Frequently Asked Questions

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All-On-4 “Teeth in a Day”

Snap-In Implant Dentures

Single Tooth Implants and Bridges

Dentures

All-On-4 “Teeth in a Day”

Snap-In Implant Dentures

Single Tooth Implants and Bridges

Dentures

All-On-4

“Teeth in a Day”

Can I eat with my new teeth immediately?

Yes! However, although your implants and new teeth are securely placed immediately, we kindly request that you stick to a soft foods diet throughout the 4 month healing period. What exactly do we mean? A good general rule is you can eat any food you can cut with a plastic fork. We ask this because you're investing in a treatment that can last for many decades, possibly the rest of your life, and maintaining a soft food diet initially will allow the best possible integration of your implants into your bone and help establish a fantastic outcome long-term.

How long has this procedure been around?

This life-changing 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 new teeth?

Taking care of your new teeth is easy, but consistency is the most important. Just like how we are supposed to regularly floss and brush natural teeth, you should do this with the All-On-4 implants and teeth. Only few minutes a day is all it will take to keep your implants and mouth healthy. Regularly brushing your bridges with a soft bristle 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.

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

Other than that, simply follow through with your doctor consistently during the year for quick examinations of your new implant teeth.

What do the new implant teeth feel like?

The new dental implants will be a new sensation and will take a few days or sometimes several weeks to become accustomed to.

Is there excessive pain with this procedure?

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

Is there pain after this procedure?

While your experience may vary some, most patients can expect some soreness and possible swelling after your procedure. Many patients return the next day for their post op exam reporting minimal discomfort. All patients are prescribed medication for pain to help alleviate any discomfort. Also, if you’re a good candidate for it, the doctor will offer a steroid injection which will: help alleviate swelling and discomfort for the first days of recovery.

What recovery time can I expect with this procedure?

Experiences will vary from person to person, but, most often, the recovery time is shorter and easier with this procedure than other complete teeth replacement alternatives. This is mostly due to the bridges being attached directly to the bone by 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 for the most part within 1-2 weeks, with complete healing typically after six months.

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

We limit our practice to dental prosthetics and implants. Dental implants, and especially "teeth-in-a-day," are our passion, and we are constantly working to ensure our patients receive the best results possible. Many dental practices will refer you to multiple providers, use outside labs, and have complicated pricing. They can take many months or even years to finish the procedure while charging you up to double our price. Our doctor performs the entire procedure from surgery to final teeth. We have an in-house dental lab and experienced lab technician, to provide transparent and affordable pricing. By providing all these services under one roof, we are able to deliver the best service at the best price.

What is the difference between Harlem Dentures and Implants and corporate implant offices?

Harlem Dentures and Implants has the same advantages of the national dental implant offices by focusing our practice on dental implants and prosthetics. We have an on-site lab, competitive pricing, and same day teeth. The advantage is, our office is privately owned, and each and every patient will be seen exclusively by our doctor. We focus on the satisfaction of our patients instead of cost cutting, shareholders, and monthly quotas. With national dental implant practices, there is no guarantee that you will be seen by the same provider 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 make sure you are overjoyed with your smile and take care of you like family.

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

Mini dental implants are not related to 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. This method has a very high failure and complication rate.

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

How frequently should I get my new teeth professionally cleaned?

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

Can dental implants fail?

While 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 your implant fails within the first year, our dentist will replace it at no cost to you.

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. This increased salivation should decrease within a few days.

Can I be put under for my procedure?

Our office does not currently use general anesthesia, however, we do offer both IV and oral conscious sedatives. Click here to learn more about the options. The medication will provide relaxation 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 pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have a driver both ways for this procedure, due to the oral sedation pill(s). You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.

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

Most cases will be attached immediately. In certain situations, mainly dependent on the quality of your bone and quantity, we will be unable to attach your dental bridge(s) the same day and you will need to wear a temporary healing denture while your new implants fuse 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, you can expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 days after the procedure. In addition, you'll most likely notice increased salivation when we first put your temporary teeth in. When this increased saliva mixes with a 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 new teeth immediately?

Just as you would need practice in order 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 comfortable with of all the full-arch restoration options.

