Dental implant surgery allows dentists to replace a missing tooth with a permanent tooth that is strong and durable. These teeth are fastened to the patient’s jawbones using titanium screws. As the wounds heal, the new permanent tooth integrates with the jawbone, creating a strong foundation and a natural looking and feeling new tooth. Even though dental implants have been around for a while, they’re still a relatively new procedure, with a list of myths and falsehoods in their wake, which will be debunked in this post by dentists from PlatinumDentalCareMi.com, a state of art dental care facility based in Livonia.
Myth 1: Dental Implants Are Very Painful
Your dentist will use anesthesia to eliminate the pain, so you don’t feel anything during your implant procedure. Post-surgery, you may experience tender gums, but the sensitivity and slight pain subside within a few days.
Myth 2: Others Will Know That My New Implant Is Not My Natural Tooth.
All dental implants look and feel totally natural. The fact that they are implants and not natural teeth is not made obvious to people looking at your smile. This is because the implant is designed to look just like your other teeth – the same colour and texture. No one can notice unless you want to tell people you have implants.
Myth 3: Dental Implants Require a Great Deal of Special Care
No – dental implants require the same care that your regular teeth do. Make sure you brush twice daily, and floss between your teeth and this will ensure your dental implants are in top condition. Make sure that the gums around your implant are healthy; periodontal disease can loosen your implant over time.
Myth 4: Dental Implant Requires a Perfect Health
A dental implant is recommended for any adult who’s lost a tooth and is looking to replace it. Perfect health is not a requisite, though if the patient has advanced gum disease or dental bone loss, there can be a problem. If one takes good care of one’s teeth and if the supporting tissues are healthy, it should be fine.
Myth 5: Dental Implants Can Cause Headaches
A lot of people worry that the titanium in dental implants can cause migraines. However, there is no scientific evidence to the veracity of this myth. If a headache originates from the patient’s jaw, then it could be because of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, which comes out of clenching teeth at night. Or it could be because of a misaligned bite. These conditions are easily treated by most dentists if consulted immediately.
Myth 6: Only Specialists Should Place Implants
80 to 90% of dentists worldwide do dental implants, which makes this myth the most outrageous of all implant myths. On an average, an oral surgeon or periodontist is likely to do 200 implants per year. The general dentist, on the other hand, places no less than 350 to 600 implants per year on average.
Myth 7: People Don’t Need Implants
Millions of people around the world lose at least one tooth during their lifetimes, and sometimes several teeth. Teeth drift, bone loss causes tooth loss, and this leads to face collapse. This, in turn, causes people to swallow large amounts of food which leads to some Gastro Intestinal problems.
As you can see, dental implant myths are simply not true. If you have a missing tooth or if you have a large gap between your teeth, best consult your dentist immediately before it leads to a host of other issues. When your implants are in, protect them by scheduling regular cleanings which will prevent bacteria from forming around the implant and causing potential implant failure.