4 Myths About Dental Implants

4 Myths About Dental Implants

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Dental implants are one of the most common tooth replacement options. When one or more teeth are missing or severely decayed or damaged, dental implants can provide both a functional and esthetic replacement closely mimicking your own natural teeth in terms of chewing ability and esthetics.

Dental implants have significant benefits over bridges and traditional dentures, yet some people are still settling for these less advanced options because of the myths that are sometimes believed about implants. 

Myth: You Have to Watch What You Eat With Dental Implants

Fact: There Are No Absolute Food Restrictions With Dental Implants 

Dental implants are surgically placed in the jaw where they fuse with the bone, forming a solid bond that allows them to function like your natural teeth. Once your dental implant has fully healed you are free to eat the foods you love without worrying about damaging your implant. When it comes to implant-supported dentures, you can eat what you want without worrying about them slipping out of place the way traditional dentures do. 

Myth: Dental Implants Look Fake 

Fact: Implant Restorations Can Be Very Natural Looking

Dental implants are basically the foundation to attach your replacement teeth whether that is non-removable teeth or implant retained dentures.  The implant restoration can look as good or better than the restorations on natural teeth. The implants are anchored in the jaw in a similar way to your natural tooth roots. Implants work like your natural tooth roots, extending down into the socket in your jaw bone, rather than being attached to the neighboring teeth like a dental bridge. Implant supported dentures stay in place more securely than traditional dentures, which helps them feel more natural and comfortable as well. The prosthetic portion of your restoration is made with high quality materials to match natural teeth. 

Myth: Dental Implants Don’t Last 

Fact: Dental Implants Can Last a Lifetime 

Once a dental implant has successfully fused with the jaw bone, the bond can potentially last for the rest of your life. Dental implants typically last longer than bridges and dentures as they are not at risk for cavities or root canal problems. Implant restorations have an average lifespan of 20 plus years with a 95 to 98% success rate if properly cared for with home cleaning and dental visits.

Myth: Insurance Doesn’t Cover Dental Implants 

Fact: Some Insurance Plans Do Cover Dental Implants 

In the past dental insurance did not cover dental implants. But in recent years many dental insurance providers have recognized the need for dental implant coverage as well as their dental health benefits. You may need to upgrade to a more advanced plan, which may have a higher premium, in order to get coverage for dental implants. Contact your employer or your insurance provider for more information about dental insurance coverage for implants. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants 

Does dental implant placement hurt? 

Anesthesia is used during the placement of dental implants to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the procedure. In many cases local anesthesia is all that is needed, but additional sedation is available if needed. 

How long does it take to get dental implants? 

The entire process of getting dental implants can take a few months to a year in some cases. Some patients may qualify for same day dental implants, but some very specific criteria must be met in order for you to be eligible. 

Get Started With Dental Implants Today 

Do you have one or more teeth that need to be replaced? If so, dental implants should be high on your list of replacement options. It is common to have questions, but it is important to get answers from a reliable source. Dr. Gordon of Progressive Periodontics & Implant Dentistry would be happy to meet with you for a consultation to discuss dental implants and help you determine if they are the right restorative option for you. 

Contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.