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Mistruths about oral implants explored
Many people in 2022 have heard of the innovative technique in cosmetic dentistry known as an oral implant.
And, as is the way with most things related to dental care, oral implants have found themselves on the receiving end of some rather unpleasant mistruths. Everything from them falling out easily, to having an uncomfortable fit is floating around on the internet, potentially discouraging people from having them inserted, even though they would benefit greatly.
So, what is the truth about oral implants? Are they uncomfortable? Do they fall out without much pressure? In this article, 5 common myths about them are debunked, allowing you to discover how great these restoratives really are. Enjoy!
Myth 1- The fitting is painful
This is one of the more popular mistruths that exists about oral implants.
The fact is, that when your dental team fits your dental implant Melbourne, they will first ensure that your gum is sufficiently numbed. Then once the fitting is complete, you will be advised on the most suitable pain relief to take at home. Most dental teams advise against blood thinning pain relief like ibuprofen and aspirin, as these can worsen bruising, so paracetamol and a heat pack are usually best.
Myth 2- Oral implants fall out
This is a very rare occurrence (about 1 in 10,000) and it doesn’t happen in the way most people think.
In the first few weeks after having an implant fitted, there is a higher chance of them moving and fusing at an odd angle, due in part to potential pressure being placed on them. But, implants will only fall out (usually) as a result of blunt force trauma (much as natural teeth do), gum disease or bone disorders like osteoporosis.
Of course, if you suspect that your oral implant is falling out, contact your dental team.
Myth 3- They get infected
This is once again a very rare occurrence and is usually due to unsanitary conditions when the implant is fitted, or poor aftercare.
To prevent an infection from occurring, aim to ensure that you have your implants fitted at a suitable clinic and, of course, follow your dental team’s advice relating to oral implant aftercare, such as rinsing the area with salt water as and when required in those first few days post-fitting.
Myth 4- They are expensive
Most people are worried about having oral implants fitted as they are concerned that the cost will be excessive. But you don’t have to worry. If you are suitable for financing, your dental surgery will be able to offer you this option, which will allow you to break down the cost of your implants into affordable monthly payments. A great-looking smile need not cost the earth!
Myth 5- Implants look fake
It is true that when most people think of dentures or false teeth, they have the image of fake-looking teeth placed against natural-looking ones, which is not a great look.
But oral implants are part art, part science, and your dental team will be able to match the prosthetics to your surrounding teeth, face, or age appropriately if you wish, so they will look natural.
Of course, if you are having an entire set of implants fitted and want the Hollywood look, you can have that too!
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.