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Dental Implant 101: 5 Myths To Not Fall For

With so much information online it can sometimes be hard to know what to believe and what not to, especially when it comes to things like oral health. If you have a tooth that needs to be pulled, your dentist may talk to you about all of your options including dental implants. If you have heard some things about dental implants that are making you wary about getting them, they might be myths altogether. Here are five common myths about dental implants debunked.

Myth #1: They Are Painful

Nobody likes to go to the dentist to get work done when they know it's going to hurt. One of the benefits of dental implants is that your mouth will be numbed during the entire procedure so you shouldn't feel a thing when they are actually implanting the metal rod into your gums. As your mouth heals, it may be a bit tender and swollen, but that should quickly subside and can usually be treated with some ibuprofen. 

Myth #2: They Look Fake

If you are having a dental implant placed at the front of your mouth, you may be worried about it looking artificial. As long as you go to the right dentist, they should be able to match the dental crown (that goes over the top of the implant) to your natural teeth so that they fit in seamlessly. 

Myth #3: They Can Only Be Used for One Missing Tooth

If you have several teeth that are missing or that need to be pulled, you may think that you won't be a suitable candidate for dental implants, but that's not the case. As long as your jaw is healthy, your dentist can use either traditional dental implants or implants and a bridge. Either way, your dentist will have a dental implant solution that can help you restore your smile.

Myth #4: They Don't Last a Long Time

As long as you take good care of your dental implants and the rest of your mouth, your implants should last an entire lifetime without you having to have them redone. 

Myth #5: They Will Fall Out

During the first few months after you have the dental implant implanted into your mouth, it will need some time to heal. As long as they have healed correctly around your mouth and as long as you don't have an underlying condition like oral cancer, you should never have to worry about your implant just randomly falling out.

For more information about dental implants, contact a local dentist.