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 the same day?

Yes! However, although your implants and teeth are firmly placed from day one, we do request that you keep up a soft foods diet during the 4 month healing timeframe. What exactly does that mean? A simple guide is that you can eat any food which you can cut with a plastic fork. We ask this because you're investing in a treatment which could last you several decades, perhaps even the rest of your life, and maintaining this soft diet during the healing period will allow for the best possible union your implants into your bone and help establish the best long-term outcome.

For how long has the All-on-4 procedure been available?

This transformative procedure was developed by Portuguese dentist Paolo Malo in the 1990s. Since then, it has safely been performed on hundreds of thousands of people and has been improved upon to the method you see today.

How do I take care of my dental implants?

Caring for your implants is very easy, but staying consistent is the key. Similar to how we are supposed to routinely floss and brush natural teeth, you should do the same with the All-On-4 implants and teeth. Just a few minutes daily is all it will take to keep your dental implants healthy. Regularly brushing your bridges with a soft 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 it takes.

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

Besides that, simply follow up with your doctor consistently during the year for quick evaluations of your new All-on-4 implants.

What do the new dental implants feel like?

The new implant teeth will be a new sensation which will take a few days or sometimes a few weeks to become accustomed to.

Is there a lot of pain involved in the procedure?

Although there will be moderate pain, it is similar to the pain of dental extractions. We use a combination of medications to help control your pain and keep you as comfortable as possible.

Can I expect pain after the procedure?

Though experiences will vary, you should expect mild soreness and possible swelling after your procedure. Many patients return the next day for their post op examination reporting minimal soreness. All patients are prescribed medication for pain to help alleviate any discomfort. Also, if you are a candidate for it, the doctor will provide a steroid shot which will: help alleviate swelling and discomfort for the first days of recovery.

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

This will vary from person to person, but, generally speaking, the recovery period is faster and easier with All-on-4 implants than other complete teeth restoration alternatives. This is mainly due to the bridges being attached directly to your jaws via your implants. Traditional dentures and implant dentures both require adjustment periods during which time the dentures can shift and lead to sore spots. Your pain should subside mostly within 1-2 weeks, with full healing typically after six months.

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

Our practice is limited to dental implants and prosthetics. Dental implants, and particularly "teeth-in-a-day," are our passion, and we are constantly working to ensure our patients get the best results possible. Many offices will often refer you to other providers, use outside labs, and have confusing pricing. They can take several months or even years to finish your procedure while charging you 50-100% more. Your dental surgeon will perform the entire procedure from surgery to final teeth. We provide an in-house lab and certified lab technician, along with transparent and affordable pricing. By having all these services at one location, our team is able to deliver the best service at the best price.

What is the difference between Springfield Dentures and Implants and national dental implant practices?

Springfield Dentures and Implants has the same advantages of the national dental implant offices by focusing our practice on dental prosthetics and implants. We have an on-site dental prosthetic lab, very competitive pricing, and same day teeth. The advantage is, we are privately owned, and each patient will be seen by our doctor. We focus on the happiness of our patients instead of monthly quotas, cost cutting, and shareholders. With national implant practices, there is no guarantee that you will be seen by the same doctor who has the great reviews or whom your friend recommended you to see. Our doctor oversees your complete procedure and the team will do everything to be certain you are overjoyed with your new smile and take care of you like family.

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

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

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

How often should I have my new teeth professionally cleaned?

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

Can implants fail?

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

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

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

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

This is perfectly normal when you first have an implant placed in your mouth. Your body senses it as foreign material and is working to “flush” it out. The increased salivation should decrease within a few days.

Can I be put under for the procedure?

Our office does not currently put patients to sleep, we do, however, provide both IV and oral conscious sedation. To learn more about your options click here. The medicine will help to relax you and typically makes it so you don’t even 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 someone driving you 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.

