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dental implant myths

There are many myths and misconceptions around implant dentistry, here we address some of the more common misunderstandings.


Myth #1 – Dental implants last forever

When they are looked after effectively, dental implants can last many years. However, like all surgical or medical procedures, results cannot be guaranteed. Dental implants are not a ‘fit and forget’ solution – they require regular professional maintenance, as well as careful daily cleaning at home.


Myth #2 – Dental implants don't need cleaning

This is completely false – dental implants need excellent oral hygiene and daily cleaning to be successful.


Myth #3 – Dental implants don't work

There is a lot of clinical research that shows dental implants work very well in most cases. Success rates are very good in the UK and can be as high as 98% – but it is vital that you follow your dental team’s oral hygiene advice and attend regular appointments.


Myth #4 – Dental implants are too painful

As with all surgical procedures, you may experience some minor discomfort for a day or two after dental implant placement. Most people have next to no discomfort at all, while others can usually manage minor discomfort with normal over-the-counter medication.


Myth #5 – Dental implants are too expensive

Dental implants involve cutting-edge technologies and products, and dentists who place them have to undergo extensive clinical training to offer this treatment. Therefore, the cost of dental implants reflects the complexity of the procedure and the skill of the dentist. The cost for a full mouth of implant supported teeth is similar to that of a knee replacement performed privately. Both of these procedures will improve your health and quality of life for years to come. To make treatment more affordable, many practices offer payment plans for dental implant treatment, to spread the cost.


Myth #6 – It's better to wait as long as possible for dental implants

This is not always the case. If your teeth are already missing, the longer the space remains, the more the jawbone can shrink and the surrounding teeth can move. In addition, you need a healthy mouth for dental implants. If your oral health gets worse while you're waiting for dental implants, the treatment will likely become more complex and expensive.