Dental Implants: Fact or Fiction?
Are you considering dental implants to restore your smile and confidence? In our opinion, a well-informed patient is an empowered patient. So we’d like to dispel some common myths about dental implants and separate the fact from fiction.
Fact: Implants preserve healthy bone
Among all tooth restoration options, dental implants are the only ones that conserve natural bone. Moreover, implants prevent future bone loss and promote jawbone growth. This not only prevents your existing teeth from shifting out of place, it can also help preserve the integrity of your facial structure.
Fiction: Dental implants are cost prohibitive
Thanks to advances in implantology, restoration of missing teeth with implants is becoming increasingly affordable. While the initial investment may be higher than dentures or a fixed bridge, neither of these options will last decades. Unlike bridges, which need replacing every 5-7 years, implants are designed to last a lifetime. They are the most permanent solution, meaning greater cost savings in the long run.
Fact: Implants are easy to care for
Implants are the next best thing to having your own natural teeth and are super easy to care for. You never have to worry about dealing with messy adhesives or removable fixtures, and implants will never get cavities. Simply brush, floss and see your dentist for cleanings every 6 months.
Fiction: Everyone can get dental implants
The truth is that many patients are great candidates for implants, even those who are older and have a long history of gum disease! Having adequate healthy bone structure in the jaw is one of the most important criteria. For those who have significant jawbone deterioration, a bone grafting surgery may be necessary. Younger patients whose jawbones are still developing may not be good candidates, as well as those with chronic diseases such as hemophilia or uncontrolled diabetes.
Fact: Dental implants are completely undetectable
Modern dental implants are custom made of fine porcelain that mimics the translucency of your natural teeth. The color, shape and hue of these revolutionary restorations look so real that many patients forget they have artificial teeth.
Fiction: Getting dental implants is painful
The fear of pain keeps many people out of the dentist’s chair, but you can rest easy in the knowledge that sedation dentistry paves the way for a stress-free and comfortable procedure. Patients can now choose from a range of anesthesia options such as nitrous oxide, IV sedation and conscious oral sedation with medication. A professional dental anesthesiologist will ensure that you’re in a deep state of relaxation and feel no discomfort.
Fact: Dental implants are proven to be safe
Implantology has continued to evolve over the past five decades, utilizing state-of-the-art technology to deliver superior results without major disruption to your normal, daily lives. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, dental implants have a long-term success rate of 95 to 98 percent!
Fiction: All dentists can perform successful implant surgery
As with any type of medical procedure, it’s highly recommended to do your homework and find an experienced implant dentist who has the education and training in oral implantology, surgery and prosthodontics recognized by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID). An untrained or inexperienced dentist simply doesn’t have the knowledge or skill set to prevent complications and ensure a successful implant procedure.
Affordable dental implants in Suffolk County
Whether you need a single tooth replacement or are interested in learning more about same day implants, Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliott are proud to offer a range of affordable options to their Suffolk County patients. For a free consultation, we invite you to call Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry today.
Additional Dental Implant Fact Resources:
- American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Dental Implant Facts http://www.aaid-implant.org/resources-and-news/dental-implant-facts/
- MedicineNet, Dental Implants http://www.medicinenet.com/dental_implants/article.htm
- Oral Health Foundation, Dental Implants https://www.dentalhealth.org/tell-me-about/topic/cosmetic-dentistry/implants