Frequently Asked Questions

Select a procedure from the list below to view FAQs.

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 securely placed from day one, we do ask that you keep up a soft diet during the 4 month healing period. So what does that mean? A general rule of thumb is that you can eat any food which you can cut with a plastic fork. The reason for this is that you're investing into a treatment that can last you several decades, even the rest of your life, and keeping to this soft diet initially will allow the best integration of your implants into your bone and help ensure a wonderful long-term outcome.

How long has this procedure been available?

This transformative procedure was developed by Portuguese dentist Paolo Malo in the 1990s. Since then, it has safely been performed on hundreds of thousands of individuals all the while being improved upon to what we use today.

How do I care for my new teeth?

Taking care of your teeth is easy, however consistency is the key. Similar to how we’re meant to regularly brush and floss natural teeth, you need do the same with the new teeth and implants. A few minutes a day is all you will need to keep your mouth and implants healthy. Brushing your bridges with a soft bristle tooth brush and cleaning beneath them with a water flosser (WaterPik is a well-known and popular brand) a few times a day is all it takes.

Cigarette smoking can increase the possibility of implant complications, so we recommend not smoking with your dental implants. Patients with diabetes should also be made aware of an increased possibility of problems with dental implants. Keeping diabetes under control is very important for the long-term success of your implants.

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

What will my new implant bridges feel like?

Your new implant teeth will be a new sensation which will take several days or sometimes several weeks to get used to.

Will there be a lot of pain with this procedure?

While there will be moderate pain, it is similar to the pain of teeth extractions. Our team uses a combination of medications to help control your pain and keep our patients as comfortable as we can.

Can I expect pain after this procedure?

Though experiences will vary some, you should expect some soreness and some swelling after your procedure. Many patients come in the next day for their follow-up appointment reporting very little discomfort. You will be prescribed medication for pain to help reduce any discomfort. Also, if you are a good candidate for it, your doctor will provide a steroid shot which will: help reduce discomfort and swelling for the first days of recovery.

What is the recovery time like for this procedure?

Experiences will vary from person to person, but, overall, the recovery time is faster and easier with this procedure than other complete teeth restoration alternatives. This is mainly thanks to the bridges being attached directly to the bone by your implants. Traditional dentures and implant dentures both require adjustment periods during which time they are able to move and cause sore spots. The pain should decline for the most part within one to two, with full healing commonly after six months.

What is the difference between Peachtree Dentures and Implants and another dental office that has a wide range of dental services?

We limit our practice to dental implants and prosthetics. Dental implants, and particularly "teeth-in-a-day," are our passion, and our team is continually working to ensure our patients receive the best possible results. Many dental practices will refer you to multiple providers, use outside labs, and have confusing pricing. They will take many months or even years to complete the procedure while charging you up to double our price. Our dental surgeon performs the entire procedure from surgery to final teeth. We have an in-house dental lab and expert lab technician, along with affordable and transparent pricing. By offering all these services under one roof, our team is able to deliver a premium service at an affordable price.

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

Peachtree Dentures and Implants has the same advantages of the corporate implant centers by focusing our practice on dental prosthetics and implants. Our practice 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 shareholders, sales quotas, and cost cutting. With national implant practices, there is no guarantee that you'll be seen by the same doctor that has the great reviews or whom your friend recommended you to see. Our doctor oversees your procedure from beginning to end and our team will do everything we can to be certain you are happy with your new teeth and treat you like family.

What about snap in dentures or mini dental implants?

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

Snap-in implant dentures, on the other hand, can be a fantastic option for some patients. We also provide this option and have an entire page dedicated to snap-in dentures if you would like to learn more. These can be a more budget-friendly alternative to the All-On-4 "teeth-in-a-day" dental implant procedure.

How frequently should I get my new teeth cleaned professionally?

Plan to (visit us every six months to have your implants examined 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+% rate of success, yes, they can still fail. Some of the things that may cause them to fail:

  • Failure to bond to the bone
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes

If an implant fails during the first year, our dentist will replace it at no cost to you.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

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

Can I be put to sleep for the procedure?

Our office does not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer both IV and oral conscious sedatives. Click here to learn more about the options. The medication will help relax you and typically makes it so you won'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 sedation medication. You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.

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

Most cases will be attached straightaway. In certain situations, mostly depending on your bone quality and volume, we would be unable to install your bridge(s) the same day and you'll need to wear a temporary healing denture while your new implants bond to your bone. Our doctor will go over this thoroughly 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 slight bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 days after the procedure. In addition, you will most likely notice 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 heavy bleeding continues, please call the office.

