Frequently Asked Questions

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“Teeth in a Day”

Denver Dentures and Implants | FAQ

Will I be able to eat with my new teeth from day one?

Yes! However, while your dental implants and teeth are firmly in place from day one, we kindly request that you stick to a softer diet during the four month healing timeframe. What exactly does that mean? A good general rule is you can eat any food that can be can cut with a plastic fork. The reason for this is that you are investing into a treatment which can last for many decades, possibly the rest of your life, and keeping to this soft diet initially will allow the best union your implants into the bone and help establish a wonderful outcome long-term.

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

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

How do I care for my dental implants?

Taking care of your teeth is simple, but staying consistent is the key. Just like how we’re supposed to routinely floss and brush natural teeth, you should do this with the All-On-4 teeth and implants. Only few minutes daily is all you will need to keep your implants and mouth healthy. Regularly brushing your bridges with a soft tooth brush and cleaning beneath them with a water flosser (WaterPik is a well-known and popular brand) a few times a day is all it takes.

Cigarette smoking can increase the risk of implant problems, so we do not recommend smoking with dental implants. Patients with diabetes should also be aware of an increased risk for complications with dental implants. Keeping diabetes under control is very important for the long-term success of your dental implants.

Besides that, simply follow through with your doctor consistently throughout the year for quick examinations of your new All-on-4 implants.

What will my new implant bridges feel like?

The new implant teeth will bring a new sensation and will take a few days or sometimes several weeks to become accustomed to.

Is there excessive pain with this procedure?

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

Can I expect pain after the procedure?

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

What is the recovery time like with dental implants?

This will vary from person to person, but, most often, the recovery period is shorter and easier with this procedure than other full arch or full mouth restoration options. This is mainly due to the bridges being attached directly to your jaws via the implants. Classic dentures and implant dentures both require adjustment periods during which time the dentures can shift and lead to sore spots. The pain should subside for the most part within 1-2 weeks, with full healing usually after six months.

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

Our practice is limited to dental prosthetics and implants. Dental implants, and especially "teeth-in-a-day," are our passion, and our team is constantly working to ensure our patients get the best results possible. Many practices will often refer you to other providers, use outside labs, and have confusing pricing. They can take many months or even years to complete the procedure while charging you 50-100% more. Our dental surgeon will perform the full procedure from surgery to final teeth. We provide an on-site lab and experienced lab technician, along with transparent and affordable pricing. By providing all this at one location, we are able to deliver a premium service at an affordable price.

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

At Denver Dentures and Implants, we have the same advantages of the corporate dental implant offices by focusing our practice on dental prosthetics and implants. Our practice has an in-house dental lab, competitive pricing, and offer teeth the same day. However, we are privately owned, and each patient will be seen exclusively by our doctor. We focus on the happiness of our patients instead of shareholders, sales quotas, and cost cutting. At national dental implant offices, there is no guarantee that you'll be treated by the same doctor that has the great online reviews or whom you were recommended to see. Our doctor oversees your complete procedure and the team will do everything we can to make sure you are happy with your new smile and treat you like family.

What about mini dental implants? Or snap in dentures?

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

Snap-in implant dentures, on the other hand, can be a good option for some patients. We also provide this option and have a separate page dedicated to these if you would like to learn more. These may be a more budget-friendly alternative to the All-On-4 "teeth-in-a-day" dental implant procedure.

How often should I have my dental implants cleaned professionally?

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

Can implants fail?

While titanium implants do have a 95+% rate of success, 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, our doctor will replace it at no charge to you.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

Excess saliva is completely normal when you first have a prosthesis placed in your mouth. Your body senses it as a foreign object and is trying to “flush” it out. The increased salivation should subside within a few days.

Can I be put to sleep for my procedure?

We do not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer both oral & IV conscious sedation. To learn more about these options click here. This medication will help relax you and often makes it so you won't even remember the procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can fill it at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have someone driving you 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.

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

In most cases these will be attached immediately. In certain situations, mostly depending on the quality of your bone and volume, we would not be able to install your dental bridge(s) the same day and you'll need to wear an interim healing denture while your implants bond to your bone. Your doctor will go over this in-depth at your examination.

