Seeing an implant dentist is the first step on the journey towards improved oral health and cosmetic benefits. Unfortunately, some people avoid taking this step because of misconceptions from well-meaning friends or the Internet. In truth, modern dental implants are safe, effective, and amazingly comfortable.
Let’s Look at Those Four Myths
There’s nothing like a dose of truth to correct unfounded claims like these:
- “Bridges are better than implants.” Actually, implants outperform bridges by leaving adjacent teeth unaltered. Installing bridges requires filing down the teeth next to the missing tooth to create an adequate foundation for the bridge. This can add unnecessary stress to the structure, requiring corrective surgery to repair.
- “Implants are painful.” This claim is founded on outmoded information about dental anesthesia. Modern pain blockers are not only more effective than those used years ago, they also have far fewer side effects. This makes the implant process gentle and comfortable.
- “Implants will stand out from your natural teeth.” Again, there may have some kernel of truth to this concern years ago. But today’s implants are specially tailored to blend in with the patient’s skin tissue. The result is not only beautiful, it’s virtually indistinguishable from the surrounding teeth and gums. Most patients report that others are unable to tell the difference.
- “Shopping for the best price is a good strategy when it comes to implants.” In reality, many observers have expressed concerns about the materials and methods used by so-called “implant mills.” This is why we recommend choosing your implant dentist with care.
Answers to Common Questions about Dental Implants
Q: “What advantages do implants offer vs. simple extractions?”
A: Extractions have a reputation as a simple procedure because dentists have been performing them for well over a century. In some cases, however, extractions can lead to complications like tooth fracture and jawline erosion. Implants avoid this limitation by affording a permanent replacement to damaged or diseased teeth.
Q: “What care do implants require?”
A: Implants work best when given the same care you would provide for your natural teeth. You should brush, floss, avoid sweets, limit consumption of acidic beverages, and eat a well-rounded diet. You should also see your dentist for periodic cleanings and checkups and follow any other advice from your healthcare provider.
Q: “How long do implants last?”
A: Dental implants can last more than 20 years with proper care. Many factors can affect product lifespan, however, including patient lifestyle choices. Ask your dentist for more information.
Q: “Will my insurance cover dental implants?”
A: In many cases, the answer is “yes,” since implants provide tangible health benefits as well as cosmetic improvements. Your insurer or health plan administrator can give you the details.
Dental implants are one possible solution to a number of oral health problems. But only a dentist can prescribe a definitive answer that matches your exact needs. Use the information in this post to become a more informed healthcare consumer. That way, you can enjoy a future filled with bright smiles and happy thoughts.
About the Author
Dr. Suzan Rismani-Flenniken attended dental school in France and practices alongside her husband here at Monarch Dentistry. You can reach her office online or by calling (703) 714-7374.