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 from day one?

Yes! However, while your implants and new teeth are securely in place immediately, we do request that you keep up a softer diet during 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. We ask this because you're investing in a treatment that can last you several decades, possibly the rest of your life, and maintaining a softer diet initially will allow the best integration of your implants into your bone and help establish the best outcome long-term.

For how long has the All-on-4 procedure been available?

This life-changing solution was created by Portuguese dentist Paolo Malo in the 1990s. Since then, this procedure has been safely performed on hundreds of thousands of people and has been improved upon to the method you see today.

How do I care for my dental implants?

Maintaining your teeth is easy, however staying consistent is key. Similar to how we’re supposed to routinely brush and floss natural teeth, you need do the same with your new implants and teeth. A few minutes daily 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 very popular, well-known brand) a few times a day is all it takes.

Cigarette smoking can increase the possibility of implant problems, so we recommend not smoking with dental implants. Diabetics should also be aware of a heightened risk for problems with dental implants. Keeping diabetes under control is paramount for the long-term success of your dental implants.

Besides that, simply follow through with your doctor consistently throughout the year for quick examinations of your new implant teeth.

What will my new implant teeth feel like?

The new implant teeth will be a new sensation which will take several days or sometimes a few weeks to adjust to.

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

Although there will be moderate pain, it is similar to the pain common with typical dental extractions. Our team uses a combination of medications to help control the pain and keep you as comfortable as possible.

Is there pain after this procedure?

Though experiences will vary some, most patients should expect some soreness and some swelling after your procedure. Many patients come in the next day for their post op appointment reporting very little pain. You will be prescribed pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort. Also, if you’re a good candidate for it, the doctor will offer a steroid injection which will: help alleviate swelling and discomfort for the first few days.

What is the recovery time like for this procedure?

This will vary from patient to patient, but, overall, the recovery time is faster and easier with All-on-4 implants than other full arch or full mouth replacement options. This is mainly thanks to the bridges being attached directly to your jaws via your implants. Traditional dentures and implant dentures both require healing periods during which time the dentures can move and lead to sore spots. Your pain should decline mostly within one to two, with complete healing usually after six months.

What is the difference between your practice and a general local office that has a wide scope 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 constantly working to ensure our patients get the best possible results. Other dental practices will refer you to other providers, use outside labs, and have confusing pricing. They will take several months or even years to complete the procedure while charging you up to double our price. Our dental surgeon will perform the full procedure from surgery to final teeth. We have an in-house prosthetics lab and expert lab technician, to provide affordable and transparent pricing. By providing all this at one location, we are able to deliver the best service at the best price.

What is the difference between Valley Dentures and Implants and national implant centers?

Valley Dentures and Implants has the same advantages of the national implant offices by limiting our practice to dental implants and prosthetics. We have an on-site lab, competitive pricing, and offer teeth the same day. However, we are privately owned, and every patient will be seen exclusively by our doctor. Our team focuses on the satisfaction of our patients instead of cost cutting, shareholders, and monthly quotas. With national implant practices, there is no guarantee that you will be treated by the same dentist that has the great reviews or whom your friend recommended you to see. Our doctor oversees your procedure from beginning to end and the team will do everything we can to make sure you are overjoyed with your new smile and treat you like family.

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

Mini dental implants are not related to what we do at Columbus Dentures and Implants for our All-On-4 "teeth-in-a-day " procedure. Please proceed cautiously at any office recommending mini dental implants as a permanent implant solution. These have a very high failure and complication rate.

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

How often should I get my new teeth cleaned professionally?

Plan to (visit us every six months to have your teeth examined and cleaned. Doing 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 which can cause them to fail:

  • Failure to integrate into the bone
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes

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

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

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

Can I be put to sleep for the procedure?

We do not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer oral conscious sedation. This medicine will help to relax you and often makes it so you won't remember the 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 both ways for this 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 dental implants the day of the procedure?

In most cases these will be attached immediately. In certain situations, mainly dependent on the quality of your bone and quantity, we would not be able to attach your bridge(s) during your procedure and you will need to wear a temporary healing denture while your implants fuse to your bone. Our doctor will review this in-depth during your exam.

How long can I expect to bleed after surgery?

Significant bleeding will have stopped before you leave our office, however, expect to have some bleeding (oozing) for a few days after the procedure. In addition, you'll most likely see increased salivation when we first put your temporary teeth in. When this increased saliva mixes with a little blood, it can look like a lot of blood. If heavy bleeding continues, please call our office.

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

Just as you would need practice in order to get used to functioning 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 rigidly attached to your jaw, All-On-4 dental implants will be the easiest to get comfortable with of all our full-arch restoration options.

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

Again, this will take some 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 accustomed to your new teeth. In a few cases, patients may have a small lisp long-term with All-On-4 upper teeth.

