If you’re missing teeth, there’s no better option for replacing them than dental implants. Unlike dentures or traditional bridges, dental implants don’t just replace the visible portion of the tooth––they replace the root too. Because of this, dental implants can prevent and even reverse the loss of bone density in the jaw. Despite the benefits, there are a lot of myths about dental implants floating around on the internet. Let’s go over four we hear the most at our office.
Dental Implants Have Long-Term Health Consequences
Although dental implants are more popular than they’ve ever been, that doesn’t mean they’re a new treatment––the first titanium dental implants were placed in 1965. With decades of use, we’d know if there were long-term health implications for dental implants––and all of the available research shows there aren’t.
Many people believe that dental implants cause migraines and tension headaches. There is no scientific evidence to support this. Horror stories about dental implant failure are common as well; while dental implant failure is always a possibility, you should feel confident knowing that dental implants have a 98% success rate. We minimize risk of failure by taking the necessary steps to ensure that you’re a good candidate for implants before your surgery––we take imaging to make sure you have sufficient bone density to support implants and carefully examine your medical history for any possible contraindications.
Dental implants are a surgical procedure with the same risks as any other type of surgery: infection, nerve damage (which is usually temporary), and injury to the surrounding structures.
Getting Dental Implants Is Painful and Long
Half of this is true––getting dental implants is a lengthy process. This is because they’re a permanent replacement for missing teeth. You’ll spend a little more time in the dentist’s chair upfront, but implants last a lifetime with proper care, unlike bridges, crowns, and dentures, which need replacement every few years.
Is getting dental implants painful? Like any other oral surgery, we do everything we can to keep you comfortable throughout the process. That said, you may experience some discomfort, but rarely do our patients experience pain. We numb the area where we’re working with local anesthesia and, if needed, we can also offer sedation. After the implants have been placed, you may experience swelling and soreness, but over-the-counter pain relievers are usually enough to take care of any discomfort.
Dental Implants Look Fake
If you’re missing teeth, your options for replacement are typically bridges, dentures, or dental implants. Dental implants don’t look any less real than the other options––in fact, of the three, dental implants are the most natural replacement for teeth. They look and function just like your real teeth and unlike dentures, you’ll never have to worry about them slipping, affecting your speech, or limiting the foods you can eat.
Dental Implants Are Overpriced
Unfortunately, the cost of dental implants is rarely covered by insurance. Because it’s a procedure most patients need to pay out of pocket, paying for implants can be daunting. While the costs may seem steep, the price includes multiple office visits, one or more surgeries, and expertly crafted artificial teeth custom-made for your mouth by dental laboratory technicians.
The good news is that there are financing options available. At Warren Oral Surgery, we offer financing for dental implants through CareCredit and Lending Club.
Get the Facts About Dental Implants
Are you ready to learn more about dental implants? Contact us at 908-222-7922 to schedule a visit to our Warren, NJ office.