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Although the technology behind dental implants has existed for decades, they are only now entering into common knowledge and use. They are a remarkable opportunity for restoring gums and jaws to health and ensuring the long-term fitness of the teeth as well. Unfortunately, there are many harmful misconceptions about dental implants and the team at Galligan & Villa Dental Studio in Staten Island, NY would like to give patients and others a chance to overcome the myths long connected to implants.

They are prone to failure and infection.

While this may have been true in the 1960s and 70s, when the technologies were being developed, the reality is that implants have remarkably high success rates, more than 90% are a total success.

The myths around infection are hard to understand since this is a total fallacy. While rejection is a possibility, there is no widespread evidence of the bones, gums or sites of implant suffering a lot of infection. This would arise only if the patient or dental team failed to take proper precautions during and after the surgery.

It is an incredibly painful process.

The technologies now available for local anesthesia ensure that the surgery is without any paint at all. Additionally, there are options for oral sedation that can allow a patient to be entirely relaxed before they arrive and to experience no pain or even powerful memories of the surgery. Though some soreness occurs afterward, most patients use over the counter pain relief for dental implants.

You have to walk around without a tooth for up to six months.

This is entirely wrong and one of the worst misconceptions about dental implants. You can have the adult tooth removed, the implant placed and a temporary tooth positioned in one visit. The temporary crown is made to look just like your other teeth, so you never have any gaps.

They can be inserted improperly.

Another of the persistent myths about implants is that they can be done wrong. However, advanced x-rays and CT scans eliminate such risks. Placement is done with great accuracy and a lot of planning occurs before the surgery is done.

My insurance doesn’t pay for it.

This varies, but many insurance providers pay for some steps in the dental implant process. The key is to get in touch and ask them what they do cover to determine your actual costs.

These are some of the most common myths about dental implants. If you have any questions, please give us a call. You can reach us by phoning us at (718) 984-7700. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.