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Applecross Dentist Post: Dental Implant myths debunked

It?s a revolutionary dental treatment that is surrounded by myths?

Dental implants are a relatively new procedure, and as with many new things, myths and falsehoods begin to arise. At Image Dental located in Applecross, we have come across some of these myths, and have decided to shed some light on them!

Dental implants allow us to replace a missing tooth with a strong, durable and permanent alternative. They are essentially titanium screws which are implanted into the patient?s jawbone, and allowed to heal over a period of months (a process called Osseo-integration). By allowing the implant to fuse with the jawbone, we are able to create a strong foundation for a substitute tooth that looks and feels just like a natural tooth.

It is invasive surgery and does include some downtime, but the benefits greatly outweigh any temporary inconvenience caused by the surgery. It is on this note that we demystify the revolutionary procedure that is dental implants!

Myth: Implants cause pain?

While undergoing surgery for your dental implant, we will utilise anaesthesia so the procedure is virtually painless. After surgery your gums may be tender, but this generally subsides within a few days.

Myth: People will know it?s not my natural tooth?

At Image Dental we have not encountered a situation where someone has noticed a patient?s dental implant. They look and feel natural, and are able to look completely inconspicuous to the naked eye. Unless you want someone to know about your dental implant and you inform them, it is highly unlikely that your implant will be noticed.

Myth: Dental implants require special care?

They look and feel like natural teeth ? and need to be looked after like them, too! Brushing them twice daily and flossing between the teeth will help keep your dental implant in top condition. The primary thing you need to worry about regarding your implants is making sure your gums surrounding your implant are healthy, as periodontal disease can loosen the implant and compromise the integrity of your new tooth.

The benefits of dental implants speak for themselves?

At Image Dental we advocate proper 3D planning for your dental implants, so your procedure will be conducted safely and accurately. The advantages of dental implants include:

  • They completely restore your bite, tooth function and aesthetics
  • They look and feel like genuine, natural teeth
  • They aid with bite pressure
  • They function like strong, natural teeth allowing you to eat what you like
  • They are durable and long lasting
  • Dental implants prevent bone loss and allow you to maintain a healthy facial structure

At Image Dental we are committed to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams while keeping as many natural teeth as possible. If you are concerned about the health of your mouth, book an appointment at our Applecross dental practice so we can thoroughly check your dental health and recommend any treatment necessary.

To discover more about our dental implant procedure or to book an appointment at our Perth dental practice, please do not hesitate to contact us.