Archeological records show that primitive dental implants may have been used since prehistoric times, and they were surprisingly common by 600 AD. Modern dental implants were developed in Switzerland in the 1970s, and they grew rapidly in popularity throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. Today, dental implants are considered the gold standard to replace missing or failing teeth. Yet there are still numerous myths and half-truths swirling around this common procedure. Here are 4 common myths about dental implants, and the reality behind them.
Myth: Dental Implants Are Painful
Fact: Though it is true that dental implant placement is considered a minor oral surgery, most patients feel that it is far less painful than a tooth extraction. In fact, a skilled dentist working with state of the art technology can make the procedure virtually pain-free.
If you are given prescription painkillers, take them as directed even when you are not in pain. It is far easier to stay ahead of any potential pain than to fight it once it occurs. Most people go back to work in just 72 hours.
Myth: Dental Implants Are Expensive
Fact: It is true that the initial cost for dental implants is higher than that for other restorations such as dental bridges or dentures. However, those solutions typically last just 10 years. In addition, dentures lead to jawbone loss and must be relined annually, while dental bridges weaken the anchoring teeth, which raises the risk for fracture or tooth decay. Dental implants can last a lifetime while protecting your oral health.
Be wary of pricing offers that seem too good to be true. Although you do not need the most expensive implants in town, the costs should be reasonably competitive with other local providers.
Myth: Dental Implants Are Only for the Very Healthy
Fact: It is true that dental implants can only be placed in a healthy, clean mouth. If you have oral health problems such as tooth decay or gum disease, we must treat those issues before we begin. In addition, underlying conditions such as diabetes or bleeding disorders must be tightly controlled before any elective surgery. Finally, you must have enough high-quality jawbone to support the implants, so we may need to perform a bone graft. Within these parameters, though, virtually anyone can become a candidate for dental implants.
Myth: Dental Implants Are Prone to Failure
Fact: Dental implants are made from biocompatible titanium, which is nearly impossible for the body to reject. In very rare cases, a dental implant might not fully fuse with the jawbone. However, success rates across the board are roughly 95 percent. A highly skilled and experienced dentist whose patients closely follow all aftercare instructions can reach a success rate upwards of 98 percent.
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If you are ready to start your journey to dental health with a caring, compassionate, and highly experienced dentist, we invite you to contact Oakdale Dental Associates at 413-536-1782 to schedule your appointment.