Almost all adults (99.7%) surveyed by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry believe a healthy smile is socially important. And while there are many options to replace missing teeth, dental implants are one of the most reliable and realistic-looking alternatives to dentures. However, having a well-rounded knowledge of dental implants is the best way to make an informed decision about your personal needs. Here are just a few common myths about dental implants.
Dental Implants Are High-Maintenance
One of the most common myths surrounding dental implants is that they're hard or tedious to maintain. This probably stems from the fact that dentures are known for their high levels of maintenance. Implants, on the other hand, feel and act just like real teeth, and with a success rate of 98%, they don't require any additional maintenance than natural teeth. You can still chew gum, eat hard candy, and brush and floss normally.
Dental Implants Take Forever To Heal
Dental implants are certainly effective alternatives to natural teeth, but they do have a recovery time. Experts say the healing process typically lasts between two and six months, although they do vary for each and every patient. Of course, the vast majority of people who receive dental implants say that the downtime is 100% worth it to achieve a glowing, beautiful smile and the confidence that comes with it.
Dental Implants Are Painful
It's no secret that some dental procedures come with a certain expected level of pain, but that's not typically the case for implants. Your dentist will most likely use local anesthesia to ease the initial discomfort of implantation. Nitrous oxide is sometimes used as well to supplement the anesthesia and ease anxiety. However, keep in mind that this is only upon initial implantation. Once your implants are in place and fully healed, they're absolutely pain-free. If you do experience an unusual amount of pain during or after the healing process, there may have been an issue with the installation process, and you may need to make another trip to a local dentist for an evaluation.
Ultimately, knowing the truth that lies behind these misconceptions can help you make the most informed decision regarding your dental needs. For more information about dental care or other teeth replacement options, contact Pearl Dental Group.