Q1. Are Dental Implants safe and how long will they last?
Dental Implants are a safe, well-established, tried-and-tested treatment. It’s probably true to say that Dental Implants, much like natural teeth, will last for as long as you care for them. How well you look after your dental implants – and whether you go for your regular maintenance appointments – will have the biggest impact on how long they will last.
If your Dental Implants are well looked after, and if the bone they are fitted to, is strong and healthy, you can expect them to last for many years. However, just as with other surgical Implants (such as a hip replacement) there is no lifetime guarantee.
Q2. I have missing teeth. Can Dental Implants always be used to replace missing teeth?
It depends on the condition of the bone in your jaw. Few special tests need to be done to find out the amount of bone still there. If there is not enough, or if it isn’t healthy enough, it may not be possible to place Dental Implants without grafting bone into the area first. If the bone quality is good, it is the best option to replace the missing tooth with a Dental Implant.
Q3. Why should I get a dental implant rather than just dentures or a dental bridge?
Dental Implants are stronger and more durable than dentures or a dental bridge. They offer a permanent solution to tooth loss. In the case of multiple missing teeth, dental implants may be used to support a dental bridge or with dentures to increase stability and reduce gum irritation. Dental implants, whether used in combination with dentures or a dental bridge or on their own, make it easier to eat the foods you love, speak clearly, and smile with confidence.
Q3. Do the dental implants show?
Dental Implants look exactly like natural teeth
Q4. What is the success rate for dental implant surgery?
Overall, the success rate for healthy patients who receive dental implants is high—from 92–98%. However, patients who are over age 72, who smoke, or who have a history of diabetes or head and neck radiation, or who are postmenopausal and on hormone replacement therapy, may carry a higher risk of dental implant failure as compared with healthy patients. During initial consultation, oral surgeons review the medical history of patients. This will allow them to determine whether dental implants are right for you.