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

In most cases these will be attached straightaway. In certain cases, mostly depending on your bone quality and quantity, we would be unable to attach your dental bridge(s) the same day and you will need to wear a temporary healing denture while your implants integrate into your bone. Your doctor will review this in-depth during your exam.

How long will I bleed after the procedure?

Substantial bleeding will have stopped before you leave the clinic, however, you can expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for a few days after your procedure. In addition, you'll most likely notice 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 you experience heavy bleeding, please call the office.

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

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

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

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

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

Patients should expect to wait six weeks after the procedure before beginning to clean your water flosser.

I feel like I’m too young for the dental implants?

No, this is not just a procedure for the elderly. It’s actually quite common for people in their 40s, 30s, 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 would be helpful to have ready ahead of the procedure?

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

What will my 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 conventional acrylic All-On-4 implants which other providers offer. If you select a competing office, make sure you know what kind of material they will be using. If you do get acrylic denture teeth with a titanium bar at another office, you can expect to have staining around the teeth and to have them replaced every 5-10 years. Also, make sure you know the total price you're going to pay for the surgery, temporaries, and final prosthetics. Some practices may charge you a base fee only for you to discover owe another five to fifteen thousand dollars for your new teeth.

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

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

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

The unique thing about this procedure, and what lets us attach new teeth your implants from day one, is that all of your 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. Basically, your implants and dental bridge all support each other.

Your dental implants are made of titanium, the same metal used in artificial hip and knee joints, so your jaw will naturally grow around and attach to them over time.

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

Many patients that have been advised they are not candidates for dental implants are actually good candidates for our All-On-4 procedure. The combination of utilizing angled implants and using the front of the jaw bone where the bone is more dense lets us complete this procedure for many patients that thought it was not an option. We can typically perform this procedure without needing expensive grafting which delays treatment by months or years. Please visit us for a complimentary consultation to see if you're a candidate.

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

Yes! This is our preferred way of performing this procedure to support the best final result. With the advanced implants and materials that we have available today, there is typically no reason for you to wait months or even years to complete the process like you had to do in the past.

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

No, our doctor is a general dentist who limits their practice exclusively to prosthetics and dental implantology. Dental implantology is their passion, and they have more experience placing dental implants than most specialists and other general dentists. In very select cases, they will collaborate with other dental specialists to ensure that our patients receive 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 to these procedures, we have advantages that other offices do not have. We have our in-house lab and lab technician along with a single dentist who performs the procedure start to finish. These efficiencies allows us to offer dental implant procedures for our patients at the most competitive pricing. Not only do we have the best prices, we also use the best quality dental implants and materials.

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.

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Do you provide warranties or guarantees?

If a dental implant fails to integrate we will replace it at no cost to you. Our office warranties the final dental bridge for 5 years. To keep this warranty, our patients must return to the office every 6 months for maintenance and hygiene of their bridges and implants. 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 this procedure take?

Typically the surgery is 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 top and bottom teeth, we typically finish around 2:30 to 3:30 in the afternoon. Most 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 the final product!

What if I don’t like my new teeth?

We do everything in our power to ensure you're thrilled with your new teeth. 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 full control of the design and appearance of your smile.

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

While this is a good fit for some 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 offices will not be willing to repair another dentist's work. A major advantage of having a transitional set of fixed teeth on the day of your procedure is that you get to test them out and discover what you like and 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 can be great to get your final teeth immediately, doing this does come with some serious drawbacks which cannot be ignored.

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

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

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

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

Can my temporary teeth get damaged?

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

Can the permanent teeth get damaged?

While it is possible for zirconia and nano-ceramic to be damaged, it’s extremely uncommon. 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. Since your existing implants will not be the correct position that this procedure requires, 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 the prosthetics 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 will get some amount of food under it. You can rinse with water to get food out from under your bridge(s), and cleaning every day with a water flosser will be included in your long-term hygiene routine.

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

Of all the complete teeth replacement options, All-On-4 tends to have the shortest time required to recover. Typically 4-7 days is enough. With that said, as there is always a chance of bruising and swelling, and you will need to become accustomed to speaking and eating with your new teeth, the longer you can take off, the better.

