Facts and Myths About Dental Implants You Need to Know

Woman looking at an orange mirrorDental implants can sound scary, and you might have some questions. Do they hurt? Will they fall out? If your dentist has suggested dental implants, familiarise yourself with the following facts and myths so you feel prepared.

And if you’d like to discuss dental implants with a London dentist, don’t hesitate to contact the Boston House Healthcare team.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root fitted to your jaw to hold a bridge or replacement tooth. If you’ve lost teeth due to an injury or periodontal disease dental implants can help. They are a suitable option whether you need one, several, or all of your teeth replaced.

Myths about dental implants

There are a few myths surrounding dental implants, but it’s important to clarify the facts…

Myth: dental implants are noticeable

You may hear that you can see the metal base of dental implants near the gum line.

In fact, dental implants are hidden beneath the gum. Porcelain false teeth will be visible but look very natural.

Myth: dental implants commonly fall out

In very rare cases, implants may fail to bond or become loose. However, on the whole, they have a very high success rate of 90-96%.

Myth: dental implants are difficult to maintain

Some people think implants require special maintenance. This isn’t true. All you need to do is care for them as you would your real teeth. Dental implants are actually easier to look after than dentures.

Myth: the procedure is incredibly painful

Dental implant surgery involves anaesthesia. Therefore, you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. As with other forms of dental surgery, you may experience tenderness afterwards but over-the-counter pain medication will usually ease this.

Dental implants in London

Our expert dentists are here to offer guidance and treatment to those in need of dental implants in the London area. If you’d like to discuss your options, contact our dentist teams in Moorgate or Liverpool Street.