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

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

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

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

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

No, this is not just a procedure for senior citizens. It’s actually very common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need their teeth replaced. Replacing bad teeth can be very 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 psychological health.

What items should I have ready for after the 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 replacement teeth be made from?

We make the final bridge from zirconia. Zirconia is a much stronger and more stain resistant material than conventional acrylic All-On-4 teeth that other offices provide. 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 with a different office, expect to have staining around your teeth and to replace them every five to ten years. Also, be certain you know how much you are going to pay for the operation, temporaries, and final prosthetics. Many offices will 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 full cost for the single arch (upper or lower) is $19,900. For both upper and lower arches, the total cost will be $39,000. 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 may charge a surgery fee, temporary fee, and then surprise you at the end with yet another fee for your new teeth. Our pricing is fully transparent, and we will not surprise you with any extra fees.

How can I get new teeth in a single day? I thought the implants needed to heal first?

What is unique about this procedure, and what allows us to attach teeth your implants immediately, is that all of your implants will be rigidly splinted together by your new teeth (the implant bridge). Splinting them together prevents the micro-movement of the dental implants that can lead to early failure. Essentially, your implants and dental bridge all support each other.

The dental implants are made from 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 another dentist has said that I am not a great candidate or do not have enough bone for implants?

Many patients that have been advised they aren't candidates for other dental implants are actually good candidates for our All-On-4 "Teeth in a Day" procedure. A combination of utilizing angled implants and using the front of the jaw bone where the bone is more dense lets us complete the procedure for many patients who thought implants were not an option. Our team can usually perform this procedure without needing expensive grafting which delays treatment by months or years. Please come see us for a complimentary dental exam to learn if you're a candidate.

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

Yes! This is our preferred method of performing this procedure to support an ideal final result. With the leading implants and materials available today, there is often 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 a prosthodontist, periodontist, or oral sugeon?

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

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

By performing a high number of these procedures and limiting our practice to these procedures, we have advantages that other offices simply do not. Our office has in-house lab and lab technician along with a single dentist who performs the entire procedure. These efficiencies allows us to offer dental implant procedures for our patients at the most competitive pricing available. Not only do we have the lowest prices, we also use only the finest dental implants and materials.

Do you have payment plans?

Yes. We offer a variety of 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.

Do you offer guarantees or warranties?

If a dental implant fails to integrate we will replace it at no cost to you. We warranty the final bridge for 5 years. To keep this warranty, our patients must return to the office every 6 months for maintenance and hygiene 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?

Typically the surgery takes about 1 hour per arch. Then, the lab portion of making your teeth takes another 2 hours. If we start in the morning, for a single upper or lower arch, patients are often finished by lunch time. If we are replacing both upper and lower teeth, we typically finish closer to 2:30 to 3:30 in the afternoon. Much of this time is waiting for the teeth to be made in our lab and trying them in to be certain your smile is exactly how you want it. It is a long day, but will definitely be worth it in the end!

What if I don’t like my new teeth?

We do everything possible to ensure you're thrilled with your new smile. The teeth you get the same day of surgery are only a temporary/transitional set. When we fabricate your final teeth, you will have full control of the design and appearance of your smile.

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

While this can be a good fit for some patients, if there are complications or broken teeth, it can be very difficult to repair if you traveled thousands of miles away or out of the country. Most local offices will not be willing to repair another dentist's work. A major advantage of having a transitional set of fixed teeth on the day of your procedure is 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 great to get your final teeth immediately, doing this can come with some significant drawbacks which cannot be ignored.

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

No, they are rigidly attached to your dental implants, which are firmly anchored in your jaw. If your new teeth begin moving for any reason, call us so we can schedule an evaluation.

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

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

Can my temporary teeth get damaged?

Yes, your temporary teeth are made from 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 you fixed up right away.

Can the 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 strongest and most durable materials available in the dental world.

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

Unfortunately, not. Since 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 current implants and they will most likely need to be removed.

Are my All-On-4 bridges removable?

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

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

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

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

Of all the full arch replacement options, All-On-4 tends to have the shortest time required to recover. Usually 4-7 days is sufficient. With that said, as there is always a 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?

