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Dental Implants: Myths vs. Facts

May 27, 2024
Dental Implants: Myths vs. Facts

Dental implants aren't new, but they have been increasing in popularity in recent years to provide patients an alternative to crowns and bridges, as well as other dental restorations. As interest grows in implants, unfortunately, so have some myths and misconceptions about them. Here are some common myths we hear at Family and Implant Dentistry and the real facts surrounding them.

Myth: Dental Implants are For Older Patients

Fact: Dental implants are for any adult missing teeth.

If you're a healthy adult who has enough bone density in your jaw, you're a prime candidate for dental implants. Furthermore, dental implants are ideal at younger ages because, with proper care, you'll never have to replace them. If cared for correctly, they are a lifetime solution for missing teeth.

Myth: Dental Implants Don't Look UnNatural

Fact: Dental implants are the most natural option to replace missing teeth.

It's possible this myth materialized as a result of some patients getting cheap dental implants from inexperienced dental providers. At Family and Implant Dentistry, we only use high-quality materials to ensure smiles that are beautiful and appear natural.

In fact, dental implants are the only missing teeth replacement option that function exactly like natural teeth, with a root and a crown. Dental implants restore both appearance and function, allowing you to enjoy your favorite foods and talk without having to worry about your dentures slipping. Because they replace the tooth's tooth, your dental provider will firmly anchor them in place. Doing so results in a reduced risk of facial collapse and a strong bite.

Myth: Getting a Dental Implant is Painful

Fact: Getting dental implants may be uncomfortable but not painful.

It's common to be nervous about getting dental implants. After all, it's a surgical procedure, so it's natural to feel somewhat anxious. However, we assure you that we will do all that we can to keep you calm and comfortable throughout the entire procedure. Your dental provider will numb the area where they are working, and we also offer sedation options for those who need them.

The good news is that our patients rarely ever experience pain during dental implant surgery. There are often some discomfort and feelings of pressure or pulling, but not actual pain. In the days following your surgery, it's common to experience soreness and swelling. Applying a cold compress and taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain medication can help immensely.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

What Should You Avoid After Dental Implant Surgery?

Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco. Both of these actions may cause gum disease and recession, which can weaken dental implant structure over time. You shouldn't apply any heat to your face unless otherwise instructed to by your dentist, as heat may increase swelling.

Be sure also to avoid using straws, blowing up balloons, and engaging in other activities that involve forced air. Taking these actions places additional pressure on your mouth that may dislodge the blood clot that keeps the wound closed. If this happens, it may cause more bleeding and delay healing.

How Do You Take Care of Dental Implants?

You can keep dental implants clean and hygienic by taking the following steps:

  • Brushing and cleaning them twice per day using a soft-bristle toothbrush. Be sure to focus on and around the crown to ensure you reach all the spaces where plaque can form.
  • If you have denture-supported implants, make sure you take them out and clean them before bed.
  • If your dentist recommends it, try using a toothpaste designed to be less abrasive to help preserve your implants.
  • Visit your dentist for routine check-ups and cleanings at least twice per year.

Family and Implant Dentistry: Your Quality Provider for Dental Implants in Lincoln

At Family and Implant Dentistry, we take pride in helping our patients receive the smile of their dreams. Sometimes, this is best accomplished through dental implants and other times, there are better treatment options. Our professionals will explore all of your options to help you pick the solution that is right for you so that you can have the aesthetic look and dental function you deserve. You can learn more about dental implants by contacting us at 402-486-0825 or requesting an appointment online.

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