If you’re missing teeth, your dentist may recommend dental implants as a restorative solution to replace them. For patients who are good candidates for the procedure, it is an excellent, long-lasting restoration. However, there are some misunderstandings patients may have about dental implants worth clarifying.
Myth 1: Implants are Expensive
While it is true that dental implants are an investment, the expense of the procedure should be considered over the long term. Dental implants are long lasting restorations. Since implants are very different from natural teeth, they come with their own rules about care and maintenance.In the vast majority of cases, they will serve you well for a very long time if you follow the rules.
Compare this to other dental procedures, where the average expected usability is only 10 to 15 years. For instance, root canals, crowns, and bridges need to be replaced over time. Depending on how many times this needs to happen over the course of a person’s lifetime, it could make these restorations more expensive in the long run.
Myth 2: Not Covered By Dental Insurance
In the past, not many dental insurance plans provided coverage for dental implants. However, this has and will continue to change over the next decade. More dental insurance companies now cover some portion of the cost of a dental implant. This is a great thing for patients who want to use dental insurance to reduce the overall price of the procedure.
Myth 3: Need an Surgeon
Oral surgeons and periodontists can place dental implants, but so can other types of dentists who choose to study implantology. While there are instances where it is best to seek out the services of an oral surgeon or periodontist to place an implant, most dental implants do not require a specialist. If you have concerns about whether you should be referred to a specialist, take time to discuss your options with your dentist. Oral surgeons and periodontist tend to charge more for services than regular dentists.
Myth 4: Implants Require Just One Visit
There is a pervasive myth regarding how much time it takes to place a dental implant. You won’t go in for a consultation with your dentist and walk out with a dental implant. In most cases, you’ll need at least two appointments for dental implants. During the first appointment, the implant will be placed. After a period of healing, the dentist will place a restoration on top of the implant during the second appointment. Some situations, such as the need for bone grafting, can increase the number of appointments needed or require more time for healing.
Dental implants are truly a life-changing procedure for many patients with tooth loss. They can look and function like natural teeth. While dental implants are sometimes considered expensive, the difference in longevity, appearance, and function can make a tremendous difference in their performance. If you need a dental implant or have missing teeth, call Golia Dental at (203) 248-7400 to discuss if it is the right procedure for you.