Category Archives: Dental Implants

Are Dental Implants the Only way to Get Pretty Teeth?

I went to a consultation for replacing my teeth. I asked for prices first. It was obvious from that my only option was dentures. I wasn’t thrilled, but I learned long ago not to get too upset about things which can’t be changed. However, it was quite an additional blow when he told me there is no way to get dentures to look natural. He told me that if I wanted natural looking teeth it had to be dental implants. I truly can’t afford implants. Is there anything kind of in between the two? Maybe it won’t look as good as dental implants, but won’t look as bad as dentures?

Ashley S. – Ohio


I don’t say this often, but I want you to get as far away from this dentist as possible. I don’t want to discourage you or make you feel like you can’t trust your healthcare providers in general. However, this dentist isn’t honest. He’s lying to pressure you into the more expensive treatment. I HATE that. There are plenty of legitimate reasons why implants are superior to dentures. He doesn’t need to make something up. Plus, it’s unfair to guilt someone into something they can’t afford.

If the dentist is skilled, dentures can look not just natural, but gorgeous. If your dentist says otherwise it’s more a commentary on his ability.

The stronger reasons to get implants is to protect your jawbone. If you can’t afford implants, that’s understandable. See if snap-on dentures are within your budget. It will give you some of the benefits of the ideal procedure without the huge price tag. If not, dentures are perfectly acceptable teeth replacement option.

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Can I Get Braces with Dental Implants?

I’m a bit frustrated with my dentist. We were talking about why I needed to have my pre-molars removed. He said my tooth spacing likely had a lot to do with it. I have crowding in the back and spaces in the front. Then he mentioned braces would have helped. He tells me this now…after I’ve had the teeth removed and replaced with dental implants. Is it too late? Can I remove the implants and fix my teeth?

Cynthia – Denver, CO


While you could have the dental implants removed, I wouldn’t recommend it unless absolutely necessary. The implants, if done properly, will have integrated with the surrounding bone. This is important because it keeps the implants in place. If you remove them, you’ll have to start over. But, you won’t be able to just do the procedure over again. You’ll need to have bone grafting done to build up the bone structure. Then you can start over.

There’s a chance braces are possible even with the implants in place. Given the lack of foresight and communication from your dentist, I’d work with someone else for this. Talk to several orthodontists in the area. See if they think it’s possible with the implants.

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Clear Choice was Pushy and Immovable

I went for a consultation to Clear Choice after several months of trying to get my dentures tolerable. They quoted me $59,000. That’s a lot of money and I could get traditional dental implants for less than that. When I told them that they insisted I wasn’t factoring in bone grafting. That’s true, but only because I don’t need bone grafting. My existing bone structure is fine.

During their sales pitch, it became increasingly clear that dental implants were a better option for me than Clear Choice’s all-on-four procedure. I mentioned that but they weren’t willing to let me off the hook. They kept hammering away at me. I said if they’d consider coming down on the price, we might talk, but they were steadfast about that huge priced tag.

At one point, I just said I needed to go. As I stood up, they implied I was intentionally not caring about my teeth and tried to waste their time. That was it. I’ll never go back.

Dentist Humiliated Me Over Need for Dentures

I am 28 years old and I think dentures are my only option. I’ve had dental problems my entire life, starting with my parents not taking me in for regular care as a child. I have tried to take care of my teeth. I brush at least twice per day and floss, but with so many problems already going on it doesn’t help. I also had hyperemesis gravidarum for three pregnancies and was sick all the time. I’ve been to several dental offices over the years and tried to fix what I can, though there was so much to do it’s hard to do it all. I could easily max out my insurance every January when it renews and still spend 20 years trying to fix it all. So, I’ve fallen into a routine where I only go in and deal with things when they hurt. I’m tired of living this way, always waiting for and dreading the next toothache, broken tooth, or infection. I want to have them all pulled and just get dentures.

Last week, I scheduled a consultation with a dentist and told him my plan. His repsonse humiliated me. He was demeaning and basically told me it was my fault that my teeth are the way they are. Then he told me I shouldn’t get dentures. I left in tears. I need help without being made to feel bad about my situation. How can I find a dentist who will help me?

Thank you,


Dear Tara,

Sorry to hear you’ve had such rough experiences. Unfortunately, some dentists lack good chairside manner. You’re also probably emotional about your teeth, which can make some things sound more critical than it’s intended to be. For example, “This didn’t happen overnight,” could easily be interpreted as “You let this go too long,” when really, the person means, “It’s going to take some time to fix too.” This, paired with the complexity of what you’re facing, can make it seem very overwhelming.

