While dental implants are an excellent replacement for missing or damaged teeth, they are sometimes subjects of misinformation. Some of the anecdotes about dental implants are either false or decades old and do not accurately represent today's implant procedures.
We frequently hear these myths in our practice and do our best to counteract them with facts. Here are the top four myths about dental implants and the truth behind them.
The Top 4 Myths Debunked
1. Dental Implant Surgery is Difficult and Painful
The top misconception we hear about in our dental office is that implant surgery is a challenging experience. While implant surgery may have had a reputation in the past, today's surgeries are simple, painless, and surprisingly short.
2. Dental Implants Look Unnatural
Cosmetically, today's dental implants are almost impossible to distinguish from natural teeth. Unless you tell someone that you have an implant, it is doubtful they would notice on their own.
3. Dental Implants Don't Last Long
Counter to the myth, dental implants may last a lifetime. The titanium "root" bonds with the jaw and creates a solid foundation for the abutment and dental crown. The crown needs replacement every 10 to 15 years due to ordinary wear and tear, but this is a straightforward procedure.
4. Dental Implants Feel Fake
When you have dental implants, you will likely be unable to tell them apart from natural teeth. Chewing, speaking, and smiling are easy.
Planning For Dental Implants
If you want dental implants, ensure you have no untreated tooth decay or gum disease. The dentist will want to ensure that your mouth is free of infections before the implant surgery.
If your tooth has been missing for several months to a year, you may need bone graft surgery before placing the implant. Bone graft surgery is straightforward and involves placing a ground bone matrix as a scaffold for natural growth.
Be aware that dental implants require a multi-step process that could take several months to complete. Bone graft surgery adds a few months as well. However, the time and investment will be worthwhile when you see your transformed smile and can chew and speak normally.
Correcting the Myths
We have countered the top 4 myths about dental implants with facts. As you can see, dental implants are safe and effective, and the surgery to place them is not difficult. They will brighten your smile, providing both cosmetic and restorative benefits.
Call Christopher J. Couri, DDS, MS
Dental implants can be a great decision if you want to improve your oral health and appearance.
For more information about dental implants, call our office at 309-674-4148. We will set up an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Couri so you can learn about how implants can safely transform your smile.