Frequently Asked Questions

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All-On-4 “Teeth in a Day”

Snap-In Implant Dentures

Single Tooth Implants and Bridges

Dentures

All-On-4 “Teeth in a Day”

Snap-In Implant Dentures

Single Tooth Implants and Bridges

Dentures

All-On-4

“Teeth in a Day”

Can I eat with my new teeth from day one?

Yes! However, even though your implants and new teeth are securely in place from day one, we kindly ask that you keep up a soft diet during the 4 month healing period. So what does that mean? A good general rule is you can eat any food you can cut with the side of a plastic fork. The reason for this is that you're investing into a treatment that can last you many decades, even the rest of your life, and maintaining a soft food diet initially will allow the best possible integration of your implants into the bone and help establish a wonderful long-term outcome.

How long has this procedure been available?

This life-changing procedure was pioneered by Portuguese dentist Paolo Malo in the 1990s. Since that time, this procedure has safely been performed on hundreds of thousands of people all the while being improved upon to the method you see today.

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

Taking care of your new teeth is easy, but consistency is the key. Similar to how we are meant to regularly floss and brush natural teeth, you need do the same with the All-On-4 implants and teeth. Only few minutes daily is all it will take to keep your mouth and 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 daily is all that's required.

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

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

What do the new implant bridges feel like?

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

Is there excessive pain with this procedure?

While you can expect moderate pain, it is similar to the pain associated with dental extractions. Our team uses a combination of medications to help control pain and keep our patients as comfortable as we can.

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 follow-up examination reporting very little soreness. All patients are prescribed pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort. Also, if you are a good candidate for it, the doctor will offer a steroid injection which will: help with swelling and pain for the first days of recovery.

What is the recovery time like with this procedure?

This will vary from person to person, but, most often, the recovery period is shorter and easier with All-on-4 implants than other full arch or full mouth restoration options. This is mostly thanks to the bridges being attached directly to your jaws via the implants. Conventional dentures and implant dentures both require healing periods during which time the dentures can move and cause sore spots. Your pain should subside mostly within one to two, with full healing typically after 6 months.

What is the difference between Grand Junction Dentures and Implants and another dental office offering a wide range of dental services?

We limit our practice to dental implants and prosthetics. Dental implants, and specifically "teeth-in-a-day," are our passion, and our team is regularly working to ensure our patients get the best possible results. Other offices will refer you to multiple providers, use outside labs, and have inconsistent pricing. They often take several months or even years to complete the procedure while charging you up to double our price. Our dental surgeon will perform the entire procedure from surgery to final teeth. We have an in-house lab and experienced lab technician, to provide transparent and affordable pricing. By offering all this at one location, our team is able to deliver the best service at the best price.

What is the difference between your practice and corporate dental implant offices?

At Grand Junction Dentures and Implants, we have the same advantages of the corporate dental implant practices by focusing our practice on dental implants and prosthetics. Our practice has an on-site dental prosthetic lab, competitive pricing, and same day teeth. The advantage is, our office is privately owned, and each and every patient will be seen by our doctor. Our team focuses on the satisfaction of our patients instead of shareholders, sales quotas, and cost cutting. At national dental implant centers, there is no guarantee that you'll be seen by the same dentist that has the great reviews or whom you were recommended to see. Our doctor oversees your procedure from beginning to end and our team will do everything we can to be certain you are thrilled with your new smile and treat you like family.

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

Mini dental implants are not related to what we do at Columbus Dentures and Implants for our All-On-4 "teeth-in-a-day " procedure. Please proceed 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, are a good option for some patients. Our office also provides this option and have a separate page dedicated to snap-in dentures 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 frequently should I have my dental implants cleaned professionally?

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

Can dental 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 integrate into the bone
  • Tobacco use
  • Diabetes

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

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

Excess saliva is completely normal when you first have an implant placed in your mouth. Your mouth senses it as foreign material and is working to “flush” it out. The increased salivation should decrease within 2-3 days.

Can I be put under for the procedure?

Our office does not currently use general anesthesia, we do, however, offer both IV and oral conscious sedation. To learn more about your options click here. The medication will help 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 sedation medication. You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.

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

Most cases will be attached straightaway. In certain cases, mostly dependent on the quality of your bone and quantity, we would be unable to attach your dental bridge(s) during your procedure and you'll need to wear an interim healing denture while your implants integrate into the bone. Your doctor will go over this thoroughly during your exam.

