4 Myths About Dental Implants
In our dental practice, we frequently hear myths about dental implants. We do our best to debunk these myths for each patient, correcting their misconceptions.
After speaking with many patients in our office, we have collected the most common myths about dental implants and how they differ from reality.
Myth #1: Dental Implant Surgery is Painful
Dental implant surgery may be intimidating, but it is much less complex than most patients expect. Today, dental implant surgery is painless. There may be discomfort and swelling during the healing process, but your dentist can help you manage these with medication and home care measures.
Myth #2: Dental Implants Look and Feel Unnatural
This myth is one of the most surprising that we hear in our office. Today's dental implants are almost impossible to tell apart from natural teeth. Unless you tell someone you have an implant, it's unlikely they would spot it on their own.
Dental implants feel like healthy, natural teeth. They do not shift like traditional dentures and allow for confident chewing and smiling.
Myth #3: Dental Implants Don't Last
Dental implants are the longest-lasting tooth restoration available today. The crown on top of a single-tooth implant may need replacement every 8 to 10 years, though it may last as long as 15 years if you care for it. The biocompatible titanium post may last a lifetime.
Myth #4: You Can't Get Implants If Your Tooth Has Been Missing for Some Time
This myth has some basis in fact, but fortunately, dentists havea solution to this problem.
If your tooth has been missing for some time, you may be a candidate for bone graft surgery. Bone grafting involves placing natural or synthetic bone material in your jawbone to promote growth. This surgery provides a strong attachment point for your dental implant. Talk to your dentist about whether you may be a candidate for bone grafting.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants have many impressive benefits, but these are five of the best:
- Improve your self-esteem and smile freely again
- Eat anything you like without the special consideration that bridges and dentures need
- Restore your bite force and strengthen your teeth
- Preserve tooth alignment
- Promote good oral health
Good Candidates for Dental Implants
People who are good candidates for dental implants are missing one or more teeth that they would like to replace. They do not have active gum disease or untreated cavities. They want to improve their oral health and prevent further problems from developing due to missing teeth.
Contact Cranston Cosmetic Dentistry
Contact us at our Cranston or East Providence offices to learn what dental implants can do for you. Our doctors will be happy to answer any questions you may have and ensure that you know the truth about dental implants.