Are you considering getting dental implants to replace one or more of your teeth? Whether you have a missing tooth or a tooth that is damaged beyond restoration, a dental implant is one option to replace it. Dentists recommend dental implants in most cases because they are the highest quality tooth replacement option. A dental implant looks and functions like a natural tooth, providing the same bite strength as a healthy tooth.
Despite the benefits of dental implants, some patients still avoid this option for a variety of reasons. Often it is because they believe the myths they have heard about implants. As you know, myths are false and can be debunked with facts. Before you give up on the idea of dental implants, consider the 4 most common myths and learn the truth.
Myth 1: Not Everyone Can Get Dental Implants
There’s a myth floating around that suggests that some people can’t get dental implants while others can. The truth is that not everyone is an ideal candidate for a dental implant right away. A few preparatory procedures can help prepare the mouth to receive a dental implant. An implant requires a certain thickness of the jaw in order to support it. If bone loss has occurred in the area where the implant needs to be placed, a bone graft procedure can be done to thicken and fortify the bone. A bone graft can even help the jaw bone to regenerate where it has weakened.
Other preparatory procedures may be required to restore the mouth to a healthy state before an implant is placed, such as treatment for gum disease. But virtually anyone can get a dental implant with the right care.
Myth 2: Dental Implants Are Not Affordable
It is true that dental implants come at a cost. They cost more than dental bridges because they are a higher quality tooth replacement option. But the major difference between dental implants and bridges is that implants can last for the rest of your life. When you pay for a dental implant, you are making a lifelong investment in your dental health.
Dental implants can be made more affordable through financing options. CareCredit is one of the most common financing services for medical expenses. They offer little or no interest and affordable monthly payments. You can also finance your dental implant through a financial institution of your choice.
Myth 3: Insurance Won’t Cover Dental Implants
If you think insurance never covers dental implants, that’s simply not true. While most basic dental insurance plans don’t cover dental implants, some higher tiered plans do. You may need to upgrade your plan in order for it to include coverage for dental implants. Any coverage at all will make a difference in what you pay for one or more implants.
In some cases your medical insurance may even cover the root portion of your dental implant if there is a medical need for it that qualifies.
Myth 4: Dental Implants Often Fail
This is an unfortunate myth that prevents patients from getting the best quality tooth replacement option. Dental implants rarely fail, although it can happen. On average, 5-10% of dental implants fail, meaning something goes wrong that they don’t stay in place or become infected. Failed implants are often due to incorrect placement or the habits of the patient. For example, smoking can cause an implant to fail because it causes restricted blood flow to the gums.
When the proper precautions are taken to make sure the patient is an ideal candidate for a dental implant and when an experienced dentist performs the procedure correctly, dental implants have a 95% success rate.
Smile Studio 87 Provides Dental Implant Services
Smile Studio 87 offers a complete range of dental implant services. We can place a single dental implant to replace a tooth or provide multiple dental implants. Implant supported bridges and dentures are also an option. Restoring your smile is not only about your appearance, but also your dental health. It is always in your best interest to replace a missing tooth, and an implant is the best way to do that.