The Possible Side Effects of Dental Implant Surgery

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Dental implants can permanently replace the roots of missing teeth, offering a secure anchor for restorations and improvement to dental function and appearance. Dental implant surgery is a relatively minor procedure, however, it does carry some potential risks and side effects. To discuss your personal risks, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Fort Worth cosmetic dentist Steve Brown, who has placed over 8,000 dental implants. In the meantime, read on to learn more about the potential risks and side effects of dental implants surgeries.


Dental implant surgery is a minimally invasive procedure performed on an outpatient basis. Though dental implant surgery is minimally invasive, it is associated with some possible risks and side effects. These include:

  • Pain: It is common to experience some pain after dental implant surgery. Pain should reduce as the jaw and gums recover. Pain medications may be prescribed or your oral surgeon may recommend over-the-counter pain relief to reduce discomfort following surgery.
  • Bruising: Some bruising may be experienced as a result of dental implant surgery, but this should resolve within a week or so of treatment.
  • Swelling: Swelling is another common side effect of dental implant surgeries, and should be expected immediately following treatment. Swelling may occur within the cheeks and gums but should reduce within a few days of surgery.
  • Infection: Infection is a possible risk of dental implant surgery. It is important to keep the incision site clean and properly cared for to reduce the risk of infection of the gums and jawbone.
  • Implant Failure: Implants may fail due to infection or smoking, or the jawbone may fail to fuse to the implant. Osseointegration, the process through which the bone grows and fuses with the implant, may not occur in some patients, leading to implant failure.
  • Sinus Issues: Though rare, dental implants placed in the upper jaw can cause sinus problems in some patients.
  • Nerve or Tissue Damage: Another rare risk of dental implant treatment is nerve or tissue damage. This may result if certain blood vessels are damaged. Nerve or tissue damage can cause numbness or a tingling feeling in affected areas.

Reducing Risks and Side Effects


You can take steps to reduce the possibility of risks and side effects after dental implant surgery by practicing the following tips:

  • Follow Pre- and Post-Operative Instructions: One of the best ways to ensure the success of your dental implants surgery is to follow all pre- and post-operative instructions. This will help you be prepared for surgery and allow you to properly care for your implant after treatment.
  • Don’t Smoke: Smoking greatly inhibits the body’s ability to heal itself by preventing nourishing oxygen from reaching the cells. It is recommended that patients quit smoking at least four weeks prior to surgery to prepare the body for treatment.
  • Don’t Drink Alcohol: Alcohol can inhibit the body’s ability to heal and can lead to bleeding issues. Avoid drinking alcohol during the recovery process to improve your chances of a successful treatment.
  • Practice Good Oral Hygiene: Practicing proper oral hygiene is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of infection following dental implants surgery. You should not skip brushing and flossing during recovery, just be sure to practice extra care and be gentle around the implant site. You may want to switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush to reduce the risk of irritating the incision.
  • Rinse with Warm Salt Water: Rinsing the mouth with warm salt water can help the healing process and offer relief.

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Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Brown to find out if dental implant surgery is right for you.

4 Advantages of Dental Implant Retained Dentures Over Traditional Dentures

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One of the primary services we provide in our office is the placement and construction of dental implant retained dentures (sometimes called implant supported dentures). This affordable option offers several of the advantages of dental implants while removing many of the traditional hardships of dentures. Here are some of the ways that this option serves you.

4. Minimal Slipping


An all-to-common problem with conventional dentures is that they slide around in a person’s mouth when he or she is either speaking or trying to chew food. Not only can this be extremely irritating, it is also embarrassing. However, thanks to dental implants this can be avoided. With implants to retain them, your denture is still resting on tissue, but will move very little when you eat and not at all when you talk.

3. No Adhesives


If you have dentures yourself, you know what a pain adhesives are. They taste bad. They feel gross. They cost you a lot of money, and, worst of all, they often don’t work. Dental implants allow you to avoid the hassle, pain, and disgust of adhesives, holding your new teeth firmly in place all by themselves.

