3 Common Misconceptions About Dental Implants
If you’ve struggled with tooth loss, but shy away at the thought of visiting the dentist, we want to provide you the facts about your options–before you find yourself searching Google. As your trusted dentist in Austin, Dr. Cynthia Graves and her team are debunking dental implants myths to get you closer to good health in a functional and beautiful smile.
No Patient Is The Same
At Cynthia L. Graves, we can share honest information about your dental health options within a consultation. We want you to know what to expect after tooth loss and how to treat it, so you can ultimately make the best decision for your health and lifestyle.
3 Misconceptions About Dental Implants
Misconception #1: Does Getting A Dental Implant Hurt?
Replacing a missing tooth isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time. But recovering your smile is essential for supporting positive health throughout the body. When it comes to restoring your health with a dental implant, many patients are surprised that the process demonstrates little or no discomfort.
At your dental implant appointment, a local anesthetic is used (as is common with root canals) to support a gentle and painless experience. For patients concerned about dental anxiety, there are additional calming options, such as using Nitrous Oxide Analgesia (or “laughing gas”). Dr. Graves may also prescribe an over-the-counter pain reliever to aid in a gentle recovery.
Misconception #2: Dental Implants Take HOW LONG?!
On the contrary! Using advanced guided implant dentistry, Dr. Graves is able to place dental implants with excellent precision and accuracy, with an average placement-to-healing time of just 5-8 months. A few months is a small investment to accomplish a functional and aesthetically pleasant smile, that can serve you the rest of your lifetime.
Dr. Graves implements Sirona Chairside 3D technology, (also known as the CEREC Omnicam) to design and build your dental crown. When it comes time to attach a crown to your dental implant, you won’t be left waiting on a dental lab–we can design, build and place dental crowns in-office.
Misconception #3: Any Dentist Can Place An Implant.
Specific training for placing dental implants is not provided at general dentistry schools. You must make sure that your dentist continues his or her education each year to gain the experience and knowledge necessary for placing dental implants.
Do You Know Your Dental Implants Benefits?
In addition to reducing bone loss in the jaw and preventing facial sagging (which can make you look older), the benefits of dental implants are numerous:
- Can last a lifetime with proper care
- Do not slip or shift out of place while eating or speaking
- Have a 98% success rate for safe and reliable care
- Reduce the risk for future additional tooth loss
A Leading Visionary In Dental Care
Cynthia L. Graves, DDS is happy to provide excellent dental care to patients in Austin, Round Rock, Wimberley, and surrounding areas. We are passionate about changing the lives of our patients for the better! If you are curious about the positive impact that dental implants can have on the appearance and health of your smile, give us a call (512) 258-8001 and we will schedule a consultation!