When referring patients for implants, we often hear all kinds of frightening myths: an implant is too painful, too expensive, too long, too unsafe… However, all these myths about dental implants are based on catastrophically outdated data, and sometimes they have no basis whatsoever. Fear of surgery, even a small one, causes our patients to collect a variety of bizarre rumors and stories about the terrible consequences of this method of treatment.
In this article, we will try to dispel some false myths about implantology.
Myth #1: The placement of implants is a very painful process
This is untrue and there can be no real reason to worry, even if you have a very low pain threshold. Keep in mind that bone tissue has no pain receptors. Therefore, neither during the implant placement process nor during the healing process can the bone bed produce any pain at all. During the surgery, the mucous membrane does not hurt either, because the gums are carefully incised only after using modern reliable anesthetics.
Subsequently, when the anesthesia wears off, your gums may hurt a little in the area of the stitches, but all unpleasant symptoms are relieved by taking your usual painkillers. Since the length of the incision is usually less than 1 cm, if you follow all the recommendations of the dentist, when it heals – it will not cause much trouble.
Myth #2: Implants can be bad for me because they have so many contraindications
Today, science has made great strides and there are no absolute contraindications to implantology. Bone deficiencies in the implant area (which used to be a reason to seriously consider an alternative treatment) can nowadays be successfully treated. Moreover, we believe that implantation promotes bone development.
Some diseases such as severe arterial hypertension, diabetes mellitus, malignant tumors, severe metabolic disorders can delay implantation, but once these diseases are corrected, it is quite possible to successfully place the implant.
Older age is also not a barrier to implantation, as this method of treatment has only a lower age limit – we do not recommend doing it before the age of 18.
Myth #3: Even if I put an implant in, my body will surely reject it
This myth is based on people’s fear of surgery. Even when implantology was just emerging as a science, most of the implants placed took root, and some of them placed over half a century ago are still functioning fine today. And modern implants made of biocompatible materials with a special physiological shape take root in 98-99% of cases.
For those rare patients whose bodies reject implants, we recommend not giving up and having one more surgery – 99% out of 100 will have a positive result. Of course, after implantation, you should visit your dentist regularly, at least for the first year and a half, to monitor the healing process of the implant.
Myth #4: Implants take too long, I have to hide my smile for months
Yes, while we can’t grow a new tooth in place of an extracted one in a day. To get a good and long-lasting result, you have to be patient and follow all the recommendations of your implant surgeon carefully. The shortest time you can count on is 3 months: this is how long it takes for the implant to take root in the lower jaw, provided that you do not need to restore the bone volume.
While the implant is healing, you don’t have to walk around with an unsightly jagged mouth. If you do without a temporary denture, the healing time will be quicker, but in order for you to be happy with your appearance, it is perfectly possible to place a denture in the place of the missing tooth.
Myth #5: I can’t afford implants – they’re only for the rich
Like many treatments, implants have become increasingly affordable over the years: there are exclusive, expensive implants on the market as well as budget-friendly materials. Implants last a lifetime and are not much more expensive than a metal-ceramic bridge.
Myth #6: Implants destroy the jawbone
This is incorrect. On the contrary, practice shows that the introduction of an implant into the jawbone stimulates the development of bone tissue. This way the human body adapts to the presence of the foreign body. The pressure of the implant on the bone causes blood flow to the implanted area, which helps avoid atrophy of the bone tissue. The bone can only be seriously damaged if the implant is not engrafted and remains in the bone for a long time.
Myth #7: If I have an implant, I will feel it all the time and my diction can become worse
This myth came about because some people don’t understand the difference between dentures and implants. Removable dentures can indeed cause discomfort for quite a long time, especially if you don’t wait until your gums are fully healed after removing the rest of your teeth before dentures and contribute to a temporary deterioration in your diction because they cover your palate. In contrast, implants do not feel different from real teeth and therefore do not cause any discomfort.
If the implant feels like a foreign object after the gum has healed, that’s a reason to make an appointment with your dentist.
Myth #8: Implants are an unreliable new experimental method
The history of implantology is counted in several decades, this method has long since passed from the category of experimental to standard methods of treatment. Back in the seventies of the XX century, implantation has been recognized as safe and effective by the American Dental Association. The effectiveness of this method is confirmed by statistical studies: more than 98% of patients are completely satisfied with the results of treatment.
Although implantology, like other areas of medicine, is constantly evolving, and modern materials are used, you can be sure that no innovation is introduced into dental practice without lengthy clinical trials proving its safety and effectiveness.
Myth #9: Implants and conventional dentures are the same thing
This is the belief of people who have little interest in dental health. Not only do implants look better aesthetically than normal dentures, because they are invisible, they don’t cover the gums and palate and so they don’t interfere with how your teeth taste. With an implant, you can restore just one tooth without having to grind down the neighboring teeth, or several teeth at once. Even if a tooth is completely destroyed or extracted, we can restore it with an implant.
Implants are a modern and reliable way to restore teeth. Once the implant has taken root, you can simply forget that you once had a missing tooth. Like a bridge, the implant cannot accidentally pop out, the implant does not eat, and all you need is regular morning and evening oral hygiene, irrigation and a visit to the dentist once or twice a year.
At Brickell Dental Care, we use implants that are made in the US. Because we care about the quality of our work and the health of our patients.
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