Dental Implants – Dispelling the Myths

Looking at some common misconceptions about dental implants.

A number of our patents who have lost a tooth or, perhaps, have had some teeth missing for a while, have taken up the option of having dental implants fitted to replace them. These implants should be expected to last them for a minimum of twenty years, and most likely many more.

Despite the very high success rate of dental implant placements though, there are still a number of negative myths about them which we will take a look at and try to dispel below.

Pain

When you describe the dental implant procedure to a patient, you sometimes detect a wince of pain on their face. This usually comes right at the point where you are describing the holes being made in the jawbone to accept the titanium rod which forms the “root” of the implant. Whilst this may seem understandable, the reality is that the bone contains relatively few nerve receptors and is therefore not especially susceptible to pain.

Of course, a local anaesthetic is administered which blocks any pain being felt, and, where requested, we also offer a range of services to help nervous patients from the Battersea and Clapham Junction area, to make the procedure more comfortable.

Not all patients are suitable

Whilst this is true, the reality is that most people can have dental implants placed with very few problems. Those who may not be suitable usually have insufficient bone into which to place the implants. This will be detected before the procedure starts using x-rays and scans.

This does not mean that the patient is unable to have dental implants though, but that they may need a bone graft prior to the procedure, in order to build up the bone in the area.

They fail

Again, yes, dental implants do very occasionally fail. However, this is a very rare occurrence, providing that they are looked after.

Nearly all dental implants that do fail, do so for one of the following reasons:

Lack of aftercare – Whilst the implant itself will not deteriorate, the bone in which it is held can. Gum disease is, after all, one of the leading reasons for tooth loss, so ensuring that you brush and floss well, as well as having regular checks at Confidental Clinic, Clapham should ensure that your dental implant remains stable.

Cheap implants – Many implants that fail have been placed using ‘special offers’ abroad. Whilst some of these may be legitimate, some may also use cheaper implants of inferior quality which do not integrate as well with the bone, causing them to become loose.

The above are some of the more commonly mentioned ‘problems’ with dental implants, but, if you have any other concerns about them, we are happy to answer your questions.

If you are considering having dental implants placed, an initial consultation is a good place to start. You can book one by calling Confidental Clinic Clapham on 020 7801 9060.