Are you letting myths and misconceptions keep you from much needed dental implant surgery? We’ll take a look at those misconceptions here so you can make an informed decision:
Misconception: Dental implants are new and unproven.
Fact: The concept of fusing a titanium implant to bone was actually discovered in 1952, and implants were widely available in the United States by 1982. Dental implants have helped millions of people restore their smiles and confidence since then, and have a success rate of up to 98%. Only a hundred years ago, about half of adults in North America were toothless. Now, thanks to improved awareness and treatments like dental implants, fewer than 10% of adults older than 65 have lost teeth.
Misconception: Dental implants cost too much and are too hard to take care of.
Fact: It’s true that dental implant costs are much higher than other restorative options, especially since the cost is usually not covered by insurance. However, while the initial investment is high, the cost of ongoing maintenance is often lower than other options. Traditional dentures and dental bridges require more follow-up care like refitting or replacement every 5-10 years, which can add up over time. The initial dental implant cost may be high, but they can last a lifetime with proper care, which is usually as simple as good dental hygiene and regular cleanings and check-ups. Unlike dental bridges and dentures which require specialized cleaning, implants are usually no harder to care for than natural teeth.
Misconception: I’m too old for dental implants.
Fact: Age isn’t a big factor for dental implant surgery. It’s much more dependent on your health. Only your specialist or surgeon can determine if the procedure is right for you, so don’t count yourself out without at least asking. Advances in bone grafting and all on four treatment provide options even for patients with less-than-ideal bone density.
Misconception: Implants can fall out.
Fact: It’s true that implants can fail, but this happens very rarely. The average lifespan for an implant is 25-30 years, but well cared-for implants can last your whole life. The success rate depends on the skill of your dentist, the quality of the implant, the condition of your jaw bone, and how well you maintain the implant. That means it’s well within your power to keep your implant from falling out.
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