Thanks to the internet and social media, information is easier to access than ever before — unfortunately, misinformation is also easier to access than ever before. If you’ve been thinking about getting your teeth replaced with dental implants, you might have come across some articles or forums that don’t honestly represent this treatment. We’re here to discuss a few common myths about dental implants and explain the truth behind the lies.
Myth #1: Bridges Are Better Than Implants
A traditional dental bridge is a sturdy way to replace teeth, and it may cost less than implants. However, bridges come with a couple significant disadvantages:
- They require that the dentist files down the teeth adjacent to the gap so the bridge can fit.
- They do not replace the missing tooth root, so they do not address the bone loss issue that always comes when a tooth leaves its home.
Dental implants allow us to preserve the structure of your remaining natural teeth, and they replace the entire missing tooth, not just the part that you see above the gum line.
Myth #2: Dental Implants Cause a Lot of Pain
Placing dental implants requires that your surgeon cuts into your gums and creates a hole in your bone so the implant will fit. Some people may claim that this process is extremely painful, but that simply isn’t true. Modern anesthetic techniques allow us to numb the area where we’re working so you will be quite comfortable. The surgery shouldn’t be any more painful than a common tooth extraction.
You might experience some pain and swelling after your surgery, but we’ll give you advice and medications to help you get through the healing process with as little fuss as possible.
Myth #3: Dental Implants Look Unnatural
You want your new smile to look just as good — or perhaps even better — than the smile that you lost. That’s possible with dental implants. We always take great care to ensure that the implant restorations look like natural teeth; we’ll even color match them to your nearby pearly whites. When all is said and done, no one will be able to tell that you’ve had some significant dental work done!
Myth #4: It’s Okay to Buy “Bargain” Implants If Your Budget Is Tight
You should never entrust your smile to someone who offers extremely low prices on implants without first doing extensive research. You must make sure that they use high-quality materials, that they have experience in placing dental implants, and that they’re past patients have good things to say about them. In the end, it is always safer to choose an implant dentist who is dedicated to delivering top-notch care, even if they charge more than the “bargain” guys.
There is a lot of misinformation out there about dental implants. We hope we’ve been able to clear a few things up for you so you can make decisions about your oral health with confidence and knowledge.
About the Dentist
Dr. Tim Stirneman is your experienced implant dentist in Lake in the Hills. He wants to make sure that all of his patients are well-informed about any treatment they’re considering. If you have questions about how to replace your missing teeth, please contact us at 847-854-7645.