Dental implants are becoming more and more common. This is because they are increasingly more affordable, and also a greater number of dentists are learning the expertise required for this procedure. However, there are a lot of myths surrounding exactly what a dental implant is and what it isn’t.
We have put together a list of the common myths surrounding dental implants. If you are considering having one or more dental implants, read on to see us debunk these myths…
1. The dental implant procedure is painful
Dentists that have the skill required to competently implant a tooth, will not cause you pain. If one implant is all that is needed, then a local anesthetic will be applied, and you will be comfortable throughout the procedure. If you are having multiple teeth implanted in one procedure, then it is quite likely that you will be put under general anesthetic. It is true that you may feel some soreness after the implants, but this can be easily be managed with ibuprofen until the tenderness wears off. In no time at all, your dental implants will feel just like real teeth, (only better).
2. You can easily tell when someone has dental implants
No one will be able to tell the difference between your original teeth and the implants. The only give away will be if you suddenly have teeth where there was just empty space before. Dental implants provide the least obvious method of teeth replacement. Also, they will not fall out when you least expect them to like dentures often can.
3. You will need to take extra special care of these new teeth
Just the regular routine of brushing and flossing will do the trick. Unless your dentist advises that you do anything different to improve your dental hygiene, it is business as usual.
4. I can just get a bridge, they’re just as good
Dental implants will last much longer than bridges. They are actually also more durable and look a lot more realistic. You will not need to change your dental hygiene routine with dental implants.
5. All dentists can perform a dental implant
It is very important that you do your due diligence on the dentist before you have your implants. You want to make sure that the dentist that you choose has performed a great deal of successful dental implants in the past. You can find out all of the information you need through just a quick google. Dental implants should last a long time. To get the most out of your procedure, you want a dentist that you can trust to do the job right the first time.
6. It takes forever to recover fully
Yes, there is some recovery time, however, if you ask any patient that has had dental implants they will all say the same thing. That it was definitely worth it. Being able to smile and laugh with confidence after having dental implants is a life changing feeling, and well worth taking the time out of your schedule to have the dental implant procedure performed by your dentist.
7. Age can be a factor
The truth is that you can be suitable for dental implants at any age. Provided that you are in good health, your dentist will make a quick examination and you should be good to go. You will need to have adequate bone in your jaw, as well as good healthy gums. The first step is to contact a dentist that you are sure is able to perform the dental implant surgery well and that has a proven track record.