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, even though your implants and new teeth are securely placed the day of your surgery, we kindly request that you maintain a softer diet during the four month healing period. So what does that mean? A general rule of thumb is you can eat anything that can be can cut with the side of a plastic fork. The reason for this is that you are investing into a treatment which can last for many decades, possibly the rest of your life, and maintaining a softer diet during the healing period will allow for the best integration of your implants into your bone and help provide a wonderful long-term outcome.

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

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

How do I take care of my new teeth?

Taking care of your teeth is very easy, however staying consistent is the key. Just like how we are meant to routinely floss and brush natural teeth, you need do the same with your new 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 under them with a water flosser (WaterPik is a well-known and popular brand) a few times daily is all that's required.

Cigarette smoking can escalate the possibility of implant problems, so we recommend not using tobacco products with your dental implants. Patients with diabetes should also be aware of a heightened possibility of problems with dental implants. Controlling your diabetes is paramount for the long-term success of your dental implants.

Besides that, regularly follow through with your doctor consistently during the year for quick evaluations of your new implant teeth.

What will my new implant teeth feel like?

Your new implant bridges will be a new sensation which will take several 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 common with standard teeth extractions. We use a combination of medications to help control your pain and keep our patients as comfortable as we can.

Will there be pain after the procedure?

Though experiences will vary some, most patients can expect mild discomfort and some swelling after your procedure. Many patients come in the next day for their follow-up exam reporting minimal pain. All patients are prescribed pain medication to help reduce any discomfort. Also, if you are a candidate for it, the doctor will give you a steroid injection which come in every six months to have your teeth examined and cleaned. This will help ensure the longevity of your new teeth and implants.

What is the recovery time like for this procedure?

This will vary from person to person, but, most often, the recovery time is shorter and easier with All-on-4 implants than other full arch or full mouth restoration alternatives. This is mostly due to the bridges being attached directly to your jaws by the implants. Conventional dentures and implant dentures both require recovery periods during which time they are able to shift and lead to sore spots. Generally, pain should decline for the most part within one to two, with full healing usually after six months.

What is the difference between Chattanooga Dentures and Implants vs. a general dental practice offering a wide range of dental services?

We limit our practice to dental implants and prosthetics. Dental implants, and especially "teeth-in-a-day," are our passion, and our team is regularly working to ensure our patients receive the best possible results. Other dental practices will refer you to other providers, use outside labs, and have confusing pricing. They often take many months or even years to complete your procedure all the while charging you up to double our price. Our dental surgeon will perform your procedure from surgery to final teeth. We provide an on-site dental lab and experienced lab technician, along with transparent and affordable pricing. By providing all this under one roof, we are able to deliver a premium service at an affordable price.

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

Chattanooga Dentures and Implants has the same advantages of the corporate implant practices by limiting our practice to dental implants and prosthetics. Our practice has an on-site dental lab, very competitive pricing, and offer teeth the same day. The advantage is, our office is privately owned, and every patient will be seen by our doctor. Our team focuses on the gratification of our patients instead of cost cutting, shareholders, and monthly quotas. With corporate implant practices, there is no guarantee that you'll be treated by the same provider who has the great reviews or whom your friend recommended you to see. Our doctor oversees your procedure from beginning to end and our team will do everything we can to make sure you are overjoyed with your new 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 solution. This method has a very high complication and failure rate.

Snap-in implant dentures, on the other hand, are a wonderful 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 may be a more affordable alternative to the All-On-4 "teeth-in-a-day" dental implant procedure.

How frequently should I get my new teeth professionally cleaned?

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

Can dental implants fail?

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

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

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

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

This is perfectly normal when you first have a prosthesis placed in your mouth. Your body 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 under for the procedure?

Our office does not currently use general anesthesia, we do, however, offer both IV and oral conscious sedatives. To learn more about these options click here. The medication will provide relaxation 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 pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have a driver both ways for this procedure, because of 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 implants the day of the procedure?

In most cases these will be attached straightaway. In certain situations, mainly dependent on your bone quality and quantity, we will be unable to attach your bridge(s) the same day and you will need to wear an interim healing denture while your implants fuse to the bone. Our doctor will go over this in-depth at your examination.

