Dental Implants: Myths vs. Facts

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Despite dental implants being hailed by the dental industry as the gold standard for replacing missing teeth, myths about them persist. Even though dental implants look like natural teeth and function like natural teeth, there are still people who seem to have doubts about how transformative dental implants can be for individuals missing teeth. Read on to learn the truth about dental implants, and the reasons you should be very skeptical of any rumors you hear.

Myth: Dental Implants Won’t Last Very Long

The most pervasive myth that persists about dental implants has to do with their durability. Far too often dentists hear things from patients like “implants only last ten years, don’t they?”  Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, with regular dental appointments and excellent oral hygiene, dental implants can last your whole life.  

Myth: Dental Implants Are Obvious When You Smile

Somehow the myth that everyone will know if you get dental implants came to life. But, like other myths about dental implants, this is false. Dental implants are the most realistic artificial teeth available.They look natural, function like natural teeth, and result in a beautiful smile. Better yet, you’ll never have to worry about scrambling to put in dentures if you have a surprise visitor.  

Myth: Dental Implants Are Painful

Dental implants do require surgery. So, after surgery, you can expect some discomfort, swelling, and tenderness just as you would with any other surgery. However, the surgery itself isn’t painful at all thanks to potent anesthesia. Your dentist will also provide you with post-surgical instructions for minimizing pain, such as icing your jaw, pain medication, and foods to avoid while you’re recovering from surgery.

Myth: Implants Damage Your Jaw 

This is an absolute falsehood. In fact, dental implants help preserve bone loss. This is one of the primary reasons that dentists prefer dental implants over bridges or dentures. When you are missing teeth, the jaw bone begins to deteriorate as it doesn’t have a tooth root to bond to. The biocompatible screws used in dental implants act as a substitute tooth root, stopping bone loss in the jaw. This not only helps to keep your jaw strong and healthy, but it also prevents the sunken look that develops in people who are missing teeth. 

Myth: Dental Implants Stain Easily

This myth seems to have arisen out of thin air. Dental implants are actually less likely to stain than other teeth. The material used to make the crown is often naturally stain-resistant. It will be important to practice excellent oral hygiene and see your dentist twice a year for regular cleanings so that your natural teeth stay free from stains. 

Myth: Dental Implants are too Expensive

Dental implants are a more expensive form of restorative dentistry in the short term. However, when you consider that an implant may last your entire life, compared to having to replace dental bridges or dentures every 5-10 years, the cost difference may become negligible. Your dental insurance may cover a portion of your implant surgery. If you are uninsured, your dentist may offer a discount or a loyalty program which can bring the cost down. Finally, consider that you may be able to finance your implants with third-party credit agencies such as CareCredit. 

Schedule a Dental Implant Consultation Today

The best way to determine if dental implants are right for you is to schedule a consultation with a top-rated dentist. Emerson Dental provides dental implants at their offices in Westford and Bedford, Massachusetts.  Contact us today at 978-399-0017 to schedule a consultation with our award-winning dentists. You may also request an appointment online.