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 immediately?

Yes! However, even though your implants and teeth are securely in place the day of your surgery, we kindly ask that you stick to a softer diet during the four month healing timeframe. So what do we mean? A good general rule is you can eat anything which you can cut with the side of a plastic fork. We ask this because you're investing in a treatment that can last you many decades, even the rest of your life, and maintaining a soft food diet during the healing period will allow the best possible integration of your implants into your bone and help ensure the best long-term outcome.

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

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

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

Caring for your teeth is very easy, but consistency is key. Just like we’re supposed to brush and floss natural teeth, we should do the same with our All-On-4 teeth and implants. A few minutes a day is all it will take to keep your mouth and implants healthy. Brushing your bridges with a soft bristle tooth brush and cleaning under them with a water flosser (WaterPik is a very popular, well-known brand) a few times a day is all it takes.

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

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

What do the new implant bridges feel like?

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

Will there be a lot of pain with the procedure?

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

Is there pain after the procedure?

Though experiences will vary, you should expect mild discomfort and slight swelling after your procedure. Many patients come in the next day for their follow-up appointment reporting minimal discomfort. You will be prescribed pain medication to help reduce any discomfort. Also, if you’re a good candidate for it, your doctor will provide a steroid shot which will: help alleviate pain and swelling for the first few days.

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

This will vary from person to person, but, overall, the recovery period is shorter and easier with All-on-4 implants than other full arch or full mouth restoration options. This is mostly due to the bridges being attached directly to the bone via the implants. Classic dentures and implant dentures both require recovery periods during which time the dentures are able to shift and cause sore spots. Your pain should decline for the most part within 1-2 weeks, with full healing usually after 6 months.

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

We limit our practice to dental implants and prosthetics. Dental implants, and especially "teeth-in-a-day," are our passion, and we are regularly working to ensure our patients receive the best possible results. Many dental practices will refer you to multiple providers, use outside labs, and have complicated pricing. They can take many months or even years to complete the procedure while charging you up to double our price. Our doctor performs the procedure from surgery to final teeth. We have an in-house prosthetics lab and expert lab technician, along with transparent and affordable pricing. By having 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 corporate implant practices?

At Stockbridge Dentures and Implants, we have the same advantages of the national dental implant centers by focusing our practice on dental prosthetics and implants. Our office has an in-house dental lab, competitive pricing, and offer teeth the same day. The advantage is, we are privately owned, and every patient will be seen by our doctor. We focus on the satisfaction of our patients instead of monthly quotas, cost cutting, and shareholders. With national dental implant centers, there is no guarantee that you'll be seen by the same doctor who has the great reviews or whom you were recommended to see. Our doctor oversees your complete procedure and the team will do everything to be certain you are happy 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 the All-On-4 "teeth-in-a-day " procedure. Please proceed with caution at any office that recommends mini dental implants as a permanent solution. These have a very high complication and failure rate.

Snap-in implant dentures, on the other hand, can be a wonderful option for some people. We also provide this option and have an entire page dedicated to snap-in dentures if you would like to learn more. Snap-in dentures may be a more economical alternative to All-On-4 "teeth-in-a-day" dental implants.

How frequently should I get my new teeth professionally cleaned?

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

Can implants fail?

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

  • Failure to bond to the bone
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes

If your implant fails during the first year, our dentist 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. This increased salivation should subside within 2-3 days.

Can I be put under for the procedure?

Our office does not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do provide both oral & IV conscious sedation. Click here to learn more about your options. The medicine will provide relaxation and typically makes it so you won't remember your procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can fill it at your pharmacy of choice. 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.

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

In most cases these will be attached immediately. In certain cases, mostly dependent on the quality of your bone and volume, we will be unable to install your dental bridge(s) during your procedure and you will need to wear a temporary healing denture while your new implants integrate into the bone. Our doctor will review this thoroughly during your exam.

How long will I bleed after the procedure?

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

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

Just as 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 they are rigidly anchored to your jaw, All-On-4 teeth will be the easiest to get comfortable with of all the full-arch implant options.

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

Again, this will take a little time, but with a little patience and practice, your tongue and mouth will quickly adjust. "S’s" will be the trickiest to pronounce. Practicing saying words like “Mississippi” and “sixty-six” can help you get accustomed to your prosthetic 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?

You should expect to wait 6 weeks after the procedure before beginning to clean a water flosser.

Am I too young for this procedure?

