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 implants and teeth are firmly placed immediately, we kindly ask that you keep up a softer diet during the four month healing timeframe. What exactly do we mean? A general rule of thumb is you can eat any food which you can cut with the side of a plastic fork. We ask this because you are investing in something which could last you several decades, possibly the rest of your life, and keeping to a soft food diet initially will allow for the best union your implants into your bone and help ensure the best long-term outcome.

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

This transformative solution was developed by Portuguese dentist Paolo Malo in the 1990s. Since that time, it has been safely performed on hundreds of thousands of patients and has been improved upon to what we use today.

How do I care for my All-On-4 teeth?

Caring for your implants is very easy, but staying consistent is key. Just like how we are meant to regularly brush and floss natural teeth, you need do this with the All-On-4 implants and teeth. Only few minutes a day is all it will take to keep your mouth and implants healthy. Brushing your bridges with a soft 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 it will take.

Cigarette smoking can increase the possibility of implant complications, so we do not recommend smoking with your dental implants. Patients with diabetes should also be aware of an increased risk for complications 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 during the year for quick examinations of your new implant teeth.

What will my new implant teeth feel like?

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

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

Although there will be 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 our patients as comfortable as we can.

Is there pain after the procedure?

Though your experience may vary some, you can expect mild soreness and possible swelling after your procedure. Many patients come in the following day for their post op examination reporting very little pain. You will be prescribed pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort. Also, if you are a good candidate for it, your doctor will provide a steroid shot which will: help with pain and swelling for the first few days.

What is the recovery time like for this procedure?

This will vary from person to person, but, most often, the recovery time is faster and easier with this procedure than other complete teeth replacement options. This is mostly thanks to the bridges being attached directly to the bone by your implants. Traditional dentures and implant dentures both require adjustment periods during which time the dentures can shift and lead to sore spots. Generally, pain should subside mostly within 1-2 weeks, with full healing usually after six months.

What is the difference between Boise Dentures and Implants and a traditional local office that has a wide range of dental services?

Our practice is limited to dental implants and prosthetics. Dental implants, and specifically "teeth-in-a-day," are our passion, and our team is continually working to ensure our patients get the best results possible. Many offices will refer you to multiple providers, use outside labs, and have inconsistent pricing. They will take several months or even years to finish your procedure all the while charging you up to double our price. Your doctor performs your procedure from surgery to final teeth. We have an in-house dental lab and expert lab technician, to provide transparent and affordable pricing. By offering all these services at one location, our office is able to deliver a premium service at an affordable price.

What is the difference between Boise Dentures and Implants and national dental implant practices?

At Boise Dentures and Implants, we have the same advantages of the corporate dental implant offices by focusing our practice on dental prosthetics and implants. Our office has an in-house lab, competitive pricing, and offer teeth the same day. The advantage is, our office is privately owned, and each patient will be seen exclusively by our doctor. We focus on the happiness of our patients instead of monthly quotas, cost cutting, and shareholders. With corporate dental implant centers, there is no guarantee that you will be seen by the same provider that has the great reviews or whom your friend recommended you to see. Our doctor oversees your procedure from beginning to end and the team will do everything we can to make sure you are thrilled with your new teeth and treat you like family.

What about mini dental implants? Or snap in dentures?

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. They have a very high complication and failure rate.

Snap-in implant dentures, on the other hand, are a fantastic option for some people. We also provide this option and have a separate page dedicated to snap-in dentures if you would like to learn more. These can 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 implants checked and cleaned. This will help ensure the longevity of your new implants and teeth.

Can implants fail?

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

  • Failure to bond to the bone
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes

If an implant fails during the first year, our doctor 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 a foreign object and is working to “flush” it out. This increased salivation should decrease within 2-3 days.

Can I be put to sleep for my procedure?

Our office does not currently use general anesthesia, we do, however, offer both IV and oral conscious sedatives. To learn more about these options click here. The medicine will help relax you and often makes it so you don’t even remember your 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 both ways for your procedure, because of the sedation medication. You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.

