Dental Implant FAQ’s

Do you have questions about dental implants? Below is a list of answers to the most commonly asked questions.

What are dental implants?

An implant is made of two components: a root-like titanium rod and an abutment piece. The titanium prosthesis is surgically placed into the jawbone, and artificial teeth are then affixed to the exposed abutment.  Professionally placed implants provide stability for replacement teeth while also ensuring the long term health of your mouth.

What is the success rate of implants?

Dental implants provide an impressively high success rate. Studies prove that most implants have a success rate of well over 90%. Many credible studies have even shown the success rate as high as 97%.

What are implant risk factors for implants?

With every dental procedure, there are risk factors to consider. In regards to implants, there is generally a high success rate. However, implants are more likely to fail if a patient’s medical history is unfavorable. Other risk factors may include:

  • Smoking
  • Grinding teeth
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Failure to brush or floss around implant regularly

Can I get multiple implants?

Depending on the condition of bone and tissue in your mouth, you may be an eligible candidate for multiple implants. Multiple implants are often used to prevent movement and slippage experienced with lower dentures. If a patient is missing an entire row of teeth, multiple implants may be the preferred course of treatment. Visit our Multiple Implants page for more information. 

How do I care for dental implants?

Caring for dental implants, especially in the days following their placement, is crucial to their longevity. We recommend:

  • Avoiding smoking and tobacco use
  • Wearing a mouthguard at night if you are prone to grinding teeth
  • Brush and floss your teeth regularly
  • Visit your dentist for regular cleaning