Misconceptions That May Keep You From Getting Implants

Tooth loss and decay may lead you to several options for tooth replacement depending on your particular situation. In most cases, you will be able to choose from dentures or dental implants. Though dental implants are the first option, and most commonly preferred by dentists, you may have some preconceived misconceptions regarding them and what they can do for you. Here are a few of the misconceptions, and the truth behind them.

Dental Implants Can't Be Repaired

You may hear stories about dental implants and how, if they break or chip, you can't have them repaired. The truth is, many of these cases deal with what are known as budget implants. Budget implants use cheaper materials and cut some corners to keep the costs down. This means that, if they do break or chip, you may not be able to have them fixed through conventional methods. Instead, a replacement is needed. If you want to avoid this issue, avoid budget options that seem too good to be true. Go through a qualified dentist or dental clinic instead. Also, consider a dentist or dental clinic that offers repairs on-site.

Implants Only Take One Day

There are dentists and dental clinics that offer dental implants with the option of one-day service. The misconception is that the entire process takes only one day. The truth behind this misconception is that the dental implant process normallly takes more than one day or one visit. The one-day service usually refers to the actual placement of the implants. The placement may take one day, but you have to account for healing time as well as the full treatment process. This may take several more visits in order to get the implants you want and the look you want to achieve.

Bone Grafting is Required

You may hear about bone grafting when it comes to dental implants and severe tooth decay. What this process refers to is a surgical procedure that uses bone from the jaw to build up bone under the gums in order to give a stabilized area for the implants to attach. This is not a required procedure and is usually only used in severe tooth and bone decay in the mouth rather than in every case of dental implants.

If you have further questions, or have heard horror stories about dental implants, consider a consultation with your dentist or dental clinic. They can use your x-rays and give you an accurate view of what dental implants can do for you and the procedures required for your specific situation.