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

In most cases these will be attached straightaway. In certain situations, mainly dependent on your bone quality and quantity, we would be unable to install your dental bridge(s) the same day and you will need to wear a temporary healing denture while your new implants fuse to the bone. Our doctor will go over this thoroughly during your exam.

How long can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

Significant bleeding will have stopped before you leave the clinic, however, you can expect to have some bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 days after your procedure. Additionally, you'll most likely have increased salivation when we first put your temporary teeth in. 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.

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

Just like you will need practice to get used to walking with a prosthetic leg, it will need some patience and practice to get used to your prosthetic teeth. With that being said, since they are rigidly attached to your jaw, All-On-4 teeth will be the easiest to get used to of all our full-arch implant options.

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

Again, this will take some time, but with a little patience and practice, your tongue and mouth will quickly adjust. "S’s" will be the toughest to pronounce. Practicing words like "sarcastic" and "stupendous" will help you get used to your prosthetic teeth. In some cases, patients may have a small 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 wait six weeks after the procedure before you begin cleaning with a water flosser.

Am I too young for this procedure?

No, this is not just a procedure for senior citizens. It’s actually quite common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be immensely beneficial to your long-term health, and being able to speak, smile, and laugh confidently with teeth you can be of can benefit your emotional health.

What should I have ready for after the procedure?

  • Ice packs

  • Wash cloths you wouldn't mind throwing out

  • Comfortable clothes you wouldn't mind throwing away

  • Soft foods (see list above)

What will my new teeth be made of?

The final bridge is made from zirconia. Zirconia is a much stronger and more stain resistant material than traditional acrylic All-On-4 teeth that other dentists use. If you select a competing provider, be certain you know what kind of material they will be using. If you do decide on acrylic prosthetic teeth with a titanium bar at another office, you can expect to see staining surrounding the teeth and to replace them every 5-10 years. Also, be certain you know how much you are going to pay for the operation, temporaries, and final prosthetics. Many offices will charge you a base fee only for you to find out you owe an extra five to fifteen thousand dollars for your new teeth.

How much does the All-On-4, "Teeth in a Day" procedure cost?

The total cost for the single arch (upper or lower) is $19,900. For both upper and lower arches, the total cost is $39,000. Both prices include removing any remaining teeth, placing the implants, same day fixed temporary teeth, and the fixed permanent zirconia teeth. Many providers may charge an operation fee, temporary teeth fee, and then surprise you afterward with another fee for your permanent teeth. Our pricing is fully transparent, and we will not surprise you with any extra costs.

How can I get permanent teeth in just one day? I thought the implants needed to heal?

The unique thing about this procedure, and what lets us attach to your metal implants immediately, is that all of your implants will be rigidly splinted together by your new teeth (the implant bridge). Splinting them together prevents the micro-movement of the dental implants that can lead to early failure. Basically, your implants and dental bridge support one another.

Your dental implants are made from titanium, the same metal used in replacement knee and hip joints, so your bone will naturally grow around and attach to them over time.

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

The majority of patients who have been told they aren't candidates for other dental implants are actually good candidates for our "Teeth in a Day" procedure. A combination of utilizing angled implants and using the front of the jaw where the bone is more dense allows us to perform this procedure for many patients that thought it was not an option. We can usually perform the procedure without the need for expensive grafting which delays treatment by months or even years. Please come see us for a free consultation to see if you're a candidate.

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

Yes! This is our preferred method of doing this procedure to support an ideal final result. With the advanced implants and materials that we have available today, there is typically no reason to have to wait months or even years to go through the process like patients experienced in the past.

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

No, our doctor is a general dentist that limits their practice to dental implantology and prosthetics. Dental implantology is their passion, and they have more experience placing dental implants than most specialists and other general dentists. In limited select cases, the doctor will collaborate with other dental specialists to ensure that their patients receive the best possible treatment for their situation.

