Does food get stuck under dental implants? 5 myths about oral implants debunked

When it comes to solving the aesthetic and functional problem of missing teeth, there is now a solution that is more permanent and secure than the traditional denture.


Known as oral implants, these are a single or set of titanium screws which are attached to the jaw. Once fitted, they need to fuse with the jaw bone, which can take between 3-6 months. When they have fused, a set of prosthetic teeth or a single tooth are affixed to them, securing them to bone.

Based on this, it is easy to see why they are so popular!

At Harley Street Dental, we can offer our suitable patients dental implants in Harley Street. We will ensure that all of your questions and queries are answered before the fitting, and will oversee the healing process. Our team will also offer you advice and tips on how to look after your new teeth, to make sure they last a long time. Brilliant!

Despite their popularity, dental implants in Harley Street have received their own set of myths and falsehoods, which can deter patients from seeking them. Here, we discuss the facts behind the fiction of oral implants.

They look fake

On the contrary, the dental implants in Harley Street that you will receive will be colour, shape and size-matched to blend in with any natural teeth that you may have.

If you are receiving a complete denture, the same care will be taken to ensure that your new teeth fit your face shape perfectly.

Food gets stuck under them

Once the implants have been fitted, our team will sew up the gum around the implant site to prevent food and other debris from getting under the implant.

If you are worried that something may have become stuck under your implant, contact our team for a check-up.

Having them fitted is painful

It is easy to see where this myth came from!

However, when you are having implants fitted at Harley Street, we will check that your mouth and gums are sufficiently numbed before we begin the fitting procedure. If at any point you have a concerning sensation, just inform our team and we will stop to reapply the numbing agent. If the idea of being conscious while we fit your implants makes you nervous, we may be able to offer you a sedative to calm your anxiety.

They don’t last

There are some instances in which oral implants do not last as long as they should. For example, if you neglect your oral health, smoke or consume too much alcohol, it is likely they will have a shortened lifespan.

But with correct care, the average implant can last for over 20 years.

They are too expensive for most people

At Harley Street, we can offer suitable patients financing options, to help them break the cost down into monthly chunks. Contact our friendly team to assess your suitability for the financing our team offers.