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 immediately?

Yes! However, even though your dental implants and teeth are securely in place the day of your surgery, we do ask that you keep up a softer diet throughout 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 a plastic fork. We ask this because you're investing into something which can last you decades, even the rest of your life, and maintaining a soft food diet initially will allow the best union your implants into the bone and help ensure a wonderful outcome long-term.

How long has this procedure been available?

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 take care of my dental implants?

Taking care of your implants is easy, however consistency is the most important. Similar to how we’re meant to regularly floss and brush natural teeth, you need do this with your new teeth and implants. Only few minutes daily is all you will need to keep your mouth and implants 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.

Smoking can escalate the possibility of implant complications, so we recommend not using tobacco products with your dental implants. Diabetics should also be made aware of a heightened 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, regularly follow through with your doctor consistently throughout the year for quick evaluations of your new All-on-4 implants.

What do the 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 adjust to.

Will there be excessive pain with this procedure?

While there will be moderate pain, it is similar to the pain common with dental extractions. We use a combination of medications to help control your pain and keep you as comfortable as possible.

Is there pain after the procedure?

While your experience may vary some, most patients should expect mild soreness and slight swelling after your procedure. Many patients return the following day for their follow-up examination reporting very little soreness. You will be prescribed pain medication to help reduce any discomfort. Also, if you are a good candidate for it, your doctor will give you a steroid shot which will: help reduce swelling and pain for the first days of recovery.

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

This will vary from patient to patient, but, most often, the recovery period is shorter and easier with All-on-4 implants compared to other complete teeth restoration options. This is mainly thanks to the bridges being attached directly to the bone by the implants. Conventional dentures and implant dentures both require adjustment periods during which time they are able to move and lead to sore spots. Generally, pain should subside for the most part within one to two, with full healing commonly after 6 months.

What is the difference between Fairfax Dentures and Implants vs. another local practice that has a wide scope of dental services?

Our practice is limited to dental prosthetics and implants. Dental implants, and especially "teeth-in-a-day," are our passion, and we are constantly working to ensure our patients get the best results possible. Many dental practices will refer you to multiple providers, use outside labs, and have confusing pricing. They can take several months or even years to finish your procedure all the while charging you up to double our price. Our doctor will perform the full procedure from surgery to final teeth. We provide an in-house prosthetics lab and experienced lab technician, to provide transparent and affordable pricing. By providing all this under one roof, our team is able to deliver a premium service at an affordable price.

What is the difference between Fairfax Dentures and Implants and corporate implant offices?

At Fairfax Dentures and Implants, we have the same advantages of the national implant centers by limiting our practice to dental prosthetics and implants. Our office has an in-house dental lab, competitive pricing, and same day teeth. The advantage is, our office is privately owned, and each and every patient will be seen by our doctor. Our team focuses on the happiness of our patients instead of monthly quotas, cost cutting, and shareholders. With national implant practices, there is no guarantee that you will be seen by the same doctor who has the great online reviews or whom you were recommended to see. Our doctor oversees your complete procedure and the team will do everything we can to be certain you are thrilled with your smile and take care of you like family.

How does this compare to snap in dentures or mini dental implants?

Mini dental implants are not related to our All-On-4 "teeth-in-a-day " procedure. Please proceed with caution at any office recommending mini dental implants as a permanent solution. This method has a very high failure and complication rate.

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

How frequently should I have my dental implants professionally cleaned?

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

Can dental 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 your 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 mouth 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?

We do not currently use general anesthesia, however, we do offer both oral & IV conscious sedation. To learn more about these options click here. The medication will provide relaxation and often makes it so you won't remember your procedure. For this, the doctor writes you a prescription, and you can fill it at your local pharmacy. NOTE: You MUST have a driver both ways 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 same day as the procedure?

In most cases these will be attached immediately. In certain situations, mainly depending on your bone quality and volume, we will not be able to install your dental bridge(s) the same day and you'll need to wear an interim healing denture while your new implants fuse to the bone. Your doctor will go over this in-depth during your evaluation.

How long will I bleed after surgery?

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

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

Just as you will need practice in order to get used to walking with a prosthetic leg, it will need some patience and practice to become accustomed with your prosthetic teeth. All that being said, since they are firmly attached to your jaw, All-On-4 teeth will be the easiest to get comfortable with of all the full-arch restoration options.

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

Again, this will take a little time, but with a little practice and patience, your tongue and mouth will quickly adjust. "S’s" will be the trickiest to pronounce. Practicing saying words like "sarcastic" and "stupendous" will help you get accustomed to your new 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?

