Are you missing one or more of your teeth? If you are, I’m sure you’ve probably heard of dental implants or maybe your dentist has suggested them to you. Either way, dental implants are considered a permeant option to replace missing teeth, and are an ideal and effective dental treatment. They also offer many important advantages over alternative dental restoration options in terms of aesthetics, comfort and function, and are considered more predictable compared to alternative dental treatments, such as dentures. However, like any other dental treatment, there are myths that surround dental implants that have made people shy away from them. Hopefully, by exposing the truth behind the myths and misconceptions, you can make a more informed about whether dental implants are the right choice for you.
Myth #1: Dental Implants are extremely noticeable.
Fact: One of the best things about dental implants is that they blend in seamlessly with your existing teeth. In fact, dental implants will closely resemble your natural teeth due to them being custom made. Unless you were to tell someone that you have dental implants, chances are they won’t even notice.
Myth #2: Dental implants are really pricey.
Fact: When you consider the cost of dental implants, you should also be taking the long term expense into consideration as well. For example, dental implants are cheaper than a dental bridge in the long run because they last a longer period of time. While dental bridges only last between 5 to 15 years, dental implants can last up to 25 years. This makes dental implants more valuable in the long haul. However, how long your implants last ultimately relies on how well you care for them.
Myth #3: Dental implant placement is very painful.
Fact: The placement of dental implants do require oral surgery, so there will be a little bit pain and discomfort. However, many patients claim that having the implants placed is no more painful than having a tooth pulled. Most dentist will use nitrous oxide or anesthesia, so each patient will have the chance to undergo a more comfortable procedure.
Myth #4: Anyone can get dental implants.
Fact: Unfortunately, not everyone is an ideal candidate for dental implants. In order for a patient to be an ideal candidate, they must have enough bone and strong bone tissue in the mouth in order to secure the dental implant. A dental professional or qualified dentist will be able to see if dental implants are right for you.
Myth #5: Dental implants are tough to care for.
Fact: Many people tend to think caring for dental implants is tougher than caring for natural teeth, however, dental implants can be cared for and treated just like natural teeth. Patients can care for their dental implants by brushing and flossing as they normally would. You can eat whatever foods you like and even chew gum. There are no special precautions you have to take with dental implants, whether it’s one or more, taking care of your implants is just as easy as caring for your natural teeth.
If you’re interested in learning more about dental implants, contact Dr. Wetzel in Camp Hill, PA at 717-761-8611 to schedule an appointment today or visit our website at www.wetzelperio.com for more information regarding implant dentistry.
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