How long can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

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

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

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

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

Again, this will take some time, but with some practice and patience, your tongue and mouth will quickly adjust. "S’s" will be the toughest to pronounce. Practicing saying words like "sixty-six" and "sarcastic" will 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 do I need to wait to use a water flosser or Waterpik?

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

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

No, this is not only for the elderly. It’s actually quite common for people in their 40s, 30s, and 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be immensely beneficial to your long-term physical health, and having the ability to laugh, converse, and smile confidently with teeth you’re proud of can benefit your psychological health.

What should I have ready ahead of my procedure?

  • Ice packs

     

  • Wash cloths you wouldn't mind throwing out

     

     

  • Comfortable clothes you wouldn't mind throwing out

  • Soft foods (see list above)

What will my prosthetic teeth be made of?

The final bridge is made out of zirconia. Zirconia is a much stronger and more stain resistant material than conventional acrylic All-On-4 implants which many dentists use. If you select another office, make sure you know what kind of teeth you will be getting. If you do get acrylic denture teeth with a titanium bar with another office, expect to see staining surrounding the teeth and to have them replaced every five to ten years. Also, be certain you understand how much you are going to pay for the operation, temporaries, and final prosthetics. Other offices may charge you a base fee only for you to discover owe an additional five to fifteen thousand dollars for the final product.

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

The total cost for the single arch (upper or lower) is $19,900. For both upper and lower arches, the total cost will be $39,000. Both prices include removing any remaining teeth, placing your implants, same day fixed temporary teeth, and the fixed permanent zirconia teeth. Other practices will charge a surgery fee, temporary fee, and then surprise you at the end with yet another fee for your permanent teeth. Our pricing is fully transparent, and we will not surprise you with any additional fees.

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

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

Your dental implants are made from titanium, the same material used in replacement hip and knee joints, so your bone will naturally grow around and attach to them over time.

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

Many patients who have been told they aren't candidates for dental implants are actually wonderful candidates for the "Teeth in a Day" procedure. The combination of utilizing angled implants and using the front of the jaw bone where the bone is more dense lets us complete the procedure for many patients that thought implants were 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 are a candidate.

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

Yes! This is our preferred method of doing this procedure with the best final result. With the leading dental implants and materials available today, there is typically 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 an oral surgeon, periodontist, or prosthodontist?

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

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

By performing a high number of these procedures and limiting our practice to very specific procedures, we have advantages that other practices simply do not. We have our in-house lab and lab technician and a single dentist who performs the procedure start to finish. Because of these efficiencies, we are able to offer All-on-4 "Teeth in a Day" procedures for our patients at the most competitive pricing available. Not only do we have the lowest prices, we also use the best quality dental implants and zirconia teeth.

Do you have payment plans?

Yes. We offer multiple payment options including third party financing. We work with our patients in any way possible to get them smiling again.

Click here for financing options.

Does your practice offer guarantees or warranties?

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

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

Typically the surgery takes about 1 hour per arch. Then, the lab portion of making the teeth takes another 2 hours. If we start 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 your teeth to be produced in our lab and trying them in to be certain your smile is just right. It is a long day, but will definitely be worth it in the end!

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

Our team does everything possible to ensure you love your new smile. The teeth you receive the 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 teeth.

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

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

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

No, they are rigidly attached to your dental 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 exam.

Why do you call it "teeth in a day" when I won’t get my final 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 working prosthetic temporary teeth the same day. Since there are often major changes to your mouth during the implant integration and healing phase, it is best to start with a transitional set of teeth. This helps ensure the best long-term outcome with your final teeth.

Can the temporary teeth get damaged?

Yes, the 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 your temporary, just call our office and we’ll get it repaired right away.

Can the permanent teeth get damaged?

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

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

Unfortunately, not. As your current dental 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 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 every day with a water flosser will be part of your long-term hygiene regimen.

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

Of all the full arch replacement options, All-On-4 tends to have the shortest time required before returning to work. Generally 4-7 days is enough. That being said, since there is always the chance of swelling and bruising, and you’ll 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 require at least 2 implants. The more dental implants you have, the more stable your denture will usually be. This is particularly true for the lower denture. Three or four implants in the lower is typically much better than 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, am I still eligible for implants?

In many cases, yes! Our team will simply 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 get to use the implants (snap my dentures on to them) the same day they’re placed?

No, we must allow enough time for the implants to integrate with the bone. This is what makes the implants truly stable and will help ensure you enjoy many years, or decades, of use out of them. We usually wait between 4 and 6 months before attaching to your dental implants.

Will there be pain after the procedure?

