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Exposing 6 Myths About Dental Implants

30 Aug 2019 by  admin in Dental Implants Resources

Senior Woman Sitting In A Chair Looking At Her Teeth In The MirrorThere can be a lot of misconceptions that swirl around dental implants. Many times, this prevents patients from exploring their treatment options and instead choosing to live with missing teeth and a smile they’re embarrassed about. If you’ve lost one or more teeth, don’t let these myths keep you from smiling.

Learn the truth behind the six most common myths about dental implants:

“Dental implants are only for old people.”

Younger patients don’t need to feel embarrassed about getting dental implants. Tooth loss can happen at any age, and there are many factors that can play a role, including trauma, infection, gum disease, genetics, and illnesses. Any patient with a fully-matured jaw, which typically occurs around 18 or 20 years of age, can take advantage of dental implants and have a smile they love.

“I can’t afford to have dental implants.”

Many people think that dental implants are an unobtainable dream, but you’d be surprised by how affordable they can be. There are a variety of financing and payment plan options available, so you don’t have to wait to start feeling better about your smile. Plus, in some cases, dental insurance may even cover some of the cost of your procedure, greatly reducing your out-of-pocket expenses.

“The placement of implants will be too painful.”

Throughout the process, some patients will feel a bit of pressure and discomfort, but they should never experience pain. The surgery area is completely numbed before beginning work, and in some cases, patients may even undergo partial or complete sedation. Patients may continue to feel a bit of an ache after the procedure, as well as pressure and swelling, but after this manageable and temporary discomfort passes, you will get to enjoy life with a permanent, beautiful, and full smile.

“Dental implants look fake.”

Each dental implant is specially built for your mouth to give you a completely natural-looking set of teeth. Your dental team will discuss different options and will carefully match the coloring and structure of any existing teeth. With the way dental implants are so expertly craft, no one will ever know you have implants unless you tell them. Plus, because they’re permanently fixed, unlike bridges or dentures, you won’t have to go through embarrassing moments of removing your teeth.

“They’re too hard to care for.”

The best part about choosing implants is that they’re as easy to care for as natural teeth. In fact, they are actually stronger and more resistant to stain, which can help you keep perfectly bright and solid teeth longer. To care for your dental implants, simply brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss each day, and keep up on regular dental cleanings and oral exams.

“I’m the only one who needs dental implants.”

Perhaps one of the most shocking discoveries new patients make is just how many people are getting (or are prime candidates for) dental implants. Roughly 5 million people are receiving dental implants each year, and there are still an estimated 178 million missing at least one tooth and 30 million missing all of them on either the upper or lower jaw. You aren’t alone in your quest for a beautiful smile and don’t have to feel ashamed or embarrassed.

If you are hiding your smile due to missing teeth, don’t wait to uncover the truth about dental implants and how they can positively impact your life. Schedule a consultation with our team at LI Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry and see how we can help you.

How Painful is Getting a Dental Implant?

26 Aug 2019 by  admin in Dental Implants Resources

Dental ImplantDental implants are widely considered the best solution for replacing one or more missing teeth. Implants are securely anchored in place, are indistinguishable from your natural teeth, and help prevent jaw bone degradation that comes with tooth loss.

If you’re eager to experience improved appearance, enhanced comfort, and a giant boost in self-esteem, implants are an excellent option. But if you’re like most people about to undergo a dental procedure, you’re probably wondering how painful dental implant surgery really is.

Is getting dental implants painful?

Everyone has a different tolerance level for pain. Minor discomfort for one person can be extremely hurtful to another. The good news is that the implant procedure itself is virtually pain-free, since the implant sites are fully anesthetized and numbed. Here at Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, we have a variety of sedation options to ensure that anxious patients are comfortable during procedures. During the surgery, it is normal to feel pressure when the implant posts are surgically inserted into the jaw, but the goal is always to keep it a pain-free procedure.

Managing post-operative soreness

Once the procedure is completed and the anesthesia wears off, there will be some degree of post-operative discomfort. Your level of post-op soreness and pain will hinge upon the number and location of dental implants placed, and the complexity of your procedure. Implants placed in the upper arch can cause some people to experience minor discomfort in their cheeks, or even below the eyes.

Minor bruising, swelling in the jaw and residual bleeding is not uncommon. Most of these side effects subside within 5-10 days.

In our experience, most patients report that the implant recovery was not nearly as painful as they had anticipated. Some patients say that healing from root canals and tooth extractions were more painful than getting dental implants.

Steps to reduce pain and promote healing

After the implant procedure, you can help promote healing and minimize pain levels by:

  • Following all post-operative instructions
  • Taking OTC pain medications like Advil or Tylenol as directed
  • Taking prophylactic antibiotics, if prescribed
  • Rinsing gently with a warm saltwater solution
  • Avoiding hot, spicy or crunchy foods for the first 10 days
  • Maintaining good oral hygiene
  • Brushing gently near the implant sites
  • Using cold compresses as directed
  • Calling your dentist if you have concerns

Experiencing some discomfort 7 to 10 days after dental implant placement is normal, but if you’re still in pain two or even three weeks after the surgery, continue to see residual bleeding, or have developed some new side effects, it’s important to make an appointment quickly. Your dentist will need to rule out infection, nerve damage, and the possibility of implant failure.

Fortunately, dental implants rarely fail, and have an average success rate of 95 to 98 percent!

Are you ready for a smile transformation?

Find out how Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry can help you get the smile you’ve always dreamed of having. Call today to schedule a one-on-one consultation to discuss dental implants and other cosmetic options with Huntington, LI dentists.

Additional Resources:

  1. WebMD, How painful are dental implants?
  2., What are Dental Implants?
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