You wouldn’t walk into 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 many people hesitate to have the procedure done because of information they’ve heard that simply isn’t true. In this blog, you’ll get the facts about 4 common myths about dental implants so you can make the best choice for your smile.
1. “Implants Don’t Look Natural”
In truth, implants look and feel much more natural than any other option. The restoration that’s attached to your implant (e.g. dental crown, bridge, or denture) will be precisely matched in shape and color to your existing teeth so that it looks very life-like.
2. “You Should Get Bargain Implants To Save Money”
You may have noticed that some offices offer implants at “bargain prices.” In many cases, the reason these implants cost less is that low-quality materials or techniques are being used.
Unfortunately, the old saying, “You get what you pay for” applies here. Implants have a very high success rate when they’re done correctly by a well-qualified implant dentist. But if your implant fails because it wasn’t done right from the beginning, it will cost much more in the long run to replace it.
3. “Dental Implants Are Painful”
It’s true that getting dental implants requires a small, in-office surgery, but most patients report that it’s no more painful than a simple extraction. It usually takes about two hours, and the first thing a dentist will do is make sure that you’re fully numb and comfortable.
Afterward, there will be some mild discomfort for a few days, but your dentist will recommend the right pain medication and give you instructions on caring for the area so you have a fast recovery.
4. “A Dental Bridge Is Better”
Each patient is different, so what works for one may not work for another. Having said that, bridges have a couple of drawbacks in comparison to implants:
- Healthy teeth are affected– The two adjacent teeth on either side of an empty space are ground down to accommodate a bridge so they can act as anchors of support.
- Longevity– Bridges don’t last as long as implants because they don’t handle the stress of chewing forces as well. They typically need to be replaced every 10-15 years (implants can last many decades).
Although implants are widely considered to be the “gold standard” in tooth replacement, it’s still well worth it to have the right information before you make a decision. Now that you know the truth about these 4 myths, you’ll be one step closer to enjoying all the benefits implants 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 provides every patient with 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 of, you can always contact him with questions via his website.