There is a lot of misinformation about dental implants in SF. And if you aren’t careful, you may mistakenly believe a myth to be a fact. It’s easy to believe everything you read on the Internet, but you shouldn’t make your decision about whether to get dental implants or not based on this information. We want to ensure that you are informed about the preparation, process, and recovery, so you know exactly what to expect from start to finish. Here are the three most common myths our doctors hear every day about dental implants.
Myth #1: Dental Implants Are Too Painful
Many San Francisco residents have heard that implant dentistry is, not only quite invasive but that the recovery process is unbearably painful. The fact is that there are some people who will make a big deal out of any situation that they have never experienced before, but luckily they are in the minority. Dental implants are much less invasive than other dental procedures such as bridges that call for the “cutting down” of your natural teeth. When you choose our experienced oral surgeons to perform your dental implant surgery, you can trust that, although you will experience some pain, it can be easily managed with pain medication, rest, and proper home-care. Another significant bit of information that you should take into consideration is that the pain and embarrassment of rotting and missing teeth are quite more substantial.
Myth # 2: Dental Implants Look Fake
With technological advancements today, most people aren’t able to tell the difference between natural teeth and dental implants. In fact, you may even forget you have implants after a while because they look so natural. And not only do dental implants look like real teeth, they feel real as well. Unless you tell someone you have implants; you could go your entire life without anyone knowing about them.
Myth #3: You Can’t Get Dental Implants if You’re Too Old or Have Bone Loss
First of all, age isn’t a factor if you are considering dental implants. We’ve done successful procedures on patients who are 80+ years old. Many of our patients in SF have worn dentures for years and feel great once they get their implants. The main consideration is your gum health, no matter how old you are. On a similar note, even patients with a history of heart disease, diabetes or other health problems are still good candidates for dental implants. Secondly, even San Francisco residents who have jawbone loss because they have had missing teeth for a while are candidates for dental implants. Though the procedure is more complex, it by no means excludes you from having a beautiful set of natural-looking implants. Our oral surgeons use current grafting techniques to create new bone that can support the dental implants.
SF Oral Surgery provides patients in San Francisco with 40+ years of experience providing dental implants, tooth extractions, and other oral procedures. Your oral health is as important to us as it is to you, so we are committed to providing you with the best service possible to benefit your health.
Don’t hesitate to contact us at (415) 776-6710 if you have any questions about dental implants or your oral health in general.