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

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

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

Again, this will take some time, but with some patience and practice, your tongue and mouth will adjust quickly. "S’s" will be the trickiest 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 All-On-4 upper teeth.

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

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

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

No, this is not only for seniors. It’s actually very common for people in their 40s, 30s, and even 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be extremely 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 items should I have ready ahead of my procedure?

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

What will my final teeth be made from?

The final bridge is made out of zirconia. Zirconia is a much stronger and more stain resistant material than conventional acrylic All-On-4 implants that other 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 at a different office, expect to see staining surrounding your teeth and to replace them every five to ten years. Also, be certain you know how much you are going to pay for the procedure, temporary teeth, and final prosthetics. Many practices will charge you a base fee only for you to find out you owe an additional $5,000-$15,000 for your new teeth.

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

The entire cost for the single arch (upper or lower) is $17,000. For both upper and lower arches, the total cost is $32,000. These prices include the removal of any remaining teeth, placing the implants, same day fixed temporary teeth, and the fixed permanent zirconia teeth. Other offices often charge an operation fee, temporary fee, and then surprise you afterward with another fee for your new teeth. Our pricing is entirely transparent, and we will not surprise you with any extra fees.

How can I get permanent 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 new teeth your dental implants from day one, is that all of your implants will be rigidly held in place by the new teeth (the implant bridge). This process prevents the micro-movement of the implants that can lead to early failure. Basically, your implants and dental bridge all support each other.

Your dental implants are made of titanium, the same material used in artificial hip and knee joints, so your jawbone will naturally grow around and attach to them over time.

What if a different dentist has said that I am not a great candidate or do not have enough bone for implants?

Many patients that have been advised they aren't candidates for dental implants are actually good candidates for our "Teeth in a Day" procedure. The combination of using angled implants and using the front of the jaw where the bone is denser lets us complete this procedure for many patients that thought it was not an option. Our team can usually perform the procedure without the need for expensive grafting that delays treatment by months or years. Please come see us for a complimentary dental exam to see if you are a candidate.

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

Yes! Completing all steps in the same day is our preferred method of doing this procedure to support the best final result. With the advanced implants and materials that we have available today, there is typically no reason for you 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, our doctor is a general dentist that limits their practice exclusively to prosthetics and dental implantology. This area of expertise is their passion, and they have placed more dental implants than most specialists and other general dentists. In limited select cases, they will collaborate with other dental specialists to ensure that their patients receive the best possible treatment for their situation.

How do we 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 to very specific procedures, we have advantages that other practices simply do not. We have our in-house lab and lab technician along with a single dentist that performs the procedure start to finish. Because of these efficiencies, we are able to offer these procedures for our patients at the most competitive pricing available. Not only do we have the lowest prices, we also use only the finest dental implants and materials.

Do you have payment plans?

Yes. We offer a variety of 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 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, our patients must return to the office every 6 months for maintenance and hygiene of their bridges/implants. The warranty does not apply to patients that continue to use nicotine products or have uncontrolled diabetes or develop other uncontrolled systemic conditions which compromise their implants.

How long will the All-on-4 procedure take?

Typically the surgery is about 1 hour per arch. Then, the lab portion of making the teeth takes another 2 hours. If we start in the morning, for a single upper or lower arch, patients are usually finished around 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 created in our lab and trying them in to ensure your smile is just right. It is a long day, but will definitely be worth it in the end!

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

We do everything in our power to ensure you're thrilled with your new smile. The teeth you receive the 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 practices in Florida, Las Vegas, etc. offering same day final teeth?

While this is a good fit for some patients, in the rare case of complications or broken teeth, it is very difficult to fix if you traveled thousands of miles away or out of the country. Most local practices 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 discover what you like and don't like. For the final zirconia or nano-ceramic teeth, we can provide 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 significant downsides which cannot be ignored.

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

No, these are rigidly attached to your dental implants, which are firmly anchored in your jaw. If your new teeth begin rocking for any reason, call our office 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 the procedure?

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

Can my temporary teeth be damaged?

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

Can the permanent teeth get damaged?

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

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

Unfortunately, not. As your existing dental implants will not be the correct position that this procedure requires, 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. They are secured to your implants.

