The loss of teeth can take a tremendous toll on a person, both physically and psychologically. Missing or severely rotten teeth can impact your self-confidence, your ability to speak and eat, and your overall quality of life. Dental implants can restore a person’s smile and their self-confidence by providing beautiful, permanent teeth.

“Dental implants are often the best solution for a person with a significant loss of their natural teeth,” said Dr. Tony Thomas, lead dentist at Advanced Smile Care in North Central San Antonio.

Myth #1: Dental implants are painful

This is a common myth. Dental implant surgery has become routine and can be performed with sedation. You may experience modest discomfort after your procedure, but that pain can be managed with a range of pain medications.

Myth #2: The healing time for dental implants is always very long

The healing time for dental implants can range from days, to weeks and months. It all depends on the individual, and the restorative treatment that you and your dentist determine to be right for you.  Once your mouth has healed, a dentist can place permanent crowns or bridges on the implants and you would then treat your new implants as you would your natural teeth.

Myth #3: Bone grafting is always necessary for dental implants

Bone grafting is a procedure that involves adding bone to the jawbone to create a foundation for dental implants. While bone grafting is sometimes necessary for patients with significant loss of bone in their jaw, bone grafting not always required. Your dentist will be able to tell you if you need bone grafting based on your individual needs.

Myth #4: Dental implants don’t last long

This is simply not true. Dental implants can last for a lifetime with proper care. In fact, studies have shown that the success rate for dental implants is more 95%.

Myth #5: Dental implants are too expensive

The cost of dental implants is dependent on the number of implants needed, the type of restorations used, and the cost of your office visits. However, dental implants are a one-time investment that can save you money in the long run. For example, you won’t have to pay for replacement dentures or bridges every few years. You should also check to see if your dental insurance covers dental implants. Many dental practices, including Advanced Smile Care, will offer to help you create a payment plan so that your new implants can be paid over time.

 Myth #6: Dental implants look unnatural or feel fake

Dental implants closely mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. You take care of implants like you do with your natural teeth.  When you speak or chew into your favorite food, there is virtually no difference between the function of your natural teeth and your new dental implants.

Here are some additional things to keep in mind about dental implants:

  • Dental implants provide a more reliable, permanent solution for replacing missing teeth.
  • Almost all dental implants are made of titanium, which is a biocompatible material that is accepted by the body.
  • Dental implants can be used to replace one missing tooth or an entire arch of teeth.
  • Dental implants can also be used to support dentures or bridges.
  • Dental implants require regular dental care and hygiene cleanings, just like with you natural teeth.

“If you have damaged or missing teeth, our team at Advanced Smile Care is ready to help jump start your smile and confidence,” said Dr.Thomas. “Our mission is to help you regain the smile you’ve been wanting and to ensure you are comfortable throughout the entire implant process.”