Common myths about dental implants

Dental implants have been a popular treatment for decades but some people are still misinformed.

Here are the five common myths about dental implants and the truth behind the story.

Dental implants are expensive

Dental implants are quite affordable when you look at the bigger picture. Let’s compare the cost of dental implants to some other treatment options:

  • Dental bridges: A dental bridge may cost less now than a dental implant. However, bridges need to be replaced every 7-15 years compared to an implant that can potentially last for a lifetime.
  • Living with a missing tooth: If your plan is to get implants down the road when you can afford it, you could be costing yourself money. Leaving missing teeth untreated affects more than just cosmetics. Over time your teeth can shift and you could lose bone tissue underneath your missing tooth. This means that fixing you smile down the road could cost a lot more than acting now.

Oral surgeons often offer financing solutions to make dental implants an affordable treatment option for patients who need them.

Dental implants are painful

Dental implants might sound intimidating, but the procedure is usually pain-free while you’re in the chair. There can be temporary discomfort after the procedure but this can be managed with medication.

Dental implants might fail

No dental procedure is 100% guaranteed but with a success rate of 95-98%, only a low percentage of dental implants fail.

People will know that I have implants

The crown placed over your implant will look and function just like your natural tooth, and the color will be matched to look just like the rest of your teeth.

Dental implants are difficult to care for

In many cases, caring for your dental implants is like caring for your natural teeth. Simply brush and floss like normal and you’re good to go.