If you’ve ever had the misfortune of losing a tooth, you’ll know there are a few different options when it comes to replacing it.
One such method is to get dental implants.
However, this dental procedure has been very misunderstood by the general public, giving rise to myths and lies being spread about what dental implants do.
As such, we feel it necessary to debunk the myths so you can opt for the procedure with confidence and enjoy the incredible results that dental implants have to offer.
What are dental implants and what does the procedure look like?
Dental Implants Perth are individual prosthetic teeth that are “implanted” into your mouth. They attach to a titanium screw that is placed in the jawbone, allowing them to stay in place.
Dental implant procedures occur over many sessions and can take a few months from the initial consultation until the final aftercare appointment.
Your dentist will start your dental implant journey by discussing your tooth replacement options and explaining the procedure in detail.
Once you have decided to go ahead with getting dental implants, your dentist will create a bespoke treatment plan for you, detailing every step of the procedure including aftercare.
Some dentists will have separate sessions to implant the titanium screws and then attach the crowns. The length of time it takes between the two will depend on how fast you heal from the initial procedure. But don’t worry, if they do this, they’ll fit temporary teeth so you never have to feel self-conscious about your smile.
At all times, your dentist will be on-hand to help with any concerns you may have.
Debunking seven myths about dental implants
Now that you have a general understanding of the dental implant journey, what are five of the most common myths people spread about getting dental implants, and what’s the actual truth?
Myth #1. Dental implants don’t last long
Quite the opposite, in fact. Dental implants last an average of 25-30 years, but in most cases, as long as you care for them properly, they will probably last you a lifetime.
On the other hand, alternative solutions such as dental bridges or dentures have to be replaced often, with dental bridges lasting an average of seven years, and dentures needing to be removed for cleaning dai;y.
Myth #2. Dental implant procedures are extremely painful
Sure, maybe back in the days of Egyptians when this procedure was first recorded. (They used to implant wooden sticks into the jawbone – ouch!).
Nowadays, we have sophisticated medicine that makes the procedure almost entirely painless. All dental implant surgeries will be done under anaesthesia, painkillers, or laughing gas, to ensure you don’t feel a thing.
And though you may feel slight discomfort as the initial medicine starts to wear off, your dentist will make sure you know how to manage your pain at home and advise you on your options.
Myth #3. People will notice that my teeth are fake
Not unless you tell them! Dentists that administer dental implants are all highly skilled at their job and want to give you a smile you feel confident wearing.
When creating your custom prosthetic porcelain teeth, they will match the colour to your own natural teeth so nobody can spot the difference.
And if they can, you might want to ask them what the lottery numbers will be next Saturday, too!
Myth #4. Dental implants are too expensive and inaccessible
It’s true that when this procedure was first created for modern medicine in the 1950’s it was rather pricey. And it’s definitely not the cheapest option out there. But the cost to benefit ratio makes the price worth it.
And these days, prices have come right down, and most dental offices offer payment plans, meaning you can have the smile of your dreams from as little as the price of your daily cup of coffee!
Myth #5. Having dental implants will affect my ability to eat properly
Dental implants actually offer you the best option when it comes to eating properly.
You may have noticed that many people with dentures find themselves limited to soft food options, and may feel self-conscious about eating in public while wearing dentures in case they come loose and fall out. This is similar for people with dental bridges (though to a much lesser extent).
Dental implants are sturdy and immovable, allowing you to chew just as normally as you would with your own teeth.
Myth #6. I’m too sick to get implants
It is a legitimate concern that your health may affect your ability to get dental implants. After all, it is an invasive procedure and that can be worrying.
But you have nothing to fear. You’d be surprised how few health conditions actually stop you from getting dental implants, and even then there are usually workable solutions or alternatives.
The most important thing to do is be upfront and open with your dentist in your initial consultation so they can take your health into consideration and create a plan that supports any health concerns you may have.
Myth #7. Dental implants are only for the elderly
Sadly, you can lose a tooth at any age. Which means you can get dental implants at any age.
It’s easy to see where this myth comes from. Who hasn’t seen the depiction of the elderly grandfather whose fake teeth fall put into the glass of water they are drinking?
But remember, your dental implants will be firmly attached to your jawbone, unable to fall out.
So, no matter what your age, if you need a tooth replaced, dental implants are most definitely for you.
Bring back your smile with dental implants
Smile Stories are a cosmetic dental clinic offering dental implants in Bournemouth.