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

Because of the high number of these procedures we perform and limiting our practice exclusively these procedures, we have advantages that other practices simply do not. Our office has in-house lab and lab technician and a single dentist that performs the entire procedure. These efficiencies allows us to offer All-on-4 "Teeth in a Day" procedures for our patients at the most competitive pricing available. Not only do we have the lowest prices, we also use the best quality dental implants and materials.

Are there payment plans available?

Yes. We offer multiple 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.

Does your practice provide guarantees or warranties?

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

How long does the procedure take?

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

We do everything possible to ensure you're thrilled with your new teeth. The teeth you get the day of surgery 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 offices in Florida, Las Vegas, etc. advertising same day final teeth?

While this is a good fit for some patients, if there are complications or teeth breaking, it can be 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 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 offer 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, doing this does come with some significant downsides that cannot be overlooked.

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

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

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

It is referred to as "teeth in a day" because you will receive a set of implant-supported functional prosthetic temporary teeth in one day. As there can often significant changes to your mouth during the healing and implant integration phase, it is best to start with a transitional set of teeth. This helps ensure the best long-term outcome with your permanent teeth.

Can the temporary teeth get damaged?

Yes, the temporary teeth are made of acrylic and can crack, chip, and sometimes break. This can be very 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 my final teeth be damaged?

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

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

Unfortunately, not. Since your existing implants will not be the correct position that this procedure requires, 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 can get some amount of food under it. You can rinse with water to remove food 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 complete teeth replacement options, All-On-4 tends to have the shortest time required before returning to work. Typically 4-7 days is sufficient. With that said, since there is always the chance of bruising and swelling, and you will need to become accustomed to eating and speaking with your new teeth, the more time you can take off, the better.

How many implants will I need?

An upper implant denture requires at least 4 dental implants. A lower implant denture requires at least 2 implants. The more implants you have, the more stable the denture will typically be. This is especially true with the lower denture. 3 or 4 implants in the lower is usually much better than 2.

How much do implant dentures cost?

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

I’ve had dentures for a long time, can I still get implants?

In most cases, yes! Our doctor will just 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 be able to use my implants (snap my dentures on to them) the same day they’re placed?

Unfortunately no, we need to allow time for your implants to integrate with the 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 implants.

Will there be pain after the implants are placed?

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

Can I be put to sleep for my procedure?

We do 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. For this, we write you a prescription, which you can pick it up at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have a driver for the procedure, someone who can drive you once you have taken your oral sedation medication. You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.

Are implant dentures really secure?

Yes! They are much more secure than dentures alone, and we are able to increase the retention with even stronger inserts if you would like.

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

It depends. Ideally, we would need to spread the dental implants out 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, 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 also increases temperature sensitivity, making for a more natural experience. For those patients with a strong gag reflex, removing the palate of the denture may also help provide relief.

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

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

How frequently will the implant inserts require changing?

Usually once or twice each year. This will depend upon the number of implants you have, how strong your bite is, how many times you take your dentures in and out, and many other factors.

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

What is alveoloplasty? Why is it important?

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

What are tori? Do they need to be removed?

Tori are bony knots that develop in the mouth of some patients. They are not harmful, however, they can prevent your denture(s) from fitting comfortably, so the 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. The increased salivation should stop within two to three days.

How long can I expect to 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. Additionally, you can expect to notice increased salivation when we first put your denture(s) in. When this increased saliva mixes with a little blood, it can look like a lot of blood. If heavy bleeding does not stop, please call the office.

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

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

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

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

Yes, any oral prosthetic will get some amount of food under 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 long should I take off work to recover after my 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’ll need to get used to speaking and eating with the new teeth; the longer you can take off, the better.

What is a soft liner?

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

Am I too young for snap-in dentures?

No, this is not just a procedure for seniors. It’s actually very common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need teeth replacement. Replacing bad teeth can be extremely beneficial for your overall physical health. Also, having teeth which allow you to confidently smile, laugh, and converse can be extremely beneficial 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 new teeth attached, will I know how to use them immediately?

