Dental implants are still a relatively recent development in dentistry when you look at the history of oral care. However, in the 50 or so years they’ve been around, they’ve proven their versatility in replacing teeth as naturally as possible with a very high rate of success. Unfortunately, many individuals still believe the misconceptions associated with dental implants in The Woodlands, which is why a dentist is prepared to bust the myths and lay out the facts!
Here are five misconceptions he hears on a regular basis.
Dental Implants are a Risky Procedure
When placed by a professional who’s determined that a patient is viable for receiving implants, the procedure for placement is completely safe. In fact, recent data shows that the success rate for implants reaches as high as 95 percent over a 10-year period. With proper oral hygiene habits and routine dental visits, implants can even have success rates as high as 98 percent. The main risk factors for implants are more tied to habits that interfere with healing, such as smoking or using tobacco products.
Dental Implants Are Painful to Place
Dentists will always utilize a local anesthetic before performing any type of oral surgery, not just dental implants. As a result, this causes little to no pain whatsoever to the patient. Once aftercare is complete and the gums have fully healed, your implant should feel just as natural as your real teeth, meaning no pain should be present.
The Healing Stage Takes Far Too Long to be Worth It
The length of healing can vary widely depending on where the implants are placed. However, this myth implies that you’ll need to be without your teeth during the healing process, which is not necessarily the case. On average, healing can take three to six months, but if you opt for the All-on-4 procedure using implant-retained dentures, you can have your smile ready in as soon as one day.
Dental Implants are Too Expensive
While the initial costs are high for dental implants, over the past few decades they’ve been increasingly comparable with traditional dental bridges, even if they’re not retained with implants. Furthermore, dental bridges aren’t nearly as likely to last as long as implants. While bridges have the potential to last many decades, they typically last only 10 to 15 years. Implants can last anywhere from 25 years to a lifetime, making them more cost-effective in the long-term, despite the higher upfront cost.
Dental Implants Don’t Blend in Well With Natural Teeth
Many people are afraid that implants will stand out like chicklet gum once their implant crowns are placed, but the reality is nearly all dentists recommend an all-porcelain or zirconia crown to create the most natural appearance possible. If anything, bridges and dentures are less natural-looking because they don’t restore blood flow to the cheeks. This results in premature facial sagging, a clear indication of prosthetic teeth.
Are you unfamiliar with the facts and myths behind dental implants? Schedule an appointment with a dentist in The Woodlands today to get informed!
About the Author
Dr. Johnny Taylor earned his dental degree from the University of Texas Dental Branch in San Antonio. As a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, he’s more than happy to help patients stay informed on the ever-changing technologies and techniques of implant placement. To learn more about his practice, you can contact him through his website.