About 3 million people have dental implants and that number is growing by 500,000 a year. While dental implants have become one of the highest-rated and popular choices for replacing missing teeth, many people are still unaware of how the procedure really works. Here are a few common myths and misconceptions surrounding dental implants — and the truth about them.
“Dental implants just don’t look real.”
While up to 15 million people in the U.S. have crown or bridge replacements for missing teeth, experts agree dental implants are the tooth replacement option that looks and feels the most like natural teeth. If you’ve ever seen someone with a tooth replacement that just doesn’t look real, chances are it’s not a dental implant – if it is, it could have been installed improperly.
“Dental implants are painful and invasive.”
Dental technology has progressed to the point that the dental implant procedure typically takes just one day and isn’t known for being painful or invasive. It’s possible patients who had a painful or invasive experience with dental implants received the procedure from someone other than an experienced oral surgeon – that’s why it is so important to choose a doctor who has the training to take excellent care of you and helps you feel comfortable and informed.
“Dental implants are too expensive.”
While implants can cost more than other tooth replacement options, don’t let perceived cost hold you back from getting the information and smile you deserve. Dental implants are often more affordable than patients think – consult with your oral surgeon about available payment and financing options.
According to an American Dental Association (ADA) survey, 28% of adults in Texas avoid smiling as a result of their teeth. Understanding the full range of tooth replacement options can help you make the best choice for your dental health needs. For more information about dental implant oral surgery, contact Waco Surgical Arts.