Can My Dental Implants Get Cavities? (And Other Common Questions)

I hear dozens of questions every day about dental implants from curious patients.  I welcome all patient questions and I try to provide helpful answers.

To help you better understand an upcoming dental implant procedure, we’ve compiled a top-five list of the most common questions about dental implants:

Can my dental implants1.  Can dental implants get cavities?

No.  Because the implant-restored crown is made from an artificial material, it cannot grow cavities!  However, you still need to have regular gum care and cleanings around the implant site just like you would for a natural tooth.

2.  Can implants slip or fall out like dentures?

No.  The crown is attached to the permanent titanium post that is set in the jaw.  Crowns will not slip around or fall out like you may have experienced with dentures.

3.  Can I sleep with my dental implants in?

Yes!  They are practically “permanent,” unlike dentures.  You do not need to remove and soak them overnight.

4.  Aren’t dental implants more expensive than bridges and dentures? 

It depends.  If you are talking about just a few teeth, implants may be cheaper over time than bridges because they last longer.  However, if you need a whole row of teeth replaced, dentures may be a less expensive option for you.  Each case is unique, so be sure to call us for a proper consultation.  We are here to help you understand all costs and benefits so you can make the right decision for you!

5.  How long will my dental implants last?

If you take care of your implants properly, dental implants can last for many decades or even a lifetime.  Some implants have been in patients for more than forty years!

Don’t see your question on our list?  Contact us today for quick answers!