Frequently Asked Questions

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All-On-4 “Teeth in a Day”

Snap-In Implant Dentures

Single Tooth Implants and Bridges

Dentures

All-On-4 “Teeth in a Day”

Snap-In Implant Dentures

Single Tooth Implants and Bridges

Dentures

All-On-4

“Teeth in a Day”

Can I eat with my new teeth the same day?

Yes! However, while your implants and teeth are securely in place the day of your surgery, we kindly request that you stick to a soft foods diet throughout the four month healing timeframe. So what does that mean? A simple guide is that you can eat any food that can be can cut with the side of a plastic fork. The reason for this is that you are investing in something which can last you decades, perhaps even the rest of your life, and keeping to a softer diet initially will allow the best possible integration of your implants into the bone and help ensure a fantastic outcome long-term.

For how long has this procedure been around?

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

How do I take care of my new teeth?

Maintaining your implants is easy, but staying consistent is key. Similar to how we are supposed to routinely brush and floss natural teeth, you need do this with the new implants and teeth. Just a few minutes a day is all it will take to keep your dental implants healthy. Regularly brushing your bridges with a soft tooth brush and cleaning beneath them with a water flosser (WaterPik is a well-known and popular brand) a few times daily is all that's required.

Cigarette smoking can increase the possibility of implant problems, so we recommend not using tobacco products with dental implants. Diabetics should also be made aware of a heightened risk for problems with dental implants. Controlling your diabetes is very important for the long-term success of your new implants.

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

What will my new implant bridges feel like?

Your new implant teeth will bring a new sensation and will take several days or sometimes several weeks to get used to.

Will there be a lot of pain with the procedure?

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

Will there be pain after the procedure?

While your experience may vary, you should expect mild soreness and slight swelling afterwards. Many patients come in the next day for their post op examination reporting minimal discomfort. All patients are prescribed pain medication to help reduce any discomfort. Also, if you’re a candidate for it, the doctor will provide a steroid injection which will: help reduce swelling and discomfort for the first few days.

What recovery time can I expect with dental implants?

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

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

We limit our practice to dental implants and prosthetics. Dental implants, and particularly "teeth-in-a-day," are our passion, and our team is continually working to ensure our patients get the best possible results. Many offices will refer you to multiple providers, use outside labs, and have confusing pricing. They often take many months or even years to finish 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 dental lab and experienced lab technician, to provide transparent and affordable pricing. By offering all this under one roof, we are able to deliver the best service at the best price.

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

Orlando Dentures and Implants has the same advantages of the national implant practices by limiting our practice to dental prosthetics and implants. Our office has an on-site dental prosthetic lab, very competitive pricing, and same day teeth. However, our office is privately owned, and each patient will be seen exclusively by our doctor. Our team focuses on the happiness of our patients instead of cost cutting, shareholders, and monthly quotas. At national dental implant centers, there is no guarantee that you will be treated by the same dentist that has the great online reviews or whom you were recommended to see. Our doctor oversees your complete procedure and the team will do everything we can to make sure you are overjoyed with your smile and treat you like family.

What about mini dental implants? Or snap in dentures?

Mini dental implants are not related to what we do at Columbus Dentures and Implants for our All-On-4 "teeth-in-a-day " procedure. Please proceed with caution at any office recommending 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, are a fantastic option for some people. Our office also provides this service and have a separate page dedicated to snap-in dentures if you want to learn more. These can be a more budget-friendly alternative to All-On-4 "teeth-in-a-day" dental implants.

How often should I get my dental implants cleaned professionally?

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

Can implants fail?

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

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

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

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

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

Can I be put under for the procedure?

Our office does not currently use general anesthesia, however, we do offer both oral & IV conscious sedation. Click here to learn more about your options. This medication will help relax you and typically makes it so you won't remember the procedure. For this, the doctor writes you a prescription, and you can pick it up 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 implants the day of the procedure?

Most cases will be attached straightaway. In certain situations, mainly depending on your bone quality and volume, we would be unable to attach your bridge(s) during your procedure and you'll need to wear a temporary healing denture while your implants integrate into your bone. Our doctor will go over this thoroughly at your exam.

How long will I bleed after the procedure?

Significant bleeding will stop before you leave our office, however, expect to have some 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 increased saliva mixes with a small amount of blood, it can look like a lot of blood. If you experience heavy bleeding, please call the office.

