June 7, 2012

5 Dental Implant Myths

Dental implants are a kind of cosmetic dentistry that requires dental surgery to be put right. Over the years, the technology has improved for this process, which has made it easier. A dental implant is placed in an area of the mouth where a tooth or teeth have been lost. They essentially offer a substitute for the tooth’s natural roots, which can help save the jaw bone in the long term. If you have been considering dental implants, you likely have a number of questions, and you may have heard several myths about this procedure as well. Here are the five biggest myths about dental implants.

Dental Implant
Implants are painful
The majority of people who receive cosmetic dentistry state that there is little to no discomfort during the procedure. Everybody will tell you that it is much less painful than having a tooth pulled. A local anaesthesia will be used while the procedure is being completed and when it wears off there may be slight discomfort, but this can easily be treated with over the counter medication.

Implants will move around
Once an implant is put in place, it will stay there. The implant replaces the root of the tooth and provides a very strong foundation for permanent bridges and crowns.

Implants feel and look fake
With all the options for tooth replacement, a dental implant is the one that offers the closest thing to a real tooth. With this in mind, dental implants look and feel just like your normal teeth and the implant has even been designed so that it will fuse to the bone and become a permanent fixture.

The cost for dental implants is high
When considering the cost of implants, it is important to think long term. While an implant may be more expensive than a bridge, implants last much longer and will typically never have to be replaced. This means that dental implants are often better value for money than bridges.

It takes too long to get a dental implant
There are a number of different factors that determine the amount of time it will take to get a dental implant. Typically the process is done in two stages and there will be a three to six month wait after the implant is placed. Then your replacement tooth is fused to the implant.

Dental implants are becoming popular these days due to the permanency aspect, as they can last for years without requiring any special servicing. Current artificial dental implants are so well developed that they go with the natural teeth easily and stay indistinguishable. In fact, Dental implants can not only fill the gap developed by the loss of a tooth or teeth, but can also provide support and control further erosion to the nearby teeth. These techniques are extremely efficient, and patients are usually very satisfied with the result they acquire.

As with any type of dental surgery, it is important to have a dentist that you trust. Furthermore, make sure you have all of your questions answered for peace of mind, and that you are ultimately comfortable with the procedure before it starts.

(Guest post by Paul)



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