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 immediately?

Yes! However, while your implants and teeth are firmly in place from day one, we do request that you stick to a softer diet throughout the four month healing timeframe. What exactly do we mean? A simple guide is that you can eat any food you can cut with a plastic fork. The reason for this is that you're investing in something which could last you many 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 provide a fantastic outcome long-term.

How long has this procedure been available?

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

How do I care for my dental implants?

Taking care of your teeth is very easy, but consistency is key. Just like how we’re meant to routinely brush and floss natural teeth, you need do the same with the new teeth and implants. Just a few minutes daily 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 a day is all that's required.

Tobacco can escalate the risk of implant problems, so we do not recommend smoking with your dental implants. Diabetics should also be aware of a heightened possibility of complications with dental implants. Controlling your diabetes is paramount for the long-term success of your dental implants.

Besides that, regularly follow up with your doctor consistently during the year for quick evaluations of your new dental implants.

What will my new dental implants feel like?

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

Will there be a lot of 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 your pain and keep you as comfortable as we can.

Can I expect pain after this procedure?

While your experience may vary, most patients can expect mild discomfort and possible swelling after your procedure. Many patients come in the following day for their follow-up examination reporting very little pain. All patients are prescribed medication for pain to help alleviate any discomfort. Also, if you’re a good candidate for it, your doctor will give you a steroid shot which will: help alleviate swelling and pain for the first few days.

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

Experiences will vary from patient to patient, but, overall, the recovery time is faster and easier with this procedure compared to other complete teeth restoration options. This is mainly due to the bridges being attached directly to the bone by the implants. Classic dentures and implant dentures both require recovery periods during which time the dentures can shift and cause sore spots. The pain should subside for the most part within 1-2 weeks, with full healing usually after six months.

What is the difference between your practice and 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 our team is continually working to ensure our patients receive the best results possible. Many dental practices will often refer you to other providers, use outside labs, and have confusing pricing. They will take several months or even years to complete the procedure while charging you 50-100% more. Your doctor will perform the full procedure from surgery to final teeth. We provide an on-site dental lab and expert lab technician, to provide affordable and transparent pricing. By having all these services at one location, our office is able to deliver a premium service at an affordable price.

What is the difference between your practice and corporate implant centers?

Little Rock Dentures and Implants has the same advantages of the corporate dental implant practices by focusing our practice on dental prosthetics and implants. We have an in-house dental lab, competitive pricing, and offer teeth the same day. However, our office is privately owned, and every single patient will be seen by our doctor. Our team focuses on the gratification of our patients instead of cost cutting, shareholders, and monthly quotas. At national implant practices, there is no guarantee that you'll be seen by the same provider that has the great online reviews or whom you were recommended to see. Our doctor oversees your complete procedure and the team will do everything to be certain you are happy with your new smile and take care of 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 that recommends 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, can be a good option for some patients. Our office also provides this option and have an entire page dedicated to snap-in dentures if you want to learn more. This option may be a more budget-friendly alternative to All-On-4 "teeth-in-a-day" dental implants.

How frequently should I get 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 teeth and implants.

Can implants fail?

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

  • Failure to integrate into the bone
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes

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

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 subside within 2-3 days.

Can I be put to sleep for the procedure?

We do not currently use general anesthesia, however, we do offer both oral & IV conscious sedation. Click here to learn more about the options. This medicine will provide relaxation and often makes it so you don’t remember the procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can fill it at your local pharmacy. NOTE: You MUST have a driver to and from for this procedure, because of the sedation medication. You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.

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

Most cases will be attached immediately. In certain situations, mostly depending on the quality of your bone and quantity, we would be unable to attach your dental bridge(s) the same day and you will need to wear an interim healing denture while your new implants bond to the bone. Your doctor will review this thoroughly during your examination.

How long will I bleed after the procedure?

Significant bleeding will stop before you leave our office, however, you can expect to have some bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 days after your procedure. In addition, you'll most likely notice increased salivation when we first put your temporary teeth in. When this extra saliva mixes with a little blood, it can look like a lot of blood. If heavy bleeding continues, please call our office.

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

Just like you will need practice to get used to functioning 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 firmly anchored to your jaw, All-On-4 dental implants will be the easiest to get comfortable with of all our full-arch implant options.

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

Again, this will take a little 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 new teeth. In some cases, patients may experience a slight lisp long-term with All-On-4 upper teeth.

