4 Dental Implant Myths, Debunked

Are you ready to replace your missing teeth? Dental implants are one of the most advanced, modern restorative solutions. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation about them online. Today, they’re the longest-lasting, most durable, and strongest replacement for your gaps in your smile. It’d be a shame to miss out on regaining the natural look and feel of your teeth because of some myths that have been spread around. Your implant dentist is here to set the record straight by debunking four common myths about the procedure.

  • Traditional Bridges are Better Than Implant-Retained Ones

Missing teeth can drastically impact your daily life, and that’s no surprise. Dental implants and traditional bridges are among the two most popular options that patients use to restore them. With bridges, your existing natural teeth will need to be altered in order to secure your replacement tooth. With an implant-retained bridge, you’ll be able to preserve more of your natural teeth because your restorations will be secured to the titanium posts in surgically placed in your jaw.  

Because your implants will be fused with your jawbone, you won’t have to worry about deterioration over time. The posts will stimulate oral tissue and bone growth by replacing the roots of your teeth and not just the biting surface like traditional restorations.

  • Implants are Painful

The process is virtually pain-free, and if you do experience some discomfort, it won’t be anything that can’t be managed with appropriate medication recommended by your dentist. Over the past 50 years, the modern version of dental implants has been nearly perfected, boasting a 95 percent success rate. This is because it utilizes the most advanced technology in dentistry for precision, accuracy, and maximum comfort. Depending on how many implants you need to have placed, you may be able to go back to work that same day.

  • Implants Differ Drastically From Your Natural Teeth

One of the best benefits about dental implants is that they replace the entire structure of your missing teeth unlike any other restorative option. This makes them practically indistinguishable from real teeth in terms of the way they look and feel. Your restorations will also be made from high-quality materials such as dental porcelain that mimics the color and look of natural enamel by reflecting light. This way, nobody will be able to tell the difference!

  • Cheap Implants are Just as Good as Expensive Ones

When you’re shopping for an implant dentist, be sure not to settle on an option just because it’s the cheapest. This means that you’ll most likely be cutting the quality of materials and getting a less experienced specialist. It also increases your risk of implant failure.

Instead, choose a dental professional who knows what they’re doing and who can offer you proven results. You can do this by researching your potential implant dentists’ biography on their website and seeing if they have attended advanced training on dental implant treatment. You can also see if they offer a before and after photo gallery on their website to see the quality of their results.

With these four dental implant myths debunked, you’ll be able to continue your research knowing how to separate fact from fiction. Implants are not just a cosmetic investment, but one in your overall wellbeing and quality of life. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with a professional.

About the Author

Dr. Benjamin Naylor is passionate about restoring his patients’ quality of life by replacing their missing teeth with the best option for them. He has also pursued advanced training for dental implants through The Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ as well as the Osteoready Institute in San Antonio, TX. For questions or to schedule a consultation for dental implants, visit Mountain Stream Dental’s website or call 541-345-5363.


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