Despite being available for several decades, dental implants have become more and more popular in recent years.
And while they can be life-changing when it comes to improving smiles, it is important to separate fact from fiction when it comes to common misconceptions about the procedure.
Misconception #1: Any dentist can perform the procedure
Any dental professional probably could perform the procedure, but it may not be a good idea to choose just anyone.
Implants are not largely covered during dental school, and professionals who provide quality service usually attend dozens of hours of post-graduate training before they are considered certified. Fellowships & Diplomates are the MOST qualified.
Misconception #2: Always shop for a bargain when choosing implants
When it comes to dental implants, cheaper is not always better.
Unfortunately, according to the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness, some dentists cut corners during the procedure in order to lower the price, which can lead to long-term complications.
In the long run, “bargain implants” could end up costing you far more than quality implants.
Misconception #3: The implants will stand out against your natural teeth.
No one wants a mouth full of mismatched teeth.
Thankfully, that is not a problem. When placed correctly, no one should be able to tell the difference between the original teeth and the implants which makes for a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
Misconception #4: The procedure is painful
If fear of pain is standing in the way of a new smile, do not let it.
The dentist will use anesthesia and pain management during the procedure. If a patient experience post-op pain, which is usually low to moderate, he or she will write a prescription for pain medication and do whatever it takes to ensure the patient remains comfortable throughout the process.
Misconception #5: Implants are a single piece
Implants are not a single item that resembles a tooth and is placed into your gums.
They are actually made up of three pieces: the screw that serves as something of a root for the implant, an abutment, and the actual crown that resembles the tooth.
Each piece is just as important as the next for positive long-term results.
Misconception #6: Dentures cannot be implanted
Traditional dentures rest on the gums, but denture implants are sometimes an alternative option.
They are implanted at the jaw and the front of your mouth if you have the right bone and nerve structure for the procedure. Denture implants are not for everyone, but they are more stable and easier to perform day-to-day activities with than traditional dentures.
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Dr. Atcha has been in business for over 20 years and can answer all your questions and concerns about dental implants and procedures at your initial free consultation.