Debunking Common Myths about Dental Implants

Common myths about Dental ImplantsGetting dental implants is a big decision, and the team at Pacific Northwest Periodontics believes you should have the most factual, accurate and up-to-date information about your treatment options. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation on the Internet, and it can be difficult to know what is true and what is a myth.

Read on as our implant experts clear up some of the most common myths and misconceptions about dental implants.

Treatment Hurts

Our team’s ultimate concerns are the comfort and safety of our patients. During dental implant surgery, anesthesia will be used to prevent you from feeling any pain or discomfort. We also offer sedation dentistry options to help you feel relaxed and comfortable during your treatment.

Implants Look Fake

One of the major benefits of implants is how natural they look. The tooth or teeth that are mounted to the top of the implant post(s) will be custom-designed to match your surrounding natural teeth, and crafted with lifelike porcelain materials that mimic the natural shade and texture of tooth enamel.

Implants Are Too Expensive

Although implants require a bigger upfront investment than other tooth replacements, like a dental bridge, they can pay off over time. A well-placed, well-maintained implant can last a lifetime, compared to bridges, which typically need to be repaired or replaced every 7 to 10 years. The costs of repairing or replacing other tooth replacements can add up over time, but unless there is an unusual complication with your implant, it probably will not need to be replaced.

“I am too old for dental implants.”

Age is less of a qualifying factor than your oral health and overall health. As long as you are generally healthy and your jawbone and gums are in good shape, you are probably a suitable candidate for implants.

Implants Require Special Maintenance

Actually, implants do not require any special maintenance above and beyond what you do to care for your natural teeth. You can brush and floss your implants just like natural teeth. Implants also allow you to enjoy all of your favorite foods!

Learn More about Dental Implants

If you have additional questions about dental implants, feel free to reach out to our team for clarification. Call or email us today to schedule an appointment with our knowledgeable implant dentists.