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, although your implants and teeth are securely placed the day of your surgery, we kindly ask that you stick to a soft diet during the four month healing period. So what does that mean? A good general rule is that you can eat any food you can cut with a plastic fork. We ask this because you are investing into a treatment which could last you several decades, even the rest of your life, and maintaining a soft food diet initially will allow for the best integration of your implants into the bone and help establish the best outcome long-term.

How long has this procedure been available?

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

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

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

Tobacco can increase the risk of implant complications, so we recommend not 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 new implants.

Besides that, simply follow up with your doctor consistently during the year for quick examinations of your new dental implants.

What will my new implant bridges feel like?

Your new dental implants will bring a new sensation which will take several days or sometimes several weeks to get used to.

Is there excessive pain with this procedure?

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

Can I expect pain after this procedure?

While your experience may vary, most patients can expect some discomfort and possible swelling after your procedure. Many patients return the following day for their post op appointment reporting very little pain. You will be prescribed medication for pain to help alleviate any discomfort. Also, if you are a good candidate for it, your doctor will give you a steroid shot which will: help alleviate discomfort and swelling for the first few days.

What is the recovery time like for dental implants?

Experiences will vary from patient to patient, but, most often, the recovery period is faster and easier with this procedure compared to other complete teeth restoration alternatives. This is mainly thanks to the bridges being attached directly to the bone via the implants. Traditional dentures and implant dentures both require healing periods during which time they can move and cause sore spots. Generally, pain should subside mostly within 1-2 weeks, with complete healing typically after 6 months.

What is the difference between Reno Dentures and Implants and a traditional dental office offering a wide range of dental services?

We limit our practice to dental prosthetics and implants. Dental implants, and specifically "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 often refer you to other providers, use outside labs, and have confusing pricing. They will take many months or even years to complete the procedure all the while charging you 50-100% more. Our doctor performs the complete procedure from surgery to final teeth. We provide an in-house lab and expert lab technician, to provide affordable and transparent pricing. By providing 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 corporate dental implant practices?

Reno Dentures and Implants has the same advantages of the national dental implant offices by focusing our practice on dental implants and prosthetics. Our office has an in-house dental prosthetic lab, very competitive pricing, and offer teeth the same day. However, our office is privately owned, and every single patient will be seen by our doctor. We focus on the gratification of our patients instead of shareholders, sales quotas, and cost cutting. At national dental implant offices, there is no guarantee that you will be treated by the same doctor who has the great online reviews or whom you were recommended to see. Our doctor oversees your procedure from beginning to end and our team will do everything to be certain you are thrilled 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 cautiously at any office that recommends mini dental implants as a permanent implant solution. This method has 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 an entire page dedicated to these if you would like to learn more. They can be a more budget-friendly alternative to All-On-4 "teeth-in-a-day" dental implants.

How frequently should I get my new teeth cleaned professionally?

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

Can dental implants fail?

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

  • Failure to bond to the bone
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes

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

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

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

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.

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

In most cases these will be attached immediately. In certain situations, mostly dependent on the quality of your bone and volume, we would not be able to attach your dental bridge(s) the same day and you'll need to wear a temporary healing denture while your new implants bond to your bone. Our doctor will go over this in-depth at your exam.

How long will I bleed after the procedure?

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

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

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

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

Again, this will take a little 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 new teeth. In a few cases, patients may have a small lisp long-term with All-On-4 upper teeth.

How long after my procedure should I wait to use a Waterpik or water flosser?

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

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

No, this is not only for seniors. It’s actually quite 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 health, and having the ability to smile, laugh, and converse confidently with teeth you’re proud of can benefit your psychological health.

What items should I have ready ahead of the procedure?

  • Ice packs
  • Wash cloths you don’t mind throwing out
  • Comfortable clothes you don’t mind throwing away
  • Soft foods (see list above)

What will my replacement teeth be made of?

The final bridge is made from zirconia. Zirconia is much stronger and more resistant to staining and wear than conventional acrylic All-On-4 teeth which other offices provide. If you select another office, be certain you know what kind of material they will be using. If you do get acrylic denture teeth with a titanium bar with a different office, expect to see staining around the teeth and to have them replaced every 5-10 years. Also, make sure you know how much you're going to pay for the operation, temporaries, and final new teeth. Other offices may 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 All-On-4 procedure cost?

