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 the same day?

Yes! However, while your dental implants and teeth are securely in place from day one, we do request that you maintain a soft diet throughout the 4 month healing period. So what do we mean? A simple guide is you can eat anything that can be can cut with a plastic fork. We ask this because you are investing in a treatment which could last you several decades, perhaps even the rest of your life, and keeping to this soft diet during the healing period will allow for the best union your implants into your bone and help establish a great long-term outcome.

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

This transformative solution was created by Portuguese dentist Paolo Malo in the 1990s. Since then, it has been safely performed on hundreds of thousands of people and has been improved upon to the method we use today.

How do I care for my dental implants?

Taking care of your new teeth is very easy, however consistency is the key. Just like how we are supposed to routinely brush and floss natural teeth, you need do the same with the new teeth and implants. Only few minutes daily is all you will need to keep your dental 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 will take.

Smoking can increase the possibility of implant problems, so we do not recommend 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, regularly follow up with your doctor consistently throughout the year for quick evaluations of your new dental implants.

What will my new implant teeth feel like?

Your new dental implants will bring a new sensation and will take several days or sometimes several weeks to get used to.

Will there be excessive pain with the procedure?

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

Will there be pain after the procedure?

While experiences will vary some, you can expect mild discomfort and possibly swelling after your procedure. Many patients return the following day for their post op exam reporting very little discomfort. All patients are prescribed medication for pain to help reduce any discomfort. Also, if you are a good candidate for it, your doctor will give you a steroid injection which will: help with pain and swelling for the first few days.

What recovery time can I expect for dental implants?

Experiences will vary from patient to patient, but, overall, the recovery time is shorter and easier with All-on-4 implants than other complete teeth replacement options. This is mostly thanks 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 can shift and cause sore spots. Generally, pain should subside mostly within 1-2 weeks, with full healing usually after 6 months.

What is the difference between Santa Barbara Dentures and Implants vs. another dental practice offering a wide scope of dental services?

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

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

Santa Barbara Dentures and Implants has the same advantages of the national dental implant centers by limiting our practice to dental implants and prosthetics. We have an in-house dental lab, very competitive pricing, and same day teeth. However, we are privately owned, and every single patient will be seen exclusively by our doctor. Our team focuses on the gratification of our patients instead of monthly quotas, cost cutting, and shareholders. At corporate dental implant offices, there is no guarantee that you will be seen by the same dentist that has the great reviews or whom you were recommended to see. Our doctor oversees your procedure from beginning to end and the team will do everything to be certain you are overjoyed with your smile and take care of you like family.

What about snap in dentures or mini dental implants?

Mini dental implants are not related to the All-On-4 "teeth-in-a-day " procedure. Please proceed cautiously at any office that recommends mini dental implants as a permanent solution. These have a very high complication and failure rate.

Snap-in implant dentures, on the other hand, can be a great option for some people. Our office also provides this service and have an entire page dedicated to snap-in dentures if you would like to learn more. These may be a more budget-friendly alternative to All-On-4 "teeth-in-a-day" dental implants.

How often should I get my dental implants cleaned professionally?

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

Can dental implants fail?

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

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

If your implant fails during the first year, our dentist will replace it for free.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

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

Can I be put under for my procedure?

Our office does not currently use general anesthesia, we do, however, provide both oral & IV conscious sedatives. Click here to learn more about the options. This medicine will provide relaxation and often makes it so you won't even remember your procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can fill it at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have a driver to and from for this procedure, 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 dental implants the day of the procedure?

Most cases will be attached straightaway. In certain situations, mostly depending on the quality of your bone and volume, we will not be able to attach your bridge(s) the same day and you'll need to wear a temporary healing denture while your implants fuse to your bone. Your doctor will go over this thoroughly during your evaluation.

How long will I bleed after surgery?

Substantial bleeding will have stopped before you leave the clinic, however, you can expect to have some bleeding (oozing) for a few days after your procedure. In addition, you'll most likely notice increased salivation when we first put your temporary teeth in. 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 our office.

Will I know how to use my new teeth immediately?

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

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

Again, this will take some time, but with some practice and patience, your mouth and tongue will quickly adjust. "S’s" will be the toughest to pronounce. Practicing saying words like “Mississippi” and “sixty-six” can help you get accustomed to your prosthetic teeth. In some cases, patients may experience a slight 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 expect to wait 6 weeks after the procedure before you begin cleaning with a water flosser.