How many implants will I need?

The upper implant denture requires at least 4 dental implants. A lower implant denture will need at least 2 dental implants. The more dental implants you have, the more secure your denture will generally be. This is particularly true for the lower denture. Three or four 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 quite a while, are implants still an option?

In most cases, yes! We’ll simply need to see you for a free consultation, 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 the implants (snap my dentures on to them) the same day they’re placed?

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

Will there be pain after the implants are placed?

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

Can I be put to sleep during the procedure?

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

Are implant dentures really secure?

Yes! They are much more secure than dentures alone, and 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 in order to remove a portion of the palate with a snap-in denture. With our All-On-4 procedure, we can guarantee the ability to remove the palate, however that isn't always the case 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, making for a more natural experience. For those patients with a severe gag reflex, removing the palate of the denture may also help provide relief.

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

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

How often will my implant inserts require changing?

Usually once or twice each year. This often depends upon the number of implants you have, how strong your bite is, how frequently you take your dentures in and out, and multiple other factors.

WARNING: PLEASE DO NOT BITE YOUR DENTURES INTO PLACE ON YOUR IMPLANTS! This can wear out 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 can develop in the mouth of some patients. Tori are harmless, however, they might keep your denture(s) from fitting properly, so your doctor will often recommend having them removed.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

This is completely normal when you first have the prosthesis (denture) placed in your mouth. Your mouth considers it a foreign object and is trying 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 office, however, expect to have a bit of 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 little 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 stop bleeding is to use tea bags. Just get a regular tea bag, dampen it, 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 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 can't be certain what their success will be long-term. We want the most successful, most predictable long-term results for our patients, and for these reasons, we do not offer zirconia implants at this time.

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

Yes, any oral prosthetic will get some amount of food beneath 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 much time should I take off work to recover after my procedure?

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

What is a soft liner?

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

Am I too young for snap-in dentures?

No, this is not only an option for the elderly. It’s actually very common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be very helpful for your overall physical health. Also, having teeth that allow you to confidently smile, laugh, and converse can be hugely helpful for your psychological health. Again, needing to replace teeth earlier in life is not uncommon.

What items should I have ready for after my procedure?

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

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

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

Will I be able 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. The letter S will be the most difficult to pronounce. Practicing words like “Mississippi” and “sixty six” can help you get used to your new teeth. In some cases, patients may have a slight lisp long term with implant dentures.

Will my dentures move?

Some patients may experience a slight amount of rocking with their dentures. For patients with 2 bottom implants, these must be placed in the front of your mouth making it possible for some rocking to occur. A small amount of adhesive at the back on each side of the lower 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.

Can I remove implant dentures?

Yes. Having removable implant dentures makes cleaning them extremely convenient. Simply take them out; clean the denture(s), your gums, and implants; then 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 your implant dentures. These wear and lose retention over time as you take your teeth in and out. They’re fast and affordable to have replaced.
  • Cleanings | Similar to natural teeth, you’ll need to have the implants cleaned periodically. All buildup on your implants will be removed and your dentures will be cleaned.
  • Periodic re-fittings | Your mouth will still change over time, so your dentures will need to be re-fitted to ensure their best performance and make certain that unnecessary stress isn’t being put on the implants.
  • Home maintenance | This only takes a few minutes a day. Take your dentures out 1-2 times each 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

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

It depends. As each case is unique, we'll need to see you for an exam to figure out the best course of treatment for you.

Can I get a temporary crown or bridge on my 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. This is because we want as little force as possible placed on the implants while we wait for them to fuse with the jawbone.

How much do dental implants cost?

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Most patients are good candidates for dental implants, even those who've been told they weren't previously. Call our office to schedule your consultation 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)?

Take care of them like natural teeth:

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

What do prosthetic teeth look like?

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

Will it function and feel like a natural tooth?