The full cost for a single arch (upper or lower) is $22,800. For both arches, the total cost will be $41,000. These prices include the removal of any remaining teeth, placing the implants, same day fixed temporary teeth, and your fixed permanent zirconia teeth. Many offices will charge a surgery fee, temporary teeth fee, and then surprise you at the end with another fee for your permanent teeth. Our pricing is entirely transparent, and we will not surprise you with any additional costs.

How can I get permanent teeth in just one day? I thought the implants had to heal?

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

Your dental implants will be made of titanium, the same metal used in artificial knee and hip joints, so your jawbone 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 implants?

The majority of patients who have been advised they are not candidates for other dental implants are actually great candidates for our All-On-4 "Teeth in a Day" procedure. A combination of using angled implants and using the front of the jaw bone where the bone is more dense lets us perform the procedure for many patients that thought implants were not right for them. Our team 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 complimentary consultation to learn if you're a candidate.

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

Yes! This is our preferred way of performing this procedure to support an ideal final result. With the state-of-the-art implants and materials available today, there is typically no reason to have to wait months or even years to complete the process like you had to do in the past.

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

No, our doctor is a general dentist who limits their practice to prosthetics and dental implantology. Dental implantology is their passion, and they have placed more dental implants than most specialists and other general dentists. In very select cases, they will collaborate with another dental specialist to ensure that our patients receive 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?

Because of the high number of these procedures we perform and limiting our practice exclusively dental implants, we have advantages that other offices simply do not. We have our in-house lab and lab technician along with a single dentist that performs the entire procedure. Because of these efficiencies, we are able to offer All-on-4 "Teeth in a Day" procedures for our patients at the most competitive pricing available. Not only do we have the lowest prices, we also use only the finest implants and materials.

Do you have payment plans?

Yes. We offer multiple payment plans 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 offer guarantees or warranties?

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

How long will this procedure take?

Typically the surgery is 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 finished around lunch time. If we are replacing both upper and lower teeth, we typically finish closer to 2:30 to 3:30 in the afternoon. Most of this time is waiting for your teeth to be created 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 don’t like my new teeth?

Our team does everything possible to ensure you love your new smile. The teeth you receive the day of the procedure 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 out of town offices in Florida, Las Vegas, etc. offering same day final teeth?

While this can be a good fit for many patients, in the rare case of complications or teeth breaking, it is very difficult to repair if you traveled thousands of miles away or out of the country. Most local dentists will not be willing to repair another practice's work. A major advantage of having a temporary set of fixed teeth on the day of your surgery is you get to test them out and discover 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 like you want them to look. While it’s exciting to get your final teeth immediately, it does come with some serious downsides that cannot be ignored.

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

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

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

The procedure is referred to as "teeth in a day" because you are receiving a set of implant-supported working prosthetic temporary teeth in one day. As there can often significant changes to your mouth during the healing and implant integration phase, it is best to begin with a transitional set of teeth. This helps ensure the best long-term outcome with your permanent teeth.

Can the temporary teeth be damaged?

Yes, the temporary teeth are made of acrylic and can crack, chip, and occasionally break. This is quite common. The great 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 it repaired right away.

Can the final teeth get damaged?

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

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

Unfortunately, no. As your current implants will not be the correct 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 the prosthetics yourself. Only the dentist is able to remove them. Prosthetic teeth are secured to your implants.

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

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

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

Of all complete teeth replacement options, All-On-4 often has the shortest time required before returning to work. Typically 4-7 days is sufficient. That being said, as there is always a chance of bruising and swelling, and you’ll need to get used to speaking and eating with your new teeth, the more time you can take off, the better.

How many implants are needed?

An upper implant denture will need at least 4 dental implants. A lower implant denture will require at least 2 dental implants. The more implants you have, the more stable the denture will typically be. This is especially true for the lower denture. 3 or 4 implants in the lower is generally 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 quite a while, are implants still an option?

In many cases, yes! Our doctor will simply need to see you for a free exam, during which we will do a 3D CBCT scan of your mouth to see if you have enough bone for dental implants.

