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, although your dental implants and new teeth are securely placed from day one, we do request that you keep up a soft foods diet throughout the 4 month healing timeframe. So what do we mean? A simple guide is that you can eat any food that can be can cut with the side of a plastic fork. The reason for this is that you're investing in a treatment that can last you decades, possibly the rest of your life, and keeping to a soft food diet during the healing period will allow for the best union your implants into the bone and help provide a great long-term outcome.

For how long has this procedure been around?

This life-changing solution was developed by Portuguese dentist Paolo Malo in the 1990s. Since that time, this procedure has safely been performed on hundreds of thousands of patients and has been improved upon to what you see today.

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

Caring for your implants is very easy, but consistency is key. Similar to how we’re supposed to regularly brush and floss natural teeth, you should do the same with your new implants and teeth. Only few minutes daily is all you will need to keep your implants and mouth healthy. Brushing your bridges with a soft bristle tooth brush and cleaning beneath them with a water flosser (WaterPik is a very popular, well-known brand) a few times a day is all that's required.

Smoking can escalate the risk of implant problems, so we recommend not smoking with dental implants. Patients with diabetes should also be made aware of an increased risk for complications with dental implants. Controlling your diabetes is very important for the long-term success of your implants.

Other than that, simply follow up with your doctor consistently during the year for quick evaluations of your new implant teeth.

What will my new implant teeth feel like?

Your new implant bridges will be a new sensation which will take several days or sometimes a few weeks to get used to.

Is there a lot of pain with the procedure?

Although there will be moderate pain, it is similar to the pain common with standard teeth extractions. We use a combination of medications to help control your pain and keep our patients as comfortable as we can.

Can I expect pain after this procedure?

While your experience may vary, most patients can expect mild soreness and possibly swelling after your procedure. Many patients come in the following day for their post op exam reporting very little pain. You will be prescribed pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort. Also, if you are a candidate for it, your doctor will offer a steroid shot which will: help with swelling and pain for the first few days.

What recovery time can I expect for All-on-4 dental implants?

Experiences will vary from person to person, but, generally speaking, the recovery period is faster and easier with All-on-4 implants compared to other full arch or full mouth restoration options. This is mainly due to the bridges being attached directly to your jaws via your implants. Traditional dentures and implant dentures both require recovery periods during which time the dentures can move and cause sore spots. The pain should decline for the most part within 1-2 weeks, with complete healing commonly after 6 months.

What is the difference between your practice and a general dental office offering a wide range of dental services?

Our practice is limited to dental implants and prosthetics. Dental implants, and particularly "teeth-in-a-day," are our passion, and our team is constantly working to ensure our patients receive the best results possible. Many offices will refer you to other providers, use outside labs, and have confusing pricing. They will take many months or even years to complete your procedure all the while charging you 50-100% more. Your dental surgeon performs your procedure from surgery to final teeth. We have an in-house lab and expert lab technician, along with transparent and affordable pricing. By providing all this at one location, our office is able to deliver the best service at the best price.

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

Prescott Dentures and Implants has the same advantages of the corporate dental implant centers by limiting our practice to dental prosthetics and implants. Our office has an on-site dental prosthetic lab, competitive pricing, and offer teeth the same day. The advantage is, our office is privately owned, and every patient will be seen exclusively by our doctor. We focus on the satisfaction of our patients instead of monthly quotas, cost cutting, and shareholders. At corporate implant centers, there is no guarantee that you'll be seen by the same dentist who has the great online reviews or whom you were recommended to see. Our doctor oversees your complete procedure and the team will do everything to be certain you are thrilled with your smile and take care of 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 restoration solution. These have a very high complication and failure rate.

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

How often should I get my new teeth cleaned professionally?

You should (visit us every 6 months to have your teeth checked and cleaned. This will help ensure the longevity of your new teeth and implants.

Can dental implants fail?

Although titanium 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
  • Tobacco use
  • Diabetes

If your implant fails during 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 a prosthesis 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 to sleep for the procedure?

We do not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer oral conscious sedation. This medication will help to relax you and often makes it so you don’t even remember your procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have a driver 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 All-On-4 bridges always attached to the implants the same day as the procedure?

Most cases will be attached straightaway. In certain cases, mostly dependent on your bone quality and quantity, we would not be able to install your bridge(s) the same day and you will need to wear a temporary healing denture while your implants fuse to the bone. Your doctor will go over this thoroughly during your evaluation.