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

You should wait 6 weeks after the procedure before beginning to clean your water flosser.

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

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 quite beneficial to your long-term health, and being able to smile, laugh, and converse confidently with teeth you can be of can benefit your emotional health.

What should I have ready for after the procedure?

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

What will my replacement teeth be made from?

The final bridge is made out of zirconia. Zirconia is much stronger and more resistant to staining and wear than conventional acrylic All-On-4 teeth that many providers offer. If you choose another office, be certain you know what kind of teeth you will be getting. If you do decide on acrylic prosthetic teeth with a titanium bar with another office, you can expect to have staining around 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 surgery, temporaries, and final prosthetics. Other practices will charge you a surgery/temporary fee only for you to find you owe another $5,000-$15,000 for your new teeth.

How much does the "Teeth in a Day" procedure cost?

The full cost for a single arch (upper or lower) is $19,900. For both upper and lower 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 often charge a surgery fee, temporary teeth fee, and then surprise you at the end with another fee for your new teeth. Our pricing is fully transparent, and we will not surprise you with any additional fees.

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

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

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

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

Many patients who have been told they aren't candidates for dental implants are actually great candidates for the All-On-4 procedure. The combination of utilizing angled implants and using the front of the jaw where the bone is denser allows us to perform the procedure for many patients who thought it was not an option. We can typically perform the procedure without needing expensive grafting which delays treatment by months or even years. Please visit us for a complimentary implant exam to see if you're a candidate.

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

Yes! Completing all steps in the same day is our preferred way of doing this procedure to support the best final result. With the leading implants and materials available today, there is often 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, the doctor is a general dentist who limits their practice exclusively to prosthetics and dental implantology. This area of expertise is their passion, and they have placed more dental implants than most specialists and other general dentists. In very select cases, they will collaborate with another dental specialist to ensure that our patients get the best possible treatment for their specific situation.

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

Because of the high number of these procedures we perform and limiting our practice exclusively these procedures, we have advantages that other offices simply do not. We have our in-house lab and lab technician along with a single dentist who performs the entire procedure. These efficiencies allows us to offer All-on-4 "Teeth in a Day" 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 zirconia teeth.

Do you have payment plans?

Yes. Our practice offers a variety of 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 offer warranties or guarantees?

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

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

Typically the surgery takes about 1 hour per arch. Then, the lab portion of making the teeth takes about 2 hours. If we begin 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 usually finish closer to 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 just right. It is a long day, but will definitely be worth the final product!

What if I don’t like my new teeth?

Our team does everything possible to ensure you're thrilled with your new smile. The teeth you receive the same day of the procedure are only a temporary/transitional set. When we fabricate your final teeth, you will have complete control of the design and appearance of your teeth.

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

While this is a good service for some patients, in the rare case of complications or broken teeth, it can be very difficult to repair if you traveled thousands of miles away or out of the country. Most local 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 procedure is that you get to test them out and learn what you like and don't like. For the final zirconia or nano-ceramic teeth, we can offer try-ins to ensure that your teeth look exactly like you want them to look. While it can be exciting to get your final teeth immediately, it does come with some significant downsides that cannot be ignored.

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

No, these are rigidly attached to your dental implants, which are firmly anchored in your jaw. If your new teeth begin rocking 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 don’t receive my final teeth until 4-6 months after my procedure?

This is referred to as "teeth in a day" because you are receiving a set of implant-supported working prosthetic temporary teeth the same day. Since there are 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 permanent teeth.

Can the temporary teeth get damaged?

Yes, your temporary teeth are made from acrylic and can chip, crack, 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 call our office and we’ll get you fixed up right away.

Can my final teeth be damaged?

While it is possible for zirconia and nano-ceramic to be damaged, it’s very rare. These materials are among the strongest and most durable substances available in the dental world.

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

Unfortunately, no. Since your existing implants will not be the proper position that this procedure requires, and as bone reduction will be necessary, we cannot use your current implants and they will most likely need to be removed.

Can I remove my All-On-4 teeth?

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

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

Yes, any 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 every day with a water flosser will be part of your long-term hygiene routine.

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

Of all full arch replacement options, All-On-4 often has the shortest time required to recover. Usually 4-7 days is sufficient. With that said, as there is always a chance of swelling and bruising, and you will need to become accustomed to speaking and eating with your new teeth, the longer you can take off, the better.

How many implants are needed?

The upper implant denture will require at least 4 implants. A lower implant denture will need at least 2 dental implants. The more implants you have, the more stable the denture will typically be. This is particularly true with the lower denture. Three or four implants in the lower is typically much better than just two.

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 most cases, yes! Our doctor will just need to see you for a free consultation, during which we will do 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?

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

Will I experience pain after the procedure?

