Painful, scary and just for Grandma and Grandpa? No way. Learn the facts about long-lasting dental implants!
Myth #1: Dental implants are for old people.
Fact: Your jawbone is fully developed, usually by your early 20s. So, if you’re healthy overall, and your gums and bones are in good shape, you can consider dental implants at any age.
Myth #2: Everyone will be able to tell if I have dental implants.
Fact: The good thing about dental implants is how much they look like your natural teeth. Unless you tell people you’ve gotten dental implants, they probably won’t even notice.
Myth #3: Having dental implants is painful.
Fact: Getting dental implant surgery is less painful than you might expect. You might feel some pressure during the procedure, but because your teeth and gums are numb from an anesthetic, you won’t feel pain.
Myth #4: Dental implants are really expensive.
Fact: Depending on your dental benefits, they might not be as expensive as you expect. In fact, dental implants can be a good investment. They can last several years longer than a bridge, which can last about 7 to 15 years. Implants can go for an average of 10 to 15 years or longer, depending on how well you care for them.
Talk to your dentist to find out what your benefits will cover. As long as you take good care of your teeth and gums, your implants will be in good shape for years to come.
Myth #5: I won’t be able to eat my favorite foods if I get dental implants.
Fact: The only time this will happen is during the first few days after getting the implants, when you need to allow the surgical area to heal. Once this is done and your dentist gives you the go-ahead, you can eat pretty much whatever you want. (Naturally, we recommend lots of fruits and veggies!)