Will I get to use the implants (snap my dentures on to them) the same day they’re placed?

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

Will I experience pain after the procedure?

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

Can I be put to sleep during 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.

Are implant dentures really secure?

Yes! Implant dentures 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 this type of denture?

It depends. Ideally, we would need to spread out the dental implants in order to remove a portion of the palate in a snap-in denture. With our All-On-4 procedure, we can guarantee the ability to remove the palate, however 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 hot and cold sensitivity, creating a more natural experience. For those patients with a severe gag reflex, removing the palate of the denture can also help provide relief.

When will I be able to 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 will happen after healing and osseointegration are complete and we are ready to attach to your implants, usually 4-6 months after placement of your implants.

How often will my implant inserts need to be changed?

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

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

What is alveoloplasty? Why is it important?

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

What are tori? Must they be removed?

Tori are bony knots that can develop in the mouth of some patients. Tori are harmless, however, they might 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 mouth considers it a foreign object and is trying to “flush” it out. This increased salivation should stop within 2-3 days.

How long can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

Significant bleeding will have ceased before you leave the clinic, however, expect to have a bit of bleeding (oozing) for one to three days after the procedure. Also, 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 much more. If heavy bleeding does not stop, please call the office.

A home remedy that still works really well to encourage clotting and stop bleeding is the use of tea bags. Just 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 clot. Multiple tea bags can be used if needed. Replace the tea bags if they get saturated with blood. The process can be repeated as many times as you need.

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

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

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

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

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

Each patient is different. Some return to work the following day, others wait a week or two. Since there is always a chance of bruising and swelling, and you’ll need to get used to speaking and eating 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 only an option for the elderly. It’s actually very common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need teeth replacement. Replacing bad teeth can be very beneficial for your overall physical health. Also, having teeth which allow you to confidently smile, laugh, and converse can be extremely beneficial for your psychological health. Again, wanting to replace teeth early in life is not uncommon.

What items should I have ready for after my procedure?

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

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

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. That being said, since these are attached using implants, the dentures will be much easier to get used to than regular dentures.

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

This will also take a little time, but with some practice and patience, your tongue and mouth will quickly adjust. The letter S will be the toughest to pronounce. Practicing words like "sarcastic" and "seventy seven" can help you get used to the new teeth. In some cases, 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 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 lower 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 extremely convenient. 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 | Periodically 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 fast and affordable to have replaced.
  • Cleanings | Similar to natural teeth, you’ll need to have your implants professionally cleaned periodically. Any buildup on the implants will be removed and your dentures will be cleaned.
  • Periodic re-fittings | Your mouth can still change over time, so the dentures may need to be re-fitted to ensure their best performance and ensure that unnecessary stress isn’t being put on the implants.
  • Home maintenance | This takes just a few minutes a day. Take your dentures out 1-2 times per day and brush them with a denture brush or very soft bristled toothbrush. Also, remember to clean the implants. Scrub these with a very soft dental brush too.

Single Tooth

Implants & Bridges

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

It depends. Since every case is unique, we'll need to see you for a consultation to figure out the appropriate treatment for you.

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

Unfortunately not at this time, we do not place temporary 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 we wait for them to integrate with the jawbone.

How much do dental implants cost?

Am I eligible for dental implants?

Most patients are good candidates for dental implants, even those who have been told they were not in the past. Call our office 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:

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

What do prosthetic teeth look like?

In your mouth, they look almost identical to 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 could require more time off from work.

What is the process for getting an implant?

The process is very straight forward. Your implant is placed in your jawbone and is left alone to integrate for up to six months. After this, we take impressions and have the new tooth fabricated. If bone grafting is needed, 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 1-3 days after the procedure. Additionally, you can expect to notice increased salivation when we first put your denture(s) in. When this increased saliva mixes with a little blood, it can look like a lot of blood. If heavy bleeding continues, please call our office.

A 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 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. The process can be repeated as many times as you need.

Will there be a lot of pain after the surgery?

Though your experience may vary, most patients should expect mild discomfort and some swelling after your procedure. Many patients return the following day for their follow-up examination reporting minimal pain. All patients are prescribed medication for pain to help alleviate 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 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, and predictable long-term results for our patients, and for these reasons, we do not offer zirconia implants at this time.