No, this is not only for senior citizens. 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 immensely beneficial to your long-term physical health, and having the ability to speak, smile, and laugh confidently with teeth you can be of can benefit your psychological health.

What would be helpful to have ready ahead of my procedure?

  • Ice packs

  • Wash cloths you don’t mind throwing away

  • Comfortable clothes you wouldn't mind throwing awa

  • Soft foods (see list above)

What will my final teeth be made from?

We make the final bridge out of zirconia. Zirconia is much stronger and more resistant to staining and wear than traditional acrylic All-On-4 teeth which other offices provide. If you choose another office, be certain you know what kind of material they will be using. If you do decide on acrylic prosthetic teeth with a titanium bar with a different office, you can expect to have staining around your teeth and to replace them every 5-10 years. Also, make sure you know the total price you are going to pay for the procedure, temporary teeth, and final teeth. Some practices may charge you a base fee only for you to discover owe an additional $5,000-$15,000 for the final product.

How much does the All-On-4 procedure cost?

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

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

The unique thing about this procedure, and what lets us attach new teeth your implants from day one, is that all of the implants will be rigidly held in place by your 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 dental bridge all support each other.

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

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

Many patients that have been told they are not candidates for other dental implants are actually good candidates for our All-On-4 procedure. A combination of utilizing angled implants and using the front of the jaw where the bone is more dense allows us to complete this procedure for many patients that thought this was not an option for them. We can usually perform the procedure without the need for expensive grafting that delays treatment by months or even years. Please come see us for a free dental exam to learn if you're a candidate.

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

Yes! This is our preferred way of performing this procedure with an ideal 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 patients experienced 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 exclusively to prosthetics and dental implantology. Dental implantology is their passion, and they have more experience placing dental implants than most specialists and other general dentists. In very select cases, they will collaborate with other dental specialists to ensure that our patients get the best possible treatment for their specific situation.

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

Because of the high number of these procedures we perform and limiting our practice exclusively very specific procedures, we have advantages that other offices do not have. We have our in-house lab and lab technician along with a single dentist who performs the procedure start to finish. Because of these efficiencies, we are able to offer these procedures for our patients at the most competitive pricing available. Not only do we have the lowest prices, we also use only the finest dental implants and zirconia teeth.

Do you have payment plans?

Yes. Our practice offers 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.

Do you provide guarantees or warranties?

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

How long does this procedure take?

Usually the surgery is 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 done by lunch time. If we are replacing both top and bottom teeth, we usually finish around 2:30 to 3:30 in the afternoon. Much of this time is waiting for your teeth to be created 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 the final product!

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

Our team does everything possible to ensure you're thrilled with your new teeth. The teeth you get the day of the procedure are only a temporary/transitional set. When we fabricate your final teeth, you will have complete control of the design and appearance of your smile.

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

While this can be a good fit for many patients, in the rare case of complications or broken teeth, 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 dentist's work. A major advantage of having a transitional set of fixed teeth on the day of your procedure is that you get to test them out and 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 great to get your final teeth immediately, it can come with several serious downsides that cannot be ignored.

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

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

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

This is referred to as "teeth in a day" because you will receive a set of implant-supported working prosthetic temporary teeth in one day. Since there can often significant changes to your mouth during the implant integration and healing phase, it is best to start with a transitional set of teeth. This ensures the best long-term outcome with your permanent teeth.

Can the temporary teeth be damaged?

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

Can my permanent teeth be damaged?

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

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

Unfortunately, not. As your current implants will not be the correct position that this procedure requires, and as bone reduction will be necessary, 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 dental 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 included in your long-term hygiene routine.

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

Of all full arch replacement options, All-On-4 often has the shortest time required to recover. Usually 4-7 days is enough. That being said, since there is always the chance of bruising and swelling, 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 are needed?

The upper implant denture will require at least 4 implants. A lower implant denture will need at least 2 implants. The more dental implants you have, the more stable your denture will usually be. This is certainly true with the lower denture. Three or four implants in the lower is generally much better than just two.

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 most cases, yes! We’ll simply 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 my implants (snap my dentures on to them) the same day they’re placed?

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

Will there be pain after the procedure?

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

Can I be put to sleep 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 your procedure. For this, we will write 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 after you have taken your oral sedation pill(s). You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.

Are implant dentures really secure?

Yes! They are much more secure than dentures alone, and we are 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 in order to remove a portion of the palate with a snap-in denture. With our All-On-4 procedure, we can guarantee the ability to remove the palate, however that's not always an option with snap-in dentures.

