Frequently Asked Questions

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All-On-4 “Teeth in a Day”

Snap-In Implant Dentures

Single Tooth Implants and Bridges

Dentures

All-On-4 “Teeth in a Day”

Snap-In Implant Dentures

Single Tooth Implants and Bridges

Dentures

All-On-4

“Teeth in a Day”

Can I eat with my new teeth from day one?

Yes! However, while your dental implants and new teeth are firmly placed the day of your surgery, we do ask that you maintain a soft diet throughout the four month healing timeframe. What exactly do we mean? A good general rule is that you can eat any food that can be can cut with a plastic fork. We ask this because you are investing into something that can last for many decades, even the rest of your life, and keeping to a softer diet during the healing period will allow the best possible integration of your implants into your bone and help establish a great long-term outcome.

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

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

How do I take care of my All-On-4 teeth?

Caring for your teeth is easy, however consistency is the key. Similar to how we are meant to regularly brush and floss natural teeth, you should do the same with the All-On-4 implants and teeth. Just a few minutes daily is all you will need to keep your dental implants healthy. Brushing your bridges with a soft bristle tooth brush and cleaning under them with a water flosser (WaterPik is a well-known and popular brand) a few times daily is all that's required.

Tobacco can increase the risk of implant complications, so we do not recommend smoking with dental implants. Diabetics 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 throughout the year for quick evaluations of your new dental implants.

What do the new implant bridges feel like?

The new implant bridges will bring a new sensation and will take several days or sometimes a few weeks to become accustomed to.

Can I expect excessive pain with the procedure?

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

Is there pain after the procedure?

Though experiences will vary, most patients should expect mild discomfort and possible swelling afterwards. Many patients return the following day for their follow-up examination reporting minimal discomfort. You will be prescribed medication for pain to help reduce any discomfort. Also, if you’re a candidate for it, your doctor will offer a steroid injection which will: help alleviate pain and swelling for the first days of recovery.

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

This will vary from patient to patient, but, overall, the recovery time is faster and easier with this procedure than other full arch or full mouth replacement options. This is mostly thanks to the bridges being attached directly to the bone via the implants. Traditional dentures and implant dentures both require healing periods during which time the dentures can move and lead to sore spots. The pain should decline mostly within 1-2 weeks, with full healing typically after six months.

What is the difference between Brandywine Dentures and Implants and another local office offering a wide scope of dental services?

Our practice is limited to dental prosthetics and implants. Dental implants, and specifically "teeth-in-a-day," are our passion, and we are constantly working to ensure our patients receive the best possible results. Many practices will often refer you to multiple providers, use outside labs, and have inconsistent pricing. They will take many months or even years to finish your procedure all the while charging you up to double our price. Our doctor performs the complete procedure from surgery to final teeth. We have an on-site dental lab and experienced lab technician, to provide affordable and transparent pricing. By having all this at one location, our office is able to deliver the best service at the best price.

What is the difference between Brandywine Dentures and Implants and national dental implant offices?

At Brandywine Dentures and Implants, we have the same advantages of the corporate implant offices by limiting our practice to dental prosthetics and implants. We have an in-house dental prosthetic lab, very competitive pricing, and same day teeth. The advantage is, we are privately owned, and each and every patient will be seen exclusively by our doctor. We focus on the gratification of our patients instead of shareholders, sales quotas, and cost cutting. At corporate implant centers, there is no guarantee that you will be seen by the same doctor that has the great online reviews or whom your friend recommended you to see. Our doctor oversees your procedure from beginning to end and the team will do everything to be certain you are overjoyed with your new smile 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 cautiously at any office that recommends mini dental implants as a permanent restoration solution. This method has a very high complication and failure rate.

Snap-in implant dentures, on the other hand, are a great option for some patients. Our office also provides this service and have a separate page dedicated to these if you want to learn more. They may be a more economical alternative to All-On-4 "teeth-in-a-day" dental implants.

How frequently should I get my dental implants professionally cleaned?

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

Can implants fail?

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

  • Failure to bond to the bone
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes

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

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

This is perfectly normal when you first have an implant 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 to sleep for the 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 even remember your procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your local pharmacy. NOTE: You MUST have a driver both ways for your procedure, because of the oral sedation pill(s). You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.

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

Most cases will be attached immediately. In certain situations, mainly depending on the quality of your bone and quantity, we would not be able to install your bridge(s) the same day and you will need to wear a temporary healing denture while your implants bond to the bone. Our doctor will go over this in-depth at your evaluation.