How long will I bleed after surgery?

Significant bleeding will stop before you leave our office, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 days after the procedure. In addition, you will most likely have increased salivation when we first place your temporary teeth. When this increased saliva mixes with a little blood, it can look like more blood than it is. If heavy bleeding continues, please call our office.

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

Just like you would need practice to get used to functioning with a prosthetic leg, it will need some patience and practice to get used to your prosthetic teeth. All that being said, since these are firmly anchored to your jaw, All-On-4 dental implants will be the easiest to get used to of all our full-arch replacement options.

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

Again, this will take some time, but with some practice and patience, your mouth and tongue will quickly adjust. "S’s" will be the trickiest to pronounce. Practicing words like "sixty-six" and "sarcastic" can help you get used 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 expect to wait 6 weeks after the procedure before beginning to clean a water flosser.

I feel like I’m too young for this procedure?

No, this is not only for senior citizens. It’s actually quite 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 long-term health, and having the ability to speak, smile, and laugh confidently with teeth you can be of can benefit your emotional health.

What should I have ready for after the procedure?

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

What will my new teeth be made from?

We make the final bridge from zirconia. Zirconia is much stronger and more resistant to staining and wear than traditional acrylic All-On-4 implants that many offices provide. If you select another provider, make sure you know what kind of material they will be using. If you do get acrylic prosthetic teeth with a titanium bar with a different office, you can expect to have staining around the teeth and to replace them every five to ten years. Also, be certain you understand how much you're going to pay for the procedure, temporaries, and final teeth. Other practices may charge you a base fee only for you to find you owe another $5,000-$15,000 for the final product.

How much does the All-On-4, "Teeth in a Day" procedure cost?

The entire cost for the single arch (upper or lower) is $19,900. For both arches, the total cost is $39,000. These prices include removing any remaining teeth, placing the implants, same day fixed temporary teeth, and your fixed permanent zirconia teeth. Other practices may charge a surgery fee, temporary teeth fee, and then surprise you at the end with another fee for your final teeth. Our pricing is fully transparent, and we will never surprise you with any extra costs.

How can I get permanent teeth in a single day? I thought the implants had to heal?

The unique thing about this procedure, and what allows us to attach teeth your implants from day one, is that all of your implants will be rigidly splinted together by your 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 dental bridge support one another.

The dental implants are made from titanium, the same material used in artificial knee and hip joints, so your jawbone will naturally grow around and bond with them over time.

What if another dentist has said that I am not a candidate for this or do not have enough bone for implants?

The majority of patients who have been advised they aren't candidates for other dental implants are actually good candidates for the "Teeth in a Day" procedure. A combination of using angled implants and using the front of the jaw bone where the bone is more dense lets us complete the procedure for many patients who thought it was not an option for them. Our team can usually perform this procedure without the need for expensive grafting that delays treatment by months or years. Please come see us for a free consultation to see if you are a candidate.

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

Yes! This is our preferred way of performing this procedure to support the best 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 go through the process like you had to do in the past.

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

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

How can we provide 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 these procedures, we have advantages that other offices simply do not. 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 dental implant 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 zirconia teeth.

Do you have payment plans?

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.

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Do you provide guarantees or warranties?

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

How long does the procedure take?

Typically the surgery takes about 1 hour per arch. Then, the lab portion of making your teeth takes another 2 hours. If we begin in the morning, for a single upper or lower arch, patients are often finished around lunch time. If we are replacing both upper and lower teeth, we typically finish closer to 2:30 to 3:30 in the afternoon. Much of this time is waiting for the teeth to be created in our lab and trying them in to ensure your smile is just right. 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 smile. The teeth you get the same day of the procedure are only a temporary/transitional set. When our lab fabricates your final teeth, you will have complete control of the design and appearance of them.

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

While this can be a good service for some patients, in the rare case of complications or teeth breaking, it can be very difficult to deal with if you traveled thousands of miles away or out of the country. Most local offices will not be willing to repair another office'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 see 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 like you want them to look. While it’s great to get your final teeth immediately, it does come with some serious drawbacks that cannot be ignored.

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

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

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

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

Can my temporary teeth get damaged?

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

Can my permanent teeth be damaged?

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

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

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

Can I remove my All-On-4 teeth?

