There 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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