How long can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

Substantial bleeding will stop 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 put your temporary teeth in. When this extra saliva mixes with a little blood, it can look like more blood than it is. If you experience heavy bleeding, please call our office.

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

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

Will I know how to talk 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 words like “Mississippi” and “sixty-six” will help you get used to your new teeth. In a few cases, patients may experience a small lisp long-term with All-On-4 upper teeth.

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

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

I feel like I’m too young for the dental implants?

No, this is not only for seniors. It’s actually very common for people in their 40s, 30s, and even 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be immensely beneficial to your long-term physical health, and having the ability to laugh, converse, and smile confidently with teeth you can be of can benefit your emotional health.

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

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

What will my prosthetic teeth be made of?

The final bridge is made from zirconia. Zirconia is a much stronger and more stain resistant material than traditional acrylic All-On-4 implants that many providers offer. If you select a competing office, make sure you know what kind of material they will be using. If you do get acrylic prosthetic teeth with a titanium bar with a different office, expect to see staining surrounding your teeth and to replace them every 5-10 years. Also, be certain you know how much you are going to pay for the procedure, temporary teeth, and final teeth. Some practices will charge you a base fee only for you to find out you owe another $5,000-$15,000 for the final product.

How much can I expect to pay for the All-On-4 procedure?

The full cost for a 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 the fixed permanent zirconia teeth. Other practices will charge an operation fee, temporary teeth fee, and then surprise you at the end with another fee for your new teeth. Our pricing is entirely transparent, and we will not surprise you with any extra fees.

How can I get new teeth in just one day? I thought dental implants had to heal?

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

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

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

The majority of patients that have been advised they aren't candidates for dental implants are actually great candidates for our All-On-4 procedure. The combination of using angled implants and using the front of the jaw where the bone is denser allows us to perform this procedure for many patients that thought implants were not an option. We can usually perform the procedure without needing expensive grafting which delays treatment by months or years. Please come see us for a complimentary consultation to see if you're a candidate.

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

Yes! This is our preferred way 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 your doctor a specialist such as a prosthodontist, periodontist, or oral sugeon?

No, the doctor is a general dentist that 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 another dental specialist to ensure that our patients get the best possible treatment for their specific situation.

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

Because of the high number of these procedures we perform and limiting our practice exclusively very specific procedures, we have advantages that other offices simply do not. Our office has in-house lab and lab technician and a single dentist who performs the procedure start to finish. These efficiencies allows us to offer advanced dental implant procedures for our patients at the most competitive pricing available. Not only do we have the lowest prices, we also use the best quality implants and zirconia teeth.

Are there payment plans available?

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 provide guarantees or warranties?

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

How long will the procedure take?

Typically, Usually the surgery is about 1 hour per arch. Then, the lab portion of making the teeth takes about 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 top and bottom teeth, we typically finish around 2:30 to 3:30 in the afternoon. Much of this time is waiting for your teeth to be created in our lab and trying them in to be certain your smile is exactly how you want it. It is a long day, but will definitely be worth it in the end!

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

We do everything in our power to ensure you love 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 them.

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

While this is a good fit for some patients, if there are complications or broken teeth, it is very difficult to repair if you traveled thousands of miles away or out of the country. Most local practices 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 you get to test them out and discover 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 the way you want them to look. While it’s exciting to get your final teeth immediately, doing this does come with several significant downsides that cannot be overlooked.

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

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

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

It 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 are often significant changes in your mouth during the implant integration and healing phase, it is best to begin with a temporary set of teeth. This ensures the best long-term outcome with your permanent teeth.

Can my temporary teeth be damaged?

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

Can the permanent teeth get damaged?

While it is possible for nano-ceramic and zirconia to be damaged, it’s extremely uncommon. 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, not. Since your existing dental implants will not be the correct position that this procedure requires, and since bone reduction will need to be performed, we cannot use your existing implants and they will most likely need to be removed.

Can I remove my All-On-4 teeth?