How long can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

Significant bleeding will have stopped before you leave the clinic, however, expect to have some bleeding (oozing) for a few days after your procedure. In addition, you will most likely see increased salivation when we first put your temporary teeth in. 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.

Will I automatically know how to use my prosthetic 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 become accustomed with your prosthetic teeth. All that being said, since they are firmly attached to your jaw, All-On-4 dental implants will be the easiest to get comfortable with of all our full-arch replacement options.

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

Again, this will take some time, but with some practice and patience, your mouth and tongue will quickly adjust. "S’s" will be the most difficult to pronounce. Practicing saying words like "sarcastic" and "stupendous" can help you get accustomed to your prosthetic teeth. In a few cases, patients may have a slight lisp long-term with All-On-4 upper teeth.

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

You should wait six weeks after the procedure before beginning to clean your water flosser.

I feel like I’m too young for this procedure?

No, this is not only for seniors. 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 physical 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 my procedure?

  • Ice packs

  • Wash cloths you wouldn't mind throwing away

  • Comfortable clothes you don’t mind throwing out

  • Soft foods (see list above)

What will my new teeth be made of?

The final bridge is made out of zirconia. Zirconia is a much stronger and more stain resistant material than traditional acrylic All-On-4 teeth that many offices provide. If you choose another office, 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 have staining surrounding the teeth and to replace them every 5-10 years. Also, make sure you know how much you are going to pay for the surgery, temporary teeth, and final prosthetics. Other providers will charge you a base fee only for you to find you owe an extra five to fifteen thousand dollars for the final product.

How much does the All-On-4 procedure cost?

The total cost for the single arch (upper or lower) is $19,900. For both arches, the total cost is $39,000. These prices include the removal of any remaining teeth, placing the implants, same day fixed temporary teeth, and your fixed permanent zirconia teeth. Many offices often charge an operation fee, temporary fee, and then surprise you afterward with another fee for your final teeth. Our pricing is entirely transparent, and we will never surprise you with any additional fees.

How can I get fixed teeth in a single day? I thought dental implants needed time to heal?

The unique thing about this procedure, and what allows us to attach to your dental implants from day one, is that all of the implants will be rigidly splinted together by the new teeth (the implant bridge). This process prevents the micro-movement of the dental implants that can lead to early failure. Basically, your implants and dental bridge all support each other.

The dental implants are made from titanium, the same metal used in replacement hip and knee 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 great candidate or don't have enough bone for dental implants?

Many patients who have been advised they are not candidates for dental implants are actually fantastic candidates for the All-On-4 procedure. The combination of using angled implants and using the front of the jaw where the bone is more dense allows us to perform the procedure for many patients who thought implants were not right for them. We can typically perform this procedure without needing expensive grafting that delays treatment by months or years. Please visit us for a free consultation to see if you're a candidate.

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

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

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

No, the doctor is a general dentist who limits their practice exclusively 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 another dental specialist to ensure that their patients receive the best possible treatment for their situation.

How do you provide 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 exclusively dental implants, we have advantages that other offices simply do not. We have our in-house lab and lab technician along with a single dentist that performs the entire procedure. These efficiencies allows us to offer these procedures for our patients at the most competitive pricing. Not only do we have the lowest prices, we also use only the finest dental implants and materials.

Are payment plans available?

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

Click here for financing options.

Do you provide warranties or guarantees?

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

Usually the surgery is about 1 hour per arch. Then, the lab portion of making the teeth takes about 2 hours. If we begin in the morning, for a single upper or lower arch, patients are usually finished by lunch time. If we are replacing both top and bottom teeth, we typically finish around 2:30 to 3:30 in the afternoon. Most of this time is waiting for the teeth to be created 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 smile. The teeth you get the day of surgery are only a temporary/transitional set. When we fabricate your final teeth, you will have complete control of the design and appearance of your teeth.

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

While this is a good service for some patients, if there are complications or teeth breaking, it can be very difficult to fix if you traveled thousands of miles away or out of the country. Most local offices will not be willing to repair another office's work. A major advantage of having a temporary set of fixed teeth on the day of your surgery is that you get to test them out and learn what you like/don’t like. For the final zirconia or nano-ceramic teeth, we can do try-ins to ensure that your teeth look exactly the way you want them to look. While it’s great to get your final teeth immediately, it can come with some serious downsides which cannot be ignored.

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

No, these are firmly 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 this procedure "teeth in a day" when I don’t get my permanent teeth until 4-6 months after my surgery?

