You deserve to smile confidently. That’s hard to do if you’re self-conscious because of tooth loss or other oral problems. So, you’re looking for solutions, and you’ve been told you could be a candidate for dental implants. Still, you have your hesitations, and there are plenty of myths out there about the procedure. Since it’s important not to let bad information influence your decision, we thought we’d help set the record straight.
Myth #1: They’re noticeable
You’ll be surprised how closely dental implants resemble natural teeth. That’s because they’re made with translucent porcelain. So unless you’re announcing it, people shouldn’t notice that you have dental implants.
Myth #2: They’re expensive
Yes, alternative solutions like bridges or dentures may be initially less expensive. But it’s important to think long-term. Dental implants are the most permanent solution. Bridges, on the other hand, only last for about seven to 15 years before they need to be replaced. So repeated treatments will lead to higher costs.
Myth #3: They’re painful
Implant surgery is performed under local anesthesia, which will prevent you from feeling pain. So while you will experience some discomfort during the healing process, don’t dread extreme pain during or after the procedure.
Myth #4: They’re a lot of maintenance
Dental implants should be treated like normal teeth. So, you’ll care for them by brushing and flossing. No special precautions needed, and you can still eat what you want.
Myth #5: The recovery time isn’t worth it
Recovery time will vary from patient to patient, but on average, you’ll need to heal for two to six months. This is because it takes time for the dental implant root to bond with the bone, which will provide solid adhesion. But many patients feel like after living with an unattractive smile or discomfort from unhealthy teeth, that the recovery time is well worth the wait.
If you’re considering dental implants, Dental Concepts wants to help you make an informed decision. Schedule an appointment today to discover what your best options are and how we can help you achieve a better smile.