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”

Will I be able to eat with my new teeth from day one?

Yes! However, while your implants and new teeth are securely in place from day one, we do ask that you stick to a softer diet throughout the 4 month healing timeframe. What exactly does that mean? A general rule of thumb is that you can eat anything that can be can cut with the side of a plastic fork. We ask this because you're investing into a treatment that could last for many decades, possibly 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 wonderful long-term outcome.

For how long has this procedure been available?

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

How do I care for my new teeth?

Maintaining your implants is simple, but consistency is the key. Just like how we are supposed to routinely brush and floss natural teeth, you should do the same with your new teeth and implants. Just a few minutes a day is all you will need to keep your dental implants healthy. 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 escalate the possibility of implant complications, so we recommend not using tobacco products with your dental implants. Diabetics should also be made aware of a heightened risk for complications with dental implants. Keeping diabetes under control is very important for the long-term success of your implants.

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

What will my new implant teeth feel like?

Your new implant bridges will bring a new sensation and will take a few days or sometimes a few weeks to adjust to.

Will there be a lot of pain involved in this procedure?

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

Can I expect pain after this procedure?

While experiences will vary some, most patients should expect some discomfort and slight swelling afterwards. Many patients come in the next day for their post op exam reporting minimal discomfort. You will be prescribed pain medication to help reduce any discomfort. Also, if you are a good candidate for it, the doctor will give you a steroid injection which will: help with pain and swelling for the first few days.

What recovery time can I expect for dental implants?

Experiences will vary from person to person, but, most often, the recovery period is faster and easier with All-on-4 implants than other full arch or full mouth restoration options. This is mainly thanks to the bridges being attached directly to your jaws via the implants. Conventional dentures and implant dentures both require recovery periods during which time they are able to shift and lead to sore spots. The pain should decline mostly within one to two, with complete healing commonly after six months.

What is the difference between your practice vs. a traditional local practice offering a wide scope of dental services?

Our practice is limited to dental implants and prosthetics. Dental implants, and especially "teeth-in-a-day," are our passion, and our team is constantly working to ensure our patients get the best results possible. Many dental practices will often refer you to multiple providers, use outside labs, and have inconsistent pricing. They will take several months or even years to complete your procedure all the while charging you 50-100% more. Your doctor will perform the procedure from surgery to final teeth. We have an on-site prosthetics lab and experienced lab technician, along with affordable and transparent 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 corporate implant offices?

Louisville Dentures and Implants has the same advantages of the corporate implant centers by limiting our practice to dental prosthetics and implants. Our office has an in-house lab, very competitive pricing, and offer teeth the same day. The advantage is, our office is privately owned, and each and every patient will be seen by our doctor. We focus on the happiness of our patients instead of monthly quotas, cost cutting, and shareholders. With corporate implant centers, there is no guarantee that you will be seen by the same doctor who has the great online reviews or whom your friend recommended you to see. Our doctor oversees your complete procedure and the team will do everything we can to make sure you are thrilled with your new smile and treat you like family.

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

Mini dental implants are not related to the All-On-4 "teeth-in-a-day " procedure. Please proceed cautiously at any office that recommends mini dental implants as a permanent implant solution. These have a very high failure and complication rate.

Snap-in implant dentures, on the other hand, are a fantastic option for some people. Our office also provides this option and have an entire page dedicated to snap-in dentures if you want to learn more. They may be a more economical alternative to the All-On-4 "teeth-in-a-day" dental implant procedure.

How frequently should I have my new teeth cleaned professionally?

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

Can implants fail?

While titanium 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
  • Tobacco use
  • Diabetes

If an implant fails during the first year, our doctor will replace it at no cost to you.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

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

Can I be put to sleep for my procedure?

Our office does not currently use general anesthesia, we do, however, offer both oral & IV conscious sedation. Click here to learn more about your options. This medicine will help relax you and typically makes it so you won't remember your procedure. For this, the doctor writes you a prescription, and you can fill it at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have someone driving you to and from for your 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 day of the procedure?

In most cases these will be attached immediately. In certain cases, mainly dependent on your bone quality and volume, we would not be able to attach your bridge(s) the same day and you will need to wear a temporary healing denture while your implants bond to your bone. Our doctor will review this thoroughly during your exam.

How long can I expect to bleed after surgery?

Substantial bleeding will stop before you leave the clinic, however, expect to have slight bleeding (oozing) for a few days after your procedure. In addition, you'll 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 heavy bleeding continues, please call our office.

