Frequently Asked Questions

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All-On-4 “Teeth in a Day”

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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 dental implants and teeth are securely in place from day one, we kindly ask that you keep up a soft diet throughout the 4 month healing period. So what do we mean? A general rule of thumb is that you can eat anything you can cut with the side of a plastic fork. We ask this because you are investing in something that could last you decades, possibly the rest of your life, and maintaining a soft food diet initially will allow the best union your implants into the bone and help establish a fantastic outcome long-term.

How long has the All-on-4 procedure been around?

This transformative solution was developed by Portuguese dentist Paolo Malo in the 1990s. Since that time, this procedure has safely been performed on hundreds of thousands of individuals all the while being improved upon to what you see today.

How do I take care of my new teeth?

Caring for your teeth is simple, but staying consistent is the key. Similar to how we are supposed to routinely brush and floss natural teeth, you need do the same with the new implants and teeth. Only few minutes a day is all it will take to keep your implants and mouth healthy. Brushing your bridges with a soft tooth brush and cleaning under them with a water flosser (WaterPik is a well-known and popular brand) a few times a day is all it takes.

Cigarette smoking can escalate the possibility of implant complications, so we do not recommend smoking with dental implants. Diabetics should also be made aware of a heightened risk for problems with dental implants. Keeping diabetes under control is very important for the long-term success of your dental implants.

Other than that, regularly follow through with your doctor consistently throughout the year for quick evaluations of your new implant teeth.

What do the new implant teeth feel like?

The new dental implants will bring a new sensation and will take a few days or sometimes several weeks to get used to.

Is there a lot of pain with this procedure?

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

Can I expect pain after this procedure?

While experiences will vary, most patients should expect some discomfort and slight swelling afterwards. Many patients come in the following day for their follow-up appointment reporting very little soreness. All patients are prescribed medication for pain to help alleviate any discomfort. Also, if you’re a good candidate for it, your doctor will offer a steroid injection which will: help reduce discomfort and swelling for the first few days.

What is the recovery time like with this procedure?

This will vary from patient to patient, but, generally speaking, the recovery time is faster and easier with All-on-4 implants than other complete teeth restoration options. This is mostly due to the bridges being attached directly to your jaws via your implants. Conventional dentures and implant dentures both require healing periods during which time the dentures are able to move and lead to sore spots. Generally, pain should subside mostly within one to two, with full healing typically after 6 months.

What is the difference between your practice vs. a general dental practice that has a wide scope of dental services?

Our practice is limited to dental prosthetics and implants. Dental implants, and particularly "teeth-in-a-day," are our passion, and our team is continually working to ensure our patients receive the best possible results. Many practices will refer you to other providers, use outside labs, and have inconsistent pricing. They will take several months or even years to finish the procedure while charging you up to double our price. Our dental surgeon performs the procedure from surgery to final teeth. We have an on-site prosthetics lab and expert lab technician, along with transparent and affordable pricing. By having all these services under one roof, we are able to deliver a premium service at an affordable price.

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

At Indiana Dentures and Implants, we have the same advantages of the national dental implant practices by focusing our practice on dental implants and prosthetics. We have an on-site dental lab, competitive pricing, and offer teeth the same day. However, our office is privately owned, and every single patient will be seen by our doctor. Our team focuses on the satisfaction of our patients instead of monthly quotas, cost cutting, and shareholders. At corporate implant practices, there is no guarantee that you'll be treated by the same doctor that has the great reviews or whom you were recommended to see. Our doctor oversees your procedure from beginning to end and the team will do everything to make sure you are happy with your new teeth 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 what we do at Columbus Dentures and Implants for our All-On-4 "teeth-in-a-day " procedure. Please proceed with caution at any office that recommends mini dental implants as a permanent implant solution. These have a very high complication and failure rate.

Snap-in implant dentures, on the other hand, can be a good option for some people. We also provide this service and have a separate page dedicated to snap-in dentures if you want to learn more. They can be a more budget-friendly alternative to All-On-4 "teeth-in-a-day" dental implants.

How often should I get my new teeth professionally cleaned?

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

Can dental implants fail?

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

  • Failure to bond to the bone
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes

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

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

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

Can I be put under for my procedure?

We do not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer oral conscious sedation. The medicine will provide relaxation and often makes it so you don’t even remember your procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your local pharmacy. NOTE: You MUST have someone driving you both ways 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 day of the procedure?

In most cases these will be attached straightaway. In certain cases, mostly depending on your bone quality and volume, we will be unable to attach your bridge(s) during your procedure and you will need to wear an interim healing denture while your new implants bond to your bone. Your doctor will review this thoroughly during your evaluation.

How long will I bleed after surgery?