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

Patients should expect to wait six weeks after the procedure before beginning to clean a water flosser.

Am I too young for the dental implants?

No, this is not just a procedure for seniors. It’s actually very common for people in their 40s, 30s, and even 20s to need their teeth replaced. Replacing bad teeth can be extremely beneficial to your overall physical health, and having the ability to smile, laugh, and converse confidently with teeth you’re proud of can benefit your psychological health.

What would be helpful to have ready for after my procedure?

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

What will my prosthetic teeth be made of?

We make the final bridge from zirconia. Zirconia is much stronger and more resistant to staining and wear than traditional acrylic All-On-4 teeth which many dentists use. If you select another 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 another office, you can expect to see staining surrounding your teeth and to have them replaced every 5-10 years. Also, make sure you understand how much you are going to pay for the operation, temporaries, and final new teeth. Some offices will charge you a surgery/temporary fee only for you to discover owe an additional $5,000-$15,000 for the final product.

How much can I expect to pay for the All-On-4 procedure?

The total cost for a single arch (upper or lower) is $19,900. For both upper and lower arches, the total cost will be $39,000. These prices include removing any remaining teeth, placing the implants, same day fixed temporary teeth, and your fixed permanent zirconia teeth. Many providers may charge an operation fee, temporary fee, and then surprise you afterward with yet 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 the implants needed time to heal first?

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

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

What if another provider has said that I am not a candidate for this or do not have enough bone for implants?

The majority of patients that have been told they are not candidates for dental implants are actually great candidates for our All-On-4 "Teeth in a Day" procedure. The combination of using angled implants and using the front of the jaw bone where the bone is more dense lets us complete the procedure for many patients who thought it was not an option for them. We can typically perform the procedure without the need for expensive grafting which delays treatment by months or years. Please come see us for a free dental exam to learn if you're a candidate.

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

Yes! This is our preferred way of performing this procedure with the best outcome. With the state-of-the-art dental implants and materials that we have available today, there is often no reason for you 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 a periodontist, oral surgeon, or prosthodontist?

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

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

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

Do you have payment plans?

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

Click here for financing options.

Do you offer warranties or guarantees?

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

Usually the surgery is 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 often 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 the teeth to be produced in our lab and trying them in to be certain your smile is exactly how you want it. It is a long day, but will definitely be worth the final product!

What if I don’t like my new teeth?

Our team does everything in our power to ensure you love your new teeth. 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 complete control of the design and appearance of your teeth.

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

While this can be a good service for some patients, in the rare case of complications or broken teeth, it is very difficult to deal with if you traveled thousands of miles away or out of the country. Most local practices will not be willing to repair another dentist's work. A major advantage of having a transitional set of fixed teeth on the day of your procedure is you get to test them out and learn what you like and don't like. For the final zirconia or nano-ceramic teeth, we can do try-ins to ensure that your teeth look exactly like you want them to look. While it can be great to get your final teeth immediately, it can come with several serious drawbacks which cannot be ignored.

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

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

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

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. As there are often significant changes to your mouth during the healing and implant integration phase, it is best to start with a temporary set of teeth. This ensures the best long-term outcome with your permanent teeth.

Can my temporary teeth be damaged?

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

Can the permanent teeth get damaged?

While it is possible for nano-ceramic and zirconia to get damaged, it’s extremely uncommon. These materials 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, not. As your current implants will not be the proper position required by this procedure, and since bone reduction will need to be performed, 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 dental implants.

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

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

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

Of all complete teeth replacement options, All-On-4 often has the shortest time required before returning to work. Typically 4-7 days is sufficient. With that said, since there is always the chance of swelling and bruising, and you will need to get used to speaking and eating with your new teeth, the longer you can take off, the better.

How many implants are needed?

An upper implant denture will require at least 4 implants. A lower implant denture requires at least 2 dental implants. The more dental implants you have, the more secure the denture will generally be. This is especially true for 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 have had dentures for quite a while, are implants still an option?

In most cases, yes! Our doctor will just need to see you for a free consultation, during which we will do a 3D CBCT scan of your jaw 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 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 typically wait between 4 and 6 months before attaching to your dental implants.

Will I experience pain after the procedure?

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

Can general anesthesia be used during the procedure?

