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 the same day?

Yes! However, although your dental implants and new teeth are firmly in place from day one, we kindly request that you keep up a soft foods diet throughout the four month healing period. What exactly do we mean? A good general rule is that you can eat anything which you can cut with a plastic fork. The reason for this is that you're investing into something which can last you many decades, even the rest of your life, and maintaining a softer diet initially will allow the best union your implants into your bone and help establish a fantastic long-term outcome.

How long has this procedure been around?

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

How do I care for my dental implants?

Maintaining your implants is simple, however staying consistent is key. Similar to how we’re supposed to regularly floss and brush natural teeth, you should do this with the new implants and teeth. Only few minutes a day is all it will take to keep your mouth and implants healthy. 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 it takes.

Tobacco can escalate the possibility of implant complications, so we recommend not smoking with your dental implants. Patients with diabetes should also be aware of a heightened risk for complications with dental implants. Controlling your diabetes is paramount for the long-term success of your new implants.

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

What do the new implant bridges feel like?

The new implant bridges will be a new sensation which will take a few days or sometimes a few weeks to become accustomed to.

Can I expect a lot of pain involved in this procedure?

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

Is there pain after this procedure?

Though your experience may vary, most patients should expect some discomfort and slight swelling after your procedure. Many patients return the next day for their follow-up appointment reporting minimal pain. All patients are prescribed medication for pain 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 discomfort and swelling 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 this procedure compared to other full arch or full mouth restoration options. This is mostly due to the bridges being attached directly to the bone via your implants. Traditional dentures and implant dentures both require adjustment periods during which time they can move and lead to sore spots. The pain should subside mostly within 1-2 weeks, with full healing commonly after 6 months.

What is the difference between Idaho Falls Dentures and Implants and a traditional dental office that has a wide range of dental services?

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

Idaho Falls Dentures and Implants has the same advantages of the national implant centers by limiting our practice to dental implants and prosthetics. We have an in-house lab, competitive pricing, and same day teeth. However, our office is privately owned, and every single patient will be seen exclusively by our doctor. We focus on the satisfaction of our patients instead of monthly quotas, cost cutting, and shareholders. At corporate dental implant practices, there is no guarantee that you'll be treated by the same provider that has the great reviews or whom your friend recommended you to see. Our doctor oversees your complete procedure and the team will do everything to make sure you are happy with your new smile and treat you like family.

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

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 fantastic option for some people. We also provide this option and have an entire page dedicated to snap-in dentures if you would like to learn more. These can be a more affordable alternative to All-On-4 "teeth-in-a-day" dental implants.

How often should I get my dental implants professionally cleaned?

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

Can implants fail?

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

  • Failure to integrate into the bone
  • Tobacco use
  • Diabetes

If an implant fails within the first year, our doctor 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 foreign material and is trying to “flush” it out. This increased salivation should decrease within a few days.

Can I be put to sleep 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 the options. The medication will help relax you and often makes it so you won't remember the procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can fill it at your local pharmacy. NOTE: You MUST have a driver both ways for your procedure, because of 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 immediately. In certain situations, mostly depending on your bone quality and volume, we would be unable to attach your bridge(s) the same day and you will need to wear a temporary healing denture while your new implants bond to your bone. Your doctor will review this in-depth during your examination.

How long can I expect to bleed after surgery?

Significant 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 have increased salivation when we first place your temporary teeth. When this increased saliva mixes with a little blood, it can look like more blood than it is. If heavy bleeding continues, please call the office.

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

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. All that being said, since these are firmly attached to your jaw, All-On-4 dental implants will be the easiest to get used to 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 patience and practice, your mouth and tongue 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 new teeth. In some cases, patients may have a small lisp long-term with All-On-4 upper teeth.

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

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

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

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

What should I have ready ahead of my procedure?

  • Ice packs

  • Wash cloths you don’t mind throwing away

  • Comfortable clothes you wouldn't mind throwing out

  • Soft foods (see list above)

What will my replacement teeth be made from?

The final bridge is made out of 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 a competing office, make sure you know what kind of material they will be using. If you do decide on acrylic prosthetic teeth with a titanium bar at a different office, expect to have staining surrounding your teeth and to replace them every five to ten years. Also, be certain you understand the total price you're going to pay for the procedure, temporary teeth, and final prosthetics. Other offices may charge you a surgery/temporary fee only for you to discover owe an additional five to fifteen thousand dollars for your final teeth.

How much can I expect to pay for the All-On-4, "Teeth in a Day" procedure?

The full cost for a single arch (upper or lower) is $19,900. For both 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 the fixed permanent zirconia teeth. Other practices will charge a surgery fee, temporary teeth fee, and then surprise you afterward with another fee for your final teeth. Our pricing is completely transparent, and we will not surprise you with any extra fees.

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

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

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

What if another provider has said that I'm not a great candidate or don't have enough bone for implants?

Many patients who have been advised they aren't candidates for dental implants are actually good 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 lets us perform this procedure for many patients that thought this was not an option. We can typically perform this 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 fixed teeth really be completed in the same day?

