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There’s a lot of misinformation out there. Any search online can bring up all kinds of myths and bad information on any topic. How do you even know what’s true and what’s not?
Dental health and dental procedures are no different. In fact, dental myths often spread faster because going to the dentist can make people nervous.
Here are a 6 common myths about dental implants you’ve probably heard… and believe…. that need to be busted.
1. The Procedure for Dental Implants is Painful
During a dental implant procedure, local anesthesia is used so you don’t have to feel any pain at all. No patient should experience any pain while getting their dental implants, though. We will make sure you’re fully anesthetized before beginning.
2. Dental Implants are Risky
Dental implants have been around for a very long time; nearly 50 years in fact! We’re not experimenting on your mouth when you have dental implants done in our office. We’re using a tried and true method to give you back your healthy smile. In fact, the success rate of implants is between 95 and 98 percent, especially if you take care of your dental implants.
3. Dental Implants Cost a Fortune
The upfront cost of dental implants is higher than bridges or dentures, that is true. However, implants last more than 20 years in most cases, and possibly the rest of your life if you take good care of them. Bridges and dentures must be replaced every six to seven years which means more money you have to pay out each time.
4. You’ll Have a Long Recovery from Dental Implants
Every patient is different, and every dental procedure is different. Depending on the number of implants you need, the type of procedure, and your own special circumstances, your healing process will vary. Dental implants do not automatically take a long time to heal, though. Patients can be back to normal (or better than their old normal) in anywhere from one day to six months, depending on their specific procedure and implants.
5. People Can Tell if You Have Dental Implants
If you go from having zero teeth to a mouth full, your friends and family will definitely notice. But when you meet someone for the first time, they won’t be able to tell you have dental implants. Only missing a couple of back teeth? No one will know you have implants unless you tell them.
6. No One Else Gets Dental Implants
Wrong! More than 180 million Americans have lost at least one tooth and more than 40 million Americans have no teeth. One missing tooth can affect your ability to chew properly and impact your dental health over time. While dental implants are not as common as they could be, there’s definitely a need for them.
You don’t have to live with too few teeth, problems chewing, or jawbone deterioration. If your fears about dental implants have been holding you back, it’s time to throw off the myths and find out for yourself. Dental implants look natural, are easy to care for, and can give you back a great smile. If you have concerns about potential complications or the recovery time, talk to us to get the facts.