December 7, 2019
According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, nearly 3 million people in the U.S. alone have dental implants, and another 500,000 more are placed every year. However, even though they’re so widespread, dental implants are surrounded by troublesome misconceptions. Many of these myths scare away people who’s lives would be dramatically improved with these durable, lifelike, and painless prosthetic teeth. If you’re unsure about getting dental implants in Farmington Hills because of rumors you’ve heard, read on to learn the truth behind the most common myths about dental implants.
Myth #1: Getting a Dental Implant is Painful
Many people avoid dental implants strictly out of fear for how painful they are. Contrary to popular belief, modern dental implant procedures are relatively pain-free. They’re comfortable enough that most patients doze off during the process. Local anesthetic ensures that the procedure itself is as comfortable as possible, and any soreness or pain during recovery can easily be treated with over the counter painkillers. Most patients report much less pain than what they were experiencing prior to receiving their dental implant.
Myth #2: Bridges Are a Better Option
It’s estimated that 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Aside from dental implants, another popular choice for replacing missing teeth are fixed bridges. Bridges hold a fake tooth in place with a unit that sits on top of the neighboring teeth. For the unit to fit properly, the surrounding teeth must be shaved down. Dental implants don’t require altering any of the surrounding healthy teeth. Instead, they promote circulation in the jaw to prevent bone loss and support facial structure.
Myth #3: Dental Implants Won’t Look Like Your Other Teeth
With the help of digital designing and biocompatible materials, your dental implant will be indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Your dental implant will look, feel, and function like a natural tooth. They’re often made from white porcelain, which is well known for reflecting light the same way natural teeth do. Your dentist can help pick a shade that will match the color of the surrounding teeth so it can blend in seamlessly.
Myth #4: Always Go for the Cheapest Option
Just like many things in life, you “get what you pay for” when it comes to dental implants. Although it may be tempting to go with a cheaper option, these solutions often use sub-par materials that can be dangerous to your health in the long run. Your dentist in Farmington only uses the highest-grade biocompatible materials for healthy, long lasting implants.
Don’t let these common myths keep you from improving your life. Dental implants are a worthwhile investment for a happier, healthier, long-lasting smile!
About the Practice
Mayfair Dental Associates is proud to offer the Farmington Hills area cosmetic, preventive, and restorative dentistry. Our highly experienced team is passionate about restoring beautiful, natural looking smiles that inspire confidence. If you have more questions about dental implants, our dentists can be contacted at our website or at (248) 851-3030.
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