It is referred to as "teeth in a day" because you are receiving a set of implant-supported functional prosthetic temporary teeth the same day. Since there can often major changes in your mouth during the healing and implant integration phase, it is best to start with a temporary set of teeth. This helps ensure the best long-term outcome with your final teeth.

Can the temporary teeth get damaged?

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

Can the permanent teeth be damaged?

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

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

Unfortunately, no. Since your current dental implants will not be the correct position required by this procedure, and since 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 the prosthetics 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 every day with a water flosser will be part of your long-term hygiene routine.

How long should I take off work for recovery after surgery?

Of all the complete teeth replacement options, All-On-4 often has the shortest time required to recover. Typically 4-7 days is sufficient. With that said, since there is always the chance of bruising and swelling, and you will need to get used to speaking and eating 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 implants. A lower implant denture will require at least 2 dental implants. The more implants you have, the more secure your denture will usually be. This is certainly true with the lower denture. 3 or 4 implants in the lower is generally much better than just two.

How much do implant dentures cost?

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

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

In most cases, yes! Our doctor will simply 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 must allow enough time for the 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 usually wait between four and six months before securing to your dental implants.

Will I experience pain after the implants are placed?

While experiences will vary, you can 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 receive a pain medication prescription to help relieve any tenderness.

Can general anesthesia be used for the procedure?

Our practice does not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer oral conscious sedation. This medication will help you relax and often makes it so you do not even remember the procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your pharmacy of choice. 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 even stronger inserts if you prefer.

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

It depends. Ideally, we would need to spread out the dental implants in order to remove a portion of the palate in a snap-in denture. With our All-On-4 procedure, we can guarantee the ability to remove the palate, however that isn't always an option with snap-in dentures.

When we are able to remove the palate, this increases the sense of taste for many patients, and often increases temperature 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 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 is after healing and osseointegration are finished and we are ready to attach to your implants, usually 4-6 months after placement of your dental implants.

How often will my implant inserts require changing?

Usually once or twice each year. This will depend upon how many implants you have, how strong your bite is, how often you remove and replace your dentures, and several other factors.

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

What is alveoloplasty? Why is it important?

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

What are tori? Must they be removed?

Tori are bony knots that can develop in the mouth of many patients. They are harmless, however, they might 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 completely normal when you first have a prosthesis (denture) placed in your mouth. Your body senses it as a foreign object and is trying 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 office, however, expect to have a bit of bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 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 small amount blood, it can look like much more. If heavy bleeding does not stop, please call our office.

An old home remedy that still works quite well to encourage clotting and stop 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.

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 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 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.

Will food get lodged under 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 much time should I take off work for recovery after the procedure?

Each patient is different. Some return to work the following day, others wait up to two weeks. As there is always a chance of bruising and swelling, and you will need to get used to eating and speaking with your new teeth; the more time you can take off, the better.

What is a soft liner?

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

Am I too young for snap-in dentures?

No, this is not only a procedure for seniors. It is quite common for patients in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be hugely beneficial for your general 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 early 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 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 patience and practice to get 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 traditional dentures.

Will I be able to talk with my new teeth immediately?

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 most difficult to pronounce. Practicing words like “Mississippi” and “sixty six” can help you get used to the new teeth. In some cases, patients might have a slight long-term lisp with implant dentures.

Will my dentures move?

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

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

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

Are implant dentures removable?

Yes. Having removable implant dentures makes cleaning them very easy. Just 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 | Periodically you’ll need to change out the snap rings in your 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 your implants cleaned periodically. All buildup on your 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 sure that unnecessary stress isn’t being applied to your 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, remember to clean your implants. Scrub these with a very soft dental brush also.

Single Tooth

Implants & Bridges

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

It depends. As each case is unique, we'll need to see you for a consultation to figure out the appropriate treatment for you.

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

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

How much do dental implants cost?

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Most patients are candidates for dental implants, even those who've been told they were not previously. Call us 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?

Care for them like natural teeth:

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

What do prosthetic teeth look like?

In the mouth, they look almost identical to a natural tooth. The implant body (the screw) won't 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 next day. Some 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 your jawbone and is left alone to integrate for up to six months. After this, 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?

Our office does not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer oral conscious sedation. This medication will help to relax you and often makes it so you don’t even remember your procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have someone driving you both ways for this 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?

Significant bleeding will have ceased before you leave the office, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 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 a lot of blood. If heavy bleeding does not stop, please call the office.

An old home remedy that still works quite well to encourage clotting and stop bleeding is to use tea bags. Just get a standard tea bag, get it damp, squeeze out the excess water, place it on your extraction site (or sites), and the 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.

Can I expect pain after the surgery?