Before you take any steps, you should know that dentures are not the end-all and, especially at your age. You could be dealing with significant bone loss and facial collapse while you’re still in your 40s if your teeth are pulled now. Plus, the longer you wear dentures, the harder it is to get a set to fit well. So, you aren’t picking the easiest solution, even if it is the most economical one right now.

Your best bet is to try to put emotions aside and focus on finding the best solution for you right now. Find a dentist you feel comfortable with and have a frank, open discussion about your options. Save the teeth you can save because every tooth you retain will help prevent bone loss. Even if you wind up with a partial denture, those teeth will help make sure it fits you better and works better. As time goes on, you may be able to consider adding in implants for more support as well. Take baby steps and don’t beat yourself up. When your needs are extensive, you’ll need to build a roadmap to good oral health and that’s ok. Set a goal and work to it as best as you can, while being realistic about what you can achieve. A good dentist will work with you on this.

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Can I Super Glue My Dentures In?

My dentures refuse to stay in. They slip all the time. Would it be okay for me to super glue them in? I know I won’t be able to take them out, but that’s the point. They wouldn’t come out. I just wanted to check in case it was poisonous or something.

Marc G. – San Antonio


I’m assuming you’re just kidding with me out of frustration. I know that you’re in a pickle with your dentures, but super glue is a horrible idea. It’s extremely dangerous for you to do that. You will cause yourself a tremendous amount of pain.

The reason your dentures are slipping is likely because of bone loss. When you remove your teeth, your body recognizes that you no longer have tooth roots and begins reabsorbing the minerals in your jawbone to use elsewhere throughout your body. Eventually, there’s not enough bone structure to support your denture. That’s why they slip and slide.

I’m going to suggest a much healthier alternative. You could have some bone grafting done to build up your bone structure, then get dental implants. Implants anchor your tooth replacements to your jawbone. It’s like having your own natural teeth back… and they won’t go anywhere.

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Broke Teeth Close to Bottom – Replacement Options?

I took a fall and broke two teeth. One of them is almost at the gumline. The other is a little taller. Do I have any decent replacement options?

Tim M. – Chicago


Sorry for your fall. Fortunately, you have several replacement options. If there’s enough tooth structure left, you could get dental crowns. These will leave your tooth roots in place and help preserve bone loss in your jaw. Ideally, you want as much healthy tooth retainment as possible.

If you can’t preserve the teeth, your next best option is to get dental implants. These also prevent bone loss by placing a titanium root form into your jaw to imitate your root. This signals to your brain to leave the bone in place. Dental implants have the added benefit of being most like your natural teeth, so you can eat, drink, brush, and floss as you normally would.

If those are out of your budget, then I’d recommend a dental bridge or a removable partial denture (in that order). These are also satisfactory replacement options. You just won’t have the ability to prevent mineral loss in your jawbone.

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Worried I’m Losing My Implants

I had gum disease. My dentist upped my cleanings to every three months in order to help, but it just seemed to continue. In fact, I lost some teeth. They just came loose and fell out. He told me it would be important to replace those teeth or my natural teeth would shift. After debating the differences between a partial denture and dental implants. I decided on the implants because that seemed to be the best replacement. I love them, but now they’re loose. I’m worried they’re going to come out too. Is there something I can do to save them?

Danny B. – Michigan


There are flashing lights and alarms bells going off everywhere. If you lost teeth, your gum disease was quite advanced. He should never have given you dental implants with gum disease. It’s a guaranteed implant failure.

I’m also concerned that the only treatment for such advanced gum disease was extra cleanings. There are several other things that should have been done.

Your first step is to see a dentist who has significant training in dental implants. Have them look at your implants and see if by treating the gum disease there is a chance of saving the implants.

Worst case scenario is these implants will fail and you’ll have to start over with new ones after the gum disease is properly dealt with. If that’s the case, you should be able to get a refund from your original dentist.

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Help! My Grandaughter Painted My Dentures!

My granddaughter was staying the weekend. I dozed off with my teeth out. While I napped, she painted my dentures white with my white nail polish. I know she thought she was doing me a favor, but now they look quite weird and I don’t know how to get it off. Will nail polish remover work?

Alicia S. – California


Children really do the darndest things! You can’t get angry, because their hearts are usually in the right place. I guess your granddaughter knew that teeth whitening is all the rage right now and was trying to make you the hip grandma.

