Dental Implants: Myths vs. Facts


Are you avoiding getting dental implants? If so, what are the reasons? Perhaps you have heard some myths about dental implants and as a result, are misinformed. Dental implants have a lot of benefits and are considered to be the best option for replacing missing or unsalvageable teeth. Let’s dispel the myths and replace them with facts.


Myth: Dental Implants are Painful.


You may have heard that getting an implant placed is a painful process, or that it will continue to cause you pain in the future.


Fact: The Procedure is Mild.


The procedure for placing an implant is actually minimally invasive and can be done under local anesthesia. The procedure is no more painful than a run-of-the-mill cavity filling. Post surgery, you will be provided with the needed medications to manage any pain or discomfort. Of course there is always the option for sedation if you’re feeling particularly anxious about the procedure.


Myth: Dental Implants Are Not Worth the Cost.


Because dental implants are more costly than bridges and dentures and are not typically covered by insurance, there is a general conception that they aren’t worth the money.


Fact: Dental Implants Have Many Benefits to Outweigh the Cost.


The important thing to remember about dental implants is that they are the longest-lasting, healthiest option for you. Dental implants are designed to last for the rest of your life. They keep your jaw bone strong and healthy and prevent any damage to your existing healthy teeth. And payment plans and financing options are available that make the procedure affordable for anyone who wants the very best option for their dental health.


Myth: Dental Implants Look Fake.


Perhaps because of lower-quality implant technology of the past, dental implants did tend to look fake many years ago. However, this is no longer the case.


Fact: Dental Implants Look Very Natural.


Advancements in technology have made it possible for implants to look completely natural. They are designed to match the color and shape of your existing teeth so that no one will be able to tell that you have an implant.


Myth: Dental Implants Take a Long Time to Heal.


If you’ve ever known someone who had an implant placed improperly or who had a rare complication, you may think that dental implants take a long time to heal. 


Fact: The Healing Process is Average.


A dental implant is placed in stages, the root being placed first so that it can have time to bond with the jaw bone. While it may take a few months for this to happen, there is no pain and no inconvenience during this time. After the healing time is complete, the crown is placed on top of the root and abutment and the process is complete. It may take longer only in cases where bone grafting is necessary first in order to fortify the jaw bone to support the implant. This healing process is also not painful and not inconvenient.


Myth: Dental Implants Need Extra Care.


A common misconception is that once your implant is in place you’ll have to go out of your way to care for it differently than you do your natural teeth. 


Fact:



In actuality, a dental implant requires no special care. Simply floss and brush your teeth at home like you normally would and visit your dentist regularly. Dental implants actually require less upkeep than bridges or dentures.

Get the Facts From Meridian Dental Group


If you still have any concerns or questions about dental implants, the experts at Meridian Dental Group are available to help. The success of a dental implant lies largely with the dentist who places it. The dentists and staff at Meridian Dental Group have the experience necessary to properly handle every aspect of the procedure from preparation to completion.

Call 212-813-0850 today to schedule a consultation or request an appointment. We will put your mind at ease and help you decide if dental implants are right for you.