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

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

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

How often will my implant inserts require changing?

Typically once or twice each year. This will depend upon how many implants you have, how strong your bite is, how frequently you remove and replace your dentures, and many other factors.

WARNING: PLEASE DO NOT BITE YOUR DENTURES INTO PLACE ON YOUR IMPLANTS! This will 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? 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 the doctor will often recommend having them removed.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

This is completely normal when you first have the prosthesis (denture) placed in your mouth. Your mouth senses it as a foreign object and is trying to “flush” it out. This increased salivation should subside within 2-3 days.

How long can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

Significant bleeding will have stopped before you leave the clinic, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for one to three 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 little blood, it can look like a lot of blood. If heavy bleeding does not stop, please call our office.

An old home remedy that still works quite well to encourage clotting and stop bleeding is to use tea bags. Get a regular tea bag, dampen it, squeeze out the excess water, place it on the extraction site (or sites), and the tea will help you heal. Multiple tea bags can be used if needed. Replace the tea bags if they become saturated with blood. This process can be repeated as many times as needed.

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

We do not currently use this type of implant. While titanium dental implants have been around 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 stuck under my implant denture(s)?

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

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

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

What is a soft liner?

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

Am I too young for this procedure?

No, this is not just a procedure for the elderly. It is very common for patients 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 which allow you to have a confident smile, laugh, and converse can be hugely beneficial for your emotional health. Again, needing to replace teeth earlier in life is not uncommon.

What items should I have ready for after my procedure?

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

Once I have my prosthetic 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 replacement teeth. That being said, since they are attached using implants, the dentures will be quite a bit easier to get used to than traditional dentures.

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

This will also take some time, but with some patience and practice, your mouth and tongue will quickly adjust. The letter S will be the most difficult to pronounce. Practicing words like “Mississippi” and “sixty six” can help you get used to the new teeth. In some cases, patients may have a slight lisp long term with implant dentures.

Will my dentures still rock?

Some people might experience a slight amount of rocking with their dentures. For patients with two bottom implants, these must be placed in the front of the jaw making it possible for some rocking to occur. A dab of adhesive at the back on both sides of the bottom denture will usually take care of this.

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

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

Can I remove implant dentures?

Yes. Having removable implant dentures makes cleaning them very convenient. Just take them out; clean the denture(s), your 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 in 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 cleaned periodically. All buildup on the implants will be removed and your dentures will be cleaned.
  • Periodic re-fittings | Your mouth will 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 applied to your implants.
  • Home maintenance | It only takes a few minutes a day. Remove your dentures 1-2 times per day and brush them with a denture brush or very soft bristled toothbrush. Also, don’t forget to clean your implants. Scrub these with a very soft dental brush too.

Single Tooth

Implants & Bridges

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

It depends. As every case is unique, our doctor will need to see you for a consultation to determine the best course of treatment for you.

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

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

How much do dental implants cost?

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Most patients are good candidates for dental implants, even those who've been told they weren't previously. Call our office to schedule your consultation and let's see what we can do to get you smiling again.

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 professional cleanings at intervals recommended by your dentist.

What do prosthetic teeth look like?

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

Will it function and feel like a natural tooth?

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

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

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

What is the process to get a dental implant?

Our process is very straight forward. The implant is placed into your jawbone and is left alone to integrate for 4-6 months. Afterward, we take impressions and have your 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, however, we do provide both oral & IV conscious sedatives. To learn more about these options click here. This medicine will help relax you and typically makes it so you won't 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 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.

How long will I bleed after the procedure?

Most of the bleeding will have ceased before you leave the clinic, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for one to three days after the procedure. In addition, you can expect to notice increased salivation when we first put your denture(s) in. When this increased saliva mixes with a little blood, it can look like much more. If heavy bleeding continues, please call the office.

A classic home remedy that 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 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 needed.

Will there be pain after the procedure?

While your experience may vary, you can expect mild discomfort and possible swelling after your procedure. Many patients return the following day for their follow-up exam reporting very little discomfort. All patients are prescribed pain medication to help reduce any discomfort.

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

Can implants fail?

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

  • Failure to bond to the bone
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes

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

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 process can I expect when getting immediate dentures?

The complete process often takes 6 months, but can 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 made.
  • Procedure – your teeth are removed and the new teeth are placed.
  • Series of soft liners (soft re-fittings) over 6 month healing period.
  • Final re-fit (processed hard reline) at end of 6 month healing period.

