Dental implants are a popular dental treatment that has revolutionized the way patients think about replacing teeth. For those who are still learning about this dental treatment option and might have gotten some inaccurate information from friends or online sources, Dr. Carr busts the following myths about dental implants:
Getting a dental implant is major oral surgery –While getting a dental implant is a surgical procedure, it is not as intense as some people believe. Common oral surgical procedures, like wisdom teeth removal, are more invasive and involved than getting a dental implant.
Placing an implant takes a long time – The portion of the dental implant that is surgically placed at the site of a missing tooth actually only takes about 10 minutes. With his 3-D imaging equipment, Dr. Carr can precisely pinpoint the exact location for ideal implant placement, cutting down on some of the educated guesses that other dentists might have to make about where to put your implant.
A dental implant isn’t any better than a bridge or other treatment for replacing teeth – Dental implants offer oral health benefits that you can’t get from other teeth replacement methods. The post portion of the implant is surgically placed into bone in your jaw --- this allows the dental implant to nurture bone health in ways that a permanent dental bridge or a denture can’t. Dental implants are sturdier, since the post naturally bonds with bone.
Recovering from a dental implant takes a while – Recovery time varies and can be 3-6 months, but for some patients – your dental implant treatment can be finalized immediately by placing a dental crown (or dentures) soon after placement of the implant post. This is called “immediate load” and accommodates patients who prefer not to complete the month-long waiting period.
If you’re considering getting a dental implant in Hemet or Temecula, contactDr. Carr for more information on how implants can replace one tooth, a group of teeth, or even all of your natural teeth.