Dental implants are commonly used for someone that has lost one or more teeth due to injury, periodontal disease, or other reasons. If your cosmetic dentist has told you that you need to have one or more dental implants, they have likely explained how everything works. You have also probably heard many things about dental implants from your friends and family that are not true. Below is the truth behind four myths so will feel comfortable when you go to your cosmetic dentist for your implants.
Dental Implants Will Be Extremely Painful
Dental implants are a type of surgery, so you will have some discomfort and pain when it is over. This pain, however, will be no more painful than if you had a tooth pulled. During the procedure, the dentist has to make small incisions in your gums, so you will likely have a little bleeding for a short time. You will feel no pain at all during the procedure, as the dentist will use anesthesia.
If you have to have bone grafts during the surgery, you will have a little more discomfort, but still not extremely painful. You may have minor bruising on your face and/or gums with bone grafts.
Your dentist will give you pain medication to help you with the discomfort you will feel after the procedure.
Dental Implants Will Fall Out
Dental implants are made from a biocompatible material, which is usually titanium. For this reason, you will not have to worry about your implants falling out. An implant could fail to bond to your jawbone and loosen, but this only happens to a small percentage of people. In fact, dental implants have a 95% success rate.
Dental Implants Are Hard to Care For
When you get dental implants they are fused to your jawbone as your regular teeth are. This means they are exactly like your normal teeth, and they are not hard to care for at all. All you have to do is to brush and floss regularly as you did with your normal teeth, and visit your dentist for regular dental cleanings.
People Will Know You Have Dental Implants
If you do not tell your friends and family that you are getting dental implants, they will not notice any difference at all. The dentist will restore them so that they look just like your natural teeth. The only difference is they may be whiter because they are new, so you could just tell everyone you had your teeth whitened.
The best way to debunk any myths about dental implants is to talk to your cosmetic dentist.