No, you cannot remove 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 dental prosthetic can get some amount of food under it. You can rinse with water to get food out from under your bridge(s), and cleaning daily with a water flosser will be part of your long-term hygiene routine.

How long should I take off work for recovery after surgery?

Of all complete teeth replacement options, All-On-4 often has the shortest time required before returning to work. Usually 4-7 days is sufficient. That being said, since 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 more time you can take off, the better.

How many implants will I need?

The upper implant denture requires at least 4 dental implants. The lower implant denture will require at least 2 implants. The more implants you have, the more stable your denture will generally be. This is certainly true for the lower denture. Three or four implants in the lower is generally much better than only 2.

How much do implant dentures cost?

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

I have had dentures for a long time, am I still eligible for implants?

In many 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 jaw to see if you have enough bone for dental implants.

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

Unfortunately no, we need to 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 4 and 6 months before securing to your implants.

Will there be pain after the procedure?

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

Can I be put to sleep during the 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 you relax and usually makes it so you do not even remember the 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 pill(s). 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 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, however that's not 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, 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 will I be able to have the palate (center part covering the roof of the mouth) removed from my denture?

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

How frequently will my implant inserts need to be changed?

Typically 1 to 2 times each year. This often depends on how many implants you have, the strength of your bite, how frequently you remove and replace your dentures, and many 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? Must they be removed?

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

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

This is completely normal when you first have a prosthesis (denture) placed in your mouth. Your mouth senses it as a foreign object and is trying to “flush” it out. This increased salivation should subside within two to three days.

How long can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

Significant bleeding will have stopped before you leave the office, 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 little blood, it can look like a lot of blood. If heavy bleeding continues, please call our office.

A classic home remedy that still works quite well to encourage clotting and stop bleeding is to use tea bags. Just get a standard 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 you need.

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

We do not currently use this type of implant. While titanium dental implants have been used for decades with a long track record of success, zirconia implants are very new to dentistry, so we can't be certain 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.

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

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

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

Each patient is different. Some return to work the following day, others wait a week or two. As there is always the chance of bruising and swelling, and you’ll need to get used to eating and speaking 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 a procedure for the elderly. It’s actually very common for patients in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need teeth replacement. Replacing bad teeth can be extremely helpful for your general physical health. Also, having teeth which allow you to have a confident smile, laugh, and converse can be very helpful for your psychological 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, you will need practice and patience to get used to your new replacement teeth. With that being said, since they are attached with implants, the dentures will be much easier to get used to than regular dentures.

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

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

Will my dentures still rock?

Some patients may experience very slight rocking with their implant dentures. For patients with 2 bottom implants, these will need to be placed in the front of the jaw making it possible for some rocking to happen. 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.

Can I remove implant dentures?

Yes. Having removable implant dentures makes cleaning them very easy. Simply take them out; clean the denture(s), your gums, and implants; and snap them back in place.

Can implants fail?

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

  • failure to integrate into the bone
  • smoking
  • diabetes

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

What is involved in maintenance of implant dentures?

  • Snaps | From time to time you’ll need to change out the snap rings in the implant dentures. These wear and lose retention over time as you take your teeth in and out. They’re fast and inexpensive to have replaced.
  • Cleanings | Just like with natural teeth, you’ll need to have your implants professionally cleaned periodically. All buildup on your implants will be removed and the dentures will be cleaned.
  • Periodic re-fittings | Your mouth can still change over time, so the dentures may need to be re-fitted to ensure their best performance and make certain that unnecessary stress isn’t being put on your implants.
  • Home maintenance | This takes just a few minutes a day. Remove your dentures 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

Do I need a dental 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 best course of treatment for you.

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

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

How much do dental implants cost?

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Most patients are good candidates for dental implants, even those who've 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:

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

What do implant 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 much time should I take off work for recovery after my procedure?

Many 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 a dental implant?

The process is very straight forward. Your implant is placed into your jawbone and is left alone to integrate for 4-6 months. Afterward, we take impressions and have the new tooth fabricated. If bone grafting is needed, this may increase treatment time.

Is my implant removable?

