4 Myths About Dental Implants
There are a few different options for replacing lost teeth. When one or more teeth are missing or need to be extracted due to damage or decay, it is in your best interest to replace them. Replacing lost teeth allows you to chew effectively and eat the foods you enjoy and need for proper nutrition.
Among the replacement options, dental implants are considered to be the highest quality dental prosthetics. Yet many people miss out on this opportunity because of the myths they have heard about dental implants. Here are 4 common myths about dental implants and the facts that debunk them.
What Are Dental Implants?
To understand the myths and the facts about dental implants, it helps to know what they are and how they work. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium. It is surgically placed in the jaw and fuses with the bone to form a solid bond. A single implant can replace one tooth at a time with an artificial crown. Multiple dental implants can provide support for a dental bridge or dentures to replace two or more teeth.
- Myth: Dental Implants Look Fake.
Fact: Dental implants offer the most natural appearance possible in a dental prosthetic. The implant itself is under the gumline so is not visible, once your implant had integrated with your jaw bone the cosmetic component of the restoration is placed onto your healing abutment.The visible portion of the restoration is made out of a material that resembles natural tooth enamel in texture and appearance. It can be made to the exact size of the tooth being replaced and the color can be made to match the surrounding teeth. Dental implants are anchored in the jaw like your natural teeth, which helps them to look more realistic.
- Myth: Dental Implants Often Fail.
Fact: Dental implants have a 98% success rate. When placed properly by a skilled and experienced oral surgeon, dental implants can last a lifetime. The chances of success are also higher when patients follow instructions for follow up care and oral hygiene. It is important to avoid smoking and chewing tobacco while your dental implant is healing and integrating with the jaw bone. Underlying health issues can also have an effect on the longevity of an implant, this is why we do a full consultation and discuss your medical history before planning an implant procedure.
- Myth: Dental Implants Are High Maintenance.
Fact: Dental implants require no additional maintenance than your natural teeth in most cases. A single dental implant functions just like a natural tooth, meaning you can brush and floss the same way you do the rest of your teeth. In the case of removable implant supported bridges and dentures, it is necessary to clean the space between the prosthetic and your gums as well. This can be done easily with a small round brush or a water flosser. You will still need to regularly see your dentist and hygienist for annual implant maintenance cleanings and checks to ensure the longevity of your implant, and health of your supporting tissues.
- Myth: Dental Implants Are Not Affordable.
Fact: Although dental implants cost more up front than bridges or traditional dentures, there is a good chance they will last for the rest of your life. You should never have to replace them, which means you only pay once for the restoration. And more dental insurance plans are beginning to cover dental implants. You may find that insurance will pay for a portion of the cost and the rest can be financed and paid off over time in affordable monthly payments. It is important to remember, your oral surgeon will have fees for the surgical portion of the restoration and your general dentist will have fees for the crown / cosmetic side of the restoration.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
Is dental implant surgery painful?
Local anesthesia is applied to the surgical site to ensure that you feel no pain. Additional anesthesia can be provided for patients who would feel more comfortable with sedation. We offer a range of anesthesia options from nitrous oxide to IV sedation.
How long does it take to get dental implants?
The average time frame for getting dental implants ranges anywhere from a few months to a year. It depends on a variety of factors such as preparatory procedures and the number of teeth being replaced. For patients who need to replace all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw, All-on-X restorations can be placed in as little as one appointment.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you want to learn more about dental implants to decide if they may be the right tooth replacement option for you, schedule a consultation with Oral Facial Surgery of Orange Park. We provide dental implant placement using the latest technology for the best chance of success and a natural appearance.
Call 904-269-5195 or contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.