When you have lost a tooth, or teeth, to illness or decay, chances are you have thought about a way to restore it. And you have probably read about dentures and fitted bridges and may be considering them as a suitable solution. However, these restoratives can move and in the case of bridges, they can apply pressure to the tooth that they are attached to.
These potential issues have probably led you on to looking at oral implants as the answer to your issues. But as the internet is a place for myths to be highlighted over facts, you may have also read something to deter you from this treatment.
When you are looking to have dental implants Wagga Wagga, it is important to be aware of what is fact and what is fiction, especially as this is a treatment that is going to be a large investment (both financially and with your time) but also for your own awareness. After all, you cannot make a decision relating to your treatment without correct information.
So, what are some of the myths you may have read online relating to oral implants? Here, 5 of the most common ones are debunked.
I am too old for oral implants
As long as you are over the age of 18, there is no age limit on oral implants being fitted. Of course, you have to have good oral health and also have a healthy amount of jawbone for your team to attach them to. If you have these requirements, it doesn’t matter if you are 18 or 80!
They fall out easily
Oral implants are attached to your jaw via surgery, which involves some very specific drilling and fitting. Once fitted, there is a period of between 3-6 months, during which the implants fuse with the surrounding bone, securing the implant in place. So, it is exceedingly unlikely that implants will simply fall out. But if you have concerns about the security of your implants, talk to your dental team.
They always become infected
Infection is always a risk with surgery and, while we will take every care to advise you on how to prevent infection, there is still a chance it may happen.
But oral implants don’t always become infected; if you notice any abnormal swelling, colouring or a foul odour or taste, call your dental team for an emergency appointment.
They look fake
The prosthetic tooth or teeth which are attached to oral implants can be shape matched and colour matched to blend in with your surrounding teeth.
So, once fitted, they will not look fake; you may even forget which one of your teeth is prosthetic and which ones are natural!
The fitting is uncomfortable
During the fitting, you will be numbed and won’t be able to feel anything. Post-fitting, the discomfort you may experience should not be unbearable and should resemble that of an oral extraction. If it feels worse than this or the sensation is worsening, contact your dental team.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.