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, while your dental implants and teeth are firmly placed immediately, we kindly request that you stick to a soft foods diet throughout the four month healing timeframe. So what does that mean? A general rule of thumb is you can eat any food that can be can cut with a plastic fork. We ask this because you're investing into a treatment that can last you many decades, even the rest of your life, and keeping to a softer diet during the healing period will allow for the best possible union your implants into your bone and help establish a fantastic long-term outcome.

How long has the All-on-4 procedure been around?

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

How do I take care of my All-On-4 teeth?

Maintaining your implants is simple, however staying consistent is the most important. Just like how we are supposed to routinely floss and brush natural teeth, you should do the same with your All-On-4 teeth and implants. 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 that's required.

Tobacco can escalate the possibility of implant complications, so we recommend not using tobacco products with dental implants. Patients with diabetes should also be aware of a heightened risk for complications with dental implants. Keeping diabetes under control is paramount for the long-term success of your implants.

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

What do the new implant teeth feel like?

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

Can I expect a lot of pain with the procedure?

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

Will there be pain after this procedure?

While your experience may vary some, most patients can expect some soreness and slight swelling afterwards. Many patients come in the next day for their post op exam reporting minimal pain. You will be prescribed medication for pain to help reduce any discomfort. Also, if you’re a candidate for it, the doctor will offer a steroid injection which will: help with swelling and pain for the first few days.

What is the recovery time like with this procedure?

Experiences will vary from patient to patient, but, most often, the recovery period is faster and easier with All-on-4 implants than other full arch or full mouth replacement alternatives. This is mostly due to the bridges being attached directly to your jaws by the implants. Conventional dentures and implant dentures both require healing periods during which time they can move and lead to sore spots. Your pain should decline for the most part within 1-2 weeks, with complete healing typically after six months.

What is the difference between Sarasota Dentures and Implants and another local practice that has a wide range 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 continually working to ensure our patients get the best results possible. Other dental practices will refer you to multiple providers, use outside labs, and have complicated pricing. They will take several months or even years to complete your procedure while charging you up to double our price. Our dental surgeon performs your procedure from surgery to final teeth. We provide an in-house lab and expert lab technician, to provide affordable and transparent pricing. By offering all this at one location, our practice is able to deliver a premium service at an affordable price.

What is the difference between your practice and corporate dental implant practices?

Sarasota Dentures and Implants has the same advantages of the corporate dental implant centers by limiting our practice to dental prosthetics and implants. Our practice has an on-site dental prosthetic lab, competitive pricing, and same day teeth. The advantage is, we are privately owned, and each and every patient will be seen exclusively by our doctor. Our team focuses on the satisfaction of our patients instead of shareholders, sales quotas, and cost cutting. With national implant practices, there is no guarantee that you will be treated by the same doctor who has the great 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 new teeth 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 restoration solution. These have a very high failure and complication rate.

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

How frequently should I get my dental implants professionally cleaned?

Plan to (visit us every 6 months to have your implants examined and cleaned. This will help ensure the longevity of your new implants and teeth.

Can implants fail?

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

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

If your implant fails within the first year, your 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 trying to “flush” it out. The increased salivation should decrease within 2-3 days.

Can I be put to sleep for my procedure?

We do not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer both IV and oral conscious sedation. To learn more about these options click here. The medicine will help to relax you and typically makes it so you don’t remember your procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can fill it at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have 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.

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

In most cases these will be attached straightaway. In certain situations, mainly depending on the quality of your bone and quantity, we would not be able to attach your dental bridge(s) the same day and you will need to wear an interim healing denture while your implants bond to your bone. Our doctor will review this thoroughly during your evaluation.

How long will I bleed after the procedure?

Significant bleeding will have stopped before you leave the clinic, however, you can expect to have slight bleeding (oozing) for a few days after your procedure. In addition, you will most likely see 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.

