The Truths About Oral Implants Revealed

Are you eager to have an oral implant fitted? But have you heard that they can fall out easily? Or that they usually become infected? If you have heard these rumours, then this is the article for you.

Here, some of the most common myths and mistruths relating to dental implants Melbourne are explored. So you can learn the truth about this procedure.

Myth 1-Oral implants hurt when they are fitted

Actually, most people who have had oral implants fitted report minimal discomfort.

Your dental team will need to numb your gum before the treatment begins or offer sedation. Once the treatment is complete, there may be a sensation similar to bruising. If you need pain relief, take paracetamol. Do not take ibuprofen or aspirin, as these can thin the blood and worsen bruising.

If the discomfort you are experiencing worsens, please seek same-day dental care.

Myth 2-Oral implants are only for rich people

They used to be! But as they have become more commonplace in dental surgeries, more everyday people are approaching their dental teams to have them fitted.

Also, many dental teams who offer oral implants can also offer financing options. Allowing you to spread the cost into smaller, affordable repayments if needed.

Myth 3-Oral implants fall out

No, they don’t. And if they do, it is due to an underlying issue!

For many people, once they are fitted, the oral implant will stay in place. For the first few weeks post-fitting, however, you will need to refrain from eating hard foods. This will reduce pressure on the implant and will prevent it from falling out. Gum disease can cause oral implants to fall out prematurely. So if you suspect that you have gum disease since having your implants fitted, then you need to attend your dental clinic. Similarly, if you notice that your implant is moving, seek urgent dental care.

Myth 4-Oral implants look fake

The prostheses which are attached to oral implants do not look fake.

In fact, most patients who have had implants fitted often cannot tell them apart from their real teeth! Remember, you have complete control over how the prosthetic tooth or teeth will look in your mouth, so they will be shade-matched to blend in with surrounding teeth. Or, if you are having a complete set of dentures fitted using implants, these can be created in any shade you wish, so you can pull off the Hollywood look if you want to! Great!

Myth 5-Oral implants get infected

In reality, it is very rare for oral implants to get infected.

If they do, it is usually due to poor hygiene procedures when they were fitted or incorrect aftercare.

When you have oral implants fitted, you need to keep the implant site clean using saltwater, until the inflammation recedes. After this, simply clean as you would your regular teeth; with a toothbrush and floss. When the replacement teeth are fitted, treat them as you would your natural teeth too. This way, infections are less likely to occur.

DISCLAIMER OFFSITE

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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