Myth or Fact? The Truth About Gilbert Dental Implants
Gilbert dental offices have been effectively using and maintaining dental implants in Arizona for over forty years. While people who have successful implants are absolutely thrilled with their new teeth and smile, there are still quite a few myths and misconceptions that can cause great hesitation in those who need dental implants. Here, we address a few of those rumors and determine if they are myth or fact.
1. Dental Implants are Expensive.
When dental implants were first introduced to the world, they were quite expensive. Fortunately, due to many advances in modern technology, the widespread use of implants, and the availability of dental insurance, this is no longer the case.
Depending on many factors, the cost for a single tooth implant is usually in the range of $3,000-$4,500 per tooth. The price for a full set can range anywhere from $7,000-$90,000, with the average cost falling right around $34,000. All that to say, while implants can seem expensive up front, with proper care they will last a lifetime. Because of this, dental implants can be much more affordable over time than any other required dental work. With regular brushing and flossing, along with consistent checkups with your Gilbert dentist office, your implants will last many years and be worth every penny.
2. Dental Implants are Extremely Painful.
During the implant procedure, your Gilbert dental clinic will use nitrous oxide or another numbing agent to ensure you feel nothing. Undoubtedly, once it wears off, your jaw and mouth will be tender and sore following the procedure for a few days, but you should not be in severe pain. Any tenderness should be easily manageable with over the counter pain relievers, or a stronger prescription if necessary.
Many Gilbert dentists report that their patients have experienced much less pain than they expected after the dental implant procedure. Take care to follow your dentist’s instructions, and your pain level should remain under control without any issue.
3. The Recovery Process is Long.
While everyone’s perception of “long” is different, the recovery period can last anywhere from 2-6 months for your jaw to be fully healed and the bone to begin fusing with the implant screws. Remember that the amount of time you lived with tooth pain or a self-consciousness makes the recovery period seem like a breeze. The tenderness immediately following the procedure should only last a few days, but the 6 months of recovery time is to ensure that the jawbone has begun bonding and fusing with the dental implant root.
4. Dental Implants are Only for Old People.
The fact of the matter is that your jawbone is fully developed by your early 20’s, so if you are in healthy shape overall, dental implants can be considered at any age. People can need or want dental implants for a variety of reasons, and modern technology can create implants that will suit your age perfectly. It has been estimated that nearly 70% of Americans between the ages of 35 and 44 are missing one or more teeth. This means that just about anyone could be a good candidate for dental implants, regardless of the reason why.
5. Implants Look Fake and Require Too Much Work.
Many patients are actually quite pleasantly surprised by how real their implants look. The majority of people you interact with in your daily life will have absolutely no clue that your teeth are fake, and if they do happen to know, it is likely they will not care. As touched on earlier, dental implant technology has come a long way over the years, and manufacturers are able to create a very realistic set of teeth to fit any mouth and jawline.
Additionally, caring for your implants requires the same amount of work as normal teeth. Brushing your implants twice daily, and flossing once daily, along with regular Gilbert dental care, is all that is necessary to keep your implants in tip-top shape. If properly taken care of, implants can last a lifetime and still look good as new. The best part is that you no longer have to worry about cavities!
Find a Professional Dentist
If you think implants may be the right choice for you, or you simply need some questions answered, contact Dr. Peck at Gilbert Vista Dental Care today. We specialize in all types of dentistry, including cosmetic, preventive, restorative, orthodontic, and implant. Dr. Peck has had extensive training and experience in the dental industry, and is deeply committed to the comfort and satisfaction of her patients. Visit us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about how we can improve your quality of life!