Q: Will implants function just like natural teeth?
A: No prosthesis could ever be as good as your original teeth. However, implants are far better than removable teeth (either partial or full dentures). Once implants have been placed, you tend to forget you even have them.
Q: Are there patients who should not have dental implants?
A: Most patients who are healthy enough to have normal dental treatment can have dental implants. There are exceptions however, such as general health conditions, and the amount of bone available to place the implant. Thus an individual evaluation is necessary.
Q: Is special care needed for implants?
A: Implants should be cared for as you would your normal teeth. It is important to have regular examinations and hygiene appointments with your dentist and Oral Health Therapist (i.e. every 6 months), as poor oral hygiene could cause an implant to fail long term.
Q: How long will my implants last?
A: Dental implants have been used successfully for over 25 years. General health, oral health and, of course, hygiene can all affect the long term prognosis.