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 from day one?

Yes! However, although your dental implants and new teeth are securely placed from day one, we do ask that you stick to a softer diet during the four month healing period. So what do we mean? A general rule of thumb is that you can eat any food you can cut with a plastic fork. The reason for this is that you're investing in a treatment which can last for many decades, perhaps even the rest of your life, and maintaining this soft diet initially will allow for the best integration of your implants into your bone and help provide a great long-term outcome.

For how long has this procedure been available?

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

How do I take care of my new teeth?

Taking care of your teeth is very easy, however staying consistent is key. Similar to how we’re supposed to regularly brush and floss natural teeth, you should do the same with the new teeth and implants. Only few minutes daily is all it will take to keep your dental implants 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 a day is all that's required.

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

Other than that, regularly follow through with your doctor consistently during the year for quick examinations of your new implant teeth.

What do the new implant teeth feel like?

Your new implant bridges will be a new sensation and will take a few days or sometimes several weeks to adjust to.

Is there a lot of pain with the procedure?

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

Is there pain after this procedure?

While experiences will vary, most patients should expect some discomfort and possible swelling after your procedure. Many patients return the next day for their follow-up exam reporting very little pain. All patients are prescribed pain medication to help reduce any discomfort. Also, if you are a candidate for it, the doctor will provide a steroid injection which will: help reduce discomfort and swelling for the first days of recovery.

What recovery time can I expect with All-on-4 dental implants?

This will vary from person to person, but, overall, the recovery period is shorter and easier with this procedure compared to other full arch or full mouth restoration options. This is mainly thanks to the bridges being attached directly to the bone by your implants. Traditional dentures and implant dentures both require healing periods during which time the dentures are able to move and cause sore spots. Generally, pain should decline mostly within 1-2 weeks, with complete healing usually after six months.

What is the difference between Morgantown Dentures and Implants vs. a general local practice that has a wide range of dental services?

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

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

Morgantown Dentures and Implants has the same advantages of the corporate dental implant offices by focusing our practice on dental implants and prosthetics. We have an in-house dental lab, competitive pricing, and offer teeth the same day. The advantage is, we are privately owned, and each and every patient will be seen exclusively by our doctor. We focus on the happiness of our patients instead of shareholders, sales quotas, and cost cutting. At corporate dental implant centers, there is no guarantee that you will be seen by the same provider who has the great online 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 teeth and treat 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 failure and complication rate.

Snap-in implant dentures, on the other hand, can be a great option for some people. We also provide this service and have a separate page dedicated to snap-in dentures if you want to learn more. These may be a more budget-friendly alternative to the All-On-4 "teeth-in-a-day" dental implant procedure.

How frequently should I get my new teeth cleaned professionally?

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

Can dental implants fail?

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

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

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

Can I be put under for my procedure?

We do not currently use general anesthesia, however, we do offer both IV and oral conscious sedation. Click here to learn more about the options. 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 someone driving you both ways for your 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 same day as the procedure?

In most cases these will be attached immediately. In certain situations, mostly dependent on the quality of your bone and volume, we would not be able to install your bridge(s) the same day and you'll need to wear a temporary healing denture while your implants fuse to the bone. Our doctor will review this thoroughly at your examination.

How long can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

Substantial bleeding will stop before you leave our office, however, you can expect to have slight bleeding (oozing) for a few days after the procedure. Additionally, you will most likely notice increased salivation when we first place your temporary teeth. When this increased saliva mixes with a little blood, it can look like more blood than it is. If you experience heavy bleeding, please call our office.

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

Just like you would need practice in order to get used to functioning with a prosthetic leg, it will need some patience and practice to get used to your prosthetic teeth. All that being said, since these are rigidly anchored to your jaw, All-On-4 dental implants will be the easiest to get used to of all the full-arch restoration options.

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

Again, this will take some time, but with a little patience and practice, your mouth and tongue will quickly adjust. "S’s" will be the toughest to pronounce. Practicing saying words like “Mississippi” and “sixty-six” will help you get accustomed to your new teeth. In some cases, patients may experience a slight lisp long-term with All-On-4 upper teeth.

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

Patients should wait 6 weeks after the procedure before you begin cleaning with your water flosser.

Am I too young for the dental implants?

No, this is not only for the elderly. It’s actually quite common for people in their 40s, 30s, and 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be quite beneficial to your overall physical health, and having the ability to smile, laugh, and converse confidently with teeth you can be of can benefit your psychological health.

What items should I have ready for after my procedure?