Our office 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. The medication will help you relax and often 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 pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have a driver for your procedure, someone who can drive you once you have taken your oral sedation pill(s). You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking this medication.

Are implant dentures really secure?

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

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

It depends. Ideally, we would need to spread out the dental implants to be able to remove a portion of the palate in a snap-in denture. With our All-On-4 procedure, we can guarantee the ability to remove the palate, but that's not 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 strong gag reflex, removing the palate of the denture may also help provide relief.

When will I be able to have the palate (middle part 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 your final denture. This is after healing and osseointegration are finished and we are ready to attach to your implants, appromximately 4-6 months after placement of your dental implants.

How often will the implant inserts need to be changed?

Usually 1 to 2 times each year. This will depend on how many implants you have, how strong your bite is, how often you remove and replace your dentures, and many 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? Must they be removed?

Tori are bony knots that develop in the mouth of some patients. They are harmless, however, they can keep your denture(s) from fitting properly, so the doctor will often recommend having them removed.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

This is totally normal when you first have a prosthesis (denture) placed in your mouth. Your mouth senses it as a foreign object and attempts 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 1-3 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 small amount blood, it can look like a lot of blood. If heavy bleeding continues, please call the office.

A classic home remedy that still works quite well to help 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 tea will help you clot. Multiple tea bags can be used if needed. Replace the tea bags if they get saturated with blood. This process can be repeated as many times as you need.

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

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

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

Yes, any oral prosthetic can get some amount of food under it. The great thing about implant dentures is they are incredibly easy to clean. Just 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 my procedure?

Each patient is different. Some return to work the next day, others wait a week or two. As there is always the chance of swelling and bruising, and you’ll need to get used to eating and speaking with your 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 only an option for the elderly. It’s actually quite common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be hugely helpful for your general physical health. Also, having teeth which allow you to confidently smile, laugh, and converse can be extremely beneficial for your emotional 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 to get used to walking with a prosthetic leg, you will need practice and patience to get used to your new replacement teeth. With that being said, since these are attached with implants, the dentures will be much easier to get used to than regular dentures.

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

Again, this will take a little time, but with some patience and practice, your tongue and mouth will quickly adjust. The letter S will be the most difficult to pronounce. Practicing words like "sarcastic" and "seventy seven" can help you get used to your new teeth. Sometimes, patients may have a slight lisp long term with implant dentures.

Will my dentures still rock?

Some people may experience very slight rocking with their implant dentures. For patients with 2 bottom implants, these will need to be placed in the front of your mouth making it possible for some rocking to happen. A dab of adhesive at the back on each side of the bottom denture will usually correct this.

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

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

Can I remove implant dentures?

Yes. Having removable implant dentures makes cleaning them extremely convenient. Just 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 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 your implants 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 the dentures will need to be re-fitted to ensure their best performance and ensure that unnecessary stress isn’t being applied to your implants.
  • Home maintenance | This takes just a few minutes a day. Remove your dentures 1-2 times per 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. Since each case is unique, we'll need to see you for a consultation to determine the appropriate treatment for you.

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

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

How much do dental implants cost?

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Most patients are candidates for dental implants, even those who've been told they weren't previously. Call our office to schedule your free exam and let's see what we can do to help.

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

Take care of them like natural teeth:

  • Floss and brush twice a day.
  • 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 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 long should I take off work for recovery after the procedure?

Many patients can return to work either the same day or the following day. Some cases could require more time off from work.

What is the process for getting an implant?

The process is very straight forward. The implant is placed in the jawbone and is left alone to fuse for 4-6 months. Afterward, we take impressions and have the new tooth fabricated. If bone grafting is needed, 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 put patients to sleep, we do, however, provide both oral & IV conscious sedatives. To learn more about your 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 fill it at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have someone driving you both ways for this procedure, because of the sedation medication. You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.

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. Additionally, you will most likely notice increased salivation when we first put your denture(s) in. When this increased saliva mixes with a small amount blood, it can look like much more. If heavy bleeding does not stop, please call our office.

A home remedy that still works quite well to help clotting and stop bleeding is the use of tea bags. Just get a standard tea bag, dampen it, squeeze out the excess 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. This process can be repeated as many times as you need.

Can I expect a lot of pain after the surgery?

Though your experience may vary, you should expect some discomfort and slight swelling after your procedure. Many patients return the following day for their follow-up examination reporting very little discomfort. All patients are prescribed medication for pain to help alleviate any discomfort.

