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Debunking the Myths Surrounding Dental Implants

Posted on 7/10/2015 by Leslie Davis
A diagram of how a dental implant works.If you have to have a tooth removed or you lose one prematurely, you have several options. The first is to do nothing; just let that space stay there. If it is located in the back of your mouth you may feel that no one will see it anyway so why bother. Did you know not having a tooth in that space will allow the bone in your jaw to deteriorate?

Another option is a bridge. A bridge is a false tooth that is placed in the spot where your missing tooth was. It is fastened to the teeth on either side. This might not sound so bad except the abutting teeth have to be filed down to accommodate the hardware that will be fastened to them and the bone underneath still has the ability to deteriorate. The last option is an implant. The implant looks and acts just like a real tooth. This is the most appealing option, but if you've heard some rumors about implants, read on to ease your mind.

Getting an Implant is Painful

Now we all know that everyone has a different pain threshold. Some can tolerate more pain than others. We are dental specialists that are experienced with implants and know how to make the procedure more comfortable. If you are anxious, let us know. If it hurts, tell us. Of course your mouth will be sore afterwards; it's a surgery, but we will prescribe an appropriate pain medication for you. Fearing pain should not stop you from getting an implant.

I can't Afford One
It's true; the cost of an implant may sound astronomical to you. How in the world are you going to come up with that much money? Did you know that bridges cost just about the same amount and need to be replaced every 7 to 15 years? There's no savings there, an implant is made to last your lifetime and you don't have to damage to additional teeth to get one.

The whole Process of Getting an Dental Implant takes too Long

It might be true that it does take longer to get an implant than it takes to get a bridge, generally about 3 times as long, but it is worth it in the end. The bone graft and implant needs time to heal and fuse with the bone creating a strong foundation. The difference is the result is permanent. Wouldn't you rather just go through this process once than to have to repeat it again?

Dental Implants can Fall out or be Rejected

Implants are a permanent replacement. In the case of an implant possibly being rejected, these cases are extremely rare because recent implant materials are titanium. There is a success rate of 95% with implants.

Older People aren't good Candidates for Implants

As a matter of fact, you can't be too old for an implant but you can be too young. Implants cannot be done if the jawbone isn't finished forming. Being older isn't a reason not to consider an implant. Those with health issues should consult with us, of course. But as long as you have a medical condition under control, there is no reason not to have an implant.

Have all of your fears been alleviated? Implants really are the best way to replace a lost tooth. An implant is the closest thing to the original tooth only this one isn't going anywhere and will not be at risk for tooth decay.

If you are curious about the benefits of dental implants and to find out if you are a candidate, please call us at (602) 551-8665 today!

The Arizona Institute for Periodontics & Dental Implants
Leslie I. Davis, BDS, DDS, PC
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