2. Eat What You Want


Perhaps the biggest, most frequent complaint about dentures is that they limit the wearer’s diet. A typical denture restricts a person to eating mostly soft foods, preventing one from eating what they want. A dental implant retained denture fixes this. Dental implant supported prosthetics allow you to eat the food you desire without worrying about slippage, thanks to their more secure fit.

 

1. Preserve Your Bone, Gums, and Face


The least-known disadvantage of conventional dentures may be the most harmful of all: the dangers of missing teeth. When a person is missing teeth, it can lead to the erosion of your facial structure over time because the gums and bone tissue will begin to deteriorate. This is because the roots of the teeth stimulate the bone and gum tissue; without this stimulus, the tissue recedes from lack of use. This shrinkage will affect the fit of your denture, which will become looser and less effective as your gums and jaw are altered. Worse still, this bone and gum deterioration will cause premature aging in your face, wearing away your healthy appearance.

With dental implants retaining your new teeth, however, this problem is fixed. Implants act as tooth roots, stimulating your jawbone and your gum tissue the way that natural teeth do. They help you retain your face while providing you with a firmer, more reliable fit over time.

Learn More About Dental Implant Dentures


Contact our Fort Worth office today to schedule your free consultation and to learn more about how this service can restore your quality of life.


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What Do Dental Implants Cost?

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There is little question that dental implants are the strongest and most durable treatment option for patients who have experienced adult tooth loss. While the benefits of dental implants are clear, many patients are reluctant to undergo treatment because of the cost. It is true that dental implants are one of the more costly dental procedures. However, with the long-lasting security that is provided by dental implants, many patients feel that the results are well worth the cost. Furthermore, at the Dental Implant Place, we offer our Fort Worth patients dental implant costs that are more affordable than most other practices without compromising quality or service.

What Do Dental Implants Cost?


Most patients would like to know the exact cost of dental implants treatment before committing to a dental consultation. Unfortunately, that simply is not possible. The costs of dental implants treatment can vary greatly, not just from practice to practice, but also from patient to patient. There are many variables that go into determining the final cost of dental implants treatment. Some of the factors that will determine dental implant costs include,

  • The number of teeth that have been lost
  • The number of dental implants that will be required to anchor dental restorations
  • The type of dental implant that is used (traditional vs. small diameter)
  • The number of procedures that are required to complete treatment
  • How many doctors and/or locations are used throughout treatment
  • The type of dental restoration that is affixed to the dental implants

With all of these considerations, it is not surprising that there is such a wide range of dental implants costs. These costs all depend on the office doing the work and the specific needs of the patient.

Making Dental Implants More Affordable


At the Dental Implant Place, we believe that every patient deserves to experience the benefits of dental implants, which is why we strive to offer high quality care that is affordable to all of our patients. We are able to offer our patients more affordable dental implants treatment because of the following:

  • Free consultation: Consultation fees can be costly. We offer all of our patients a free consultation so that they can be educated on the dental implants treatment before committing to the procedure.
  • One-stop service: At the Dental Implants place, we complete every step of treatment in our office. From oral surgery to restoration placement, our patients can receive quality treatment without incurring the costs of extra doctor or location fees.
  • Small diameter implants: For patients who are candidates, we offer small diameter implants and mini implants. Small diameter implants treatment can often be completed in a single appointment, making it a more affordable alternative to traditional implants.
  • Financing: Despite the above advantages, dental implants treatment can still be costly. That is why we partner with Springstone Patient Financing to offer each of our patients a payment plan that can fit their budget.

Schedule an Appointment


If you would like to benefit from the confidence and security that is provided by dental implants, schedule an appointment at the Dental Implant Place to learn more about the cost of treatment. At the Dental Implant Place, you can feel confident knowing that you are getting the service you deserve at an affordable rate.

How Small Diameter Dental Implants Can Lower the Price of Your Treatment

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Most of the dental implants we place in our Fort Worth office are small diameter implants. This is because this type of implant offers several key advantages that other types do not, and one of these advantages is their lower price. Here’s how they make your procedure more affordable.

