Has your dentist recommended a dental implant for you in order to replace a missing, broken, or severely decayed tooth? A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed in your jaw into your jaw bone with a crown on top that looks and functions just like a natural tooth. Implants are used to replace teeth that are missing or need to be extracted.
You may have heard some myths about implants that are causing you to hesitate before agreeing to the procedure. Here are 4 common myths about dental implants that you shouldn’t believe and why.
Myth #1: Dental Implants Look Fake.
Fact: If this was ever true, it is not anymore. Today’s technology makes it possible to create dental implants that are the same color, size, and shape as your natural teeth. Digital imaging of your mouth and existing teeth are used to create your implant so that it will look completely natural. No one will know that you have a dental implant except you, your dentist, and anyone you decide to tell.
Myth #2: You Need to See a Specialist to Get Implants.
Fact: Many general dentists perform dental implant procedures right in the same office where they do cleanings and fill cavities. It is not necessary to visit a specialist or get a referral to a different office when your current dental provider has the experience and technology necessary to perform the procedure.
Myth #3: Implants Aren’t Worth the Cost.
Fact: It may seem as if implants are not affordable. If you don’t have dental insurance or if your plan doesn’t cover the procedure, you may have to pay for it out of pocket. However, a dental implant will most likely last for your lifetime. You are paying for years of healthy teeth, gums, and jaw bone. If a tooth is severely decayed or broken and cannot be saved, it may need to be removed. Simply having the tooth pulled and not replaced with an implant could cause your other teeth to shift out of place and that part of your jaw bone to dissolve away. Getting an implant will prevent dental problems that you may have to pay to correct later.
Myth #4: Getting Dental Implants is Painful.
Fact: It may not be a walk in the park, but a dental implant can be placed using only local anesthesia and nitrous oxide. It is no more painful than a basic cavity filling. If you are particularly anxious about the procedure, you can be given an oral anxiolytic(like valium) so that you’re basically more relaxed while it’s being done. Afterwards you may need some over-the-counter pain medication for a few days while you heal.
Scarsdale Dental Group Can Help Alleviate Your Concerns About Implants
If you still have questions or concerns about the dental implant procedure, Scarsdale Dental Group can help put you at ease.The team and Scarsdale Dental will provide you with a complementary 3d Imaging scan and free consultation. They will review a step-by-step solution and make sure you are completely comfortable with every aspect.