Have you been told dental implants are painful? 5 myths about this restorative procedure debunked

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There comes a day when most people who have gaps in their smiles have had enough and want to restore their grin to its former glory. 

If you are one of the many people who have suffered tooth loss due to decay, disease or age, there is now a more permanent solution, to give you back the smile you love, without reducing your mouth’s functionality. 

Unless you have been living on a desert island, it is likely that you have heard about oral implants. Using a small titanium screw to replicate the root of the tooth, your missing tooth or teeth are replaced with prosthetic teeth, which are screwed in place onto the titanium screw, creating a sturdy and immovable tooth! Brilliant! 

Of course, before you rush off to book your dental implants in St.Albans, you will have some questions and may have heard a few mistruths about this procedure. In this article, the most common myths about oral implants are examined and the truth behind this treatment is revealed.  

Myth 1- Oral implants are painful 

A common myth about dental implants near St. Albans is that having them fitted is uncomfortable. 

While pain is difficult to quantify, many patients who have had oral implants fitted have described the pain as similar to either a root canal or an oral extraction. In the unlikely event you find your dental implants from St. Albans are causing you excessive amounts of pain, contact your dental surgery for a check-up. 

Myth 2- Oral implants are too expensive 

If you look at the final price of most cosmetic treatments, they can appear expensive. 

Luckily, the majority of dental surgeries that offer patients oral implants can also offer payment plans or financing options, to help you spread the cost of the treatment into affordable chunks. With the benefits that come in having dental implants fitted the cost will seem well worth it. Perfect! 

Myth 3- You have to be young to have oral implants 

As long as you have good overall oral health, are deemed to have a strong enough jaw and can look after your teeth, then as long as you are over the age of 18, there is no upper age limit to this treatment. Many older people enjoy oral implants as an alternative to dentures, as they offer a stronger bite and, of course, they cannot get lost. Very convenient! 

Myth 4- Oral implants require excessive amounts of care 

Simply put, implants do not require any special care and as long as you maintain good oral hygiene and stick to reducing alcohol and smoking, your implants will last a long time. 

Talk to your dentist about the best ways to take care of your oral implants. 

Myth 5- A fitted bridge is just as good as oral implants 

A fitted bridge was once the gold standard of tooth restoration, but implants offer more durability, create a stronger bite and, of course, they do not put excess pressure on any surrounding natural teeth. Oral implants are superior in their effectiveness and in their increased strength. What more could you ask for?

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