  • Ice packs

  • Wash cloths you wouldn't mind throwing out

     

  • Comfortable clothes you wouldn't mind throwing out

     

  • Soft foods (see list above)

What will my new teeth be made from?

We make the final bridge out of zirconia. Zirconia is a much stronger and more stain resistant material than conventional acrylic All-On-4 implants that other dentists use. If you choose a competing office, be certain you know what kind of material they will be using. If you do decide on acrylic denture teeth with a titanium bar with a different office, you can expect to see staining around the teeth and to replace them every 5-10 years. Also, make sure you understand the total price you are going to pay for the operation, temporaries, and final new teeth. Many practices may charge you a base fee only for you to find you 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 $19,900. For both arches, the total cost will be $39,000. Both prices include the removal of any remaining teeth, placing your implants, same day fixed temporary teeth, and the fixed permanent zirconia teeth. Other providers may charge an operation fee, temporary fee, and then surprise you at the end with another fee for your final teeth. Our pricing is fully transparent, and we will not surprise you with any additional costs.

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

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

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

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

The majority of patients who have been told they are not candidates for dental implants are actually great candidates for the "Teeth in a Day" procedure. The combination of utilizing angled implants and using the front of the jaw bone where the bone is more dense allows us to perform the procedure for many patients that thought implants were not an option for them. 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 dental exam to see if you are a candidate.

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

Yes! This is our preferred way of performing this procedure to support an ideal outcome. With the leading implants and materials available today, there is usually no reason to have to wait months or even years to go through the process like you had to do in the past.

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

No, the doctor is a general dentist that 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 we provide the All-On-4, "Teeth in a Day" dental implant procedure for so much less than other local offices?

By performing a high number of these procedures and limiting our practice exclusively these procedures, we have advantages that other offices do not have. We have our in-house lab and lab technician along with a single dentist who performs the entire procedure. Because of these efficiencies, we are able to offer All-on-4 "Teeth in a Day" procedures for our patients at the most competitive pricing available. Not only do we have the lowest prices, we also use only the finest dental implants and materials.

Are there payment plans available?

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

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Does your practice provide warranties or guarantees?

If a dental implant fails to integrate we will replace it at no cost. Our office warranties the final dental bridge for 5 years. To keep this warranty, patients must return every 6 months for maintenance and hygiene 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 which compromise their implants.

How long does the procedure take?

Usually the surgery takes about 1 hour per arch. Then, the lab portion of making your teeth takes another 2 hours. If we begin in the morning, for a single upper or lower arch, patients are often done by lunch time. If we are replacing both upper and lower teeth, we typically finish around 2:30 to 3:30 in the afternoon. Most of this time is waiting for your teeth to be made in our lab and trying them in to ensure 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?

We do everything in our power to ensure you're thrilled with your new teeth. The teeth you get the same day of surgery are only a temporary/transitional set. When our lab fabricates your final teeth, you will have complete control of the design and appearance of them.

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

While this is a good fit for many patients, in the rare case of complications or broken teeth, it is very difficult to repair if you traveled thousands of miles away or out of the country. Most local dentists will not be willing to repair another dentist's work. A major advantage of having a transitional set of fixed teeth on the day of your procedure is that you get to test them out and discover what you like/don’t like. For the final zirconia or nano-ceramic teeth, we can do 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, doing this does come with several serious drawbacks that cannot be overlooked.

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

No, they are rigidly attached to your implants, which are rigidly 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 won’t receive my final teeth until 4-6 months after the surgery?

It is referred to as "teeth in a day" because you will receive a set of implant-supported functional prosthetic temporary teeth the same day. As there can often significant changes in your mouth during the healing and implant integration phase, it is best to begin with a temporary 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 crack, chip, and sometimes break. This is quite 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 permanent teeth get damaged?

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

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

Unfortunately, not. As your existing implants will not be the correct position required by this procedure, and since bone reduction will be necessary, 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 implants.

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

Yes, any dental prosthetic will 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 much time should I take off work to recover after my procedure?

Of all complete teeth replacement options, All-On-4 often has the shortest time required before returning to work. Generally 4-7 days is enough. With that said, as there is always a chance of swelling and bruising, and you’ll need to become accustomed to eating and speaking with your new teeth, the longer you can take off, the better.

How many implants are needed?

An upper implant denture requires at least 4 dental implants. A lower implant denture will require at least 2 dental implants. The more dental implants you have, the more stable your denture will generally be. This is particularly true for the lower denture. 3 or 4 implants in the lower is generally much better than two.

How much do implant dentures cost?

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

I have had dentures for quite a while, am I still eligible for implants?