Yes! Completing all steps in the same day is our preferred method of doing this procedure to support an ideal outcome. With the state-of-the-art dental implants and materials that we have available today, there is usually no reason to have to wait months or even years to complete the process like patients experienced in the past.

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

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

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

By performing a high number of these procedures and limiting our practice to dental implants, we have advantages that other offices do not have. Our office has in-house lab and lab technician and a single dentist that performs the procedure start to finish. These efficiencies allows us to offer All-on-4 "Teeth in a Day" procedures for our patients at the most competitive pricing available. Not only do we have the best prices, we also use the best quality implants and zirconia teeth.

Do you have payment plans?

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

Click here for financing options.

Do you provide guarantees or warranties?

If a dental implant fails to integrate we will replace it at no cost. We warranty the final dental bridge for 5 years. To keep this warranty, our patients must return to the office 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 procedure take?

Usually the surgery is 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 usually finished by lunch time. If we are replacing both top and bottom teeth, we typically finish around 2:30 to 3:30 in the afternoon. Most of this time is waiting for your teeth to be produced in our lab and trying them in to be certain your smile is 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 love your new teeth. The teeth you get the 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 them.

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

While this is a good service for many 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 dentists will not be willing to repair another practice's work. A major advantage of having a transitional 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 offer try-ins to ensure that your teeth look exactly the way you want them to look. While it’s great to get your final teeth immediately, doing this can come with some serious drawbacks that cannot be ignored.

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

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

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

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

Can my temporary teeth get damaged?

Yes, the temporary teeth are made from acrylic and can chip, crack, and occasionally break. This can be very common. The good thing about the acrylic temporary is that it can easily be repaired. If you have any issues with your 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 zirconia and nano-ceramic to get damaged, it’s extremely 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, not. Since your current implants will not be the correct position that this procedure requires, and since bone reduction will be necessary, we cannot use your existing implants and they will most likely need to be removed.

Are my All-On-4 bridges removable?

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

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

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

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

Of all full arch replacement options, All-On-4 tends to have the shortest time required to recover. Usually 4-7 days is enough. That being said, since 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?

An upper implant denture will need at least 4 dental implants. A lower implant denture will require at least 2 implants. The more dental implants you have, the more secure your denture will usually be. This is especially true with the lower denture. Three or four implants in the lower is typically 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, can I still get implants?

In many cases, yes! Our team will simply need to see you for a free exam, during which we will perform 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 they’re placed?

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

Will there be pain after the implants are placed?

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

Can I be put to sleep for my procedure?

Our practice does not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer both IV and oral conscious sedation. To learn more about these options click here. This medication will help you relax and often makes it so you don’t even remember the procedure. For this, we write you 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 the oral sedation pill(s). 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 we are able to increase the retention with even stronger inserts if you would like.

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 to be able 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, 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 often increases temperature sensitivity, creating a more natural experience. For those patients with a strong 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 is after healing and osseointegration are finished and we are ready to attach to your implants, approximately 4-6 months after placement of your dental implants.

How frequently will my implant inserts need to be changed?

Usually 1 to 2 times per year. This will depend upon how many implants you have, the strength of your bite, how frequently you remove and replace your dentures, and several other factors.

WARNING: PLEASE DO NOT BITE YOUR DENTURES INTO PLACE ON YOUR IMPLANTS! This will wear down the 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 not harmful, 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 a prosthesis (denture) placed in your mouth. Your body senses it as a foreign object and is trying to “flush” it out. This increased salivation should subside within 2-3 days.

How long will I bleed after the procedure?

Significant bleeding will have stopped before you leave our clinic, 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 small amount blood, it can look like much more. If heavy bleeding continues, please call the office.

An old home remedy which still works really well to help clotting and stop bleeding is to use tea bags. Just get a regular tea bag, dampen it, squeeze out the extra water, place it on the extraction site (or sites), and the bags 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 needed.

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

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

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

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

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

Each patient is different. Some return to work the following day, others wait up to two weeks. Since 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.

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 an option for the elderly. It is very common for patients 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, needing to replace teeth earlier in life is not uncommon.

What items should I have ready for after my procedure?

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

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

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

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

Again, this will take a little time, but with some practice and patience, your tongue and mouth will quickly adjust. The letter S will be the most difficult to pronounce. Practicing words like "sarcastic" and "seventy seven" can help you get used to the new teeth. In some cases, patients might have a slight long-term lisp with implant dentures.

Will my dentures still rock?

Some people may experience a slight amount of rocking with their implant dentures. For patients with two lower implants, these must be placed in the front of your mouth making it possible for some rocking to happen. A small amount of adhesive at the back on each side of the bottom 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), the gums, and implants; and snap them back in place.

Can implants fail?

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

  • failure to integrate into the bone
  • smoking
  • diabetes

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

What is involved in maintaining implant dentures?

  • Snaps | Occasionally you’ll need to change out the snap rings in your implant dentures. These wear and lose retention over time as you take your teeth in and out. They’re quick and inexpensive to have changed out.
  • Cleanings | Similar to natural teeth, you’ll need to have the implants cleaned periodically. All buildup on your 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 certain that unnecessary stress isn’t being put on 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, remember to clean the implants. Scrub these with a very soft dental brush also.

