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4 Myths About Dental Implants

April 8, 2024
4 Myths About Dental Implants

Dental implants are today's most advanced replacements for broken, decayed, or missing teeth. However, misinformation about dental implants persists. Many patients hesitate to ask their family dentist about implants because they worry about the risks.

Fortunately, dental implants are safe and have a high success rate. This blog will break down four of the most prevalent myths about dental implants and provide the facts to debunk them.

Myth #1: Dental Implants Look and Feel Fake

Many patients feel concerned that their new dental implants will look and feel artificial. They may worry that everyone they meet will notice their implants and immediately judge them.

Fact: Today's dental implants are beautiful and nearly impossible to distinguish from natural teeth. A dental implant closely matches your natural smile thanks to advanced materials and procedures.

Myth #2: Dental Implant Surgery is Painful

Understandably, many patients worry about dental implant surgery. The procedure seems painful and intimidating.

Fact: However, the surgery is much easier than most patients believe. Local anesthesia makes the procedure pain-free. Some patients choose sedation options for their surgery, but many others do not feel they need it, especially when receiving only one implant.

Myth #3: I Won't Qualify for Dental Implants

You may have heard that only patients with strong jawbones can receive dental implants.

Fact: However, if you have problems with reduced jawbone volume, you can receive a bone graft from an oral surgeon before your procedure. A bone graft bulks up the jawbone, allowing the dentist to place the implant anchor in a sturdy position. A bone graft takes approximately six months to heal before placing an implant.

Myth #4: Implants Fail Frequently

Patients worry that implants may fail, causing infection.

Fact: Dental implants succeed in over 95 percent of patients. Problems that may induce dental implant failure include periodontal disease and smoking. Addressing these issues before the implant procedure can significantly increase your chance of a successful surgery. Visit your dentist every three to six months as recommended.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

Patients who share the following characteristics are the best candidates:

  • Non-smoker or willing to quit
  • Sufficient jawbone mass or ability to receive a bone graft
  • Good gum health
  • Excellent oral hygiene
  • Good general health with no medical conditions that would impede healing

What happens if you have a tooth pulled and don't replace it?

Many patients feel that they can live with a gap in their smile. However, a missing tooth causes multiple oral health problems. The remaining teeth may shift, becoming crowded and more challenging to keep clean. Food and plaque may collect in the gap, causing gum problems and cavities. Finally, the jawbone will break down at the socket, causing a sunken facial appearance.

Call Fallin Family Dentistry

Myths about dental implants may prevent those who need them most from considering the procedure. We can help you learn the truth about dental implants and determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure. Please call our Zachary, LA, office at 225-654-2212 to schedule your consultation today.

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