They’re Less Expensive to Buy


Dental implants, though small, are usually composed of many parts. These can and/or will include the post, an impression sleeve, an abutment screw, a cover screw, an implant analog, a healing abutment, and an esthetic abutment. Overall, a conventional implant can be made up of anywhere from 10 to 15 parts. Because of their complex structure, dental implants can be very expensive; generally the more parts required for a dental implant, the higher its price on the dentist placing it. The dentist will then be forced to raise the price of your procedure in order to cover his or her costs.

A small diameter implant is another story. Compared with their more complex brethren, small diameter implants are usually composed of no more than five parts, and can even be as simple as a single piece! This makes them less expensive to manufacture, which in turn makes them less expensive for you in our Fort Worth office.

They Can Help You Avoid Bone Grafting Procedures


Some patients seeking restorative dental treatment have experienced bone loss in their jaw due to dentures, infection, or missing teeth. Because of their missing bone tissue, many of these patients don’t qualify for traditional implants without bone grafting surgery. Bone grafting is a procedure in which missing or damaged bone is replaced by new pieces of bone, which is often harvested from the patient. These procedures can cost thousands of dollars (depending on the patient’s case and the type of  surgery) and can also be extremely time consuming. For instance, it usually takes between 9 to 12 months for a patient to heal completely from an additive bone graft.

Thanks to small diameter dental implants, however, these surgeries can often be avoided. This is because these implants are minimally invasive, meaning they require a much smaller pilot hole than other implants. A small diameter implant usually between (2.9-3.25mm) in diameter. When compared with traditional implants (which can be as wide as 6mm) it’s not difficult to see how small diameter implants require less bone in order to be placed. They cause significantly less trauma during surgery, allowing for both faster healing a higher qualification rate among patient’s.

Find Out More From Our Doctor


Dr. Steve Brown has placed thousands of dental implants over the course of his career, and he strongly holds to the advantages of small diameter implants. He believes in them so much that he teaches other dentists how to place them as the President and Lead Instructor of the Small Diameter Implant Institute.Contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Brown and find out more about how our Fort Worth office can help you lower the cost of your restorative dental care.

How Our Office Lowers Tooth Implants Cost

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At our Fort Worth practice, we work to make tooth implants cost affordable for you. One of the ways we do this is through what we call our All-In-One-Place Advantage, which allows us to handle every stage of your treatment ourselves. As you will see, this unique feature can reduce your price considerably.

The Dental Implant Process

There are typically many steps required for placing implants. These steps include:

  1. Consultation: The patient must receive an oral exam from a doctor so that their specific needs can be accurately assessed.
  2. X-Rays/Scans: Usually several X-Rays or CT Scans of the patient’s mouth are required for your procedure. They must be taken pre-surgery to determine whether or not there is adequate bone density for implant placement, and they must be taken post-surgery to survey the progress of the patient’s healing.
  3. Surgery: There are two surgical procedures involved in the dental implant process: tooth extractions and implant placement (some people, like full denture wearers, don’t need tooth extraction surgery). Sometimes both of these surgeries can be done in one day, but other times they may require separate appointments. In addition, while a patient’s dental implants can usually be placed in one appointment, this is not always the case. Sometimes multiple surgeries are necessary for placement.
  4. Building the New Teeth: A dental lab must construct the crown, bridge, or denture that you will wear over your implants.
  5. Fitting: An appointment must be made for the dentist to fit the new prosthetics onto the dental implants.
  6. Adjustments: Typically, a patient will need at least one follow-up appointment for adjustments to be made to their new teeth

Most Offices Increase Tooth Implants Cost


Most dentists and oral surgeons can’t perform every stage of this process for you and will have to refer you to other offices for these stages. Clearly, this can be very inconvenient for patients in terms of time. However, more visits to more offices will also mean more bills. Because many offices charge per X-ray and per visit, all of these visits to different offices can significantly add to the overall tooth implants cost.

This problem is especially evident when the dentist placing your implant does not have his or her own dental lab and must outsource the construction of your denture, crown, or bridge. This not only gives you another bill to pay, but also allows for a broader margin of error in the construction of your new teeth, since the outsourced dental lab doesn’t take your measurements itself. This can lead to more adjustments being needed (which would require more post-surgery visits to your dentist) and raise your cost even further.

