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Myths And Misconceptions About Dental Implants

Posted Date :        April 24, 2013
myths and misconceptions about dental implants

Dental implant surgery is extremely painful

Myth. There are actually very few nerves in your jawbone and you will be provided with a local anaesthetic to numb the area so the procedure should be virtually painless. Over the counter painkillers should relieve any pain you may feel for a few days after the surgery.

Implants are rarely successful

Myth. Dental implants have a very high success rate of 90-95% and any implant that fails can often be replaced. You should however ensure your dentist is experienced in placing implants.

I’m too old for implants

Myth. Your eligibility for a dental implant is not determined by your age. The main criteria is that there is enough good quality bone to support the implant which will be determined by your dentist. It is also important to be in good general health.

Smokers can’t have dental implants

Myth. While it may take longer for the bone to grow around the anchor implant (osseointegration) for smokers, they are still able to have the procedure. However it is advisable for smokers to stop smoking for up to two weeks after the procedure to reduce the risk of infection while their mouth heals.

I’ll have a gap in my teeth for months

Myth. It may take 3-6 months for the implant to heal before your permanent crown can be fitted but you will not be left with a gap in your teeth. A temporary crown will be fitted until the implant has fused to the bone, and then a permanent crown can be fitted.

Dental Implants are hard to take care of

Myth. They require the same care as your natural teeth, with daily brushing and flossing. You may need to visit the dentist more frequently for the first few months after your surgery but subsequent dental care should be the same as with natural teeth.

Dental implants are no better than dentures

Myth. There are many benefits to choosing implants over dentures. Implants are strong and durable and there is no need to worry about what foods you can and cant eat, whereas dentures are prone to becoming loose over time. And while the initial cost of implants is greater, with good care they should last a lifetime unlike dentures which will need to be replaced.

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