Dental implants are touted as one of the best ways to replace missing teeth for good reason. They’re the only restoration technique that functions like a natural tooth as well as looks like one. Despite this, many patients hesitate to start the process of getting dental implants. Perhaps you’ve heard bad things or don’t know what to expect and so you haven’t yet made the commitment. Whatever the reason, we’ve put together 4 common myths to help you become more informed!
Myth #1: Dental Implants are Purely Cosmetic
Many people seek dental implants to fill in holes in their smile from teeth they’ve lost. These restorations certainly can refurbish your grin, but that’s not all they do. Our bodies reabsorb the surrounding bone mass when a tooth falls out because that support is no longer needed. As a result, our jaws begin to weaken over time. Dental implants, however, include a support rod that fuses with your jawbone and functions like the root of a natural pearly white. When you bite down to chew, it stimulates your jawbone which keeps it strong and healthy.
Myth #2: Dental Implants Require Extra Care
It’s true that you’ll have specific instructions to follow immediately following your procedure to ensure a swift recovery. That said, ongoing maintenance of a dental implant is no different than for your other teeth. They’re permanently placed and incredibly sturdy so you don’t remove them for cleanings like with dentures. Instead, you simply brush and floss them twice a day as part of your usual dental hygiene routine.
Myth #3: People Will Notice My Dental Implants
Advancements in materials and technology have led to updated methods of tooth restoration. Today, your dental implant will be capped with a tooth-shaped crown likely made of a durable composite resin material. It can be customized to match the hue of your pearly whites and will blend in seamlessly. No one will be able to tell it apart!
Myth #4: Dental Implants are Too Expensive
Often dental implants come with a higher up-front cost than other treatment options which has led many people to believe they’re priced too high. The truth is that even if you do invest more now, you could be saving money in the long run. Dental implants have an incredibly high success rate and are durable enough to last decades if cared for properly. You probably won’t have any need to repair or replace them anytime soon, like you might with bridges or dentures. That means you could spend less over time.
Now that you know the truth behind some common myths about dental implants, there’s no reason to wait. Contact your dentist to start the process today, and you’ll soon have the full and beautiful smile you deserve.
About the Author
Dr. Amjad Almasri is a board-certified periodontist with 20+ years in placing dental implants, and even bone grafting if required. He and his caring dental team provide top-tier, stress-free care with the patient’s best interests at heart. They use leading-edge technology for more comfortable and effective treatments. With sedation options, you’ll feel calm throughout any procedure. If you’d like a consultation, you’re welcome to contact the office on the website or call (817) 737-2594.