Common Questions About Dental Implants

Considering dental implants? Here are the answers to some common questions… 

How did dental implants come to be?

Dental implants came to be when a scientist discovered that bone would naturally bond to titanium.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium cylinders that are permanently placed in the jaw bone, providing support for the replaced teeth. The bone grows around the implants and bonds with them as if they were bone. The titanium part is not visible. The part that is visible is the prosthetic tooth.

What is the prosthetic teeth made of?

The prosthetic teeth are made of porcelain.

What color are the prosthetic teeth?

Prosthetic teeth are custom-made for you, so they are color-matched to your existing teeth. This is great because then you don’t have to worry about the prosthetic teeth standing out

What is the biggest benefit of dental implants?

The biggest benefit of having dental implants is that once they are in, they function and feel like regular teeth. Unlike dentures, you don’t have to remove them and they don’t shift around.

Will people be able to tell that I have dental implants?

No, people will not be able to notice that you have dental implants. The only way they would know is if you tell them.

Can I chew gum with dental implants?

Yes! You can chew gum just like with natural teeth. The gum will not stick to the implants.

Will I be in any pain during dental implant surgery?

You don’t have to worry about being in any pain during the surgical procedure of getting implants because anesthetic will be used. Your oral surgeon’s main priority is making your experience as comfortable as possible.

What can I expect right after my oral surgery for dental implants?

As with any surgery, there is recovery time and your mouth will need to heal. You can expect to feel sore and some discomfort.

Am I at risk for breakage with dental implants?

Just like with your regular teeth, you need to take precautions. If you chew ice, bite hard candies, or random objects like pens, yes, you could risk breaking them. Treat them as you would regular teeth, and you don’t have to worry.

Can dental implants stain?

Yes, dental implants can stain just like natural teeth from things like coffee and red wine. It is important to schedule regular cleanings just like you would if all of your teeth were natural.

How long will my dental implants last?

With proper care and maintenance, your dental implants will last 25+ years! They really are the best “permanent” solution.

Still have questions about oral implants? If you are located in the Surrey area, call us at New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery. We would love to book you in for a consultation as well to ease your mind of any concerns and conduct an evaluation of your needs.

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