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

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

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

Again, this will take some time, but with a little patience and practice, your mouth and tongue will quickly adjust. "S’s" will be the most difficult to pronounce. Practicing words like "stupendous" and "Mississippi" can help you get accustomed to your prosthetic teeth. In some cases, patients may have a small lisp long-term with All-On-4 upper teeth.

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

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 seniors. It’s actually very common for people in their 40s, 30s, and 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be quite beneficial to your long-term physical health, and being able to laugh, converse, and smile confidently with teeth you’re proud 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 out
  • Comfortable clothes you wouldn't mind throwing away
  • Soft foods (see list above)

What will my new teeth be made of?

The final bridge is made from zirconia. Zirconia is much stronger and more resistant to staining and wear than traditional acrylic All-On-4 teeth that many providers offer. If you select another office, make sure you know what kind of teeth you will be getting. If you do decide on acrylic denture teeth with a titanium bar at another office, you can expect to see staining around the teeth and to replace them every five to ten years. Also, make sure you know the total price you're going to pay for the operation, temporary teeth, and final teeth. Some providers will charge you a base fee only for you to discover owe an additional five to fifteen thousand dollars for your final teeth.

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

The entire cost for the single arch (upper or lower) is $19,900. For both upper and lower arches, the total cost will be $39,000. Both prices include removing any remaining teeth, placing the implants, same day fixed temporary teeth, and your fixed permanent zirconia teeth. Many offices may charge an operation fee, temporary fee, and then surprise you at the end with yet another fee for your permanent teeth. Our pricing is fully transparent, and we will never surprise you with any extra fees.

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

The unique thing about this procedure, and what lets us attach to your implants immediately, is that all of your 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. Essentially, your implants and dental bridge support one another.

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

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

Many patients who have been told they aren't candidates for other dental implants are actually fantastic candidates for our "Teeth in a Day" procedure. The combination of using angled implants and using the front of the jaw bone where the bone is more dense lets us perform this procedure for many patients that thought it was not an option for them. Our team can typically perform the procedure without needing expensive grafting which delays treatment by months or even years. Please come see us for a free implant exam to learn if you're a candidate.

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

Yes! Completing all steps in the same day is our preferred way of performing this procedure with an ideal final result. With the leading implants and materials available today, there is typically no reason for you to wait months or even years to go through the process like you had to do in the past.

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

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

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

Because of the high number of these procedures we perform and limiting our practice exclusively these procedures, we have advantages that other practices do not have. Our office has in-house lab and lab technician and a single dentist who performs the procedure start to finish. Because of these efficiencies, we are able to offer dental implant procedures for our patients at the most competitive pricing available. Not only do we have the best prices, we also use the best quality dental implants and materials.

Do you have payment plans?

Yes. Our practice offers multiple payment plans 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 warranties or guarantees?

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

How long will the procedure take?

Typically the surgery takes about 1 hour per arch. Then, the lab portion of making your teeth takes about 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 the teeth to be produced in our lab and trying them in to be certain your smile is exactly how you want it. It is a long day, but will definitely be worth the final product!

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

Our team does everything in our power to ensure you love your new teeth. 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 complete control of the design and appearance of your smile.

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

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

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

No, they are rigidly attached to your dental implants, which are rigidly anchored in your jaw. If your All-On-4 teeth begin moving 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 my procedure?

This is referred to as "teeth in a day" because you are receiving a set of implant-supported functional prosthetic temporary teeth in one day. Since there can often significant changes to your mouth during the healing and implant integration 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 get damaged?

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

Can the final teeth get damaged?

While it is possible for zirconia and nano-ceramic to 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. Since your existing implants will not be the correct position required by this procedure, and since bone reduction will need to be performed, we cannot use your existing implants and they will most likely need to be removed.

Can I remove my All-On-4 teeth?

No, you cannot remove the prosthetics yourself. Only the dentist is able to remove them. Prosthetic teeth are secured to your 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 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 surgery?

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

How many implants will I need?

An upper implant denture will require at least 4 implants. A lower implant denture will need at least 2 dental implants. The more dental implants you have, the more stable your denture will generally be. This is certainly true with the lower denture. 3 or 4 implants in the lower is generally much better than only 2.

How much do implant dentures cost?

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

I have had dentures for quite a while, am I still eligible for implants?