How long can I expect to bleed after surgery?

Significant bleeding will stop before you leave the clinic, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for a few days after the procedure. Additionally, you'll most likely have 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 our office.

Will I know how to use my prosthetic teeth immediately?

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

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

Again, this will take some time, but with a little practice and patience, your tongue and mouth will quickly adjust. "S’s" will be the toughest to pronounce. Practicing saying words like "stupendous" and "Mississippi" will help you get used 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?

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

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

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

What should I have ready ahead of 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 final teeth be made of?

We make the final bridge out of zirconia. Zirconia is much stronger and more resistant to staining and wear than conventional acrylic All-On-4 implants which many offices provide. If you choose another office, be certain you know what kind of teeth you will be getting. If you do get acrylic denture teeth with a titanium bar at another office, you can expect to have staining surrounding your teeth and to replace them every 5-10 years. Also, be certain you understand how much you are going to pay for the procedure, temporary teeth, and final prosthetics. Other practices may charge you a base fee only for you to find out you owe an additional five to fifteen thousand dollars for the final product.

How much does the "Teeth in a Day" procedure cost?

The full cost for the single arch (upper or lower) is $18,000. For both upper and lower arches, the total cost will be $32,000. Both prices include removing any remaining teeth, placing the implants, same day fixed temporary teeth, and your fixed permanent zirconia teeth. Many providers often charge a surgery fee, temporary teeth fee, and then surprise you at the end with yet another fee for your final teeth. Our pricing is entirely transparent, and we will never surprise you with any additional costs.

*Cost varies and based on material.

How can I get fixed teeth in one day? I thought the implants needed time to heal?

What is unique about this procedure, and what allows us to attach to your metal implants immediately, 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 dental implants that can lead to failure early on. Basically, your implants and dental bridge all support each other.

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

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

Many patients that have been advised they are not candidates for other dental implants are actually great candidates for our All-On-4 procedure. The combination of utilizing angled implants and using the front of the jaw where the bone is denser allows us to perform the procedure for many patients who thought implants were not right for them. Our team can usually perform this procedure without needing expensive grafting that delays treatment by months or even years. Please visit us for a complimentary dental exam to learn if you are a candidate.

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

Yes! Completing all steps in the same day is our preferred way of performing this procedure to support an ideal outcome. With the leading dental implants and materials available today, there is often no reason for you to wait months or even years to complete the process like you had to do in the past.

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

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

How can you offer 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 these procedures, we have advantages that other practices do not have. Our office has in-house lab and lab technician and a single dentist that performs the procedure start to finish. These efficiencies allows us to offer All-on-4 "Teeth in a Day" procedures for our patients at the most competitive pricing. Not only do we have the lowest prices, we also use only the finest dental implants and zirconia teeth.

Are 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 offer guarantees or warranties?

If a dental implant fails 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 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 that compromise their implants.

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

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

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

We do everything in our power to ensure you love your new smile. The teeth you get the same day of surgery are only a temporary/transitional set. When our lab fabricates your final teeth, you will have full control of the design and appearance of your smile.

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

While this is a good service for some patients, if there are complications or teeth breaking, it is 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 surgery is that you get to test them out and discover what you like/don’t like. For the final zirconia or nano-ceramic teeth, we can offer try-ins to ensure that your teeth look exactly the way you want them to look. While it’s great to get your final teeth immediately, doing this does come with several significant downsides which cannot be overlooked.

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

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

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

It is referred to as "teeth in a day" because you are receiving a set of implant-supported functional prosthetic temporary teeth in one day. As there are often major changes to your mouth during the 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 final teeth.

Can the temporary teeth be damaged?

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

Can the final teeth get damaged?

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

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

Unfortunately, no. As your current dental implants will not be the correct position required by this procedure, and since bone reduction will need to be performed, we cannot use your current 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 remove food from under your bridge(s), and cleaning daily with a water flosser will be included in your long-term hygiene regimen.