What is it like getting used to immediate dentures?

This experience is 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, it does get easier with time and we will be here for you through the entire process.

My friend's dentures look very fake. Will mine look that way?

Absolutely not. A common fear patients have is that their dentures will not look natural and people will immediately know they're dentures. Our highly skilled lab team will make certain you don't end up with "horse teeth" or "chiclets," simply 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 top dentures usually fit rather well, acting as a suction cup against the roof of your mouth. Full bottom dentures are known to feel loose and have a tendency to "float" in the mouth since your tongue and cheeks are continually working to dislodge them. It is for this reason that we strongly recommend dental implants with lower dentures.

How do I chew with my new dentures?

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

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

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

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

Yes, bottom dentures are more difficult to function with than top dentures. Your tongue and cheeks moving push and pull on the lower 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 getting loose?

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

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

New dentures can have certain spots that rub slightly and can cause sore spots. During the denture adjustment, we will target 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 perfectly normal with all new dentures and one or more adjustments can 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 period, 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 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 taking your dentures out when you sleep and also whenever possible throughout the day. This gives your gums time to "relax" and get natural, cleansing saliva flow to them. Also, if you naturally grind your teeth, removing your dentures will help you increase their functional 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 the dentures get damaged?

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

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

If the dentures get damaged, are they repairable?

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

Can I expect pain after this procedure?

Though experiences will vary, you should expect some soreness and some swelling after your procedure. Many patients return the following day for their follow-up appointment reporting minimal soreness. All patients are prescribed medication for pain to help reduce any discomfort.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

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

Can I be put under for my procedure?

Our office does not currently use general anesthesia, we do, however, provide both oral & IV conscious sedatives. Click here to learn more about your options. The medication will provide relaxation and often makes it so you don’t even remember your procedure. For this, the doctor writes you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your local pharmacy. NOTE: You MUST have a driver both ways for this 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 advantages can I expect from dentures?

  • Enhanced 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 ability leads to better digestion and better nutrition.
  • Affordability | Dentures are the most cost-effective way to replace a full arch (upper or lower) or an entire mouth of teeth.
  • Improved quality of life

What are the differences between denture levels?

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

Will I know how to eat with my new teeth immediately?

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

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

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

Can food get under my dentures(s)?

Yes, any prosthetic in the mouth will get some amount of food under it. The convenient thing about dentures is how easy they are to clean. Just take them out; clean your gums and the denture(s); and place them back in.

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

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

What is a soft liner?

A soft liner is a cushion which is placed inside your denture through the 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 only for senior citizens. It’s actually very common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be quite beneficial to your overall physical health, and being able to laugh, converse, and smile confidently with teeth you can be of can benefit your psychological health.

What items should I have ready for after my procedure?

  • ice packs
  • wash cloths you don’t mind throwing away
  • comfortable clothes you don’t mind throwing away
  • soft foods such as:
  • soups
  • yogurt
  • cottage cheese
  • smoothies
  • protein shakes
  • eggs
  • mashed potatoes (gravy optional)

Can I have the palate (middle part which covers roof of the mouth) removed from the denture?

The majority of the palate of the denture needs to stay. Cutting this out removes a great deal of security and almost all of your natural suction. A portion of the palate may be removed for patients who have denture implants.

What are tori? Do they need to be removed?

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

How long can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

Significant bleeding will have stopped 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 notice increased salivation when we first place your temporary teeth. 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.

An old home remedy that 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 excess water, place it on the extraction site (or sites), and the tea will help you heal. Multiple tea bags can be used if needed. Replace the tea bags if they get saturated with blood. This process can be repeated as many times as needed.

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

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

  • High pressure spots | these are common with new dentures and often only require slight adjustments
  • Denture movement | this can rub sores on your gums over time. Securing your dentures with dental implants significantly reduces this problem.
  • Wearing dentures | dentures are foreign objects in your body. They are a wonderful substitution for missing teeth, but they can still irritate your mouth after a long day. Consider setting aside time to remove your dentures and give your gum tissue a chance to "rest."

Will my dentures wobble?

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

Denture adhesive can also be helpful for some patients.

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

Dental implants often give the stability you need. 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 in place either by natural suction for the upper or denture adhesive. Not everyone will have natural suction with their top denture for a number of reasons (palatal torus, flat palate, bone loss, etc.)

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