Are you considering getting dental implants but are concerned about some things that you have heard – whether on the internet or from family and friends? Chances are, those fears are exaggerated or even false.
They Eliminate the Need For A Dentist
Once you’ve gone through the whole process of getting the implant, from the insertion of the titanium screw into your jaw and having it fuse to the abutment being placed to the crown that acts as the tooth being put in, that means you’re finished, right? No more sitting in the dentist’s chair. Hurrah! Wrong.
While the dental implant does act like a natural tooth, you have the other teeth in your mouth to worry about and you have to have regular cleanings and exams for those, along with exams to make sure that the jawbone still has enough mass to hold the implant in place. So, do not throw out that dental contact information. You will still need to see a dentist twice a year.
Only Senior Citizens Get Them
These are just for the older generation to make sure that they don’t have to gum their food, right? No. While seniors do need them, adults of all ages can wind up as being candidates for dental implants. This can be due to tooth loss from a genetic condition or from a traumatic event – like a baseball to the face. Since dental implants are durable and long-lasting, they are an excellent choice.
That being said, this is only available to people over the age of 20. Children and teenagers have jaws that are still developing and getting the implants would be way too problematic due to the shifting that is still occuring. But once they have crossed the threshold into adulthood, they can consider this as an option.
You Won’t Be Able to Eat the Same Food
Just the opposite, actually. With very few exceptions, you will be able to enjoy what you were able to eat before. Hard candy and other foods like popcorn are to be limited, if at all. That’s because the crown, while quite durable, is not as strong as the original tooth that it replaces. But you will find yourself able to resume a diet very similar to what you had before the procedure.
They Cost Too Much
Tackling this one requires taking a long-term view of what the dental implants provide. Yes, they can be expensive and are typically not covered by insurance. Still, it begs this question: How many things can boast durability for up to 25 years? Maybe some makes of cars, but many things that are even more expensive are changed much more often than an implant. The cost pays for itself over the timespan.
Also, most dentists offer financing of some sort so that there is no one giant lump sum sticker shock for patients. The combination of these things make getting dental implants even more palatable.
This represents a mere tip of the iceberg when it comes to the misinformation that’s out there about dental implants. Be wary of ads that seem too good to be true about instant dental implants. It’s always best to do research beforehand, but be sure to examine the sites that have the information. Be sure to use reputable places like the American Dental Association or other similar sources.
Worse comes to worse, you can always ask the dental professionals. The staff at Esthetix Dental Spa are very well-versed in everything about dental implants. They know what’s true and what are myths that can keep people from getting the smile they truly deserve. Interested in asking them about dental implants? Give them a call at 212-795-9675.