have a prosthesis placed in your mouth. Your mouth 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 to sleep for the procedure?

Our office does not currently put patients to sleep, we do, however, offer both oral & IV conscious sedation. To learn more about your options click here. The medication will help to relax you and often makes it so you don’t even 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 both ways for your procedure, because of the sedation medication. 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?

In most cases these will be attached straightaway. In certain situations, mainly depending on your bone quality and quantity, we would not be able to install your dental bridge(s) during your procedure and you'll need to wear an interim healing denture while your implants bond to the bone. Our doctor will review this in-depth during your evaluation.

How long will I bleed after surgery?

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

Will I automatically know how to use my prosthetic teeth immediately?

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

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

Again, this will 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 saying words like “Mississippi” and “sixty-six” will help you get accustomed to your prosthetic teeth. In a few cases, patients may have a slight lisp long-term with All-On-4 upper teeth.

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

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

Am I too young for the dental implants?

No, this is not just a procedure for senior citizens. 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 extremely beneficial to your long-term health, and having the ability to speak, smile, and laugh confidently with teeth you’re proud of can benefit your emotional health.

What items should I have ready ahead of the procedure?

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

What will my final teeth be made from?

We make the final bridge out of zirconia. Zirconia is much stronger and more resistant to staining and wear than traditional acrylic All-On-4 implants that many dentists use. If you choose a competing provider, make sure you know what kind of teeth you will be getting. If you do decide on acrylic denture teeth with a titanium bar with a different office, you can expect to see staining surrounding your teeth and to have them replaced every 5-10 years. Also, be certain you understand the total price you're going to pay for the operation, temporaries, and final new teeth. Other practices may charge you a base fee only for you to find you owe an additional five to fifteen thousand dollars for your new teeth.

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

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 the removal of any remaining teeth, placing your implants, same day fixed temporary teeth, and your fixed permanent zirconia teeth. Many practices will charge an operation fee, temporary fee, and then surprise you at the end with yet another fee for your final teeth. Our pricing is fully transparent, and we will never surprise you with any additional fees.

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

The unique thing about this procedure, and what lets us attach to your implants from day one, is that all of the implants will be rigidly splinted together by the new teeth (the implant bridge). Splinting them together prevents the micro-movement of the implants that can lead to early failure. Essentially, your implants and dental bridge all support each other.

Your dental implants will be made of titanium, the same material used in artificial 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 am not a candidate for this or don't have enough bone for dental implants?

Many patients who have been told they aren't candidates for dental implants are actually good candidates for our All-On-4 "Teeth in a Day" procedure. A combination of utilizing angled implants and using the front of the jaw where the bone is more dense allows us to complete this procedure for many patients who thought implants were not an option. Our team can usually perform this procedure without needing expensive grafting that delays treatment by months or years. Please come see us for a free implant exam to see if you are a candidate.

Can the extractions, implants, and new teeth really be completed in just one day?

Yes! This is our preferred method of performing this procedure with the best final result. With the leading dental implants and materials that we have available today, there is usually no reason for you to wait months or even years to complete the process like patients experienced in the past.

Is your doctor a specialist such as a prosthodontist, periodontist, or oral sugeon?

No, the doctor is a general dentist that limits their practice to dental implantology and prosthetics. Dental implantology is their passion, and they have placed more dental implants than most specialists and other general dentists. In limited select cases, the doctor will collaborate with another dental specialist to ensure that their patients get the best possible treatment for their specific situation.

How do we provide the All-On-4, "Teeth in a Day" dental implant procedure for so much less than other local dental practices?

By performing a high number of these procedures and limiting our practice exclusively dental implants, we have advantages that other practices simply do not. We have our in-house lab and lab technician and 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. Not only do we have the best prices, we also use only the finest implants and zirconia teeth.

Are there payment plans available?

Yes. We offer multiple payment options 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 fails 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 hygiene and maintenance of their bridges and implants. The warranty does not apply to patients that continue to use nicotine products or have uncontrolled diabetes or develop other uncontrolled systemic conditions which compromise their implants.

