Myths About Dental Implants

Myths About Dental Implants

by Alex Hirsch (SU)

The only treatment options for people with missing teeth used to be bridges and dentures, but today we have the more reliable option of dental implants. Dental implants are implanted replacements of tooth roots, so they provide a strong foundation for replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.

There are a number of things people assume about dental implants, or things they’ve heard through the rumor mill, that just aren’t true. Let’s talk about these rumors that have been floating around about dental implants and what the truth really is:

Myth #1: Implants Are Expensive

When you consider the fact that bridges and dentures must be replaced every few years, but a dental implant can last a lifetime with proper dental care, the initial cost of implants ends up being a wise investment. Implants therefore tend to be much cheaper than the other options over the course of a person’s lifetime.

Myth #2: Dental Implant Surgery Is Painful 

The whole procedure of getting dental implants is painless, because you will be given anesthesia. You will experience no discomfort during the procedure at all. 

Myth #3: Implants Look Unnatural

Many people see those with dentures falling out and assume that implants work the same way, but they don’t. Implants are permanent.

Once the implant is fully healed in the patient’s jaw, the dentist will affix a crown to the implant. The crown looks and works like a real tooth.

Myth #4: Implants Are High-Maintenance

Many people believe that dental implants require special maintenance and care, but this is false. They only require proper dental hygiene like the rest of your teeth, which means you need to brush, floss, rinse, and have regular dental checkups.

Myth #5: You Can’t Eat Certain Foods with an Implant

Again, people think of implants in much the same way as dentures, and you can’t always bite down on certain foods with dentures. But with dental implants, you can eat anything you want after your mouth has fully healed from getting the implant and the crown is in place.

Myth #6: Implants Have Adverse Side Effects 

Some people believe that the metallic materials in dental implants can adversely affect a person’s health, but this is not true. Implants and crowns are made from ceramic, titanium, and/or zirconia, all of which are chemically inert and will not have any effect on your body. 

Myth #7: Implants Last Only a Few Years

Dental implants are designed to serve you for a lifetime without the need for a replacement. As long as you take good care of them, they will last just like regular teeth. 

Experienced Dentist in Eugene

If you’re considering dental implants or another type of dental treatment, or if you’re looking for an excellent family dentist, come see our team at 360 Dental. Dr. Binder and his team are here to help you keep that smile beautiful and healthy. 

Contact us today to schedule an appointment by calling us at (541) 689-1645, or fill out our appointment request form online. We look forward to seeing you!