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

In most cases, yes! Our team will just 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 be able to use the implants (snap my dentures on to them) the same day of the procedure?

Unfortunately no, we need to allow enough time for your 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 four and six months before attaching to your dental implants.

Will there be pain after the implants are placed?

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 very little discomfort. You will be prescribed pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort.

Can I be put to sleep during my procedure?

Our practice does not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer both oral & IV conscious sedation. To learn more about these options click here. This 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: You MUST have a driver for this procedure, someone who can drive you once 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! They are much more secure than dentures alone, and we are able to increase the retention with stronger inserts if you prefer.

Can I remove the palate (roof of mouth) of 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 isn't 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, 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 (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 the denture. This is after healing and osseointegration are finished and we are ready to attach to your implants, appromximately 4-6 months after placement of your implants.

How frequently will my implant inserts need to be changed?

Usually 1 to 2 times each year. This will depend on how many implants you have, how strong your bite is, how often 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 significantly faster. Only place your implant dentures in by hand.

What is alveoloplasty? Why is it important?

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

What are tori? Do they need to be removed?

Tori are bony knots that can develop in the mouth of many 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 completely normal when you first have the prosthesis (denture) placed in your mouth. Your body senses it as a foreign object and is trying to “flush” it out. The increased salivation should stop within two to three days.

How long will I bleed after the procedure?

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

A classic home remedy which still works really well to encourage clotting and reduce bleeding is to use tea bags. Just get a standard tea bag, get it damp, 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 get saturated with blood. The process can be repeated as many times as needed.

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

We do not currently provide 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 can't be certain 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.

Will food get lodged under 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 how easy they are to clean. Simply remove them; clean the denture(s), your gums, and implants; and snap them back in.

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

Every patient is different. Some return to work the following day, others wait a week or two. As there is always the chance of swelling and bruising, and you will need to get used to speaking and eating with your 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 seniors. It is very common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need teeth replacement. Replacing bad teeth can be hugely helpful for your general physical health. Also, having teeth that allow you to confidently smile, laugh, and converse can be extremely helpful for your emotional health. Again, wanting to replace teeth earlier 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 new teeth attached, will I know how to use them right away?

Just as you would need practice in order 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 quite a bit easier to get used to than traditional dentures.

Will I be able to speak with my replacement 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 words like “Mississippi” and “sixty six” can help you get used to the new teeth. Sometimes, patients may have a slight long-term listp with implant dentures.

Will my dentures still rock?

Some patients may experience a slight amount of rocking with their implant dentures. For patients with 2 bottom 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 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 very convenient. Just take them out; clean the denture(s), your gums, and implants; then snap them back in place.

Can implants fail?

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

  • failure to integrate into the bone
  • smoking
  • diabetes

If an implant fails within the first year, your dentist will replace it at no charge to you.

What is involved in maintaining implant dentures?

  • Snaps | Periodically you’ll need to 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 replaced.
  • Cleanings | Just like with natural teeth, you’ll need to have your implants professionally cleaned periodically. Any buildup on your implants will be removed and your dentures will be cleaned.
  • Periodic re-fittings | Your mouth can still change over time, so the dentures will need to be re-fitted to ensure their best performance and ensure that unnecessary stress isn’t being put on the 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, remember to clean the implants. Scrub these with a very soft dental brush too.

Single Tooth

Implants & Bridges

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

It depends. Since every case is unique, we'll need to see you for an exam to figure out the best course of treatment for you.

Can you put a temporary 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 that have just been placed. This is because we want as little force as possible placed on the implants while waiting 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 us to schedule your free exam and let's see what we can do to get you smiling again.

What kind of after care will I need to perform with my dental implant(s)?

Take care of them like natural teeth:

  • Floss and brush twice daily.
  • Get 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) will not 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?

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

What is the process for getting an implant?

Our process is very straight forward. The implant is placed in the jawbone and is left alone to fuse for 4-6 months. Afterward, we take impressions and have the replacement 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 under for my procedure?

Our office does not currently use general anesthesia, however, we do offer both oral & IV conscious sedatives. To learn more about these options click here. This medicine will help relax you and typically makes it so you don’t remember the procedure. For this, the doctor writes you a prescription, and you can fill it at your local pharmacy. NOTE: You MUST have someone driving you to and from 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 will I bleed after the procedure?