You should wait 6 weeks after the procedure before you begin cleaning with a water flosser.

I feel like I’m too young for the dental implants?

No, this is not just a procedure for the elderly. It’s actually quite common for people in their 40s, 30s, and even 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be immensely beneficial to your overall health, and being able to laugh, converse, and smile confidently with teeth you can be of can benefit your psychological health.

What would be helpful to have ready ahead of my procedure?

  • Ice packs

  • Wash cloths you don’t mind throwing out

  • Comfortable clothes you don’t mind throwing away

  • Soft foods (see list above)

What will my new teeth be made from?

The final bridge is made from zirconia. Zirconia is a much stronger and more stain resistant material than traditional acrylic All-On-4 implants which many offices provide. If you select another provider, make sure you know what kind of material they will be using. If you do decide on acrylic prosthetic teeth with a titanium bar with a different office, expect to have staining surrounding the teeth and to replace them every five to ten years. Also, be certain you know how much you're going to pay for the surgery, temporaries, and final teeth. Some offices may charge you a surgery/temporary fee only for you to find out you owe an extra $5,000-$15,000 for the final product.

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

The entire cost for a single arch (upper or lower) is $19,900. For both arches, the total cost will be $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 a surgery fee, temporary teeth fee, and then surprise you afterward with another fee for your new teeth. Our pricing is fully transparent, and we will never surprise you with any extra fees.

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

What is unique about this procedure, and what allows us to attach to your dental implants immediately, is that all of the 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. Basically, your implants and dental bridge support one another.

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

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

The majority of patients who have been advised they aren't candidates for other dental implants are actually fantastic candidates for the All-On-4 "Teeth in a Day" procedure. A combination of using angled implants and using the front of the jaw bone where the bone is more dense lets us perform this procedure for many patients who thought it was not an option for them. Our team can usually perform this procedure without the need for 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.

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

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

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

No, the doctor is a general dentist that limits their practice exclusively to prosthetics and dental implantology. 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 we offer the All-On-4, "Teeth in a Day" dental implant procedure for far less than other local offices?

By performing a high number of these procedures and limiting our practice to dental implants, 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. Because of these efficiencies, we are able to offer advanced dental implant procedures for our patients at the most competitive pricing available. Not only do we have the best prices, we also use only the finest dental 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.

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Does your practice provide guarantees or warranties?

If a dental implant fails to integrate we will replace it at no cost to you. We warranty the final dental bridge for 5 years. To keep this warranty, patients must return to the office every 6 months for maintenance and hygiene of their bridges/implants. This warranty does not apply to patients 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?

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 often finished by lunch time. If we are replacing both upper and lower teeth, we typically finish around 2:30 to 3:30 in the afternoon. Much of this time is waiting for your teeth to be made in our lab and trying them in to ensure your smile is just right. It is a long day, but will definitely be worth the final product!

What if I don’t like my new teeth?

Our team does everything in our power to ensure you're thrilled with your new teeth. The teeth you get the same day of the procedure are only a temporary/transitional set. When we fabricate your final teeth, you will have full control of the design and appearance of your teeth.

What about 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 teeth breaking, it can be very difficult to repair if you traveled thousands of miles away or out of the country. Most local dentists will not be willing to repair another office'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 see 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 the way you want them to look. While it’s exciting to get your final teeth immediately, it does come with several significant drawbacks which cannot be ignored.

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

No, they are firmly attached to your dental implants, which are firmly anchored to your jaw. If your new teeth begin rocking for any reason, call us so we can bring you in for 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 in one day. As there are 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 final teeth.

Can my temporary teeth be damaged?

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

Can my permanent teeth get damaged?

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

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

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

Are my All-On-4 bridges removable?

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 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 to recover after surgery?

Of all the complete teeth replacement options, All-On-4 often has the shortest time required to recover. Usually 4-7 days is enough. That being said, as there is always a 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 will I need?

The upper implant denture will need at least 4 implants. The lower implant denture will need at least 2 implants. The more implants you have, the more stable your denture will generally be. This is certainly true with the lower denture. 3 or 4 implants in the lower is generally much better than 2.

How much do implant dentures cost?

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

I have had dentures for quite a while, can I still get implants?

In many cases, yes! We’ll just need to see you for a free consultation, during which we will perform a 3D CBCT scan of your mouth 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 of the procedure?

Unfortunately no, we must allow enough time for the implants to integrate with the bone. This is what makes the implants truly secure and will help ensure you enjoy many years, or decades, of use out of them. We usually wait between 4 and 6 months before securing to your implants.