No, you cannot remove these yourself. Only the dentist is able to remove them. They 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 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 to recover after surgery?

Of all full arch replacement options, All-On-4 tends to have the shortest time required to recover. Usually 4-7 days is sufficient. That being said, since there is always the chance of bruising and swelling, and you will need to become accustomed to eating and speaking with your new teeth, the longer you can take off, the better.

How many implants will I need?

The upper implant denture will need at least 4 dental implants. A lower implant denture requires at least 2 dental implants. The more implants you have, the more stable your denture will usually be. This is certainly true with the lower denture. Three or four 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 a long time, are implants still an option?

In most cases, yes! Our team will just need to see you for a free exam, during which we will do a 3D CBCT scan of your mouth 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 they’re placed?

Unfortunately no, we must allow enough time for the implants to integrate with the bone. This is what makes your 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 attaching to your implants.

Will I experience pain after the implants are placed?

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

Can general anesthesia be used for the procedure?

We do not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer oral conscious sedation. This medication will help to relax you and often makes it so you don’t even remember your procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have a driver 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! Implant dentures 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 this type of denture?

It depends. Ideally, we would need to spread the dental implants out to be able 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, but that's not 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 also increases hot and cold sensitivity, creating a more natural experience. For those patients with a strong gag reflex, removing the palate of the denture may also help provide relief.

When can I have the palate (middle 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 will happen after healing and osseointegration are complete and we are ready to attach to your implants, typically 4-6 months after placement of your dental implants.

How often will my implant inserts require changing?

Usually once or twice per year. This will depend on the number of implants you have, how strong your bite is, 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 can wear out your 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? Must they be removed?

Tori are bony knots that develop in the mouth of many patients. Tori are harmless, however, they can keep your denture(s) from fitting comfortably, so your 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 body senses it as a foreign object and is trying to “flush” it out. The increased salivation should subside within two to three days.

How long will I bleed after the procedure?

Significant bleeding will have ceased before you leave our office, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 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 much more. If heavy bleeding does not stop, please call the office.

A home remedy that still works really well to encourage 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 become saturated with blood. The process can be repeated as many times as needed.

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

We do not currently use this type of implant. While titanium 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 use zirconia implants at this time.

Can food get lodged under my denture implant(s)?

Yes, any oral prosthetic can get some amount of food under it. The great thing about implant dentures is they are incredibly easy to clean. Just 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 my procedure?

Each patient is different. Some return to work the next day, others wait a week or two. 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 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 snap-in dentures?

No, this is not only a procedure for the elderly. It’s actually very common for patients in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need teeth replacement. Replacing bad teeth can be hugely beneficial for your general physical health. Also, having teeth which allow you to confidently smile, laugh, and converse can be hugely helpful 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 new teeth attached, will I know how to use them right away?

Just as you would need practice 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 these are attached using implants, your dentures will be much easier to get used to than traditional dentures.

Will I be able to talk with my replacement teeth right away?

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

Will my dentures still rock?

Some people may experience a slight amount of rocking with their implant dentures. For patients with 2 bottom implants, these will need to be placed in the front of the jaw 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.

Can I remove implant dentures?

Yes. Having removable implant dentures makes cleaning them very easy. Just take them out; clean the denture(s), the gums, and implants; and 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 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 fast and affordable to have changed out.
  • Cleanings | Just like with natural teeth, you’ll need to have your implants 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 may need to be re-fitted to ensure their best performance and make sure that unnecessary stress isn’t being applied to your implants.
  • Home maintenance | It only takes a few minutes a day. Remove your dentures 1-2 times each day and brush them with a denture brush or very soft bristled toothbrush. Also, remember to clean your 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, our doctor will need to see you for a consultation to determine the appropriate treatment for you.

Can I get a temporary bridge or crown on my implant the same day it’s placed?

At this time, we do not place temporary bridges or crowns 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 fuse with the jawbone.

How much do dental implants cost?

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Most patients are candidates for dental implants, even those who have been told they were not previously. Call us 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:

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

What do implant teeth look like?

In the mouth, they look almost exactly like a natural tooth. The implant body (the screw) will not be visible in the 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 much time should I take off work to recover after the 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 into the 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 my procedure?

We do not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer oral conscious sedation. This medication will help to relax you and often makes it so you don’t even remember your procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have a driver 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.

How long can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

Significant bleeding will have stopped before you leave the office, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 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 a lot of blood. If heavy bleeding does not stop, please call our office.

