You wouldn’t walk onto a car lot and buy a car based on what you heard from other people, right? Most likely, you would want to start by doing some research of your own. You can think of dental implants the same way. This tooth replacement option is a wonderful investment in your oral health, but it’s important to have the right information, especially since there are so many misconceptions out there. In this blog, you’ll get the facts about 4 common myths about implants so you can make the best choice for your smile.
1. “Implants Don’t Look Natural”
This simply isn’t true. Implants actually look, feel, and function more like your own teeth than any other option. This is because of one key distinction: Implants replace the roots of your missing teeth, so they’re able to mimic your natural tooth structure.
Not to mention that the dental crown, bridge, or denture that restores your implant will be beautifully matched in color to your existing teeth so no one will know you’ve had dental work.
2. “You Should Get Bargain Implants To Save Money”
If you’re in the market for implants, you’ve probably noticed that some offices offer “discount implants” at a significantly reduced rate. Unfortunately, in most cases these implants cost less because inferior materials and techniques are being used. And if an implant fails because it wasn’t done properly from the start, you’ll spend more time and money in the dental chair down the road to replace it.
Implants are a great investment because they have the potential to last a lifetime with basic care. But they have the best chance of success when they’re done by a well-qualified implant dentist.
3. “Dental Implants Are Painful”
Dental implants are placed in your jaw during an in-office surgery that usually takes 1-2 hours per implant. In addition to having sedation options available, your dentist won’t start the procedure until they’re certain that you’re completely numb.
Afterward, while you’re recovering, you’ll have some mild to moderate swelling and tenderness in the area for several days, but it’s usually well-handled by over-the-counter pain medication.
4. “A Dental Bridge Is Better”
Dental implants are widely considered the “gold standard” in tooth replacement, but what’s best for one patient may not be best for another. With that said, bridges do have a couple of drawbacks. First, they only last an average of 10-15 years. And since they don’t replace the root of a missing tooth, the jawbone density in the area is lost. Also, the two healthy teeth on either side of an empty space must be ground down to accommodate dental crowns and provide support for the bridge.
If you’ve experienced tooth loss, restoring your smile is one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. And with the right information about dental implants, you’re one step closer to enjoying all the benefits they have to offer.
About the Author
Dr. Neil Flenniken is a general and implant dentist with over 20 years of experience. As part of his commitment to patient education, he gives people all the information they need to make the best decision about restoring their smile. If you’ve heard anything about implants that you’re not sure about, you can always contact him with questions via his website.