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

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

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 toughest to pronounce. Practicing words like "stupendous" and "Mississippi" can help you get accustomed to your new teeth. In a few 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 water flosser or Waterpik?

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

Am I too young for the dental implants?

No, this is not just a procedure for the elderly. It’s actually very common for people in their 40s, 30s, and 20s to need their teeth replaced. Replacing bad teeth can be quite beneficial to your long-term health, and being able to smile, laugh, and converse confidently with teeth you can be of can benefit your psychological health.

What items should I have ready ahead of my procedure?

  • Ice packs

  • Wash cloths you wouldn't mind throwing away

  • Comfortable clothes you don’t mind throwing away

  • Soft foods (see list above)

What will my new teeth be made of?

We make the final bridge from zirconia. Zirconia is a much stronger and more stain resistant material than traditional acrylic All-On-4 teeth that other offices provide. If you select another provider, be certain 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 around the teeth and to have them replaced every five to ten years. Also, make sure you know the total price you're going to pay for the surgery, temporaries, and final teeth. Some providers may charge you a base fee only for you to find out you owe another $5,000-$15,000 for your final teeth.

How much can I expect to pay for the "Teeth in a Day" procedure?

The entire 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 the removal of any remaining teeth, placing your implants, same day fixed temporary teeth, and your fixed permanent zirconia teeth. Many offices will charge an operation fee, temporary teeth fee, and then surprise you at the end with yet another fee for your permanent teeth. Our pricing is fully transparent, and we will never surprise you with any additional costs.

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

The unique thing about this procedure, and what allows us to attach teeth your metal implants immediately, 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 implants that can lead to early failure. Basically, your implants and dental bridge support one another.

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

What if another dentist has said that I am not a great candidate or do not have enough bone for dental implants?

Many patients who have been told they aren't candidates for dental implants are actually good candidates for our All-On-4 "Teeth in a Day" procedure. The combination of utilizing angled implants and using the front of the jaw bone where the bone is denser allows us to complete this procedure for many patients that thought implants were not an option. Our team can typically perform the procedure without the need for expensive grafting which delays treatment by months or years. Please visit 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 method of doing this procedure to support an ideal outcome. With the advanced implants and materials that we have available today, there is usually no reason for you to wait months or even years to complete the process like patients experienced in the past.

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

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

How do we offer 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 dental implants, we have advantages that other practices simply do not. Our office has in-house lab and lab technician and a single dentist that performs the procedure start to finish. These efficiencies allows us to offer advanced dental implant procedures for our patients at the most competitive pricing available. Not only do we have the best prices, we also use only the finest dental implants and materials.

Are there payment plans available?

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.

Does your practice provide guarantees or warranties?

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 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 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 your teeth takes another 2 hours. If we begin in the morning, for a single upper or lower arch, patients are often done 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 the final product!

What if I don’t like my new teeth?

Our team does everything possible to ensure you're thrilled with your new smile. The teeth you get 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 them.

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

While this is a good fit for many patients, in the rare case of complications or teeth breaking, it can be very difficult to fix if you traveled thousands of miles away or out of the country. Most local practices will not be willing to repair another dentist's work. A major advantage of having a temporary set of fixed teeth on the day of your procedure is 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 significant drawbacks that cannot be ignored.

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

No, these are firmly attached to your implants, which are firmly anchored to your jaw. If your new 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 receive my permanent 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 working prosthetic temporary teeth in one day. Since there are often significant changes in your mouth during the healing and implant integration phase, it is best to start with a transitional set of teeth. This helps ensure the best long-term outcome with your permanent teeth.

Can my temporary teeth get damaged?

Yes, the 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 easily be repaired. If you have any issues with your temporary, just give us a call and we’ll get it repaired right away.

Can my permanent teeth be damaged?

While it is possible for zirconia and nano-ceramic to be damaged, it’s extremely rare. 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, no. Since your current implants will not be the proper position required by this procedure, 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. They are secured to your 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 every day with a water flosser will be included in your long-term hygiene regimen.

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

Of all full arch replacement options, All-On-4 tends to have the shortest time required before returning to work. Usually 4-7 days is sufficient. That being said, as there is always a chance of swelling and bruising, and you’ll need to become accustomed 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 requires at least 4 implants. The lower implant denture requires at least 2 implants. The more implants you have, the more stable your denture will typically be. This is particularly true with the lower denture. Three or four implants in the lower is typically much better than two.

