5 Dental Implant Myths Revealed
At CUSP Dentistry, we believe education and information is vital in all areas of life. Therefore, when deciding whether or not to consider dental implants, it is important to separate myths from facts. Below are 5 common dental implant myths:
Myth #1: Dental Implants are done for cosmetic reasons only.
Fact: Yes, many patients come to Cusp Dentistry due to a missing tooth or teeth. Unfortunately, they found themselves smiling and laughing less. However, there may be greater costs - breaking down of bone mass under the gums and shifting of teeth. In addition, missing teeth may affect one’s ability to chew certain foods, such as nuts, apples, raw carrots or pretzels.
Myth #2: Dental Implants look and feel fake.
Fact: Patients are amazed when they discover that a dental implant looks, feels and functions just like their own healthy, natural teeth. The crown at the top of the implant is made to match the surrounding teeth and will not discolor over time. Best of all… it feels so comfortable and natural, patients often forget that they have a dental implant.
Myth #3: Dental Implants are only for certain age groups.
Fact: A child’s jawbone is not fully developed therefore he/she may not be a candidate for a dental implant. However, young adults through those in their senior years are often a great candidate. If you are in good general health, have one or more missing teeth, healthy gums and sufficient jawbone strength… a dental implant may be the perfect solution.
Myth #4: Dental Implants can harm the surrounding teeth and jaw.
Fact: Dental implants provide protection in several ways. If a tooth is missing, a dental implant keeps surrounding teeth straight and in place without the risk of damaging adjacent teeth - providing a better solution than a bridge or partial dentures. In addition, dental implants help to prevent deterioration of the jawbone, allowing you to maintain your natural smile and facial structure.
Myth #5: Dental Implants are expensive.
Fact: When seeking a restorative solution, several options exist, such as dentures or bridges. Over time, the costs associated with these options may be greater than the initial dental implant investment, due to replacement costs (every 5 - 15 years) and maintenance costs (adhesives/fixative). Dental implants can last a lifetime, with proper care - brushing, flossing and regular dental visits.
Millions of people in the US have decided to have dental implants, and the number continues to grow. Perhaps you have additional questions or concerns? Our highly trained and compassionate dental healthcare team would like to help you make the best possible decision. Call 310.826.6535 today.