Get Just The Facts About Dental Implants

Deciding whether or not to get a dental implant to replace missing teeth can be a major life decision. With all of the information — and misinformation — on the internet, you may feel confused about myth vs. fact.

At the Columbus, OH, implant dentistry office of Dr. Sam Latif, our experienced team takes care to help you understand every step of your dental implant journey. Ready to get started? Schedule your free consultation today by calling (614) 459-7300.

Myth #1: Getting Implants Hurts

dental implantsWhile many potential implant patients worry about experiencing pain during the process, most experience very little to no pain or discomfort with dental implant surgery. Advances in technology allow implant surgery to be minimally invasive, with little to no downtime needed for recovery. 

Local anesthetics also help keep patients comfortable throughout the procedure. Some minor swelling and tenderness can occur in the days following surgery, but it’s easily manageable with over-the-counter pain medication.

Myth #2: Implants Don’t Look Natural

A dental implant consists of three parts designed to feel and function like your natural tooth:

  • The implant post
  • The abutment
  • The dental crown

Dental implants’ structure mimics the structure of a natural tooth, with the implant post acting as the root. The dental crown is the only visible portion of the restoration and sits above your gum line. This structure provides superior durability and comfort than other restoration options. 

Myth #3: Anyone Can Get Dental Implants

Although dental implants have high success rates overall, a good candidate does need to meet certain qualifications. Enough bone density and volume are required at the implant site for the titanium post to properly fuse. 

Additionally, gum and oral health conditions like periodontitis can threaten long-term success if not properly managed before placement. A comprehensive evaluation allows your implant dentist to advise if implants work for your needs.

Myth #4: Implants Often Fail

When properly placed by an experienced implant dentist, implants have exceptional longevity. The latest statistics show implant survival rates exceeding 95 percent over a decade or longer. With excellent oral hygiene and routine dental visits, they can often last 20 to 30 years or more before potentially needing repair or replacement. 

Myth #5: Implants Break Easily

Dental implants fuse securely in the jaw, making them very stable and durable. The titanium post and custom-made zirconia or porcelain crown are incredibly strong and built to withstand the pressures of regular chewing and biting. 

Myth #6: Implants Need Special Care

Once healing after the implant placement surgery is complete, caring for the restoration is quite similar to caring for natural teeth. Brushing twice and flossing once daily maintains good oral hygiene. 

Patients should also see a dental provider for regular cleanings and routine exams — just like with regular teeth. Avoiding very hard or chewy foods helps prevent excessive wear or damage, too.

Myth #7: Dental Insurance Won’t Cover Implants

More and more dental insurance plans offer some coverage for implants for their preventative qualities. This can cover some of the cost for services like extractions, bone grafts, the implant post itself, the abutment and crown, and more. 

Patients can speak to their provider about assessing available coverage. Additional financing options may also be available.

Myth #8: Implants Aren’t Worth the Cost

Though implant treatment represents an upfront investment, implants often provide good value over time. Unlike a conventional denture or bridge, they don’t require ongoing adjustments, repairs, or messy adhesives. 

By preserving bone structure and facial contours better than a removable partial or complete denture, they maintain the ability to eat, speak, and smile naturally. Considering the boost to comfort, confidence, and quality of life from this permanent solution, dental implants can be priceless.

Myth #9: Getting Implants Takes A Long Time

Technology continues to shorten implant treatment times. In many cases, same-day implants featuring a pre-manufactured crown placed on the surgically implanted post right away can be provided. 

Even traditional two-piece implants typically require only three to six months for complete healing before the realistic-looking custom crown is attached to the abutment. Some newer protocols even allow crowns to be attached sooner than that in certain cases.

Myth #10: Implants Need Bone Grafts

Bone grafting allows providers to place implants even if jaw volume is insufficient on its own. Materials like powdered bone are implanted during surgery to stimulate the regeneration of bone cells in volume and density to properly support the implant post. 

However, due to advanced 3D imaging and implant design options, bone grafting may not always be necessary depending on a patient’s existing bone health and the number of teeth being replaced.

Call Dr. Latif For Your Implant Consultation

Rather than relying on internet searches, get the real facts on implants and clear up any confusion during an exam consultation. Our experienced dentists are here to help guide your decision-making process and answer all questions. 

To schedule a visit at Ohio Cosmetic Dentists’ conveniently located Columbus office, call (614) 459-7300 or use our online contact form. Discover how implants may be able to beautifully and permanently replace your missing teeth!