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, although your dental implants and new teeth are securely placed immediately, we kindly request that you stick to a softer diet during the four month healing period. What exactly do we mean? A good general rule is you can eat anything which you can cut with a plastic fork. We ask this because you are investing in something which can last you decades, even the rest of your life, and maintaining a softer diet during the healing period will allow the best union your implants into the bone and help provide a fantastic outcome long-term.

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

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

How do I take care of my dental implants?

Maintaining your new teeth is easy, but staying consistent is key. Similar to how we are supposed to routinely floss and brush natural teeth, you need do this with your new teeth and implants. Only few minutes a day is all it will take to keep your implants and mouth healthy. Regularly brushing your bridges with a soft tooth brush and cleaning under them with a water flosser (WaterPik is a very popular, well-known brand) a few times daily is all it takes.

Tobacco can escalate the risk of implant problems, so we do not recommend smoking with your dental implants. Diabetics should also be made aware of a heightened possibility of problems with dental implants. Keeping diabetes under control is very important for the long-term success of your new implants.

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

What will my new implant bridges feel like?

Your new implant bridges will bring a new sensation which will take a few days or sometimes a few weeks to get used to.

Can I expect excessive pain with this procedure?

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

Is there pain after this procedure?

Though experiences will vary, you should expect mild soreness and some swelling afterwards. Many patients come in the following day for their post op appointment reporting minimal soreness. All patients are prescribed medication for pain to help reduce any discomfort. Also, if you’re a candidate for it, the doctor will offer a steroid shot which will: help reduce swelling and pain for the first days of recovery.

What is the recovery time like with All-on-4 dental implants?

Experiences will vary from person to person, but, overall, the recovery time is shorter and easier with All-on-4 implants than other complete teeth replacement alternatives. This is mainly thanks to the bridges being attached directly to the bone by your implants. Conventional dentures and implant dentures both require adjustment periods during which time the dentures can move and lead to sore spots. The pain should subside for the most part within 1-2 weeks, with complete healing usually after six months.

What is the difference between Birmingham Dentures and Implants vs. another local practice offering a wide range 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 continually working to ensure our patients receive the best possible results. Many 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 finish the procedure while charging you up to double our price. Your doctor will perform the procedure from surgery to final teeth. We provide an on-site dental lab and certified lab technician, along with affordable and transparent pricing. By having all this under one roof, our team is able to deliver a premium service at an affordable price.

What is the difference between your practice and national implant practices?

Birmingham Dentures and Implants has the same advantages of the corporate dental implant practices by limiting our practice to dental prosthetics and implants. Our practice has an in-house lab, very competitive pricing, and same day teeth. The advantage is, we are privately owned, and each patient will be seen by our doctor. We focus on the happiness of our patients instead of monthly quotas, cost cutting, and shareholders. With national implant offices, there is no guarantee that you'll be treated by the same provider that has the great reviews or whom you were recommended to see. Our doctor oversees your complete procedure and the team will do everything to make sure you are happy with your 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 our All-On-4 "teeth-in-a-day " procedure. Please proceed with caution at any office recommending mini dental implants as a permanent implant solution. This method has a very high complication and failure rate.

Snap-in implant dentures, on the other hand, can be a wonderful option for some patients. We also provide this option and have a separate page dedicated to these 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 have my new teeth professionally cleaned?

Plan to (visit us every 6 months to have your implants checked and cleaned. Doing this will help ensure the longevity of your new implants and teeth.

Can implants fail?

While 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 bond to the bone
  • Tobacco use
  • Diabetes

If your implant fails within the first year, our doctor will replace it for free.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

Excess saliva 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. The increased salivation should subside within a few days.

Can I be put under for the procedure?

Our office does not currently put patients to sleep, we do, however, offer both IV and oral conscious sedation. Click here to learn more about the options. This 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 pick it up 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.

Are All-On-4 bridges always attached to the implants the day of the procedure?