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

We do 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 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 implants fail?

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

  • Failure to integrate into the bone
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes

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

What are immediate dentures?

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

What process should I expect when getting immediate dentures?

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

  • Impressions are taken prior to the procedure with your natural teeth still present. From these impressions, your dentures are fabricated.
  • Procedure – your teeth will be 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?

The experience is different for each patient, but it does require patience and practice. Your mouth will be going through quite a lot of changes over the 6 month healing phase. Remember, it does get easier over time and we are here for you throughout the process.

My friend's dentures look very fake. Will mine look like that?

Absolutely not. One of the common fears patients have is that their dentures won't 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 one wearing them. Full top dentures often 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 the mouth since your tongue and cheeks are continually working to dislodge them. It's for this reason that we highly recommend dental implants with lower dentures.

How do I chew with my new dentures?

Cut your food 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 that common?

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

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

Yes, bottom dentures are more difficult to function with than top dentures. The tongue and cheeks moving will push and pull on your bottom denture and dislodge it. Talk with the doctor to see 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 normal with immediate dentures. Your jaws and gums will shrink down after extractions. This leaves space between your gums and dentures. We place soft liners in your dentures to fill in this gap. This should help them fit and feel better as you heal.

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

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

Is there a charge for denture adjustments?

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 your dentures.

How do I care for my dentures?

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

What do I use to clean my dentures?

  • Either antibacterial hand soap or denture cleaner and either a denture brush or a very soft bristled tooth brush. Scrub them at least once daily
  • Soak them in a denture cleanser (optional)
  • Ultrasonic cleaner

Should I take my dentures out before bed?

Yes, we do recommend taking your dentures out when you sleep 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 commonly grind your teeth, removing your dentures will help you increase their usable life significantly.

Can I boil my dentures to clean them?

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

Can the dentures get damaged?

Yes, your dentures are made from an acrylic base and acrylic teeth. While these materials are quite strong, they can be damaged. Be careful not to drop your dentures, especially onto hard surfaces like 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 very quickly. Be extra careful to put them up where your pet can’t reach them.

If my dentures are damaged, are they repairable?

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.

Is there pain after this procedure?

While experiences will vary, most patients can expect some discomfort and slight swelling after your procedure. Many patients come in the next day for their follow-up examination reporting very little pain. All patients are prescribed pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

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

Can I be put under for the 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. The medication will provide relaxation and often makes it so you don’t remember your procedure. For this, the doctor writes you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your local pharmacy. NOTE: You MUST have someone driving you to and from 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 are the advantages of dentures?

  • Enhanced confidence | Great looks with your new smile.
  • Looks | Dentures offer 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 between denture levels?

Our dentures provide improved wear resistance, better stain resistance, and longer warranties as you move 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 get used to your new teeth. Patience and practice are the keys to improving with your new dentures as quickly as you can.

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

Again, this will take some time, but with a little practice and patience, your mouth and tongue will quickly adjust. "S’s" will be the most difficult 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 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 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?

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

What are soft liners?

A soft liner is a cushion that is placed in your denture through your 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, and 20s to need their teeth replaced. Replacing bad teeth can be immensely beneficial to your long-term health, and being able to speak, smile, and laugh 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 the mouth) removed from my denture?

The majority of the palate of the denture needs to stay. Cutting this out removes a great deal of security 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 will I bleed after surgery?

Substantial 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 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 that still works really well to help 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 tea will help you heal. Multiple tea bags can be used if needed. Replace the tea bags if they get saturated with blood. The process can be repeated as many times as you need.

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

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

  • High pressure spots | these are normal with new dentures and typically only require simple adjustments
  • Movement of the denture(s) | this can rub sores on the gums over time. Stabilizing your dentures with dental implants significantly reduces this issue.
  • Wearing dentures | dentures are foreign to the body. They can be a wonderful replacement for missing teeth, but they can still aggravate the body after a long day. Consider scheduling time to take your dentures out and give your gums a chance to "rest."

Can my dentures wobble?

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

Denture adhesive can 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 give the security you need. Click here for more info.

Can I remove immediate dentures?

Yes, they are removable. They come in and out of the mouth and are kept in place either by natural suction for the upper or denture adhesive. Not all patients will have natural suction with their upper denture for multiple reasons (palatal torus, flat palate, bone loss, etc.)

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