Primitive dental implants may have been in use during prehistoric times, and they were relatively common by at least 600 AD. Modern dental implants debuted in the 1970s, and they truly caught on during the 1990s. Today, dental implants are considered the treatment of choice for replacing missing teeth, but myths and rumors continue to swirl. Here is what you should know about 4 of the most common myths about dental implants.
1. Dental Implants Hurt
Dental implant placement is considered a minor oral surgery. Mild discomfort is normal, yet most patients claim that dental implant surgery is far less painful than having their teeth extracted. In the hands of a skilled and experienced dentist, modern technology renders the procedure virtually pain-free.
If you are prescribed medications for pain, take them as instructed. It is far easier to stay ahead of any pain than to try to fight it once it sets in. Most people go back to work the same day.
2. Dental Implants Cost a Lot
It is true that the upfront cost of dental implants may be higher than that of other options such as dentures or dental bridges. However, those restorations must be replaced, on average, every 10 years. In addition, dentures cause bone loss, meaning that they must be relined annually. Dental bridges increase the risk of decay or even fracture in the supporting teeth. Dental implants are the only solution that can last a lifetime with proper care. They are also the only option that actually improves oral health by replacing the tooth roots.
Watch out for pricing offers that seem too good to be true. There is no reason to seek the most expensive dental implants in your area, but the cost should be reasonably in line with other providers.
3. Dental Implants Are Only for the Very Healthy
Your mouth must be clean and healthy to accept dental implants, so we must fix any other oral health issues first. In addition, any underlying health conditions such as diabetes or bleeding disorders must be tightly controlled. Finally, if you do not have sufficient healthy jawbone, you might need bone grafting. Within these parameters, though, nearly anyone can have dental implants.
4. Dental Implants Are Prone to Failure
Made from biocompatible titanium, dental implants are nearly impossible for the body to reject. In extremely rare instances, a dental implant may not fuse with the jawbone, but across the board success rates are roughly 95 percent. A talented dentist with patients who carefully follow all aftercare instructions can achieve a success rate of more than 98 percent.