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Common Myths About Dental Implants

Published May 16th, 2017 by Vincent Vella DDS

Many people have misconceptions about dental implants that can keep them from taking advantage of this option. Education about implants can put these misconceptions to rest and allow people to enjoy an option that is far more comfortable, convenient and appealing than dentures. Have you been worried about any of the following? Read on to put your fears to rest:

Myth 1: I'm too old for dental implants.

Many people think that implants are only for younger people. However, age is not a factor in whether or not implants are right for you. People who are well into their 80s or 90s have gotten and benefited from dental implants.

Myth 2: I'm not a good candidate.

It's not uncommon for people to believe that those who have diabetes, heart disease or bone density issues shouldn't get dental implants. However, as long as your condition is well-controlled and you have healthy gums, there's no reason for you not to consider implants. While older techniques would not work well for people with low bone density, newer technology has overcome the issue. If you are not sure whether dental implants are a good fit for you because of health problems, talk to your doctor and dentist. You may be surprised with the answer!

Myth 3: Dental implants cause migraines.

Internet rumors abound regarding headaches caused by dental implants. The claim is that the titanium used in implants can cause headaches. However, there is no clinical research that supports this theory. People who are experiencing headaches after implants should explore other causes. Cavities, TMJ and a poorly aligned bite can all cause pain and should be examined by your dentist.

Myth 4: Dental implants are uncomfortable.

A lot of people avoid dental implants because they fear that the implants will be uncomfortable. This cannot be farther from the truth for most patients; they find that once the implants are in place, they work and feel just like your natural teeth. Far more people experience rubbing and discomfort from dentures or bridges than they do from permanent implants.

Myth 5: The recovery time is too long.

The healing time after dental implant surgery is highly individual. Most people will experience full recovery within a few days to one week. The implants need to bond with the bone beneath which may take 3-6 months. While this can seem excessive, it is not long to wait when you compare the time to the lifelong benefits.

Have dental implant myths kept you from exploring this highly beneficial procedure? Talk to your dentist today to learn whether dental implants are the right choice for you. Looking for some guidance? We're here to help. Feel free to contact us today!

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