In most cases these will be attached immediately. In certain cases, mostly dependent on your bone quality and volume, we will not be able to install your bridge(s) the same day and you'll need to wear an interim healing denture while your implants fuse to the bone. Our doctor will go over this thoroughly at your evaluation.

How long will I bleed after the procedure?

Substantial bleeding will have stopped before you leave the clinic, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for a few days after the procedure. In addition, you'll 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.

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

Just as you will 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 rigidly anchored to your jaw, All-On-4 dental implants will be the easiest to get used to of all the full-arch replacement options.

Will I automatically know how to speak 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 words like "sixty-six" and "sarcastic" will help you get used to your prosthetic teeth. In a few cases, patients may have a slight lisp long-term with All-On-4 upper teeth.

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

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

Am I too young for the dental implants?

No, this is not only 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 immensely beneficial to your overall health, and being able to speak, smile, and laugh 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 out
  • Comfortable clothes you wouldn't mind throwing out
  • Soft foods (see list above)

What will my final teeth be made from?

We make the final bridge from zirconia. Zirconia is a much stronger and more stain resistant material than conventional acrylic All-On-4 implants that other offices provide. If you choose a competing office, be certain you know what kind of material they will be using. If you do get acrylic denture teeth with a titanium bar with another office, expect to see staining surrounding the teeth and to have them replaced every five to ten years. Also, make sure you understand the total price you are going to pay for the surgery, temporary teeth, and final new teeth. Other providers will charge you a base fee only for you to find out you owe another $5,000-$15,000 for the final product.

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

The total cost for the single arch (upper or lower) is $19,900. For both upper and lower arches, the total cost will be $36,000. Both prices include the removal of any remaining teeth, placing the implants, same day fixed temporary teeth, and the fixed permanent zirconia teeth. Many offices often charge an operation fee, temporary fee, and then surprise you afterward with yet another fee for your new teeth. Our pricing is completely transparent, and we will not surprise you with any additional fees.

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

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

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

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

The majority of patients who have been told they are not candidates for dental implants are actually good candidates for the All-On-4 procedure. A combination of using angled implants and using the front of the jaw where the bone is denser allows us to complete this procedure for many patients that thought implants were not an option. We can typically perform the procedure without needing expensive grafting that delays treatment by months or years. Please come see us for a free implant exam to see if you are a candidate.

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

Yes! Completing all steps in the same day is our preferred way of doing this procedure with an ideal outcome. With the advanced 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 you had to do in the past.

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

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 limited select cases, the doctor will collaborate with another dental specialist to ensure that our patients get the best possible treatment for their specific situation.

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

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

Are there payment plans available?

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

Click here for financing options.

Do you provide 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 to the office every 6 months for maintenance and hygiene of their bridges and implants. The warranty does not apply to patients that continue to use nicotine products or have uncontrolled diabetes or develop other uncontrolled systemic conditions that compromise their implants.

How long will the 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 start in the morning, for a single upper or lower arch, patients are usually finished by lunch time. If we are replacing both upper and lower teeth, we typically finish closer to 2:30 to 3:30 in the afternoon. Much of this time is waiting for your teeth to be produced in our lab and trying them in to ensure your smile is just right. It is a long day, but will definitely be worth it in the end!

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

Our team does everything in our power to ensure you love your new smile. The teeth you receive the same 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 out of town practices in Florida, Las Vegas, etc. advertising same day final teeth?

While this can be a good fit for some patients, in the rare case of complications or teeth breaking, it is very difficult to fix if you traveled thousands of miles away or out of the country. Most local offices 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 the way you want them to look. While it’s exciting to get your final teeth immediately, it can come with several serious drawbacks that cannot be overlooked.

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

No, these are firmly attached to your dental implants, which are firmly anchored to your jaw. If your new teeth begin moving for any reason, call our office so we can schedule an exam.

