Dental implants have grown in popularity in the past 30 years and has become a more viable option for treating teeth loss over dentures and bridges. While the number of dental implant procedures performed have continued to increase over the years, there are still many misconceptions about whether or not dental implants are the best option for patients. If you’re considering this procedure, here's how you can separate the myths from the facts, and make a more informed decision.
Myth #1: Dental implants are for old people
There are 47 million seniors over the age of 65 living in the U.S. and according to the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP), 120 million people in America are missing at least one tooth. And 69% of people between the ages of 35 and 45 have at least one missing tooth. This means there are more people under the age of 65 that have missing teeth than there are seniors. As long as your jaw bone is fully developed (typically by your early 20s), you are good candidate for dental implants.
Myth #2: Dental implants are uncomfortable and painful
As with most surgical procedures, dental implants typically involve local anesthesia, sedation or general anesthesia, depending on your medical history and pain threshold. This ensures a comfortable experience for you while making the procedure more efficient and effective for your implant specialist. Unlike dentures, dental implants are secured to your jawbone with titanium or zirconia screws, allowing for a more natural bite and enjoyable experience when chewing food.
Myth #3: Dental implants are very expensive
The average cost of a single-tooth dental implant procedure can range from $1,500 to $5,500 and is based on several factors including: office location, materials used, complexity of the treatment, and experience level of your implant specialist. While the cost may seem higher, dental implants are designed to last for up to 30 years compared to a bridge that lasts an average of 10 years.
Myth #4: Dental implants do not look like my real teeth
Dental implants are specifically designed to look and feel like your real teeth. Your natural tooth crown is replaced by a porcelain crown that matches perfectly with the stain of your natural tooth.
Myth #5: Dental implants require a lot of healing time
The average time for your dental implants to “fully heal” is 4-6 months. However, most patients can go back to work on the same or next day after surgery. Just like any other surgical procedure, post-operative care is vital to ensuring a safe and quick recovery. Be sure to carefully follow the instructions provided by your implant specialist.
Are dental implants right for you?
Dr. Andy Q. V. Le is an experienced dental implant specialist. He is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologist (FICOI), and received his Masters In Implantology with the California Implant Institute at UNLV.
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