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Three Dental Implant Myths Debunked | Dental Implants, Wichita

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Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement, offering improved function and quality of life.

However, myths about the dental implant procedure prevent some patients from exploring the option. Cambridge Family Dentistry provides dental implants in Wichita and answers these questions daily. Here are three dental implant myths debunked.

  • Myth #1: Dental Implants Are Too Expensive

    Dental implants have a higher upfront cost than temporary tooth replacement options like bridges and dentures but often cost less in the long run.

    • Dentures must be replaced every five to seven years, while dental implants can last up to 40 years or more.
    • Traditional tooth replacement requires grinding down adjacent teeth and placing clips on them. These teeth often wear down faster because they must take on more of the chewing load. Dental implants preserve the adjacent teeth and reduce the need for costly restorative work later.
    • Temporary solutions often require more trips to the dentist, meaning more time away from work. Dental implants require no more maintenance than regular teeth.

    New technologies such as mini dental implants have also made the procedure far more affordable than in the past. If you looked into dental implants years ago and were put off by the price, get a new consultation. You may be surprised!

  • Myth #2: The Procedure Is Long and Painful

    Dental implant surgery has come a long way! While dental implants do require oral surgery, the outpatient procedure is minimally invasive—especially for mini dental implants.

    Standard dental implants typically require two appointments—one to surgically place the posts in the jawbone at the site of the missing teeth and a second 90 days later to fit the replacement teeth on the posts. Mini dental implants can typically be placed in one appointment. At Cambridge Family Dentistry in Wichita, most mini dental implants take only an hour or two!

    Anesthesia is used during implant surgery, often combined with sedation, for a pain and anxiety-free procedure. Your dentist will review your medical history and discuss your options.

    Some discomfort is expected during the healing process, but it is typically mild and lasts only a few days. Your dentist may prescribe medication or recommend an over-the-counter pain medication.

  • Myth #3: They Don’t Look or Feel Like Real Teeth

    Dental implants are the next best solution when saving natural teeth is impossible. Unlike dentures, bridges or partials, implants have rods that function as tooth roots. They anchor firmly into the jawbone, giving the replacement teeth structure and strength. Dental implants feel just like natural teeth and allow comfortable biting and chewing.

    You have a range of options for replacement teeth, from single crowns to complete dentures. The best fit depends on which teeth are missing and your personal dental needs. Your dental implant restoration will be custom-made to fit your smile comfortably and aesthetically.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in all articles published on the Cambridge Family Dentistry website do not necessarily reflect the views of our staff members at Cambridge Family Dentistry.

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Dental implants may be the right solution if you need to replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or all of your teeth. Cambridge Family Dentistry is highly experienced in providing patients with dental implants in Wichita, Kansas.

Please contact us at (316) 687-2110 or use our online Request an Appointment form to schedule an appointment. Patients are eligible for a free consultation or second opinion!

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