Missing teeth can not only be a big hit to smile self-esteem, but can even be bad for your oral health. The teeth on either side of the gap may “lean” in to compensate, a missing tooth can change your bite, and the gap can make it easier for food to get stuck while eating.
Dental implants are a great fix for a missing tooth, but misconceptions about how they work can scare some people away from this reliable, long-term solution. Let’s clear up some of the confusion around dental implants.
Common Dental Implant Myths
If you’ve had a casual conversation about dental implants, here are some of the talking points that may have come up.
Dental implants don’t look real.
If you’re worried about a dental implant sticking out like a sore thumb in your mouth, you shouldn’t be! The visible crown of the dental implant is made from ceramic to most closely resemble real teeth, and your dentist will ensure that the colour, shape, and size of the implant match your existing teeth. Don’t worry — no one will be able to spot it!
Dental implants are costly.
It’s true that the dental implant procedure isn’t cheap. But the damage that can be done to your mouth by not replacing a missing tooth will cost you a lot more in the long run. Not to mention that dental implants are, for most people, a single investment that lasts a lifetime. If you take good care of your dental implants, they have been known to last over thirty years.
Dental Implants are painful.
A dental implant surgery is certainly more invasive than a cleaning, but with an experienced surgeon, the procedure will be quick (in some cases as quick as 15 minutes) and local anaesthesia will prevent pain during the implantation. And with the exciting new digital dental implant technology, you won’t even need stitches. As with any other dental surgery, you will experience some discomfort over the first few days of healing, but your dentist will provide you with recommendations for managing and treating that pain.
My body could reject dental implants.
It’s true that some dental implants are rejected. However, this is an extremely rare circumstance. In fact, less than 2% of implant patients experience dental implant rejection. Dental implants have a high success rate because the procedure has been all but perfected. The implant itself is made from titanium, a highly biocompatible metal that is capable of osseointegration, where your bone grows to the implant. There are some factors that make you more susceptible to implant rejection, but the average person has an incredibly high probability of success.
I’m not a good candidate for dental implants.
A good candidate for dental implants has healthy teeth and gums, is a non-smoker, and has good bone density to support the implant. However, even people who don’t fit all these criteria can have successful dental implant surgery. Not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants, but you may be surprised what a good dentist can work with! Your dentist can examine your oral health and make an informed decision on whether or not to recommend the procedure. And if you’re not a good candidate for dental implants, your dentist can recommend other tooth replacement options that are better suited to your needs.
Don’t let missing teeth stop you from having a beautiful, healthy smile! Call (02) 9686 7375 or contact us online to make an appointment at My Hills Dentist in Baulkham Hills and find out if dental implants are the right choice for you.