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

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

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

Of all the full arch replacement options, All-On-4 often has the shortest time required before returning to work. Typically 4-7 days is enough. That being said, since there is always the chance of bruising and swelling, and you’ll 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?

An upper implant denture will require at least 4 dental implants. A lower implant denture will require at least 2 implants. The more dental implants you have, the more secure your denture will generally be. This is particularly true for the lower denture. 3 or 4 implants in the lower is typically much better than just two.

How much do implant dentures cost?

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

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

In most cases, yes! Our team will 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 be able to use my implants (snap my dentures on to them) the same day of the procedure?

Unfortunately no, we need to allow time for your 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 dental implants.

Will I experience pain after the implants are placed?

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

Can general anesthesia be used during the 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. This medication will help to relax you 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 this procedure, someone who can drive you once you have taken the 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 prefer.

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 also increases hot and cold sensitivity, creating a more natural experience. For those patients with a severe gag reflex, removing the palate of the denture can also help provide relief.

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

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

How often will the implant inserts require changing?

Usually 1 to 2 times each year. This often depends on the number of implants you have, the strength of your bite, 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 can wear down 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 can develop in the mouth of many patients. They are not harmful, however, they might prevent 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 a prosthesis (denture) placed in your mouth. Your mouth senses it as a foreign object and is trying to “flush” it out. This increased salivation should stop within 2-3 days.

How long will I bleed after the procedure?

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

A classic home remedy that still works really well to help clotting and reduce bleeding is to use tea bags. 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 clot. Multiple tea bags can be used if needed. Replace the tea bags if they become saturated with blood. The process can be repeated as many times as needed.

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

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 food get lodged under my implant denture(s)?

Yes, any prosthetic in the mouth can get some amount of food under it. The wonderful thing about implant dentures is how easy they are to clean. Simply remove them; 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 following day, others wait a week or two. As there is always a chance of bruising and swelling, and you’ll need to get used to eating and speaking with the new teeth; the longer you can take off, the better.

What is a soft liner?

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

Am I too young for snap-in dentures?

No, this is not only a procedure for seniors. It is very common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need teeth replacement. Replacing bad teeth can be hugely beneficial for your overall physical health. Also, having teeth which allow you to confidently smile, laugh, and converse can be hugely helpful for your psychological health. Again, needing to replace teeth earlier in life is not uncommon.

What items should I have ready for after my procedure?

  • Ice packs
  • Wash cloths you don’t mind throwing away
  • Comfortable clothes you don’t mind throwing away
  • Soft foods such as:
          - soups
          - yogurt
          - cottage cheese
          - smoothies
          - protein shakes
          - eggs
          - mashed potatoes (gravy optional)

Once I have my implant teeth attached, will I know how to use them immediately?

Just as you would need practice in order to get used to walking with a prosthetic leg, you will need patience and practice to become used to your new prosthetic teeth. That being said, since these are attached using implants, your dentures will be quite a bit easier to get used to than traditional dentures.

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

Again, this will take some time, but with some practice and patience, your tongue and mouth will quickly adjust. S’s will be the toughest to pronounce. Practicing words like "sarcastic" and "seventy seven" will 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 patients may experience a slight amount of rocking with their implant dentures. For patients with two lower implants, these will need to be placed in the front of the jaw 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.

Are implant dentures removable?

Yes. Having removable implant dentures makes cleaning them extremely convenient. 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 in maintenance of implant dentures?

  • Snaps | Periodically you’ll need to replace 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 affordable to have replaced.
  • Cleanings | Just like with natural teeth, you’ll need to have your implants professionally cleaned periodically. All buildup on the implants will be removed and your dentures will be cleaned.
  • Periodic re-fittings | Your mouth can still change over time, so your dentures will 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 | 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, don’t forget to clean the implants. Scrub these with a very soft dental brush as well.

Single Tooth

Implants & Bridges

Will I need an 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 bridge or crown on the implant the same day it’s placed?

Unfortunately not at this time, we do not place temporary crowns or bridges on implants which have just been placed. The reason for this is that we want as little force as possible placed on the implants while we wait 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 have been told they were not previously. Call us to schedule your consultation 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 daily.
  • Get professional cleanings at intervals recommended by your dentist.

What do implant teeth look like?

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

Will it function and feel like a natural tooth?

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

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

Most 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 to get a dental implant?

Our process is very straight forward. The implant is placed in the jawbone and is left alone to fuse for 4-6 months. After this, we take impressions and have the replacement tooth fabricated. If bone grafting is 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 under for the procedure?

