If you have been living with missing teeth, then you might be embarrassed when you smile. Even if you have dentures or a partial denture, the fit can interfere with the way you speak and your ability to eat the foods you love. Dentures can also be more obvious as they become older.
However, dental implants offer an excellent option for missing teeth that not only looks natural, but also helps maintain bone health. Dental implants provide not just an artificial tooth, but also posts inserted in the gum to mimic your natural tooth root. This provides the same security as your root, allowing you to enjoy a permanent solution for tooth loss. Unfortunately, there are some common myths about dental implants that can be keeping you from learning more about this excellent option.
Here, we debunk 10 common myths about dental implants.
1. Dental implants are way too expensive
Dental implants need to be looked at as a long-term investment. Although you will pay more upfront for dental implants than you would for dentures or bridges, they rarely if ever require replacement. As a permanent tooth loss solution, you face a one-time cost, without the worry of ongoing replacement costs for the rest of your life. So, while they cost more upfront, you save money over the life of your implants.
2. Dental implants look fake
This is just not true. Implants are by far the most natural looking tooth replacement available. The porcelain teeth have the same tone, colour, and shine of natural teeth allowing you to rebuild your smile to look completely natural. You can even choose the level of whiteness preferred to avoid having an overly fake white smile.
If you are missing just a single tooth or a few teeth, we match the tooth colour to your remaining teeth for consistency. You also don’t have to worry about issues such as poor fit as you would with dentures. Instead, your implants provide a permanent, secure fit, which makes it close to impossible to tell them apart from natural teeth.
3. Dental implants are too high maintenance
Nope. Dental implants require the exact same care as your natural teeth. Brush and floss, and visit us for regular checkups, and your teeth will last a lifetime.
4. The surgery for dental implants isn’t safe
Dental implant procedures have a 95% success rate, making them perfectly safe. Advanced technology continues to improve the procedure, making it easier and more comfortable. As well, the implants inserted into the jaw fuse to the bone, creating a life-like root that helps you maintain bone health. This is much safer than the bone loss associated with dentures or bridges.
5. Dental plants are for everyone
Unfortunately, not everyone makes an ideal candidate for dental implants. There are various medical and dental conditions that can rule out implants for some patients. However, we can provide a consultation to determine your situation and make recommendations to increase your odds for success. Some issues include:
- Unhealthy bone tissue
- Periodontal disease
- Tooth decay
- Bone loss
In the case of bone issues, a bone graft can help resolve the issue and prepare your jaw for the implants. As well, with proper treatment, periodontal disease and tooth decay can be resolved so you can proceed with the procedure.
6. I’m too young for dental implants
What? No, of course not. In fact, who better to get dental implants than young vibrant people with their whole lives ahead of them? While seniors might choose implants as an alternative to dentures, the young patients are the ones with the most to gain from the implants. As long as you are over 20, you can enjoy the benefits of your new implants, which will last for life.
7. You can’t eat normal food with implants
While you do have to follow a special diet following your surgery, once your implants and new teeth are finished, it’s back to business as usual. If you have been missing out on your favourite foods due to missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures, implants are your redemption to return to chomping on corn on the cob and ribs. They look and feel like your natural teeth, including chomping capabilities. Chew on!
8. The procedure is difficult
The dental implant procedure is certainly more complicated than getting fitted for dentures or a bridge. However, the procedure is completed using anesthesia to keep you comfortable. As well, although there is some healing time required, it is worth it for the brand new smile, healthier bone, and improved bite you will enjoy for the rest of your life. Complete healing time can be as little as a day, but can also be as long as six months, depending on your situation.
However, some patients even have same-day implants and complete the procedure in one step. We can discuss your options to choose the right one for you and to make the procedure as easy as possible.
9. Dental implants always fall out
Oh dear. No, this is not true. While there can be uncommon cases of implants becoming loose or falling out, this is rarely the case and the same can be said for bridges or crowns. The key is maintaining 100% oral health so your gums and jaw are not at risk of other dental issues that can lead to loosening. Most people need never worry about this even remotely.
10. Dental implants cause headaches
Research has not confirmed any ties between implants and headaches. Because headaches can be caused by so many issues, including jaw and dental symptoms, if you do experience headaches following the procedure, mention it right away. As with any surgical procedure, there are rare risks that can lead to complications, including damage to nerves or your sinus cavity.
You can also experience symptoms similar to those caused by a misaligned bite as you adjust to your new teeth. A checkup can identify possible causes that might be due to the procedure and provide a resolution should it be implant-related.
As you can see, these dental implants myths are nothing to worry about. If you would like more information about the benefits of dental implants in Guelph, set up a consultation with our team today at Guelph Family Dentistry.