While your experience may vary, you should expect mild discomfort and possibly swelling after your procedure. Many patients come in the following day for their post op exam reporting very little discomfort. All patients are prescribed pain medication to help reduce any discomfort.

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

Our practice does 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 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 offer zirconia implants at this time.

Can implants fail?

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

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

If your implant fails within 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 that are placed immediately after your natural teeth are removed. These dentures help control swelling and bleeding by acting like bandages over the extraction sites.

What process can I expect when getting immediate dentures?

The complete process usually takes 6 months, but may take more time 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 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 immediate dentures?

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

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

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

Denture fit mostly depends upon the anatomy of the one wearing them. Full top dentures usually fit rather well, acting like a suction cup against the roof of your mouth. Full bottom dentures tend to feel loose and have a tendency to "float" in your mouth since your tongue and cheeks are constantly working to dislodge them. It is for this reason that we strongly encourage dental implants with lower dentures.

How will I chew with the new dentures?

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

I can’t taste as much with my dentures. Is that common?

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

The lower denture is difficult to chew and speak with. Is this normal?

Yes, bottom dentures are more difficult to function with than top dentures. The tongue and cheeks moving push and pull on the bottom denture and dislodge it. Speak 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 becoming loose?

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

What are denture adjustments and how frequently are they needed?

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

Will I be charged for denture adjustments?

Our office provides denture adjustments free of charge for the first 6 months after delivery of your final teeth or permanent hard reline. After this time, there is a small fee to adjust the dentures.

How do I take care of my dentures?

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

What should I use to clean the 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 a day
  • 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 possible throughout the day. This gives your gums time to "relax" and get natural, cleansing saliva flow to them. Also, if you're a teeth grinder, removing your dentures will help you increase their functional life significantly.

Can I boil the dentures to clean them?

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

Can my dentures get damaged?

Yes, the dentures are made from acrylic teeth and an acrylic base. While these materials are very strong, they can be damaged. Be careful not to drop them, especially onto hard surfaces such as quartz countertops, tile floors, etc.

One of the most common ways dentures are damaged beyond repair is when a dog (or sometimes cat) gets ahold of them. Pets and animals enjoy chewing on dentures and have been known to damage them beyond repair very quickly. Be extra careful to put your dentures up where your pet can’t reach them.

If the dentures are damaged, are they repairable?

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

Will there be pain after the procedure?

Though your experience may vary, you can expect some soreness and possibly swelling after your procedure. Many patients come in the next day for their follow-up exam reporting very little discomfort. All patients are prescribed pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

This is perfectly normal when you first have an implant placed in your mouth. Your mouth senses it as a foreign object and is working to “flush” it out. This increased salivation should subside within a few days.

Can I be put under for the procedure?

We do not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer oral conscious sedation. This medicine will help relax you and typically makes it so you don’t remember the procedure. For this, the doctor writes you a prescription, and you can fill it at your local pharmacy. NOTE: You MUST have someone driving you both ways for this procedure, because of 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 are the advantages of dentures?

  • Enhanced confidence | Great looks and a new smile.
  • Looks | Dentures provide 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 a complete mouth of teeth.
  • Improved quality of life

What are the differences between denture levels?

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

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

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

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

Again, this will take a little time, but with some patience and practice, your mouth and tongue will quickly adjust. "S’s" will be the most difficult to pronounce. Practicing saying words like "sixty-six" and "sarcastic" can help you get used 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 your mouth can get some amount of food under it. The convenient thing about dentures is how easy it is to clean them. Just remove them; clean the denture(s) and your gums; and place them back in.

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

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

What 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.

I feel like I’m too young for dentures?

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

What items should I have ready for after my procedure?

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

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

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

What are tori? Do they need to be removed?

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

How long will I bleed after surgery?

Substantial bleeding will have stopped before you leave the clinic, however, 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 a lot of blood. 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. Just get a regular tea bag, dampen it, squeeze out the extra water, place it on your 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 many reasons that can cause sore gums: higher pressure spots, movement of the denture(s), and just plain old wearing of the dentures.

  • High pressure spots | these are normal with new dentures and typically only require small adjustments.
  • Denture movement | this can rub sores on your gums gradually. Stabilizing the dentures with dental implants can greatly reduce this problem.
  • Wearing dentures | dentures are foreign objects in the body. They are a wonderful substitution for missing teeth, but they can still irritate your mouth after a long day. Consider setting aside 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 that is missing with dentures alone. Click here for more info.

Denture adhesive may also be useful 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 security you want. Click here for more info.

Are immediate dentures removable?

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

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