An old home remedy which still works quite 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 get saturated with blood. The process can be repeated as many times as you need.

Will there be pain after the procedure?

While your experience may vary, most patients should expect some soreness and possible swelling after your procedure. Many patients return the next day for their follow-up appointment reporting minimal pain. All patients are prescribed pain medication to help reduce any discomfort.

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

Our practice does not currently use this type of implant. While titanium 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.

Can implants fail?

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

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

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

What are immediate dentures?

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

What is the process of getting immediate dentures?

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

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

The experience will be 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, it does get easier over time and we are here for you through the entire process.

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

Absolutely not. A common fear patients have is that their dentures will not look natural and people will immediately know they're dentures. Our highly skilled 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?

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

How do I chew with these new dentures?

Cut your food into small 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 my dentures. Is this normal?

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

My bottom denture is difficult to chew and speak with. Is this common?

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

My dentures feel like they’re becoming loose?

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

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

New dentures often have certain spots that rub slightly and can cause sore spots. During a denture adjustment, we will pinpoint 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 completely normal with all new dentures and one or more adjustments should be expected.

Will I be charged for denture adjustments?

We provide denture adjustments at no 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 your dentures.

How do I take care of my dentures?

  • Clean your dentures every day with antibacterial hand soap and either a very soft bristled tooth brush or denture 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 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 before bed?

Yes, we do recommend taking your dentures out when you sleep and also whenever possible throughout the day. This gives your gums time to "relax" and get natural, cleansing saliva flow to them. Also, if you're a teeth grinder, taking your dentures out 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 them. If this happens, they will need to be replaced.

Can the dentures get damaged?

Yes, your dentures are made from acrylic teeth and an acrylic base. Although these materials are quite strong, they can become damaged. Be careful to not drop them, especially onto hard surfaces like quartz countertops, 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 enjoy chewing on dentures and have been known to damage them irreparably quite fast. Be extra careful to put your dentures up where your pet can’t get to them.

If the dentures get damaged, are they repairable?

Yes, in many cases they can. One of the best features of acrylic dentures is the ease and affordability of repair compared to other materials. And in many cases, repairs are be completed the same day.

Is there pain after this procedure?

Though experiences will vary some, you should expect some discomfort and possibly swelling afterwards. Many patients come in the following day for their post op exam reporting very little pain. You will be prescribed pain medication to help reduce any discomfort.

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 a foreign object and is trying to “flush” it out. The increased salivation should subside within a few days.

Can I be put to sleep for the procedure?

We do not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer oral conscious sedation. This medication will help to relax you and often makes it so you don’t even remember your procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have a driver 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.

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 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 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 a full 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 dentures immediately?

Just like you would need practice in order to get 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 talk 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 most difficult to pronounce. Practicing saying words like "sarcastic" and "stupendous" will help you get used to your new teeth. In some cases, patients may have a small 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 it is to clean them. 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 any extractions?

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

What is a soft liner?

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

I feel like I’m too young for dentures?

No, this is not just a procedure for senior citizens. It’s actually quite common for people in their 40s, 30s, and 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be quite beneficial to your overall health, and being able to laugh, converse, and smile confidently with teeth you can be 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 that 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 stability and nearly all of your natural suction. A portion of the palate may be removed for patients who have 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 will I bleed after surgery?

Significant bleeding will have stopped before you leave the clinic, however, you can expect to have slight bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 days after your procedure. In addition, you'll most likely see increased salivation when we first put your temporary teeth in. When this extra saliva mixes with a little blood, it can look like more blood than it is. If heavy bleeding continues, please call our office.

A home remedy that 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 tea 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 you need.

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

There are several reasons that can lead to sore gums: higher pressure spots, movement of the denture(s), and just plain old wearing of the dentures.

  • High pressure spots | these are common with new dentures and often only require small adjustments
  • Movement of the denture(s) | this can rub sores on the gums gradually. Stabilizing the dentures with implants can greatly reduce this problem.
  • Wearing dentures | dentures are foreign objects in the body. They can be a fantastic replacement for missing teeth, but they can still aggravate the body after a long day. Consider planning time to remove your dentures and give your gum tissue a chance to "rest."

Will my dentures wobble?

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

Denture adhesive may also be helpful for some patients.

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

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

Are immediate dentures removable?

Yes, they 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 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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