Common Q&A About Dental Implants

Q: What are dental implants?

A: Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gums. They provide a stable foundation for replacement teeth, such as crowns or bridges, that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.

Q: Who is a suitable candidate for dental implants?

A: Generally, individuals with good oral health who have sufficient bone density in their jaw to support the implant are suitable candidates for dental implants. However, each case is unique, and factors such as overall health, gum health, and lifestyle habits are considered by the dentist during the evaluation process.

Q: How long do dental implants last?

A: With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. Regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups are essential to ensure the longevity of dental implants.

Q: What is the dental implant procedure like?

A: The dental implant procedure typically involves multiple stages. Firstly, the implant is surgically placed into the jawbone. Then, a healing period of several months allows the implant to fuse with the bone in a process called osseointegration. Finally, once the implant has integrated, a custom-made crown or bridge is attached to the implant to complete the restoration.

Q: Are dental implants painful?

A: The dental implant procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia, ensuring that the patient does not feel pain during the surgery. Some discomfort and swelling may occur after the procedure, but this can be managed with pain medication prescribed by the dentist.

Q: Can dental implants replace multiple missing teeth?

A: Yes, dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, or even a full arch of teeth. Depending on the individual’s needs, dental implants can support various types of restorations, including crowns, bridges, or implant-supported dentures.

If you have any additional questions or concerns about dental implants, please contact West Campus Dental Center.