April 24, 2018
Knowledge is power – especially when it comes to your oral health! If you’re missing teeth, you need to know the facts about your treatment options. Unfortunately, in this age of information overload, you may have heard some things about dental implants that simply aren’t true!
Our goal is to help every patient make an informed decision about their dental treatment, so keep reading as we clear up four of the most common myths about implants, once and for all!
“Dental Implants Are Painful”
You might be surprised to hear it, but many patients report that getting their implant was no more painful than a simple extraction.
The appointment generally lasts around two hours and the first step is making sure that you’re fully numb and comfortable.
You can expect some mild discomfort for a few days after the implant has been placed, but rest assured that your dentist will recommend the right pain medication and will provide instructions on how to care for the area following the procedure.
“Bargain Implants Are a Good Idea For Tight Budgets”
As implants have become more popular in recent years, there have been a lot of providers offering them at “bargain prices.”
While some of these offers may be sound, others are using low-quality materials or techniques.
When done correctly, the success rate for implants in non-smokers is 98%-99%. However, if your implant fails and you need to have another one, it can cost much more in the long run.
That’s why we always recommend asking your dentist about their training, experience and choice of materials. You can also ask for before-and-after photos of actual patients they’ve worked on, and of course, reading reviews is always a good idea!
“Bridges Work Better Than Implants”
Compared to implants, bridges actually have a couple of serious drawbacks:
- Healthy teeth are affected – A bridge requires that the two adjacent teeth on either side of the empty space are ground down to accommodate crowns.
- Longevity – Bridges don’t typically last as long as implants because they don’t handle the stress of chewing forces as well. An implant can last for decades, or even a lifetime, so the chance that you’ll need to replace it down the road is much lower.
“Implants Don’t Look Natural”
Implants actually look and feel more natural than any other option! The crown attached to the implant will be precisely matched in shape and color so that no one will be able to distinguish it from your other teeth.
Also, by seeing an implant dentist that will work with you every step of the way, you can make sure the final result looks fantastic.
Now that you know the truth about dental implants, you can feel good about making the right choice for your oral health!
About the Author
With over three decades of experience, Dr. C.J. Landry has seen firsthand the positive impact that dental implants can have on the lives of his patients. He always wants to make sure that they have the right information about any treatment option so that they can make the best decision for their oral health. If you have any questions, he can be reached via his website or at (504) 348-0080.
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