If you’re thinking about dental implants then you’ve probably put a lot of time and effort into finding out more about this treatment. After all, the procedure is lengthy and requires a lot of commitment on the part of the patient, so you want to make sure you’re ready for this extensive tooth replacement process; however, not everything you read online is accurate and you may have heard things about dental implants that just aren’t true. Our team at Lovesmile is here to debunk these popular implant myths.
Myth: 01. Dental Implant Placement Is Extremely Painful or hurts
Pain should not be a factor in your decision-making process.
When you describe the dental implant procedure to a patient, you sometimes detect a wince of pain on their face. This usually comes right at the point where you are describing the holes being made in the jawbone to accept the titanium rod which forms the “root” of the implant. Whilst this may seem understandable, the reality is that the bone contains relatively few nerve receptors and is therefore not especially susceptible to pain.
Additionally, Lovesmile surgeons take care to ensure patient comfort during the procedures by offering a range of anaesthesia options to suit the needs and preferences of patients.
Myth: 02. I’m too old or not a good candidate for dental implants
While you can be too young for dental implants, since they aren’t a good option until jaw growth is complete, you can’t be too old. In fact, dental patients in their 90s can be successfully treated with dental implants. While there can be other reasons why someone cannot have dental implants, age isn’t really a factor.
Myth: 03. Dental implants are very expensive
Some people think that dental implants are overpriced, but when you consider their benefits they are actually a great deal. Dental implants will have a more expensive upfront cost than other options for replacing teeth; however, they might not be as expensive as you think. Dental implants are meant to last your entire life, so you’re investing for the long term. Other replacement methods like dentures and bridges need to be replaced fairly often, which significantly adds up over time. So in fact, dental implants are actually a bit more cost-effective when you consider their overall value.
Moreover, at Lovesmile we offer no-interest financing, which allows you to make payments each month. It’s a wise investment to make for your long-term dental health because implants can last a lifetime.
Myth: 04. Dental implants can cause headaches
This has become a popular new dental implant myth, and it claims that the titanium in the dental implant itself can cause migraines or headaches. However, there has been no clinical research supporting that the two are connected (which is always great news!). If you’ve got a dental implant and are experiencing headaches, there could be a few other things to point your finger at there could have been surgical complications such as sinus cavity damage or nerve damage, which can cause both facial and head pain. Or, more than likely, you are dealing with a misaligned bite or TMJ, which frequently cause headaches and jaw pain.
If you are experiencing frequent headaches after dental implants, talk to your dentist right away.
Myth: 05. Dental implants are only for those who don’t have health problems
While ideally, we want our patients to have good oral and general health, this doesn’t mean that people who have diabetes or heart disease can’t get dental implants. Our main goal during your treatment is to make sure that everything heals quickly with as few side effects and discomfort as possible.
Sometimes uncontrolled health conditions can impede healing, making your treatment process last longer than we would like. Therefore, if you have been diagnosed with a chronic health problem we want you to have it under control before you opt for implants.
Myth: 06. Anyone Can Install a Dental Implant
While any licensed dentist can legally place dental implants, not every dentist has the extensive training needed for surgically placing dental implants or for understanding any potential complications that can arise during the procedure. When performed by an experienced and properly trained surgeon, dental implants are highly successful.
Myth: 07. Dental Implants Don’t Last, gets “rejected” or fall out
Dental implants are constructed of biocompatible materials, most frequently titanium, so “rejection” is not an issue. Implant failures, in which implants fail to bond with the jawbone, loosen or fall out, can happen in a very small percentage of patients.
The truth is that they are permanent as long as they’re installed correctly and you take good care of them. The implant is a new start for a lifetime.
Sometimes dental implants may fail because of one of the following reasons:
a. Lack of aftercare – Whilst the implant itself will not deteriorate, the bone in which it is held can. Gum disease is after all one of the leading reasons for tooth loss, so ensuring that you brush and floss well, as well as having regular checks at Lovesmile should ensure that your dental implant remains stable.
b. Cheap implants – Many implants that fail have been placed using ‘special offers’ abroad. Some of them may use cheaper implants of inferior quality which do not integrate as well with the bone, causing them to become loose.
Myth: 08. Dental Implants Require Costly Maintenance
Just because this implant isn’t a natural tooth doesn’t mean you need to treat it any differently. A dental implant is built to last and mimics the look and function of a natural tooth. Taking care of dental implants is like taking care of your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing are still paramount to making them last. The average life span of implants is 25 years. Also, make sure to visit your dentist regularly.
Myth: 09. Dental Implant Procedure takes too much time
Having an implant usually takes 2 – 4 months on average. A bridge takes 3 – 6 weeks. It is a short term sacrifice for a long term benefit!
Bone by nature takes a while to heal. Have you ever broken a bone and had to wear a cast? I’m sure you had to wear it for several weeks! The bone around a newly placed implant has to mend, just like the bones in your arm would have to.
Any additional procedure like bone grafting, may or may not extend the amount of time it takes for healing.
While this covers the most common myths about dental implants, there are plenty of others out there. The best way to get accurate information based upon the particulars of your situation is to consult with a Lovesmile oral surgeon.