While experiences will be different, you should expect some soreness and possibly swelling after your procedure. Many patients come in the following day for their post op appointment, reporting minimal discomfort. You will receive a pain medication prescription 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 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 don’t even remember the procedure. For this, we write you 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 after you have taken your oral sedation pill(s). 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 our team is able to increase the retention with stronger inserts if you prefer.

Can I remove the palate (roof of mouth) of the denture?

It depends. Ideally, we would need to spread the dental implants out to be able 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, but that's not always an option with snap-in dentures.

When we are able to remove the palate, this increases the sense of taste for many patients, and often increases temperature sensitivity, creating a more natural experience. For those patients with a strong gag reflex, removing the palate of the denture can also help provide relief.

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

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

How often will my implant inserts require changing?

Usually once or twice each 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 several other factors.

WARNING: PLEASE DO NOT BITE YOUR DENTURES INTO PLACE ON YOUR IMPLANTS! This will wear down your inserts much faster. Only place your implant dentures in by hand.

What is alveoloplasty? Why is it important?

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

What are tori? Do they need to be removed?

Tori are bony knots that develop in the mouth of many patients. They 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 considers it a foreign object and is trying to “flush” it out. The increased salivation should stop within 2-3 days.

How long will I bleed after the procedure?

Most of the bleeding will have stopped 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 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is a soft liner?

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

Am I too young for snap-in dentures?

No, this is not only a procedure 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 general physical health. Also, having teeth that allow you to confidently smile, laugh, and converse can be hugely beneficial for your emotional health. Again, wanting to replace teeth early in life is not uncommon.

What items should I have ready for after my procedure?

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

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

Just as you would need practice to get used to walking with a prosthetic leg, it will require some practice and patience to get used to your new prosthetic teeth. 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 replacement teeth right away?

Again, this will take a little time, but with some practice and patience, your mouth and tongue will quickly adjust. S’s will be the most difficult to pronounce. Practicing words like “Mississippi” and “sixty six” can help you get used to your new teeth. Sometimes, patients may have a slight long-term lisp with implant dentures.

Will my dentures move?

Some patients might experience a slight amount of rocking with their dentures. For patients who have two lower implants, these must be placed in the front of your mouth making it possible for some rocking to occur. A dab of adhesive at the back on both sides of the 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 convenient. Simply take them out; clean the denture(s), your 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 | Periodically you’ll need to change out the snap rings in the implant dentures. These wear and lose retention over time as you take your teeth in and out. They’re quick and affordable to have changed out.
  • Cleanings | Just like with natural teeth, you’ll need to have the implants cleaned periodically. Any buildup on your implants will be removed and your dentures will be cleaned.
  • Periodic re-fittings | Your mouth can still change over time, so your 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 each 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 also.

Single Tooth

Implants & Bridges

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

It depends. Since each case is unique, our doctor will need to see you for a consultation to figure out the best course of treatment for you.

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

Unfortunately not at this time, we do not place temporary bridges or crowns on implants that have just been placed. The reason for this is that we want as little force as possible placed on the implants while we wait for them to fuse with the jawbone.

How much do dental implants cost?

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Most people are candidates for dental implants, even those who have been told they weren't in the past. 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:

  • Floss and brush twice a day.
  • Get cleanings regularly 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 the bone.

Will it function and feel like a natural tooth?

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

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

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

What is the process for getting an implant?

The process is very straight forward. The implant is placed in the jawbone and is left alone to fuse for 4-6 months. Afterward, 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?

Our office does not currently put patients to sleep, we do, however, offer both IV and oral conscious sedatives. Click here to learn more about the options. This medication will provide relaxation and typically 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 both ways for this procedure, because of the sedation medication. You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.

How long will I bleed after the procedure?

Most of the bleeding will have stopped before you leave our office, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 days after the procedure. In addition, you might notice increased salivation when we first put your denture(s) in. When this increased saliva mixes with a small amount blood, it can look like 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 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 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 you need.

Can I expect a lot of pain after the procedure?

Though experiences will vary some, you can expect mild discomfort and some swelling after your procedure. Many patients come in the next day for their follow-up appointment reporting very little pain. All patients are prescribed medication for pain to help reduce any discomfort.

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

We do not currently provide this type of implant. While titanium dental implants have been around for decades with a long track record of success, zirconia implants are very new to the market, so we 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 implants fail?

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

  • Failure to bond to the bone
  • Tobacco use
  • Diabetes

If an implant fails during the first year, our doctor 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 bleeding and swelling; they act like bandages over the extraction sites.

What is the process for getting immediate dentures?

The complete process typically takes 6 months, but may take more time for some patients.