How long does this procedure take?

Usually the surgery takes 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 usually finished by lunch time. If we are replacing both upper and lower teeth, we usually finish around 2:30 to 3:30 in the afternoon. Most 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 the final product!

What if I don’t like my new teeth?

We do everything in our power to ensure you love your new smile. The teeth you get the same day of the procedure 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 practices in Florida, Las Vegas, etc. advertising same day final teeth?

While this is a good fit for some 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 temporary set of fixed teeth on the day of your surgery is you get to test them out and learn what you like/don’t like. For the final zirconia or nano-ceramic teeth, we can do try-ins to ensure that your teeth look exactly the way you want them to look. While it can be exciting to get your final teeth immediately, it can come with some serious drawbacks that cannot be overlooked.

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

No, these are firmly attached to your implants, which are rigidly anchored in your jaw. If your new teeth begin moving for any reason, call our office so we can schedule an exam.

Why do you call it "teeth in a day" when I won’t receive my final teeth until 4-6 months after the procedure?

The procedure is referred to as "teeth in a day" because you are receiving a set of implant-supported working 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 start with a transitional set of teeth. This ensures the best long-term outcome with your permanent teeth.

Can my temporary teeth be damaged?

Yes, your temporary teeth are made from acrylic and can chip, crack, and occasionally break. This can be very 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 my permanent teeth get damaged?

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

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

Unfortunately, not. As your current implants will not be the proper position that this procedure requires, and as bone reduction will need to be performed, we cannot use your current 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. Prosthetic teeth 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 remove food from under your bridge(s), and cleaning daily with a water flosser will be included in your long-term hygiene routine.

How much time should I take off work for recovery after surgery?

Of all the complete teeth replacement options, All-On-4 often has the shortest time required before returning to work. Typically 4-7 days is sufficient. With that said, since there is always a 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 will I need?

The upper implant denture requires at least 4 dental implants. The lower implant denture will require at least 2 implants. The more dental implants you have, the more secure your denture will generally be. This is particularly true with the lower denture. 3 or 4 implants in the lower is generally much better than only 2.

How much do implant dentures cost?

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

I have had dentures for a long time, am I still eligible for implants?

In many cases, yes! Our doctor will simply need to see you for a free consultation, during which we will do a 3D CBCT scan of your jaw to see if you have enough bone for dental implants.

Will I get to use the 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 your bone. This is what makes the implants truly stable and will help ensure you enjoy many years, or decades, of use out of them. We typically wait between four and six months before securing to your implants.

Will there be pain after the implants are placed?

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

Can general anesthesia be used during my procedure?

We do not currently use general anesthesia, however, we do offer both oral & IV conscious sedation. To learn more about these options click here. This medication will help you relax and often makes it so you don’t even remember the procedure. If you choose this, we write you 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 the oral sedation medication. 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 we are able to increase the retention with stronger inserts if you prefer.

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 ability to taste for many patients, and often 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 will I be able to 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 your final denture. This is after healing and osseointegration are complete and we are ready to attach to your implants, usually 4-6 months after placement of your dental implants.

How often will my implant inserts require changing?

Usually 1 to 2 times per year. This will depend upon the number of implants you have, the strength of your bite, how many times you remove and replace your dentures, and multiple other factors.

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

Tori are bony knots that can develop in the mouth of many patients. Tori are not harmful, however, they can 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 totally normal when you first have the prosthesis (denture) placed in your mouth. Your body senses it as a foreign object and attempts to “flush” it out. The increased salivation should stop within two to three days.

How long will I bleed after the procedure?

Significant bleeding will have ceased before you leave the office, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for one to three 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 encourage clotting and stop bleeding is the use of tea bags. Just get a regular tea bag, get it damp, squeeze out the excess water, place it on your 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. This process can be repeated as many times as you need.

