Frequently Asked Questions

How do Dental Implants Work?

Until recent times, dentures were the best option for those who have lost teeth. Now the permanent dental implant is a much better option. Dental implants generally consist of 2 major parts; an artificial tooth and a permanent anchor which teeth are attached. The anchor is surgically placed on top of or within the jawbone. The artificial tooth maintains an artificial appearance and fits right onto the gum line.

What is the difference between an implant and a Veneers?

Veneers are only a cover for the front surface of the tooth. An implant replaces the entire tooth. Implants typically are when a tooth needs to be fully replaced due to damage where veneers is more of a cosmetic change. Dr. Buntemeyer will typically meet with each patient and assess their dental health goal. Then based of the status of the tooth or gum, he can recommend which option is better.

What is the difference between Partial and full dentures?

If you are facing the possibility of replacing some or all of your teeth with dentures, you need to know the options. Partial dentures are a better option and used when some of your teeth are able to be saved. Full dentures require the removal of all remaining teeth.

Veneers are like Fake Nails?

The veneer is like the acrylic fingernails that are placed over real nails. Similar to composites, veneers are attached directly to the existing tooth structure. We treat the surface of the tooth with a special conditioner to prepare it to receive the veneer. A tooth colored liquid bonding material is then applied to the tooth surface which bonds the veneer to the tooth. Veneers are also often used to cover stains and close spaces between teeth

Denture Need to Knows:


Keeping Dentures Clean

During healing dentures should be left in your mouth most of the time because the dentures can act as a bandage and give support to the oral tissue. After initial healing, your dentures should be removed every night and soaked in water to prevent warping or drying out.


Dentures aren't what they used to be

Advances in technology and education have enabled us to improve the process, fit, comfort and appearance of getting dentures. Sometimes only minor adjustments are required after initial placement.


What kind of Upkeep

After you reach a level of comfort, you may only need to see the dentist once a year so he can examine the soft tissues and make sure all is healthy.


What kind of changes will I experience?

You may occasionally bite your tongue or cheek until you get used to the new dentures. Also you may notice some salivary and taste changes. With time, you will adjust and gain confidence and comfort when speaking and chewing.


What are Immediate dentures?

If you need or choose to undergo full extractions and have dentures placed immediately, this is known as an immediate denture. You will leave the dentures in place until you see the dentist the following day.

What if I get stressed or scared?

Dr. Buntemeyer not only has the experience to provide you care you require but we also offer anxiety free oral sedation during your visits.