Myths About Dental Implants
Dental implants produce allergies or rejections.
This is a totally false statement, since dental implants are made of titanium and one of the characteristics of titanium is that it is highly biocompatible with all tissues of the human body. What happens sometimes is that the osseointegration of the implant with the bone tissue of the jaws does not occur (it only occurs in 2% of the treatments). This can occur due to infections after implant placement or due to risk factors of the patient himself (such as smoking, poor hygiene, etc.). When the osseointegration of the implants does not occur, what is done is to remove the dental implant, clean the area well and wait a few months for it to heal well before replacing another dental implant.
Dental implants are for life.
Although it is true that dental implant treatments can last many years, we cannot categorically affirm that they last a lifetime, since the duration of dental implants is closely related to the care that the patient submits to their mouth. Thus, it is normal for a dental implant to remain in the mouth for more than 30 years in perfect condition, as long as the care and maintenance of the mouth is adequate.
Placing dental implants is very painful.
It's false. The placement of dental implants is performed under local anesthesia, which makes the intervention painless. It is much more unpleasant to extract a tooth or tooth than to place dental implants. In addition, after the intervention, we deliver postoperative instructions where the steps to follow are explained so that the least discomfort is experienced during the healing process.
If I smoke, I can't get dental implants.
It's false. Many smokers have dental implants and have had them for years. What is important is that they try to quit smoking in order to improve the health of their gums. Smoking increases the risk of complications in dental implants, but it is absolutely contraindicated to place dental implants in smokers.
If I don't have enough bone, I can't get dental implants.
Today it is possible to place dental implants even if we have very little bone, since there are regeneration techniques, such as sinus elevations or bone grafts, which allow us to regenerate the areas where we want to place dental implants. In addition, we also have dental implants (dental microimplants) of smaller diameter and shorter length, which allow us to place them in areas where there is very little bone.
Only older people can get dental implants.
It is a totally false statement. From the age of 18, when the growth of the maxillary bones has already finished, anyone can undergo an intervention with dental implants.
Dental implant treatments are highly predictable treatments, with which we achieve excellent results as long as they are performed by perfectly trained dentists with the experience and skill necessary to perform this type of treatment.