As you look for the best way to replace your missing teeth, there is plenty of information available about which method you should take. The problem, though, is not all of it is accurate. The most reliable way of replacing your teeth is to have dental implants placed, but your dentist says there are 4 huge myths circulating about the process that need to be cleared up. As you read on, you’ll find out what the mistruths are and get the real information you need from an expert!
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically inserted into your jawbone to replace your missing teeth roots. Over time, they will fuse with the same through a process called osseointegration to provide a level of strength and sturdiness that is only matched by your natural teeth roots.
The procedure has a 98% success rate, but there are still some myths about it that need to be put to rest.
Myth #1 – Bridges are Better Than Implants
A dental bridge is an apparatus that holds a series of porcelain prosthetics that are used to replace two or more consecutively missing teeth. Take note, though, that the appliance sits above the gums; thus, it offers limited jawbone support.
A dental implant acts as a replacement for the missing roots by attaching underneath the gums. Therefore, it’s in a class by itself. Whereas a bridge mainly restores limited functionality and improves the aesthetics of your smile, a dental implant ensures that your jawbone will continue to produce bone cells.
Myth #2 – Dental Implants are Painful
One of the biggest concerns patients have about minimally invasive dental procedures is the level of pain they will have to endure. Having dental implants placed causes no more discomfort than a tooth extraction. Before any work is done, you’ll be given local anesthesia to numb the area to ensure that you don’t suffer during the treatment.
Your dentist will also provide you with instructions on how to deal with any discomfort after the procedure is done. Typically, there will be mild discomfort that can be addressed with an over-the-counter pain reliever.
Myth #3 – Implants Look Different Than Your Natural Teeth
This myth is far off base for the following reasons:
- Root Replacement – The main feature of the dental implant is the post that is inserted in the jawbone that replaces the missing roots. This aspect of the procedure directly mimicks nature and contributes to recreating your original smile line.
- Abutment – Once your jaw has healed enough from the implant placement, your dentist will add an abutment (connecting anchor) that will allow the final restoration to be attached. It ensures a secure fit so you’ll have the look and functionality you’ve been missing.
- Final Restoration – Depending on the number of teeth being replaced, you’ll be fitted with a crown, bridge or implant retained dentures. Each fixture is made from high-grade, tooth-colored porcelain that provides the final piece to the puzzle and leaves you with a dazzling smile.
Myth #4 – It’s Okay to Bargain Shop
Many companies have now begun to offer dental implants at bargain prices. While it’s okay to take a chance on a less expensive broom or ink pen, when it comes to a fixture that will be inserted in your mouth and will fuse with your bone mass, you don’t want to risk dealing with the problems that can arise from using an inferior product.
Now that you’re better informed, the next step is to reach out to your local dentist to schedule a consultation. While you’re there, the professional will take the time to answer all your questions and perform a thorough examination.
With the expert care you’ll receive, you’ll once again be able to smile with confidence and enjoy the quality of life you deserve to have!
About the Author
Dr. Joe Griffin earned his dental degree from the University of Tennessee-Memphis and then went on to receive further training in implant fixture placement and advanced bone grafting procedures from the Midwest Implant Institute. He also has oral and IV sedation certification from Tennessee State Board of Dentistry, which allows him to safely and successfully place dental implants for his patients at Cornerstone Dental Arts. Dr. Griffin can be reached for more information through his website.