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

The procedure 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 are often major changes to your mouth during the healing and implant integration phase, it is best to start with a transitional set of teeth. This ensures the best long-term outcome with your permanent teeth.

Can my temporary teeth get damaged?

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

Can the final teeth be damaged?

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

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

Unfortunately, no. Since your existing implants will not be the correct position required by this procedure, and since 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 these yourself. Only the dentist is able to remove them. Prosthetic teeth are secured to your implants.

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

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

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

Of all the full arch replacement options, All-On-4 often has the shortest time required to recover. Typically 4-7 days is sufficient. That being said, since there is always the chance of bruising and swelling, and you will need to become accustomed 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 requires at least 4 dental implants. A lower implant denture will need at least 2 dental implants. The more dental implants you have, the more secure the denture will typically be. This is particularly true with the lower denture. Three or four 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’ve had dentures for quite a while, can I still get implants?

In most cases, yes! Our team will just need to see you for a free exam, during which we will perform a 3D CBCT scan of your mouth to see if you have enough bone for dental implants.

Will I get to use my 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 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 there be pain after the procedure?

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

Can general anesthesia be used for the procedure?

Our office does not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer both oral & IV conscious sedation. To learn more about these options click here. The medication will help to relax you and usually makes it so you do not even remember your procedure. For 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 after you have taken the oral sedation medication. 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 the denture?

It depends. Ideally, we would need to spread out the dental implants to be able 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, but that isn't always an option with snap-in dentures.

When we are able to remove the palate, this increases the sense of taste for many patients, and 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 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, usually 4-6 months after placement of your implants.

How frequently will the implant inserts require changing?

Usually once or twice each year. This often depends upon how many implants you have, how strong your bite is, how many times you take your dentures in and out, and several other factors.

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

What is alveoloplasty? Why is it important?

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

What are tori? Do they need to be removed?

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

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

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

How long will I bleed after the procedure?

Most of the bleeding will have stopped before you leave the clinic, however, expect to have a bit of 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 little blood, it can look like much more. If heavy bleeding continues, 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 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 become saturated with blood. The process can be repeated as many times as needed.

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

Our practice does not currently offer this type of implant. While titanium 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 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 food get lodged beneath my implant denture(s)?

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

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

Every 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 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 just a procedure for the elderly. It’s actually very common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need teeth replacement. Replacing bad teeth can be very helpful for your overall physical health. Also, having teeth which allow you to have a confident smile, laugh, and converse can be extremely beneficial for your psychological 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 implant teeth attached, will I know how to use them right away?

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

Will I be able to speak with my replacement teeth immediately?

Again, this will 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 may have a slight long-term lisp with implant dentures.

Will my dentures still rock?

Some people might experience very slight rocking with their dentures. For patients with two 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 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 very convenient. Simply take them out; clean the denture(s), the gums, and implants; then snap them back in.

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 replace 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 your implants cleaned periodically. All buildup on your implants will be removed and the dentures will be cleaned.
  • Periodic re-fittings | Your mouth will still change over time, so the dentures will need to be re-fitted to ensure their best performance and make sure that unnecessary stress isn’t being put on your implants.
  • Home maintenance | This only takes a few minutes a day. Take your dentures out 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

Do I need a dental implant for each of my missing teeth?

It depends. Since every case is unique, we'll need to see you for an exam to figure out the best course of treatment for you.

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

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

How much do dental implants cost?

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Most patients are candidates for dental implants, even those who have 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)?

Take care of them like natural teeth:

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

What do prosthetic teeth look like?

In the mouth, they look almost exactly like a natural tooth. The implant body (the screw) won't be visible in your mouth. It is under the gums in the bone.

Will it function and feel like a natural tooth?

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

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

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

What is the process to get an implant?

Our process is very straight forward. Your implant is placed in the jawbone and is left alone to fuse for 4-6 months. After this, 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 the procedure?

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

How long can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

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

An old home remedy that still works really well to encourage clotting and reduce bleeding is to use 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.

