If you’ve been told you need dental implants, or you’ve heard the phrase but aren’t sure what they are exactly, then let us explain. Below are the most frequently asked questions when it comes to dental implants. If you have any other questions which aren’t answered here, please feel free to give us a call. Our friendly and helpful staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are basically metal screws that are placed into your jaw bone in place of a tooth. It sounds quite horrific, but it’s a dental practice that’s been around for a very long time.
So they’re false teeth?
No. dental implants are the “root” that the false tooth will be add to.
Do they hurt?
As with all medical procedures, there’s no definitive yes or no to this question. Aesthetic is of coursed used and most people might feel slightly sore for a day or two, but many patients are not able to feel the implant even the next day.
What are they made from?
Dental Implants are tiny screws, so they’re made from metal. Not just any metal though! We use titanium with is more likely to fuse with the gum and bone, and has less chance of being rejected.
Are dental implants safe?
Absolutely. There is nothing to worry about with dental implants, although a very small percentage of the time, the body’s immune system rejects the implant. Worldwide this percentage is about 4%, but it is considerably lower here at Lance West.
How long do they last?
Again, everyone is different, so there’s no correct answer to this question. If however your dental implants are properly looked after- like real teeth- they should last minimum fifteen years. Looked after well, and there’s no reason they won’t last a lifetime. In comparison, normal crowns or a dental bridge on average last only around eight years.
How do I look after them?
The same way you would look after normal teeth! Brush them twice daily, use floss, and visit your dentist regularly.