Can implants fail?

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

  • Failure to integrate into the bone
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes

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

What are immediate dentures?

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

What is the process for getting immediate dentures?

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

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

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

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

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

How do dentures fit?

Denture fit largely depends on the anatomy of the person wearing them. Full upper dentures often fit relatively 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 the mouth since your tongue and cheeks are constantly working to dislodge them. It's for this reason that we strongly encourage dental implants with bottom 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 this common?

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

The lower denture is difficult to chew and speak with. Is this common?

Yes, lower dentures are more difficult to function with than upper dentures. The tongue and cheeks moving will 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. These help tremendously with lower denture fit and function.

My dentures feel like they’re getting loose?

This is normal with immediate dentures. Your jaws and gums will shrink down after extractions. This leaves a gap between the gums and dentures. We place soft liners beneath 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 are they needed?

New dentures can have certain spots that rub slightly and create sore spots. During the denture adjustment, we will find the spot(s) on your denture that are bothering you, reduce 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?

We provide 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 them daily with antibacterial hand soap and either a very soft bristled tooth brush or denture brush
  • Store them in water when not wearing them

What do I use to clean my 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 before bed?

Yes, we do recommend removing your dentures before sleeping and also whenever you can throughout the day. This gives your gums time to "relax" and get natural, cleansing saliva flow to them. Also, if you commonly grind your teeth, taking your dentures out will help you increase their usable life significantly.

Can I boil my dentures to clean them?

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

Can my dentures get damaged?

Yes, the 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 your dentures, especially onto hard surfaces like porcelain sinks, tile floors, etc.

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

If the dentures get damaged, are they repairable?

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

Will there be pain after this procedure?

While experiences will vary, most patients should expect some discomfort and slight swelling after your procedure. Many patients come in the following day for their post op appointment reporting very little soreness. You will be prescribed pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

Excess saliva is perfectly normal when you first have 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 decrease within 2-3 days.

Can I be put to sleep 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.

What are full dentures?

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

What are partial dentures?

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

What are the advantages of dentures?

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

What are the differences between denture levels?

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

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

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

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

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

Can food get under my dentures(s)?

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

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

Generally 4-7 days is sufficient time for recovery. 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 dentures, the longer you can take off, the better.

What is a soft liner?

A soft liner is a cushion that is placed in your denture throughout the healing process. It fills in the spaces that 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 only for seniors. It’s actually very common for people in their 40s, 30s, and even 20s to need their teeth replaced. Replacing bad teeth can be immensely beneficial to your overall physical health, and being able to laugh, converse, and smile confidently with teeth you’re proud of can benefit your emotional health.

What items should I have ready for after my procedure?

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

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

The majority of the palate of the denture needs to remain. Cutting this out removes a lot of stability and almost all of your natural suction. A portion of the palate can sometimes 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 the procedure?

Substantial bleeding will stop before you leave the clinic, however, expect to have some bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 days after the procedure. In addition, you'll most likely notice increased salivation when we first place your temporary teeth. When this extra saliva mixes with a little blood, it can look like a lot of blood. If you experience heavy bleeding, please call the office.

An old home remedy which still works really well to encourage clotting and stop bleeding is to use tea bags. Just get a regular tea bag, get it damp, squeeze out the 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 get saturated with blood. The process can be repeated as many times as needed.

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

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

  • High pressure spots | these are common with new dentures and often only require simple adjustments
  • Movement of the denture(s) | this can rub sores on the gums over time. Stabilizing your dentures with implants significantly reduces this issue.
  • Wearing dentures | dentures are foreign objects in your body. They can be a fantastic substitution for missing teeth, but they can still aggravate the body after a long day. Consider planning time to take your dentures out and give your gum tissue a chance to "rest."

Will my dentures rock?

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

Denture adhesive may also be beneficial for some patients.

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

Dental implants can give the stability you need. Click here for more info.

Are immediate dentures removable?

Yes, they are removable. They come in and out of the mouth and are kept in place either by natural suction for the upper or denture adhesive. Not all patients will have natural suction with their upper denture for multiple reasons (palatal torus, flat palate, bone loss, etc.)

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