If you are an adult who has a missing tooth or teeth, it’s highly likely that you will have been on the internet or to your dental surgery looking for ways to alleviate the issue.
And in this day and age there are more options than ever before available to you, with the traditional denture or fitted bridge still remaining as one of the most popular treatments for managing gaps in your teeth. There has also been an upsurge in the number of dental surgeries that are able to offer oral implants to patients, and while the fitting of implants may seem a little bit more invasive, there are many advantages to having this procedure done.
But, as is the way with online forums, it’s likely that you have heard some of the common myths that surround implants and in this article, the truth will be revealed about what actually happens when you have dental implants Melbourne fitted.
Myth 1- The fitting is uncomfortable
Firstly, no, the fitting of tooth implants is not normally uncomfortable and any cosmetic dental team who is able to offer this treatment will also be able to offer local anaesthetic or sedation for you to help you when you are in the dental chair.
When you are at home afterwards, the sensation may feel similar to extensive bruising at the implant site or may feel like a dental extraction has been performed, but this sensation should be manageable with over-the-counter pain relief. If it isn’t, you should contact your dentist as soon as possible as you may have an oral infection.
Myth 2- The cost of implants is excessive
Many people have concerns that when comparing costs, oral implants are the most expensive dental treatment. Luckily, the majority of dental surgeries that are able to offer this to you are also able to offer financing options, so you will be able to spread the cost of the treatment over several months or years, without it negatively impacting your budget. So, be sure to shop around.
Myth 3- There are no real advantages of oral implants
There are many real advantages of having oral implants fitted over other restorative methods and one of the key ones is that it will enable you to bite into and chew food as you did when you had a full set of original teeth. As well as this, they are exceedingly straightforward to care for and you only need to employ the same methods that you use when caring for your natural teeth. And, of course, with the advanced cosmetic dentistry that goes into creating prosthetic teeth, they will look real.
Myth 4- They will become infected
It is incredibly unlikely that your oral implants will become infected and if they do, the infection is likely to be treatable and will likely show itself in the first few days following the fitting. But if you notice that you are feeling unwell, there is excessive swelling or discomfort, or discolouration around the site of the oral implant, then it’s likely you may have an infection. One way you can keep the site clean and free from debris in the days following surgery and prevent an infection is to rinse it gently with salt water.
Myth 5- They don’t last very long
Provided that they are cared for correctly, brushed, flossed and that you attend biannual visits with your dentist, oral implants can easily last 20 years or more.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.