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

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

Just as you will need practice to get used to walking with a prosthetic leg, it will need some patience and practice to get used to your prosthetic teeth. With that being said, since these are rigidly anchored to your jaw, All-On-4 teeth will be the easiest to get used to of all our 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 practice and patience, your mouth and tongue will adjust quickly. "S’s" will be the most difficult to pronounce. Practicing words like "sixty-six" and "sarcastic" can help you get used to your new teeth. In some cases, patients may have a small lisp long-term with All-On-4 upper teeth.

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

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

Am I 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, and even 20s to need their teeth replaced. Replacing bad teeth can be extremely beneficial to your overall 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 don’t mind throwing away
  • Comfortable clothes you don’t mind throwing away
  • Soft foods (see list above)

What will my final teeth be made from?

The final bridge is made from zirconia. Zirconia is a much stronger and more stain resistant material than traditional acrylic All-On-4 teeth which many providers offer. If you choose a competing provider, make sure you know what kind of teeth you will be getting. If you do decide on acrylic denture teeth with a titanium bar with a different office, expect to have staining around the teeth and to replace them every 5-10 years. Also, be certain you know the total price you are going to pay for the procedure, temporary teeth, and final new teeth. Other offices will charge you a surgery/temporary 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 a single arch (upper or lower) is $19,900. For both upper and lower arches, the total cost is $39,000. These prices include removing any remaining teeth, placing your implants, same day fixed temporary teeth, and the fixed permanent zirconia teeth. Other offices may charge an operation fee, temporary teeth fee, and then surprise you at the end with another fee for your new teeth. Our pricing is fully transparent, and we will not surprise you with any additional fees.

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

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

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

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

The majority of patients that have been advised they are not candidates for dental implants are actually wonderful candidates for the All-On-4 procedure. The combination of using 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 this was not an option. Our team can usually perform the procedure without needing expensive grafting that delays treatment by months or years. Please come see us for a complimentary consultation to see if you're a candidate.

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

Yes! This is our preferred way of doing this procedure with the best outcome. With the advanced implants and materials available today, there is typically no reason for you to wait months or even years to complete the process like patients experienced in the past.

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

No, the doctor is a general dentist that limits their practice to 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, the doctor will collaborate with another dental specialist to ensure that our patients get the best possible treatment for their specific situation.

How can you offer the All-On-4, "Teeth in a Day" dental implant procedure for so much less than other offices in the area?

By performing a high number of these procedures and limiting our practice exclusively very specific procedures, we have advantages that other practices do not have. Our office has in-house lab and lab technician and a single dentist who performs the entire procedure. These efficiencies allows us to offer advanced dental implant procedures for our patients at the most competitive pricing. Not only do we have the best prices, we also use only the finest implants and zirconia teeth.

Do you have payment plans?

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

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Does your practice provide warranties or guarantees?

If a dental implant fails to integrate we will replace it at no cost. We warranty the final dental bridge for 5 years. To keep this warranty, patients must return every 6 months for maintenance and hygiene of their bridges/implants. This 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 will the All-on-4 procedure take?

Usually the surgery takes about 1 hour per arch. Then, the lab portion of making the teeth takes about 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 top and bottom teeth, we usually finish closer to 2:30 to 3:30 in the afternoon. Much of this time is waiting for your teeth to be made in our lab and trying them in to be certain your smile is exactly how you want it. 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 possible to ensure you love your new smile. The teeth you get the same day of surgery are only a temporary/transitional set. When we fabricate your final teeth, you will have full control of the design and appearance of them.

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

While this can be a good fit for many patients, if there are complications or broken teeth, it is very difficult to fix if you traveled thousands of miles away or out of the country. Most local dentists will not be willing to repair another practice's work. A major advantage of having a transitional set of fixed teeth on the day of your surgery is that you get to test them out and learn 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’s exciting to get your final teeth immediately, it does come with some significant drawbacks which cannot be overlooked.

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

No, they are firmly attached to your implants, which are firmly anchored to your jaw. If your All-On-4 teeth begin moving for any reason, call our office so we can schedule an exam.

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

The procedure 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 significant changes in your mouth during the healing and implant integration phase, it is best to start with a temporary set of teeth. This helps ensure the best long-term outcome with your final teeth.

Can the temporary teeth get damaged?

Yes, your temporary teeth are made from acrylic and can crack, chip, and occasionally break. This is very common. The good 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 you fixed up right away.

Can the final teeth get damaged?

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

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

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

Are my All-On-4 bridges removable?

No, you cannot remove these yourself. Only the dentist is able to remove them. Prosthetic teeth are secured to your dental implants.

Can food get under my All-On-4 bridge(s)?

Yes, any dental prosthetic can get some amount of food under it. You can rinse with water to remove food from under your bridge(s), and cleaning daily with a water flosser will be included in your long-term hygiene routine.

