Busting myths about dental implants


For many people, the term dental implant still brings pictures of their grandpa’s old dentures that were kept in the bathroom when grandpa wasn’t using them.

The clicking sound it made as it went into the mouth sounded dreary enough to avoid using them at any point in life.

But modern dental implants are a far cry from the old dentures that everyone is so familiar with. In fact, today dental implants have become so technologically advanced that there are hardly any issues with esthetics or infection or bone loss.

Let’s go bust some myths surrounding dental implants.

#1 – You cannot use a dental implant after a certain age

Age is no longer a limiting factor to get dental implants. If you have lost irreplaceable teeth and you do not have any immune disorders or an endocrine disorder, then you can very easily get a dental implant done at any age. It vastly improves your quality of life and the surgery is digitalized with excellent success rates.

#2 – Dental Implants require a certain amount of bone to be successfully grafted

Not anymore. Even if the bones in your oral cavity have receded a lot after tooth loss, you can still achieve excellent results with dental implants.

#3 – Dental implants need to be replaced every few years

Most modern dental implants are designed for lifetime use. Once installed, there may be no need to replace them ever.

#4 – The procedure is long and painful

Well, at least one part of this may be true. In some cases, there is deep rooted infection in the bone which hampers the procedure. The infection needs to be treated completely before the surgeon can implant the new tooth. In other cases, the bone loss is so severe that it demands grafting. In such scenarios, it may take up to three months for the surgeon to reconstruct the bone completely. However, if the surgery involves implants near the front of the mouth, most surgeons replace the tooth immediately by using a temporary crown which will later be replaced with a permanent one.

#5 – One cannot eat certain types of food after getting implants

Once again, that’s incorrect. The only dietary restrictions apply when the implants are new or a temporary crown is in place. Once that is replaced with a permeant implant, the patient can eat anything and use it like a normal set of teeth. Most dentists go by the rule that as long as you can cut with a fork, you can eat it.

#6 – The procedure is very expensive

Yes, the procedure may be expensive if it involves multiple reconstructive surgeries and dentist visits. Normal dental insurance may cover a part of the cost, especially tooth extraction and visit charges but may exclude the cost of the implants. However, there are some dental insurance companies that also cover dental implants. Do some research to find a company that offers this and make sure that you are aware of all costs before you sign up with them.

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