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

Can I be put to sleep for the procedure?

We do not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer oral conscious sedation. This 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, and you can pick it up at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have a driver for this 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 your 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 stronger inserts if you would like.

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

It depends. Ideally, we would need to spread out the dental implants in order to remove a portion of the palate in a snap-in denture. With our All-On-4 procedure, we can guarantee the ability to remove the palate, but that isn't always the case with snap-in dentures.

When we are able to remove the palate, this increases the ability to taste for many patients, and also increases temperature sensitivity, making for a more natural experience. For those patients with a strong gag reflex, removing the palate of the denture may also help provide relief.

When will I be able to have the palate (middle part covering the roof of the mouth) removed from my denture?

If you are a candidate for a palate-less denture, it will be removed from 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 dental implants.

How frequently will my implant inserts require changing?

Usually 1 to 2 times each year. This often depends 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 can 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? Must they be removed?

Tori are bony knots that develop in the mouth of some patients. Tori are harmless, however, they can 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 the prosthesis (denture) placed in your mouth. Your body considers it a foreign object and attempts to “flush” it out. This increased salivation should stop within 2-3 days.

How long can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

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

An old home remedy which still works quite well to encourage clotting and stop bleeding is to use tea bags. Just get a regular tea bag, get it damp, squeeze out the excess water, place it on 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 get saturated with blood. The process can be repeated as many times as needed.

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

We do not currently use this type of implant. While titanium implants have been used for decades with a long track record of success, zirconia implants are very new to the market, 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 offer zirconia implants at this time.

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

Yes, any oral prosthetic can get some amount of food 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 long should I take off work to recover after my procedure?

Each patient is different. Some return to work the following day, others wait a week or two. As there is always a chance of bruising and swelling, and you will need to get used to speaking and eating with the new teeth; the longer you can take off, the better.

What is a soft liner?

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

Am I too young for this procedure?

No, this is not only an option for the elderly. It’s actually very common for patients in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be extremely helpful for your overall physical health. Also, having teeth that allow you to confidently smile, laugh, and converse can be hugely beneficial for your psychological health. Again, wanting to replace teeth early 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 implant teeth attached, will I know how to use them right away?

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

Will I be able to speak with my replacement teeth right away?

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

Will my dentures move?

Some patients may experience a slight amount of rocking with their implant dentures. For patients with 2 bottom implants, these must be placed in the front of the jaw making it possible for some rocking to occur. A dab of adhesive at the back on each side of the lower denture will usually correct this.

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

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

Are implant dentures removable?

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

Can implants fail?

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

  • failure to integrate into the bone
  • smoking
  • diabetes

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

What is involved with maintenance of implant dentures?

  • Snaps | Periodically you’ll need to change out the snap rings in your implant dentures. These wear and lose retention over time as you take your teeth in and out. They’re quick and affordable to have changed out.
  • Cleanings | Just like with natural teeth, you’ll need to have the 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 your dentures will need to be re-fitted to ensure their best performance and ensure that unnecessary stress isn’t being applied to the implants.
  • Home maintenance | This only takes a few minutes a day. Take your dentures out 1-2 times per day and brush them with a denture brush or very soft bristled toothbrush. Also, don’t forget to clean the implants. Scrub these with a very soft dental brush too.

Single Tooth

Implants & Bridges

Do 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 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 bridges or crowns on implants which have just been placed. This is because we want as little force as possible placed on the implants while waiting for them to integrate with your jawbone.

How much do dental implants cost?

Am I eligible for dental implants?

Most people are candidates for dental implants, even those who've been told they were not previously. Call us to schedule your consultation 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)?

Care for them like natural teeth:

  • Floss and brush twice a day.
  • 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 to recover after the procedure?

Many patients can return to work either the same day or the next day. Certain 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 in the jawbone and is left alone to fuse for 4-6 months. Afterward, we take impressions and have the new tooth fabricated. If bone grafting is required, this may increase treatment time.

Is my implant removable?

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

Can I be put to sleep for the procedure?

We do not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer oral conscious sedation. This medication will help relax you and often makes it so you won't even remember the procedure. For this, the doctor writes you a prescription, and you can fill it at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have a driver both ways for your procedure, due to the sedation medication. 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 the clinic, however, expect to have a bit of bleeding (oozing) for one to three days after the procedure. Also, you can expect to notice increased salivation when we first put your denture(s) in. When this increased saliva mixes with a little blood, it can look like a lot of blood. If heavy bleeding does not stop, please call our office.

A classic home remedy that still works really well to encourage 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 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 get saturated with blood. The process can be repeated as many times as needed.

Will there be pain after the surgery?

While your experience may vary, most patients can expect mild soreness and slight swelling after your procedure. Many patients return the following day for their post op examination reporting minimal discomfort. You will be prescribed pain medication 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 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 use zirconia implants at this time.

