The 5 Most Common Dental Implant Myths and Misconceptions

May 22, 2018

Interested in a dental implant in Carmel Mountain Ranch? Dental implants can be one of the best ways to restore missing teeth. They offer a natural-looking restoration that can easily last 30+ years. If you’re thinking about getting a dental implant, you may have heard some rumors about the process. In this blog, the team at Carmel Mountain Ranch Dental Care will address the most common myths about dental implants!

  1. Dental Implant Surgery Is Invasive and Painful

This is definitely the most common myth. While dental implants do require oral surgery, modern techniques have made it minimally-invasive. Most dental implant patients are placed under local anesthesia and nitrous sedation.It only takes about an hour to place a dental implant, and most patients have a full recovery within just a few days.

  1. Dental Implants Take Forever to Heal

Dental implants do require a healing process, but it’s not unreasonably long. The titanium of the implant must bond with the surrounding jaw and gum, which can take between 3-6 months depending on the patient. However, there is typically no discomfort during the healing process, and your day-to-day life will not be affected.

  1. Dental Implants Aren’t Worth the Price

Dental implants are not cheap, especially compared to dentures or dental bridges. They are also not covered by most insurance plans, but they are definitely worth the cost.This is because, with proper care, they can easily last you for the rest of your life. Dentures require replacement about every five years, and most dental bridges only last about 15 years. When you consider lifetime cost, dental implants definitely come out on top.

  1. Dental Implants Require Special Care

Dental implants actually require less care than a denture or a dental bridge. Just make sure that you brush at least twice per day, floss at least once per day, and visit Carmel Mountain Ranch Dental Care for regular 6-month teeth cleanings and oral exams.

  1. Dental Implants Don’t Look Like Your Natural Teeth

Dental implants look completely natural. When building your dental implant, Dr. Carpenter and Dr. Collado will match the shade of the crown with your existing teeth and expertly shape it to fit in perfectly with the surrounding teeth.There is, however, a small bit of truth to this myth. Porcelain implants are very resistant to staining. If the rest of your teeth become stained after the implant is placed, your implanted tooth may look whiter than the surrounding teeth.

Ready For A Dental Implant? Contact Us Today!

Dental implants are a very safe, reliable and convenient restorative dental treatment for missing teeth, and we’re happy to give you the facts about what you can expect from the process. So if you’d like to make a change to your smile, come see Dr. Collado or Dr. Carpenter at Carmel Mountain Ranch Dental Care. We’d be glad to see you and discuss whether a dental implant is the best way to restore your missing tooth. Contact us now at (858) 487-6453, or visit our office in-person at 12075 Carmel Mountain Rd., Ste. 210, San Diego, CA 92128.

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