5 Myths about Permanent Teeth Replacements
(i.e. Dental Implants)
1. “Dental implant treatment is painful”
Scientific research has shown that tooth removal is perceived as more painful than dental implant treatment.
2. “Dental Implants are expensive”
Dental implants are cost-effective in the long term. Removable dentures do not contribute to efficient chewing. The risk of breaking your remaining teeth increases significantly as a result of denture wear. Fixed dental bridges are difficult to clean and destructive on teeth. Bridged teeth are at higher risk of being lost.
3. “Dental implants can catch dental decay”
Dental implants are made of strong titanium. It cannot catch dental decay.
4. “Dental implants can be fitted and forgotten”
Dental implants require the highest level of home-care.
5. “Dental implants can be placed at any time after loosing teeth”
Losing teeth will subsequently result in the loss of stimulation to the jaw bone. This in turn causes shrinkage of the bone. Bone loss is rapid in the first 6 months following tooth loss. Dental implants are therefore best placed shortly after tooth removal. Delaying implant placement will most likely result in further jaw bone loss and the need for bone- building procedures.
Dr. Stefan Abela
BChD, MFDS, RCS Eng, MSc, MORTH RCS Ed, AHEA, FDS Orth RCS Ed
Stefan is a Consultant in Orthodontics at one of the most prestigious London teaching hospitals; Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust.
Stefan is also a specialist in Orthodontics and is registered on the General Dental Council (GDC) specialist list. Stefan qualified as a dental surgeon in 2003 and underwent further training in various specialties including restorative dentistry, paediatric dentistry, oral medicine and complex oral and maxillofacial surgery including the management of facial trauma.