Will I experience pain after the implants are placed?

While experiences will vary, you should expect some soreness 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 relieve any soreness.

Can I be put to sleep for the procedure?

Our practice does not currently use general anesthesia, 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 usually makes it so you do not even remember your procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your local pharmacy. NOTE: A driver is REQUIRED for the procedure, someone who can drive you after 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! They are much more secure than dentures alone, and our team is 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 the dental implants out in order to remove a portion of the palate with a snap-in denture. With our All-On-4 procedure, we can guarantee the ability to remove the palate, but that's not always the case with snap-in dentures.

When we are able to remove the palate, this increases the sense of taste for many patients, and often increases temperature sensitivity, making for a more natural experience. For those patients with a strong gag reflex, removing the palate of the denture can also help provide relief.

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

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

How often will the implant inserts need to be changed?

Typically 1 to 2 times per year. This often depends upon how many implants you have, how strong your bite is, how frequently you take your dentures in and out, and several other factors.

WARNING: PLEASE DO NOT BITE YOUR DENTURES INTO PLACE ON YOUR IMPLANTS! This can wear out the 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 many patients. Tori are not harmful, however, they can keep your denture(s) from fitting properly, so your doctor will often recommend having them removed.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

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

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

An old home remedy which still works quite well to help clotting and stop bleeding is the use of tea bags. Get a regular tea bag, dampen it, squeeze out the excess water, place it on your extraction site (or sites), and the bags will help you clot. Multiple tea bags can be used if needed. Replace the tea bags if they get saturated with blood. This process can be repeated as many times as needed.

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

We do not currently provide 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, most predictable long-term results for our patients, and for these reasons, we do not use zirconia implants at this time.

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

Yes, any prosthetic in the mouth can get some amount of food beneath it. The wonderful thing about implant dentures is how easy they are 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 to recover after the procedure?

Every patient is different. Some return to work the next day, others wait up to two weeks. Since there is always a chance of bruising and swelling, and you’ll need to get used to speaking and eating 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 this procedure?

No, this is not just an option for seniors. It is very common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need teeth replacement. Replacing bad teeth can be extremely helpful for your overall physical health. Also, having teeth which allow you to have a confident smile, laugh, and converse can be hugely beneficial for your psychological health. Again, wanting to replace teeth earlier in life is not rare.

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 immediately?

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

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

This will also take some time, but with some patience and practice, your tongue and mouth will quickly adjust. The letter S will be the toughest to pronounce. Practicing words like “Mississippi” and “sixty six” can help you get used to your new teeth. In some cases, patients may have a slight lisp long term with implant dentures.

Will my dentures still rock?

Some people might experience very slight rocking with their dentures. For patients who have two lower implants, these must be placed in the front of the jaw making it possible for some rocking to happen. A small amount of adhesive at the back on each side of the bottom denture will usually 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.

Are implant dentures removable?

Yes. Having removable implant dentures makes cleaning them extremely easy. Simply take them out; clean the denture(s), your gums, and implants; and 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 | From time to time 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 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 the dentures may 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 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 as well.

Single Tooth

Implants & Bridges

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

It depends. Since every case is unique, our doctor will need to see you for a consultation to figure out the appropriate treatment for you.

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

Unfortunately not at this time, we do not place temporary bridges or crowns on implants which have just been placed. This is because we want as little force as possible placed on the implants while waiting for them to fuse with the jawbone.

How much do dental implants cost?

Am I eligible for dental implants?

Most people are good candidates for dental implants, even those who have been told they were not in the past. Call our office to schedule your free exam and let's see what we can do to get you smiling again.

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

Take care of them like natural teeth:

  • Floss and brush twice a day.
  • Get cleanings regularly 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) 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 my procedure?

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

What is the process for getting an implant?

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

Is my implant removable?

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

Can I be put to sleep for the procedure?

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 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 pick it up at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have someone driving you to and from for this procedure, due to 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 ceased before you leave our office, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 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 small amount blood, it can look like much more. If heavy bleeding continues, please call our office.

A home remedy that still works quite well to encourage clotting and stop bleeding is the use of tea bags. Just get a regular tea bag, get it damp, squeeze out the excess water, place it on the extraction site (or sites), and the bags will help you 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 needed.

Will there be pain after the surgery?

While experiences will vary some, you should expect mild discomfort and possibly swelling after your procedure. Many patients return the following day for their post op exam reporting minimal soreness. All patients are prescribed pain medication to help reduce any discomfort.