In most cases, yes! Our doctor will simply need to see you for a free exam, during which we will perform a 3D CBCT scan of your jaw 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?

No, we need to allow enough time for your implants to integrate with your bone. This is what makes your 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 dental implants.

Will there be pain after the implants are placed?

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

Can general anesthesia be used for the procedure?

Our practice does not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer both IV and oral conscious sedation. To learn more about these options click here. This medication will help to relax you and often makes it so you do not even remember the procedure. If you choose this, we will write a prescription, and you can pick it up at your local pharmacy. NOTE: A driver is REQUIRED for this procedure, someone who can drive you after you have taken the oral sedation pill(s). You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking 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 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 the dental implants out 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, however that's not 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 hot and cold sensitivity, creating a more natural experience. For those patients with a severe gag reflex, removing the palate of the denture may also help provide relief.

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

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

How frequently will the implant inserts require changing?

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

WARNING: PLEASE DO NOT BITE YOUR DENTURES INTO PLACE ON YOUR IMPLANTS! This will wear out your inserts significantly faster. Only place your implant dentures in by hand.

What is alveoloplasty? Why is it important?

Alveoplasty is a procedure where the doctor contours your jawbone. This procedure is important because it can significantly improve the fit and comfort of your dentures.

What are tori? Do they need to be removed?

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

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

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

How long will I bleed after the procedure?

Most of the bleeding will have ceased before you leave our 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 the 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, dampen it, squeeze out the excess water, place it on your extraction site (or sites), and the bags will help you clot. Multiple tea bags can be used if needed. Replace the tea bags if they become saturated with blood. The process can be repeated as many times as needed.

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

We do not currently offer 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 viability will be long-term. We want the most successful, most predictable long-term results for our patients, and for these reasons, we do not use zirconia implants at this time.

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

Yes, any oral prosthetic will get some amount of food beneath it. The wonderful thing about implant dentures is how easy they are 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 for recovery after the procedure?

Each patient is different. Some return to work the following day, others wait up to two weeks. Since there is always a chance of swelling and bruising, and you will need to get used to eating and speaking 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 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 hugely helpful for your general physical health. Also, having teeth that allow you to confidently smile, laugh, and converse can be extremely helpful for your emotional health. Again, needing to replace teeth early 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 immediately?

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

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

This will also take some time, but with some patience and practice, your tongue and mouth will quickly adjust. S’s will be the most difficult to pronounce. Practicing words like “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 move?

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

Are implant dentures removable?

Yes. Having removable implant dentures makes cleaning them extremely easy. Just take them out; clean the denture(s), the 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 | Occasionally 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 changed out.
  • Cleanings | Just like with natural teeth, you’ll need to have the implants cleaned periodically. Any buildup on your implants will be removed and your dentures will be cleaned.
  • Periodic re-fittings | Your mouth will still change over time, so your 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 each day and brush them with a denture brush or very soft bristled toothbrush. Also, remember to clean the implants. Scrub these with a very soft dental brush too.

Single Tooth

Implants & Bridges

Will 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 an exam to determine the appropriate treatment for you.

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

Unfortunately not at this time, we do not place temporary bridges or crowns 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 previously. Call us to schedule your free exam and let's see what we can do to get you smiling again.

What kind of after care will my dental implant(s) need?

Take care of them like natural teeth:

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

What do implant teeth look like?

In the mouth, they look almost exactly like a natural tooth. The implant body (the screw) will not 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?

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

What is the process to get a dental implant?

Our process is very straight forward. Your implant is placed in the jawbone and is left alone to integrate for 4-6 months. Afterward, we take impressions and have the replacement tooth fabricated. If bone grafting is required, this can increase treatment time.

Is my implant removable?

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

Can I be put to sleep for my procedure?

We do not currently use general anesthesia, however, we do provide both oral & IV conscious sedation. To learn more about these options click here. The medicine will help to relax you and typically makes it so you won't remember the procedure. For this, the doctor writes you a prescription, and you can fill it at your local pharmacy. NOTE: You MUST have someone driving you both ways for this 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 our office, however, expect to have a bit of bleeding (oozing) for one to three days after the procedure. In addition, you might notice increased salivation when we first put your denture(s) in. When this increased saliva mixes with a little blood, it can look like a lot of blood. If heavy bleeding does not stop, please call the office.

A home remedy which still works really well to encourage clotting and stop bleeding is to use tea bags. Just get a standard tea bag, get it damp, squeeze out the excess water, place it on your extraction site (or sites), and the tea will help you clot. Multiple tea bags can be used if needed. Replace the tea bags if they become saturated with blood. This process can be repeated as many times as you need.