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

Just as you would need practice to get used to walking with a prosthetic leg, it will need some patience and practice to become accustomed with your prosthetic teeth. With that being said, since they are firmly anchored to your jaw, All-On-4 dental implants will be the easiest to get comfortable with of all the full-arch implant options.

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

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

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

Am I too young for the dental implants?

No, this is not only for senior citizens. It’s actually very common for people in their 40s, 30s, and 20s to need their teeth replaced. Replacing bad teeth can be very beneficial to your long-term physical health, and being able to speak, smile, and laugh confidently with teeth you’re proud of can benefit your emotional health.

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

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

What will my final teeth be made of?

We make the final bridge from zirconia. Zirconia is much stronger and more resistant to staining and wear than traditional acrylic All-On-4 implants which many providers offer. If you select a competing provider, be certain you know what kind of material they will be using. If you do get acrylic prosthetic teeth with a titanium bar with another office, you can expect to have staining around the teeth and to have them replaced every 5-10 years. Also, be certain you understand how much you are going to pay for the operation, temporaries, and final prosthetics. Many providers will charge you a base fee only for you to find you owe another $5,000-$15,000 for your new teeth.

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

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

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

The unique thing about this procedure, and what lets us attach new teeth your dental implants immediately, is that all of the implants will be rigidly splinted together by your new teeth (the implant bridge). This process prevents the micro-movement of the dental implants that can lead to failure early on. Basically, your implants and dental bridge all support each other.

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

What if a different provider has said that I am not a candidate or do not have enough bone for implants?

Many patients that have been told they aren't candidates for other dental implants are actually great candidates for our All-On-4 procedure. A combination of using angled implants and using the front of the jaw bone where the bone is more dense allows us to complete the procedure for many patients who thought implants were not right 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 dental exam to see if you are a candidate.

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

Yes! This is our preferred method of performing this procedure with the best final result. With the leading dental implants and materials available today, there is usually no reason for you to wait months or even years to complete the process like patients experienced in the past.

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

No, our doctor is a general dentist that limits their practice exclusively to dental implantology and prosthetics. 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, they will collaborate with other dental specialists to ensure that our patients get the best possible treatment for their situation.

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

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. We have our in-house lab and lab technician along with a single dentist that performs the procedure start to finish. Because of these efficiencies, we are able to offer advanced dental implant procedures for our patients at the most competitive pricing. Not only do we have the best prices, we also use the best quality dental implants and materials.

Do you have payment plans?

Yes. We offer multiple payment options including third party financing. We work with our patients in any way possible to get them smiling again.

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Do you provide guarantees or warranties?

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

How long does the All-on-4 procedure take?

Typically the surgery takes about 1 hour per arch. Then, the lab portion of making the teeth takes another 2 hours. If we start in the morning, for a single upper or lower arch, patients are usually done by lunch time. If we are replacing both upper and lower teeth, we typically finish around 2:30 to 3:30 in the afternoon. Most 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 in our power to ensure you love your new smile. The teeth you receive the same 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 them.

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

While this can be a good fit for some patients, if there are complications or broken teeth, it is very difficult to fix if you traveled thousands of miles away or out of the country. Most local practices will not be willing to repair another dentist's work. A major advantage of having a temporary set of fixed teeth on the day of your surgery is that you get to test them out and see what you like/don’t like. For the final zirconia or nano-ceramic teeth, we can provide try-ins to ensure that your teeth look exactly like you want them to look. While it can be great to get your final teeth immediately, it does come with some significant drawbacks that cannot be ignored.

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

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

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

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

Can the temporary teeth be damaged?

Yes, the temporary teeth are made of acrylic and can chip, crack, and occasionally break. This is very common. The good 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 permanent teeth be damaged?

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

I already have an 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.

Can I remove my All-On-4 teeth?

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

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

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

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

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

How many implants will I need?

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

How much do implant dentures cost?

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

I’ve had dentures for quite a while, are implants still an option?

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

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

Unfortunately no, we must allow time for your 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 typically wait between four and six months before attaching to your dental implants.

