For years (centuries, in fact!) dental implants have been one of the most effective ways to restore your smile. They are long-lasting, natural-feeling, and beautiful! Despite this success, there are still many myths surrounding dental implants. To provide clarity and peace of mind, we are here to break down the five most common dental implant myths.
Dental implants are not as strong as natural teeth.
While it is true that no restoration will ever be as strong as your natural teeth, dental implants come pretty close! Dental implants are approximately 90% as strong as your natural teeth. They are the strongest restoration available and can last 10 to 15 years!
Dental implants have three layers: a titanium screw, an abutment, and a porcelain crown. The titanium base of the implant is stronger than your natural tooth’s root. The porcelain crown is susceptible to damage, just like natural teeth are. We encourage patients to treat their implants with care and avoid chewing on hard items like pens or ice.
Dental implants do not look as natural as real teeth.
This is one of the most common dental implant myths. How can anything look and feel like your natural tooth? You’d be surprised! Modern technology and digital impressions allow us to create a replica of your tooth. Using CEREC technology, we can customize its shape, size, and color. Plus, the crown’s porcelain reflects light like your natural teeth. It will be nearly impossible for someone to tell the difference between your implant and your existing teeth.
The placement of dental implants is painful.
Every patient who receives a dental implant is placed under sedation dentistry. There is some slight discomfort during the healing process. We will send you home with a prescription for pain medicine and a guide for at-home care to stop swelling, pain, or infection. After about two weeks, any discomfort will have subsided.
Dental implants do not last long.
Dental implants can last as long as 15 years if they are cared for properly. What typically needs replacing after this timeframe is the crown, which experiences normal wear like any other tooth.
There is the possibility of implant failure in the weeks following your surgery. However, we work hard with patients to ensure their treatment is successful.
The most common reasons for implant failure are:
- Peri-Implantitis, or inflammation caused by a foreign object
- Failed osseointegration caused by a weak jawbone
- Gum disease
- Diabetes or an autoimmune disease that prevents healing
- Allergic reactions
- Certain medications
Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants right away. Some may need some supplemental treatments to prepare for implant placement.
Dental implants are too expensive.
This dental implant myth is somewhat true…depending on where you seek care. Many practices will charge you thousands of dollars and hidden fees during your visit. At Center Valley Dental, we strive to be an affordable, high-quality practice for everyone. We will ensure that your implants restore your smile and your confidence.
Implants at Center Valley Dental
Now that we have helped dispel some dental implant myths, are you ready to schedule your visit and restore your smile? Here at Center Valley Dental, we provide dental implants, crowns, veneers, and family and general dentistry. Schedule your appointment today.