In this day and age, there’s a lot of information out there! You might even say we’ve been in a state of information overload since the dawn of the Internet. Never was the saying, “Don’t believe everything you read” truer than it is today, which means you should always take everything you hear with a grain of salt. It’s also really important to do your own research, especially when it comes to making decisions about your oral health. For example, if you’re missing teeth but don’t want to consider implants because you’ve heard these four common myths, keep reading as an implant dentist sets the record straight – once and for all!
“Implants Are Painful”
It’s easy to understand how you might think getting dental implants is painful. The idea of having a titanium post placed in your jaw just doesn’t sound like it would be very comfortable!
That’s why so many patients are astounded after their procedure because they find that it’s no more uncomfortable than having a simple extraction. Granted, there is some discomfort involved. But the first thing an implant dentist does is make sure you’re completely numb, so any discomfort is very manageable.
“Implants Look Fake”
This stems from a misunderstanding of what an implant actually is. An implant is simply the titanium post that acts as a replacement root in your jaw. After it’s healed, a crown or denture will be attached to it to restore the function and appearance of your smile.
The crown or denture will be matched to any existing teeth or your previous teeth so that it looks and feels very natural!
“Bargain Implants Are a Good Idea”
Since an implant is an investment that lasts decades or even a lifetime with basic care and maintenance, it’s crucial to use the highest quality materials possible.
It’s tempting to buy into the idea of getting the same result for a reduced cost, but in many cases, if something sounds too good to be true – it probably is!
“A Bridge Is Better”
The average lifespan of a bridge is around 5-15 years, depending on a patient’s hygiene habits and other factors. Implants not only last longer than that, but they have the added advantage of preserving the health of the adjacent teeth.
When a bridge is made, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth must be ground down to accommodate the two end crowns of the bridge. Once that’s been done, it can’t be undone!
Also, since the missing space doesn’t have anything acting as a replacement root, your body will reabsorb the jawbone, causing you to lose bone mass over time. And finally, a bridge simply won’t give you the same chewing power or stability of an implant.
Now that you know the truth about dental implants, you’ll be better equipped to make the right decision for your oral health!
About the Author
Dr. Megan Shelton is a general, cosmetic and implant dentist in Carlsbad who knows there are a lot of misconceptions about common dental procedures such as dental implants. She always takes the time to educate her patients on the true pros and cons of every treatment option so they can make a well-informed decision. If you have any questions, she can be reached via her website or at (760) 434-9800.