Dental implants are a popular treatment option for missing teeth which has been used for many years. Although this dental procedure is quite common, there are still a few myths circling dental implants. We, at Dr JJ Serfontein’s dental practice, would like to address the common misconceptions about dental implants in this article.
Myth #1: Dental implants take a long time
FALSE! Although implants usually take 2 to 4 months – over the period of 5 appointments – to complete, with the new CEREC system, a replacement tooth can be created within a few hours, shortening the time frame by a few weeks. However, because the implant is fused to the bone, the bone may take a while to heal.
Myth #2: Dental implants are painful
FALSE! With the use of sedation dentistry, most patients find that the dental implant procedure is easier and simpler when compared to other dental procedures. Pain should not be a factor in the decision-making process. It is important to choose the treatment that will give the best result.
Myth #3: Dental implants are not for elderly patients
FALSE! Implants are the best choice for elderly patients, as it holds dentures in place in order to restore the proper function of the teeth.
Myth #4: Dental implants are not suitable for medically compromised patients
FALSE! Dental implants are a treatment option for patients with systemic diseases. However, individuals who are taking drugs for cancer treatment or long term corticosteroids are not eligible to have dental implants.
Myth #5: Dental implants cause allergies and infection in the bone
FALSE! Dental implants are made of medical grade titanium, which is similar to the material used in knee and hip replacements. The titanium is a biocompatible material that integrates to the bone. Although an infection can arise due to operative problems or post operation neglect, it cannot be caused by the implant material. Allergies to titanium are theoretically possible but have not been seen.
To schedule an appointment with an experienced implantologist, contact a dentist in Cape Town today.