Over the past 10 years, dental implants have become a go-to dental solution for tooth loss. When completed, dental implants look and function just like natural teeth. In many cases, a dental implant can last a patient’s lifetime. Unfortunately, there are some pervasive myths surrounding implants that a number of patients believe. Here are four myths about dental implants worth learning more about.
Myth #1: Dental Implants Are Always the Best Answer
While there is no doubt that dental implants are ideal replacement teeth for many patients, not all patients are good candidates for dental implants. Placing a dental implant requires that there is enough healthy jawbone to support the implant. Sometimes a bone graft can help to improve the quality of the jawbone enough to place a dental implant.
Myth #2: Dental Insurance Covers Dental Implants
Many patients are surprised to learn that dental implants are not covered by their dental insurance company. Some plans consider dental implants to be cosmetic dentistry or above the annual maximum for coverage. Recently, more dental insurance companies have started to offer coverage for dental implants, though a waiting period often applies before the insurance company will cover a portion of the cost.
Myth #3: Dental Implants Replace Only One Tooth
Dental implants are an excellent choice for patients missing a single tooth. However, implant-supported dentures and other similar dental appliances can enable patients to replace several teeth while benefiting from dental implants. For instance, implant-supported dentures are often considered more stable and may shift less than traditional dentures.
Myth #4: Placing a Dental Implant in a Single Visit
The process of getting a dental implant takes time. Often, you’ll need at least two appointments with your dentist or oral surgeon to have it completed. On the first appointment, the dentist may take a cast of your existing tooth for your new crown, if you have one, and place the dental implant. After a period of healing, the dentist will place a dental restoration on top of the implant.
There are so many benefits of choosing a dental implant over other restorative dentistry solutions. While it is almost always better to keep your natural tooth over a dental implant, it isn’t always possible to save a tooth after severe decay or dental trauma. Dental implants are permanent and high functioning dental restorations that can be beneficial to many patients who experience tooth loss or severe decay.
If you’re interested in learning more about dental implants, it is a good idea to discuss the process with a dentist who has experience working with dental implants. Call SmileMakers Comprehensive Dentistry and make an appointment today at 334-277-5498 or request an appointment online. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about the dental implant process and help you determine if it is a good fit for your dental needs.