Most of the bleeding will have stopped before you leave the clinic, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 days after the procedure. Also, you can expect to notice increased salivation when we first put your denture(s) in. When this increased saliva mixes with a small amount blood, it can look like a lot of blood. If heavy bleeding 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 standard tea bag, get it damp, 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 become saturated with blood. This process can be repeated as many times as you need.

 

Will there be pain after the procedure?

Though experiences will vary, you can expect some discomfort and possibly swelling after your procedure. Many patients come in the following day for their post op exam reporting very little pain. 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 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 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 dental implants fail?

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

  • Failure to integrate into the bone
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes

If your implant fails within the first year, your dentist will replace it at no charge to you.

What are immediate dentures?

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

What process should I expect when getting immediate dentures?

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

  • Impressions will be taken prior to the procedure with your natural teeth still present. From these impressions, the dentures are made.
  • Procedure – your teeth will be 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 to get used to these dentures?

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

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

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

How will dentures fit?

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

How will I chew with these 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 these 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.

My lower denture is difficult to function with. Is this normal?

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

My dentures feel like they’re becoming loose?

This is common with immediate dentures. Your jaws and gums will shrink down after extractions. This leaves space 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 often 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 irritating you, reduce the amount of pressure they put on the gums, and smooth them thoroughly. This is perfectly normal with all new dentures and one or more adjustments can be expected.

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 time, there is a small fee to adjust your dentures.

How do I take care of my dentures?

  • Clean them daily with antibacterial hand soap and either a denture brush or a very soft bristled tooth brush
  • Store your dentures in water when not in use

What do I use to clean my dentures?

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

Should I take my dentures out when I sleep?

Yes, we do recommend taking your dentures out when you sleep 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 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 my dentures get damaged?

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

One of the most frequent ways dentures are damaged beyond repair is when a dog (or sometimes cat) gets ahold of them. Pets and animals love to chew on dentures and can often damage them irreparably very quickly. Be extra careful to put them up where your pet can’t get to them.

If my dentures get damaged, are they repairable?

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

Is there pain after the procedure?

Though experiences will vary, you can expect some discomfort and possibly swelling after your procedure. Many patients come in the following day for their post op exam reporting minimal discomfort. You will be prescribed medication for pain to help alleviate any discomfort.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

Excess saliva 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 my procedure?

Our office does not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer both oral & IV conscious sedation. To learn more about these options click here. This medicine will help relax you and often makes it so you don’t remember your procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have a driver to and from for this procedure, because of 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 provide great looks and are easily customized for each patient.
  • Facial support | Dentures help to fill back out areas of the face that have sunken in following tooth loss.
  • Improved nutrition | 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 better 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 practice and patience to become used to the new teeth. Practice and patience are the keys to improving with your new dentures as quickly as possible.

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

Again, this will take a little time, but with a little patience and practice, your tongue and mouth will adjust quickly. "S’s" will be the toughest to pronounce. Practicing words like "stupendous" and "Mississippi" can help you get used to your new teeth. In some 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 they are to clean. Just remove them; 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, since there is always a chance of bruising and swelling, and you will need to become accustomed to speaking and eating with your dentures, the longer you can take off, the better.

What are soft liners?

A soft liner is a cushion that 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.

Am I too young for dentures?

No, this is not just a procedure for senior citizens. It’s actually quite common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be extremely beneficial to your long-term 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 portion 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 great deal 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 will I bleed after the procedure?

Significant bleeding will have stopped before you leave the clinic, however, expect to have slight bleeding (oozing) for a few days after the procedure. In addition, you will most likely notice 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 more blood than it is. If you experience heavy bleeding, please call the office.

A classic home remedy which still works quite 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 tea will help you heal. Multiple tea bags can be used if needed. Replace the tea bags if they become saturated with blood. This process can be repeated as many times as you need.

My dentures make my gums sore, can this be improved?

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

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

 

Can my dentures wobble?

Yes, this is possible. Dental implants can provide the stability needed with dentures alone. Click here for more info.

Denture adhesive can also be useful for some patients.

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

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

Are immediate dentures removable?

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

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