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4 Myths About Dental Implants

November 23, 2023
4 Myths About Dental

Dental implants are a popular choice for replacing missing teeth, offering many unique advantages that leave most patients highly satisfied. Whether you were born without some permanent teeth, had them pulled in the past, or lost them in a traumatic event, dental implants may be a viable option for you. 

However, misconceptions about the dental implant process persist due to a lack of understanding. Let's address some common myths surrounding dental implants.

Implants Only Last for 10 Years

Contrary to this belief, dental implants have a remarkable longevity. Studies indicate that they can last for up to several decades. However, your commitment to postoperative and routine dental care following the procedure dramatically influences the success of your implant. Adhering to the provided instructions is crucial to ensure the longevity of your implants.

Implants Look Unnatural and Feel Fake

Dental implants closely mimic the appearance and sensation of natural teeth. The titanium rod integrates seamlessly with the jawbone, mirroring the way natural tooth roots function. The prosthesis is crafted from durable materials that replicate the look of your natural teeth so convincingly that even close examination shouldn't reveal a difference. 

Whether you're speaking or chewing, the feel and function of a dental implant are virtually indistinguishable from a natural tooth.

You Cannot Get a Dental Implant if Your Extraction Happened Some Time Ago

While it's true that prolonged tooth loss leads to a reduction in jawbone density, making implant placement more challenging, it's not necessarily a barrier. In cases where the tooth was lost or extracted long ago, a bone graft may be an option to fortify the jaw. This additional procedure requires its own recovery period, but it can provide the necessary foundation for a successful implant. Your dentist can assess if you're a candidate for an implant with bone grafting.

The Recovery Process Takes a Long Time

The duration of recovery depends on one's perspective of time. Dental implants do require a period for complete healing and integration with the jawbone, ensuring optimal support for a prosthesis. Typically, this process spans three to six months. 

Suppose a bone graft is needed before implant placement. In that case, the graft must undergo its own osseointegration, adding another three to six months to the treatment timeline. While the entire process may take up to a year, it's a relatively short wait considering the lifelong benefit of the implant.

How Family and Implant Dentistry Can Help You

At Family and Implant Dentistry, our dental team can assess your dental situation to devise the most appropriate treatment plan for dealing with your missing teeth. For many of our clients, this is dental implants. However, for other clients, it may be another treatment option, such as dentures or a bridge. 

We listen to your needs and concerns to help you meet your dental goals for a radiant, healthy smile. We will thoroughly explain all of your options so that you understand how to best move forward.  

Learn more about our dental implant and other services by contacting us at 402-486-0825 or requesting an appointment online.

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