Can implants fail?

Although titanium implants do have a 95+% success rate, yes, they can still fail. Some of the things which may 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 at no cost to you.

What are immediate dentures?

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

What process can I expect when getting immediate dentures?

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

  • Impressions will be taken before your 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 getting used to immediate dentures?

The experience is different from patient to patient, but it does require practice and patience. Your mouth will be going through significant changes over the 6 month healing phase. Remember, this will get easier over time and we are here for you through the entire process.

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

Absolutely not. One of the common fears patients have is that the dentures will not look natural and people will immediately know they're dentures. Our talented lab team will make sure you don'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 one wearing them. Full top dentures tend to fit relatively well, acting as a suction cup against the roof of your mouth. Full bottom dentures are known to feel loose and have a tendency to "float" in your mouth since your cheeks and tongue are constantly working to dislodge them. It's for this reason that we strongly encourage dental implants with lower dentures.

How do I chew with my new dentures?

Cut your food 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 full upper denture covers the taste buds on the roof of the mouth reducing your taste sensitivity.

The lower denture is difficult to chew and speak with. Is this common?

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

My dentures feel like they’re getting loose?

This is common with immediate dentures. Your gums and jaws will shrink down after extractions. This leaves a gap between the gums and dentures. We place soft liners beneath 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 frequently are they needed?

New dentures will 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 apply to 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 receiving your final teeth or permanent hard reline. After this time, there is a small fee to adjust the dentures.

How do I take care of my dentures?

  • Clean them 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 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 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, 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 your dentures. If this happens, you will have to replace them.

Can the dentures get damaged?

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

One of the most frequent ways dentures can be damaged beyond repair is when a dog (or sometimes cat) gets ahold of them. Pets and animals enjoy chewing on dentures and have been known to damage them irreparably quite fast. Be extra careful to put your dentures up where your pet can’t reach them.

If the dentures are damaged, are they repairable?

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

Is there pain after this procedure?

While your experience may vary, you can expect mild discomfort and possibly swelling after your procedure. Many patients return the next day for their follow-up appointment reporting very little pain. 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 a foreign object and is trying to “flush” it out. This increased salivation should decrease within a few days.

Can I be put under for the procedure?

We do not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer oral conscious sedation. This 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, and you can pick it up at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have a driver for this 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 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 provide great looks and are easily customized for each individual.
  • Facial support | Dentures help to fill back out areas of the face that have sunken in following tooth loss.
  • Improved nutrition | Improved chewing 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 better wear resistance, enhanced 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 walking with a prosthetic leg, it will require some practice and patience to get used to your prosthetic teeth. Practice and patience are the keys to improving with your new dentures as fast as possible.

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

Again, this will take some time, but with a little patience and practice, your tongue and mouth will quickly adjust. "S’s" will be the trickiest to pronounce. Practicing saying words like "sarcastic" and "stupendous" will help you get used to your new teeth. In a few 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 the denture(s) and your gums; and put them back in.

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

Usually 4-7 days is enough time for recovery. With that said, since 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 are soft liners?

A soft liner is a cushion that is placed in 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 the elderly. It’s actually quite common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need their teeth replaced. Replacing bad teeth can be immensely beneficial to your overall health, and being able to smile, laugh, and converse confidently with teeth you’re proud of can benefit your psychological health.

What items should I have ready for after my procedure?

  • ice packs
  • wash cloths you don’t mind throwing away
  • comfortable clothes you don’t mind throwing away
  • soft foods such as:
  • soups
  • yogurt
  • cottage cheese
  • smoothies
  • protein shakes
  • eggs
  • mashed potatoes (gravy optional)

Can I have the palate (middle part which covers roof of your mouth) removed from my denture?

The majority of the palate of the denture needs to remain. Removing this also removes a great deal of stability and nearly all of your natural suction. A portion of the palate can sometimes 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.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

This is completely 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. This increased salivation should subside within 2-3 days.

How long will I bleed after the procedure?

Substantial bleeding will have stopped before you leave our office, however, expect to have some bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 days after the procedure. Additionally, you will most likely have increased salivation when we first place your temporary teeth. 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.

A home remedy which still works quite well to encourage clotting and reduce bleeding is to use tea bags. Get a standard tea bag, get it damp, squeeze out the excess 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. The process can be repeated as many times as you need.

My dentures are making my gums sore, can this be improved?

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

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

Will my dentures rock?

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

Denture adhesive can also be useful for some patients.

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

Dental implants often provide the security you need. Click here for more info.

Can I remove immediate dentures?

Yes, these are removable. They come in and out of the mouth and are kept secure either by 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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5110 E Warner Rd, Suite 250

Phoenix, AZ, 85044

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