Will I experience pain after the procedure?

While experiences will be different, you should expect some discomfort 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 relieve any soreness.

Can I be put to sleep during my procedure?

We do not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer both IV and oral conscious sedation. To learn more about these options click here. The medication will help to relax you and often makes it so you don’t even remember your procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, which you can pick it up at your local pharmacy. NOTE: A driver is REQUIRED for your procedure, someone who can drive you after you have taken your oral sedation medication. You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.

Are implant dentures really secure?

Yes! They are much more secure than dentures alone, and we are able to increase the retention with stronger inserts if you prefer.

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

It depends. Ideally, we would need to spread out the dental implants 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, but that's not always the case with snap-in dentures.

When we are able to remove the palate, this increases the sense of 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 may also help provide relief.

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

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

How often will the implant inserts require changing?

Typically 1 to 2 times per year. This will depend on how many implants you have, how strong your bite is, how frequently you take your dentures in and out, and several other factors.

WARNING: PLEASE DO NOT BITE YOUR DENTURES INTO PLACE ON YOUR IMPLANTS! This will 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 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.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

This is totally normal when you first have a prosthesis (denture) placed in your mouth. Your body considers it a foreign object and attempts to “flush” it out. The increased salivation should stop within 2-3 days.

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 will most likely notice increased salivation when we first put your denture(s) in. When this increased saliva mixes with a small amount blood, it can look like a lot of blood. If heavy bleeding does not stop, please call the office.

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

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

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

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

Yes, any prosthetic in the mouth will get some amount of food beneath it. The great 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 my procedure?

Every patient is different. Some return to work the following day, others wait up to two weeks. As there is always the chance of bruising and swelling, and you’ll 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 snap-in dentures?

No, this is not only an option for the elderly. It is very common for patients in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be very beneficial for your general physical health. Also, having teeth that allow you to have a confident smile, laugh, and converse can be very beneficial for your psychological health. Again, needing 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 prosthetic teeth attached, will I know how to use them immediately?

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

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

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

Will my dentures move?

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

Are implant dentures removable?

Yes. Having removable implant dentures makes cleaning them very convenient. 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 | From time to time you’ll need to replace 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 the implants cleaned periodically. Any buildup on your implants will be removed and your dentures will be cleaned.
  • Periodic re-fittings | Your mouth will still change over time, so the dentures may need to be re-fitted to ensure their best performance and make sure that unnecessary stress isn’t being applied to your implants.
  • Home maintenance | It takes just a few minutes a day. Take your dentures out 1-2 times per day and brush them with a denture brush or very soft bristled toothbrush. Also, don’t forget to clean your implants. Scrub these with a very soft dental brush too.

Single Tooth

Implants & Bridges

Will I need 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 determine the best course of treatment for you.

Can you put a temporary bridge or crown on the 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. The reason for this is that we want as little force as possible placed on the implants while waiting for them to fuse with your jawbone.

How much do dental implants cost?

Am I eligible for dental implants?

Most patients are candidates for dental implants, even those who have been told they were not previously. Call our office to schedule your free exam and let's see what we can do to help.

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

Take care of them like natural teeth:

  • Floss and brush twice a day.
  • Get cleanings regularly at intervals recommended by your dentist.

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

Most 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 into your jawbone and is left alone to integrate for up to six months. After this, 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?

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

How long can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

Most of the bleeding will have stopped before you leave the clinic, however, expect to have a bit of bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 days after the procedure. In addition, you will most likely notice increased salivation when we first put your denture(s) in. When this increased saliva mixes with a small amount blood, it can look like much more. If heavy bleeding continues, please call our office.

An old home remedy which still works really well to encourage clotting and stop bleeding is to use 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 clot. 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.

Can I expect a lot of pain after the procedure?

While your experience may vary, you can expect mild soreness and some swelling afterwards. Many patients come in the following day for their follow-up examination reporting minimal pain. You will be prescribed medication for pain to help alleviate any discomfort.