The one thing I don’t want you to do is use nail polish remover. Most dentures are made out of acrylic and most nail polish contains acetone, a chemical that dissolves or degrades acrylic. So, you can see the issue here. Nail polish that doesn’t contain acetone isn’t good for your dentures either. Your best bet is to first try denture cleaner and a denture brush. If that doesn’t work, you’ll need to take them into your dentist’s office to let them work with them.

It seems like, aside from the paint job, you’re pretty happy with your dentures. I just want to make certain your dentist warned you of one side-effect of dentures, known as facial collapse. When your teeth roots are removed, your body begins reabsorbing the minerals in your jawbone to use elsewhere in your body. You’ll notice your jawbone begins to shrink. The best way to prevent this is to get dental implants. These provide a new root and signals to your body to keep your jawbone in place.

Give your granddaughter a hug!
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How to Spot the Difference Between Fake and Genuine Clear Choice Reviews

I’ve been trying to compare a bunch of Clear Choice reviews and testimonials from other local offices. I’m looking to be free of my upper denture after having it for about five years and I’m pretty sure I want to go the route of an implant-supported denture for stability and comfort. The next step comes in with trying to find the right dentist to do it and getting some estimates, but I’d rather not waste anybody’s time by going someplace that isn’t going to provide good care. I don’t know anyone who has had this procedure done, so I can’t get referrals from anyone, which means I’m more or less at the mercy of the net. The problem is, as I look over all these Clear Choice reviews, they’re all over the place. I can’t help but wonder if some of them are trumped up or fake. I know this happens on places like Amazon, but I don’t know if it has made its way into things like dentistry. Are there any things I can look for that may help me determine if something is valid?

Thank you,
Erin – Illinois

Dear Erin,

The reality is that Clear Choice reviews are going to be all over the place. Some people have good experiences, but when it goes bad, it goes really, really bad. This seems to be more because of their model than anything else. They do one main type of treatment and push it hard. Their sales techniques and cookie cutter methodology obviously can’t work for everyone.

Be sure to look at all dental implant and implant supported options. Don’t limit yourself to Clear Choice.

As far as spotting fake Clear Choice reviews (or any others for that matter), it’s really hard for people to tell. There are some computer programs that swear they can do it, but even those aren’t great. However, you may be able to identify them by looking out for the following:

1) Focus on people, not actions, or lots of generalizations. For example, if someone just keeps saying “I liked the dentist” repeatedly, it’s a red flag. Real testimonials tend to focus on the procedures performed and how they went. The person writing can tell you exactly what was good or bad, not just say “The dentist did a good job with my implant.”

2) We wary of large amounts of technical language. Testimonials that include things like the clinical names of teeth (bicuspid, first molar, etc.), those that use medical language to describe parts of the mouth (anterior, posterior, mesial, distal), or ones that sound like the info is coming from a manual (35% tooth whitening gel, fine polishing disc, etc.) Some patients are well informed and that’s great, but real patients don’t usually distinguish between different types of similar materials/ equipment and almost never use dental terminology to describe landmarks in their mouth. Use your own judgment with these.

3. No other reviews. If you’re on a platform where it’s common to have reviews of all sorts, like Yelp, be wary of the ones who never rate anything else or those who only give 5-star ratings to everyone.

4. Improbable or overexcited claims. For example, “THIS DENTIST IS AWESOME!!!” or “One visit with this dentist and all my dental problems were fixed.”

While there’s no fail-safe method for detecting fibs, these tips can help sort out the suspicious reviews.

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Is It Possible to Have a Pretty Smile After Dentures?

I’ve had dentures for many years. They’ve never been pretty, but I’ve tried to live with it. I’ve finally decided I want a pretty smile, but I’m not sure if it’s too late. I’ve got a friend who has dental implants and they’re beautiful. Can I get those after having dentures?

Lori E. – Pennsylvania


First, I want to assure you a beautiful smile is possible whether you have dentures or dental implants. It’s not the type of tooth replacement that makes the difference, it’s the artistic skill of the cosmetic dentist you choose.

Whether or not you can have dental implants will depend on a few things. One is are you actually a good candidate for implants. You have to be in good general health. The second being you’ve had dentures for many years. That may mean that you no longer have enough jawbone structure to retain implants. You could still get them, but it would require you to get some bone grafting done first.

The biggest difference between dentures and dental implants are the implant itself. It is a stand-in for your missing tooth root. That means the implant is more permanent and will protect your jaw bone from disintegrating. You’ll find that you’ll like them better than dentures. They’ll feel like having your natural teeth back.

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