How much do implant dentures cost?

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

I have had dentures for a long time, am I still eligible for implants?

In most cases, yes! We’ll simply need to see you for a free consultation, during which we will perform a 3D CBCT scan of your jaw to see if you have enough bone for dental implants.

Will I be able to use the implants (snap my dentures on to them) the same day of the procedure?

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

Will there be pain after the procedure?

While experiences will vary, you can expect some soreness and possibly swelling after the procedure. Many patients come in the following day for their post op appointment, reporting very little soreness. You will receive a pain medication prescription to help alleviate any tenderness.

Can general anesthesia be used during my procedure?

Our practice does not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer both IV and oral conscious sedation. To learn more about these options click here. The medication will help to relax you and often makes it so you don’t even remember your procedure. If you choose this, we will write a prescription, which you can pick it up at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: A driver is REQUIRED for your procedure, someone who can drive you after you have taken your oral sedation medication. 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 would like.

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, 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 also 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 (middle part covering the roof of the mouth) removed from my denture?

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

How frequently will my implant inserts need to be changed?

Typically once or twice per year. This will depend on the number of implants you have, how strong your bite is, how often you remove and replace your dentures, and several other factors.

WARNING: PLEASE DO NOT BITE YOUR DENTURES INTO PLACE ON YOUR IMPLANTS! This will wear out 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 can develop in the mouth of some patients. Tori are harmless, 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 a prosthesis (denture) placed in your mouth. Your body considers it a foreign object and attempts to “flush” it out. This increased salivation should subside within two to three days.

How long will I bleed after the procedure?

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

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

Is this procedure offered 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 the market, so we do not know what their viability 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.

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

Yes, any prosthetic in the mouth will get some amount of food beneath it. The wonderful thing about implant dentures is they are incredibly easy to clean. Just 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?

Each patient is different. Some return to work the following day, others wait a week or two. As there is always the 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 snap-in dentures?

No, this is not just an option for seniors. It is quite common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be extremely helpful for your general physical health. Also, having teeth which allow you to confidently smile, laugh, and converse can be hugely beneficial for your psychological health. Again, needing to replace teeth early in life is not rare.

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 functioning with a prosthetic leg, it will require some practice and patience to get used to your new prosthetic teeth. With that being said, since they are attached using implants, your dentures will be much easier to get used to than traditional dentures.

Will I be able to speak with my replacement teeth immediately?

Again, this will take a little time, but with some practice and patience, your mouth and tongue will quickly adjust. The letter S will be the most difficult to pronounce. Practicing words like “Mississippi” and “sixty six” will 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 may experience a slight amount of rocking with their dentures. For patients with 2 lower implants, these must be placed in the front of the jaw making it possible for some rocking to happen. A small amount 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.

Are implant dentures removable?

Yes. Having removable implant dentures makes cleaning them extremely easy. 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 with maintaining implant dentures?

  • Snaps | Occasionally you’ll need to change out the snap rings in your implant dentures. These wear and lose retention over time as you take your teeth in and out. They’re quick and inexpensive to have changed out.
  • Cleanings | Similar to natural teeth, you’ll need to have the implants cleaned periodically. Any buildup on your implants will be removed and the dentures will be cleaned.
  • Periodic re-fittings | Your mouth can still change over time, so your dentures will need to be re-fitted to ensure their best performance and ensure that unnecessary stress isn’t being applied to your 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, don’t forget to clean your 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. As every case is unique, we'll need to see you for an exam to figure out the appropriate treatment for you.

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

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

How much do dental implants cost?

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Most people are candidates for dental implants, even those who've 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 a day.
  • 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) will not be visible in the mouth. It is under the gums in your bone.

Will it function and feel like a natural tooth?

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

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

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

What is the process for getting a dental implant?

Our process is very straight forward. Your implant is placed into your jawbone and is left alone to integrate for up to six months. Afterward, we take impressions and have your tooth fabricated. If bone grafting is needed, 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 my procedure?

Our office does not currently use general anesthesia, however, we do provide both IV and oral conscious sedation. To learn more about your options click here. This medication will help to relax you and often makes it so you won't even remember the procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have someone driving you both ways for this procedure, because of the oral sedation pill(s). You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.

How long can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

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

A home remedy that still works quite well to help clotting and reduce bleeding is the use of tea bags. Just get a regular tea bag, dampen it, squeeze out the extra 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. The process can be repeated as many times as needed.

