The Truth of Your New Smile: 5 Myths About Dental Implants

You’ve probably heard plenty about dental implants in Belmont – the one form of tooth replacement that can make up for the roots that were lost along with your natural teeth. But not everything you hear is necessarily true, and it’s important to make sure you have all the facts before deciding whether or not you want to commit to the procedure – especially if some of that false information might stop you from enjoying a strong, long-lasting smile! Here are 5 myths about dental implants – and the truth behind them.

Myth 1: Only Older People Can Get Dental Implants

Dental implants tend to be popular among older patients who are tired of dentures that won’t stay put on their gums. However, some might be under the misconception that you need to be at an advanced age in order to receive implant posts, and that’s simply not true. Implants can be safely placed as long as your jaw is fully developed, and that normally happens around the early 20s. Thus, most adults are candidates for dental implants provided that they are healthy overall (particularly in the gums) and that their jawbones are in good shape.

Myth 2: Dental Implants are Highly Noticeable

When you first see a dental implant by itself, you might wonder how it could ever blend in with the rest of your mouth. Surely a titanium post is going to stand out no matter what you do? However, the implant itself won’t actually be visible to most people; it will be hidden under the gums as well as an expertly crafted, custom shaded prosthetic that looks just like your natural teeth. Most casual observers won’t even realize that you lost teeth to begin with!

Myth 3: Implant Surgery is Painful

It’s easy to assume that the process of placing implants into your jawbone is going to be highly uncomfortable. However, this is not true. You will be numb throughout the procedure and will not feel any pain. Only minor discomfort is usually experienced for a few days after the procedure, which easily can be managed with over the counter pain medication. If you are particularly anxious your periodontist in Belmont even offers modern sedation techniques, which will make you sleep throughout the procedure.

Myth 4: Dental Implants Limit What You Can Eat

Dental implants will really only limit your diet during the first few weeks while the surgical site is still healing. Once you’ve made it past the recovery stage (and have received your new crown, bridge, or dentures), you’ll be able to enjoy virtually all foods again. Implants actually are even stronger than your natural teeth.

Myth 5: Dental Implants are Very Costly

Many people are worried about the cost of dental implants at the beginning, but the price can be made more manageable than you think, especially if your insurance covers part of the procedure. In fact, dental implants might end up saving you money over the long term since they last far longer than other forms of tooth replacement.

Hopefully, clearing up these myths will give you the clarity and confidence you need to make an informed decision when the time comes to think about getting implants.  Remember that you can always call your periodontist if there’s anything else you’re uncertain about!

About the Author

Dr. Alexander Schrott completed his certificate of Periodontology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and after his graduation he spent a year at the University of Geneva, Switzerland to focus on implant dentistry. Thanks to his years of extensive training, he is an expert when it comes to implant placement. If you have any questions about the dental implant process, contact him at his Belmont practice, Schrott Perio Implants, by visiting his website or calling (617) 484-9240.