The loss of natural teeth is an unfortunately common problem, caused by gum disease, oral injury, decay, and other factors. The modern solution is dental implants, topped with a durable, cosmetic restoration. Although implants offer a number of advantages over alternatives, many people hesitate for a variety of reasons, often relating to misconceptions. Some of the most common myths and outdated beliefs about implants are explained below.
Myth: Dental implants involve a risky, painful surgery.
Truth: Implant surgery is a comfortable, minor procedure with minimal risk of complication. Dr. Bruyere works with a skilled oral surgeon who has extensive implant experience, to ensure that his patients receive the best care possible. The area is numbed completely for comfort, and sedation is available if you wish. The details of the surgery vary, depending on the type of implants used. A full sized implant requires a tiny incision in the gum tissue, and mini-implants require no incisions at all. In either case, post-surgery soreness is minimal, and fades quickly.
Myth: Implants are too expensive.
Truth: Although the upfront price of implants is a bit higher, the long-term cost is typically much lower. Appliances such as fixed bridges usually need to be replaced after a number of years, incurring new costs. With proper care, dental implants may last a lifetime, making them the most economical option.
Myth: Your teeth will look fake.
Truth: Implants replicate the anatomy of natural teeth, allowing for the most realistic appearance possible. Our restorations are designed with the same aesthetic principles and quality materials as any cosmetic dental work, for a flawlessly natural-looking smile.
Myth: The technology is new and unproven.
Truth: Today’s dental implant technique is the product of more than six decades of research, testing, refinement, and improvement. The procedure has a success rate over 95 percent.
Myth: Oral hygiene is difficult.
Truth: Some dental appliances, such as crown-and-bridge units pose hygiene challenges. However, implants are not among them. Your brand new teeth will require the same care as your natural teeth did. Just brush, floss, and visit us regularly.
Don’t let myths or unanswered questions stand between you and a beautiful, healthy smile. Come see us and find out if implants are a good choice for you. Dr. Bruyere is the trusted dentist of residents throughout Longview, and surrounding areas such as Hallsville. Call (903) 708-6116 to schedule your appointment.