Dental implants allow patients with missing teeth to experience having a full set of teeth again. Since they replace the root and the crown of the tooth, they work and feel a lot like natural teeth. And yet, as wonderful as dental implants are, some people like to spread false myths about them! Anyone can fall prey to these myths because they're pretty convincing, but if you keep reading, you'll learn the truth about dental implants.
Myth: Dental implants are too expensive.
Getting a dental implant does cost more, up-front, than getting a simple bridge. But an implant can and often does last a lifetime. You should not have to spend money on it over time. With a bridge, you will eventually need a replacement. Plus, dental bridges tend to cause damage to neighboring teeth, and that can be costly to repair. In the long run, a dental implant is the more affordable option. And if you're having trouble affording the up-front cost of the implants, most dentists either offer payment plans or work with third-party companies who do.
Myth: Getting dental implants requires major surgery.
Inserting a dental implant is a surgical procedure, but it would be quite a stretch to call the procedure a major surgery. It is nothing like having your appendix removed or having abdominal surgery. In fact, you're not even put under general anesthesia for dental implant surgery. You remain awake, and your mouth is numbed with a local anesthetic. You might be given a sedative, but typically only if you ask for it — and you'll still be awake. The surgical site in your mouth should heal quickly, and you don't have to take more than a couple of days off from work. The fact that it's called "implant surgery" should not scare you off; this is a mild, common procedure.
Myth: Dental implants introduce harmful metals to your body.
Dental implants are made from metal. At least, the part of the implant that is inserted into your jaw bone is metal. However, the type of metal used is titanium, and titanium is specifically selected because the body does not react to it. Dentists and other medical professionals refer to it as "nonbioreactive." Your body won't be bothered by it in any way. You don't have to worry about it leaking into your bloodstream or causing any other danger.
With those myths cleared up, you should be feeling a lot more positive about dental implant surgery. Contact a tooth implant specialist and set up an appointment today. Good luck!