When you have missing teeth, it is likely that you have stumbled across the restorative procedure online known as oral implants.

And, if you have been on dental forums, you may have concerns about their failure rates, issues with titanium and of course, chances of infection. Which is, safe to say, exceedingly disheartening.

Luckily, we have compiled the most common FAQs about oral implants and their success rate  below to assuage your fears about this increasingly popular treatment.

At Smile Dental Care Clinic, we have helped many patients in relation to the fitting of dental implants Leicester and can answer any queries or concerns that you may have using jargon-free language. Great stuff!

So, want to know a bit more about the success and complications of dental implants Leicester? Read on for our answers to popular oral implant FAQs!

Do oral implants fail?

Dental implants Leicester do not have a 100% success rate, but have been recorded as failing in less than 2% of cases around the world which is a very small number.

However, things that can increase the risk of them failing include lifestyle habits such as smoking, consuming excessive amounts of alcohol and failing to maintain good oral hygiene. If you have a bone disorder like osteoporosis, this can also make failure more likely.

For more information about the causes of implant failure, talk to our team.

What are the chances of infection?

With surgery, there is always a chance of infection, but when you come to Smile Care for oral implants, we will take every care to ensure that infections do not develop.

We will also provide you with an aftercare guide post-fitting, to ensure that you manage your newly fitted implant, to help it heal and to minimise the likelihood of an abscess forming.

Can they fall out?

Barring trauma to the face (or in the first few weeks any undue pressure being applied) oral implants do not have a history of simply falling out or coming loose.

But if you have concerns that your newly fitted implant has moved and is fusing at an angle, contact our team for a check-up.

Will I develop an allergy to them?

The material that oral implants are made with, titanium, has been used for decades in surgery and is biologically inert; in short, it is extremely unlikely that you will develop an allergy.

It is also the perfect material for implants, as it promotes bone growth and fuses with bone seamlessly, creating a secure anchor point for the prosthetic tooth.

What is their success rate?

On average, around the world, oral implants have a success rate of 98%; that’s pretty good!

Of course, there are steps which you may need to take in order to prolong the longevity of your implants, such as not smoking, refraining from consuming excessive amounts of alcohol and keeping an eye out for things like gum disease.

Provided you maintain them correctly and attend dental check-ups every 6 months, your implants should last practically a lifetime.