For people with missing teeth, dental implants are a life-improving solution. They secure replacement teeth, allowing people to eat and speak with ease. They also give support to adjacent teeth, helping improve oral health.
There are, however, misconceptions about the treatment that prevent people from enjoying its benefits. Here we discuss some of the most common misconceptions about dental implants.
Tooth implantation is painful.
The procedure itself is not painful. Dentists administer local anaesthesia before the surgery so that patients do not feel any discomfort. You may feel some soreness when the anaesthetic wears off, but it is manageable with painkillers. You can also rinse gently with warm water to soothe your gums.
The procedure is too risky.
Dental implant technology has been used for more than 50 years. It has been developed through the years, is practised worldwide, and is now a routine procedure, carrying minor risks. To date, it has a success rate of around 95%.
To keep risks to a minimum, it is best to seek the treatment from reputable and experienced dentists.
The healing time after the procedure is too long.
The length of the healing period varies among patients. Under normal conditions, it can take as fast as six weeks. This does not mean that you will feel sore during the whole time. But we have to make sure that the replacement root and your jawbone fully integrate before we attach the crown, denture or bridge.
Dental implants require special care.
Maintaining your dental implants is similar to caring for your natural teeth. You simply have to continue regularly brushing and flossing your teeth and visiting your dentist. Maintaining implants is actually easier than other tooth replacement options as you do not have to remove them to clean them or buy particular cleaning products.
Dental implants are very visible.
Implants are actually the best option for a natural-looking tooth restoration. The replacement root cannot be seen and we provide you with dentures, a bridge or a crown that match the colour of your natural teeth.
The treatment is too expensive.
As tooth loss causes complications, in the long run, undergoing implantation is a health investment. The exact cost can only be determined through a clinical assessment, but at Diana Dental, we offer a premium service at a fair price. To make the treatment more accessible to our patients, we offer interest-free credit for treatments that cost more than £350. This is payable over 6, 10 or 12 months.
If you have any other questions about the procedure, we would love the opportunity to answer them.
Here at Diana Dental, we are proud to offer dental implants in Stoke-on-Trent. We are a centre of excellence in the Potteries, giving our patients the best of what modern dentistry has to offer. All our patients are treated with honesty and integrity, and all our services are given in complete confidence. Contact us today.