Fortunately, none of this has to be the case for you. At The Dental Implant Place in Fort Worth…

We Handle Every Phase of Your Treatment


We’ll give you a free consultation and take your CT Scans. We’ll build your denture, crown, or bridge ourselves in our own in-house dental lab. Best of all, Dr. Steve Brown will perform every step of your surgical procedure, from your tooth extractions to the placement of your tooth implants cost.

We Don’t Charge Per X-Ray/CT Scan


Although our patients must pay for their initial CT scan, the rest are on us.

We Don’t Charge Per Office Visit


Any repairs or adjustments on your new teeth are free for up to one year, and these adjustments can, in most cases, be done within one appointment. This type of service can significantly reduce the cost of your dental implants over time, and will certainly make your treatment more convenient.

A Variety of Financing Options


Many dentist offices offer only one or two forms of financing: The Dental Implant Place offers several, including some plans with zero percent financing for up to two years.

Want More Information?


Contact our Fort Worth office today. We’d be happy to give you more details on tooth implants cost and the affordability of your treatment.

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What Is An All On 4?

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All on 4 is a uniform implant procedure that replaces a whole row of upper or lower teeth with an acrylic denture that is screwed permanently onto four dental implants. While All on 4 procedures allow immediate loading (putting the denture onto the implants the same day that the implants are placed) permanently fixing acrylic to your upper or lower arch can be ineffective and possibly harmful to the long-term health of your gums. That’s why in our Fort Worth practice we provide dental implant services that further personalize your implant procedure to fit your unique bone structure while preserving the predictability, firm fit, and immediate loading of All on 4.

What The Term Means


The All on 4 design involves a dentist placing four standard-sized dental implants (between 3 and 6 millimeters in diameter) and then screwing a plastic acrylic denture with a metal substructure onto those implants. While there are exceptions to most rules, All on 4 rarely deviates from this format.

The Main Issues With All On 4


  • Acrylic Absorbs Moisture and Bacteria: It’s almost unavoidable that food and bacteria are going to accumulate underneath a denture. To maximize the longevity of your denture and protect the health of your gums, a denture should be thoroughly cleaned twice daily. Permanently screwing a denture to dental implants (like All on 4) makes properly cleaning your denture very difficult (the outside of the denture will be the only reachable place.
  • You May Need More Than Four Implants For A Firm Fit: Sometimes a denture requires more than four implants to hold it in securely. This is especially the case when replacing the teeth on your upper arch. Furthermore, you may not have the bone available for traditionally sized dental implants and may require small diameter or mini implants. In our Fort Worth office, we do not charge extra if you need more than four implants, and our cost doesn’t vary based on the size of your implants. Dr. Brown’s philosophy is to make your dental implants fit your bone, not make your bone fit your implants.

What We Do Instead


  • If You Want Fixed Teeth, We Give You Implant Retained Zirconium Bridges: Zirconium is the hardest material available in dentistry for making natural-looking artificial teeth. It does not decay, it does not absorb water or bacteria like acrylic. Zirconium bridges do not cover your gums, so they can be cleaned the same way that you would clean real teeth. If we’re going to permanently cement (aka fix) a set of teeth to your implants, we’re going to use zirconium, not acrylic.
  • We Offer Removable, Dental Implant Retained Dentures As An Alternative to Zirconium: If want a more affordable option than zirconium bridges, you can get a denture custom-made for you that can snap on and off of your dental implants. We do this so that you can thoroughly clean your denture and still enjoy the benefits of dental implantsL firmer fit, no adhesives, healthier gums, and a more retained bone structure.
  • In Either Case, You Will Get Immediate Loading: We will make sure that you have a set of teeth to wear over your implants the same day that you get them placed.

Contact Us Today For More Information


We want you to thoroughly understand your dental implant procedure and the advantages of our practice. Call us or submit a contact form if you have more questions regarding All on 4 and dental implants. We look forward to speaking with you!

