My family's dental health is important to me. Unfortunately for me, it is not as important to my little ones. Getting my kids to brush and floss on a daily basis is almost like taking on an obstacle course. I talked to my family's dentist about different methods I could try to encourage them to brush and floss on a regular basis. Some of the tricks worked, some did not. After some experimentation and talking to other parents, I was able to come up with a lot of great tips for helping kids care for their teeth. I started this blog to help other parents get creative when it comes to their kids and dental care.
Dental implants are an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure that can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. Some people have shied away from the procedure due to misconceptions about it. To help you better assess whether or not implants are ideal for you, here are some of those misconceptions and the truth.
Dental Implants Hurt
One misconception about dental implants that is often believed is that the implants hurt. In actuality, there is some discomfort involved, but it is not considered to be any worse than that experienced from an extraction. As with an extraction, your dental surgeon will use anesthesia to help avoid discomfort.
Following the procedure, over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin, often help to relieve discomfort. As long as you take care of the implants and your overall oral health, you should not experience any pain-inducing complications, such as pain.
Dental Implants Are Too Expensive
Dental implants can require a significant investment upfront, but they do pay off in the long run. The cost of a single implant is $2,488 on average. Depending on where you live and the level of expertise of your dentist, it is possible that you could pay less.
Although this can seem like a large sum, you can actually save money compared to other procedures over a lifetime. For instance, a basic set of dentures starts at $600. Dentures must be replaced every five to seven years. You could easily spend thousands of dollars on your dentures over a lifetime. If you require extractions or temporary dentures, the cost can go even higher.
By contrast, the cost of implants is usually a one-time fee. After recovery, you only need to worry with annual checkups with the dentist.
Dental Implants Are Too Involved
Another complaint about implants is that they are too much of a hassle. The process to get implants can sometimes take months and this can contribute to the misconception about them. During the procedure, the foundation of the implant is inserted into your jawbone. Your dentist will allow time for your jawbone to heal before screwing the implant into the foundation. How long it takes depends on how fast your jawbone and gums heal.
Although this might seem like a hassle, it is a one-time procedure. No further procedures are required after the successful implantation and the implants can be treated like your natural teeth.
Consult with your dentist regarding other misconceptions that could be interfering with your desire to get implants. He or she can provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision.