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7 Myths about Dental Implants You Shouldn't Believe

Wondering if dental implants are the right choice for you? Before you decide, get your facts straight. 

Otherwise, false information could cause you to miss out on a great opportunity. Read on as we debunk these myths about dental implants and show you how dental implants could be the ideal solution for your tooth loss. 

Myth #1: Dental Implants Are Noticeable

Have you heard that dental implants don't look natural? Some people claim that they can see the metal base of dental implants near the gum line.

However, these people likely notice a dental crown that is made from porcelain and fused to the metal base. In fact, most dental implants don't use metal at all. Dental implants use translucent porcelain that looks very natural. In many cases, dental implants are undetectable even to the person wearing them.

Myth #2: Older People Aren't Good Candidates for Dental Implants

Although people can be too young for dental implants, you can never be too old. Younger people may not have a fully developed jawline, disqualifying them for dental implants. However, many older individuals make ideal dental implant candidates. Even people in their 90s have been successfully treated with dental implants.

Some common health conditions among older individuals can disqualify someone from receiving dental implants, including uncontrolled diabetes, bleeding disorders or gum disease. Yet, most health issues won't affect your chances of qualifying for dental implants.

Myth #3: Dental Implants Require a Lot of Maintenance

The notion that dental implants require a lot of maintenance is completely false. Dental implants are sealed under the crown of your tooth permanently and require the same care as your natural teeth. Dental implants actually require less complicated maintenance than dentures, since you need to remove dentures to clean them and decrease your chance of infection.

Myth #4: Dental Implants Commonly Fall Out

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons report that 95% of dental implants are successful. In rare cases, the implant may fall out, loosen, or fail to bond. However, the majority of patients never have issues with dental implants becoming loose or falling out.

Myth #5: The Procedure Will Be Painful

Many patients claim that pain is their biggest reason for avoiding dental care. Fortunately, most patients are comfortable throughout the dental implant procedure, thanks to anaesthesia or nitrous oxide. After the procedure, some patients do report feeling minor discomfort. However, this minor soreness usually goes away within the first few weeks.

Myth #6: Dental Implants Cause Headaches

A more recent myth is that titanium within the dental implant causes headaches or migraines. However, there is no clinical research that supports this claim.

If you do experience severe headaches after receiving dental implants, there may have been a complication during surgery. Although rare, dental implants could damage nerves or the sinus cavity.

A misaligned bite, also referred to as TMJ, could also cause headaches after a dental implant procedure. A cosmetic dentist can likely identify and resolve the cause of your headaches if it is related to your implants. 

Myth #7: Dental Implants Can Be Ineffective and Risky

Dental implants have been a popular solution for tooth loss for more than 40 years. In that time, this dental procedure has had an impressive success rate compared with other tooth replacement treatments. Most patients with dental implants enjoy the benefits for many years, which make them a smart investment. 

Now that you know the facts about dental implants, schedule an appointment with Cambridge City Dental to see whether dental implants would be best for you. Your dentist can then determine if you are a good candidate and help you through the implant process.