7 Steps to Take After Your Teeth Extractions

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Sometimes our patients don’t qualify for our same day tooth extractions and dental implants. This could be due to their unique bone anatomy, or it could be due to pre-existing oral health complications that require them to heal before dental implants can be placed. Therefore, it’s important that you know the correct way to take care of your mouth if your tooth extractions cannot be done in the same appointment as your dental implant surgery. 

1. Don’t Rinse Immediately


You should not rinse out for 72 hours. If you need to, roll water in your mouth and drool it out. 

2. Don’t Smoke, Spit, Use a Straw, or Drink Carbonated Beverages.


All of these things could cause you to lose the blood clot, resulting in a very painful dry socket. Wait at least three days before you use any tobacco products.

3. Take Proper Care if There’s Bleeding


If bleeding persists, bite down on a moistened tea bag placed over the surgical site. If bleeding is excessive, then notify the office immediately.

4. Take Food w/ Your Pain Pills


Always take pain pills with food to avoid nausea. 

5. Use Dieting Supplements


Support your nutrition with liquid diet supplements available at your local grocery or drugstore. 

6. Change Out Your Gauze.


Change gauze packs every 30 minutes for 2 hours. Bite hard using pressure.

7. Don’t Use Peroxide Except as Prescribed by a Doctor.


Remember, the doctor who performs the procedure is entitled to be consulted first in case of trouble. 

Some Additional Instructions:


The hard edges or prominence of the bony process noticed after an extraction are sometimes mistaken for part of the tooth; however, this will soon be covered by tissue and smoothed by absorption. If pain or swelling occurs after the wound is apparently healed, then return to our office for an examination. 

Don’t Hesitate to Contact Us With Any Questions!


It is our desire at The Dental Implant Place that your recovery be as pleasant as possible. Contact our Fort Worth office today and let us know how we can help you. 

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Restore Your Smile and Dental Function with Full Mouth Reconstruction

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The state of our teeth and oral health can either be a source of embarrassment or pride. When you suffer from dental damage, smiling or being close to other people can make you feel self conscious about your appearance. Fortunately, full mouth reconstruction treatments can improve dental appearance, restore oral health, and allow you to feel proud of your smile once more. There are a number of treatments used for full mouth reconstruction, such as dental implants for the replacement of missing teeth. The treatments used will depend on the needs of the individual. To find out if you’re a candidate for full mouth reconstruction, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Fort Worth dentist Steve Brown.

Full Mouth Reconstruction Treatments


The treatments used in a full mouth reconstruction will vary from patient to patient, as each reconstruction plan is tailored to the needs of the individual. In general, full mouth reconstruction treatments include those that restore oral health and dental function, and improve overall aesthetics. Common oral health issues corrected with full mouth reconstruction treatments include missing teeth, gum disease, dental decay, and malocclusion. Here are some of the most popular full mouth reconstruction treatments:

  • Dental implants: Whether you’re missing an individual tooth or all of your teeth, dental implants can be used in conjunction with dental crown and bridge restorations to restore your smile. Dental implant treatment is the focus of our Fort Worth office, and we handle every phase of your treatment. 
  • Implant supported dentures: For those missing all of their top or bottom teeth, implant supported dentures are a viable option. Implant supported dentures use dental implants as anchors for specially made dentures, providing a secure fit, and The Dental Implant Place offers them as an affordable option for full mouth reconstruction.
  • Root planing and scaling: Part of full mouth reconstruction is restoring the overall health of the mouth, which includes gum health. Root planing and scaling is highly effective at treating gum disease and closing pockets that can form between the gums and teeth with chronic gum disease.
  • Gum contouring: Gum contouring is sometimes used in full mouth reconstruction to adjust dental crown length.
  • Orthodontics: Orthodontics may be included in a full mouth reconstruction when malocclusion or temporomandibular joint disorder, TMD, are present. Orthodontics correct dental bite and can realign the jaw to reduce TMD symptoms.

Are You a Candidate for Full Mouth Reconstruction?


