Do you think dental implants are too expensive, look unnatural, or are painful? These are just a few of the myths many people believe about dental implants. Unfortunately, it keeps people from receiving this life-changing solution, too. The good news is that most people do qualify for dental implants and they’re one of the best tooth replacement options for any number of missing teeth. We’ve busted the most common myths people believe about dental implants:
Myth 1 – Dental implants are too expensive for me
While it is true that dental implants are the costlier tooth replacement option, there are many ways you can make this solution affordable. Most dentists today partner with third-party financing companies like Proceed Finance and GreenSky®. Another option is using a healthcare credit card like CareCredit®. Similarly, some dental insurance companies will cover a portion of the treatment cost.
Myth 2 – Dental bridges are better than dental implants
Dental bridges can replace one or more missing teeth, but they aren’t considered the best option in most cases. This solution requires that the teeth adjacent to the empty tooth socket be healthy enough to have enamel removed. Shaving down these teeth is how the dental bridge attaches without appearing bulky. On the contrary, only a single dental implant is needed to replace a tooth and is placed directly into the socket. This keeps adjacent teeth in place and provides healthy stimulation to the bone.
Myth 3 – Dental implants don’t look or feel natural
Dental implants are the closest thing to real teeth out of all your tooth replacement options. They look and feel completely natural, providing lasting function and aesthetics for your smile. Because dental implants are secured in your jawbone, they’ll act like natural teeth too, letting you eat a variety of foods and boost your overall health.
Myth 4 – Dental implants are painful
Rarely, if ever, do dental implants cause patients any pain, either during surgery or after. Dental implants are minimally invasive and often don’t require more than local anesthetic for surgery. Patients most often choose additional sedation to increase their comfort level or ease anxiety. Once placed in your jawbone and healed, dental implants should not cause you any pain or discomfort.