Are you missing any teeth? If you’re tired of looking at that gap in your smile, you’ve probably started research on your replacement options. Google searching can be overwhelming, and you never know what information is true and what is myth. Dental implants are metal posts placed beneath your gums to act as roots for your teeth and have quickly become one of the most popular replacement treatments. Once placed, your dentist will mount a beautiful restoration to complete your smile. But, there are a lot of myths out there about them. Keep reading to see what your implant dentist has to say about the myths surrounding implants and if there’s any truth to them.
Myth #1: Bridges Are Better Than Implants
Bridges and implants are a few of the most common tooth replacement options, but they have a few key differences. With a bridge, your teeth next to the gap in your smile must be shaved down to accommodate the bridge placement. In most cases, implants are a much better option because they preserve the structure of your surrounding teeth. Bridges can also cause teeth around the gap to bear more stress, which can lead to restoration failure over time.
Myth #2: Dental Implants Can Cause A lot of Pain
Many people believe the dental implant procedure is painful. The truth is, your dentist has relaxation methods like sedation as well as anesthetic to make you as comfortable as possible. There may be some pain associated with the healing of your implant, but your dentist will help with your recovery and recommend medications to manage the pain.
Myth #3: Implants Look Different Than Your Natural Teeth
This is probably the biggest myth about implants. Once your implant is placed and restored, you and anyone that notices your shining smile won’t be able to tell the difference between the restoration and your natural teeth. Your dentist will use their high-tech dental labs to perfectly match the color of your original smile.
Myth #4: Buying Bargain Implants is Okay
Bargain implant centers have been marketing to those looking for a cheaper implant solution. While some companies are truthful in their advertising, others may be using less quality products made from sub-par materials to pass the savings on to you. Because dental implants become integrated into your jawbone it can be dangerous fusing unsafe materials to a living and functioning part of your body.
Now that you know some of the most popular myths about implants, you can continue your research with confidence! If you’re looking for the most stable, natural looking replacement, dental implants are right for you.
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Sherman prides himself on the wonderful relationships he builds with his patients in Garden City. He enjoys restoring their confidence by using dental implants and beautiful restorations to fill in the gaps and leave you with a healthy smile. He currently practices at Franklin Avenue Dental Care and can be contacted by phone at (516) 538-1100 for any questions.