Debunking 6 Common Myths About Dental Implants

Oct 11th, 2017 | By | Category: Blog

No matter if you are missing a single tooth or a complete row of teeth, loss is loss and it can affect your dental function and self-confidence. As soon as tooth loss occurs, it’s important to find a solution as quickly as possible to help prevent nearby teeth from shifting or bone degeneration from occurring. While traditional dental bridges or dentures provided the only option for many years, patients today can restore their smile with an implant-retained device. Dental implants provide unparalleled support compared to traditional restorations. However, because they require surgery and have a higher price point, many individuals do not consider them a viable option.

Dr. Denes is an experienced dentist who is highly trained in placing dental implants for patients. During your consultation, he will explain the process in detail and provide a customized treatment plan to meet your needs. Below we debunk six common myths about dental implants and why you may want to consider them for repairing your smile.

To learn more, contact our Fresno, CA office today online or by calling 559-297-1294.

Myth 1: Dental Implants Are Noticeable

Implants are actually surgically inserted directly into the jaw below the gum line and are unable to be seen. Once they have bonded with surrounding tissues, a small connecting piece known as an abutment is attached on top of each implant. This provides a solid base for your customized implant-retained restoration. Once it’s connected, no one will be aware you have dental implants, or are wearing a restorative device.

Myth 2: Dental Implants Are Uncomfortable

Implants are designed to become an integral part of your jawbone. They help keep the nerves stimulated and promote healthy bone regeneration. Because of this, patients are able to avoid shifting teeth, bone loss, and jaw pain. Patients who wear an implant-retained restoration find it more comfortable than a traditional denture or bridge.

Myth 3: Dental Implants Can Be Placed By General Dentists

This is actually partially true – but implants cannot be placed by just anyone with a DDS or DMD degree. General dentists must undergo additional training and certification to become qualified at placing dental implants. When selecting your dentist, it’s important that you find one who is experienced and has a good track record.

Myth 4: Dental Implants Don’t Work for Complete Tooth Loss

Dental implants are designed to replace a single missing tooth or a complete arch of teeth. At Fresno Dental Studio, we offer All-on-4® dental implants. This implant system can support an entire overdenture in either your upper or lower jaw with just four dental implants.

Myth 5: The Cost and Recovery of Dental Implants Aren’t Worth It

Although the cost of dental implants is higher upfront than traditional restorations and the recovery takes about four to six months, dental implants should be viewed as an investment into your oral health. Once your dental implants are healed and your implant-retained restoration is secured, you can enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile for many years. Unless the device is damaged, it requires very little maintenance other than routine oral hygiene and visiting the dentist every six months. Traditional dentures typically need to be replaced every five to seven years and traditional dental bridges can cause wear and tear on abutment teeth that will require costly restorative procedures. Because both do not prevent bone loss, you may also experience some facial structure changes and jaw pain. Over time, additional treatment will be required and costs will begin to add up.

Myth 6: The Dental Implant Surgery Is Painful

Most dentists today offer both a local anesthetic and some form of additional sedation, such as nitrous oxide or oral conscious medication to provide maximum comfort. Once you are sedated and your jaw is numb, you will have little to no memory of the surgery. After the procedure, you will be given pain medication and post-op instructions to take throughout your recovery to prevent any discomfort.

Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation

If you are interested in meeting with Dr. Denes about dental implants and to determine whether you are a good candidate, contact our Fresno, CA office today at 559-297-1294 to schedule your consultation.

 

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