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

Of all the complete teeth replacement options, All-On-4 often has the shortest time required to recover. Generally 4-7 days is sufficient. 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 new teeth, the longer you can take off, the better.

How many implants will I need?

An upper implant denture will require at least 4 dental implants. A 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 particularly true with 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’ve 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 exam, during which we will perform 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 enough time for your implants to integrate with your bone. This is what makes the implants truly stable and will help ensure you enjoy many years, or decades, of use out of them. We usually wait between 4 and 6 months before securing to your dental implants.

Will there be pain after the procedure?

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

Can general anesthesia be used for the procedure?

We do not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer oral conscious sedation. The medication will help you relax and often makes it so you do not even remember your procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, which you can pick it up at your local pharmacy. NOTE: You MUST have a driver for this procedure, someone who can drive you once you have taken your oral sedation pill(s). You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.

Are implant dentures really secure?

Yes! Implant dentures are much more secure than dentures alone, and 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 the dental implants out to be able to remove a portion of the palate in a snap-in denture. With our All-On-4 procedure, we can guarantee the ability to remove the palate, but that's not always the case with snap-in dentures.

When we are able to remove the palate, this increases the ability to taste for many patients, and also increases temperature sensitivity, making for 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 (middle 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 complete and we are ready to attach to your implants, typically 4-6 months after placement of your implants.

How frequently will my implant inserts require changing?

Typically once or twice each year. This will depend on how many implants you have, how strong your bite is, how many times 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 your inserts significantly faster. Only place your implant dentures in by hand.

What is alveoloplasty? Why is it important?

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

What are tori? Must they be removed?

Tori are bony knots that develop in the mouth of some patients. They are harmless, however, they can prevent your denture(s) from fitting properly, so your doctor will often recommend having them removed.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

This is totally 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. This increased salivation should stop within two to three 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. Also, you can expect to notice increased salivation when we first put your denture(s) in. When this increased saliva mixes with a small amount blood, it can look like a lot of blood. If heavy bleeding continues, please call the office.

A classic home remedy which still works quite well to encourage clotting and stop bleeding is to use tea bags. Get a regular tea bag, get it damp, squeeze out the extra 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 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?

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 the market, so we do not know what their success will be long-term. We want the most successful, and predictable long-term results for our patients, and for these reasons, we do not use zirconia implants at this time.

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

Yes, any oral prosthetic can get some amount of food under it. The great 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 long should I take off work to recover after the procedure?

Each patient is different. Some return to work the next day, others wait a week or two. As there is always the chance of swelling and bruising, and you’ll need to get used to eating and speaking with your 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 this procedure?

No, this is not just an option for the elderly. It is very common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need teeth replacement. Replacing bad teeth can be very helpful for your general physical health. Also, having teeth that allow you to have a confident smile, laugh, and converse can be hugely beneficial for your emotional health. Again, needing to replace teeth early in life is not uncommon.

What items should I have ready for after my procedure?

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

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

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

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

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

Will my dentures move?

Some people 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 happen. A dab of adhesive at the back on each side of the bottom denture will usually take care of this.

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

In this case, your best bet would be the All-On-4 procedure. Not all snap-in dentures can have the palate removed.

Can I remove implant dentures?

Yes. Having removable implant dentures makes cleaning them very easy. Just take them out; clean the denture(s), the gums, and implants; and snap them back in 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 with maintaining implant dentures?

  • Snaps | From time to time you’ll need to replace 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 inexpensive to have changed out.
  • Cleanings | Just like with natural teeth, you’ll need to have your implants professionally cleaned periodically. All 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 make certain that unnecessary stress isn’t being put on the implants.
  • Home maintenance | It only takes a few minutes a day. Take your dentures out 1-2 times each day and brush them with a denture brush or very soft bristled toothbrush. Also, remember to clean your implants. Scrub these with a very soft dental brush as well.

Single Tooth

Implants & Bridges

Do I need an 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 you put a temporary bridge or crown on my 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. This is because we want as little force being placed on the implants as possible while waiting for them to integrate 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 have been told they were not in the past. Call us 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:

  • Floss and brush twice daily.
  • Get cleanings regularly at intervals recommended by your dentist.

What do implant teeth look like?

In the mouth, they look almost exactly like a natural tooth. The implant body (the screw) won't 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 long should I take off work for recovery after the procedure?

Many patients can return to work either the same day or the next day. Certain cases may require more time off from work.

What is the process for getting a dental implant?

The process is very straight forward. The implant is placed in your jawbone and is left alone to integrate for up to six months. Afterward, we take impressions and have the new tooth fabricated. If bone grafting is required, this may increase treatment time.

Is my implant removable?

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

Can I be put under for the procedure?