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

We do not currently provide 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 the market, so we do not know 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 offer zirconia implants at this time.

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

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

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

Every patient is different. Some return to work the next day, others wait up to two weeks. Since there is always a chance of swelling and bruising, and you will need to get used to eating and speaking with your 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 a procedure for the elderly. It is very common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be hugely helpful for your overall physical health. Also, having teeth which allow you to have a confident smile, laugh, and converse can be very helpful for your emotional health. Again, needing to replace teeth early 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 prosthetic teeth attached, will I know how to use them right away?

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

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

This will also take some time, but with some patience and practice, your mouth and tongue will quickly adjust. S’s will be the toughest to pronounce. Practicing words like "sarcastic" and "seventy seven" can help you get used to the new teeth. In some cases, patients might have a slight long-term listp with implant dentures.

Will my dentures still rock?

Some people may experience very slight rocking with their implant dentures. For patients with two bottom implants, these must be placed in the front of your mouth making it possible for some rocking to happen. A small amount of adhesive at the back on both sides of the bottom denture will usually correct 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 extremely convenient. Just take them out; clean the denture(s), your 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 maintenance of implant dentures?

  • Snaps | From time to time 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 fast and affordable to have changed out.
  • Cleanings | Similar to natural teeth, you’ll need to have the implants professionally cleaned periodically. Any buildup on your 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 sure that unnecessary stress isn’t being put on the implants.
  • Home maintenance | It 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, remember to clean the implants. Scrub these with a very soft dental brush too.

Single Tooth

Implants & Bridges

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

It depends. As every case is unique, our doctor will need to see you for a consultation to determine the appropriate treatment for you.

Can I get 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 we wait for them to integrate with your 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 I need to perform with my dental implant(s)?

Care for them like natural teeth:

  • Brush and floss twice daily.
  • Get regular cleanings at intervals recommended by your dentist.

What do prosthetic teeth look like?

In your mouth, they look almost identical to a natural tooth. The implant body (the screw) won't be visible in your mouth. It is under the gums in the 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 much time should I take off work to recover after my 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 fuse for 4-6 months. After this, we take impressions and have the new tooth fabricated. If bone grafting is required, this may 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?

We do not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do provide both oral & IV conscious sedation. Click here to learn more about your options. The medicine will provide relaxation and often makes it so you won't remember the procedure. For this, the doctor writes you a prescription, and you can fill it at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have a driver both ways for your procedure, due to the oral sedation pill(s). You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.

How long can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

Significant bleeding will have ceased before you leave the office, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for one to three days after the procedure. Also, you might 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 our office.

A home remedy that still works really well to encourage clotting and reduce bleeding is to use tea bags. Get a regular tea bag, get it damp, squeeze out the excess water, place it on your 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. This 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 soreness and possible swelling after your procedure. Many patients come in the following day for their post op examination reporting minimal soreness. You will be prescribed pain medication to help reduce any discomfort.

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

Our practice does 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 do not know what their viability 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 dental implants fail?

Although 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 bond to the bone
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes

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

What are immediate dentures?

As the name implies, immediate dentures are those that are placed immediately after the natural teeth are removed. They help control swelling and bleeding; they act like bandages over the extraction sites.

What is the process of getting immediate dentures?

This process usually takes 6 months, but can take more time for some patients.

  • Impressions are taken prior to the procedure with your natural teeth still present. From these impressions, your 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 the new dentures?

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

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

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

How do dentures fit?

The fit of dentures mostly depends on the anatomy of the one wearing them. Full upper dentures usually fit rather well, acting like a suction cup against the roof of the mouth. Full lower dentures tend to feel loose and have an inclination to "float" in the mouth since your tongue and cheeks are continually working to dislodge them. It's for this reason that we highly encourage dental implants with lower dentures.

How will I chew with the new dentures?

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

I can’t taste as much with these dentures. Is this normal?