Single Tooth

Implants & Bridges

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

It depends. As each case is unique, our doctor will need to see you for a consultation to determine the appropriate treatment for you.

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

Unfortunately not at this time, we do not place temporary crowns or bridges on implants that have just been placed. 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 eligible for dental implants?

Most patients are good candidates for dental implants, even those who've been told they weren't previously. 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 my dental implant(s) need?

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 the 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 the procedure?

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

What is the process for getting an implant?

Our process is very straight forward. The implant is placed into your jawbone and is left alone to integrate for up to six months. Afterward, we take impressions and have the new 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 put patients to sleep, we do, however, offer both oral & IV conscious sedatives. Click here to learn more about your options. The medicine 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 pick it up at your local pharmacy. NOTE: You MUST have a driver to and from for your 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?

Significant bleeding will have ceased before you leave our office, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 days after the procedure. Additionally, you will most likely notice increased salivation when we first put your denture(s) in. When this increased saliva mixes with a little blood, it can look like a lot of blood. If heavy bleeding continues, please call our office.

A classic home remedy which still works really well to encourage clotting and stop bleeding is to use tea bags. Get a regular tea bag, dampen it, squeeze out the extra 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. The process can be repeated as many times as needed.

Can I expect pain after the surgery?

While your experience may vary some, most patients should expect mild soreness and possible swelling after your procedure. Many patients return the following day for their post op appointment reporting very little pain. All patients are 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 implants have been used for decades with a long track record of success, zirconia implants are very new to the market, so we can't be certain what their success will be long-term. We want the most successful, and predictable long-term results for our patients, and for these reasons, we do not offer zirconia implants at this time.

Can 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
  • Tobacco use
  • Diabetes

If your 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 that are placed immediately after the natural teeth are removed. They help control swelling and bleeding by acting like bandages over your extraction sites.

What is the process for getting immediate dentures?

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

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

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

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

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

How do dentures fit?

Denture fit largely depends on the anatomy of the person wearing them. Full upper dentures usually fit rather well, acting as a suction cup against the roof of the mouth. Full lower dentures are known to feel loose and have an inclination to "float" in your mouth since your cheeks and tongue are constantly working to dislodge them. It is for this reason that we highly recommend dental implants with lower dentures.

How do I chew with the new dentures?

Cut your food up into small 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 that normal?

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

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

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

My dentures feel like they’re becoming loose?

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

What are denture adjustments and how frequently are they needed?

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

Will I be charged 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 period, there is a small fee to adjust the 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 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 before bed?

Yes, we do recommend removing your dentures 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're a teeth grinder, taking your dentures out will help you increase their functional life significantly.

Can I boil my dentures to clean them?

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

Can my dentures get damaged?

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

One of the most common ways dentures are damaged beyond repair is when a dog (or sometimes cat) gets ahold of them. Animals and pets enjoy chewing on dentures and can often damage them irreparably very quickly. Be extra careful to put them up where your pet can’t reach 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 repairing them compared to other materials. And in most cases, repairs can be finished the same day.

Can I expect pain after the procedure?

Though your experience may vary, you should expect some discomfort and slight swelling afterwards. Many patients come in the next day for their post op exam reporting very little soreness. All patients are prescribed medication for pain to help reduce 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 foreign material and is working to “flush” it out. This increased salivation should subside within a few days.

Can I be put to sleep for the procedure?

We do not currently use general anesthesia, we do, however, provide both oral & IV conscious sedatives. Click here to learn more about your options. This medication will help relax you and often makes it so you don’t remember the procedure. For this, the doctor writes you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have someone driving you to and from for your procedure, due to the sedation medication. You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.

What are full dentures?

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

What are partial dentures?

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

What advantages can I expect from dentures?

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

What are the differences between denture levels?

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

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

Just like 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 the prosthetic teeth. Practice and patience are the keys to improving with your new dentures as fast as you can.

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

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

Can food get under my dentures(s)?

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

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

Usually 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 get used to eating and speaking with your dentures, the longer you can take off, the better.

What is a soft liner?

A soft liner is a cushion which is placed in 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 seniors. It’s actually very common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be quite beneficial to your overall physical health, and having the ability to smile, laugh, and converse 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 stay. Removing this also removes a great deal of stability 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 will I bleed after surgery?

Substantial bleeding will have stopped before you leave the clinic, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 days after your procedure. In addition, you'll most likely have increased salivation when we first place your temporary teeth. When this extra 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 home remedy that still works really well to help clotting and reduce bleeding is to use tea bags. Get a regular tea bag, dampen it, squeeze out the extra water, place it on the extraction site (or sites), and the tea will help you heal. Multiple tea bags can be used if needed. Replace the tea bags if they get saturated with blood. This process can be repeated as many times as needed.

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

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

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

Can my dentures wobble?

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

Denture adhesive may also be useful for some patients.

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

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

Are immediate dentures removable?

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

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