Can I expect a lot of pain after the surgery?

While experiences will vary, you can expect mild soreness and some swelling after your procedure. Many patients come in the following day for their follow-up appointment reporting minimal soreness. You will be prescribed pain medication to help reduce any discomfort.

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

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

Can dental implants fail?

While 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 integrate into the bone
  • Tobacco use
  • Diabetes

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

What are immediate dentures?

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

What is the process of getting immediate dentures?

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

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

This experience will be different from patient to patient, but it does require patience and practice. 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 throughout the process.

Some 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 immediately know they're dentures. Our highly skilled lab team will make sure you won't end up with "horse teeth" or "chiclets," simply beautiful, natural-looking teeth. No one will know.

How will dentures fit?

The fit of dentures mostly depends on the anatomy of the one wearing them. Full top dentures often fit rather well, acting as a suction cup against the roof of the mouth. Full lower 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 bottom dentures.

How do I chew with the new dentures?

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

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

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

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

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

My dentures feel like they’re getting loose?

This is common with immediate dentures. Your jaws and gums will shrink down after extractions. This leaves space between the gums and dentures. 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 are they needed?

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

Is there a charge for denture adjustments?

Our office provides denture adjustments at no charge for the first 6 months after receiving your final teeth or permanent hard reline. After this time, there is a small fee to adjust the dentures.

How do I take care of my dentures?

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

What do I use to clean my 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 take my dentures out before bed?

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

Can I boil the dentures to clean them?

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

Can my dentures be damaged?

Yes, the dentures are made from an acrylic base and acrylic teeth. While these materials are very strong, they can become damaged. Be careful to not drop your dentures, especially onto hard surfaces like quartz countertops, 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 enjoy chewing on dentures and can often damage them irreparably very quickly. Be extra careful to put your dentures up where your pet can’t reach them.

If the dentures get damaged, can they be repaired?

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

Can I expect pain after the procedure?

While experiences will vary, you can expect some soreness and possible swelling after your procedure. Many patients return the next day for their follow-up appointment reporting minimal discomfort. You will be prescribed pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

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

Can I be put under for my procedure?

Our office does not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do provide both oral & IV conscious sedation. To learn more about your options click here. The medication will help to relax you and often makes it so you don’t remember the procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your local pharmacy. NOTE: You MUST have someone driving you 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.

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 a complete 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 move up in levels.

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

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

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

Again, this will take a little 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” can help you get used to your new teeth. In some cases, patients may experience a small 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 put them back in.

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

Typically 4-7 days is enough time for recovery. With that said, since there is always a chance of bruising and swelling, and you will need to become accustomed to eating and speaking 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 through the healing process. It fills in the spaces that are created as you heal helping your dentures to feel and fit better.

Am I 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 very beneficial to your long-term physical health, and being able to laugh, converse, and smile confidently with teeth you’re proud of can benefit your emotional health.

What items should I have ready for after my procedure?

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

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

Most of the palate of the denture needs to stay. Removing this also removes a lot 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.

How long can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

Substantial bleeding will have stopped before you leave our office, however, you can expect to have some bleeding (oozing) for a few days after the procedure. In addition, 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 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 the extraction site (or sites), and the tea will help you heal. Multiple tea bags can be used if needed. Replace the tea bags if they become saturated with blood. This process can be repeated as many times as you need.

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

There are several things which can lead to sore gums: high 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 just require slight adjustments
  • Movement of the denture(s) | this can rub sores on the gums over time. Securing your dentures with dental implants significantly reduces this issue.
  • Wearing dentures | dentures are foreign objects in the body. They are a fantastic substitution for missing teeth, but they can still irritate your mouth after a long day. Consider planning time to remove your dentures and give your gum tissue a chance to "rest."

Can my dentures wobble?

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

Denture adhesive may also be useful for some patients.

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

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

Are immediate dentures removable?

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

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