Our office does not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer both IV and oral conscious sedation. Click here to learn more about your options. The medicine will provide relaxation and typically makes it so you don’t 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 a driver both ways for your procedure, because of the sedation medication. You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.

How long can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

Significant bleeding will have ceased before you leave our clinic, 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 classic home remedy which still works quite well to encourage 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 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.

Can I expect a lot of pain after the procedure?

While experiences will vary, you should expect mild soreness and possibly swelling after your procedure. Many patients return the next day for their follow-up examination reporting minimal soreness. You will be prescribed medication for pain to help reduce any discomfort.

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

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

Can dental implants fail?

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

  • Failure to integrate into the bone
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes

If an implant fails during the first year, your 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 taken out. They help control bleeding and swelling by acting like bandages over your extraction sites.

What process can I expect when getting immediate dentures?

The complete process often takes 6 months, but may take more time for some patients.

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

What is it like to get used to immediate dentures?

The experience will be different from patient to patient, but it does require practice and patience. Your mouth will be going through significant changes over the 6 month healing period. Remember, it does get easier with time and we are here for you throughout the 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 won't look natural and people will know they're dentures. Our highly skilled lab team will make certain you don't end up with "horse teeth" or "chiclets," just beautiful, natural-looking teeth. No one will know.

How will dentures fit?

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

How will I chew with these new dentures?

Cut your food into smaller pieces, chew small 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 that common?

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

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

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

My dentures feel like they’re getting loose?

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

Will I be charged for denture adjustments?

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

How do I care for my dentures?

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

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 take my dentures out when I sleep?

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

Should I boil the dentures to clean them?

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

Can my dentures be damaged?

Yes, 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 such as quartz countertops, tile floors, 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 beyond repair quite fast. Be extra careful to put them up where your pet can’t reach them.

If the dentures are damaged, can they be repaired?

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

Will there be pain after the procedure?

Though your experience may vary, most patients should expect mild discomfort and possibly swelling after your procedure. Many patients return the next day for their follow-up exam reporting minimal pain. All patients are prescribed medication for pain to help alleviate any discomfort.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

This is completely normal when you first have an implant placed in your mouth. Your body 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 oral & IV conscious sedation. Click here to learn more about the options. This medication will provide relaxation and typically makes it so you don’t remember the procedure. For this, the doctor writes 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 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 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 better 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 offer 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 as you would need practice in order to get used to functioning with a prosthetic leg, it will require some practice and patience to get used to the 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 speak with my prosthetic teeth right away?

Again, this will take a little time, but with some practice and patience, your mouth and tongue will quickly adjust. "S’s" will be the trickiest to pronounce. Practicing saying words like "sixty-six" and "sarcastic" can help you get accustomed to your prosthetic teeth. In some cases, patients may experience a slight lisp long-term with dentures.

Can food get under my dentures(s)?

Yes, any prosthetic in the mouth will get some amount of food under it. The convenient thing about dentures is how easy they are to clean. Just remove them; clean your gums and the denture(s); and put them back in.

How much time should I take off work to recover after my extractions?

Usually 4-7 days is enough time for recovery. That being said, as there is always the 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 in your denture throughout 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 just a procedure for senior citizens. It’s actually quite common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be extremely beneficial to your long-term physical health, and having the ability to smile, laugh, and converse confidently with teeth you can be of can benefit your emotional health.

What items should I have ready for after my procedure?

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

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

The majority 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 will I bleed after the procedure?

Substantial bleeding will stop before you leave our office, however, expect to have some bleeding (oozing) for a few days after your procedure. Additionally, you'll most likely notice increased salivation when we first place your temporary teeth. When this extra saliva mixes with a small amount of blood, it can look like more blood than it is. If heavy bleeding continues, please call our office.

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

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

There are multiple things 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 often just require simple adjustments
  • Denture movement | this can rub sores on your gums gradually. Securing your dentures with implants significantly reduces this problem.
  • Wearing dentures | dentures are foreign to the body. They can be a wonderful substitution for missing teeth, but they can still aggravate your mouth after a long day. Consider setting aside time to take your dentures out and give your gum tissue a chance to "rest."

Will my dentures wobble?

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

Denture adhesive may also be helpful for some patients.

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

Dental implants often provide 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 all patients will have natural suction with their upper denture for multiple reasons (palatal torus, flat palate, bone loss, etc.)

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