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

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

Many patients can return to work either the same day or the following day. Some cases could 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 the jawbone and is left alone to fuse for up to six months. After this, we take impressions and have your 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 under for my procedure?

Our office does not currently use general anesthesia, however, we do provide both oral & IV conscious sedatives. To learn more about your options click here. The medicine will help relax you and typically makes it so you don’t 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 both ways for this procedure, due to the oral sedation pill(s). You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.

How long will I bleed after the procedure?

Significant bleeding will have ceased before you leave the office, however, expect to have a bit of bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 days after the procedure. In addition, you will most likely notice increased salivation when we first put your denture(s) in. When this increased saliva mixes with a small amount blood, it can look like much more. If heavy bleeding continues, please call our office.

An old home remedy that still works quite well to encourage clotting and reduce bleeding is to use tea bags. Just get a regular tea bag, dampen it, squeeze out the excess 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 get saturated with blood. This process can be repeated as many times as needed.

Will there be a lot of pain after the procedure?

While your experience may vary, you should expect mild soreness and possibly swelling afterwards. Many patients return the following day for their post op appointment reporting minimal pain. All patients are prescribed pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort.

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

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

Can implants fail?

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

  • 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 taken out. These dentures help control bleeding and swelling by acting like bandages over your extraction sites.

What is the process for getting immediate dentures?

This process often takes 6 months, but may take longer for some patients.

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

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

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

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

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

How do I chew with my new dentures?

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

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

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

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

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

My dentures feel like they’re getting loose?

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

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

New dentures can 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 gums, 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 time, there is a small fee to adjust your dentures.

How do I care for my dentures?

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

What should I use to clean the 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 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 before sleeping and also whenever you can throughout the day. This gives your gums time to “rest” and get natural, cleansing saliva flow to them. Also, if you naturally grind your teeth, taking your dentures out will help you increase their functional life significantly.

Should I boil the dentures to clean them?

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

Can the dentures be damaged?

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

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

If the dentures are damaged, are they repairable?

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

Is there pain after the procedure?

While your experience may vary some, most patients can expect mild discomfort and possible swelling afterwards. Many patients return the next day for their post op examination reporting very little discomfort. All patients are prescribed pain medication to help alleviate 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 working to “flush” it out. The increased salivation should decrease within a few days.

Can I be put under for the procedure?

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

What are full dentures?

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

What are partial dentures?

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

What are the advantages of dentures?

  • Enhanced confidence | Great looks and a new smile.
  • Looks | Dentures offer great looks and are easily customized for each patient.
  • 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 between denture levels?

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

Will I know how to eat with my new teeth 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 become used to your prosthetic teeth. Practice and patience are the keys to improving with your new dentures as quickly as possible.

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

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

Can food get under my dentures(s)?

Yes, any prosthetic in your 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 your gums and the denture(s); and place them back in.

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

Usually 4-7 days is sufficient time to recover. That being said, since there is always a chance of bruising and swelling, and you’ll need to become accustomed to eating and speaking 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 inside your denture throughout the healing process. It fills in the spaces which 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 even 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be quite beneficial to your long-term 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 the mouth) removed from my denture?

Most of the palate of the denture needs to stay. Cutting this out removes a great deal of stability and almost 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 can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

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

A classic home remedy that still works quite 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 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.

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

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

  • High pressure spots | these are normal with new dentures and typically just require simple adjustments
  • Denture movement | this can rub sores on the gums over time. Stabilizing your dentures with implants can greatly reduce this problem.
  • Wearing dentures | dentures are foreign objects in your body. They can be a fantastic replacement for missing teeth, but they can still irritate your mouth after a long day. Consider scheduling time to remove your dentures and give your gum tissue a chance to "rest."

Can my dentures wobble?

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

Denture adhesive may also be useful for some patients.

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

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

Are immediate dentures removable?

Yes, they can be removed. They come in and out of the mouth and are kept in place 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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