Dental Implants Myths

Dental Implants Myths

If you've decided to get dental implants to replace lost teeth, you've made a smart choice for your oral health and your overall well-being. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that replaces the tooth both above and below the gumline, resulting in a restoration that functions and feels much like a natural tooth. Unfortunately, many patients fall down an internet rabbit hole while researching dental implants, and they come across common dental implant myths that make them second-guess their decision. Below, we’ll separate fact from fiction and debunk some of the most common myths about dental implants.

Myth: Getting dental implants is a long, painful process.

It’s true that the dental implant process can take a long time to complete, depending on the procedure you choose. However, certain dental implant procedures can be completed in just one visit to our office. During your consultation, we'll let you know if you're a good candidate for one of these procedures.

If you require traditional dental implants, the process may take up to a year if you need additional surgeries, such as bone grafting or a sinus lift. But, as the old adage goes, good things come to those who wait. Once the process is complete, you'll have a lifelong restoration that protects and improves the health of your jaw, gums, and remaining teeth.

Because we numb the area where we’re working with local anesthesia, you won't feel anything during your dental implant placement. After your procedure, you may experience some tenderness at the surgical site, but most people report that the recovery from dental implant surgery is less uncomfortable than the recovery from tooth extraction. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help with any discomfort you may experience.

Myth: Dental implants cause long-term complications.

Titanium dental implants were first placed in the 1960s, which means if there were any long-term concerns, we would know about them by now. Dental implants have a long history of being both safe and effective in restoring teeth and improving oral health.

On the internet, you might come across some stories about dental implant failure, but keep in mind that 98% of dental implant procedures are successful. Infection and other complications are a possibility with any surgery, but they are extremely rare. Many of the horror stories you encounter online are from patients who traveled abroad for inexpensive dental implants or who were not suitable candidates for the procedure due to underlying health issues. When you get dental implants from a qualified oral surgeon, these dangers aren't a concern. Failure to follow aftercare instructions is another common reason for implant failure. You can reduce your risk of complications by simply following the instructions we give you after your procedure.

Myth: Dental implants are overpriced.

Dental implants are usually more expensive than bridges and dentures. (A single-tooth dental implant is an exception, as its price is often comparable to that of a traditional bridge.) The price difference is due to the fact that dental implants address tooth loss below the gumline, whereas standard bridges and dentures only replace teeth above the gumline. This means that the placement of dental implants is more involved, but it also means that when it's over, you'll have a more complete restoration.

Myth: Dental implants look fake.

When dental implants are custom-made to fit your facial features and proportions, they look very realistic. You probably come across folks who have dental implants every day and don't even realize it because they appear so natural! If your own dentist doesn’t provide restorations for dental implants, we can refer you to a partner dentist that specializes in high-quality restorations. They’ll work together with your oral surgeon to provide you with a restoration that looks, feels, and functions like natural teeth.

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If you have questions about dental implants, contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation with one of our oral and maxillofacial surgeons.