Am I too young for the dental implants?

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

What items should I have ready ahead of the 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 prosthetic teeth be made of?

We make the final bridge out of zirconia. Zirconia is a much stronger and more stain resistant material than traditional acrylic All-On-4 teeth which many dentists use. If you select a competing provider, make sure you know what kind of material they will be using. If you do get acrylic denture teeth with a titanium bar with another office, you can expect to see staining surrounding your teeth and to replace them every 5-10 years. Also, be certain you understand the total price you're going to pay for the procedure, temporaries, and final prosthetics. Some practices may charge you a base fee only for you to discover owe an additional five to fifteen thousand dollars for the final product.

How much can I expect to pay for the "Teeth in a Day" procedure?

The total cost for the single arch (upper or lower) is $23,500. For both arches, the total cost will be $45,000. Both prices include the removal of any remaining teeth, placing your implants, same day fixed temporary teeth, and your fixed permanent zirconia teeth. Many practices will charge a surgery fee, temporary teeth fee, and then surprise you at the end with yet another fee for your new teeth. Our pricing is entirely transparent, and we will never surprise you with any extra costs.

How can I get fixed teeth in only one day? I thought dental implants needed to heal?

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

The dental implants will be made of titanium, the same material used in artificial knee and hip joints, so your jaw will naturally grow around and bond with them over time.

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

Many patients that have been told they aren't candidates for dental implants are actually fantastic candidates for our "Teeth in a Day" procedure. The combination of using angled implants and using the front of the jaw bone where the bone is more dense lets us complete the procedure for many patients who thought it was not an option. Our team can usually perform the procedure without needing expensive grafting that delays treatment by months or even years. Please come see us for a complimentary consultation to see if you're a candidate.

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

Yes! This is our preferred method of performing this procedure with the best 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 peridontist, oral surgeon, or prosthodontist?

No, the doctor is a general dentist that limits their practice to dental implantology and prosthetics. This area of expertise is their passion, and they have more experience placing 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 receive 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 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 who performs the entire procedure. Because of these efficiencies, we are able to offer these procedures for our patients at the most competitive pricing. Not only do we have the best prices, we also use the best quality implants and zirconia teeth.

Do you have payment plans?

Yes. We offer a variety of 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 offer warranties or guarantees?

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, patients must return to the office every 6 months for maintenance and hygiene of their bridges/implants. This 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 will this 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 often finished around lunch time. If we are replacing both upper and lower teeth, we typically finish around 2:30 to 3:30 in the afternoon. Most of this time is waiting for your teeth to be made in our lab and trying them in to ensure 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?

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

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

While this is a good service for many patients, in the rare case of complications or teeth breaking, it is 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 you get to test them out and see what you like/don’t like. For the final zirconia or nano-ceramic teeth, we can provide try-ins to ensure that your teeth look exactly like you want them to look. While it can be great to get your final teeth immediately, it does come with some serious downsides which cannot be ignored.

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

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

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 functional prosthetic temporary teeth the same day. Since there can often major changes to 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 the temporary teeth be damaged?

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

Can the final teeth get damaged?

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

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

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

Can I remove my All-On-4 teeth?

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

How much time 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 before returning to work. Usually 4-7 days is sufficient. That being said, as there is always the chance of bruising and swelling, and you’ll need to get used to speaking and eating with your new teeth, the more time you can take off, the better.

How many implants are needed?

An upper implant denture will require at least 4 implants. The lower implant denture requires at least 2 implants. The more implants you have, the more stable your denture will generally be. This is especially true with the lower denture. 3 or 4 implants in the lower is generally 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 a long time, am I still eligible for implants?

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 the implants (snap my dentures on to them) the same day they’re placed?

Unfortunately no, we must allow time for the 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 four and six months before attaching to your implants.

Will I experience pain after the procedure?

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

Can general anesthesia be used during my procedure?

Our office does not currently use general anesthesia, however, we do offer both oral & IV conscious sedation. To learn more about these options click here. This medication will help to relax you and often makes it so you don’t even remember the procedure. If you choose this, we will write 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 once 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! They are much more secure than dentures alone, and we are able to increase the retention with even stronger inserts if you prefer.