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

We do not currently offer this type of implant. While titanium dental implants have been around for decades with a long track record of success, zirconia implants are very new to the market, so we can't be certain what their 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 implants fail?

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

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

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

What are immediate dentures?

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

What is the process for getting immediate dentures?

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

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

What is it like getting used to these dentures?

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

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

Absolutely not. One of the common fears patients have is that the dentures will not look natural and people will know they're dentures. Our talented 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 do dentures fit?

The fit of dentures largely depends on the anatomy of the one wearing them. Full top dentures often fit relatively well, acting as a suction cup against the roof of the mouth. Full bottom dentures are known to feel loose and have a tendency to "float" in your mouth since your tongue and cheeks are continually working to dislodge them. It is for this reason that we highly encourage dental implants with lower dentures.

How do I chew with the 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 my dentures. Is this normal?

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

The bottom denture is difficult to function with. Is this common?

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

My dentures feel like they’re becoming loose?

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

What are denture adjustments and how often are they needed?

New dentures will have certain spots that rub slightly and can cause sore spots. During a denture adjustment, we will target the spot(s) on your denture that are bothering you, decrease 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 should be expected.

Will I be charged 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 very soft bristled tooth brush or denture brush
  • Store them in water when not wearing them

What do I use to clean the dentures?

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

Should I remove my dentures before bed?

Yes, we do recommend taking your dentures out before sleeping and also whenever you can throughout the day. This gives your gums time to "relax" and get natural, cleansing saliva flow to them. Also, if you naturally grind your teeth, removing your dentures 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 them. If this happens, you will have to replace them.

Can the dentures get damaged?

Yes, your dentures are made from an acrylic base and acrylic teeth. Although 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 love to chew on dentures and can often damage them irreparably quite fast. Be extra careful to put them up where your pet can’t get to them.

If the dentures are damaged, can they be repaired?

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

Can I expect pain after the procedure?

While your experience may vary some, you can expect mild soreness and slight swelling after your procedure. Many patients come in the next day for their follow-up exam reporting minimal pain. All patients are prescribed pain medication 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 body senses it as a foreign object and is working to “flush” it out. The increased salivation should decrease within a few days.

Can I be put to sleep for my procedure?

Our office does not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do provide both IV and oral conscious sedatives. To learn more about these options click here. The medication will help to relax you and often makes it so you don’t remember your 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 both ways for your 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?

  • Improved 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 better 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 improved wear resistance, enhanced stain resistance, and longer warranties as you go up in levels.

Will I know how to eat with my dentures immediately?

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

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

Again, this will take a little time, but with some patience and practice, your mouth and tongue will adjust quickly. "S’s" will be the most difficult to pronounce. Practicing words like “Mississippi” and “sixty-six” can help you get accustomed to your new teeth. In some cases, patients may experience a small 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 place them back in.

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

Usually 4-7 days is sufficient time for recovery. With that said, as there is always a chance of swelling and bruising, and you will need to become accustomed to speaking and eating with your dentures, the longer you can take off, the better.

What are soft liners?

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 feel and fit better.

I feel like I’m too young for dentures?

No, this is not just a procedure for senior citizens. It’s actually quite common for people in their 40s, 30s, and even 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be very beneficial to your long-term health, and being able to smile, laugh, and converse 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 away
  • comfortable clothes you don’t mind throwing away
  • soft foods such as:
  • soups
  • yogurt
  • cottage cheese
  • smoothies
  • protein shakes
  • eggs
  • mashed potatoes (gravy optional)

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

Most of the palate of the denture needs to remain. Removing this also removes a great deal of stability and almost 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?

Significant bleeding will stop before you leave our office, however, you can expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 days after the procedure. In addition, you will most likely notice 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 the office.

An old home remedy which still works quite 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 clot. Multiple tea bags can be used if needed. Replace the tea bags if they get saturated with blood. This process can be repeated as many times as needed.

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

There are several things that can cause sore gums: high pressure spots, movement of the denture(s), and just ordinary wearing of the dentures.

  • High pressure spots | these are common with new dentures and typically only require slight adjustments
  • Denture movement | this can rub sores on your gums over time. Stabilizing the dentures with dental implants significantly reduces this issue.
  • Wearing dentures | dentures are foreign to your body. They can be a wonderful substitution for missing teeth, but they can still irritate the body after a long day. Consider scheduling time to take your dentures out and give your gum tissue a chance to "rest."

 

Will my dentures rock?

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

Denture adhesive can also be beneficial for some patients.

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

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

Can I remove immediate dentures?

Yes, they can be removed. They come in and out of the mouth and are kept in place either by 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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