In most cases, yes! Our doctor will simply need to see you for a free exam, during which we will perform a 3D CBCT scan of your jaw 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 of the procedure?

Unfortunately no, we need to 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 securing to your implants.

Will I experience pain after the procedure?

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

Can general anesthesia be used for the procedure?

We do not currently use general anesthesia, however, we do offer both IV and oral conscious sedation. To learn more about these options click here. This medication will help you relax and usually makes it so you do not even remember your procedure. If you choose this, we will write a prescription, which you can pick it up at your local pharmacy. NOTE: You MUST have a driver 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 this medication.

Are implant dentures really secure?

Yes! Implant dentures are much more secure than dentures alone, and our team is able to increase the retention with stronger inserts if you prefer.

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

It depends. Ideally, we would need to spread the dental implants out to be able to remove a portion of the palate with a snap-in denture. With our All-On-4 procedure, we can guarantee the ability to remove the palate, however that isn't 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 often increases hot and cold sensitivity, making for a more natural experience. For those patients with a severe gag reflex, removing the palate of the denture can also help provide relief.

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

If you are a candidate for a palate-less denture, it will be removed from your final denture. This 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 often will the implant inserts need to be changed?

Typically once or twice per year. This often depends upon the number of implants you have, the strength of your bite, how frequently you take your dentures in and out, and many other factors.

WARNING: PLEASE DO NOT BITE YOUR DENTURES INTO PLACE ON YOUR IMPLANTS! This can 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 develop in the mouth of many patients. They are harmless, however, they might keep your denture(s) from fitting comfortably, so your doctor will often recommend having them removed.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

This is totally normal when you first have a 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 stop within two to three days.

How long will I bleed after the procedure?

Significant bleeding will have ceased before you leave our office, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for one to three days after the procedure. Also, you might 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 the office.

A classic home remedy which still works quite well to help clotting and stop bleeding is the use of tea bags. Get a regular tea bag, dampen it, squeeze out the extra water, place it on the extraction site (or sites), and the bags will help you heal. Multiple tea bags can be used if needed. Replace the tea bags if they become saturated with blood. 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 implants have been used for decades with a long track record of success, zirconia implants are very new to dentistry, so we do not know what their viability will be long-term. We want the most successful, most predictable long-term results for our patients, and for these reasons, we do not offer zirconia implants at this time.

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

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

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

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

What is a soft liner?

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

Am I too young for this procedure?

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

What items should I have ready for after my procedure?

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

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

Just as you would need practice to get used to functioning with a prosthetic leg, you will need patience and practice to get used to your new replacement teeth. With that being said, since these are attached using implants, the dentures will be much easier to get used to than traditional dentures.

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

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

Will my dentures still rock?

Some people might experience a slight amount of rocking with their implant dentures. For patients with two 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 each side of the lower denture will usually correct this.

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

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

Can I remove implant dentures?

Yes. Having removable implant dentures makes cleaning them extremely easy. Simply 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 maintenance of implant dentures?

  • Snaps | Occasionally you’ll need to change out the snap rings in the implant dentures. These wear and lose retention over time as you take your teeth in and out. They’re fast and affordable to have changed out.
  • Cleanings | Similar to natural teeth, you’ll need to have your implants cleaned periodically. Any buildup on the implants will be removed and the dentures will be cleaned.
  • Periodic re-fittings | Your mouth will still change over time, so your dentures will need to be re-fitted to ensure their best performance and make sure that unnecessary stress isn’t being applied to the implants.
  • Home maintenance | This only takes 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 your implants. Scrub these with a very soft dental brush as well.

Single Tooth

Implants & Bridges

Will I need an implant for each of my missing teeth?

It depends. As every case is unique, our doctor will need to see you for an exam to figure out the appropriate treatment for you.

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

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

How much do dental implants cost?

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

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

What kind of after care will my dental implant(s) need?

Take care of them like natural teeth:

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

What do prosthetic teeth look like?

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

Will it function and feel like a natural tooth?

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

How long should I take off work to recover after my 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 to get an implant?

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

Is my implant removable?

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

Can I be put under for my procedure?

We do not currently put patients to sleep, we do, however, offer both IV and oral conscious sedatives. Click here to learn more about your options. The medication will help to relax you and often makes it so you won't even remember your procedure. For this, the doctor writes you a prescription, and you can fill it at your local pharmacy. NOTE: You MUST have a driver to and from for your procedure, due to the oral sedation pill(s). You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.