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

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

How many implants will I need?

The upper implant denture will need at least 4 implants. The lower implant denture will need at least 2 dental implants. The more implants you have, the more secure the denture will typically be. This is especially true for the lower denture. Three or four implants in the lower is generally much better than just two.

How much do implant dentures cost?

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

I have had dentures for a long time, are implants still an option?

In most cases, yes! Our doctor will just 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 get to use the implants (snap my dentures on to them) the same day of the procedure?

No, we must allow 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 usually wait between four and six months before securing to your implants.

Will there be pain after the implants are placed?

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

Can I be put to sleep for my procedure?

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

Are implant dentures really secure?

Yes! Implant dentures are much more secure than dentures alone, and we are able to increase the retention with even 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 out the dental implants 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, but 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 also increases hot and cold sensitivity, making for a more natural experience. For those patients with a severe gag reflex, removing the palate of the denture can 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 your final denture. This is after healing and osseointegration are finished and we are ready to attach to your implants, approximately 4-6 months after placement of your implants.

How often will my implant inserts require changing?

Usually once or twice per year. This often depends on how many implants you have, the strength of your bite, 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 much faster. Only place your implant dentures in by hand.

What is alveoloplasty? Why is it important?

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

What are tori? Must they be removed?

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

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

This is completely normal when you first have a prosthesis (denture) placed in your mouth. Your mouth considers it a foreign object and attempts to “flush” it out. The increased salivation should stop within 2-3 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 some slight bleeding (oozing) for one to three days after the procedure. Additionally, you can expect to notice increased salivation when we first put your denture(s) in. When this increased saliva mixes with a little blood, it can look like a lot of blood. If heavy bleeding continues, please call our office.

A home remedy which still works quite well to help clotting and reduce bleeding is to use tea bags. 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 needed.

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 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 use zirconia implants at this time.

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

Yes, any oral prosthetic will get some amount of food beneath it. The wonderful thing about implant dentures is how easy they are 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 the procedure?

Every patient is different. Some return to work the following day, others wait up to two weeks. As there is always a chance of bruising and swelling, and you will need to get used to speaking and eating 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 seniors. It is very common for patients in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need teeth replacement. Replacing bad teeth can be extremely beneficial for your general physical health. Also, having teeth which allow you to have a confident smile, laugh, and converse can be very helpful for your psychological health. Again, wanting to replace teeth earlier in life is not uncommon.

What items should I have ready for after my procedure?

  • Ice packs
  • Wash cloths you don’t mind throwing away
  • Comfortable clothes you don’t mind throwing away
  • Soft foods such as:

          - soups

          - yogurt

          - cottage cheese

          - smoothies

          - protein shakes

          - eggs

          - mashed potatoes (gravy optional)

Once I have my prosthetic teeth attached, will I know how to use them immediately?

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

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

Again, this will take some time, but with some patience and practice, your tongue and mouth will quickly adjust. The letter S will be the toughest to pronounce. Practicing words like "sarcastic" and "seventy seven" can help you get used to your new teeth. Sometimes, patients might have a slight lisp long term with implant dentures.

Will my dentures still rock?

Some patients may experience very slight rocking with their implant dentures. For patients with 2 bottom implants, these will need to be placed in the front of your mouth making it possible for some rocking to happen. A dab 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 very easy. 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 maintaining implant dentures?

  • Snaps | Periodically you’ll need to replace the snap rings in the implant dentures. These wear and lose retention over time as you take your teeth in and out. They’re quick and affordable to have replaced.
  • Cleanings | Similar to natural teeth, you’ll need to have your implants professionally cleaned periodically. Any buildup on the implants will be removed and your 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 ensure that unnecessary stress isn’t being put on the implants.
  • Home maintenance | It takes just 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

Denver Dentures and Implants | FAQ

Do I need an implant for each of my missing teeth?

It depends. Since every case is unique, we'll need to see you for an exam to determine the appropriate treatment for you.

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

At this time, we do not place temporary crowns or bridges on implants which have just been placed. This is because we want as little force being placed on the implants as possible while waiting for them to fuse with the jawbone.

