Archeological data shows that primitive dental implants may have been used in prehistoric times, and they were in regular use by 600 AD. Although modern dental implants have been available since the 1970s, they became incredibly popular during the 1990s. Now considered the gold standard for replacing missing teeth, dental implants are still clouded by myths and legends. Here are 4 common myths about dental implants.
1. Dental Implants Hurt
While some discomfort is normal after any oral surgery, dental implant surgery is usually less painful than having a tooth pulled. Modern technology, coupled with an experienced oral surgeon, can render dental implant placement virtually pain-free.
After your surgery, take any prescribed pain medications as directed, even if you do not feel pain. It is much easier to stay ahead of possible pain than to try to fight pain that has built up. Most people are back to work in just 48-72 hours.
2. Dental Implants Cost a Lot
The initial outlay for dental implants is greater than that for dentures and dental bridges. However, both dentures and dental bridges tend to wear out in about a decade. In addition, dentures cause bone loss and must be relined every year, while bridges increase the risk of future problems in the anchoring teeth. Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care.
Do not shop solely on price for dental implants. The highest cost isn’t necessarily the best, but “too good to be true” deals are often risky.
3. Only Healthy People Can Get Dental Implants
The truth is that virtually anyone can get dental implants. If you have an underlying health condition such as diabetes or a bleeding disorder, it must be well controlled, and any existing oral health issues must be treated first. In addition, if you have severe jawbone loss, you may need a bone graft before we begin. We will assess your current oral and physical health and develop a treatment plan to help you get ready for your new dental implants.
4. Dental Implants Often Fail
Made from biocompatible titanium, dental implants are impossible for the body to reject. In very rare cases, they may not fully fuse with the jawbone. Across the board, though, success rates are around 95 percent. When placed by a skilled oral surgeon whose patients are scrupulous about aftercare, success rates can climb to 98 percent.
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If you’re ready to get started with a highly experienced and compassionate oral surgery team, contact Warren Oral Surgery today at 908-378-9494 to schedule your first appointment.