How long will I bleed after the procedure?

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

A 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 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.

Can I expect a lot of pain after the surgery?

Though your experience may vary some, you should expect mild soreness and slight swelling afterwards. Many patients return the next day for their post op exam reporting minimal discomfort. You will be prescribed pain medication to help reduce any discomfort.

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

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

Can implants fail?

Although titanium 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 for free.

What are immediate dentures?

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

What is the process of getting immediate dentures?

This process often takes 6 months, but may take longer for some patients.

  • Impressions will be taken before your procedure with your natural teeth still present. From these impressions, the dentures are fabricated.
  • 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?

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, this will get easier with time and we will be here for you throughout the process.

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

Absolutely not. A common fear patients have is that the dentures will not look natural and people will immediately know they are dentures. Our talented 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?

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

How will I chew with my new dentures?

Cut your food into smaller pieces, chew small 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 full upper denture covers the taste buds on the roof of the mouth reducing your taste sensitivity.

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

Yes, bottom dentures are more difficult to function with than upper dentures. Your tongue and cheeks moving will push and pull on the lower denture and dislodge it. Talk with the 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 becoming loose?

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

What are denture adjustments and how often are they needed?

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

Is there a charge for denture adjustments?

Our office provides denture adjustments at no charge for the first 6 months after receiving your final teeth or permanent hard reline. After this time, there is a small fee to adjust the dentures.

How do I take care of my dentures?

  • Clean your dentures daily with antibacterial hand soap and either a denture brush or a very soft bristled tooth brush
  • Store your dentures 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 remove my dentures when I sleep?

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

Can I boil the dentures to clean them?

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

Can the dentures be damaged?

Yes, your dentures are made from acrylic teeth and an acrylic base. Although these materials are very strong, they can be damaged. Be careful not to drop your dentures, especially onto hard surfaces like quartz countertops, ceramic tiles, 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 love to chew 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 the dentures get damaged, can they be repaired?

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

Is there pain after this procedure?

Though experiences will vary some, most patients should expect mild soreness and slight swelling after your procedure. Many patients return the next day for their post op exam reporting minimal soreness. You will be prescribed pain medication 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 body senses it as foreign material and is working to “flush” it out. The increased salivation should subside within 2-3 days.

Can I be put to sleep for my procedure?

We do not currently use general anesthesia, we do, however, provide both IV and oral conscious sedation. To learn more about your options click here. The medication will help relax you and typically makes it so you don’t even remember the procedure. For this, the doctor writes you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your local pharmacy. NOTE: You MUST have a driver 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.

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 individual.
  • 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 a complete mouth of teeth.
  • Improved quality of life

What are the differences in your 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 as you would need practice in order to become used to functioning with a prosthetic leg, it will require some patience and practice to get used to the new teeth. Patience and practice are the keys to improving with your new dentures as fast as possible.

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

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

Can food get beneath my dentures(s)?

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

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

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

What are soft liners?

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

I feel like I’m too young for dentures?

No, this is not just a procedure 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 quite beneficial to your long-term 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 that covers roof of the mouth) removed from the denture?

The majority 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 who have denture implants.

What are tori? Do they need to be removed?

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

How long can I expect to bleed after surgery?

Significant bleeding will stop before you leave the clinic, however, you can expect to have some bleeding (oozing) for a few days after the procedure. Additionally, you will most likely see increased salivation when we first put your temporary teeth 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 really well to help clotting and reduce bleeding is to use tea bags. Just get a regular tea bag, get it damp, squeeze out the excess water, place it on the extraction site (or sites), and the tea will help you clot. Multiple tea bags can be used if needed. Replace the tea bags if they get saturated with blood. This process can be repeated as many times as you need.

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

There are many reasons that can cause 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 just require small adjustments
  • Movement of the denture(s) | this can rub sores on the gums over time. Stabilizing your dentures with dental implants can greatly reduce this problem.
  • Wearing dentures | dentures are foreign objects in the body. They are a wonderful replacement for missing teeth, but they can still irritate the body after a long day. Consider setting aside time to take your dentures out and give your gums a chance to "rest."

Can my dentures rock?

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

Denture adhesive can also be helpful for some patients.

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

Dental implants can provide 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 secure either through natural suction for the upper or denture adhesive. Not everyone will have natural suction with their upper denture for a number of reasons (palatal torus, flat palate, bone loss, etc.)

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