We do not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer oral conscious sedation. This medication will help to relax you and often makes it so you don’t even remember your procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have a driver for this procedure, someone who can drive you after you have taken your oral sedation pill(s). You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.

How long can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

Most of the bleeding will have ceased before you leave our office, however, expect to have a bit of 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 small amount blood, it can look like a lot of blood. If heavy bleeding continues, please call the office.

A classic home remedy which still works quite well to encourage clotting and reduce bleeding is to use tea bags. Just get a standard tea bag, dampen it, squeeze out the excess 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 become saturated with blood. This process can be repeated as many times as you need.

Can I expect a lot of pain after the surgery?

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

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

We do not currently offer 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 viability will be long-term. We want the most successful, and predictable long-term results for our patients, and for these reasons, we do not use zirconia implants at this time.

Can implants fail?

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

  • Failure to bond to the bone
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes

If your implant fails during the first year, our doctor will replace it for free.

What are immediate dentures?

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

What is the process for getting immediate dentures?

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

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

What is it like to get used to these dentures?

This experience is different for each patient, but it does require practice and patience. Your mouth will be going through significant changes over the 6 month healing phase. Remember, this will get easier over time and we are here for you through the entire 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 know they're dentures. Our talented lab team will make certain you won't end up with "horse teeth" or "chiclets," just beautiful, natural-looking teeth. No one will know.

How do dentures fit?

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

How do I chew with these new dentures?

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

I can’t taste as much with my dentures. Is that common?

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 common?

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

My dentures feel like they’re becoming loose?

This is common 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 in your dentures to fill in this gap. This should help them fit and feel better as you heal.

What are denture adjustments and how often are they needed?

New dentures often have certain spots that rub slightly and create sore spots. During a denture adjustment, we will pinpoint the spot(s) on your denture that are bothering you, decrease the amount of pressure they put on the tissue, and smooth them thoroughly. This is perfectly normal with all new dentures and one or more adjustments should be expected.

Will I be charged for denture adjustments?

Our office provides denture adjustments free of 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 take care of my dentures?

  • Clean your dentures every day 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 my 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 remove my dentures when I sleep?

Yes, we do recommend removing your dentures when you sleep and also whenever possible throughout the day. This gives your gums time to “rest” and get natural, cleansing saliva flow to them. Also, if you commonly grind your teeth, removing your dentures will help you increase their usable life significantly.

Should I boil my dentures to clean them?

No! Do not boil the dentures to clean them. The heat can warp your dentures. If this happens, they will need to be replaced.

Can my dentures get damaged?

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

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

If the dentures are damaged, can they be repaired?

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

Is there pain after the procedure?

While experiences will vary, most patients can expect mild discomfort and possibly swelling afterwards. Many patients come in the following day for their post op appointment reporting minimal soreness. 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 a prosthesis placed in your mouth. Your mouth senses it as foreign material and is trying to “flush” it out. The increased salivation should subside within a few days.

Can I be put under for the procedure?

We do not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer oral conscious sedation. The medication will help to relax you and typically makes it so you won't even remember your procedure. For this, the doctor writes you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have a driver to and from for your procedure, due to 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 with your 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 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 between denture levels?

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

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

Just like you would need practice in order to get 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 new teeth right away?

Again, this will take some time, but with some patience and practice, 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 prosthetic teeth. In a few cases, patients may have a slight lisp long-term with dentures.

Can food get beneath my dentures(s)?

Yes, any prosthetic in your mouth can 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 long should I take off work to recover after any extractions?

Typically 4-7 days is enough 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 longer you can take off, the better.

What is a soft liner?

A soft liner is a cushion which is placed inside 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 seniors. It’s actually quite common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be very beneficial to your long-term health, and having the ability to speak, smile, and laugh confidently with teeth you can be of can benefit your 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 portion that covers roof of the mouth) removed from the denture?

Most of the palate of the denture needs to remain. Cutting this out 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 will I bleed after the procedure?

Substantial bleeding will stop before you leave our office, however, you can expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for a few days after your procedure. In addition, you'll 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.

A home remedy which still works really well to encourage clotting and stop bleeding is to use tea bags. Get a standard tea bag, get it damp, 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 get saturated with blood. This process can be repeated as many times as you need.

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

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

  • High pressure spots | these are normal with new dentures and typically only require simple adjustments
  • Movement of the denture(s) | this can rub sores on the gums over time. Securing your dentures with implants can greatly reduce this issue.
  • Wearing dentures | dentures are foreign to your body. They are a fantastic replacement for missing teeth, but they can still irritate the body after a long day. Consider setting aside time to take your dentures out and give your gums a chance to "rest."

Can my dentures wobble?

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

Denture adhesive may also be helpful for some patients.

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

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

Are immediate dentures removable?

Yes, these 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 upper denture for multiple reasons (palatal torus, flat palate, bone loss, etc.)

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