5 Misconceptions That Might Keep You from Getting Dental Implants

If you have lost one or more teeth, dental implants can replace them and it’ll be almost as if you never lost them. The implants will look natural, work natural, and will always stay firmly in your mouth. Everyone should take advantage of these great tooth replacement options, and practically everyone can.

The only problem is that many people think they can’t. Because of misconceptions, some people think they’re not candidates for dental implants, but they’re wrong.

I’m Too Old

It’s a common misconception that only young people can get dental implants. Although young people are certainly more eager to get dental implants because they feel they’re too young for dentures, there’s no age limit on dentures.

Studies have shown that people over the age of 80 have the same high success rates for dental implants as younger people. Some people have gotten dental implants at the age of 95–and it’s been great.

It doesn’t matter how old you are. What matters is your health. If you’re healthy enough for surgery, you’re healthy enough for dental implants.

I’ve Been Wearing Dentures Too Long

Some people believe that if you want dental implants, you have to have them placed when your natural teeth are extracted. It’s certainly true that getting dental implants at that time has many benefits, but it’s not necessary.

As you wear dentures, you lose bone that is necessary to anchor dental implants. But this bone can be replaced with bone graft if necessary, and then the implants will help maintain it. In fact, people who have worn dentures too long may lose the ability to wear dentures–and dental implants can still help them!

I Have Osteoporosis

Speaking of bone, many people feel that just having osteoporosis–with makes your bones less dense–means you can’t have dental implants.

We’ll evaluate your bones to make sure, but in fact most people with osteoporosis still have plenty of bone to support their implants.

The biggest concern is actually osteoporosis medication, which can sometimes lead to complications. But only the IV form of this drug is a major concern for complications. We’ll talk to you about this.

I Have Diabetes

It used to be believed that diabetes made it hard to get dental implants. That’s because diabetes is associated with gum disease and can make it harder to heal. But studies have shown that people with diabetes can get great results with dental implants–even if their blood sugar level are not well controlled.

Dental Implants Are Too Expensive

It’s true that in the past, dental implants used to be very expensive. That’s normal for new technologies. But dental implants are a mature technology now, and they’re much more affordable.

Even if your budget is tight, dental financing is available that can make dental implants fit in almost any budget. And they’re a great value with all the benefits they give and their longevity–they can last a lifetime.

Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Would you like to schedule an evaluation to learn whether you’re a candidate for dental implants in Scripps Ranch? Please call today for an appointment with implant dentist Dr. G at Oasis Dental Arts.