One of the earliest tooth replacement methods was discovered by an archaeologist in Honduras in 1931. Lodged in the mandible of a Mayan woman from 600 years ago was a tooth-shaped seashell that had been inserted into the bone. Luckily for anyone who has experienced tooth loss, replacement methods have become much more sophisticated. In China, robots have even begun to carry out the procedure!
Even with all the major advancements, many are still wary. If you’ve been considering dental implants for awhile but have been too afraid to talk to your dentist, hopefully this blog can clear up some common misconceptions.
Dental Implants Are Unreliable
Made of two main components, the titanium implant or artificial root, and the crown, what makes dental implants so successful are the ways in which they interface with the body. When the implant is inserted into the jaw bone, the titanium actually fuses with the jaw in a process known as osseointegration, creating a bond as strong as a natural tooth root.
This process is one of the many factors that give dental implants a success rate of over 98 percent. A few conditions such as advanced gum disease, low bone density, or smoking, which exacerbates the previous two, can lower the success rate if left untreated.
Recovery Is Too Painful to Be Worth It
Most patients who have undergone the procedure report that the discomfort is less than expected. While undergoing the procedure, there’s likely to be no pain at all. Healing time can vary from patient to patient, but generally lasts between two to six months. However, significant discomfort only lasts for a few days. During your healing time it’s possible to still have an attractive smile and fully functional bite. It’s even possible to get dental implants that same day a tooth is extracted.
I Won’t Be a Good Candidate
Often one main reason patients don’t ask about dental implants is they’re embarrassed they won’t be a good candidate. Maybe you’ve heard from a friend that several factors can disqualify you, but in general, this isn’t true. If you have a missing tooth, are an adult, and are in good enough health to undergo surgery, then chances are good dental implants will work for you. The best way to figure out if you’re a good candidate is to schedule an appointment.
Dental Implants Are Too Much Work
Maybe the only thing keeping you from seeking out a dentist is the thought of having to change your routine to include more work. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Caring for your dental implants isn’t that different from caring for your teeth. As advanced gum disease can damage dental implants, the best way to care for your implants is simply brushing and flossing twice a day, and receiving regular cleanings every six months.
Do you want to learn whether dental implants are right for you in Scripps Ranch? Please call (858) 271-1010 or contact us online today for an appointment with implant dentist Dr. Ramin Goshtasbi at Oasis Dental Arts.