When it comes to choosing to have a cosmetic dental treatment performed, you need to be able to separate the myths from the facts, especially when that dental treatment involves areas such as orthodontics or surgery.
And while the internet may seem like the ideal place to find this information, you may actually find the opposite! The internet is a great place to find out about dental procedures, but it is also full of mistruths and misinformation, which can put suitable people off of having the surgeries or cosmetic treatments that they could benefit from.
With that in mind, one of the more recent popular cosmetic procedures known as oral implants has come under fire, collecting its own set of myths and mistruths which have got many dental patients worried about the procedure. In this article, 5 of the most commonly seen myths online will be explored and debunked, so you can learn the truth about having a dental implant Melbourne fitted.
Oral implants fail
An oral implant will usually fail if there is an underlying issue with the jaw bone that was not detected or the implant itself was improperly fitted. This is exceedingly rare, as dentists will screen the jaw bone to ensure that it is healthy before fitting the implant. Also, you will need to ensure that the person fitting the implant has experience in this area and has undertaken this procedure before. This will reduce the chances of the oral implants failing.
The fitting is painful
The fitting of an oral implant is often seen by many as a torturous process, but rest assured, when your dentist fits your oral implant, the area will be completely numbed. If you are a nervous patient, you may even be sedated.
Once you are at home afterwards and the sedation or the local anaesthetic is wearing off, to manage the discomfort you should use paracetamol and this should be enough to mitigate the discomfort. If it is not or you notice that the discomfort is worsening, you need to see your dentist as soon as possible to ensure that you do not have an infection, or that there are no complications related to the surgery.
They are cheaper if you go abroad
This is not so much a myth as it is an unwise piece of information. Yes, if you go abroad to have oral implants fitted, it will be cheaper. However, this is because the standard of care is lower and the dentist will not be using the most up-to-date technology to perform the procedure. Do not take any chances when it comes to your oral health and make sure that you have it performed by a team who is competent and preferably in your own country.
They are too expensive
Many people worry that oral implants are excessively expensive but this is not the case. In fact, the majority of dental surgeries that can offer this procedure are also able to offer financing or payment plans, which allow you to break down the cost over several months. So, if you are interested in having oral implants fitted but are worried about this, please be sure to follow up with your cosmetic dental team about their pricing plans.
They are dangerous
Oral implants have come a long way even in the last 10 years and they are no longer considered a dangerous surgery to have, not that they ever really were! The risks are minimal and are on the same level with every other type of surgery.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.