Because there are so many treatments available for full mouth reconstruction, many individuals qualify as candidates. In general, full mouth reconstruction candidates suffer from dental issues that need correction for oral health reasons. Candidates include those who suffer from one or more of the following issues:

  • Missing one or more teeth: Dental implants can be used to replace one or more teeth and can be combined with dentures to replace a full set of teeth.
  • Dental decay or severe damage: Dental decay or broken teeth can be restored with dental crowns or tooth-colored fillings.
  • Mild to severe gum disease: Gum disease can lead to many oral health issues, but it can be treated with root planing and scaling or other periodontal treatments.
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder: TMD symptoms can be alleviated with orthodontics treatments, making TMD sufferers prime candidates for full mouth reconstruction.
  • Malocclusion: Malocclusion, or a bad bite, can be corrected with orthodontics.

Schedule a Consultation


For more information about dental implants fort worth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Brown today!

The Advantages of Zirconium Crowns and Bridges

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Many offices offer crowns and bridges for use with dental implants, but not every office makes them out of zirconia. Our Fort Worth office offers zirconium crowns and bridges as a solution when restoring your smile with dental implants. Zirconia is a white element, and it is the best substance available in cosmetic dentistry for making new teeth; it is far superior to acrylic. Here’s what makes zirconia a fantastic material for your new teeth.

Zirconia is Very Hard


It is the hardest material available in dentistry for making realistic looking teeth. It is very difficult to break and very easy to clean (you just brush it like you would your natural teeth).

Zirconia is Realistic


In our Fort Worth office, we will digitally design and mill your zirconia crown or bridge ourselves in our in-house dental lab. To perfect the shape and fit of your new milled teeth, we will first mill you a temporary tooth or set of teeth for you to “test drive”. This temporary set of teeth will be made out of a softer material and will be digitally designed by us using CAD software (we base our design of your impression that we took before your surgery). We then modify our digital design (aesthetically and functionally) based on your feedback while wearing your temporary. This allows us to give you a set of teeth that unique, customized to fit your specific wants and needs.

Why Do We Only Use Zirconia For Fixed Teeth?


Many dentists offer “fixed” sets of teeth that are made out of acrylic. While our practice does offer implant supported dentures, we make these dentures snap on and off of your implants so that you can remove them yourself. We do it this way because acrylic is far more difficult to keep clean than zirconia, as it is more prone to absorb water and bacteria. This is especially true in the event of cracks and breaks that are more likely to occur with acrylic.

Reserve Your Free Consultation


Find out more about how a zirconia crown or bridge can change your life. Call our office today to schedule your consultation with our dentist, Dr. Steve Brown.

The Advantages of Zirconia Crowns and Bridges

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The Advantages of Zirconia Crowns and Bridges

Many offices offer crowns and bridges for use with dental implants, but not every office makes them out of zirconia. Our Fort Worth office offers zirconium crowns and bridges as a solution when restoring your smile with dental implants. Zirconia is a white element, and it is the best substance available in cosmetic dentistry for making new teeth; it is far superior to acrylic. Here’s what makes zirconia a fantastic material for your new teeth.

Zirconia is Very Hard


It is the hardest material available in dentistry for making realistic looking teeth. It is very difficult to break and very easy to clean (you just brush it like you would your natural teeth).

Zirconia is Realistic


In our Fort Worth office, we will digitally design and mill your zirconia crown or bridge ourselves in our in-house dental lab. To perfect the shape and fit of your new milled teeth, we will first mill you a temporary tooth or set of teeth for you to “test drive”. This temporary set of teeth will be made out of a softer material and will be digitally designed by us using CAD software (we base our design of your impression that we took before your surgery). We then modify our digital design (aesthetically and functionally) based on your feedback while wearing your temporary. This allows us to give you a set of teeth that unique, customized to fit your specific wants and needs.

Why Do We Only Use Zirconia For Fixed Teeth?


Many dentists offer “fixed” sets of teeth that are made out of acrylic. While our practice does offer implant supported dentures, we make these dentures snap on and off of your implants so that you can remove them yourself. We do it this way because acrylic is far more difficult to keep clean than zirconia, as it is more prone to absorb water and bacteria. This is especially true in the event of cracks and breaks that are more likely to occur with acrylic.

Reserve Your Free Consultation


Find out more about how a zirconia crown or bridge can change your life. Call our office today to schedule your consultation with our dentist, Dr. Steve Brown.