A dental implant is an artificial tooth that replaces a missing tooth or teeth, loss due to periodontal diseases, an injury or some other reasons, which is placed in the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. It gives more stable and better results than denture. A dental implant restores a missing tooth functionally with better quality, longevity and aesthetic appeal but due to false myths circulating around and lesser knowledge about implants, fewer people are opting implant treatment.
MYTH 1 - IMPLANTS DO NOT LOOK NATURAL
The truth is completely opposite to this false myth. Dental implants are replica of natural tooth placed beneath the gums in the jawbone. Esthetically, it is consider the best replacement options for missing tooth or teeth. Dental implant look and sense like your own teeth and no one will ever know that you have a missing tooth.
MYTH 2 – BRIDGES ARE BETTER THAN DENTAL IMPLANTS
Bridges are cost effective and less invasive than dental implants. They maintain space and prevent misalignment of teeth from the dental arch but in the long run, they cause jawbone recessions, tooth decay, gum diseases and breakage. Dental implants on the other hand don’t sacrifice the quality of adjacent teeth like a bridge. It gives a better and long term benefit to the overall oral health as more teeth are left untouched. Dental implants also give a better aesthetic appearance than bridge with the added advantage of a secure form of tooth replacement. So, you can say goodbye to worries about misplaced denture and messy pastes and glues.
MYTH 3 – NEED TO BARGAIN FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS
The rate of implant failure is about 5%-10%. It can be due to many reason, low quality and cheap implant is one of the reasons. The risk occurs when we give more preference to cost than quality. The low cost implant might fail within shorter durations or face problems with improper fitting or may have an allergy reaction to the surrounding tissues and bone due to cheap quality of the implant.
So, instead of negotiating the cost of the implant find a right implantologist or a dental specialized which will provide the good product at reasonable price with the best quality treatment. Besides, the cost of dental implant in India is a fraction of that in the western countries.
MYTH 4 – DENTAL IMPLANT CAUSES MORE PAIN
Visiting a dentist for implant procedures may sound scary and fearful but with recent advances and innovation in the field of medicines, patient can now experience a pain free dental and implant procedures so you have nothing to worry about.