Dental implants are a superior option for replacing missing teeth. They differ from traditional bridges and dentures in that they replace the root of the tooth in addition to replacing the portion visible above the gum line. By replacing the root, dental implants can prevent and even reverse jaw bone loss. This protects facial structures from collapse and results in a stronger bite. Despite this, there are many unfortunate myths out there about dental implants. Here are four common ones we hear from our patients.
Myth: Dental Implants Cause Long-Term Health Complications
Fact: Dental Implants Have a History of Safe Use
Even though dental implants are more popular than they’ve ever been, they’ve also been in use for over five decades. The first titanium dental implants were placed in 1965. If there were long-term health implications, we’d see them by now.
Much of the evidence supporting the argument that there are health consequences associated with implants is anecdotal. Patients are often concerned that implants can cause migraines or tension headaches, but we don’t see this borne out in scientific research. People read about dental implant horror stories on the internet, but these stories stand out for one simple reason: they are exceptional. Dental implants have a 98 percent success rate, so when they do fail, it naturally generates interest.
In cases where there are complications, often these patients should not have been candidates for implants in the first place because of insufficient jaw bone density or other contraindications. Sometimes, too, aftercare instructions were not followed.
Getting dental implants is a surgical procedure, so it does have the same risks as any other surgery you might have. These risks include infection, nerve damage, and injury to the surrounding structures.
Myth: Getting Dental Implant Is a Long, Painful Process
Fact: Dental Implants Are No More Painful Than Other Oral Surgeries
While it’s true that the process of dental implants may be long, particularly if bone grafting is needed, it’s not true that they are especially painful. We take steps to make sure you do not feel pain during the procedure. In the days afterwards, you may have discomfort, tenderness, and swelling, but over-the-counter pain medications are usually sufficient in easing any soreness and inflammation.
Myth: Dental Implants Cost Too Much
Fact: Dental Implants Are a Costly Procedure
This might seem like splitting hairs, but there’s a difference: dental implants are priced according to what they involve. The cost includes several office visits, digital imaging, one or more surgeries, anesthesia, and custom-fabricated crowns to replace your missing teeth. While the costs certainly add up, they cover a lot of expenses.
Myth: Dental Implants Look Unnatural
Fact: Dental Implants Are the Most Natural Replacement for Missing Teeth
We’re not sure where this myth comes from, but if we had to guess, it’s probably thanks to the work of discount implant providers. When you go to a skilled oral surgeon, you don’t have to worry about your implants looking fake. In fact, dental implants are the most natural replacement for missing teeth when compared to bridges or dentures. They look and function just like your real teeth, meaning you won’t have to worry about them affecting your speech, your diet, or your self-confidence.
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Would you like to learn more about dental implants? Contact us to schedule a visit at one of our Oklahoma oral surgery centers.