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

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

Yes, lower dentures are more difficult to function with than top dentures. Your tongue and cheeks moving push and pull on your bottom denture and dislodge it. Talk with the doctor to learn if you’re a candidate for lower implants. They can 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 a gap between the dentures and gums. 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 are they needed?

New dentures often have certain spots that rub slightly and can cause sore spots. During the denture adjustment, we will pinpoint the spot(s) on your denture that are irritating you, decrease the amount of pressure apply to the tissue, and smooth them thoroughly. This is completely normal with all new dentures and one or more adjustments should 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 period, there is a small fee to adjust the dentures.

How do I care for my dentures?

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

What should I use to clean my dentures?

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

Should I remove my dentures when I sleep?

Yes, we do recommend taking your dentures out 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're a teeth grinder, removing your dentures will help you increase their usable life significantly.

Can I boil the dentures to clean them?

No! Do not boil your 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, the dentures are made from an acrylic base and acrylic teeth. While these materials are quite strong, they can be damaged. Be careful to not drop them, especially onto hard surfaces like quartz countertops, ceramic tiles, etc.

One of the most common ways dentures can be 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 quite fast. Be extra careful to put them up where your pet can’t reach 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 completed the same day.

Is there pain after the procedure?

While your experience may vary some, most patients should expect mild discomfort and some swelling afterwards. Many patients return the next day for their post op appointment reporting very little pain. All patients are prescribed medication for pain to help alleviate any discomfort.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

Excess saliva is completely normal when you first have an implant 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 2-3 days.

Can I be put under for the procedure?

Our office does not currently use general anesthesia, however, we do provide both oral & IV conscious sedatives. Click here to learn more about the options. The medicine will help relax you and often makes it so you won't even remember the procedure. For this, the doctor writes you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your local pharmacy. NOTE: You MUST have a driver to and from 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 advantages can I expect from dentures?

  • Enhanced confidence | Great looks with your 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 leads to better digestion and better nutrition.
  • Affordability | Dentures are the most cost-effective way to replace a full arch (upper or lower) or a full mouth of teeth.
  • Improved quality of life

What are the differences in your denture levels?

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

Will I know how to eat with my dentures immediately?

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

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

Again, this will take a little time, but with a little patience and practice, your mouth and tongue will adjust quickly. "S’s" will be the trickiest to pronounce. Practicing words like “Mississippi” and “sixty-six” can help you get used to your prosthetic teeth. In a few cases, patients may have a small lisp long-term with dentures.

Can food get beneath my dentures(s)?

Yes, any prosthetic in the 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 put them back in.

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

Typically 4-7 days is enough time to recover. With that said, since there is always the 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 that is placed in your denture through your healing process. It fills in the spaces which are created as you heal helping your dentures to fit and feel better.

Am I 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 20s to need their teeth replaced. Replacing bad teeth can be quite beneficial to your overall physical health, and having the ability to laugh, converse, and smile 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 portion which covers roof of your mouth) removed from my denture?

Most of the palate of the denture needs to stay. Removing this also removes a great deal of security and almost all of your natural suction. A portion of the palate may 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 the clinic, however, expect to have some bleeding (oozing) for a few days after the procedure. Additionally, you'll most likely see increased salivation when we first place your temporary teeth. When this extra saliva mixes with a little 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 quite well to help clotting and reduce bleeding is to use tea bags. Just get a standard tea bag, dampen it, 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 get saturated with blood. The 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 reasons which can cause sore gums: higher pressure spots, movement of the denture(s), and just ordinary wearing of the dentures.

  • High pressure spots | these are normal with new dentures and typically just require slight adjustments
  • Movement of the denture(s) | this can rub sores on your gums gradually. Securing your dentures with implants can greatly reduce this problem.
  • Wearing dentures | dentures are foreign objects in your body. They can be a wonderful replacement for missing teeth, but they can still aggravate the body 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, this is possible. Dental implants can give the stability that is missing with dentures alone. Click here for more info.

Denture adhesive can also be useful for some patients.

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

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

Can I remove immediate dentures?

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

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