Will there be a lot of pain after the surgery?

Though your experience may vary, you should expect some discomfort and possibly swelling after your procedure. Many patients return the next day for their follow-up examination reporting minimal 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 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 viability 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 dental implants fail?

While titanium dental implants do have a 95+% rate of success, yes, they can still fail. Some of the things that can 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 at no cost to you.

What are immediate dentures?

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

What is the process for getting immediate dentures?

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

  • Impressions are taken before the procedure with your natural teeth still present. From these impressions, the 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 to get used to these 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, this will get easier over time and we are here for you through the entire process.

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

Absolutely not. A common fear patients have is that the dentures will not look natural and people will know they are dentures. Our talented lab team will make sure you won't end up with "horse teeth" or "chiclets," just beautiful, natural-looking teeth. No one will know.

How do dentures fit?

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

How will I chew with these new dentures?

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

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

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

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

Yes, lower dentures are more difficult to function with than upper dentures. Your tongue and cheeks moving push and pull on your lower denture and dislodge it. Speak with your doctor to see if you’re a candidate for lower dental implants. They 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 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 irritating you, reduce the amount of pressure they put on the gums, and smooth them thoroughly. This is completely normal with all new dentures and one or more adjustments should be expected.

Is there a charge for denture adjustments?

Our office provides denture adjustments at no charge for the first 6 months after delivery of 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 every day 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 do I use to clean the dentures?

  • Either antibacterial hand soap or denture cleaner and either a denture brush or a very soft bristled tooth brush. Scrub them at least once daily
  • Soak them in a denture cleanser (optional)
  • Ultrasonic cleaner

Should I take my dentures out when I sleep?

Yes, we do recommend taking your dentures out before sleeping and also whenever you can throughout the day. This gives your gums time to “rest” and get natural, cleansing saliva flow to them. Also, if you 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, you will have to replace them.

Can the dentures get damaged?

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

One of the most frequent ways dentures can be damaged beyond repair is when a dog (or sometimes cat) gets ahold of them. Animals and pets 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 get to them.

If my dentures get damaged, are they repairable?

Yes, in many 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 most cases, repairs can be finished the same day.

Is there pain after this procedure?

While your experience may vary, you can expect some discomfort and possible swelling after your procedure. Many patients return the next day for their post op appointment reporting minimal soreness. You will be prescribed medication for pain to help reduce any discomfort.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

This 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 a few days.

Can I be put under for the procedure?

We do not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do provide both IV and oral conscious sedatives. Click here to learn more about the options. This medicine will help relax you 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 pharmacy of choice. 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?

  • Improved confidence | Great looks and a new smile.
  • Looks | Dentures offer great looks and are easily customized for each patient.
  • Facial support | Dentures help to fill back out areas of the face that have sunken in following tooth loss.
  • Improved nutrition | Better chewing ability 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 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 get used to functioning with a prosthetic leg, it will require some patience and practice to get used to the prosthetic teeth. Patience and practice are the keys to improving with your new dentures as quickly as you can.

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

Again, this will take a little time, but with some practice and patience, your tongue and mouth will adjust quickly. "S’s" will be the trickiest to pronounce. Practicing saying words like "stupendous" and "Mississippi" will help you get used 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 it is to clean them. Simply 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 sufficient time to recover. That being 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 that 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.

I feel like I’m too young for dentures?

No, this is not just a procedure for seniors. 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 physical health, and having the ability to smile, laugh, and converse confidently with teeth you can be of can benefit your emotional health.

What items should I have ready for after my procedure?

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

Can I have the palate (middle portion that covers roof of your mouth) removed from the denture?

Most of the palate of the denture needs to remain. Cutting this out removes a lot of security and nearly all of your natural suction. A portion of the palate may be removed for patients with 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?

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

A home remedy which still works quite well to encourage 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 your extraction site (or sites), and the bags will help you heal. Multiple tea bags can be used if needed. Replace the tea bags if they get saturated with blood. This process can be repeated as many times as you need.

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

There are several 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 often only require simple adjustments
  • Denture movement | this can rub sores on your gums gradually. Stabilizing your dentures with dental implants significantly reduces this issue.
  • Wearing dentures | dentures are foreign objects in the body. They are a fantastic replacement 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 gums a chance to "rest."

Will my dentures rock?

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

Denture adhesive can also be helpful for some patients.

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

Dental implants often give the security 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 in place either by 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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