  • Impressions will be taken before your procedure with your natural teeth still present. From these impressions, your dentures are fabricated.
  • Procedure – your teeth will be extracted and your new teeth are placed.
  • Series of soft liners (soft re-fittings) over 6 month healing period.
  • Final re-fit (processed hard reline) at end of 6 month healing period.

What is it like getting used to the new dentures?

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

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

Absolutely not. A common fear patients have is that the dentures won't 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," simply beautiful, natural-looking teeth. No one will know.

How will dentures fit?

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

How will I chew with these new dentures?

Cut your food into smaller 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 that normal?

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

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

Yes, lower dentures are more difficult to function with than upper dentures. Your tongue and cheeks moving push and pull on your bottom denture and dislodge it. Talk with your doctor to learn if you’re a candidate for lower dental 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 the dentures and gums. We place soft liners beneath your dentures to fill in this gap. This should help them fit and feel better as you heal.

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

New dentures will 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 bothering you, reduce 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 can be expected.

Is there a charge for denture adjustments?

We provide denture adjustments at no charge for the first 6 months after delivery of 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 your dentures in water when not in use

What should I use to clean the dentures?

  • Either antibacterial hand soap or denture cleaner 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 removing your dentures 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 commonly grind your teeth, taking your dentures out will help you increase their usable life significantly.

Can I boil my dentures to clean them?

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

Can my dentures be damaged?

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

One of the most frequent ways dentures are damaged beyond repair is when a dog (or sometimes cat) gets ahold of them. Pets and animals love to chew on dentures and have been known to damage them beyond repair quite fast. Be extra careful to put your dentures up where your pet can’t get to them.

If my dentures get damaged, are they repairable?

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

Will there be pain after the procedure?

While experiences will vary some, you can expect some discomfort and slight swelling afterwards. Many patients return the next day for their post op exam reporting very little pain. All patients are prescribed pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

This is perfectly normal when you first have an implant placed in your mouth. Your mouth senses it as foreign material and is trying to “flush” it out. The increased salivation should subside within 2-3 days.

Can I be put under for my procedure?

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

What are full dentures?

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

What are partial dentures?

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

What are the advantages of dentures?

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

What are the differences in your denture levels?

Our dentures offer improved wear resistance, better stain resistance, and longer warranties as you move 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 walking with a prosthetic leg, it will require some patience and practice to get used to the new teeth. Patience and practice are the keys to improving with your new dentures as fast as possible.

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

Again, this will take some time, but with a little practice and patience, your mouth and tongue will adjust quickly. "S’s" will be the trickiest to pronounce. Practicing words like "sarcastic" and "stupendous" can help you get accustomed to your new teeth. In a few cases, patients may experience 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 they are to clean. Just take them out; clean your gums and the denture(s); and put them back in.

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

Typically 4-7 days is enough time for recovery. With that said, as there is always a chance of swelling and bruising, and you’ll need to get used to eating and speaking with your dentures, the longer you can take off, the better.

What are soft liners?

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

Am I too young for dentures?

No, this is not just a procedure for the elderly. It’s actually very common for people in their 40s, 30s, and even 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be very beneficial to your overall physical health, and having the ability to speak, smile, and laugh confidently with teeth you’re proud of can benefit your 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 part which covers roof of your mouth) removed from the denture?

The majority of the palate of the denture needs to remain. Removing this also removes a lot of stability and nearly 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 slight bleeding (oozing) for a few days after the procedure. In addition, you will most likely see 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 our office.

A home remedy which still works quite well to help clotting and reduce bleeding is the use of 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 tea will help you clot. Multiple tea bags can be used if needed. Replace the tea bags if they get saturated with blood. The process can be repeated as many times as you need.

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

There are many things that can lead to sore gums: high pressure spots, movement of the denture(s), and just ordinary wearing of the dentures.

  • High pressure spots | these are normal with new dentures and typically only require simple adjustments
  • Denture movement | this can rub sores on the gums over time. Stabilizing your dentures with dental implants can greatly reduce this problem.
  • Wearing dentures | dentures are foreign to the body. They are a fantastic substitution for missing teeth, but they can still aggravate the body after a long day. Consider planning time to take your dentures out and give your gum tissue a chance to "rest."

Can my dentures wobble?

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

Denture adhesive can also be useful for some patients.

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

Dental implants often offer the stability you need. 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 secure either through natural suction for the upper or denture adhesive. Not all patients will have natural suction with their top denture for multiple reasons (palatal torus, flat palate, bone loss, etc.)

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