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

Our practice does 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, most predictable long-term results for our patients, and for these reasons, we do not use zirconia implants at this time.

Can dental implants fail?

While titanium 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, your doctor will replace it for free.

What are immediate dentures?

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

What process can I expect when getting immediate dentures?

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

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

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

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

How do dentures fit?

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

How will I chew with these new dentures?

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

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

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

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

Yes, bottom dentures are more difficult to function with than upper dentures. Your tongue and cheeks moving push and pull on your bottom denture and dislodge it. Talk with the doctor to learn if you’re a candidate for lower dental implants. These help tremendously with lower denture fit and function.

My dentures feel like they’re getting loose?

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

What are denture adjustments and how often are they needed?

New dentures will have certain spots that rub slightly and can cause sore spots. During the denture adjustment, we will target the spot(s) on your denture that are bothering you, reduce the amount of pressure apply to the gums, and smooth them thoroughly. This is completely 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 the dentures.

How do I take care of my dentures?

  • Clean your dentures daily with antibacterial hand soap and either a very soft bristled tooth brush or denture brush
  • Store them 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 remove my dentures before bed?

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

Can I boil my dentures to clean them?

No! Do not boil the dentures to clean them. The heat can warp your dentures. If this happens, you will have to replace them.

Can my dentures get damaged?

Yes, your dentures are made from an acrylic base and acrylic teeth. While these materials are quite strong, they can be damaged. Be careful not to drop them, 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. Animals and pets love to chew on dentures and can often damage them irreparably quite fast. Be extra careful to put them up where your pet can’t reach them.

If the dentures get damaged, are they repairable?

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

Will there be pain after the procedure?

Though your experience may vary some, most patients should expect some discomfort and possible swelling afterwards. Many patients return the next day for their follow-up appointment reporting minimal soreness. You will be prescribed medication for pain to help reduce any discomfort.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

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

Can I be put to sleep for my 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. The medication will help to relax you and typically makes it so you don’t remember the procedure. For this, we write 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, due to the 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 advantages can I expect from dentures?

  • Improved confidence | Great looks with your new smile.
  • Looks | Dentures offer great looks and are easily customized for each patient.
  • Facial support | Dentures help to fill back out areas of the face that have sunken in following tooth loss.
  • Improved nutrition | 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 full mouth of teeth.
  • Improved quality of life

What are the differences in your denture levels?

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

Will I know how to eat with my dentures immediately?

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

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

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

Can food get under my dentures(s)?

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

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

Usually 4-7 days is sufficient time to recover. That being said, since there is always a chance of swelling and bruising, and you’ll need to get used 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 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 just a procedure for the elderly. It’s actually very common for people in their 40s, 30s, and 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be very 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 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 stay. 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 the procedure?

Substantial bleeding will stop before you leave our office, however, you can expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 days after the procedure. In addition, you'll most likely see 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 heavy bleeding continues, please call the office.

A classic home remedy which still works quite well to encourage clotting and stop bleeding is the use of tea bags. Get a regular tea bag, dampen it, 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. 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: higher pressure spots, movement of your denture(s), and just regular wearing of the dentures.

  • High pressure spots | these are common with new dentures and typically just require slight adjustments
  • Movement of the denture(s) | this can rub sores on the gums gradually. Securing the dentures with implants significantly reduces this issue.
  • Wearing dentures | dentures are foreign objects in your body. They can be a wonderful substitution for missing teeth, but they can still aggravate your mouth after a long day. Consider setting aside time to remove your dentures and give your gum tissue a chance to "rest."

Will my dentures rock?

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

Denture adhesive may also be beneficial for some patients.

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

Dental implants can provide the security you want. Click here for more info.

Can I remove immediate dentures?

Yes, these 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 all patients will have natural suction with their upper denture for a number of reasons (palatal torus, flat palate, bone loss, etc.)

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