Think you know the truth about dental implants? You might be surprised to find out that some of what you know is not true. Take a look below at the 10 biggest dental implant myths.
Myth #1: Dental implants are painful
Truth: At Town Center Dentistry, this couldn’t be further from the truth. We’re so good at our job that you won’t feel a thing. Whether we’re placing a single implant with local anesthesia or a whole mouthful of implants with sedation dentistry, you’ll be comfortable the whole time. Immediately after your procedure, you may experience some tenderness, but that usually can be eased with Ibuprofen or other over-the-counter medication. And if not, we’ll provide you with a prescription for something stronger. Once the implants are settled your tenderness is gone, your new dental implants will feel just like healthy, natural teeth.
Myth #2: Dental implants are obvious
Truth: Most people won’t know the difference between your natural teeth and your implants. And if they do, it’s only because suddenly you have a whole mouthful of teeth where once you had empty spaces. Frankly, dental implants are the least obvious of current tooth replacement options. They won’t fall out of your mouth when you’re laughing the way dentures will. (Now that is both obvious and embarrassing.)
Myth #3: Dental implants require a lot of extra care
Truth: Nope. Not unless you consider brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly to be “a lot of extra care.” Your dental implants require the same amount (and the same type) of care as your natural teeth.
Myth #4: Bridges are just as good as dental implants
Truth: Actually, dental implants are more durable, more aesthetically pleasing, and require fewer changes in your oral care routine than bridges do.
Myth #5: Cheap dental implants will do the same as the more costly ones
Truth: When it comes to your teeth, you get what you pay for. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: don’t go by price alone. Choosing the cheapest option just because it’s the cheapest option may lead to trouble down the road. At Town Center Dentistry, we use the highest quality Nobel Biocare implants because they provide a long lasting and comfortable fit. They feel just like your natural teeth. Cheap implants won’t feel the same – nor will they last as long.
Myth #6: It doesn’t matter who places your dental implants
Truth: Please listen carefully. It really really does matter who places your dental implants. In fact, if there’s one area where skill and expertise should always trump cost, this is it. Poorly placed implants can result in all kinds of problems, including: poor aesthetics, bite, and function; gum shrinkage; incorrect facial profile; food packing, pus, and awful smells. At Town Center Dentistry, we specialize in dental implants and have for a very long time. Our specialists are experts in reconstructive, cosmetic, and general dentistry and have more than 30 years of experience in their fields.
Myth #7: The recovery time for dental implants isn’t worth it
Truth: Ask anyone whose quality of life has been significantly increased with dental implants. They’ll tell you that the renewed ability to eat the foods they want and smile and laugh without embarrassment is absolutely worth the time it took for the implants to take hold and their mouths to heal. Anyone who says otherwise is the exception to the rule.
Myth #8: Dental implants cause headaches
Truth: We’re not exactly sure where this myth came from, but we’ve heard it floating around. There is no evidence to support that the implants are the cause of headaches. It is possible, though, that poorly placed implants could cause a misaligned bite, which might cause headaches. This is yet another reason you want to choose wisely when it comes to the experience and credentials of your chosen dentist.
Myth #9: Dental implants are risky and ineffective
Truth: At Town Center Dentistry, we’ve been changing lives with dental implants for decades now, and we’ll tell you from experience that they’re both safe and effective. But don’t just take our word for it. The American Dental Association says, “They are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile. In fact, the development and use of implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years.” We’re pretty sure the ADA would not give such a big thumbs up for anything risky or ineffective.
Myth #10: You can be too old for dental implants
Truth: Believe it or not, age is not a factor when it comes to determining a good candidate for dental implants. Important factors include:
- Good general and oral health
- Adequate bone in the jaw
- Healthy gum tissues
In fact, in 2012, a woman received dental implants at age 100 years and 210 days. As far as we’re concerned, you’re never too old to receive the benefits of a restored smile.