Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

Let us answer your questions about Dental Implants

Our dentists have completed additional training in the field of Dental Implants. Below are the answers to some general questions. 

1. What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium that are surgically placed into the jawbone to support replacement teeth or bridges. They provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable  replacement teeth that are designed to match your natural teeth.​​

2. Who is a candidate for dental implants?

Generally, anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, decay, or periodontal disease may be a candidate for dental implants. However, a thorough evaluation by one of our dentists is necessary to determine if you have enough bone density and healthy gums to support the implants.

3. How long do dental implants last?

With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. It’s essential to maintain good oral hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, to ensure the longevity of your implants.

4. Is the dental implant procedure painful?

The dental implant procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, so you shouldn’t feel any pain during the surgery. After the procedure, some discomfort or swelling may occur, but it can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. At Byron Family Dental Care we also offer IV sedation which allows you to be put to sleep to have dental implant surgery.

5. How long does it take to get dental implants?

The dental implant process can vary depending on individual circumstances, but it generally takes several months to complete. After the implants are placed, there is a healing period of 3-6 months during which the implants fuse with the jawbone (osseointegration). Once this process is complete, the replacement teeth or bridges can be attached.

6. Are dental implants expensive?

While dental implants may have a higher upfront cost compared to other tooth replacement options, they are a long-term investment in your oral health and overall well-being. The cost of dental implants can vary depending on factors such as the number of implants needed, the complexity of the procedure, and any additional treatments required. Book in for a consultation to discuss your specific needs, and our dentists will develop a treatment plan and costs specific to your needs.

7. Can smokers get dental implants?

Smoking can increase the risk of complications during the dental implant process and may negatively affect the success rate of implants. However, smokers can still be candidates for dental implants, but they should be aware that quitting smoking can improve their chances of a successful outcome.

8. How do I care for dental implants?

Caring for dental implants is similar to caring for natural teeth. It’s essential to brush and floss regularly, as well as schedule routine dental check-ups and cleanings. Avoiding habits like smoking and chewing on hard objects can also help prolong the lifespan of your implants.

9. Can dental implants fail?

While dental implants have a high success rate of around 95%, there is still a small risk of complications or implant failure. Factors such as poor oral hygiene, smoking, and certain medical conditions can increase the risk of implant failure. However, with proper care and maintenance, the risk of complications can be minimized.

10. Will dental implants look and feel natural?

Yes, dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The replacement teeth or bridges attached to the implants are custom-made to match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth, providing a seamless and natural-looking smile.


Book an appointment with us today to discuss your Dental Implant Care. Call 02 668 58137 or book online via our website.