Read the most frequently asked questions we receive from our patients.


1. How soon can I have my new teeth?

Your Dental Implants need to bond (integrate) with the bone after they have been put in. This takes at least 3 months in the lower jaw and 6 months in the upper jaw. Sometimes the Implants may be stable enough when they are fitted for the artificial teeth to be attached much sooner than this.

2. Who is bested suited to Dental Implant treatment?

Anyone who has lost one or several of their teeth is a candidate for Dental Implant treatment.

3. Is Dental Implant surgery painful?

You will not experience any pain or discomfort. Dr. Little You will be relaxed and at ease throughout the procedure. You are not unconscious at any time, just in a deeply relaxed state.

4. Is there a chance my body will reject the Implant?

The body will not reject a Dental Implant. Dental Implants are made from titanium which is completely bio-compatible (compatible with body tissue). Over time the Dental Implant will actually integrate with the surrounding bone and become a part of the body.

5. Am I too young or too old for Dental Implants?

Dental Implant patients may be in their late teens or be mature adults in their seventies or eighties. Good health coupled with adequate bone support at the Implant site, are the most critical components of treatment.

6. Why have Dental Implants become so popular?

As our life span increases, the need for some type of permanent dental replacement system becomes very important to our overall health. Dentures and removable bridges are loose and unstable; causing many problems for wearers. Dental Implants provide patients with both functional and esthetic benefits and can dramatically increase a patient’s quality of life.

7. How do I clean around the Implants?

You will definitely need to clean daily around the Implants. Brushing as well as flossing is of great importance. There may be the need for a prescription mouthrinse which can further help you keep your Implants healthy. Electric toothbrushes can also be helpful for cleaning around Implants. Other cleaning aids may be recommended during your consultation.

8. Can anything go wrong with Dental Implants?

There are really not many things that can go wrong with Dental Implants. Most cases where Implants have failed or gone ‘wrong’ are due to a dentist who is poorly trained in these techniques. Patients must always seek out experienced practitioners to perform this kind of work to ensure proper results.

9. What will happen if I do not get Dental Implants?

After you have lost your tooth, gradually you will loose the bone that supported it. As the bone disappears, you may start to experience problems with other teeth nearby. This could include pain, mobility and sore spots. Your tongue may also become enlarged to compensate for the missing tooth. As the bone continues to deteriorate, it will spread around healthy teeth. This will eventually cause further tooth loss.

» For more information on Dental Implants, please contact West Hills Family Dentistry Center today on (503) 291-0000 or click here to email us.