Dental Implants: Debunking 3 Common Myths

Dental implants are usually the best option for patients with missing teeth. Yet many patients who might benefit from implant surgery are hesitant, as the result of incorrect information they heard or read online.

Dental Implant Myths

You can find a vast amount of misconceptions about implants online. We are often surprised by how quickly these can spread — electronically or live. But by putting some of the more egregious myths to rest, we can help our patients make truly informed choices about their oral care.

Myth No. 1: Dental Implant Surgery Is Painful

Fear of pain during treatment stops many patients from replacing their missing teeth. The good news is that implant surgery involves only a brief period of discomfort. In fact, most of our patients tell us that having implants was much easier and less painful than they thought it would be.

Implant surgery is accomplished in a series of steps, each under the anesthesia. Often, local anesthesia is all that is required, but other options are available to help you feel more comfortable during the procedures.

Oral sedation or laughing gas can help calm your nerves, for example, or intravenous (IV) anesthesia can put you into a type of “twilight sleep,” which feels to you like a lovely little nap.

Myth No. 2: Dental Implants Often Fail

Many patients believe that implant surgery is still an experimental type of procedure. We can tell you with full certainty that proven success rate of up to 98 percent.

The first implants were placed over a half-century ago, way back in 1965. Since then, countless millions around the world have opted for this highly effective method of tooth replacement. And the American Dental Association (ADA) says that in the United States alone, more than 5 million implants are placed each year.

With proper care — regular oral surgeon or dental visits and consistent oral hygiene habits — your implants can last a lifetime.

Myth No. 3: Any Dentist Can Place Dental Implants

Technically speaking, this one is true — general dentists are legally allowed to perform implant procedures. But make no mistake, getting implants involves surgery. Some dentists attend only short training programs to learn about implant placement.

Oral surgeons, on the other hand, undergo four to six years of extensive surgical training after dental school. Plus, during their hospital-based residency programs, they complete advanced training in implant placement and in dealing with potential complications that may arise during oral surgery.

General dentists simply don’t have the same level of education and experience, and many are not experienced with handling surgical complications. So while dentists are allowed to place dental implants, seeking this procedure from an oral surgeon is the safer choice.

The oral surgeons at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah specialize in implant surgery. Both Dr. Maxfield and Dr. Partridge have the advanced training and professional qualifications to expertly replace your missing teeth.

Contact our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office today to schedule a consultation with our experienced and friendly team. We look forward to helping you learn more about safe, effective — and permanent — dental implants.