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Dental Implants: Myths vs. Facts

Dental implants have been around for years, but are now becoming more and more popular. Unfortunately, as interest grows, so does the spread of misinformation. With easy access to the internet, a quick search can give you a lot of info on dental implants - some true, some not. 

Let’s set the record straight and talk about the myths and facts so that you can make a properly informed decision about dental implants - and how they may benefit your oral health. 

Myth: Getting a dental implant hurts. 

Fact: Getting implants does not hurt. Sure, the idea of having a small titanium post implanted into your jaw bone so that it may act as an artificial root may sound scary, but with a highly skilled dentist and a local anesthetic, the procedure doesn’t feel much different than any other dental procedure. In other words, you may feel a little pressure, but no pain. 

Myth: Dental implants don’t look real. 

Fact: The truth is quite the contrary. Dental implants look very real. They are the most natural-looking tooth alternative on the market. While there is nothing that can compete with your real tooth, a dental implant is a close second. 

Myth: Dental implants cost too much. 

Fact: Yes, it is true - seeing the cost of dental implants may be a bit shocking initially, especially because insurance doesn’t usually cover the cost. However, it is important to consider that when you invest in dental implants, you are paying more upfront. 

Your implant is designed to last a lifetime and when you choose cheaper procedures, such as a dental bridge, you are getting a temporary solution. You will have to pay again for that bridge down the road - maybe even a few more times. That means your cheaper dental bridge may actually turn out to cost you more than the implants in the long run!

Myth: Getting dental implants is risky. 

Fact: Dental implants have an incredibly high success rate. This is not a procedure that is done without extensive preparation. You will spend much time going through consultations, exams, diagnostics, and more before the treatment will even begin. It is important for your experienced dentist to make sure you are an ideal candidate to successfully undergo the procedure - and maintain your dental implants for years to come. When ready, you will move forward with the procedure itself – taking care to allow full healing between each stage. 

Myth: Young people cannot get dental implants.

Fact: Actually, yes, young people can get implants. If you are an adult who is healthy with good oral health and a good jaw bone, then you may be a candidate for dental implants. You do not have to be a certain age - or be older - in order to get dental implants. 

Dental Implants at 508 Dentist

At 508 Dentist, we understand how well dental implants can transform smiles. And, we have the experience and dedication to successfully perform dental implant procedures - whether you are replacing one tooth or all of your teeth. 

To learn more about dental implants or to get started, contact us at 508-336-8478. Or request an appointment online.