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

Can I be put to sleep for my procedure?

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

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

A home remedy which still works quite well to help clotting and stop bleeding is to use tea bags. Just get a regular 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 get saturated with blood. The process can be repeated as many times as you need.

Can I expect a lot of pain after the procedure?

While experiences will vary, most patients can expect mild soreness and possibly swelling afterwards. Many patients return the next day for their follow-up examination reporting minimal soreness. All patients are prescribed pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort.

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

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

Can dental implants fail?

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

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

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

What are immediate dentures?

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

What is the process of getting immediate dentures?

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

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

This experience is different for each patient, but it does require patience and practice. 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 will be 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 their dentures will not look natural and people will immediately 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?

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

How do I chew with the new dentures?

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

I can’t taste as much with these dentures. Is this common?

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

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

Yes, lower dentures are more difficult to function with than top dentures. The tongue and cheeks moving push and pull on your lower denture and dislodge it. Talk with your doctor to see 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 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 your dentures fit and feel better as you heal.

What are denture adjustments and how often will I need them?

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

Is there a charge for denture adjustments?

Our office provides denture adjustments free of 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 should I use to clean my dentures?

  • Either antibacterial hand soap or denture cleaner 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 before bed?

Yes, we do recommend taking your dentures out when you sleep 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 commonly grind your teeth, taking your dentures out will help you increase their usable life significantly.

Can I boil my dentures to clean them?

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

Can the dentures get damaged?

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

If the dentures get damaged, can they be repaired?

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

Can I expect pain after the procedure?

Though experiences will vary, you should expect some discomfort and some swelling afterwards. Many patients return the next day for their follow-up appointment reporting very little pain. All patients are prescribed pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

Excess saliva is completely normal when you first have an implant 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 2-3 days.

Can I be put to sleep for the procedure?

Our office does not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do provide both oral & IV conscious sedatives. Click here to learn more about the options. This medication will provide relaxation and typically makes it so you don’t even remember your procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can fill it at your local pharmacy. NOTE: You MUST have someone driving you both ways 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 are the advantages of 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 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 an entire 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 move up in levels.

Will I know how to eat with my dentures immediately?

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

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

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

Can food get beneath my dentures(s)?

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

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

Of all the complete teeth replacement options, All-On-4 tends to have the shortest time required before returning to work. Generally 4-7 days is sufficient. 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 new teeth, 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 feel and fit better.

I feel like I’m too young for dentures?

No, this is not only for seniors. It’s actually very common for people in their 40s, 30s, and even 20s to need their teeth replaced. Replacing bad teeth can be quite beneficial to your long-term health, and having the ability 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 part that covers roof of your mouth) removed from the denture?

Most of the palate of the denture needs to remain. Removing this also removes a lot 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 can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

Significant bleeding will have stopped before you leave the clinic, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 days after the procedure. In addition, you will most likely notice 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 heavy bleeding continues, please call the office.

An old home remedy which still works quite well to encourage clotting and stop bleeding is to use tea bags. Get a regular tea bag, get it damp, squeeze out the extra water, place it on the extraction site (or sites), and the bags will help you heal. Multiple tea bags can be used if needed. Replace the tea bags if they become saturated with blood. This process can be repeated as many times as needed.

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

There are many reasons which can cause sore gums: higher pressure spots, movement of your denture(s), and just plain old wearing of the dentures.

  • High pressure spots | these are normal with new dentures and often only require slight adjustments
  • Denture movement | this can rub sores on your gums over time. Securing your dentures with dental implantsimplants can greatly reduce this problem.
  • Wearing dentures | dentures are foreign objects in your body. They can be a wonderful replacement for missing teeth, but they can still irritate your mouth after a long day. Consider planning time to remove your dentures and give your gum tissue a chance to "rest."

Will my dentures wobble?

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

Denture adhesive may also be beneficial for some patients.

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

Dental implants often provide the security you want. 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 secure either by natural suction for the upper or denture adhesive. Not everyone will have natural suction with their top denture for multiple reasons (palatal torus, flat palate, bone loss, etc.)

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