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

It depends. Ideally, we would need to spread the dental implants out in order to remove a portion of the palate with a snap-in denture. With our All-On-4 procedure, we can guarantee the ability to remove the palate, however 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 often 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 (center part that covers the roof of the mouth) removed from my denture?

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

How frequently will my implant inserts require changing?

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

WARNING: PLEASE DO NOT BITE YOUR DENTURES INTO PLACE ON YOUR IMPLANTS! This can wear down your 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 can 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 (denture) placed in your mouth. Your body senses it as a foreign object and attempts to “flush” it out. This increased salivation should stop within 2-3 days.

How long will I bleed after the procedure?

Most of the bleeding will have ceased before you leave our office, 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 small amount blood, it can look like a lot of blood. If heavy bleeding continues, please call our office.

An old home remedy which still works really well to help clotting and stop bleeding is the use of tea bags. Get a regular tea bag, dampen it, squeeze out the excess water, place it on 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 you need.

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

Our practice does 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 dentistry, so we can't be certain what their success will be long-term. We want the most successful, and predictable long-term results for our patients, and for these reasons, we do not offer zirconia implants at this time.

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

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

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

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

No, this is not only an option for the elderly. It is very common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need to replace their teeth. 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 hugely helpful for your psychological 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 prosthetic 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, it will require some practice and patience to get used to your new replacement teeth. That being said, since they are attached using implants, the dentures will be quite a bit easier to get used to than traditional dentures.

Will I be able to talk 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. The letter S will be the toughest to pronounce. Practicing words like "sarcastic" and "seventy seven" 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 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 happen. A small amount of adhesive at the back on each side of the bottom 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 convenient. Just take them out; clean the denture(s), your gums, and implants; then snap them back in place.

Can implants fail?

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

  • failure to integrate into the bone
  • smoking
  • diabetes

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

What is involved with 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 affordable to have changed out.
  • Cleanings | Similar to natural teeth, you’ll need to have your implants professionally cleaned periodically. Any buildup on the implants will be removed and the dentures will be cleaned.
  • Periodic re-fittings | Your mouth will still change over time, so your dentures may need to be re-fitted to ensure their best performance and ensure that unnecessary stress isn’t being applied to the implants.
  • Home maintenance | It 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 your 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. Since each case is unique, our doctor will need to see you for an exam to determine the appropriate treatment for you.

Can I get a temporary crown or bridge on my 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 integrate with your 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 have been told they weren't in the past. Call our office 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)?

Take care of them like natural teeth:

  • Brush and floss twice a day.
  • Get regular cleanings at intervals recommended by your dentist.

What do implant teeth look like?

In the 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 your bone.

Will it function and feel like a natural tooth?

Yes! It will feel different from a natural tooth but will function the same.

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

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

What is the process to get a dental implant?

The process is very straight forward. Your implant is placed into the 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 the procedure?

Our office does not currently put patients to sleep, we do, however, provide both oral & IV conscious sedatives. To learn more about these options click here. This medicine will help relax you and typically makes it so you won't even remember the procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have a driver to and from for your procedure, because of 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?

Most of the bleeding will have stopped before you leave our clinic, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for one to three 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 small amount blood, it can look like a lot of blood. If heavy bleeding does not stop, please call our office.

A home remedy which still works really well to help clotting and stop bleeding is the use of 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 heal. Multiple tea bags can be used if needed. Replace the tea bags if they become saturated with blood. This process can be repeated as many times as you need.

 

Can I expect a lot of pain after the procedure?

Though your experience may vary some, most patients can expect some soreness and possibly swelling after your procedure. Many patients return the next day for their follow-up appointment reporting minimal pain. All patients are prescribed pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort.

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

Our practice does not currently offer this type of implant. While titanium dental implants have been around 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 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 offer zirconia implants at this time.

Can dental implants fail?

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

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

If your implant fails within the first year, your doctor 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. These dentures help control swelling and bleeding by acting like bandages over the extraction sites.

What process should I expect when getting immediate dentures?

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

  • Impressions are taken before the procedure with your natural teeth still present. From these impressions, the dentures are made.
  • 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 to get used to immediate dentures?

The experience is different for each patient, but it does require practice and patience. Your mouth will be going through quite a lot of changes over the 6 month healing period. Remember, this will 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 that way?