How much do dental implants cost?

Am I eligible for dental implants?

Most patients are candidates for dental implants, even those who've been told they were not previously. Call us to schedule your consultation and let's see what we can do to help.

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

Care for them like natural teeth:

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

What do prosthetic teeth look like?

In your mouth, they look almost exactly like a natural tooth. The implant body (the screw) will not be visible in 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 long should I take off work for recovery after my procedure?

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

What is the process for getting an implant?

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

Is my implant removable?

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

Can I be put to sleep for the procedure?

We do not currently use general anesthesia, we do, however, provide both oral & IV conscious sedatives. To learn more about these options click here. The medication will provide relaxation and often makes it so you don’t 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 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 can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

Most of the bleeding will have ceased before you leave the office, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 days after the procedure. Additionally, you will most likely notice increased salivation when we first put your denture(s) in. When this increased saliva mixes with a small amount blood, it can look like a lot of blood. If heavy bleeding does not stop, please call the office.

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

Can I expect pain after the surgery?

While your experience may vary, most patients should expect mild soreness and possibly swelling after your procedure. Many patients come in the following day for their post op exam reporting minimal discomfort. All patients are prescribed pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort.

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

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

Can dental implants fail?

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

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

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

What are immediate dentures?

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

What process should I expect when getting immediate dentures?

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

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

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

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

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

How do dentures fit?

The fit of dentures mostly depends on the anatomy of the person wearing them. Full upper dentures usually fit rather 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 is for this reason that we highly recommend dental implants with bottom dentures.

How will I chew with the new dentures?

Cut your food up into small pieces, chew small 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 common?

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

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

Yes, lower dentures are more difficult to function with than top dentures. The tongue and cheeks moving push and pull on the lower denture and dislodge it. Talk with your doctor to see if you’re a candidate for lower implants. These 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 your dentures and gums. We place soft liners in 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 often are they needed?

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 they put on 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 denture brush or a very soft bristled tooth brush
  • Store them in water when not wearing them

What should I use to clean the dentures?

  • Either antibacterial hand soap or denture cleaner 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 take my dentures out before bed?

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

Can I boil my dentures to clean them?

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

Can the dentures get damaged?

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

One of the most 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 can often 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, can they be repaired?

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

Can I expect pain after this procedure?

Though experiences will vary some, you should expect mild discomfort and some swelling afterwards. Many patients return the next day for their follow-up appointment reporting very little discomfort. You will be prescribed pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort.

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 trying to “flush” it out. The increased salivation should decrease within 2-3 days.

Can I be put to sleep for my procedure?

We do not currently put patients to sleep, we do, however, offer both oral & IV conscious sedatives. To learn more about these options click here. The medication will help relax you and often makes it so you don’t even remember the procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can fill it at your local pharmacy. NOTE: You MUST have a driver to and from for your 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 advantages can I expect from dentures?

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

What are the differences in your denture levels?

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

Will I know how to eat with my dentures right away?

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

Will I automatically know how to talk with my prosthetic 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 trickiest to pronounce. Practicing saying words like "sarcastic" and "stupendous" can help you get accustomed 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 your 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 put them back in.

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

Generally 4-7 days is enough time for recovery. With that said, as there is always the chance of bruising and swelling, and you will need to get used 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 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.

Am I too young for dentures?

No, this is not just a procedure for seniors. It’s actually very common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need their teeth replaced. Replacing bad teeth can be very beneficial to your long-term physical health, and being able to speak, smile, and laugh 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 your mouth) removed from my denture?

The majority of the palate of the denture needs to stay. Removing this also removes a lot of stability and almost all of your natural suction. A portion of the palate can sometimes 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 surgery?

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

A home remedy which still works really well to help 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 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. The process can be repeated as many times as needed.

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

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

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

Will my dentures rock?

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

Denture adhesive may also be beneficial for some patients.

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

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

Can I remove immediate dentures?

Yes, they can be removed. 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 upper denture for a number of reasons (palatal torus, flat palate, bone loss, etc.)

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