The wonderful thing about the internet age is that we have a vast amount of information right at our fingertips. Unfortunately, that information is not always trustworthy or accurate. When it comes to dental implants, the facts and myths often get confused online, so let’s go over some common misconceptions about dental implants and what the real facts are.
I’m too young for dental implants.
If you’re an adult, you’re healthy, and your jaw doesn’t have any abnormalities, you are a candidate for dental implants. We often think of dentures and implants as dental appliances needed only by our parents and grandparents, not people our age, but it’s just not true: dental implants are a viable option whenever you have a tooth that is missing or has sustained significant damage or decay. There’s no reason to feel embarrassed about needing dental implants, no matter what your age.
Getting dental implants is painful and scary.
It’s natural to see images of dental implants online and feel nervous–that titanium screw at the bottom of the implant looks more than a little bit intimidating. We’re not going to lie to you: getting dental implants is not exactly the most pleasant way to spend a weekday afternoon. In fact, it’s probably up there with paying taxes on the fun scale. But the good news is that getting dental implants is not much different from any other dental procedure. We’ll use local anesthesia to numb the area completely so you may feel pressure while we work, but not pain. If you’re especially anxious about the procedure, we have options for sedation to help you feel calm and comfortable.
Dental implants look fake.
Would a practice named Champagne Smiles offer you anything less than a beautiful smile? Absolutely not! Indeed, dental implants are meant to restore a natural looking smile so you can feel confident and self-assured. While the “root” of the implant looks nothing like a real tooth, the part of the implant that sits above the gum is designed to look exactly like your natural tooth, matching in color, size, and shape. You don’t have to worry about anyone knowing that you have dental implants–unless you tell them, of course.
Dental implants have long-term health implications.
One common myth about dental implants is that they can cause migraines and tension headaches. In the decades that dental implants have been in use, there is absolutely no evidence to support this idea. Of course, dental implants are a form of oral surgery, and as such, the procedure has the same risks as any other type of surgery: infection, nerve damage (which is typically temporary), and injury to the surrounding structures.
Dental implants are too expensive for me.
While it’s true that dental implants are costly, when you opt for dental implants, you’re opting to spend more upfront; while dental bridges cost less initially, they also need regular replacement so over time, the bridges actually end up being more expensive. The cost also depends on the type of implant being used and, naturally, the number of teeth that need to be replaced. At Champagne Smiles, we offer Single Tooth Dental Implants, Dental Implant Supported Bridges, Implant Supported Dentures, Full Arch with Only Four Implants, and Mini Dental Implants. Some insurance plans cover dental implants and we also offer a wide range of financing options to help you achieve the smile you deserve.