7 Dental Implant Questions I'm Always Asked By My Patients

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June 23rd, 2017· 5 min read

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Here is a list of questions I'm often asked by my patients in the dental chair.

1. Do dental implants seriously go into the bone?

illustration of dental implants

Yes! The objective of dental implants is to place titanium screws into bone. These titanium screws are surface treated to allow it to stick to the bone better.

Within this titanium screw lies another screw system to allow an artificial crown to be tightened into this fixture. And voila! You now have a bionic tooth!

2. Do dental implants hurt?

dental implants in a gloved dentists hand

The dental implant surgery does not hurt at all. It can sting a little though when the local anesthesia or injection is given. Even that doesn’t hurt much, as we put on a lot of numbing cream before we give the injection. We also use a fine gauge needle so that you can hardly feel the local anesthesia going in.

After the implant procedure, you may feel some soreness when the local anesthetic wears out. So it’s a good idea to take some painkillers before the anaesthesia wears off, which prevents you from being in pain post-operatively!

3. Does it set off metal detectors at the airport?

blurry picture of an airport scanner

No. Implants are made of titanium, which is not as dense as other metals. So it will not set off airport security scanners. No worries!

4. Can I still go for MRIs and CT scans after the dental implant is done?

an mri scan

Yes, absolutely! According to valid guidelines, all dental implants and their components are produced from non-ferromagnetic metals and their alloys.

All MRI examinations of patients with implants are thus absolutely safe. CT scans are also safe.

5. How long will my dental implant last?

missing teeth on a dental xray

A dental implant is supposed to last a lifetime once it integrates into the body. However, there are ways to lose a dental implant, and the fastest way to lose an implant is through gum disease.

Like a natural tooth, an implant can also lose bone at this periphery. When bone is lost, the implant can become loose and fall out just like natural teeth.

So it is very very important to see your dentist regularly, even after your implants are placed. He/she can help prevent gum disease from occurring around your natural teeth and implants.

6. My sister's/friend's/dad’s dental implant dropped out. Will mine drop out too?

man with one missing tooth in his mouth

The success rate of most premier dental implants ranges from 98 to 99 percent. If you're a healthy individual, your implant should osseointegrate with your bone with no problem at all.

Usually when implants fail, there are other systemic factors present. The person could have undiagnosed or uncontrolled diabetes, be a smoker, or have poor immunity. Speak to your dentist to evaluate your risk factors!

7. My friend told me that his friend told him that his friend died from having dental implants. Will that happen to me too?

an asian man thinking

We have all heard of eventful emergency room stories, but the reality is that dental implants are generally a very safe procedure done in the right hands.

Your dentist will do a thorough analysis with clinical observations, X-Rays, and CT scans if necessary to ensure that we do not encroach on any important blood vessels or nerves during surgery.

And if you want evidence of your dentist’s qualifications or experience, just ask. They should have diplomas or certificates available to show you! I always appreciate my patient’s straightforward response when they ask how many dental implants I have placed before theirs!

If you have any more questions about dental implants, head over to Ask A Doctor. If there are enough questions, I will write another post on dental implants!

Check out this other post to find out more about the cost of dental implants in Singapore!

Dr Marlene Teo is a Periodontist (gum specialist) at TP Dental. She holds a joint appointment as Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the National University of Singapore. Dr Teo passionately believes in leading a holistic and healthy lifestyle to boost immunity and combat periodontal disease.

I hope that you've found this guide useful, and perhaps gained more insight into the application process. Most of the admissions-related information (admin and logistics wise) can be found on the official NUS Faculty of Dentistry website.

To help yourself out, you should take note of what people look for when they look for a dentist.

This article was written by Human and published on Wednesday, 25 January 2017. Human medically reviewed the article on Wednesday, 25 January 2017. The last update was made on Friday, 18 September 2020.

Disclaimer: Opinions belong to the author and not to the platform.

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