Perhaps you’ve grown tired of relying on dentures to eat your favorite foods. Maybe they’ve become uncomfortable over the years and you’re looking for something new. Maybe a few friends have mentioned to you how dental implants changed their life for the better but for years, you’ve remained skeptical.
With dental technology advancing more and more every year, it can be hard to separate the rumors from facts. That’s why we’re here to list the most common myths associated with dental implants and its procedures. Don’t let false information prevent you from receiving a life-changing smile from your dentist.
Myth #1: Implants Require Special Care
One of the most ideal parts of dental implants is that they are maintained and cared for exactly like normal teeth. Along with brushing and flossing, mouthwash helps keep the tooth clean and in working condition, regardless of the foods you expose it to. You can still chew gum and eat the foods you want without having to cater to your implant. Implants are also designed to look exactly like normal teeth, so the chances of someone noticing are nearly impossible, that is unless you point it out yourself.
Myth #2: Dental Implants Are Not Worth It in the Long-Term
Think about this: would you rather have to keep getting your teeth replaced every few years, or would you rather have teeth that last decades? Implants are designed specifically for long-term use, reducing the likelihood of going back to the dentist for additional treatment. It’s true that the healing time for dental implants can take anywhere from two to six months to complete depending on the patient’s previous oral history. However, as the root of the implant bonds to the bone, the tooth will retain a more solid adhesion. In fact, many dental implants last over 30 years; that’s significant when compared to a traditional fixed bridge which lasts 10-15 years.
Myth #3: Are Dental Implants Painful Even If Done By a Trained Specialist?
While it’s true that any dentist with a valid license can insert an implant into your jawbone, not all dentists are created equal. A trained clinician, one who can perform the implantation procedure properly, will increase your odds of a more successful treatment. They’ll also be able to provide additional treatment if complications occur. Ideally, the more experienced the clinician, the more comfortable your implantation will be. According to those who have had implants, the process was less complicated and less painful than expected, thanks to local anesthesia and nitrous oxide, both designed to reduce any discomfort or anxiety you may feel.
Don’t let myths about dental implants scare you away. Take back the smile you deserve an contact your dentist today!
About the Author
Dr. Neil Flenniken, DDS, FAGD, AFFAID, and Dr. Suzan Rismani-Flenniken, DDS are both trained specifically in implant dentistry. Neil is an Associate Fellow at the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and Suzan completed additional coursework in implant dentistry while earning her DDS in Washington D.C. They are also both certified to use nitrous oxide sedation for implantation procedures to ensure your visit is a comfortable one. To learn more about dental implants or contact the practice, you can reach them at (703) 714-7374 or at their website.