Will there be a lot of pain after the procedure?

While your experience may vary some, most patients should expect some soreness and possibly swelling after your procedure. Many patients come in the next day for their follow-up appointment reporting minimal discomfort. You will be prescribed medication for pain 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 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 viability will be long-term. We want the most successful, most predictable long-term results for our patients, and for these reasons, we do not use zirconia implants at this time.

Can dental implants fail?

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

  • Failure to bond to the bone
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes

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

What are immediate dentures?

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

What process can I expect when getting immediate dentures?

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

  • Impressions are taken prior to your procedure with your natural teeth still present. From these impressions, your dentures are made.
  • Procedure – your teeth are removed and the new teeth are placed.
  • Series of soft liners (soft re-fittings) over 6 month healing period.
  • Final re-fit (processed hard reline) at end of 6 month healing period.

What is it like getting used to these dentures?

The experience will be 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, it does get easier with time and we will be here for you through the entire process.

My friend's dentures look so 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 know they're 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?

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

How will I chew with these new dentures?

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

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

Yes, the palate of a full upper denture covers the taste buds on the roof of the mouth reducing the 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 top dentures. Your tongue and cheeks moving push and pull on the bottom denture and dislodge it. Speak with your doctor to see if you’re a candidate for lower implants. They can help tremendously with lower denture fit and function.

My dentures feel like they’re becoming loose?

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

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

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

Will I be charged for denture adjustments?

Our office provides denture adjustments 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 care for my dentures?

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

What do I use to clean the dentures?

  • Either denture cleaner or antibacterial hand soap 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 when I sleep?

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

Can I boil the dentures to clean them?

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

Can the dentures be damaged?

Yes, the dentures are made from acrylic teeth and an acrylic base. While these materials are quite 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 common ways dentures can be damaged beyond repair is when a dog (or sometimes cat) gets ahold of them. Animals and pets enjoy chewing on dentures and can often damage them irreparably very quickly. Be extra careful to put them up where your pet can’t get to them.

 

If my dentures get damaged, are they repairable?

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

Can I expect pain after this procedure?

While experiences will vary, you can expect some soreness and possibly swelling afterwards. Many patients come in the following day for their follow-up examination reporting very little discomfort. All patients are prescribed medication for pain to help alleviate any discomfort.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

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

Can I be put to sleep for my procedure?

We do not currently use general anesthesia, we do, however, offer both oral & IV conscious sedatives. To learn more about your options click here. This medicine will help to relax you and typically makes it so you won'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 your procedure, due to the oral sedation pill(s). You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.

What are full dentures?

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

What are partial dentures?

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

What advantages can I expect from dentures?

  • 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 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 in your denture levels?

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

Will I know how to eat with my dentures right away?

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

Will I automatically know how to speak 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 trickiest to pronounce. Practicing saying words like "stupendous" and "Mississippi" will help you get accustomed to your new teeth. In some cases, patients may have a slight lisp long-term with dentures.

Can food get under my dentures(s)?

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

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

Typically 4-7 days is sufficient time for recovery. With that said, since there is always a chance of swelling and bruising, and you will need to get used to eating and speaking with your dentures, the more time you can take off, the better.

What are soft liners?

A soft liner is a cushion that is placed in your denture throughout the healing process. It fills in the spaces which 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 senior citizens. 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 extremely beneficial to your overall health, and having the ability 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 that covers roof of your mouth) removed from my denture?

The majority of the palate of the denture needs to stay. Removing this also removes a great deal of stability and nearly all of your natural suction. A portion of the palate may be removed for patients who have denture implants.

What are tori? Do they need to be removed?

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

How long can I expect to bleed after surgery?

Significant bleeding will have stopped before you leave our office, however, expect to have slight 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 increased saliva mixes with a small amount of blood, it can look like more blood than it is. If you experience heavy bleeding, please call the office.

A classic home remedy which still works really well to encourage clotting and stop bleeding is the use of tea bags. Get a standard tea bag, get it damp, squeeze out the excess water, place it on your 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 needed.

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

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

  • High pressure spots | these are common with new dentures and often just require simple adjustments
  • Denture movement | this can rub sores on the gums gradually. Securing your dentures with dental implants can greatly reduce this problem.
  • Wearing dentures | dentures are foreign to the body. They can be a fantastic replacement for missing teeth, but they can still irritate the body after a long day. Consider scheduling time to take your dentures out and give your gums a chance to "rest."

Will my dentures rock?

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

Denture adhesive may also be helpful for some patients.

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

Dental implants often give the security you want. Click here for more info.

Are immediate dentures removable?

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

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