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

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

This will also take a little 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 "sarcastic" and "seventy seven" can help you get used to the new teeth. Sometimes, patients might have a slight long-term listp with implant dentures.

Will my dentures still rock?

Some people might experience a slight amount of rocking with their dentures. For patients who have 2 bottom implants, these must be placed in the front of your mouth 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.

Can I remove implant dentures?

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

Can implants fail?

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

  • failure to integrate into the bone
  • smoking
  • diabetes

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

What is involved in maintaining implant dentures?

  • Snaps | From time to time you’ll need to change out the snap rings in the implant dentures. These wear and lose retention over time as you take your teeth in and out. They’re quick and inexpensive to have replaced.
  • Cleanings | Similar to natural teeth, you’ll need to have the implants professionally cleaned periodically. Any buildup on the implants will be removed and your dentures will be cleaned.
  • Periodic re-fittings | Your mouth can 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 applied to the implants.
  • Home maintenance | It only takes 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, don’t forget to clean the implants. Scrub these with a very soft dental brush also.

Single Tooth

Implants & Bridges

Will I need an implant for each of my missing teeth?

It depends. As every case is unique, our doctor will need to see you for a consultation 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 crowns or bridges on implants which have just been placed. This is because we want as little force as possible placed on the implants while waiting for them to integrate with the jawbone.

How much do dental implants cost?

Am I eligible 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:

  • Floss and brush twice daily.
  • Get professional 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) will not be visible in your 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 long should I take off work to recover after the procedure?

Most patients are able to 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. The implant is placed in your jawbone and is left alone to integrate for up to six months. Afterward, we take impressions and have your 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 under for my procedure?

Our office does not currently use general anesthesia, however, we do offer both oral & IV conscious sedatives. Click here to learn more about your options. This medication will help to relax you and often makes it so you won't remember the procedure. For this, the doctor writes you a prescription, and you can fill it at your local pharmacy. NOTE: You MUST have a driver to and from for your procedure, because of the oral sedation pill(s). You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.

How long will I bleed after the procedure?

Most of the bleeding will have stopped before you leave our office, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 days after the procedure. In addition, you can expect to notice increased salivation when we first put your denture(s) in. When this increased saliva mixes with a little blood, it can look like a lot of blood. 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. 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. The process can be repeated as many times as needed.

Will there be pain after the surgery?

While your experience may vary some, you can expect some discomfort and possible swelling after your procedure. Many patients return the following day for their follow-up exam reporting minimal discomfort. You will be prescribed medication for pain to help reduce any discomfort.

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

We do not currently provide this type of implant. While titanium dental implants have been used for decades with a long track record of success, zirconia implants are very new to the market, 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 offer 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 an implant fails during the first year, your doctor will replace it at no cost to you.

What are immediate dentures?

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

What process should I expect when getting immediate dentures?

The process typically takes 6 months, but may take longer for some patients.

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

What is it like getting used to the new dentures?

This experience is different from patient to 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, it does get easier over time and we are here for you through the entire process.

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

Absolutely not. A common fear patients have is that the dentures won't look natural and people will immediately know they're dentures. Our highly skilled lab team will make certain 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 largely depends on the anatomy of the person wearing them. Full upper dentures often fit rather well, acting like a suction cup against the roof of your mouth. Full lower dentures are known to feel loose and have an inclination to "float" in your mouth since your cheeks and tongue are continually working to dislodge them. It is 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 small pieces, chew smaller bites, and chew with food on both sides of your mouth to even out your bite.

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

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

My dentures feel like they’re becoming loose?

This is normal with immediate dentures. Your gums and jaws will shrink down after extractions. This leaves a gap between your gums and dentures. We place soft liners beneath 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 can have certain spots that rub slightly and create sore spots. During the denture adjustment, we will find the spot(s) on your denture that are irritating you, decrease the amount of pressure they put on the gums, and smooth them thoroughly. This is perfectly 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 free of charge for the first 6 months after receiving your final teeth or permanent hard reline. After this time, there is a small fee to adjust your dentures.