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 highly skilled lab team will make certain you won't end up with "horse teeth" or "chiclets," just beautiful, natural-looking teeth. No one will know.

How do dentures fit?

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

How do I chew with these new dentures?

Cut your food 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 this normal?

Yes, the palate of the complete 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. Your tongue and cheeks moving push and pull on the bottom 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 becoming loose?

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

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

New dentures often have certain spots that rub slightly and can cause sore spots. During a denture adjustment, we will find 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 can be expected.

Is there a charge for denture adjustments?

We provide denture adjustments at no charge for the first 6 months after delivery of your final teeth or permanent hard reline. After this period, there is a small fee to adjust the dentures.

How do I care for my dentures?

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

What do I use to clean the 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 a day
  • Soak them in a denture cleanser (optional)
  • Ultrasonic cleaner

Should I remove my dentures when I sleep?

Yes, we do recommend removing your dentures when you sleep and also whenever possible throughout the day. This gives your gums time to “rest” and get natural, cleansing saliva flow to them. Also, if you commonly grind your teeth, removing your dentures will help you increase their functional life significantly.

Should I boil the dentures to clean them?

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

Can my dentures be damaged?

Yes, your dentures are made from an acrylic base and acrylic teeth. Although these materials are very strong, they can be damaged. Be careful not to drop your dentures, especially onto hard surfaces like porcelain sinks, ceramic tiles, 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 love to chew on dentures and can often damage them beyond repair quite fast. Be extra careful to put your dentures up where your pet can’t get to them.

If my dentures get 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.

Can I expect pain after this procedure?

Though experiences will vary some, most patients can expect mild soreness and possible swelling after your procedure. Many patients come in the next day for their follow-up exam reporting minimal soreness. You will be prescribed pain medication to help alleviate 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 working to “flush” it out. The increased salivation should decrease within a few days.

Can I be put under for my procedure?

We do not currently use general anesthesia, we do, however, offer both oral & IV conscious sedation. Click here to learn more about the options. The medicine will help relax you and typically makes it so you don’t even remember the procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can fill it at your local pharmacy. NOTE: You MUST have someone driving you to and from for this procedure, 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?

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

What are the differences between denture levels?

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

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

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

Will I automatically know how to talk with my prosthetic 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 trickiest to pronounce. Practicing saying words like "sarcastic" and "stupendous" can help you get used to your new teeth. In a few cases, patients may experience a slight lisp long-term with dentures.

Can food get beneath my dentures(s)?

Yes, any prosthetic in the mouth can get some amount of food under it. The convenient thing about dentures is how easy it is to clean them. 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 my extractions?

Generally 4-7 days is enough time for recovery. That being said, since there is always the chance of swelling and bruising, and you’ll need to get used to speaking and eating with your dentures, the more time you can take off, the better.

What is a soft liner?

A soft liner is a cushion that is placed inside your denture throughout the 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 only for seniors. It’s actually very common for people in their 40s, 30s, and 20s to need their teeth replaced. Replacing bad teeth can be extremely beneficial to your overall physical health, and being able to smile, laugh, and converse confidently with teeth you can be of can benefit your psychological health.

What items should I have ready for after 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 which covers roof of the mouth) removed from the denture?

Most of the palate of the denture needs to stay. Cutting this out removes a great deal of stability and almost 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 the procedure?

Significant bleeding will stop before you leave the clinic, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for a few days after the procedure. In addition, you will most likely notice increased salivation when we first put your temporary teeth in. When this increased saliva mixes with a 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 really well to help clotting and reduce bleeding is the use of 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 clot. Multiple tea bags can be used if needed. Replace the tea bags if they get saturated with blood. This process can be repeated as many times as you need.

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

There are multiple 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 normal with new dentures and often only require simple adjustments
  • Movement of the denture(s) | this can rub sores on the gums gradually. Stabilizing your dentures with implants significantly reduces this problem.
  • Wearing dentures | dentures are foreign to your body. They are a fantastic substitution 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."

Can my dentures wobble?

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

Denture adhesive may also be beneficial for some patients.

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

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

Can I remove immediate dentures?

Yes, they 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 top denture for multiple reasons (palatal torus, flat palate, bone loss, etc.)

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