Dental implants have become the go-to source for tooth replacement. While they have been around for decades, they are just now becoming more readily accessible to everyone. And that leads to a lot of questions – and misconceptions.
So, to clear the air, here are 4 myths about dental implants, debunked.
Myth #1: Everyone Will Know You Have Dental Implants
Fact? No. No one will know you have dental implants unless you tell them. That is the beauty of them. The single visible part of your dental implant is the dental crown. And, since it is customized, it looks just like your other teeth in shape, size, color, and so forth.
The only thing that looks more natural than a dental implant is a real tooth.
Myth #2: Dental Implants Don’t Last Long
Dental implants do last long. They are called dental implants because the post that holds the artificial tooth in place is implanted into your jawbone. It is then left there to fuse together with the bone, a process known as osseointegration. In most cases this is permanent.
The dental crown that is held in place by the implant has a lifespan of about 10 to 15 years. However, with the utmost care, they have been known to last more than 20 years. When the time comes, it can be replaced and attached to the implant.
Myth #3: Dental Implants Are Not Covered By Insurance
Not too long ago, this would have been true, rather than a myth. Dental insurance companies didn’t want to cover the cost of dental implants regardless of their benefits. They were viewed as cosmetic or elective treatments and not necessary.
Today, however, is a different story.
Insurance companies are recognizing that dental implants are a standard procedure for tooth replacement, resulting in long-term results – and not strictly for cosmetic purposes. Because of this, many will cover a percentage of the cost of treatment.
Myth #4: You Cannot Get a Dental Implant If You Lost Your Tooth a Long Time Ago
You can get a dental implant whether you lost your tooth years ago – or it is getting extracted today. You may just need an extra procedure known as bone grafting.
When you lose a tooth, the surrounding jaw bone will begin to resorb over time. If too much time has passed, there may not be enough bone structure to support the implant.
Bone grafting adds bone to the existing bone to build up the jaw bone and be able to support the implant properly.
Want to Learn More About Dental Implants?
If you are interested in learning more truths about dental implants or find out if you are a candidate for them, the team at Schrott Perio Implants can help. We offer precision and skill with the successful placement of dental implants.