How do I care for my dentures?

  • Clean them every day 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 should I use to clean my dentures?

  • Either antibacterial hand soap or denture cleaner and either a very soft bristled tooth brush or denture brush. Scrub them at least once 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 before sleeping and also whenever you can throughout the day. This gives your gums time to “rest” and get natural, cleansing saliva flow to them. Also, if you naturally grind your teeth, taking your dentures out will help you increase their usable life significantly.

Can I boil the dentures to clean them?

No! Do not boil your dentures to clean them. The heat can warp your dentures. If this happens, you will have to replace them.

Can the dentures be damaged?

Yes, the 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 them, especially onto hard surfaces such as quartz countertops, 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 quite fast. Be extra careful to put your dentures up where your pet can’t get to them.

If my dentures are damaged, are they repairable?

Yes, in most 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 can be completed the same day.

Will there be pain after this procedure?

While experiences will vary, you can expect mild soreness and slight swelling afterwards. Many patients come in the next day for their post op exam reporting very little soreness. All patients are prescribed medication for pain to help reduce any discomfort.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

This is perfectly normal when you first have a prosthesis placed in your mouth. Your mouth senses it as a foreign object and is trying to “flush” it out. 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 offer both IV and oral conscious sedatives. To learn more about your options click here. This medication will help relax you and often makes it so you don’t remember your procedure. For this, the doctor writes you a prescription, and you can fill it at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have a driver both ways for this procedure, due to 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 advantages can I expect from dentures?

  • Enhanced confidence | Great looks with your new smile.
  • Looks | Dentures offer great looks and are easily customized for each individual.
  • Facial support | Dentures help to fill back out areas of the face that have sunken in following tooth loss.
  • Improved nutrition | Improved 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 in your denture levels?

Our dentures offer better wear resistance, enhanced 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 functioning with a prosthetic leg, it will require some patience and practice to become used to your prosthetic teeth. Practice and patience are the keys to improving with your new dentures as quickly as you can.

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

Again, this will take a little time, but with some patience and practice, your tongue and mouth will quickly adjust. "S’s" will be the toughest to pronounce. Practicing saying words like "sixty-six" and "sarcastic" can 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 the mouth can 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 put them back in.

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

Usually 4-7 days is enough time to recover. With that said, since there is always the chance of swelling and bruising, and you’ll need to become accustomed to eating and speaking with your dentures, the longer you can take off, the better.

What is a soft liner?

A soft liner is a cushion which 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 just a procedure 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 very beneficial to your overall health, and being able to speak, smile, and laugh confidently with teeth you can be of can benefit your emotional health.

What items should I have ready for after my procedure?

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

Can I have the palate (middle 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 great deal of stability and almost all of your natural suction. A portion of the palate may be removed for patients with 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 surgery?

Substantial bleeding will have stopped before you leave our office, however, you can expect to have slight bleeding (oozing) for a few days after your procedure. Additionally, you'll 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 heavy bleeding continues, please call the office.

A home remedy that still works really well to help clotting and reduce bleeding is the use of tea bags. Just get a regular tea bag, get it damp, squeeze out the excess water, place it on your 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. The process can be repeated as many times as you need.

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

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

  • High pressure spots | these are normal with new dentures and typically only require small adjustments
  • Denture movement | this can rub sores on the gums over time. Stabilizing your dentures with dental implants can greatly reduce this issue.
  • Wearing dentures | dentures are foreign to the body. They can be a fantastic substitution for missing teeth, but they can still aggravate the body after a long day. Consider setting aside time to remove your dentures and give your gum tissue a chance to "rest."

Will my dentures rock?

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

Denture adhesive may also be helpful for some patients.

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

Dental implants can offer the stability you want. 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 in place either through natural suction for the upper or denture adhesive. Not everyone will have natural suction with their top denture for multiple reasons (palatal torus, flat palate, bone loss, etc.)

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