March 9, 2020
As dental implants become more and more popular, a lot of misinformation about them has cropped up. Some of these misconceptions are harmless, but others can deter people who desperately need dental implants from getting their missing teeth replaced. Luckily, your implant dentist is here today to clear up any preconceived notions you may have about implants.
Myth #1: Bridges Are Better Than Dental Implants
Dental bridges and implants are two of the most common ways to replace missing teeth. With bridgework, the two teeth on either side of the gap in your grin receive crowns, with artificial teeth called pontics in between. In most cases, implants are a better option when being compared to bridges. Bridges place pressure on your remaining crowned teeth, while dental implants do not.
Myth #2: Dental Implants Cause a Lot of Pain
Many people fear getting implants placed because they believe the procedure will cause extreme pain. The truth is that implant placement surgery is often no more uncomfortable than getting a tooth extracted. Your implant dentist will use plenty of local anesthetic to ensure you don’t feel a thing during the surgery. You may experience some soreness for a few days afterwards, but you can use an ice pack or over-the-counter pain medications to alleviate that.
Myth #3: Implants Will Look Different from Your Natural Teeth
As long as your implant is placed and restored properly, no one should be able to tell the difference between your implant and the rest of your natural teeth. Your dentist should match the color of your restoration to blend in with the rest of your smile.
Myth #4: It’s Okay to Buy Bargain Implants If You’re on a Tight Budget
In recent years, bargain implant centers have started popping up, offering a cheap solution to traditional implants from your dentist. While they may seem legitimate, oftentimes these companies use sub-par materials to craft their implants in order to keep the price low. Believe it or not, this can be dangerous. Dental implants are designed to integrate with your jawbone and function as part of your own anatomy. Your implant dentist uses only the finest biocompatible materials to replace your missing teeth.
There might still be a lot of misinformation out there about dental implants, but fortunately, your dentist is always here to set the record straight. If you hear anything about dental implants that you think might not be true, just give your implant dentist a call!
About the Author
Dr. C. J. Landry is a 1982 graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. Immediately afterwards, he opened his own practice, Lapalco Dental, in Marrero, LA. In his more than 30 years of dental experience, he has learned how to both place and restore dental implants. If you’re looking to clear the air about something you may have heard about implants, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Landry’s practice at (504) 348-0080.
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